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Massachusetts Approves $11 Minimum Wage

Becomes the state with the highest state minimum wage. Massachusetts has increased the minimum wage to $11, the highest state minimum wage in the nation. Lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to legislation that is set to gradually raise the minimum to $11 an hour by 2017, up from $8 today, CNN Money reported. Governor

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Employees Suing Circle K

Employees in Nevada and Arizona claim the c-store chain labeled them managers to avoid overtime pay. A group of 59 former and current Circle K employees in Nevada and Arizona are suing the convenience store chain for allegedly intentionally misclassifying them as store managers in order to prevent them from getting overtime pay, KNPR News

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NACS, United Fresh Produce Association Partner

Aim to assist c-store operators in developing their own fresh produce supply chains and in-store management. NACS and the United Fresh Produce Association announced a new partnership to significantly increase the sales of fresh produce in convenience stores. A new task force of members of both groups met during the United Fresh 2014 convention in

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Sheetz Hiring At New Burlington Plant

Positions available include chefs, truck drivers and distribution center packers. Sheetz held a job fair Wednesday to fill more than 100 positions available at its new distribution plant in Burlington, N.C., WFMY News 2 Online reported. The jobs are sure to give a much needed boost to the area. North Carolina’s unemployment rate stands at

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Kum & Go Opens Second Convenience Store in Bixby

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened its second convenience store in Bixby, Okla., located at 11115 S. Memorial Road. An older Kum & Go store at this site was razed to make way for the new 5,000-square-foot store offering $1 fresh pizza slices during

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Bacon Love Grows at Foodservice Outlets

Pork bacon remains favorite among consumers, reports NPD Group. U.S. foodservice consumers are smitten by bacon and to show their love they ate some 1.1 billion servings of the “candy of meats” in the year ending April 2014, an increase in servings of 6% compared to a year ago, according to The NPD Group, a

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7-Eleven To Offer Limited-Edition Red Bull Flavor

Launch includes photo contest for a chance to win an experience with a Red Bull athlete. 7-Eleven Inc. is offering an exclusive, limited-edition Red Bull flavor this summer. The Red Bull Summer Edition will be available July and August at 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and Canada, providing the effect of Red Bull Energy Drink

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QuickChek Expands Foodservice Menu

New premium wrap collection offers opportunity for customization, signature favorites. QuickChek, with more than 130 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has introduced two new options to its foodservice menu: Turkey Avocado Supreme and The Premium Wrap Collection. The Turkey Avocado Supreme is the latest addition to QuickChek’s Premium Sub Collection. It features

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NATSO Applauds Proposal to Increase Federal Fuel Tax

“Raising the fuel tax is long overdue, and this is the right solution for both motorists and businesses,” says NATSO president and CEO. NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is applauding a proposal by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to raise the federal fuel tax and index it to

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New PEEPS MINIS

Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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IRI Report Finds “Golden Opportunity” With Boomers, Seniors

IRI predicts annual CPG spending by boomers and seniors will surpass $230 billion by 2020. Accounting for more than 50% of CPG spending, the baby boomer/senior market spent more than $200 billion across shopping channels in the last year alone. And, with the number of Americans aged 65 and older set to double during the

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Local CITGO Marketers Fuel Food in Michigan

CITGO fueling good road trip celebrates local heroes and loyal customers. Local CITGO Marketers in Michigan, Miss America representatives and the CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip Ambassadors Adam and Diego were fueling good across Michigan with special events throughout May. The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip traveled across the state for customer appreciation events and

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CVS Free Gas Card Promotion Returns

ExtraCare members can earn free $10 gas cards when spending $30 on everyday essentials advertised in the circular. CVS/pharmacy has announced the return of the “Free Gas Card” promotion, a program designed to help customers save on gas while shopping for everyday essentials at participating CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide. Through July 19, members of the ExtraCare

Indiana C-Stores Denied Cold Beer Sales

Federal ruling stands, preventing c-stores from selling cold beer. After a year-long debate in federal court, an Indiana ruling stands that cold beer can only be sold in  liquor stores in the state, KHON2 News reported. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association had sued the state of Indiana claiming the law violates their

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R.J. Reynolds To Begins National VUSE Rollout

VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to hit stores nationwide on June 23. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. will expand distribution of its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette nationally beginning June 23. Selected retail outlets across the country will be carrying VUSE as of that date, and additional stores will be added to the distribution throughout the rest of

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Sriracha Chicken Bites

Brakebush Brothers has turned a hot food trend into a hot food with the introduction of their fully-cooked Sriracha Chicken Bites. Sriracha, a Thai chili-based flavor, delivers a slow, steady heat with slightly sweet overtones. Brakebush, widely known as the industry’s breading expert, has infused Panko coated whole muscle chicken breast with on-trend Sriracha and

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New Condom Designs

Ansell, the makers of LifeStyles Condoms has released two new condoms: THINZ Extreme and EverLast Intense, in addition to a re-brand for KYNG Large. The KYNG Large condom is designed for the man who needs a larger condom than the standard size. THINZ Extreme is a breakthrough in sensitivity. The new THINZ Extreme is 21%

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Bottled Pickle Juice

Known for unique products Van Holten’s has introduced Pickleback: Real Pickle Brine,  a 32-ounce bottle of dill pickle brine for use as a shot chaser or cocktail mixer. Van Holten’s Pickleback – Real Pickle Brine provides users a consistent, easy- to-use, mess-free option for pickleback shots. It also makes adding brine to Bloody Marys, Beer,

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Reduce Energy Consumption

FridgeWize, a provider of energy-efficient commercial refrigeration solutions, has announced the launch of the Q12 and Q10 evaporator motor fan blades, enabling enterprise clients with refrigeration units to save money on their utility bills. A dramatic improvement from aluminum and plastic blades commonly used in refrigeration systems, the carbon fiber Q12 and Q10 evaporator motor

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LTO Pink Lemonade Flavor

Living Essentials LLC plans to continue to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) for a second year through sales of a limited edition, specially-marked pink lemonade flavor of 5-hour ENERGY that will be on shelves starting in September. In 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every bottle of specially-marked pink

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Deep South Expansion

For the first time, soft drink brand Cheerwine is coming to Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The move marks an important step toward its goal of being available in all 50 states by its 100th anniversary in 2017 by aligning distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., the largest independent, single-shareholder-owned Pepsi bottler in the

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DASH IN Opens New Store In Waldorf

Launches new customer-focused experience to southern Maryland. DASH IN Food Stores Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its Fairway Village location in patriotic spirit on Saturday, June 14. The event launched DASH IN’s all-new store design, which includes its newest innovations in customer convenience providing drivers with an exciting new experience while fueling up and

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Chicago Tobacco Flavoring Restriction to Take Effect

The rule does not apply to retail tobacco stores that derive more than 80% of gross revenue from the sale of tobacco products. A Chicago ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school goes into effect on July 15, 2014, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. The ordinance

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7-Eleven Signs Master Franchise Agreement To Operate Stores In UAE

Retailer anticipates first store will open in Dubai next summer. 7-Eleven Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 53,000 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The expansion marks the company’s first entry into the Middle

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Retailers Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Swipe Fee Settlement

“This is a serious mistake the appellate court needs to correct,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by

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