Secrets Behind Speedway’s Speedy Rewards

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By Mitch Morrison www.cspdailynews.com ENON, Ohio – It is the loyalty of envy in the convenience channel: Speedy Rewards, Speedway’s brilliantly employed card that a year ago touted more than 3.8-million active users. So it was hardly a surprise when dozens of vendors attending the IRI Growth Summit 2016 took copious notes as two key members of the Speedy Rewards program shared the thought process and aspirations behind the loyalty program. Here are several key insights from the session held during the conference in Washington: Customer Segmentation. Are you tired of hearing about millennials and baby boomers? Well, so are …

FDA Issues Final Menu-Labeling Rule

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Agency’s final guidance on the menu-labeling law fails to address industry concerns with compliance. May 2, 2016 www.nacsonline.com ​ WASHINGTON – Late last week the Food and Drug Administration issued its final guidance on menu-labeling regulations, with a final date of May 2017 for compliance—17 months after compliance was initially slated to take place. After reviewing the final document, NACS counsel determined that the May 2017 compliance date is about the only language the FDA updated from its draft guidance, which was issued on November 25, 2014 and made available to NACS members. “The FDA has done a disservice to …

13 Tips For Beautiful & Tempting iPhone Food Photography

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13 Tips For Beautiful & Tempting iPhone Food Photography Posted by Laine Rudolfa for iphonephotographyschool.com Food makes an excellent subject for still life iPhone photography, and you can achieve some incredibly artistic results. But great food photography means more than just snapping what’s on your dinner plate. Just like any other photography genre, there are certain rules that you need to follow to make the most of the stunning colors, textures and shapes. In this tutorial you’ll discover 13 simple yet highly effective tricks for taking beautiful and tempting food photos with your iPhone. 1. Shoot In Natural Light Light …

Marketing to Millennials: “Story Selling” Is Key

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Marketing to Millennials: “Story Selling” Is Key Brands must go beyond traditional tactics to connect with this key demographic. Published on www.qsrmagazine.com by Charles Wiedenhoft There’s a lot of buzz in almost every circle about the Millennial generation—those born between 1978 and 1995—and for good reason. They are spending money in a big way and, if you market to them right, they’ll spend it eating out. The numbers don’t lie. Millennials spend more per capita in restaurants than any other generation, according to Restaurant Marketing Labs. But the type of experience they prefer can be a bit of a moving …

Menu Labeling Legislation Gets House Committee Nod

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Menu Labeling Legislation Gets House Committee Nod Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act is cleared for full consideration. By www.csnews.com WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2015, in a bipartisan vote of 36 to 12 on Wednesday. Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) introduced the bill. “We thank committee members and their leadership for advancing legislation that truly meets the objectives of the menu-labeling law without burdening convenience store owners and adding to costs to their operations,” stated Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president of …

Abierto Networks Introduces New Technical Support Services

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Abierto Networks Introduces New Technical Support Services Eliot, ME November 24, 2015 – Abierto Networks announced today the introduction of a new technical support plan to enhance current services developed to assist Paymentech, CFN, TCH, and Inbound only clients. Operations Manager Dan Marston says “Over the past 18 months we have been seeing an uptick in ‘off-hours’ support needs for our current fleet / non-credit card customers.” Sales Manager Sylvia Rodden says “We needed to come up with a new service to ensure that all of our customers, not only those processing credit cards, have access to …

Sobeys Store Debuts Canada’s 1st Nutella Café

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Sobeys Store Debuts Canada’s 1st Nutella Café Samples available at grand opening from progressivegrocer.com November 13, 2015, 04:22 pm Canada’s inaugural Nutella Café has opened at Sobeys Inc.’s newly renovated Spadina Sobeys Urban Fresh store in Toronto. Customers to the store-within-a-store can now purchase various pastries and artisan breads made with the iconic hazelnut spread, including bombe, aragosta, zeppole, pizelle and all-butter croissants and danishes, along with fresh made-to-order crêpes with Nutella and premium hot beverages. “At Sobeys, we aim to surprise and delight customers through extraordinary, unique and unparalleled experiences, and our Nutella Café does just that,” noted Mary …

Industry Views: In Pursuit of Process

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Industry Views: In Pursuit of Process CSP Magazine, September 2015 By Ed Burcher, President, Burcher Consulting Since starting my consulting business two years ago, I have logged quite a few miles across America and, by default, lots of meals on the road. By my hotel statements, I have spent more than 160 nights at the two chains I stay with most often. With only one of these having an in-house food offer (which is merely an enhanced Starbucks in the lobby), I eat the majority of my food as takeout or eat-in—in the car, that is. While I am not …

NACS, SIGMA Praise Menu-Labeling Legislation

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NACS, SIGMA Praise Menu-Labeling Legislation Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act offers less-burdensome approach Published in CSP Daily News WASHINGTON — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) hailed legislation introduced today in the U.S. Senate, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S. 2217), as a thoughtful approach to providing the necessary flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations. A provision included in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, signed into law in March 2010, calls for a national, uniform nutrition-disclosure standard for foodservice establishments. Regulations implementing this provision, finalized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in …

Convenience Store News names Abierto Networks Product of the Day!

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Convenience Store News names Abierto Networks Menu Labeling Services Product of the Day! C-store retailers can comply with regulations quickly, efficiently. Abierto Networks introduced a new suite of services developed to assist convenience store retailers who are working to comply with the mandated Food & Drug Administration menu labeling regulations. The offering includes Referrals to Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists, Design Consultation & Creative Services for FDA-Compliant Menus, and Nutritional Informational Kiosks. This new suite of services is designed to supplement Abierto’s extensive line of Digital Menu and Interactive Engagement Kiosk technology solutions. According to the company, the goal is to …