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Holiday Drink Mixes

With holidays right around the corner, now is the ideal time to build a signature winter beverage menu—made simple with Big Train Seasonal Products. Crafted with wonderful holiday ingredients, these shelf-stable mixes include delicious flavors such as Gingerbread Chai Tea Latte, Egg Nog Blended Crème Frappe, Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee and Peppermint Mocha. Simply blend

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Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee Sales Surging

U.S. coffee sales are heating up and that trend is not expected to slow down. That is the conclusion of a new report released by research firm Packaged Facts, which forecasts that retail and foodservice sales of coffee will top $48 billion in 2014. Of this amount, the company expects $11.2 billion (or 23%) to

Spicing Up Retail Coffee Sales

New and seasonal coffee flavors can drive foodservice sales. To help retailers grow sales, General Foods International (GFI) is kicking off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season

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Tea for Two … and More

The demand for tea grows as more consumers seek out healthy beverages. Texas technology professional Sheryl Thompson spent about a decade drinking four 12-ounce cans of brand-name soda every day. When she wanted to lose weight, she adopted unsweetened iced tea as her beverage of choice, began eating better and exercising on a regular schedule.

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Five 7-Eleven Franchisees Plead Guilty To Exploiting Immigrants

Defendants forfeit franchise rights to 10 stores in New York and four in Virginia. Five former 7-Eleven franchisees have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants, after they allegedly hired illegal immigrants and used stolen IDs to steal more than $2.6 million in wages from the employees, while forcing them to

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Pilot Travel Center Opens in Morris

The new facility marks Pilot’s 40th in Illinois. Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center in Morris, Ill., featuring full amenities for professional drivers. “We’re thrilled that our new travel center will serve professional drivers traveling on I-80 through Illinois,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “We hope drivers will enjoy the

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Flash Market Supports MDA

Local CITGO marketer sponsors 10th annual Passport to a Cure. Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are teaming up to sponsor the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event to benefit the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). On Dec. 4, guests are invited to participate in a reception,

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FDA Schedules Workshops on E-Cigarettes

FDA intends to use the scientific information obtained through the workshops to carry out its authority to regulate e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a series of three public workshops to gather scientific information and provide a forum for discussion of e-cigarettes and the public health, the National Association of Tobacco

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Hershey CEO Recognized for Corporate Responsibility Leadership

“Doing the right thing for society and our communities has been embedded in the culture of our company since its founding more than 120 years ago,” says Hershey CEO. Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, which focuses on highlighting America’s most socially responsible chief executives, announced that J.P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co., has

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PriceAdvantage Selects Ascentium Capital as Preferred Financing Provider

New financing options make fuel pricing software even more accessible. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has selected Ascentium Capital as its national preferred financing provider. This designation gives dealer and company owned convenience stores more options to finance PriceAdvantage software and services utilizing a financing provider that understands

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Kwik Trip Named A Top Iowa Workplace

Employee surveys show Kwik Trip is on top of its game. The Des Moines Register has named Kwik Trip one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces. This year the Des Moines Register has recognized a total of 122 companies and organizations in Iowa as Top Workplaces 2014. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based

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Kangaroo Express’ Salute Our Troops Raises $1.9 Million

Campaign supports U.S. military and their families. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced its fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has raised more than $1.9 million, bringing the total amount of funds raised over the past four summers to $10 million. From the week before Independence Day through Labor Day, June 25 to

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Rutter’s Spices Up Its Menu

Adds sriracha, corn dog bites. The heat is on at Rutter’s with the addition of classic American fare, corn dog bites, and the nation’s newest flavor craze, sriracha, to the company’s award-winning menu. Rutter’s delicious new corn dog bites offer customers authentic state fair cuisine at Rutter’s friendly, convenient neighborhood locations. Each order is fried

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Wayne and Intel Discuss EPS In the Cloud Solution

The cloud-based solution allows retailers to process EMV, while still processing magnetic stripe card data, keeps data secure through tokenization, allows for increased aggregation of data and software updates above site. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Wayne Fueling Systems and Intel Services recently teamed to launch a cloud-based electronic payment system (EPS). The solution provides

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Income Gap Takes Toll On Restaurant Industry

Visits to quick-service restaurants were flat in the year ended June 2014. The gap between high- and low-income groups is the widest it has been in 100 years, and the share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower. Like other retail sectors, the restaurant industry is feeling the effects

Building a Winning Coalition Loyalty Program

Using the KickBack Points coalition program, Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post join a loyalty network that includes Alta Convenience Stores, Rainbow Grocery and Summit Markets in Colorado. When Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post (LJTP) were looking for a fresh way to compete with the national ‎retail brands, it turned

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A Forward Look at Convenience Retailing

As Convenience Store Decisions celebrates its 25th anniversary, retail experts weigh in on what consumers and c-store operators can expect over the next 25 years. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “You can’t connect the dots looking forward,” Steve Jobs once cautioned. “You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the

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Challenge Your Way of Thinking

Mind control is an often overlooked quality, but it’s an extremely important attribute in business and in life. By Jim Callahan When I think of the act of mind control, I’m not referring to hypnotism or getting my best friend to squawk like a chicken. Rather, having the right attitude in the face of both

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MLPs: Sign of the Times

More convenience store chains like CST Brands are banking on master limited partnerships to improve their position in a widely-fragmented industry. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Acquisitions have always played a strategic role in the convenience store industry. Take for example CST Brands Inc., which last month entered into an agreement to acquire the convenience

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Leveraging QSRs in C-Stores

Foodservice veteran Dick Meyer shares lessons learned over more than two decades. By Dick Meyer, President, Meyer & Associates In 1993, I was blessed to begin my new consulting firm when the co-founder of Subway, Fred DeLuca, asked me to help them develop win/win development strategies with operators of c-store chains. Fred’s initial charter to

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Profiting With Poultry

C-store operators who put out a good quality chicken product might see their foodservice business fly higher. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor At the Arthur, Ill. location of Jack Flash Convenience Stores, chicken accounts for about 60% of foodservice sales, said John Herrmann, district supervisor for the 11-unit, Effingham, Ill.-based chain. The store also offers

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Fresh is Best

By emphasizing quality, variety and convenience, retailers have the opportunity to convince consumers to purchase more sandwiches rather than making them at home. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When the quick-service provider Pret A Manger first introduced prepackaged sandwiches in its stores 10 years ago, the first thing the company had to do was communicate

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Cup O’ Competition

A quality coffee program and an array of condiments can differentiate your brew offering from the rest of the pack. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Last year, 7.8 billion cups of coffee were served by commercial restaurants, the vast majority through fast-food channels, according to NPD Group market research firm. Of those cups, 4.7 billion

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Crafting Better Beer Sales

Millennials are the No. 1 consumers of craft beers, much to the delight of convenience stores that are growing their adult beverage business through specialty ale sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh might have remained a beer backwater had it not been for the grassroots lobbying group Pop the

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Technomic Survey Reveals the Industry’s Top Coffee Programs

In a foodservice survey of 22 leading convenience store chains, Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based QuickChek was voted No. 1 by consumers for its coffee in both Overall Beverage Quality and Food Quality. In its 2014 survey, Consumer Brand Metrics: Convenience Stores, Technomic Inc., a leading food industry research company, asked respondents to identify the retail chains

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