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Mint Iced Tea

Boyds Coffee releases the new Island Mist Mint Green Iced Tea for retailers to offer at their stores this summer. The tea is available in 24 3-ounce packets, starting July 2012. The new mint green iced tea can be a refreshing product for consumers with its all-natural taste. Island Mist offers a variety of other

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Atlas Oil Company Features New Website

Atlas Oil Website becomes easier to navigate as it launches its updated Website. Atlas Oil launched a new Website and blog at www.atlasoil.com. The new Website appears fresh, and innovative on the home page, with improved navigation and organization. The Website features a new, enhanced careers section, a media newsroom and a customer e-services portal

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Tedeschi Food Shops Named CSD’s 2012 Chain of the Year

A new store design, a dazzling foodservice program and outstanding customer service earns the Massachusetts chain the convenience store industry’s most prestigious honor. Few companies can match the rich tradition and deep roots Tedeschi Food Shops has planted in the convenience store industry. In business since 1923, the company’s nine decades of service in the

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Gilbarco, Shell And Motiva Agree On Passport Service Offerings

Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC signed an agreement, letting Gilbarco offer Passport services to Shell-branded gas stations. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC (Shell) signed an agreement to let Gilbarco provide Passport service offerings to thousands of Shell-branded stations in the U.S. The agreement gives Shell-branded

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Red Buck and Richwood Tipped Cigarillos

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added tipped cigarillos to its product line. Red Buck Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco, Wine Pipe Tobacco, Sweet and Wine. Richwood Grooves Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco and Wine Pipe Tobacco. For

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Leveling The RYO Playing Field

In recent years, roll-your-own tobacco machines have surfaced at various retail locations putting convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage on price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor America, and in particular its lawmakers, remains caught in a love-hate relationship with tobacco. That push-pull has resulted in very well-publicized attempts to dissuade Americans from using tobacco, or

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E-Tobacco Shows No Signs of Slowing

Although the electronic cigarette category in the U.S. is barely five years old, a dizzying number of brands are vying for the attention of retailers—and more are entering the fray just about every day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a report released in May, UBS Investment Research likened the chaotic e-cigarette category to the e-commerce

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Coinstar Takes Vending Beyond Movie Rentals And Cash

Coinstar Inc. is in the process of advancing and developing new kiosk and vending technologies. The owner of the Redbox movie-rental kiosks argues today’s consumers want an updated lineup of self-serve products, ranging from coffee to refurbished iPods. Today’s shoppers are more technologically savvy, and want things quick on-the-go. The vending kiosk trend is expected

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All Aboard the Kelly Express Mart

Kelly Fuels is unifying its nine stores under a single retail brand and upping its investment in foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kelly Fuels Inc. is moving full steam ahead in 2012, rebranding its nine Michigan c-stores under the Kelly Express Mart brand, and giving its locations a full facelift with an express train

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Save-A-Lot Launches Road Trip Campaign

Teams of two invited to compete for four-week, 12-city brand ambassador gig. Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU Inc., is launching a national search for a team of two interns to serve as brand ambassadors—or Road Scholars—for its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip campaign. The winning team will

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Kum & Go’s Krause Honored

Krause recognized with 2012  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in retail and consumer products category. Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go convenience stores, has been recognized as a winner in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program. Krause was recognized in the Retail and Consumer Products

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Michigan Bans K2 And Spice Sales In C-Stores

Michigan lawmakers ask c-stores and retailers to drop all K2 and spice-labeled products from their stores. Michigan law enforcement and health officials are removing dangerous synthetic drugs from retail shelves across the state as of Thursday, according to a miNBC news report. State Senate Bill 1082 is part of a package that allows the state to

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Stop & Shop Opens Second Pembroke, Mass. Store

Stop & Shop invites people to celebrate its grand opening at its newest Pembroke store with rewards on in-store products. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC opened its doors today at 24 Mattakeesett St. in Pembroke, Mass. Stop & Shop expanded its value and convenience further in the Pembroke, Mass.-area as this is its

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates, and John Lofstock, Editor. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate of taxation. These persistent

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Ohio KFC Converts to Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The KFC in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, converted to a Krispy Krunchy Chicken earlier this month, Minuteman Press reported. Rao’s Hospitality Inc. in Columbus, Ohio owns many of the KFC restaurants in the Ohio and Pennsylvania area. The Cuyahoga Falls location marks the fourth of its KFC stores in Ohio to close in the last two

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Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Milky Way kicks off summer season with ice cream bars for retailers and fans. This summer, the Milky Way brand introduced Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars, and plans to celebrate by featuring a special edition Milky Way chocolate ice cream truck. “The ice cream truck tour will help us bring the popular Milky Way

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Prop 29 Fails In California

No tobacco tax hike in California. Proposition 29, a ballot question that would have increased the California cigarette tax by $1 per pack and raised other tobacco products’ excise tax on an equivalent basis, was not passed by voters in a June 5 California election, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The failure

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TA To Offer LNG Fueling Lanes

TravelCenters of America answered questions on whether to support the emerging natural gas market today with the help of Shell Oil Products, TA CEO Tom O’Brien says. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) entered a memorandum of understanding with Shell Oil Products US and its affiliates to construct and run a network of liquefied natural gas

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KRAFT YES Pack Wins DuPont Packaging Innovation Award

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative and eco-friendly dressings package for the foodservice industry, has been awarded the coveted DuPont Packaging Award for innovation. The groundbreaking packaging design by KRAFT is designed to help operators manage costs and improve back-of-house efficiencies by conserving energy and raw materials during the production process. A recent winner of

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Giving Props To Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky celebrates National Jerky Day with jerky art and a new campaign. C-stores, retailers and beef jerky fans can celebrate National Jerky Day Tuesday for its popularity and its history. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky partnered with renowned mosaic artist Jason Mecier to create an original tribute to jerky through his artwork for

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University of Northern Iowa Wins 2012 Krause Challenge

“The purpose of the Krause Challenge is to provide college students with a hands-on experience in the stock market that will benefit them in their future careers,” says Kum & Go president and CEO. Kum & Go has announced that the University of Northern Iowa is the winner of the 2012 Krause Challenge investment competition.

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POS in Your Palm

Mobile technology is changing the retail landscape, offering a bevy of options for retailers to consider. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In today’s ever-evolving world of mobile payment technology, anyone with a mobile phone can take credit card payments, from a neighbor running a garage sale to an entrepreneur building a small business. Now, this

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Customer Service Is Key

SavOn convenience stores score exceptionally high on mystery shop reviews for its customer service skills. The convenience store industry has changed its customer service standards the past couple years. Customers expect more out of convenience store employees than ever before, and want some sort of “experience” when they stop by their favorite location. More c-stores

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Boiled Side Dishes

Champs Chicken offers a variety of side dishes that will let consumers customize meals better: mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, seasoned green beans, seasoned corn, cinnamon candied apples, chicken gravy, white pepper gravy and sausage gravy. All of these items are packaged in small portion “boil in bags” that can be prepared on a stove

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Chicken Prep Table

Champs Chicken designed a new, manual breading table that can help retailers get their foodservice prep work done faster. The table has a handle attached to a gear box that makes it almost like an auto sift breading table. Retailers can easily sift breading, breaking down the dough balls while removing unwanted items and dispensing

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