Snap Retailer Rule Compliance Deadlines Approaching Fast

USDA will begin implementing some eligibility requirements for SNAP retailers beginning Monday, October 16th   By NACS Online   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will begin implementing some of the eligibility requirements for retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beginning on Monday, October 16, 2017. Those…

Fast-Casual Pizza Heats Up

Across the country, more restaurants are serving up unique pies in a quick environment   By NACS Online   A relatively young concept, fast-casual pizza is taking off, with affordable, dine-in pizzerias springing up all over the country, Eater reports. Pie Five, Pieology, MOD Pizza, Blaze and Martina all promise quick, fresh pizza made to…

Consumers Prefer Shopping for Groceries in Stores

Even frequent internet shoppers eschew ordering groceries online   NACS Online   Most U.S. shoppers prefer going to the supermarket than ordering groceries online, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds, Reuters reports. That survey calls into question just how much Amazon’s buying Whole Foods would change the grocery channel. The poll found that 75% of online…

Healthy Solutions

What are customers looking for in good-for-you snacks with healthy ingredients?   By NACS Online   Two years ago, organic product sales increased more than 10% year-over-year, nearly tripling the growth of the food market overall, according to the Organic Trade Association. Today, 75% of households now regularly purchase organic foods, especially in urban and…

Legislation for Year-Round High Ethanol Blends Stalls

The combined weight of several amendments under discussion ultimately sank the bill By NACS Online   Legislation that would allow year-round sales of higher ethanol blends will not move through the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee this year, after it attracted amendments that targeted major environmental laws, reports Politico. Committee Chairman John Barrasso…

Cook County Overturns Beverage Tax

Repeal of the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax will take effect on December 1, 2017 By NACS Online   On October 11, the Cook County Board officially repealed the controversial city beverage tax. “The repeal was a foregone conclusion after the board’s Finance Committee voted 15-2 on Tuesday, signaling the pop tax would be scrapped after…

BP to Reintroduce Amoco Fuel Brand

First branded station expected to open this year   Refiner and supplier BP announced today that it will reintroduce its Amoco retail fuel brand, giving current BP marketers more growth options in select U.S. markets and helping BP boost retail fuel sales nationwide. Last seen more than a decade ago in the United States, the…