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FDA Increases Maximum Retail Tobacco Violation Fine

The fine for a sixth tobacco violation has increased. The FDA has revised its schedule of fines imposed on retailers that violate the agency’s federal tobacco regulations, including the sale of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, or smokeless tobacco to a minor, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Under the Tobacco Control Act, there are

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An In-depth Look at College Student Snacking

Snacking is students’ lifestyle of choice. College students snack more than all other demographics and snack at all times of the day, according to a study done by Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) that surveyed 1,314 consumers, including 177 full-time college students, about their snacking behavior. Snack choices away from home were the focus of this study, and

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R.J. Reynolds Launches New Pall Mall Packaging

Packs and cartons to get a new look. Beginning in September 2014, Pall Mall will be sporting a new, more contemporary look, according to company spokesperson Richard Smith. The move reflects the continued positive interest from adult smokers, making Pall Mall the No. 1 value cigarette brand in the U.S., and the No. 4 best-selling

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Product Video : Tomlinson Pizza & Snack Merchandiser

Tomlinson’s Pizza & Snack Merchandiser is ideal for self-serve areas and has an attractive design that will help generate impulse sales. Features include: Adjustable thermostat – 80°F to above 160°F Thermometer included inside merchandiser Three 17” x 17” heated shelves – each holds up to a 16” pizza Can be used for foods other than

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Featured Product Video : Tomlinson Simpli-Flex 2000 Cup Dispenser

  Coffee and fountain beverages can be a big profit center for convenience stores. Key to making these items profitable is presenting a clean, organized space that is appealing and easy to access. Cup dispensers are one way to keep counters organized and accessible for customers. Tomlinson Industries offers a complete line of self-adjusting and

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Mansfield Oil Co.’s Retail Dealer Business

Announces formation of a strategic growth partnership. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has acquired the retail dealer business of Mansfield Oil Co. of Gainesville Inc. and has merged its retail dealer operations into Empire effective Sept. 25, 2014. Additionally, Mansfield will become a partner and will retain an ownership stake in Empire. The combination of Empire

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Interchange Fees Too High, Durbin Says

“Congress tasked the Board to follow the law Congress enacted, not to circumvent it at the request of the banking industry,” Senate Majority Whip Durbin says. Following the Fed’s recent announcement that it has no plans to adjust the level of the interchange cap, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill was quick to respond. “The

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The Francois Family of Cos. Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In order to celebrate with the customers who have supported them over the years, they are facilitating a Diamond Jubilee Giveaway. The Francois Family of Cos. is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this October. Both Francois Oil and Francois Ford have enjoyed the past 75 years as locally-owned and family-operated businesses in Wisconsin. Seventy-five years ago,

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Jimmy John’s Suffers Data Breach

Notifies customers of payment card security incident. On July 30, 2014, Jimmy John’s learned of a possible security incident involving credit and debit card data at 216 of Jimmy John’s stores and franchised locations. Jimmy John’s immediately hired third party forensic experts to assist with its investigation. While the investigation is ongoing, it appears that

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Maverik Selects ToolBox Solutions

Maverik selected ToolBox’s 1screen platform to improve business performance, category-management process and collaboration with partners. Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop, and CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year Award Winner — has partnered with ToolBox Solutions, an insight provider in category and customer analytics, to drive the best partner-insight program in the gas and convenience channel.

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NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has released two corrected maps, one of state excise taxes on cigarettes in the U.S., effective Oct. 1, and one on state excise taxes on large cigars, effective Oct. 1. Additional maps showing other tobacco product tax rates can be found on NATO’s Website, www.natocentral.org.  

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Mondelēz International Releases First Well-being Progress Report

Report shows company is on-target to achieve global call for well-being commitments. Mondelēz International issued its first report highlighting the company’s progress against its global well-being goals. The report details important steps Mondelēz International has made to meet key well-being metrics in the areas of mindful snacking, sustainability, communities and safety. “Our business success is

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New Fall Treats

Pumpkin spice, candy corn and caramel apple are the top flavors that Americans associate with the fall season, according to a recent survey, conducted from Aug.21-24 by ORC International for The Hershey Co. In fact, 34% of Americans say pumpkin spice is the leading flavor of fall, while 24% most associate the flavor of candy

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Keep Soft-Serve Machines Clean

Soft-Serve machines are money makers for convenience stores, but cleaning them is definitely not convenient. Hydra Rinse is the newest advancement in cleaning technology. Hydra Rinse is a simple one-touch automated cleaning system for your soft-serve equipment. Forget the days of extensive training, heavy buckets of water, stretches of machine downtime and safety concerns. Hydra

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Breakfast Danish

Hostess is introducing new Danish to its breakfast portfolio. The Danish will be available in four flavors: Apple, Berries & Cheese, Cheese and Chocolate. The product features a suggested retail price of $1.89 for individual single-serve packs. The Danish will be sold nationwide at c-stores, grocery and mass retail outlets (anywhere other Hostess single-serve items

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Black Cherry Cigarillos

Swedish Match believes it’s important to keep coming up with fresh ideas: In September 2014, White Owl and Game are expanding their award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo franchise to include Black Cherry.  After extensive consumer testing utilizing the proprietary Swedish Match Innovation process, Black Cherry emerged as the clear winner, just like Pineapple and Mango.

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Affordable Popcorn Popper

Cretors and Co., a designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment for 129 years, has announced the new Apprentice popcorn popper, Cretors’ most affordable popper. The Apprentice has an economical price and no-frills design, as well as the quality construction that Cretors is known for. Its frame is stainless steel and welded for

New Umami Salt Wins SIAL Innovation Selection

New Umami Salt

Salt of the Earth is introducing its Umami-Essence Sea Salt at the upcoming SIAL, Paris 2014 Show. The Umami Essence Sea Salt is perfect for enhancing and boosting flavor in  recipes, while helping to reduce sodium. The new, natural Umami sea salt won the SIAL Innovation Selection 2014 and is nominated for the Grand Prix

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Poppable Peanuts

One of Mexico’s favorite snacks is now available to customers in the U.S. Backed by a 50-year history of quality and service, Samurai Peanuts by Tuty are now being offered to c-stores, grocers and distributors. With a variety of traditional flavors, textures and convenient package sizes, Samurai Peanuts fit into any c-store or grocery retail

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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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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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