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Premium Dried Fruit Products

Stoneridge Orchards, the dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, is making a variety of its most popular products available in smaller, single serving packages. The new three-ounce bags are intended for retailers to merchandise as healthy, on-the-go snack options, and the company is making them available in eye-catching tray displays.

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Regional Soups

Celebrating National Comfort Food Day Dec. 5 is simple with Golden Ladle regional soups. Made with quality ingredients, these chef-crafted soups offer the handmade appearance that patrons look for in their local favorites. Operators can choose from delicious options, such as creamy Boston Clam Chowder, Louisiana-style Chicken Gumbo and zesty Spicy Black Bean and Rice.

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Growing Beer Brand

Fireman’s Brew Inc. is a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters. It’s now being shipped to Fresh & Easy stores in California and Nevada, which will carry the Fireman’s Brew 12-pack sampler and 22-ounce Fireman’s Brew Blonde. Fireman’s Brew is a rapidly growing craft beer brand. It is now available in its

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Crispy Returns

M&M’S Brand has a message to all the diehard fans of M&M’S Crispy Milk Chocolate Candies: They’re finally back … because of you. After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.

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Split Sausage Links

Split Sausage Links are a new sausage format perfect for c-store operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries and offer a value by saving time, labor and guarantees a consistently split sausage. Johnsonville Splits

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Re-Imagining the C-Store

While the industry’s sales remain strong, the industry faces challenges from competing retail channels. U.S. retailers can learn a lesson from overseas marketers. By Suresh Bharadwaj, Contributing Editor In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion

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Negotiating Contracts with Expertise

Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Wharton School of Business professor Steven Blum said no one has to just accept what’s offered, but first you must hone your negotiating skills. A CSD Staff Report Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in

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Sheetz Debuts New Location

Makes a $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics Ohio as part of the grand opening festivities. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Strongsville, Ohio, to increase convenience for customers in well-established markets. Sitting at 9037 Pearl Road, the store will give people another option for great food and drinks. Employees will cut a

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Vapor Retailer Survey Shows Growth Remains Robust

Slowly but surely, vapor category displacing more combustible cigarette volume. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 20,000+ convenience stores in the U.S. The survey focused on c-store vapor trends given the dynamics in the vapor category (including e-cigarettes). Key takeaways from the Wells Fargo survey included:

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5 Times to Launch a Business

Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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California Small Businesses Hurt by Governor’s Veto

“This bill would have provided franchisees more control over their companies and shielded them against one-sided and nonnegotiable franchise agreements,” says Small Business Majority director. Statement by David Chase, the California director for Small Business Majority, responded to the California Governor’s veto of legislation that would have helped protect owners of small business franchises: “We

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VP Doubles Donations For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Proceeds to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation. VP Racing Fuels announced it is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doubling the amount of money it donates with each sale of its pink VP Motorsport Container. The pink containers were created to support Breast Cancer Awareness when introduced in late 2012. Since then, a portion of the

KickBack Rewards Systems to Be On Display at The NACS Show

KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will be on hand as an exhibitor at the upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas to share its industry-leading technology capabilities with the convenience store, petroleum and foodservice industries. KickBack offers highly sophisticated loyalty programs and data analytics specifically

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New Food Snacks

Day’n Night Bites, a premier food supplier to the convenience store industry, has announced that it will launch two new foods—the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza and “Bagel Slim” at the NACS Show. The Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza brings pizzeria variety into any convenience store! Diced chicken, smoky bacon and a rich Ranch-style sauce top Day’n

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Berry Up The Holidays

With a chill in the air and the holidays around the corner, people across the country are working up a thirst for the tastes of the season. This year, Sprite is doing its part to help make everything “berry” and bright with the introduction of an all-new flavor: Sprite Cranberry. The new Sprite Cranberry and

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Vapor Pen and E-Liquid

CB Distributors announces its Vapin Plus line. Its pens and accessories are the latest technology and quality at competitive pricing. Vapin Plus Pens offers a wickless design and gravity fed bottom coil that produce more vapor with a cleaner taste. The five-volt battery and 2.5-milliliter tank allow for extended usage. Vapin Plus E-Liquid is made

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Real Jerky

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky is created by Chef Blair Swiler, who set out to make a tastier, tender jerky for himself and his family. Blair took real hand-cuts of premium meat, just like you’d find in the butcher shop, cured them using his own proprietary smoking process, spiced them naturally and put it in a

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Seasonal Hard Iced Tea

The Twisted Tea Brewing Co. announced the national availability of Twisted Tea Frosted Cherry, a seasonal hard iced tea available beginning in October. Frosted Cherry is smooth and refreshing with a real iced tea taste and deep, fruity black cherry notes, perfect for the fall and winter. This 5.0% ABV hard iced tea is available

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Attract Performance Enthusiasts

VP Racing Fuels will debut several new product lines at the upcoming NACS show in Las Vegas, with each representing new profit centers for c-stores looking for increased sales volume and higher margins. VP’s new product lines can be viewed in the Cool New Products Preview Room at the NACS Show or at VP’s booth

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All-Natural Beef Jerky

Tillamook Country Smoker has introduced an All Natural Beef Jerky line with no preservatives, no nitrites and no MSG—plus it’s gluten free. Tillamook also has a Bulk Smoked Meats program. Tillamook Country Smoker products will be a great addition to your meat snacks set. For More Information From Tillamook Country Smoker (880) 325-2220 general@tcsjerky.com www.tcsjerky.com

Voodoo builds vapor business

Doo You Voodoo?

Doo You Voodoo? Your Customers Doo. The vaporizer and e-liquid brand with true vapor attitude is most certainly Voodoo. The Voodoo cachet captivates vape customers. Voodoo offers c-store operators the ‘cool’ they need for their section. Voodoo magic is the answer to the question “How should I build a profitable vapor section?” Voodoo full line

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Spicy Drink

Blazing Beverages LLC has introduced “The Flame,” a unique non-alcoholic beverage with a piquant [hot] spicy twist. With the potential to redefine “savory,” this non-alcoholic beverage stays true to its name as it incorporates a tinge of spiciness into drinks, which stimulates the taste buds. Not to mention The Flame has created an entirely new

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Retailers Give Feedback On Wayne Ovation2

Retailers report smooth transition to PCI-compliant payment systems. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, is pleased with the response from the first customer installations for the Wayne Ovation2 fuel dispenser. This feedback confirms that the Ovation2 fuel dispenser, among the most

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Health and the Hispanic Consumer

C-stores that make an effort to understand the health issues, diet dynamics and cultural considerations of Hispanic consumers can develop healthier retail relationships in the community.  By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Contributing Editor As a registered dietitian who has practiced for 30 years, working with health issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S., I

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The Essence of Leadership

Developing a service-oriented retail strategy can create highly successful teams for c-store owners. A CSD Staff Report We all know the types of people who make great leaders, right? They’re the talented ‘wunderkinds’ who are poised to change the industry. Or, are they the industry veterans who have done it all and seen it all?

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