NATO Submits Comments To FDA On Menthol Cigarettes

Establishing additional restrictions on the retail sale of menthol cigarettes is unnecessary because retailers are responsible and not in the business of selling tobacco products to underage youth, notes NATO. On July 24, 2013, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of menthol in cigarettes

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

New stats point to states with the worst tax codes. Wyoming, Florida, and Indiana rank among the ten best states for taxes on business, while companies in states like New York, New Jersey and California must struggle with the worst tax codes in the country, according to the newest edition of the Tax Foundation’s State

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Red Buck Premium Cigars

Tantus Tobacco is excited to introduce Red Buck Premium Cigars. Using the finest wrapper and tobacco blends, the new Robusto cigar is handmade in Honduras, and packaged in a locked-in humidity pouch for foil sealed freshness. For More Information From Tantus Tobacco www.tantustobacco.com and www.redbuck.com

Rising Food Prices Impacting Grocery Choices

New study examines how consumers adjust grocery buying habits as food prices climb. Eighty-five percent of global consumers in an online survey say rising food prices will impact their choice of grocery products, according to a new study by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. “With the

Gas Price Fluctuations Fuel Convenience Channel Opportunity

Convenience stores with gas pumps average 277 fill-ups each day, IRI study finds. Volatile gas prices cause convenience store shoppers to think twice about fueling up and making in-store purchases. Unfortunately for convenience store marketers, control over gas price fluctuations is out of their hands. However, according to the latest IRI Point of View, “Gas

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Newcastle Launches Black Ale And Social Responsibility Program

Newcastle Cabbie and Taxi Magic partner to encourage safe travel. Newcastle Brown Ale has announced the upcoming release of Newcastle Cabbie this November. Newcastle’s newest limited edition, Cabbie, is a deep, dark black ale that has a soft hoppy aroma and subtle fruit notes that lead to bittersweet tastes of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and

More Customers Choosing Dark Chocolate For Dessert

“More consumers are experimenting with dark chocolate, particularly as dessert at home,” says director of Kisses and Hershey’s Bliss brands, The Hershey Co. A recent study by The Hartman Group on U.S. eating habits reveals that the percentage of Americans savoring dessert after dinner has increased 5% since 2009, and 78% of treats enjoyed after

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Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Slide Amid Seasonal Weakness

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) were under pressure in September, with their national average for regular grade gasoline registering a fourth consecutive weekly decline through the week-ended Sept. 30 at $3.425 gallon, an eight-month low. It’s unclear if the EIA would update

Analysts Weigh In On MACS Acquisition

By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor David Bishop and Dick Meyer agree the MACS deal is a boost for Sunoco. Catterton Partners, a consumer-focused private equity firm, announced last week that it completed the sale of Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in Maryland and Virginia, to an affiliate of Sunoco Inc. Since the

Clark Brands Acquires The Crown Family of Brands

“The combination of the Clark and Crown brands will offer us the ability to grow in our respective markets and leverage our economies of scale for our customers,” says Clark’s chief operating officer. Clark Brands LLC and Crown Central LLC have announced the formation of a new company Clark Crown Brands LLC. This new company,

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NOCO Express Opens Getzville Convenience Store

Store includes Tim Hortons, Subway and on-the-go amenities. NOCO Express came full circle in its convenience store evolution as it celebrated the grand opening of its newly rebuilt store located at 1555 North French Road at Campbell Boulevard in Getzville, N.Y.  This is the location where the family-owned and locally-operated convenience store chain opened its

Love’s Selects Capgemini For SAP Implementation Project

Capgemini leads project designed to build a foundation for continued growth and standardize business processes. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, has contracted with Capgemini, a provider of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, to lead a major SAP implementation project. The nine-month project will enable Love’s to take advantage of the new SAP Business Suite

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New Cube Ice Machines

Manitowoc Foodservice has launched a new brand of cube ice machines marketed and sold under the Koolaire brand name.  Koolaire modular “Kube” ice machines are available in three convenient sizes, 22-inch, 30-inch and 48-inch with seven different production ranges from 250-1350 pounds of ice per day. The Koolaire brand was designed and developed to address

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Disposable E-cigs

Kretek International Inc. has introduced the new EZ Cig ‘Q’ King Size disposable e-cigarettes.  The new EZ Cig ‘Q’ e-cigs have the size, look and feel of an actual king size cigarette, with the battery power and smooth rich flavors of a larger stick.  They’re smaller than most e-cigarettes, so they’re easier to carry and

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The Perfect Cup

Thanks to the Viaggio unique double wall, all paper insulated cup from Seda, you no longer have to pay extra for “double cupping” or for a pulp paper sleeve. With Viaggio the sleeve is an unnecessary extra expense and more than a nuisance, since it covers your logo and can slide down in your customer’

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Inspirational Design

In a nod to Taylor Swift’s inspirational sayings and award-winning lyrics, Diet Coke has created a collector’s edition can in celebration of extraordinary individuals across the country. The limited-time Diet Coke Taylor Swift can six-pack will be on beverage aisles nationwide in October and November, and is sure to catch the eye of people who

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Love’s Raises $2 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Employees raised a record amount for the 15th annual campaign benefiting sick and injured kids. Love’s Travel Stops and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a $2 million donation that will benefit 92 CMN Hospitals across the country. Love’s recently wrapped up a five-week fundraising campaign at its 304 travel stop and country

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening in New Jersey

New Lodi, N.J. store is the first ever Wawa to offer self-serve lottery in the state of New Jersey. Wawa Inc. has announced a milestone in its company’s history—the grand opening of its newest northern New Jersey store, signifying Wawa’s first store in Bergen County, N.J. Throughout the North Jersey market, Wawa plans to have

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Stripes Turf + Surf Event Raises Over $525,000

Benefits 38 United Way Agencies across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Stripes Convenience Stores raised more than $525,000 at its annual Turf + Surf event fundraiser benefiting 38 United Way agencies across the Stripes Convenience Stores market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held on Sept. 26 and 27, 2013, in Corpus

7-Eleven Rebrands Speedy Stops Acquisition

7-Eleven has rebranded its Speedy Stops acquisition, and is open for business in Rio Grande Valley, the Monitor Online reported. On Dec. 31 2012, 7-Eleven acquired 143 Speedy Stops and Tiger Mart retail locations from Victoria-based C.L. Thomas Inc. In addition to rebranding the locations under the 7-Eleven banner, “Angelina’s Tacos Caseros” has replaced Tacos

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Asian Fusion Frozen Sandwiches

Go Fusion Foods has introduced GO FUSION, a new frozen sandwich filled with gourmet Asian fusion flavors. Asian fusion cuisine is growing exponentially in popularity around the U.S., especially among the millennial segment of the high volume frozen sandwich industry. GO FUSION provides the market with a gourmet, Asian, and fusion options to consumers. GO

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Fresh-Brewed Soup

Campbell Soup Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) are bringing together Campbell’s and Keurig. Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup K-Cup packs will offer consumers the taste and experience of Campbell’s soups in a convenient snack that can be prepared at the touch of a button in Keurig brewers. Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup uses proprietary Keurig manufacturing

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New Brewing Technology

Operators will be delighted to see Curtis Gemini brewers in action with new IntelliFresh Technology that keeps coffee fresher, longer. Putting brains behind the brew, the Wilbur Curtis Company developed new IntelliFresh Technology as part of their quest to simplify serving a totally fresh, perfectly heated cup of coffee to the masses. IntelliFresh maintains coffee’s

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Premium Branded Coffee

Invite your guests to escape from the ordinary with a premium, branded coffee program from Java Coast Fine Coffee. Made with 100% Arabica beans, Java Coast Fine Coffee delivers consistently rich, smooth flavor in every satisfying cup. The Java Coast Fine Coffee program allows you to offer a complete branded coffee destination without the costly

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Halloween Treats

Mars Chocolate North America makes Halloween easy with an assortment of new sweet treats.   “We’re taking the celebration and excitement of Halloween to an even higher level this year,” said Roy Benin, chief consumer officer, Mars Chocolate North America. “From decorating, snacking and baking to parties and trick-or-treating, Mars offers a range of innovative

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