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Knouse Gets Foodservice Website Refresh

Marriner Marketing adjusts site to maximize viewing content on any device. Knouse Foods, an established grower-owned fruit cooperative that sells its products under the Musselman’s and Lucky Leaf brands, in partnership with Marriner Marketing Communications, has announced the successful re-launch of its foodservice Website: www.knousefoodservice.com. Designed with culinary professionals in mind, the updated site provides

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Mozido Announces $30 Million Institutional Capital Raise

New capital brings total funding to over $100 million for emerging global mobile payment leader.   Mozido Inc. has received the first $30 million of a committed $70 million round of financing led by a Boston-based investment advisor with assets under management of over $500 billion. This funding will allow Mozido to accelerate its growth both

Casey’s To Expand Pizza Express Locations in 2014

Casey’s introduces a flatbread pizza option to its Pleasant Hill location. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is set to open five more pizza-only stores in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area in 2014, the Des Moines Register reported. The Pizza Express stores, which will likely be located in areas not serviced by Casey’s convenience stores, are

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Leadership Expert Tom Flick To Give Keynote Address At AWMA

Flick is “a deft storyteller who inspires audiences to lead change, to recognize opportunities for growth, and to adopt a leadership mindset,” notes AWMA president and CEO. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that leadership expert Tom Flick will present the opening keynote address Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions

Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark

Digital Technology Program improves cocoa growing and helps communities. The Hershey Co. has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.  An innovative public and private partnership between

IDDBA FSCRP Application Deadline Set

Retailers have until April 1 to apply for food safety certification reimbursement. The next application deadline for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program is April 1, 2014, for training completed Jan. 1–Feb. 28. The IDDBA reimburses a portion of expenses to IDDBA-member retailer companies that certify dairy, deli, and bakery department-level

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Vector Group Launching ZOOM E-Cigarettes

Launch includes disposable styles with quality U.S. e-liquid and proprietary technology that delivers at least 300 TRU-PUFFS. Vector Group Ltd. has announced that its indirect subsidiary, Zoom E-Cigs LLC, will launch its ZOOM electronic cigarette brand nationwide beginning in January of 2014.  Zoom’s first product, a superior disposable, non-rechargeable line, will be the company’s first

SFATA Speaks Out On NYC Proposal To Ban E-Cigs In Public Places

A hearing  today by the New York City Council will debate a bill that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places traditional cigarettes are banned. The New York City Council is holding a hearing today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, on a bill that aims to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places where traditional tobacco

Convenience Store Penetration Rebounds in Q3 2013

Visit frequency slightly declines, according to NPD Group.  Less volatile gas prices, along with discount, rewards and loyalty retailer programs, attributed to a rebound in convenience store (c-store) penetration in the quarter ending September 2013, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. The percentage of individuals who made a c-store purchase (includes gas

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Slovacek Celebrates New C-Store Opening

Grand opening event in West, Texas to feature “Santa Paws,” free samples, prizes and live Polka music. Slovacek’s is celebrating the grand opening of its newest convenience store location in West, Texas this Sunday, Dec. 8., beginning at 10 a.m.   The new site is located at 214 Melodie Dr. To celebrate the launch, the

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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Stores

New locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Parker’s recently celebrated the official grand opening two new state-of-the-art locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Area dignitaries helped cut the ribbon at the newest Parker’s stores on Dec. 2. The Metter store, located at 300 S.W. Broad Street, is the first Parker’s in Candler County.

Digital Gift Cards Grow In Popularity

InComm finds 77% of shoppers are likely to purchase at least one digital gift card this holiday season. InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, has released research highlighting consumer shopping trends for purchasing digital and physical gift cards from Websites and mobile devices. Of the consumers surveyed, 67% have previously bought a

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Mars Introduces Holiday Goodies

C-stores can impress last minute Christmas shoppers with seasonal treats.   Whether your customers are decking the halls, prepping for parties, delighting with desserts or gifting with goodies, Mars Chocolate North America has the holiday season all wrapped up. “Chocolate is a quintessential part of so many family celebrations, and Mars Chocolate brands have been

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Profile of Today’s C-Store Customer

A nationwide survey conducted by Convenience Store Decisions and Study Hall Research examines the impact the fuel offering is having on customers’ perceptions of convenience store foodservice programs. By Joshua Tahan, Study Hall Research and John Lofstock, Convenience Store Decisions Foodservice is a key area of opportunity for convenience stores. As revenues from gasoline and

Pushing the Limits of Foodservice

Sandwiches are usually the first taste consumers get of your foodservice program, so it had better be love at first bite. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. It was a true David and Goliath moment when Altoona-Pa.-based Sheetz, with 437 locations in six states, recently blocked a bid by Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain

Burning Issues for 2014

From developing a greater marketing presence with mobile apps and refining your fresh food focus to dealing with Obamacare, c-stores are facing a challenging 12 months. By Erin Rigik and Marilyn Odesser-Torpey. The retail market continues evolving at a rapid pace as 2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for the rise of  mobile technology.

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MAPCO Takes Rewards to the Next Level

The convenience store chain has partnered with ShareMeister to allow charitable giving. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Loyalty has become a way of life for convenience stores and MAPCO has the technology covered. The Tennessee-based convenience store chain is moving its My Rewards loyalty program to a more local, personal level for its customers through

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Becoming A Wine Destination

C-stores have a huge opportunity to delve into the wine category, which continues to grow in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Year after year, the wine category continues to show strong growth as a result of innovative new products, premium price segments and flavor innovation. These new flavor trends and surging interest are positioning

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Security is an Everyday Business Practice

From PCI compliance to loyalty programs, ensuring customers that their private information is secure is essential in gaining their trust. But the rules keep changing so retailers need to stay focused to remain in compliance with current security standards. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In November, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC),

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Energizing Product Sales

An increasingly competitive market for “energy-boosting” products continues to propel energy shot sales. As such, overall growth of energy drinks and shots has been influenced positively by new product launches and expanded retail distribution. By John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience stores are increasingly becoming known as the place to purchase energy shots. The industry now accounts

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OTP Sales Remain Strong

Smokeless tobacco products have become increasingly important to the U.S. tobacco industry, which is seeking to push more of these products as Americans smoke fewer cigarettes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With traditional cigarettes under fire on several fronts, convenience store retailers rightly view smokeless tobacco as an important part of the future of their

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Enhancing Meat Snack Sales

As customers continue to crave variety and new taste profiles, meat snacks manufacturers are staying on their toes, and providing c-stores with a range of new options to keep shoppers coming back for more. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. When Americans want to snack, nothing holds them back. Time constraints paired with consumer demand for

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Courting Coffee Customers

Updated equipment, a sizeable counter area and multiple brew flavors can help position your chain as a coffee destination. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The competition for coffee customers continues to brew among the various channels, with convenience stores feeling increased pressure from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and numerous QSRs—even Walgreens’ new superstore prototype in Chicago

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Winning the Fresh Foodservice Battle

Busy Americans are increasingly going the grab-and-go route for lunch and dinner solutions. But even the most time-starved consumers have definite standards about what foods they will choose. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Grab and go is a close to $13 million category, with everyone from quick-service restaurants to pharmacies competing for share of stomach

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The Value of a Positive Attitude

The behavior of your employees is contagious. When employees are friendly and outgoing, the entire company will benefit. By Jim Callahan. I have long believed that you do not truly know what a good job is until you have experienced the angst of being forced into a bad position. I have been fortunate in my

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