What C-Stores Can Learn from Toys R Us

Did now-defunct retailers fail to provide a compelling experience at a time when it mattered? By Frank Beard // NACS Online   Toys R Us closed downon June 29. Social media was abuzz as people shared a mixture of nostalgic memories and sadness, and a photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving an empty store quickly…

Bottled Water Keeps Growing

New products continue adding excitement to the category for healthy hydration options NACS Online Consumers’ concern over healthy hydration continues to boost the bottled water category, according to the 2018 water market report from Mintel. Bottled water has long been a healthier choice for consumers, the report noted, but it’s no longer boring. Producers are…

Make Way for On-Demand Gasoline

New trends may alter the future of gas stations By NACS Online Everyone loves delivery services, but forget pizza and florists. Now Yoshi, a gasoline provider in Silicon Valley, is delivering fuel directly to individual cars and fleets in 14 cities, according to The Outline, an online news publication. Drivers in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland,…

Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws

By 2020, the company will replace plastic straws with straw-free lids or alternative-material straws as part of its initiative to lower waste worldwide By NACS Online Starbucks Coffee Co. will eliminate plastic straws from its stores within two years as part of its initiative to slash its waste across the world, the Wall Street Journalreports.…

Industry Organizations Urge Congress to Address Truck Driver Shortage

By The Shelby Report   Forty-two trade associations—ranging from grocers to distributors to restaurants—have signed a letter urging Congressman Bill Shuster, chair and ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to support the DRIVE-Safe Act, short for the Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy Act. The act addresses the national truck driver…

What Will Influence American Food?

Latin America, Middle East and the Mediterranean are the top three regions that will impact American food this year By NACS Online What will shape the culinary cultural landscape of tomorrow? Les Dames D’Escoffier International provides some insights in its 2018 Trends Report, forecasting the international, restaurant, catering, health and lifestyle trends. The report paints…

SpartanNash CFO: Decline of Independents “Overblown”

Food distribution customers show resilience in changing market By Russell Redman // Supermarket News   While players have come and gone amid the disruption in the retail grocery sector, SpartanNash Co. Chief Financial Officer Mark Shamber sees independent supermarkets holding their own. “I think the expected death of the independents has been way overblown,” Shamber…

Four Food Trends for Summer

Vegan offerings, low-cal ice cream, bold snacks and flavored sparkling waters are in By NACS Online No one is going cold turkey on hot dogs, burgers or backyard barbecues, but this summer, consumers are expected to sample new, different foods and beverages, according to the Mintel Summer Food & Drink Trends reportfor 2018. Four food…

Bottled Water No. 1 Beverage in America

The gap continues to widen between soda and bottled water By NACS Online   Bottled water is the No. 1 beverage product in the United States, by volume, for a second year in a row, according to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMC). Bottled water volume grew to 13.7…