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Dual MixMaker Cups Hit 7-Eleven Stores

The 2011 Summer of Slurpee includes concerts, and flavor-mixing fun. The 2011 Summer of Slurpee is shaping up to be a mash-up of cool cups, concoctions and concerts. Now, the MixMaker dual-chambered cup and valve straw lets Slurpee-drinkers enjoy their favorite frozen beverage like they never have before. The refillable cup and straw combo, available

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7-Eleven To Operate Six Apple Market Stores

“Adding these appealing locations in Virginia complements our store-development strategy of acquiring retail sites where we currently operate stores,” says 7-Eleven’s vice president of development. This June, 7-Eleven Inc. signed an agreement to operate six convenience-store locations in Virginia from Workman Oil Co. of Lynchburg, Va. The stores, located in Roanoke and Salem, are being

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FDA Sends Warning Letter To Adult-Only Tobacco Stores

As FDA cracks down on adult-only tobacco stores, NATO seeks clarification from FDA on whether a “bouncer” is needed at the door to check IDs. Some adult-only tobacco stores have been receiving warning letters regarding a failure to ensure that no minors enter the store, and for failure to have a staff member checking IDs

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Thorntons Offers Fuel Discount

Customers who stopped by a Thorntons convenience store on Friday, June 10, saved 10 cents per gallon by using a debit card to buy gas. Thorntons offered a fuel promotion to debit card carrying guests on Friday, June 10, just days after the Senate voted to upload a law that would provide interchange relief on

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Empowering Loyalty Customers

Retailers are energizing their rewards programs and using social media to keep loyalty customers active. The modern loyalty program may be 28 years old, but in a saturated market, chains are turning up the creativity to gain customer attention by pushing game-based promotions, cause marketing, discounts on fuel and using social networking to drive interest.

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Serving Today’s Smokers

Led by the Gallagher family, Smoker Friendly continues the fight to sell tobacco legally and responsibly. By John Lofstock, Editor. While the federal government seems intent on eliminating tobacco products altogether, tobacco remains a legal product in the U.S. enjoyed by legal-aged adults exercising their right to smoke, dip or chew. The right to enjoy

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New Brewing Technology

Wilbur Curtis Co. has developed new IntelliFresh Technology , which maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and temperature throughout the dispensing cycle by enveloping the satellite with pulses of gentle heat. IntelliFresh settings are locked in just by touching the brew button, and are kept until the next brewing cycle—even if the vessel is moved to a

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A Splash of Lemon

Monin Gourmet Flavorings, a global provider of premium syrups and flavoring products, is offering a variety of flavorings to increase beverage sales during the summer months. While familiar flavors like Strawberry Lemonade remain extremely popular, consumers are also requesting more adventurous choices, such as superfruit flavorings. With an average cost of only 15 cents per

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Customers Gravitate Toward Private Label

A sluggish economy means customers continue to pinch pennies by turning to private label options and shopping less frequently. A new report by Acosta Sales & Marketing, a sales, marketing and merchandising company, found grocery shoppers are spending less, making fewer store trips, searching out deals and discounts, and buying more private label products, Advertising

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Food Lion Adds BLOCKBUSTER Express Movie Kiosks

At more than 800 Food Lion Stores customers can get a $1 a night movie rental free for the first night at the BLOCKBUSTER Express kiosk at Food Lion Stores. NCR Corp. has announced the addition of more than 800 new BLOCKBUSTER Express locations at Food Lion grocery stores to help make every night a movie night

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Ampm Launches Too Much Good Stuff Promotion

Customers must register on ampm’s Facebook page and spin a virtual slot machine for a chance to win. C-store chain ampm is driving fans to its Facebook page for a chance to win prizes, including a trip for two to Las Vegas, in its Too Much Good Stuff Giveaway, Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes, sponsored

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VPS Raises Over $85,000 for Boy Scouts

“We are very proud as a company that we have such a long-standing commitment to our local scouts,” says VPS Convenience Store Group CEO. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, held its 28th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council this

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French’s Launches Signature Creations

C-store retailers looking to incorporate extendibility and increased value into their menus, look no further than French’s Foodservice. From French’s Mustard to Cattlemen’s Master’s Reserve Barbecue Sauces to Frank’s Redhot Sauces, these products use only the finest ingredients to make savory sauces and flavorful dishes that save you time and money while growing your profits.

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Keeping Your Cool in Turbulent Times

In order to change the outcome of a situation that plagues your operation, the quickest way to empower yourself is to take action as soon as possible. By Jim Callahan. Since the recession of 2009 hit, it has taken the skills of a tightrope walker to navigate the treacherous economic pitfalls to stay profitable. For

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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7-Eleven To Offer 14 MHC Stores For Franchise

“Our franchise model supports the local business owner with infrastructure and consulting, which enables them to operate great stores and make product assortment decisions that meet neighborhood needs,” says 7-Eleven’s east region senior vice president. 7-Eleven Inc. plans to convert 14 northwestern Illinois Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC) stores to 7-Eleven stores and offer them for

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Clark Brands Signs Scher-Cash and Belmont Carson Petroleum

Clark is assisting Scher-Cash and Belmont Carson Petroleum with the installation of the new image at all 14 locations that are set to be converted to the Clark brand. Clark Brands LLC today announced that Scher-Cash Inc., based in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, and Belmont Carson Petroleum Corp., based in Bridgeport, Ohio, have branded with Clark.

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34 Georgia C-store/Gas Stations For Sale

Bid deadline set for Aug. 18. Sam’s Real Estate Holdings – Georgia LLC  is selling  34 c-store properties located in the greater Atlanta, Ga., metropolitan area by sealed bid sale. Sam’s has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale of the properties. Sealed bids are required to be

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Koko’s Chillin’ Weekend At NYC Dylan’s Candy Bar

Starting the summer off right, Dylan’s Candy Bar hosted a “Chillin’ Weekend” this past June 4-5, featuring Koko’s Confectionery’s ICEE and Slush Puppie candies. The iconic team of the ICEE bear and Slush Puppie were seen hanging around Dylan’s and signing autographs for children of all ages. Confection and beverage lovers alike were privy to

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Hangable Clamshell Containers

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced the new Hangables line of clamshell containers, the newest version of the company’s Safe-T-Fresh line of products, and ideal for c-store retailers. The new Hangables version of the product line has a molded-in hang-tab to enable merchandising on racks and pegboard displays throughout the store. When the clamshell is closed

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Sparkling Fruit Juice

Nestlé Juicy Juice Sparkling Fruit Juice is made with 70% premium quality fruit juice and 30% water that is carbonated, with no added sugar. It is all natural, is an excellent source of vitamin C, and contains one serving of fruit in each can. Now available in Apple, Berry and Orange flavors in 8.4-fluid-ounce cans,

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Fuel Rewards Luring Customers

With gas prices rising, loyalty programs are rewarding customers with steep discounts. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With fuel prices approaching record highs in May, customers were thinking carefully about where they stop for gas and are paying more attention to rewards programs that offer cents-off fuel gallons purchased. Convenience store chains are responding with

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NACS Responds As Debit Card Reform Passes Final Barrier

The Senate’s rejection of an amendment offered by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) demonstrates the power of consumer and retail industry advocacy efforts and is a major victory for the convenience and fuel retailing industry, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller. The Tester-Corker amendment needed 60 votes for passage in the Senate, however

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Swipe Fee Reform Safe

It’s a huge victory for convenience store retailers and merchants across the U.S. today, as the Senate rejected an amendment offered by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Bob Corker (R-TN) to delay swipe fee reform. The vote was 54-45 in favor of the Tester-Corker amendment, six short of the 60 needed to delay swipe fee

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Sign Says: Please Watch For Text Messagers

By: Lance Winslow The other day, I went to go buy some gas for my little red sports car down at the local gas station. It’s one of those really cool new c-stores with all the bells and whistles, trimmings and a car wash. As I was there, unfortunately the credit card reading machine wasn’t

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