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E-Cigarettes Come of Age

With Big Tobacco now in the game, electronic tobacco products are poised to take an enormous leap forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While some view electronic cigarettes as a threat to the cigarette industry, others see them as a lifeboat of sorts, providing smokers who don’t want to or can’t smoke cigarettes anymore—for a

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7-Eleven Debuts Lemon Daze

“Lemonade drinks are one of the fastest-growing beverage segments,” says merchandising vice president for 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven is adding Snapple Lemon Daze lemonades, available only at participating 7-Eleven stores this summer for a limited time. 7-Eleven’s latest cold beverage offer comes in three all-natural flavors:  Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and an all-new Mango Lemonade in bottles with

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Rutter’s Recognized With Award

Army Reserve Employer Support Award is given to Rutter’s. Tom Rayburn, a delivery driver for Rutter’s Dairy (center), presented Joel Workinger, Rutter’s Dairy transportation supervisor (left), and Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy (right) the Army Reserve Employer Support Award. Rayburn serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for all

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Hunt Brothers Pizza To Offer Free Vacation

Celebrates new Hawaiian pizza with Hawaii vacation sweepstakes. Hunt Brothers Pizza is sending some lucky family on a dream vacation for four to Hawaii as part of this summer’s launch of a new Hawaiian pizza. Starting July 1, hungry pizza fans can order a hot, fresh pizza with juicy sliced ham, crispy smoked bacon, sweet

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Kroger Appoints Senior Leaders

Kroger also introduces two new supermarket divisions. The Kroger Co. announced it has named Rick Going president of the company’s new Nashville division, Calvin Kaufman president of the new Louisville division, Jayne Homco president of the Michigan division, and Erin Sharp group vice president of Kroger manufacturing. “Rick, Calvin, Jayne and Erin bring to their

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New Bakery Brands

Prairie City Bakery is a provider of convenience-store bakery solutions is adding three new wrapped bakery brands to complement its original brand and provide c-store operators with the total package of bakery products that your customers are seeking. With its now four thaw-and-sell bakery programs, Prairie City Bakery offers the most complete Bakery options from

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Cigarettes Still King

While electronic tobacco products and OTP have experienced sales gains, cigarette sales in convenience stores still accounted for more than $54.3 billion in 2012. By John Lofstock, Editor. Cigarettes have long been a staple at convenience stores, accounting for billions in pack and carton sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket.

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2013 Tobacco Legislative Update

Tobacco taxes and e-cigarette legislation are the two biggest issues retailers are facing in the all-important tobacco category. By Thomas Briant, Executive Director, National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Of all the different tobacco legislative bills introduced this year in Congress and state legislatures, two issues stand out, namely higher cigarette and tobacco taxes and electronic

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7-Eleven Conducts I-9 Review

Following federal investigation, 7-Eleven cracks down on franchises. After nine 7-Eleven franchisees and store managers were indicted this week on charges of harboring illegal aliens, wire fraud and identity theft, 7-Eleven is conducting its own internal review. 7-Eleven sent a letter to 5,000 franchisees Thursday informing its franchisees of upcoming internal reviews. The letter was

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Murphy Oil Announces BOD For Murphy USA

R. Madison Murphy set to act as chairman of the Board of Murphy USA Inc. Murphy Oil Corp. 10 directors who are expected to serve on the Board for Murphy USA Inc., after completion of a spin off later this year. Murphy USA Inc., currently a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corp., will become a stand-alone

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Kass Joins CHS As Digital Strategy Leader

“We are excited that Tammie has joined our team to take our digital presence to the next level,” says CHS spokesperson. Tamara (“Tammie”) Freund Kass, an experienced agricultural communicator and leader, has joined CHS Inc. as its digital strategy leader. CHS is a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. The company

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Delek US Holdings Declares Cash Dividend

Special cash dividend of $0.10 per share available July 30. Delek US Holdings Inc. announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.10 per share. Shareholders of record on July 9, 2013 will receive the special cash dividend payable on July 30, 2013. “We are pleased to announce our second special

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SmartServe Blend In Cup

Hamilton Beach Commercial has introduced the SmartServe Blend In Cup, model BIC2000. Designed with high-volume quick-serve locations in mind, the BIC2000 is the most efficient way to deliver blended drinks to customers. It allows for zero waste of ingredients, minimizes labor, avoids the use of cumbersome blender jars, and provides great drink consistency. Additionally, the

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Federal Raid On 7-Eleven Franchises Continues

7-Eleven takes over two more Virginia franchises after federal inquiry. 7-Eleven Inc. has reclaimed the operations of two more Hampton Roads franchises, in Virginia Beach and Newport News, Va., after a federal inquiry into the illegal hiring of immigrant employees by franchise owners in New York and Virginia, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. “7-Eleven Inc.

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Harris Poll Finds Electric Vehicle Interest On The Rise

A Harris Poll of 2,240 U.S. adults surveyed online between May 8 and 13, 2013 found electric cars are beginning to post impressive numbers. Recently the 100,000th plug-in vehicle was sold. And last year, roughly 440,000 cars deriving some degree of “go” from a battery—including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and cars running on electricity alone—were sold

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Frito-Lay Unveils Investment In CNG Infrastructure

Frito-Lay plans to break ground on seven public CNG fueling stations across the U.S. Senior leadership from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division were joined by representatives from the Department of Energy and the State of Wisconsin to unveil Frito-Lay’s inaugural Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in Beloit, Wis. The station opening is part of

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Mobile Shopping Woes

Some 88% of Americans who shop on their smartphone experience negative issues, study finds. The ‘Skava Consumer Mobile Shopping Survey, ’ conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Skava, asked 2,085 U.S. adults aged 18+ about their experience when shopping on smartphones, and found not all the experiences are positive. The trend to shop

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Breaking News: Kum & Go Co-Founder William Krause Passes Away

Under Krause’s leadership, Krause Gentle Corp. was Convenience Store Decisions’ 1998 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. William Krause, a West Des Moines, Iowa entrepreneur who built Kum & Go, the nation’s fifth largest privately held convenience store chain, died today at 78. Krause passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family after

Four Strategic Lessons

By: Dave Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. In 2010, a new category in CPG emerged, one that quickly garnered the attention of the beverage, c-store and specialty food trades. The category was termed “relaxation” and it was originally positioned as a diametric opposite to the “energy” category. One-ounce plastic shot bottles with brand

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Cake Batter Milkshake

f’real foods, maker of classic milkshakes, real-fruit smoothies and gourmet frozen coffees, is celebrating its 10 year birthday by bringing back its popular Cake Batter Milkshake.  This best-selling Limited Edition flavor brings back childhood memories of cake batter straight from the bowl, in a rich, creamy milkshake.  It is now available through Labor Day in

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Succeeding With Cigars

Taxation and legislation could present a rocky road for cigar manufacturers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Thanks to new flavors and price promotions, cigar sales at convenience stores remain as strong as ever. The cigar category at U.S. convenience stores totaled $2.38 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, up 3.73%, according to

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Three More Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty To Fraud

As the federal investigation continues, a total of five employees have now accepted plea deals. Three more Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty on Tuesday of being part of a  scheme to defraud trucking companies out of rebates, USA Today reported. The three employees included a sales manager who helped set up a training session

Tesoro Sells Hawaii Refinery

Par Petroleum to take the reigns as deal is expected to close in third quarter.   Par Petroleum Corp. is set to acquire San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery, the San Antonio Express-News reported. According to the deal, Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay Tesoro $75 million, plus working capital of

Petro-Canada Adds NCR’s Retalix StorePoint Software

Innovative software to help Petro-Canada build shopper loyalty across its more than 1,500 retail locations. NCR Corp., a provider of consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Suncor Energy has selected NCR’s Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS) and fuel management software for the company’s Petro-Canada branded retail network. Petro-Canada, known as “Canada’s gas station,” has more than

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21st Century Smoke Sponsors Summer Concert Series

“We are really excited about this unique opportunity to educate the public about the 21st Century electronic cigarette in what is a non smoking event,” says president of 21st Century Smoke.  CB Distributors Inc., makers of 21st Century Smoke Electronic Cigarettes, announced its official sponsorship and participation in three concerts of the US99.5 Summer Concert

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