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USDA approves Pilot C-Stores for EBT/SNAP programs

Pilot Food Marts has been authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accept EBT/SNAP benefits at 38 Knoxville-area locations The USDA administers the SNAP federal food assistance program formerly known as the Food Stamp program. SNAP provides low-income households with electronic benefits that are used like a debit card to purchase food

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FDA: Not So Fast on Relaxation Brownies

The Food and Drug Administration is warning the makers of melatonin-laced brownies called “Lazy Larry” that it considers them unsafe and could seize the brownies from store shelves if the company continues to make them. Last week the FDA sent the Memphis-based company that makes them, HBB LLC, a warning letter which has been obtained

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Cheese Jerky Entices Customers

Snack Patrol’s Cheese Jerky combines premium shredded beef jerky with award-winning farmstead string cheese, offering something new to the market that has never been done before. Often times, string cheese is made from powdered milk, resulting in a much cheaper, bland tasting cheese. Cheese Jerky is made with Grade A milk from Wisconsin cows. Available in

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Bourbon-Flavored Wings

Brakebush Brothers has introduced Chick’N Gone Wild Wings and Boneless Wings featuring Wild Turkey Bourbon Struttin’ Sauce. Created with authentic Wild Turkey Bourbon and a proprietary blend of spices, the wings are sweet, yet smokey with just a hint of brown sugar and molasses. The Struttin’ Sauce comes in a separate pouch, so preparation is

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Mississippi Retailer Challenges Tobacco Warning Labels

A Mississippi tobacco retailer is questioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan that will require tobacco makers to include graphic health warnings and graphic images on cigarette packaging and advertisements, “It’s another form of Big Daddy trying to tell people what to do,” said Frank Williams of Gulfport, who owns three Smokey’s Discount Tobacco

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Retail Gasoline Prices Ready to Tumble

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Those long gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with the contract called Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending or RBOB, had a horrible week in early August, with a long position one in which the holder expects prices to increase. The September contract, which is

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7-Eleven Signs on as Sponsor of WWE’s SummerSlam

7-Eleven Inc., the largest convenience store operator in North America, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of WWE’s SummerSlam, WWE’s second largest pay-per-view event. TWIX has also partnered with WWE as the promotional sponsor of SummerSlam Axxess, WWE’s two-day interactive fan experience, which leads up to the SummerSlam event on August 14 in Los

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Kroger Expands Relationship with Cardtronics

Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery and convenience store retailer, has expanded its ATM management services agreement with Cardtronics Inc., the country’s largest retail ATM owner Building on a 2010 agreement with Kroger, Cardtronics has added 350 ATMs to both its retail ATM footprint and Kroger relationship, with such additions occurring in Ralphs, Food

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Chipotle Hot Sauce

Bring out the best of Southwestern flavor with new Texas Pete Chipotle Hot Sauce. This sauce is made from a traditional method of smoke drying red jalapeño peppers offering your menu creations a balance of heat, earthiness and complex flavor. Available in six-ounce bottles and 4.5-gallon plastic jugs, add new Texas Pete Chipotle Hot Sauce

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Jalepeño Flavored Meat Snacks

Uncle Larry’s started with two fresh homemade lemonade stands and a premium beer stand at a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks minor league baseball ballpark. Its customers were seeking an alternative to the traditional ballpark snacks and, in response, the company created its special Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix blend with the vivid taste of jalepeño. Today, its products

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Personalized Beer

With Autumn’s cooler weather, adult consumers’ tastes shift to richer, more full-flavored beers. This fall, Newcastle Brown Ale offers discerning beer drinkers everywhere the taste they are looking for through Newcastle’s ‘Your Beer. Your Gear’ fall retail program. ‘Your Beer. Your Gear.’ encourages adult shoppers to enjoy the lightly hopped, less bitter taste of Newcastle

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Sunoco Acquires 14 Stores From Shipley Group

New acquisitions expected to be reopened as APlus Convenience Stores. Sunoco Inc. has acquired leasehold interests in 14 convenience stores in central Pennsylvania from the Shipley Group, a private York, Pa., company that operates the outlets as Tom’s Stores, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sunoco is shifting its focus

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No Repeal and No Deal for MotoMart

Despite MotoMart’s recent efforts, the city of Neenah, Wis., refused to repeal its ban on alcohol sales in convenience stores. The Neenah, Wis. Common Council turned down MotoMart’s request to repeal the city’s ban on c-store alcohol sales on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Post Crescent Online reported that the Common Council voted 8-1 to deny

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A Changing Market

Retail markets often change with the U.S. economy. Currently, one popular consumer trend is cross-channel shopping, for its value and quality. Despite gas prices that are more than 30% higher than last year, cross-channel shopping is alive and well in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. In fact, three-quarters of today’s consumers shop across five

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Retailers See Loss Prevention Results

“For the first time in over 10 years, total shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions, and the dollars recovered from those apprehensions all declined from the previous year,” says president of Jack L. Hayes International. Shoplifters and dishonest employees stole over $7.0 billion in 2010 from just 23 major retailers, according to the 23rd Annual Retail

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New Danish Flavors

Flowers Foods’ Mrs. Freshley’s snack cake and pastry brand is introducing two fresh varieties—apple and strawberry cheese. These pastries are baked with real fruit filling, wrapped in a golden, crust and drizzled with icing. The apple and strawberry cheese Danish join Mrs. Freshley’s already extensive line of Danish pastries that includes cherry cheese and cinnamon,

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Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

“Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. had its best quarter ever and our logistics segment contributed $54 million to Sunoco’s earnings. Likewise, our retail segment also contributed strong earnings that approached a record for second quarter results,” says CEO. Sunoco Inc. has released its second quarter 2011 financial results, reporting a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders

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C-stores Help Fight Obesity in Maryland

As Maryland attempts to aid residents in slimming down, it is turning to some local c-store owners to help introduce healthier food options. Four convenience store owners in Charles County, Md., are joining the state’s initiative to help obese residents lose weight and make healthier choices by taking part in the Maryland Healthy Stores program,

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Fresh & Easy Express To Hit California

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain to test a c-store version of the grocery store brand, after a successful push with Tesco Express in the U.K. Tesco PLC is set to test a new Fresh & Easy Express branch of stores, a smaller-format version of its Fresh & Easy grocery stores, in an effort to

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New Beer Can Design

Budweiser, the iconic global beer brand, today revealed a new design, seen in its can and secondary packaging, that will roll out of U.S. breweries and into the hands of American beer drinkers this summer, before debuting in markets around the world later this year. The new can design is Budweiser’s 12th since Anheuser-Busch began

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Walgreens July Sales Up 4.7%

Fiscal 2011 year-to-date sales up 7% from fiscal 2010. Walgreens opened 13 stores during the month of July, including three relocations, and closed one store for a net increase of nine in the month. The drug store chain reported July sales of $5.82 billion, an increase of 4.7% from $5.56 billion for the same month

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Walmart’s Reign Fading?

“How America Shops” survey shows Walmart shoppers find lowest prices elsewhere.   The Walmart shopper’s value perception has dramatically changed, according to a new research report that surveyed nearly 1,500 Walmart Shoppers. A continuing recessionary mindset, coupled with lower priced competitors are driving shoppers to other retail destinations, according to WSL/Strategic Retail’s How America Shops

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Magness Oil Acquires Six Tiger Mart Stores

Recently purchased c-stores offer Exxon fuel, high volume sales. Arkansas convenience store owner Magness Oil has expanded with the purchase of six more sites with Exxon distribution from Tiger Mart. All six stores offer high volume sales and were leased to the dealers simultaneously. The transaction was brokered by Station Sales and More Inc., formerly

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Cumberland Farms Reopens Harwich Store

Following a fire, the Cumberland Farms c-store prepares to welcome back customers. Cumberland Farms is reopening its c-store on Main Street in Harwich Port, Mass.-based, after the store burned down on June 28. Cumberland Farms Marketing Manager Kate Ngo told the Cape Cod Times that the chain plans to reopen its Harwich Port store this

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Tallboy Cans

Narragansett Beer has released 24-ounce Tallboy cans for the first time in the brew’s 120-year history. Due to increasing customer demand for easily-transportable, single-serving cans, Narragansett Lager 24-ounce Tallboys are available throughout New England for a suggested retail price of $1.59-$1.95. While larger cans, such as the 24-ounce offering, are common for inexpensive and low-quality

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