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Flavor Burst

Retailers, get ready to fire up your salty snack sales with the zesty combination of Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese surrounded by a crunchy pretzel exterior in new COMBOS Baked Snacks/Buffalo Blue Cheese Pretzel. This new, limited-edition item joins COMBOS’ seven permanent flavor combinations for just six months. This cheesy, crunchy snack is made

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Dispensed Beverages Thrive on Innovation and Marketing

Dispensed cold and frozen beverages enjoyed another solid year of growth in 2010, and 2011 is shaping up to be another strong year, according to the NPD Group in Port Washington, N.Y. “Our latest research is telling us 3% of consumers going into a convenience store are purchasing a frozen beverage or slushy drink,” said

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Shopper Optimism Slowly Increasing

“Some shoppers are retaining their frugal ways, others are spending more freely across the board and others still are spending more on some types of products, but remaining tight fisted about others,” notes SymphonyIRI CEO. SymphonyIRI has launched its Quarterly MarketPulse Survey Series, which offers consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail and healthcare companies a comprehensive

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UNC Wins $20K Donation from Kangaroo Express

UNC beats NC State and Duke to benefit student-led UNC Build a Block program in Battle for Bean Street contest. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., officially announced the University of North Carolina as its Battle for Bean Street Champion, scoring the $20,000 grand prize donation

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Core-Mark To Acquire Forrest City Grocery

“We believe that Core-Mark will provide the platform for the Forrest City team to continue to grow and expand,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Forrest City Grocery Co. (FCGC), for

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Kum & Go Leaders Receive Energy Efficiency Award

Five new Kum & Go stores expected to use 20% less energy. In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Kum & Go leaders are set to receive the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions. Trane is a global provider

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Enhancing the Possibilities of Bottled Water

Bottled water sales nationwide continue to rise. Sales in convenience stores reached nearly $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ended Dec. 26, 2010, according to SymphonyIRI Group, a growth of 2.19%. Of that, more than $2.6 billion came from convenience/PET still waters. Leading brands include Glacéau, Aquafina, Dasani, Nestlé Pure Life, Poland Spring, SoBe and

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Chocolate Treats

Chocolaty snack cakes have risen to a new level. Mrs. Freshley’s has unveiled three items featuring Hershey’s quality products–Chocolate Bells, Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chocolate Pie. Now made with Hershey’s cocoa, Chocolate Bells are moist chocolate cakes with a cream filling and rich coating. The new chocolate chip muffin is studded with Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate

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Ampli5 Sports Bands

386 Warehouse LLC’s Ampli5, a line of health and sports wristbands, is now available at major retail outlets and convenient stores nationwide, including Circle K, Tom Thumb and Pilot Food Mart. Ampli5’s Health-Sports bands are designed to increase one’s performance by balancing the natural energy field and restoring the proper internal frequencies of the body.

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Hoshizaki Welcomes New President

Christopher Leader has been promoted from chief operating officer to president of Hoshizaki America Inc., headquartered in Peachtree City, Ga. Hoshizaki America engineers and manufactures high quality ice machines and reach-in refrigerators in its two U.S. manufacturing facilities and distributes display cases, hi-temp dishwashers and water filtration products.  It also has six company-owned Distribution Centers

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Nice N Easy Recognizes Top Performers

“We are very proud of each and every one of our employees and vendors who are actively contributing to the success of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes every day,” says Nice N Easy CEO. Article from NiceNEasy.com. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes’ vendor partners, franchise owners, operators, management and staff gathered at the Holiday Inn

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7-Eleven Unveils Thor Movie Promotion

“Our customers are both enthusiastic supporters of action-hero movies and Slurpee-lovers,” says 7-Eleven vice president. When the first Super Hero movie of the year hits the big screen, you can be sure a 7-Eleven fun-filled Slurpee promotion, with collectible cups, straws and a crazy-colored flavor, isn’t far behind … or in many cases, out in

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FDA Proposes Draft Menu Labeling Requirements

“This proposal is aimed at giving consumers consistent and easy-to-understand nutrition information,” says FDA Commissioner. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two proposed regulations regarding calorie labeling on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, retail food establishments and vending machines. The FDA invites input on the proposed regulations by visiting http://www.regulations.gov. “These

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Loyalty and Rewards Come of Age

Gaining and retaining loyal customers in 2011 is crucial. According to Chicago-based research firm Mintel International, 35% of customers in the U.S. say their choice of store is determined by special offers or discounts. This means convenience stores need to find new and innovative ways to stand out from the crowd. This is one reason

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Fresh Baked Bars

Otis Spunkmeyer, a provider of premium sweet baked goods to the foodservice industry, has launched 100% whole grain, all-natural Otis Spunkmeyer Tasty Grains Fresh Baked Bars. The new Tasty Grains Fresh Baked Bars enable foodservice operators to easily add natural, fresh-baked appeal to their menus and satisfy health-conscious consumers looking for great tasting, nutritious grab-and-go

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Energizing Cooler Sales

Maybe it’s the unusually trying times we live in that have Americans reaching so often for beverages that bolster their energy levels. Regardless, it’s convenience store owners that are reaping the rewards. Sales of energy drinks in c-stores topped $5.6 billion, up 14.29%, for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, according to SymphonyIRI Group

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Drive Customer Excitement

Marfood USA presents the re-energized Pemmican Brand: New packaging. New displays. New promotion. New ownership. New energy. Everything from its revamped, high-velocity product line to its new packaging was designed by core users to speak to core users. That’s only the beginning—the Pemmican Trail is loaded with targeted promotions for you and your shoppers throughout

Industry Posts Strong Sales Gains

Despite the challenging economy, convenience store retailers enjoyed a solid year of growth in key categories like foodservice, frozen beverages and smokeless tobacco. By John Lofstock, Editor. While sales across all retail remained sluggish for much of 2010, the year ended on a relatively good note for c-store operators. Sales and gross margin contributions from

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Energy Shot Sales Surge

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus to energy shots, many have voiced the opinion that the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead of it. According to numbers from SymphonyIRI Group for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, energy shots saw a whopping 35.58%

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Foodservice Sustainability Grant

Best foodservice sustainability program of the year to be recognized at 2012 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. For the fifth year, the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability (HCFS) plans to award a $5,000 grant to the organization judged to have the best-executed foodservice or grocery sustainability project. Applications are currently being accepted, and the

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Tedeschi Food Shops Opens Quincy Store

For a limited time, customers of the new Quincy store can receive a free fresh-baked muffin when they buy any freshly brewed Green Mountain coffee. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced the opening of its newest store located at 85 Quincy Avenue in Quincy, Mass.  This 3,926 square foot mini-market features an updated design aesthetic and

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Getty Realty Corp. Acquires 66 Shell Branded Properties

“We expect the acquisition to be immediately accretive to annual earnings and the acquisition is consistent with our strategy to grow and diversify our tenant base,” says Getty Realty CEO. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 66 Shell-branded gasoline station and convenience store properties located in and around the Greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area

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Kangaroo Express, Coca-Cola Partner for Kids

Five-week fundraiser across three states aims to help send kids with chronic medial conditions to Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction for a once in a lifetime camping experience. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., is partnering with Coca-Cola for a third consecutive year to send children to

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NACS Show Retailer Registration, Housing Opens Monday

Exhibitor registration begins in June. Retailer registration and housing opens on Monday, April 4, for the NACS Show, a comprehensive event for convenience and fuels retailing professionals. This year’s NACS Show takes place Oct. 1-4 in Chicago at McCormick Place. NACS Show retailer attendees, as well as wholesalers and distributors, can register for the event

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Jumbo Fudge Sticks

New from those innovative Keebler Elves and on behalf of the Kellogg Convenience Store Team comes Keebler Fudge Shoppe Jumbo Fudge Sticks. The Jumbo Fudge Sticks offer classic Keebler fudge-covered vanilla wafers in a new jumbo-sized shape. Available in Original and Peanut Butter varieties, these individually wrapped bars will bring excitement to the category, satisfying

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