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Ice Cream, Frozen Novelty Sales Rise

New product development will play a large role in the continued success of the ice cream market in the coming years. It’s been a hot summer, and what’s better to cool people off, but ice cream…and it appears that the market for ice cream in America has got it licked. According to recent Mintel research,

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Oatmeal Dispensers

Hot oatmeal can deliver some cool breakfast profits for today’s savvy c-store operators. Curtis can help you capitalize on this popular trend with the new Café Oat3 Oatmeal Dispensing System. With digital precision, the unit optimizes the blending of hot water with all natural oats to consistently create great tasting oatmeal. Exact measurements are combined

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Survey Shows Millennials' Gasoline Buying Habits

Price is key factor for Millennials in selecting gasoline type. Leading gas station chains Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco have released the results of a nationwide survey that evaluated millennials’ gas purchasing habits and decisions. The survey was conducted by Kelton between July 19-25, 2012, among 1,018 American men and women age 21-30 who drive

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Survey Shows Millennials’ Gasoline Buying Habits

Price is key factor for Millennials in selecting gasoline type. Leading gas station chains Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco have released the results of a nationwide survey that evaluated millennials’ gas purchasing habits and decisions. The survey was conducted by Kelton between July 19-25, 2012, among 1,018 American men and women age 21-30 who drive

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Couche-Tard Profits Up

While merchandise sales are up, the tobacco category remains a challenge, says chief executive of Couche-Tard.  Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s adjusted quarterly profit is up, boosted in part by recent acquisitions, stronger merchandise sales and higher fuel margins, Reuters reported. Net earnings for the company fell, however, due to one-time costs associated

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Stuffing Mixes

Uncle Ben’s has introduced two convenient and easy-to-prepare stuffing mixes—Traditional White Bread and Classic Cornbread. These stuffing mixes make it simple to take a dish from ordinary to signature in seconds. Uncle Ben’s Stuffing Mixes combine an ideal blend of seasonings, breadcrumbs, grains and veggies into the savory flavors and textures patrons love. With the

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Additech Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

“With the recent changes in leadership, a solid product and key technical advantages, all the elements are in place for significant business growth,” says new chief marketing officer. Additech, a North American outsourced operator of at-the-pump additive and interactive merchandising systems has hired Farah Jumshyd to head up its Marketing department as chief marketing officer.

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Powerful Mixing In Small Spaces

The Hamilton Beach Commercial Wall-Mount Single Spindle Drink Mixer, model HMD300, is fast, efficient and perfect for busy c-stores where space is a premium and quick service is key. The HMD300 Drink Mixer comes complete with all mounting hardware and 929 agitator for fast, cup-friendly mixing. The drink mixer is easily mounted to almost any

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NACS Expands Global Partner Program

Through its Global Partner Program, NACS brings together international retail and supplier members to help foster and leverage relationships across various regions of the world. NACS has selected The Murphy Group LLC to serve as its relationship partner for Central and South America as part of its expanding Global Partner Program. The agreement will allow

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Upscale Bakery Packaging

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced the Crystal Fresh line of upscale bakery packaging.  Available in seven commonly-used sizes, these containers are ideal for in-store and retail bakeries, as well as processors who supply these bakeries.  The containers feature a clean, elegant design with minimal ribbing and crystal clear appearance emphasizing quality of contents, which increases

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Diet Coke Gets Makeover

This fall, Diet Coke is re-introducing its stylish cropped logo design for its aluminum can just in time for fashion week, and launching a new, refreshed ad campaign. The campaign is the latest evolution of Diet Coke’s iconic “Stay Extraordinary” platform and features a modern, bold look on the Diet Coke can, a series of

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Traditional Michelada Recipe

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is leveraging its authenticity and Mexican heritage to launch Tecate Michelada, a savory and refreshing ready-to-drink mix that follows the traditional michelada recipe. The product is now available at retail throughout the Western and Central regions of the U.S., in 16-ounce single-serve cans. Tecate Michelada follows the same traditional brewing process

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Parker’s Plans New Georgia Location

“We’re responding to repeated requests from area residents who have been asking us to open a Parker’s in Rincon,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s Convenience Stores recently announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art convenience store in Rincon, Ga. The newest Parker’s, located at the site of the former Springfield Ford dealership on Hwy. 21, will

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TTB Addresses RYO Cigarette Machine Ruling

Anyone manufacturing tobacco products without first obtaining the necessary permit is subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.  The federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued an announcement regarding the impact of the Aug. 20 ruling on RYO cigarette machines by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the National Association

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BP Enhances Pump Rewards

Customers to be rewarded for their loyalty. BP Products North America Inc. is committed to finding new ways to build loyalty amongst consumers.  First it launched the new BP Visa with Pump Rewards, and now the company is taking Pump Rewards technology to a whole new level by launching several pilot programs this fall in

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Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Expands

Innovative program to fund classroom projects, adds seven communities to the 2012 program. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to nine communities this fall from two communities in 2011.  Fuel Your School will provide useful funding for eligible classroom projects developed by public school teachers and posted to

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Merchandising! Merchandising!

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs the T-shirt. Spaceballs the lunchbox. Spaceballs the coloring book. Spaceballs… the flamethrower! Kids love it. And my favorite, Spaceballs the Doll — me!” — Yogurt from the movie Spaceballs Merchandising is a critical aspect

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Managing A Retail Real Estate Portfolio

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. For the multi-unit operator, managing a retail real estate portfolio is tricky business. Keeping winning stores in tip-top condition—both physically and financially—is the key to long-term success. The best multi-unit operators actively prune their portfolios in a proactive way and overtime, minimize the organization from becoming

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Facility Management

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. It was the situation that everyone dreads. Out of the blue, the anxiety-filled request was made—the CEO had summoned me to his office. Thoughts raced through my head—mostly bad thoughts, mind you—of why I was being asked to join him and the COO in an impromptu

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Seasonal Gasoline Shift and the Bernanke Put

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The uptrend in retail gasoline prices that began at the start of July still has legs, set to advance even as the summer travel season in the U.S. comes to an end with Labor Day, and as fuel specifications for gasoline ease to lower the production

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Pilot Flying J Closes Maxum Petroleum Acquisition

“I am looking forward to increasing our participation in the fuel and lubricant distribution industry serving commercial and industrial customers,” says Pilot CEO. Pilot Flying J closed its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum for cash, and its contribution of Western Petroleum LLC into Maxum.  Maxum will continue to operate as an independent

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CITGO Launches Fall 2012 Fueling Good Program

Registration open for charities, local heroes to win CITGO gift cards. Fueling more than one-million miles of good by assisting more than 200 charities, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is once again launching its Fueling Good program. Now in its fourth year, the Fueling Good program continues to recognize and reward local heroes making a difference in

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Ethanol Offering Stability

Isaac spares oil refineries in Gulf, yet prices continued to climb over Labor Day weekend. Over Labor Day weekend millions of Americans hit the open road, but with gas prices spiking toward $4 per gallon, many elected to stay home. The oil companies blame Hurricane Isaac for causing the sudden inflation, but the increases continue

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Cenex Zip Trip Stores Raise Over $31,000 For Kids

“Now every time someone makes a $1 donation in our stores, they sign a flyer that we post and we give them a free soda next time they come in,” says Cenex Zip Trip general manager. For the third year, Cenex Zip Trip stores have participated in growing The Salvation Army’s Backpacks for Kids Campaign

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Anheuser-Busch Assists Isaac Relief Efforts

Helping communities cope with disasters has been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1906 when it donated to victims of the San Francisco earthquake.    Anheuser-Busch has shipped 4,312 cases of emergency drinking water—or 103,488 cans—to affected areas to support Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. The emergency water has been made available to communities and relief organizations assisting

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