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New State Law Causes AmEx to Pull Gift Cards in N.J.

American Express Co. has become the first company to pull its gift cards from New Jersey convenience stores, pharmacies and groceries rather than attempt to comply with a new wrinkle in the state’s unclaimed property law. AmEx spokeswoman Vanessa McCutchen told the Associated Press that the company began pulling gift cards sold through third-party retailers

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Oklahoma Looks to Expand Alcohol Sales in C-Stores

Voters in Oklahoma would be given the option to decide whether eligible grocery stores could sell wine, according to a proposed signature petition drive filed Tuesday seeking to change the state constitution. Backers hope to gather enough signatures to get the proposed state question on the Nov. 6 ballot. The group Oklahomans for Modern Laws

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Missouri Proposes Rule to Warn Customers About Gas Price Increase

State lawmakers in Missouri are kicking around a proposal that requires convenience stores and gas stations to tell customers before the enact fuel price changes. This proposal is from a republican state rep from southwest Missouri, Ray Weter, according to St. Louis (Mo.) Today. The proposal would require fuel distributors to tell the stations in

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New Boneless WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of their new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style flavors, WingBites are made with 100% all-white breast meat and are bite-sized for a fun and flavorful snack on the go or a meaty pairing

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Blueberry Mini Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced its new Swisher Sweets Blueberry Mini Cigarillos. Following closely on the heels of the recently introduced blueberry flavor in the larger, cigarillo size, the new product is designed to meet consumer demand for a smaller size, convenient for on-the-go lifestyles. Consumer response to Swisher’s blueberry flavor has been extremely favorable, prompting

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Mandarin Orange Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Boyd Coffee has introduced a new flavor of Island Mist Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: Mandarin Orange Iced Tea, a refreshing new flavor with a taste of tangerine. The tea is available in cases of 24 three-ounce packets. Iced tea is one of the most profitable items in foodservice beverages. It is the number-one consumed beverage

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R.J. Reynolds Introduces Camel SNUS Mint

R.J. Reynolds has announced the expansion of its Camel SNUS line, now available in select retail outlets in a Mint style. Camel SNUS Mint is the latest innovation from the brand known for transforming tobacco, giving adult tobacco consumers the freedom to “Break Free” and enjoy tobacco pleasure on their own terms. Offering innovative smoke-free

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ExxonMobil Partners With Shopkick

The shopkick app detects a shopkick signal from a device located in each participating store, which is picked up by a shopper’s smartphone. ExxonMobil  has partnered with shopkick, a location-based shopping app that rewards shoppers simply for walking into stores and interacting with products.  As of today, shopkick is pumping out rewards at more than

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Atlas Oil To Distribute TankShield

“This product will give customers peace of mind and protect both their fuel and their profits,” says Atlas Oil spokesperson. Fuel theft from above ground tanks is becoming a growing problem in these tough economic times. To address this issue, Atlas Oil Co. has partnered with Burlingame Industries to distribute TankShield, an innovative fuel theft

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NCR Recognized by The Technology Association of Georgia

“This TAG award recognizes our growing development center for mobility and cloud applications,” says NCR spokesperson. The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), an association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, announced NCR Corp. as one of its Top Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG recognized this prestigious group at the

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Retail Gasoline Tops $4 Gallon in Markets in Several States

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Based on a report delivered by the Energy Information Administration to a Senate Committee in late March, more than a dozen states have at least one community in which retail gasoline prices have topped $4 gallon. All of California, Alaska and Hawaii are paying more than

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network

7-Eleven and 350Green help drivers re-charge vehicles in under 30 minutes at Illinois Tollway Oases. Governor Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven Inc. have announced the availability of the nation’s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to increasing sustainability across Illinois,

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FDA Rejects Petition On BPA

The FDA noted it requires more evidence of harm before banning BPA in food packaging. Late Friday afternoon, on the eve of its legal deadline, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has rejected the 2008 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) petition requesting that the toxic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, be declared

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NACS Show Registration Opens Today

Overall, 22,312 attendees were at the 2011 NACS Show in Chicago, a 1.5% increase over last year’s attendance. Retailer registration and housing opens, today, on Monday, April 2, for the NACS Show. This year’s NACS Show will take place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas. NACS Show retailer attendees, as well as wholesalers and distributors, can

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Details On 7-Eleven’s Return To Jacksonville

Some 80 stores are schedule to be built by 2015. As previously reported, 7-Eleven Inc. is re-entering the Jacksonville market after a 20-plus year hiatus in north Florida. President and CEO Joe De Pinto made the announcement at a March 21 event attended by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. Held at

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Offers Free Music

A partnership with Universal Music Group Nashville allows Hunt Brothers to offer song downloads to customers who purchase the Pizza of the Month. Hunt Brothers Pizza is giving music fans everywhere something to sing about with the launch of its new Pizza of the Month promotion. Now through Dec. 31, consumers who purchase the Pizza

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Migration to Wireless POS

Star Micronics America has announced the availability of iOS and Android SDKs for all its printers. The SDKs allow end-users to utilize Star Micronics printers in tandem with Apple iPad, iPod Touch, iPhones and Android devices to generate receipts and perform related functions in retail and restaurant environments. Today, an increasing number of retailers are

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Fuel Purchases On the Go

Telvent GIT S.A., a real-time IT solutions and information provider introduces DTN Exchange Mobile. By remotely accessing the DTN Exchange, users with mobile devices will be able to make fuel buying decisions on the go. Due to escalating volatility in the fuel market in recent years, it has become increasingly important for buyers and sellers

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FDA Introduces Draft Guidance on MRTPs and HPHCs for Tobacco

FDA intends to focus reporting enforcement on 20 HPHCs during 2012, and provides details for those seeking to market a tobacco product as modified or lower risk. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two separate draft guidance documents to “help fight the tobacco epidemic and stop children from using tobacco.” The draft

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Domestic Fuels Act Introduced

Bill aims to make it easier for retailers to offer customers different kinds of fuel. The Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 (S.2264) was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday, March 29. The legislation would help retailers offer new fuels with a lower cost of entry, a lower liability risk and to limit other regulatory factors

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Survey Examines Employee Engagement Levels

Study shows employee engagement is slowly returning, but it is still far below acceptable levels, according to the president of Modern Survey. Modern Survey, a human capital measurement and analysis company, has the released its Spring 2012 National Norms Survey on employee engagement levels in the U.S. workforce. Conducted in March 2012, the most recent

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Karl Goodhouse, CEO of Clark Brands, Passes Away

Karl Goodhouse, founder and chief executive of Clark Brands LLC has died at age 57 after a brief battle with cancer. As president and CEO, Goodhouse was responsible for the overall direction of Clark Brands over the last eight years. He took on the duties of guiding all sales and marketing efforts for Clark as

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Franchisees Bring Lawsuits Against BP

BP is facing five lawsuits brought by its franchisees. The most recent is a lawsuit by 40 Thrifty Oil Co. franchise owners in Southern California, who claim BP failed to give proper notice of its intention not to renew its master lease with Thrifty Oil. A second lawsuit filed in Chicago against BP by two

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Meeting the Needs of Today’s C-Store Customers

CSD‘s 2012 Category Management Outlook offers trends and analysis from more than 25 key in-store categories. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with

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Raising the Bar on Breakfast Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores.                      These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

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