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Pumpkin Wheat Beer

Just in time for fall, Shock Top Belgian White is launching Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, the brand’s first seasonal offering, as well as a Shock Top Variety Pack, the brand’s first sampler pack that will also highlight Shock Top Raspberry Wheat, which launched earlier in the year. Available through January 2012, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat

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Atlas Makes New Executive Appointments

Atlas Oil has announced additions to its executive team.  Shawn Ryan, formerly director of the Atlas Oil’s DELTA Process Improvement team, has been promoted to vice president, operations. Ryan will also join the company’s senior leadership team. In addition, Atlas has hired Michael Loomis as director of sales operations. “I am very pleased to make

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Thorntons Announces Text-To-Win Sweepstakes Results

Winner receives a 2011 Ford Explorer. Jody Kistlers of Lyons, Ill., is the winner of Thorntons Inc.’s 2011 Text-to-Win Sweepstakes, Thorntons announced this week. The sweepstakes was part of Thorntons’ summer-long promotion, kicking off the company’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. The contest began on May 25, at all 162 Thorntons stores located throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois,

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Todd Rutter To Join Dairy Leadership Council

New Pennsylvania Dairy Leadership Council to identify critical issues facing the dairy industry. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has named Rutter’s Dairy President, Todd Rutter, to the newly formed Pennsylvania Dairy Leadership Council. Rutter is one of 25 council members representing each key segment within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry named to the Leadership Council, which will make

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Icelandic Wins Award

Gordon Food Service 2011 VIP Partner Award recognizes Icelandic’s excellence and improvement in supply and customer relations. Icelandic was recently honored with the Gordon Food Service 2011 VIP Partner Award.  In business since 1897, Gordon Food Service delivers quality, value and customer service to foodservice operators throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast of

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Energy Boost

TSC Global LLC has introduced MPower Energy Tabs, chewable tablets that provide a natural energy boost that last up to six hours and come in four flavors including: Peppermint Blast, Tangerine TNT, Grape Explosion and Green Apple Grenade. Each tablet contains an all-natural blend of B-vitamins, ginseng, green tea, taurine and caffeine that provide the

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Love’s Presents Scholarships to Employees

Five employees and seven dependents get some relief on college tuition costs. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores’ Learning With Love’s Scholarship Fund, now in its third year, has awarded $40,000 in scholarships to a number of Love’s employees and their dependents to assist with college costs for the 2011-2012

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How to Boost the Value of Your Convenience Store

By Mike Handelsman, group general manager, BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com. There’s no arguing that banks, potential investors and creditors look heavily to a company’s financial statements to determine its value. However, past financials often aren’t the whole story. Here are some additional factors to consider as you seek to maximize your company’s value – whether you

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Catalina Expands Into C-Store Channel

Move into c-store channel will deliver precision marketing breakthrough for brands and retailers seeking to connect with valuable customers. Catalina, a consumer-driven marketing company, is expanding its nationwide point-of-sale media network into convenience stores, following a successful pilot program with technology partner, Outsite Networks.    The Catalina Network is a targeted consumer communication system, currently

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Pickle-In-A-Pouch

The Waterloo, Wis.- based pickle manufacturer, Van Holten’s, is growing to keep up with consumer demand, having completed the addition of a $1.6 million state-of-the-art pickle storage tankyard this summer, just in time for this year’s crop of cucumbers. It added 165 pickle storage tanks, increasing its total number of 1,000 bushel tanks to 292.

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New Juice Flavors

Everfresh Juice has launched two new juice offerings: 16-ounce Pineapple Mango and 24-ounce Strawberry Banana. These exotic flavor combinations will quench your customers’ thirst and have them coming back for more. Everfresh Juice’s never-ending goal is to create healthier beverages without ever sacrificing flavor. The company offers more than 30 flavors of juice products. For

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Thorntons To Sell $1 Pink Ribbons In October

All proceeds from ribbon sales to go to the Fight Against Breast Cancer. As part of Thorntons commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness, during the month of October, all Thorntons store locations will sell pink ribbons for $1; with 100% of the proceeds going towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Another way customers can help Thorntons

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Love’s Donates $1.1 Million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Funds raised during five-week campaign to benefit 89 children’s hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops has raised $1.1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country during its annual five-week fundraising campaign; a record for the company. More than 270 Love’s locations nationwide contributed by selling paper donation hearts in the amounts of $1, $5, and

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Time For Business Planning!

John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .”  Ah yes, the annual business planning cycle is upon us. The time of the year to huddle all of your business colleagues in a room to hash out the key initiatives for the upcoming

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Dissecting Private Label Trends

Private label performance is mixed across CPG channels; club and mass/super channels seeing strongest share growth. SymphonyIRI Group’s latest Times & Trends Report, “Private Label: Brand Positioning in the New World Order,” explores current and emerging trends around private label, as well as national brand efforts to protect and grow their position in the CPG

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Managing Your Cooking Oil Supply

Frontline International, a provider of smart oil management systems for waste oil, oil filtration and fresh oil, introduces the new Box System for standard packaged oil—an automated, convenient, safer and more cost-effective way to refill fryers with fresh cooking oil. When you use the Box System, you purchase your choice of fresh oil in boxes

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Ryko Solutions Announces New Hire

Joe Ivy appointed vice president of manufacturing and operations. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has added Joe Ivy as vice president of manufacturing and operations at the company’s 250,000 square foot facility located in Grimes, Iowa. Ivy

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Stacking the Cards In Your Favor

General purpose prepaid debit cards are rapidly gaining favor with consumers as an alternative to closed-loop gift cards. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sales of open-loop prepaid cards, issued by banks and credit card companies and able to be used at multiple establishments, are only going to go up as more consumers come to appreciate their

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Eliminate Cigarette Odor

Scentria Corp., innovator of GoneSmoke, the first dry aerosol odor eliminator, sports a new look: bold graphics with an image of a woman spraying GoneSmoke over her hair. The company now offers a smaller footprint with a two-tier rack. When GoneSmoke is placed on the front counter near lighter racks, stores are seeing great sell-through,

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Supervalu Commits $1 Million To Sponsor Youth Sports Teams

Sponsorship helps provide opportunities for more than 20,000 kids to participate in soccer and baseball. Supervalu Inc. has committed $1 million to sponsor 1,542 youth sports teams in markets where its ACME, ALBERTSONS, Cub Foods, FARM FRESH, JEWEL-OSCO and SHAWS/STAR Market stores operate. The sponsorships underscore the company’s commitment to its local neighborhoods. The sponsorships,

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Pilot Flying J Opens New Travel Center

“The travel center will serve this community through products and services as well as contribute to the local economy through jobs and tax revenue,” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J recently opened a newly acquired travel center in Collins, Mo., and will remodel the Pilot Travel Center to feature full amenities for professional

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Tom Robinson Leads Slate of 2010-11 NACS Executive Committee Officers

NACS announced the election of its 2011-12 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Chicago. Tom Robinson, president of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Robinson Oil Corp., was named the association’s 2011-12 chairman of the board. Robinson also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the

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Tom Robinson Named New NACS Chairman

“I came [to NACS] for the advocacy and stayed for the knowledge and connections,” said new NACS Chairman Tom Robinson during the Oct. 4 Closing General Session at the NACS Show.   An estimated more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries attended the 2011 NACS Show, which featured more than 60 workshops and 1,300 exhibitors

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Fostering Better Communication Through Franchise Advisory Councils

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Establishing a Franchise Advisory Council (FAC) as a formal communications system to ensure franchisees input with regard to store marketing & operations is a natural stepping-stone for a growing franchise operation. FAC representatives are an indispensable part of the communication system in that they

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CEFCO Acquires Two Sites in Mississippi

CEFCO Convenience Stores has acquired the retail assets of two sites located in Collinsville and Marion, Miss. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed. This acquisition represents the continuation of CEFCO’s aggressive growth pattern, preceded by the August 2011 purchase of the 69‐store Food Fast chain based in Tyler, Texas. Upon the successful completion

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