Chicago Soda Tax Starts Wednesday

Judge dismisses lawsuit, allowing tax to begin. Cook County, Ill.—which includes Chicago and surrounding areas—is set to implement a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages beginning Aug. 2. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, July 28, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the county tax as unconstitutional

How Biodiesel Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. Why is interest in biodiesel growing among convenience store operators? In past blog posts for CSD, I’ve touched on some of the reasons, including its performance benefits, its lower emissions and the increasing number of diesel-powered vehicles. But let’s be honest. If biodiesel didn’t make economic sense, c-store

Celebrating Summer – Student Internships

It’s almost back to school time for many young people including students who had an internship experience this summer. Recently I’ve seen several posts on LinkedIn reveling the work interns did for the companies they’ve brought eyes & hands and more importantly minds & hearts to. For me, an internship is a two-way given and

Bakery Drives Local Demand

Through consistency and a focus on local trends, convenience store bakery programs can create savory margins. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor When it comes to creating a successful baked goods program, inspiration is found in the most unlikely places. Just ask Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa. The

Court Decision A Win for Renewable Fuel Producers

Court rules against EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is applauding the Friday, July 28, decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its interpretation of its authority to waive biofuel requirements that reduced the 2014-‘16 total Renewable Volume Obligations

Thrillist Recognizes Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The premium c-store-based quick-service restaurant concept gets special attention. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was recently honored by online media giant, Thrillist, in an article titled, “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain.” Thrillist authors explained why the nationwide fast-food chain is their favorite. “Chances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at