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Holiday Stationstores Adds In Zone Brands

Holiday expands its offering of healthy and fun beverages for children. Holiday Stationstores is offering products from In Zone Brands, makers of BellyWashers, TummyTickler and TummyTickler Tots healthy and fun children’s beverages. Holiday Stationstores now offers eight-ounce BellyWashers and six-ounce TummyTickler single serve bottles at 270 of its upper Midwest stores. “We are very excited

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Jack Link’s To Acquire Underwood, Iowa Warehouse Facility

Acquisition provides increased distribution center capacity to meet growing demand. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has reached an agreement to acquire a distribution facility located in Underwood, Iowa from The Oriental Trading Co., a direct merchant of party supplies, small toys and novelties. The transaction is expected to close by the end of November, subject to

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Next Generation E-Cigarettes

PureSmoke has launched its next generation of disposable e-cigarettes in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Cool Mint. Pre-priced at $9.99, each stick is equivalent to two packs of traditional cigarettes, offering the greatest value to adult tobacco consumers. The 12-count retail carton converts into a countertop display making it easy to merchandise. Build your category

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Slice Like a Pro

Baxter’s bread slicers provide a convenient way to slice artisan breads. Among the quietest in the industry, Baxter slicers are ideally suited for a theater-style baking environment. Baxter bread slicers are offered with either manual or automatic operation in a range of sizes. Manual slicers feature an easy-to-use slice lever, enabling users to control the

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Nice N Easy Recognizes Long-Term Employees

At an awards banquet, the Nice N Easy team celebrates employees who have worked with the company for five to 30 years. Canastota, N.Y. –based Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes recently recognized several employees who achieved very important milestones at a Service Awards Banquet held at The Rusty Rail in Canastota. President and CEO John

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Philip Morris Wins First Engle Trial

“Even though we won this trial, we continue to believe that the Engle trial structure is fundamentally unfair and unconstitutional,” says Philip Morris spokesperson. A Fort Myers jury today decided in favor of Philip Morris USA and other tobacco companies in the first Engle case to be tried in Lee County (Szymanski). This marks the

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Catering To Smartphone Shoppers

Study finds some shoppers are looking at products in-store, then using their phone to find it cheaper elsewhere.  A recent blog post by Retrevo examined the results of a Retrevo Pulse Study that polled shoppers about how they use their cell phones when they shop. Findings showed retailers aren’t doing enough to give smartphone equipped

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Couche-Tard Launches New Share Repurchase Program

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that the Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its share repurchase program. The company is now authorized to repurchase up to 2,684,420 Class A multiple voting shares (representing 5 % of the 53,688,412 Class A multiple voting shares issued and outstanding) and 11,126,400 Class B subordinate voting shares (representing 10 % of the 111,264,009

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Reduce Payments Costs

ACI Worldwide Inc., an international provider of payment systems, has announced the latest release of ACI Retail Commerce Server. This version is integrated with ISD Corp.’s In-Store suite of products, following the acquisition of ISD in March 2011. ACI now serves 14 of the top 25 U.S. retailers. The combined offerings of ISD and ACI

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AWMA’s Closing Super Session Panel Announced

AWMA’s 2012 Show Closing Super Session titled “What’s Driving the Changing Retail Landscape?” is set to be held Friday, Feb. 17., and will include insights from a panel of leading retailers that includes Tedeschi  Food Shops President & CEO Peter Tedeschi, Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin COO James F. Fiene, and CPD Energy CEO

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Heartland Releases State-Specific Durbin Statistics

Heartland Payment Systems shows average savings per merchant in states across the U.S. following Durbin. Heartland Payment Systems, a national payments processor, has released the first state-specific data about the Durbin Amendment’s actual impact on business owners in specific states. The data was gathered between Oct. 1-16, 2011, from across Heartland’s 250,000 merchant locations. The

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Kangaroo Express Asks Guests to ‘Give Kids The World’

Customers can donate at any Florida Kangaroo Express through Nov. 4 The Pantry Inc.’s Florida Kangaroo Express locations are collecting donations for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in Central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. “Give Kids The World is a

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Speedway Selects NCR To Power Loyalty Program

NCR c-tailing solutions to help Speedway drive personalized customer interactions across multiple channels. Speedway LLC has selected the NCR Advanced Marketing Solution and NCR Enterprise Preference Manager from NCR Corp. to power its next-generation Speedy Rewards customer loyalty program. With approximately 1,375 stores in seven states, Speedway ranks as the fourth largest chain of company-owned

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Increase Breakfast Profits

Knouse Foods, a grower-owned cooperative, highlights how foodservice professionals can increase profit potential with breakfast and snacking dayparts. According to The NPD Group, 60% of restaurant growth over the past five years has come from breakfast sales and the rest from snack periods. Knouse Foods’ products and recipes help operators easily expand their menu and

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Eco-Friendly Refrigeration

Freeaire designs and manufactures commercial cooling and refrigeration systems that harness cold, outdoor air to achieve up to a 50% increase in efficiency. Freeaire’s solutions revolve around the notion that the best energy savings is energy not used. Accordingly, Freeaire systems are designed to eliminate virtually all excess energy usage in any particular cooling application.

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Former Phillips Oil Stations In Florida Sold

Sun State Oil to supply fuel to the multiple new owners that acquired the 30 properties. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC’s subsidiary, NRC Realty Advisors of Florida LLC, has completed the sale of the final 30 properties formerly owned and operated by Ryan Phillips (Phillips Oil) and located in the panhandle of Florida.  Sun

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Susser Expects To Report Q3 Growth

Susser anticipates same-store merchandise sales growth ahead of its third quarter results release. Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the third quarter of 2011 of approximately 7.4% versus the third quarter of 2010.  Meanwhile, retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to increase by 5.6% year-over-year. For the first three

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EZ Energy Supports Homeless Children’s Education

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund gets a needed financial boost as it works to launch underprivileged kids on a successful path. EZ Energy USA, as part of its commitment to local charitable foundations, has committed to $40,000 donation to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund in Pittsburgh. The donation was made by Easytrip stores’ sponsorship of

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Share of Sales Slip For Small Independent Owners

Independent full-service restaurants and grocery stores fared better than other small retail establishments. Just-released data from the American Express OPEN Independent Retail Index shows independently-owned small retailers account for 11% less of total retail sales than they did 20 years ago (from 57% in 1990 down to 46% in 2009). Independent bars and restaurants fared

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Sheetz To Hire 250 Employees

As Sheetz grows its fleet of stores, it looks to add new employees. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz plans to hire up to 250 new employees in greater Pittsburgh by the end of 2012 as it opens new stores and renovates others, Bizjournals.com reported. Within the next three months, the c-store chain is set to open two

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Disposable E-Cigs

Logic Technology offers Logic Disposable Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs) that provide an alternative for traditional smokers, allowing them to avoid the 4,000 toxins found in cigarettes, while replicating the sensory experience of smoking. To perfect the sensory experience, Logic used six combined pending patents to duplicate the smoking experience without lighting or burning tobacco—fulfilling a smoker’s

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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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Foodservice Trends for Hispanic Consumers

Stripes is among the growing number of convenience store chains providing an authentic Hispanic cuisine to attract this growing demographic. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Early each morning the parking lots of Stripes Convenience Stores fill up with the trucks and cars of customers wanting to purchase a hearty meal of breakfast tacos, carne guisada

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Motivating Employees in a Challenging Economy

Some chains just don’t have the financial resources to give out much-deserved raises and bonuses, but there are other ways to show your staff you appreciate their hard work. By John Lofstock, Editor. To say the least, the past few years haven’t been the best for business. While we have weathered a brutal recession, it’s

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Relaxation Shot Eases Stress

iChill aims to relieve the stress that any traveler can have while traveling. Whether it’s a fear of flying—said to affect 25% of people—or other travel-related stress, iChill’s expertly formulated blend of Melatonin, Valerian Root, Rose Hips and B vitamins helps calm the body and mind before a flight or venture into an airport. Available

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