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The Force is Strong with QuikTrip

New Market Force study anoints QT the top rated c-store chain for cleanliness, friendliness and food quality. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. QuikTrip, with 662 stores in 11 states, was voted the most popular convenience store chain, according to a new study by Market Force Information, beating out 7,600 study participants. Convenience store chains Wawa,

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Embracing Energy Efficient Solutions

Whether it’s installing LED lighting or partnering with a local utility, retailers have a wide assortment of new opportunities to maximize efficiencies for less. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.Adding energy efficient features to convenience stores has numerous benefits from power bill and maintenance savings to the ability to market to today’s more eco-conscious consumer. If

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A Renewed Interest in Salty Snacks

Emphasizing snacks throughout the day as a meal replacement or an afternoon treat is driving sales across all age groups. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The past year was a strong one for nuts, seeds, crackers, pretzels, popcorn and trail mixes, according to convenience store sales data from SymphonyIRI. The largest of these subcategories, nuts,

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A Retail Oasis

Zarco 66 takes its convenience stores to the next level with technological advancements and a topnotch foodservice program.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels doesn’t consider itself just a typical convenience store chain. In today’s hypercompetitive retail environment, it has to be much more.“We’re not in the c-store business anymore, we’re

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Fortified E-Cigarettes

International Vapor Group (IVG), a manufacturer of top electronic cigarette brands recently launched NutriCigs, and is currently working with retailers and distributers. NutriCigs are a ground breaking new type of electronic cigarette: fortified e-cigarettes. They are disposable e-cigarettes, and each one is equal to about two packs of traditional cigarettes.  NutriCigs were designed to meet

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Low-Calorie Crackers

The Check Stand Program has introduced Fiber Gourmet Thinables, the lowest calorie cracker on the market. Each snack box holds 168 grams of crackers. Serving size is only 60 calories with 11 grams of fiber. Thinables has an msrp of $3.99-$4.49.  It recently launched into 850 stores through the Checkstand Program in stores through Alabama,

MADE

Bold Organic Look

The MADE line of organic teas and lemonades is sporting a new bold organic look. In a distinct departure from the previous brand dress, the new MADE logo is a clean, classic design featuring a soft cursive font. The MADE line also expanded to include two new flavors: MADE Honey Green Tea with Ginseng and

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Snickers Bites

Small bites pack big flavors with new MILKY WAY Bites and SNICKERS Bites. These unwrapped, bite-sized cubes are a miniature version of the iconic bar brands. They’re ideal for consumers looking for the full taste experience of a SNICKERS Bar or MILKY WAY Bar in a smaller portion. Perfect for snacking, sharing, enjoying with family

Altadis

Fresh Without a Humidor

Altadis U.S.A. has introduced a great new way for retailers to sell, and adult cigar smokers to enjoy, three of America’s best premium cigar brands—without a humidor. Romeo y Julieta 1875, H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon and Saint Luis Rey are all now available in Robusto size in the company’s new Fresh Loc Singles packaging that

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Berry Bites Gummies

In Summer 2013, Life Savers is introducing new Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies, a bite-sized version of the popular Life Savers Gummies  Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are smaller poppable pieces with two layers, combining the great-tasting Life Savers gummy layer with an airy, light textured layer. New Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are great

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Camouflage Design

Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour Energy products, is adding a new flavor to its successful line of Extra Strength energy shots. New Sour Apple Extra Strength 5-hour Energy will make its debut in September 2013. The new offering will bear a camouflage wrapper, and target hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. The company is

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Modular Cube Ice Maker

Scotsman Ice Systems has introduced the C0722, a compact self-monitoring cuber that produces 700 pounds of cube ice in 24 hours. The C0722 enables retailers to meet ice production while saving space with its compact design of just 22 inches wide and 29 inches high. It features AutoAlert indicator lights that notify operators of water

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Enrobed Hotdog and Sausages

Stefano Foods, makers of high quality ready-to-heat items, released three new items to its growing line of snacks and appetizers.  The BIGDOG is the answer to satisfying a big hunger.  At six ounces, these easy to heat, easy to eat items come in three popular all-meat varieties enrobed in Stefano’s delicious roll dough:  Beef Hotdog,

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Energy Drink Alternative

There’s no wonder why people seek out caffeine. It’s been proven to boost both mental and physical performance, and elevate your mood. The way caffeine is administered can offer a healthier solution— in the form of a chewing gum. The concept behind Java Gum, a new caffeinated gum on the market, isn’t new. The U.S.

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Recipe Innovations

Recently, Pop Rocks have been seen popping up in all kinds of recipes and becoming an innovative ingredient, and adding a bit of the unexpected, into various types of food industry products. The latest recipes cover everything from gourmet strawberries rolled in chocolate and Pop Rocks to Pop Rocks Margaritas. As an ingredient, Pop Rocks

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Cig2o Black Label Disposable E-Cig

Kretek International Inc. is rolling out new Cig2o Black Label Premium Disposable e-cigarettes. The sleek new Black Label line offers an eye-catching designer black barrel and features dual LED lights.  Cig2o Black Label delivers all of the taste, smoothness and quality that have made Cig2o one of the top E-Cig brands in the country.  Cig2o

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Brand Redesign

Boyd Coffee Co. has launched its comprehensive strategic rebrand featuring new brand identity, retail coffee packaging and foodservice merchandising for convenience stores. The grocery and foodservice launch is just the first development in a company-wide rebranding campaign undertaken by the 113-year old coffee company.  The brand imagery connects Boyd’s rich history of innovation and passion

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Sell More Tea

Fresh brewed iced tea is one of the most profitable beverage options that convenience stores can offer, and iced tea is the fastest growing item in c-stores, according to The NPD Group/CREST. Lipton, the No.1 brand of iced tea, according to Nielsen data for the 52 weeks ended Jan. 19, 2013, is offering a free

DietzandWatson

All-Natural Chicken Sausages

Premium Meats & Cheeses brand Dietz & Watson has introduced a new line of seven All Natural Chicken Sausage varieties.  Made from fresh, never frozen chicken and using old-world family recipes prepared in small batches, these fully-cooked sausages contain no fillers, extenders or MSG and are certified Gluten Free by the Celiac Sprue Association. They

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Beverage Carbonation Solution

Xylem Inc., a provider of global water technology, has launched the Flojet brand V-Jet series rotary vane pump heads for beverage carbonation. The V-Jet series low flow, high pressure positive displacement rotary vane pump heads were developed for applications including beverage carbonation, water dispensing, water boosting, espresso or coffee machine operations and coolant recirculation systems.

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Boneless Wings

Brakebush Brothers Chik’N Gone Wild Wings and Boneless Wings feature Bluegrass Bourbon Sauce. Created with real Kentucky bourbon and a proprietary blend of spices, the wings and boneless wings are sweet, yet smoky with just a hint of brown sugar and molasses. The Bluegrass Bourbon Sauce comes in a separate squeeze bottle, so preparation is

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Candy Cane Bars

Hershey’s is introducing Candy Cane Bars, which will be available this holiday season. Hershey’s Candy Cane Bars combine mint candy with red candy bits to deliver the classic taste of a candy cane—perfect for stockings.  Hershey’s Candy Cane Bars are available in 1.55-ounce bars (suggested retail price $1), as well as 3.5-ounce bars (suggested retail

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Factory Improvements Meet Customer Demand

Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment, has made more than $3 million in factory improvements to their parts fabrication department to meet unprecedented growth.  After enjoying 22% revenue growth in 2012, Ryko has continued the upswing with first quarter sales up 17% and car wash machine orders up 21% year-to-date

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Cigarillos Trial Offer

Swedish Match has announced that Game is launching of a new trial offer of two for 99-cent cigarillos. This limited time offer will give consumers the opportunity to purchase two Game natural leaf cigarillos packaged in the resealable FoilFresh pouch.  This launch will also include the debut of Game Red Cigarillos. Game Red has a

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Healthy Delicious Snacking

Introducing BareSnacks: 100% baked, never fried; and with the addition of the new product line BareFruit Apple Chips, eating fruit just got easier. BareFruit Apple Chips are a delicious snack customers can take anywhere.  Harvesting exclusively USA apples, BareSnacks is committed to keeping it simple, truthful and Bare.  Available in five delicious flavors: Fuji, Granny

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