Select Rite Aid Stores Nationwide Set to Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving and 7 a.m. Black Friday

Select Rite Aid Stores Nationwide Set to Open 8 a.m. Thanksgiving and 7 a.m. Black Friday to Kick Off Busiest Shopping Weekend of the Year

Camp Hill, Pa., 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid stores nationwide are ready for customers to dash through the aisles in search for the perfect gift, décor or holiday essentials at great prices with many of its 4,600 convenient locations open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and opening at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.* According to the 2014 Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey, 45 percent of consumers plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day, an increase from 38 percent in 2013.

“Rite Aid is offering something for everyone this holiday season, whether they are looking for items that are new and exciting or traditional holiday gifts,” said Tony Montini, Rite Aid executive vice president of merchandising. “Our shelves are stocked with this year’s must-have items and we’re offering tremendous value through our wellness+ program. With our easily accessible locations and expanded hours, Rite Aid is sure to be a convenient destination for shopping during the busiest shopping weekend of the year and throughout the holiday season.”

Members of Rite Aid’s free wellness+ program will enjoy super savings on this year’s hottest items including:

Holiday Décor

  • The popular 5 ft. tall animated signing and storytelling Santa is returning this year for $59.99.
  • 50% off wide selection of Christmas décor including wreaths, wall art, village collection pieces and candles to turn any home into a Winter Wonderland.
  • An assortment of artificial Christmas trees varying in with great deals on light sets and batteries.
  • Stock up now as assorted holiday boxed cards, gift wraps and gift bags are buy one, get two free.

Holiday Gifts

  • Deals on Craig tablets and netbooks can be found for $69.99.
  • For $29.99, Rite Aid has a Midland wearable camera, which allows the user to capture all of the action from an incredible point of view.
  • A great selection of cosmetic, bath and fragrance gift sets available in both Men’s and Women’s from favorites such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Nautica, Stetson and more.
  • A variety of children’s toys including radio controlled cars and helicopters, mini-foosball table, Barbie, Disney Frozen book set and an assortment of plush stuffed animals.
  • 2 for $9 on Holiday Popcorn Tins where shoppers can choose from 24 distinct designs including Coca-Cola, Disney and various holiday scenes.
  • Stock up on decadent holiday chocolates from favorites such as Hershey’s Pot of Gold, Russell Stover, Ferrero Rocher or Peppermint Roca.

Picture Perfect Holiday Greetings and Gifts

  • Get your personalized holiday greeting card out of the way as Rite Aid is offering a new broad assortment of multiple-image greeting cards to help spread the cheer to friends and family.
  • Other great photo gifts include mugs, holiday ornaments, wall decals, tablet covers and cell phone cases; visit RiteAid.com to find great values on 8×10 canvases and feather-light wood prints.

Check out the Rite Aid circular for all Black Friday deals available through Saturday. And for customers who don’t feel like fighting the crowds, visit shop.riteaid.com. Shop comfortably from home and enjoy exclusive and expanded merchandise offers, the same sales and promotions as in-store customers, plus free shipping on all orders now through Dec. 6.

Spread the Social Cheer
Beginning Dec. 1, Rite Aid will feature an array of “One-Stop Stocking Shop” themed content on its social media channels. Followers will enjoy exclusive seasonal deals, customized stocking ideas and have the chance to win Rite Aid gift cards on Rite Aid’s Facebook and Instagram channels. To enter the giveaways, fans will have a chance to guess what gift is wrapped in festive holiday wrapping paper by looking at the shape of the product and reading clever clues. For holiday deals and delights, visit Rite Aid’s social channels at www.facebook.com/riteaid,  www.instagram.com/riteaid and www.twitter.com/riteaid.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2014 annual revenues of $25.5 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

* Store hours may vary and many pharmacies close at 3 p.m.; see www.riteaid.com/stores for details.

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Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

Whole Foods Market® to offer discounts of up to 35 percent on ethically traded products all weekend long in honor of Fair Friday

AUSTIN, Texas, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fair is the new black at Whole Foods Market – the new Black Friday, that is! As shoppers head out on the busiest shopping day of the year, the grocer will be offering discounts of up to 35 percent on ethically traded products all weekend long in honor of Fair Friday.

Dates of sale: Friday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Deal:  Shoppers can enjoy up to 35 percent off on featured fair trade certified products, including:

·       Alter-Eco Organic Chocolate Truffles – 25 percent savings on 10 count boxes of Black (dark chocolate), Velvet (dark milk chocolate), new Sea Salt and new Salted Caramel.

·       Third St. Festivus Chai – more than 20 percent savings on Original and new Spicy Pumpkin flavors.

·       Bearitos Pita Chips – 35 percent savings on Cinnamon & Sugar and Cocoa varieties.

·       Dr. Bronner’s Organic Whole Kernel Coconut Oil – 40 percent savings.

·       Theo Chocolate 3ounce bars – More than 30 percent off on 16 holiday and everyday favorites, including:

o   Holiday bars in Dark Chocolate Ginger, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, Milk Chocolate Gingerbread Spice, Dark Chocolate Nutcracker, Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick and Milk Chocolate Coconut Mint.

o   Everyday favorite bars in Organic Dark Chocolate, Organic Ultimate Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate Cherry Almond, Organic Dark Chocolate with Spicy Chile, Organic Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Orange, Milk Chocolate with Salted Almonds, Dark Chocolate with Salted Almonds and Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut.

About Fair Friday: Fair trade products offer shoppers a more ethical choice in the marketplace, and a way to vote with their dollars to support responsible trade. Whole Foods Market is hosting this “Fair Friday” weekend sale as a way to remind Black Friday shoppers to slow down and think about how purchasing decisions can impact and improve the lives of those producing their holiday gifts.

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Whole Foods Market® to offer discounts of up to 35 percent on ethically traded products all weekend long in honor of Fair Friday

Whole Foods Market® to offer discounts of up to 35 percent on ethically traded products all weekend long in honor of Fair Friday

Dunkin’ Donuts to open 63 new restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield over the next several years

CANTON, MA, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with five franchise groups for a total commitment of 63 new restaurants in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Palm Springs and Bakersfield over the next several years.

The five franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchise group California Donut Kings, LLC, led by existing franchisees Vipul Patel, Vishal Shah, Jamie Dejuras, Chetan Jani, and Haresh Patel, plan to develop 26 restaurants in San Francisco and the surrounding cities. This combined group currently operates more than 100 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants, and their first restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area is planned to open in 2016.
  • New franchise group Chandi Group USA CVDD Inc. plans to develop eight restaurants throughout Palm Springs and Imperial County. Led by Nachhattar Chandi, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • Top Brand Donuts, LLC, plans to develop eight restaurants in Monterey and the surrounding communities. Led by existing franchisees Ray Alaigh, Surinder Singh and new franchisee Gurneer Dadwal, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2016.
  • Existing franchise group CT Coffee, LLC, led by Theodore Zafiris, plans to develop 13 restaurants in the San Jose area. The group’s first California restaurant is planned to open in 2016.
  • Existing franchise group Frontier Restaurant Group, plans to develop eight restaurants in and around Bakersfield. Led by Dan Almquist and Robert Jonas, the group’s first restaurant from this agreement is planned to open in 2015.

“We’re thrilled to have agreements signed for the development of more than 250 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in California, and our continued growth throughout the state would not be possible without our passionate franchisees and loyal guests,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “With this announcement, we are excited to welcome these new and existing franchisees to the Golden State and know each will cultivate lasting customer relationships and become an integral part of the California communities they serve.”

In September, Dunkin’ Donuts celebrated the opening of its first full expression California restaurants in the cities of Santa Monica, Modesto and Downey. Additional California Dunkin’ Donuts locations are planned to open in Long Beach and Whittier before the end of 2014. The opening of these restaurants is part of a larger plan to open approximately 250 new restaurants in California over the next several years. The company plans to open more than 1,000 restaurants in total throughout the state over the long-term. Franchise opportunities still remain available in portions of California.

In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas, universities, as well as other retail environments.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. The designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people and has offered guests delicious food, beverages and friendly service at a great value. Dunkin’ Donuts offerings include iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, donuts, muffins, bagels, breakfast and bakery sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for eight years running. The company has more than 11,000 restaurants in 33 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Darden Restaurants scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

Orlando, Fla., 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third consecutive year, Darden Restaurants scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), one of 366 companies to do so. The HRC’s annual index is a renowned national benchmarking tool for U.S. businesses in the increasingly important issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion and equality in the workplace.

“Diversity and inclusion are business imperatives at Darden, and our commitment extends to and embraces the LGBT community,” said Daisy Ng, Chief Human Resources Officer for Darden. “Fostering a diverse workforce further enables us to retain the best, most talented team members in the industry and deliver on our core purpose – ‘to nourish and delight everyone we serve’.”

A total of 971 businesses – including the entire Fortune 500 – were rated on a number of factors grouped within four main criteria: equal employment opportunity policy; employment benefits; organizational LGBT competency; and public commitment to LGBT-specific efforts. Businesses rated 100% are recognized as “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Darden not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

Since its founding in 1938, Darden has welcomed and celebrated the diversity of its guests, employees, suppliers and the communities it serves. To maximize the potential of employees, Darden has implemented a number of programs focused around the diversity of its workforce, suppliers and local communities, including a curriculum-based Diversity Learning Experience (DLE) for leaders at all levels of the company. More than 17,000 leaders have participated in DLE training since it was implemented nearly 10 years ago.

About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. Launched in 2002, the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. View the full report at www.hrc.org/cei.

About Darden Restaurants
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate approximately $6.3 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Olive Garden®, LongHorn Steakhouse®, Bahama Breeze®, Seasons 52®, The Capital Grille®, Eddie V’s® and Yard House® – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.

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NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin comments on the new labeling rules of the The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Arlington, VA, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its plans to finalize two rules requiring that chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations list calorie information on their menus and menu boards. NGA president and CEO, Peter J. Larkin issued the following statement regarding the FDA’s finalized regulations:

“The scope of the nutrition labeling provision as proposed by Congress was to provide a uniform standard for chain restaurant menu labeling, not grocery stores. Grocery stores are not chain restaurants, which is why Congress did not initially include them in the law. We are disappointed that the FDA’s final rules will capture grocery stores, and impose such a large and costly regulatory burden on our members. NGA will continue to work with Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to address this regulatory overreach.”​

If you need additional information, please contact Laura Strange at 703-516-8808.

Gap gives away all-expense paid dream escape to New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago or Disney World this Black Friday

100 lucky shoppers to win a dream vacation

NEW YORK, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Black Friday, Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, is giving shoppers the chance to win an all-expense paid dream escape to the country’s most stylish and iconic locations – New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago or Disney World.  The ”Gap Getaway” contest allows shoppers to earn a ballot for every $50 they spend, with each ballot giving them a chance to win one of 100 trips.  Shoppers can also enter by mail, no purchase necessary.

Taking inspiration from iconic pieces in the holiday collection, the destinations were chosen with the Gap customer in mind who loves to travel in style.  Gap 1969 Denim is the perfect urban uniform for the timeless, effortless cool of New York.  A Fair Isle sweater is nothing short of essential for hitting the slopes of Aspen and a Gap parka is all-important on the streets of the Windy City, Chicago. Meanwhile, bring the party dress out for the hot nights in South Beach Miami and the crazy stripe sweater will match the colorful setting of the Vegas strip.  Finally, slip on a super soft t-shirt and enjoy the ultimate in feel good fun in Orlando, Florida.

Starting on Black Friday, Gap will offer discounts of up to 50 percent, and with more than 400 Gap stores opening across the United States at midnight on Black Friday, shoppers will have plenty of time to get the best deals and enter for a chance to win their dream getaway.

The promotion will run both in store and online in the US and Canada.  To discover more, visit www.gapgetaway.com.

About Gap Getaway
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Earn entry ballots from 12:01am EST Thursday November 27th 2014 to 2:59am EST December 7th 2014. Enter your unique ballot code before 2:59am EST December 12th 2014.  Open to legal residents of the US and Canada who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.  Sweepstakes is void where prohibited or restricted.  Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. 100 prizes are available to be won.  Approximate retail value US$4,000. Taxes are the responsibility of winner. Sponsor: Gap Inc. 2 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94105.  For more details and to view the complete Terms and Conditions, please visit www.gapgetaway.com.

About Gap
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic, iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

Gap opens its own dedicated online shop within Zalando

New ecommerce channel will help reach new audiences and support Gap’s global growth strategy

New York/Berlin, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap brand and Zalando, Europe’s largest online fashion web site, have today announced a partnership that will see Gap open its own dedicated online shop within Zalando. The American retailer will offer a broad assortment of clothing and accessories for Gap Women, Gap Men, GapKids and babyGap, bringing the brand to a broader European customer base beginning Summer 2015.

“This partnership represents Gap’s first foray into multi-brand retailing in Europe.  Also for the first time, Gap’s collections will be styled alongside other brands available on Zalando, providing customers with new looks to combine American and European casual style,” said Stefan Laban, SVP International for Gap.  “Zalando is the most trafficked ecommerce fashion site in Europe with more than 100 million visits to the site per month. This partnership is a strategic step that will see us continue to grow our brand presence in these markets.”

Gap has had a long history in Europe having launched the first Gap Inc.-operated international store in the UK in 1987.  Since then, Gap has continued to grow its presence throughout the continent with 190 company-operated stores and 33 franchise locations.  The Zalando partnership will complement Gap’s own brand online presence that currently ships to 24 countries.

“We are constantly working to ensure that we are offering our around 14 million active customers new and relevant brands from around the world.  Gap is one of the most loved brands in the US and extends our assortment,” said David Schneider, Member of Zalando’s Management Board. “Fashion lets us express our personalities, allows us to be creative and to celebrate our style, Gap embodies this and so does Zalando,” added Claudia Reth, Fashion Director at Zalando. “We encourage our customers to combine different brands and styles so they can put together their own perfect outfit.”

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than those that are purely historical are forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the following:

  • opening of dedicated Gap brand online shop within Zalando in 2015; and
  • growing Gap brand presence in European markets.

Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, without limitation, the following:

  • the risk that changes in global economic conditions or consumer spending patterns could adversely impact our results of operations;
  • the highly competitive nature of our business in the United States and internationally;
  • the risk that we will be unsuccessful in gauging apparel trends and changing consumer preferences;
  • the risks associated with importing merchandise from foreign countries, including failure of our vendors to adhere to our Code of Vendor Conduct, could have a negative impact on our reputation or operations;
  • the risk that we are subject to data or other security breaches that may result in increased costs, violations of law, significant legal and financial exposure, and a loss of confidence in our security measures, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and our reputation;
  • the risk that natural disasters, public health crises, political crises, or other catastrophic events could adversely affect our operations and financial results, or those of our vendors;
  • the risk that changes in the regulatory or administrative landscape could adversely affect our financial condition, strategies, and results of operations; and
  • the risk that we will not be successful in defending various proceedings, lawsuits, disputes, claims, and audits.

Additional information regarding factors that could cause results to differ can be found in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2014, as well as the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

These forward-looking statements are based on information as of November 24, 2014. The company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.

About Gap
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About Zalando
Zalando (https://corporate.zalando.com) is a leading pure-play online fashion destination in Europe for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of over 1,500 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with three centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s websites attract more than 100 million visits per month with over 40% coming from mobile devices as at 30 June 2014, resulting in more than 13.7 million active customers. After six years of operations, our business has grown to €2.0 billion in revenue for the twelve-month period ended June 30, 2014.

The National Association of Convenience Stores expressed disapproval of the sweeping new menu labeling regulations imposed by the FDA on small businesses

​ALEXANDRIA, VA,  2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) expressed disapproval of the sweeping new menu labeling regulations imposed on convenience stores and other food establishments including grocery stores, movie theaters, and vending machines by the Food and Drug Administration earlier today.

“The FDA has clearly gone beyond congressional intent by expanding the types of businesses that fall under this law to include convenience stores,” said Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president for government relations for NACS. “The one-size-fits-all approach that FDA announced today would treat convenience stores as though they are restaurants, when in fact they operate very differently. It is now up to the bipartisan, bicameral opponents of this regulatory overreach to enact legislation introduced in both houses of Congress that reasonably defines a restaurant as a business that derives at least 50% of revenue from prepared food.”

The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, requires a national, uniform nutrition-disclosure standard for foodservice establishments. The broad rules announced today seek to establish this standard.

NACS has long advocated to the FDA that any menu labeling regulations must account for differences between the convenience store business model and a chain restaurant business model. The new rules announced today don’t recognize how convenience stores, grocery stores, delivery operations and other approaches to foodservice are different than restaurants. Further, the intent of law was designed for big chain restaurants with simple, standardized menus at all locations and Congress’s intent was to ensure those menus provide clear, understandable nutrition information.

NACS currently supports H.R. 1249, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, that was introduced by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and S. 1756 that was introduced by Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME), both of which are currently pending in Congress. The legislation would codify a less burdensome approach to menu labeling by limiting the provision in the health-care law to establishments that derive 50% or more of their revenue from food that is intended for immediate consumption or prepared and processed on-site.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS: Ricker Oil Co. chairman Jay Ricker elected chairman of the Fuels Institute

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-11-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Jay Ricker, chairman of Ricker Oil Co. (Anderson, IN) was elected chairman of the Fuels Institute. The election took place November 20 during the Fuels Institute’s Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit in Newport Beach, CA.  Andy Viens, president of global marketing for Phillips 66 Co. (Houston, TX), was elected treasurer and Fuels Institute Executive Director John Eichberger was re-elected secretary.

The Fuels Institute, founded by NACS in 2013, is a non-profit research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating market issues related to vehicles and the fuels that power them. Since its founding in early 2013, it has commissioned and published feasibility studies related to several alternative fuels and examined the vehicle market and consumers perceptions of key fuels and vehicle types.

Ricker succeeds Bill Douglass, managing partner of Douglass Distributing Co. (Sherman, TX), who served as the Institute’s first chairman during its inaugural and formative first 21 months. Douglass will continue to serve on the Institute’s 11-member board of directors.

Ricker founded Ricker Oil Co. with his wife, Nancy, as a fuel distributor in the 1970s. In 1989, they opened their first Ricker’s convenience store. Today, the company operates 50 convenience retail locations in Indiana, most under the Ricker’s name, as well as a petroleum distributorship and other enterprises. A member of the NACS Board of Directors from 2000 to 2012, Ricker was 2010 NACS Chairman of the Board. He also served two terms as NACS vice chairman of convention and events and two terms as NACS vice chairman of industry relations. In addition, Ricker served on the NACS Supplier Board and on the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council.

In addition to his service with NACS, Ricker is past chair of the BP Amoco Marketers Association, past president of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association and a past member of the Marathon Jobber Advisory Council. Ricker earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

The Fuels Institute’s governing structure incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders including, but not limited to, fuel retailers, fuel producers and refiners, alternative and renewable fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, environmental advocates, consumer organizations, academics, government entities and others with expertise in the fuels and automotive industries.

The Fuels Institute’s complete board of directors are:

  • Jay Ricker (chairman), chairman, Ricker Oil Co. (Anderson, IN)
  • Andy Viens (treasurer), president of U.S. marketing, Phillips 66 Co. (Houston, TX)
  • Mark DeVries, director of business development, POET LLC (Wichita, KS)
  • Bill Douglass, managing partner, Douglass Distributing Co. (Sherman, TX)
  • Norman Herrera, manager of corporate development, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Max McBrayer, senior vice president, RaceTrac Petroleum (Atlanta, GA)
  • Jeff Morris, vice chairman of the board of directors, Alon USA (Dallas, TX)
  • Ron Sabia, president, Gulf Oil LP (Framingham, MA)
  • Norman Turiano, principal, Turiano Strategic Consulting LLC (Cape Coral, FL)
  • Michael Whatley, executive vice president, Consumer Energy Alliance (Washington, DC)
  • Bob Wimmer, director of energy & environmental research group, Toyota Motor North America Inc. (Washington, DC)

The Fuels Institute will continue to commission and publish comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by the affected stakeholders. These projects will help to inform both business owners considering long-term investment decisions and policymakers considering legislation and regulations affecting the market. The Institute’s Spring Meeting will take place April 29 to May in New Orleans, LA.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.