Grocery Store Trends for 2020

More convenient options, plant-based foods and pickup options will come this year By NACS Online // January 06, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—A new year means new changes to the food retail industry, including both grocery and convenience store. Here are some of the next trends coming to grocery stores in 2020 as predicted by an article on…

FDA Issues Final Nutrition Facts Guidance

Final guidance expands on answers about labeling regulations for manufacturers By NACS Online // January 06, 2020 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a final guidance to outline Nutrition Facts labeling regulations. According to New Food Magazine, the final guidance addresses “serving sizes of foods, including single-serving foods and other foods that can reasonably be…

FDA E-Cigarette Flavor Ban Takes Effect February 6th

Retailers must remove most flavors of cartridge units from their shelves ahead of the deadline By NACS Online // January 10, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tuesday officially published its final guidance in the Federal Register banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the…

2021 Food Code: What to Expect

Updates may include a regulatory initiative focus on retail and foodservice By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va—While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has focused on manufacturers, processors, growers and importers, the agency may shift its center to regulating the retail and foodservice space instead, reports The Acheson Group. In late December…

Labor Department Issues Joint Employer Rule

The final rule reverses the Obama-era FLSA interpretation in line with NACS comments By NACS Online // January 13, 2020 ALEXANDRIA—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Sunday released its long-awaited Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “Joint Employer” rule governing when one business may be legally responsible under federal wage and hour law for another company’s…

FDA Statement on Tobacco 21

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and raising the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product—including cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes—to anyone under 21. Effective immediately, retailers must…

C-Store Retailers Say Sales Rose in 2019

NACS survey finds record-high retailer optimism for the first quarter of 2020 By NACS Online // January 02, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience retailers overwhelmingly said their sales increased in 2019, according to U.S. convenience store owners surveyed by NACS, the trade association that represents the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Three in four retailers (74%) said…

Gas Stations Rush to Upgrade to Chip Technology

The industry faces an October deadline for EMV compliance at the pump By NACS Online // January 08, 2020 NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Starting in October, fuel pumps must be equipped to handle chip card transactions or retailers risk liability for any counterfeit fraud that might occur at that station, Bloomberg/Detroit News reports. Gas stations had asked that…