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All-Natural Snacks

Kettle Brand is launching a new line of outrageously natural snacks, full-flavored TIAS! Tortilla Chips. TIAS! are available in Nacho Cheddar, Zesty Ranch, Salsa Picante, Sweet Baja Barbecue and Chili con Queso, and feature a blend of all-natural seasonings layered on a light, crispy chip for big flavor in every bite. TIAS! are made for

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Coconut Twix

Escape to the tropics with the island flair of new Twix Coconut Cookie Bars. Just in time for Easter and summer, this new limited-edition item combines the sweet, exotic taste of coconut blended into Twix Brand caramel, atop a crisp cookie bar, coated with milk chocolate. The product features bright, beach-themed packaging and eye-catching displays

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In Touch with Foodservice

The latest technologies being used to manage c-store food programs—from touchscreens and POS ordering terminals to digital signage—are allowing marketers to enhance communications and streamline operations. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. A busy office worker steps up to the touchscreen terminal and gently presses a colored photo of a fresh deli sandwich. With a few

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Choosing a Foodservice Model That Works

Is co-branding or a proprietary program the right choice for your chain? Retailers weigh in on what factors to consider before selecting a food brand. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor In today’s market, foodservice is crucial to attracting customers and maintaining strong sales. When adding foodservice, building a proprietary brand, co-branding and leasing space to

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Lighting the Way to Energy Efficiency

While LEDs have helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor There’s not a business owner that wouldn’t love to save to money on utility costs while achieving energy efficiencies. LED lighting is allowing many convenience store chains to

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Looking Good in the Neighborhood

A clean, consistent, upscale image and outstanding service isn’t enough to distinguish your brand anymore—it’s the bare minimum to stay competitive. By Jim Callahan. It’s February and I’m not quite sure about the official name for this dismal season, but this much is certain: I prefer the dog days of summer. This winter has seen

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Spinx Plans New $3 million Store

“We’re trying to get at least two new stores built before the end of the year,” says Spinx construction superintendent. Spinx Co. plans to construct an estimated $3 million convenience store in Greer, S.C., featuring energy efficient technology and space for future commercial development, Greenville Online reported. The site is planned for 1467 S. State

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Beer Industry Contributes $223.8 Billion to U.S. Economy

“Our industry continues to play an integral role in providing jobs and revenue necessary to heal our recovering economy,” says Beer Institute president. A new Economic Impact study conducted by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) shows America’s beer industry—made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers—directly

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Managing Word-of-Mouth About Your Brand

One-fourth of U.S. consumers admit they’re more likely to tell others about a bad experience than a good one. Consumers have sounded a clear warning to brands in COLLOQUY’s latest research into the word-of-mouth (WOM) sharing practices of U.S. households: Bad news travels fast. Of 3,295 U.S. consumers surveyed by COLLOQUY, a provider of loyalty

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Quick Chek Celebrates Grand Opening

Community members and store representatives gather in Monroe, N.Y., for a Quick Chek coffee toast in honor of the new location. Quick Chek, which operates more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the southern New York metro area, celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Monroe, N.Y., on March 7.

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Brewing a Coffee Strategy

Competition is percolating for gourmet sales, forcing c-store owners to elevate their offerings. By John Lofstock, Associate Editor. When people get more, they expect more—and that, as much as anything, helps to explain the challenge facing convenience store operators who emphasize coffee. Coffee quality at the retail level has improved to a point where what

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BP Introduces Card Fraud Prevention Program

“FraudGuard empowers our network to take action to help prevent fraudulent activities at BP stations,” says BP card operations manager. BP Products North America Inc.  has announced the launch of FraudGuard, its newly enhanced payment card fraud prevention program that features proven technology options for eligible sites  and business incentives for participating retailers. Eligible BP-branded marketers may opt-in to take advantage of different opportunities to increase payment card security at purchase points both indoors and outdoors. According to a recent study, U.S. retail merchants incurred more

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NCASEF Fights for Interchange Reform

Franchise owners headed to Washington, D.C. over the next 10 weeks to visit members of Congress, and encourage them to support the Federal Reserve’s swipe fee rulemaking process. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) came out Monday in support of debit card swipe fee reform, calling on Congress and the Federal Reserve

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Casey’s Reports Q3 Results

Q3 earnings were impacted by compressed margins due to a competitive cigarette environment, rising commodity costs and increased operating expenses related to store openings. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported $0.34 in basic earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended Jan. 31, 2011, compared to $0.34 for the same quarter a

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Starbucks Turns 40

New Starbucks Petites, a line of eight sweets is rolling out at stores now. Starbucks is celebrating its 40th birthday this month, having opened its first store in Seattle on March 30, 1971. The world’s largest coffee chain with 17,000 locations in 55 countries drew in close to $11 billion last year, just posted its

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Drivers Fill-Up as Gasoline Prices Spike

Federal data shows that gasoline supplied to the market, frequently referred to as implied demand, surged in late February, holding above the five-year average for the final two full weeks last month even though retail gasoline prices were setting a series of new highs. It was the first time in 2011 that the demand indicator

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Gas Prices Soar Almost 34 Cents In 13 Days

California, which has the highest gas prices in the nation, has reached $3.89 for a gallon of gas. Gas prices continue to climb upward, spurred higher due to the turmoil in Libya, with crude oil prices moving above $106 per barrel in overnight trading, marking a two-and-a-half year high. The national average price for a

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IDDBA Reviews Purchasing Behavior in the Deli

Deli shoppers include the quality-driven, convenience-driven and health-conscious consumer. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released a new deli benchmark study, Consumers in the Deli: Attitudes, Buying Behavior & Purchase Drivers. The new report updates the last study published in 2004 and determines the degree to which customers are changing eating behavior or tastes and

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Dollar General Opens New Location in Cleveland

A grand opening celebration planned for March 12, is set to award the first 50 shoppers with $10 gift certificates. Shoppers in Cleveland have a new place to shop for everyday essentials at low prices now that Dollar General recently opened a new store at 35 Marvin Miles Road —which means competition for area c-stores.

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Reese’s, NCAA Partner On Perfect Play Promotion

Lucky fan to have a shot at winning $1 million. College basketball fans love picking the perfect play, and doing so could win them $1 million, now that the Reese’s brand, a corporate partner of the NCAA for the third consecutive year, has begun its “Perfect Play” promotion. The promotion gives fans the opportunity to

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Take the 2011 CSD/Kleiman HR Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Kleiman HR are collaborating to provide insight into the industry human resources practices. For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey

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Card Networks Still at Risk

Visa and MasterCard are among the payment providers targeted by “hacktivists”  calling into question the effectiveness of PCI compliance. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the U.K. in early December got some people angry—and they took revenge. A day after Assange was arrested and denied bail in London

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JDRF to Honor Wawa at 2011 Promise Ball

“JDRF is the leader in funding type one diabetes research, and Wawa stands behind its mission to find a cure,” says Wawa president. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter has announced and Wawa as the 2011 Honoree for its annual black-tie gala, the Promise Ball, themed “Keeping the Promise.” The Promise Ball

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FDA Publishes Import Refusal Data

Import Refusal Report aims to provide the public with information on products that have been found to appear in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently published a list of every foreign manufacturer that has had a shipment refused entry to the U.S. since October 2001,

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Great America Bake Sale Kicks Off

Share Our Strength launches annual Great American Bake Sale and Schedules National Challenge for May 13-15, 2011. Share Our Strength has announced its eighth annual Great American Bake Sale, presented by Domino Sugar, C&H Sugar and Duncan Hines, which officially kicked off nationwide on March 1, 2011. Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign

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