Patrick Hurd Promoted to Kretek Sales VP.

Hurd Appointed Kretek Sales Vice President

Albert José is appointed Djarum brand trade marketing manager, and Jerry Yalowitz as trade marketing manager for EZ Cig e-cigarettes.  Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum Cigars, Cuban Rounds Cigars, EZ Cig and Cig2o e-cigarettes, along with Voodoo Hookahs and a broad range of general merchandise brands, has announced Patrick Hurd as

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Budweiser Sold Through July 4 To Benefit Military Families

Folds of Honor Foundation to receive up to $1.5 Million. Since 2010, Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service. In 2013, for every case of Budweiser sold from May 5 to July

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Tropical Fusion Cigarillos

Escape to the islands with the newest flavor of Swisher Sweets Cigarillos: Tropical Fusion. Introduced in January 2013, this unique blend of tropical fruits and fine tobaccos has quickly become a customer favorite. Swisher Sweets Tropical Fusion comes in the well-recognized resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. For More Information from Swisher Sweets

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Pizza & Snack Oven

Bake your pizza and see it too with Tomlinson Industries’ new Premium 12-inch Pizza & Snack Oven, featuring a lighted interior cabinet and tempered glass door.  This versatile countertop oven bakes and holds at serving temperature, and is ideal for any frozen pizza, frozen snack food or single-serve entrée. The new Premium 12-inch Pizza and

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Twist Sticks

Morris National has introduced a new flavor to its growing Tangy Zangy Twist Sticks line up: Sour Wild Berry. With four colors twisted into every stick, Tangy Zangy Sour Wild Berry is sure to capture everyone’s attention. Made with real fruit juice in its Southern California factory, it’s  a delicious sour candy for everyone to

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Boost Energy, Curb Appetite

Miracle Nutraceuticals LLC has introduced Miracle Mint. Created through years of research and development, Miracle Mint uses a proprietary, patent pending encapsulation and layering process of the highest quality ingredients to boost energy, curb appetite and enhance focus and alertness. Miracle Mint helps customers lose weight and gain energy in order to look good and

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Warm Tortilla Merchandiser

CSCAMEX, a developer of innovative temperature controlled merchandisers for the retail industry, has introduced the T-01 Warm Tortilla Merchandiser. The T-01 was introduced after the company’s clients expressed a need for a visual merchandiser that effectively displayed warm fresh tortillas, that was well lighted, temperature controlled, and had the ability to retain the moisture in

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Big Calzone Taste, Smaller Size

Lettieri’s has debuted two smaller versions of their now famous calzones.  They include a 3-Cheese and a Pepperoni.  Both are four ounces of Italian goodness. Developed from old world recipes, the 3-Cheese is generously filled with Pepperjack, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses with pizza sauce.  The Pepperoni variety includes lots of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and a

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On-Trend Dipping Sauces

The Broaster Co. has introduced six on-trend dipping sauce flavors and a spicy chicken filet. Together, they enhance The Broaster Co. line of products that includes chicken tenders, shrimp, boneless wings, bone-in wings and chicken filets. The dipping sauces are available in two convenient sizes, 1.25-ounce dipping cups and a gallon-size jug, with a handy

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Seize the Day-nish

Little Debbie has introduced three new premium, individually-wrapped Danish pastries. These bake-shop pastries are baked with real fruit and real cream cheese fillings. The three varieties include:  Little Debbie Cream Cheese Danish Pastry, made with real cream cheese; Little Debbie Berries & Cheese Danish Pastry, made with real fruit and cream cheese; and Little Debbie

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Organizational Transformation–A Step Forward

In business, it is essential to know the path just traveled. Most organizations take a look back at the preceding 1-2 months to evaluate their financial results and attempt to make rhyme or reason of it. Lengthy discussions are had to either justify or explain the results—of which there is no way of amending. In

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Tear Down The Expense Wall!

Every small business owner faces the same issue—managing their expenses. While most small businesses keep a keen eye on growing the top line—revenues—many small businesses fail to address their expense line items on an ongoing basis. Granted, once the business started, all line item expenses were carefully reviewed. But, now that your company is established,

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Integrating Acquisitions

Growing your enterprise can usually be accomplished following two paths: a) organic growth—the process of building your overall portfolio of stores through the development of ground-up store build outs; or b) expanding your portfolio through acquiring other locations. In most cases, the strategy of a growing an organization is generally accomplished with a combination of

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Developing Your Financial Acumen

The art of understanding your business from a financial perspective is a critical step for any entrepreneur. Knowing your business—financially—will provide the business owner the avenue for achieving both their short and long term goals. Today’s cash flows are met, and solid financial acumen positions tomorrows potential exit more effectively. While we would all like

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Growing Gum and Mint Sales

While sales dollars are down, study shows customers continue to purchase gum for numerous reasons, from breath freshening to stress relief. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The gum category has faced an ongoing sales decline since 2010. In 2012, gum saw monthly sales of $954 at convenience stores, with a monthly gross profit of $460,

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Chevron, Safeway Expand Loyalty Partnership

Grocery purchases lead to fuel discounts for customers in three new markets. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. To capture an increased number of fuel customers, Chevron and Safeway have expanded their joint loyalty program to Las Vegas, Northern California and Hawaii.  Customers in these regions can now earn gas rewards when they shop using their

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Understanding Consumers Key to Salty Snacks

Whether it’s embracing healthy snacks or sticking with tried-and-true brands, convenience stores must closely monitor sales data to track what their customers are buying in this important core category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Recent consumer research seems to suggest that many convenience store customers looking to buy salty snacks leave the store empty-handed. Knowing

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The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know Now

Beginning in 2014, health insurance will be available to individuals and small businesses through state-run “exchanges.”  These will require insurance companies to compete for business in the marketplace. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Now is the time for employers to prepare to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration’s healthcare law

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Heatable Eatables

Mama Cola’s is a third generation Italian gourmet pasta sauce, originating in Naples Italy. Its rich flavor is a combination of quality ground beef, plump tomatoes, and fresh herbs and spices. And now, Mama Cola’s Sauce has introduced Heatable Eatables. The easy-to-merchandise, microwaveable, gourmet quality single serve meals are available in an array of choices,

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Nice N Easy Recognizes Top Employees

Duskiewicz honored with Sharon Jordan Memorial True Spirit Award. Recently, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes recognized several excelling employees that demonstrated outstanding service during 2012. The evening began with the recognition of Joan Seifried, who has been a part of the Nice N Easy Family since the 1980’s.  She started many years ago as the

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Chevron ExtraMile Launches Warp Speed Instant Win Game

Contest celebrates new Star Trek Into Darkness film. Chevron ExtraMile has announced its new Warp Speed Instant Win Game in support of the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness opening May 17, 2013. Now through June 30, or while supplies last, eligible visitors to participating ExtraMile locations in California, Oregon and Washington can request a

NCSA Announces 2013 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees

In October, 12 individuals will be inducted to the prestigious list of industry leaders. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA), Teresa Tarantino, executive director of NCSA, announced in a letter the names of the 2013 Candy Hall of Fame inductees. The following 12 individuals will be inducted

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Exhibit at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show

Restaurant operators and fast-food retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at Booth 9524 at The National Restaurant (NRA) Show from May 18-21 in Chicago. KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will makes its

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Chocolate Remains Recession Proof

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) is predicting that 2013 will be a strong year for chocolate in convenience stores. Sales were up 3.3% for the last 52 weeks ended March 24, according to SymphonyIRI. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In 2012, c-store was the only channel to gain in dollars (2.4%) and units (1.2%) in

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Diversifying the Foodservice Menu

With beef prices continuing to rise, poultry remains the protein of choice for many Americans. And, with the flexibility of chicken, this means ample opportunity for daypart-spanning sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Since introducing the Charley Bigg’s Chicken and Sauce program into two Friendship Food Stores six years ago and four more two years

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