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New Juice Line

AriZona Beverages has launched its newest juice line, Shaq Fu Punch. This is the second product launch to come from AriZona’s all-star partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and it’s already a knockout. Shaq Fu Punch delivers a crisp and fruity taste in three new fruit punch flavors: Grape, Strawberry and Pineapple. Shaq Fu Punch is Vitamin

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Pak-A-Sak Charity Golf Outing Reaches $200,000 Milestone

For more than two decades, Pak-A-Sak has been raising money for local communities.   The annual Pak-A-Sak benefit golf outing, better known as the James E. Peterson Memorial Golf Outing, recently topped $200,000 in charitable donations. This year’s outing raised $16,000, to bring the total to $208,000 over the 22 years the outing has been

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Technomic Sees Restaurant Unit Increases in 2014

Top 500 U.S. eateries in 2014 expected to see slight unit growth rate compared to last year.   Foodservice research firm Technomic predicts a 2.3% unit growth rate over 2013 among the top 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains. The increase is slightly higher than the 2.1% growth rate from 2012 to 2013 and much greater than the

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Corner Store Finishes 5K With $1 Million Donation

 San Antonio-based CST Brands to make run series benefiting local charities to be an annual event.   CST Brands, San Antonio-based parent company of Corner Store, recently wrapped up an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run, its first-ever fundraising event in San Antonio. The Country Run raised $1 million for

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Jiffy Mart Tackles Hunger

Jiffy Mart charity signing event features Brandon Williams. November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart & the Greene Turtle partnered with the Shepherd’s Staff and Baltimore Football Defensive Tackle, Brandon Williams, in a canned food drive. The event took place on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Westminster Greene Turtle. Brandon

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Kangaroo Express Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle Chapter recognizes Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., was named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Executive leadership from Kangaroo Express accepted the award at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Prestonwood Country

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Juicy Waters

In 2015, good2grow, a line of healthy children’s beverages, will energize the water category with a new line of organic Juicy Waters. The new collection of flavored waters debuts at the 2014 Natural Products Expo East. Hitting shelves in early 2015, the collection offers the taste children love with the nutritional benefits parents crave in

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Sweet & Salty

Opposites attract with the new sweet and salty flavor combinations from COMBOS Brand: COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Baked Snacks Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The blend of sweet and salty flavors continues to be a crowd pleaser with consumers searching for bold, innovative new tastes. New COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel delivers

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Coconut Water For Kids

FAL Food and Beverages, a FAL Group brand, announced that its newly launched Coco Joy Kids brand will feature characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy action-adventure film Big Hero 6. Coco Joy Kids is all-natural fruit-flavored, pure coconut water for kids, containing no added sugar, preservatives or concentrates. Coco Joy Kids products featuring Big

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Hot ‘n’ Ready Grill Line

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduces burger items designed for the roller grill. Comparable in texture, color and flavor to the juicy beef patties that have made the BIG AZ sandwich line a top seller, the Cheeseburger Roller Grill and Jalapeño Cheeseburger Roller Grill links were introduced to rave reviews at the National Association of Convenience

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Holiday PEEPS

PEEPS Brand Marshmallow is making the holiday season more festive with new flavors and shapes arriving just in time for the season of giving. Plus the mischievous yellow-colored Minions from the “Despicable Me” movie series have taken over nearly the entire PEEPS Holiday collection for 2014. NEW PEEPS Marshmallow Minions are a Minion-shaped marshmallow reflecting

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Limited-Edition Holiday Punch

Generations of families have celebrated holiday gatherings and other events with cups filled to the brim with what many call the “official punch” of the South: Cheerwine Punch. For the first time, Cheerwine is offering a pre-mixed blend of its legendary punch in two-liter bottles during the upcoming holiday season. Limited supplies of the first-ever

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Golden Bear Gets Fizzy

AriZona Beverages USA LLC and Jack Nicklaus have added sparkling strawberry lemonade to its popular Golden Bear line. Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Strawberry Fizz is the perfect balance of crisp fruit and lemon zest, containing 10% juice. This sweet and tart lightly-carbonated beverage is sure to be the new drink of choice for any lemonade

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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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Empire Petroleum Acquires 11 Sites From CST Brands

“The Lubbock acquisition presents a great opportunity for us to expand our operations further into west Texas,” says Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully closed on the acquisition of 11 former CST—Corner Store locations in the Lubbock, Texas region from CST Brands, Inc. The addition of the CST locations expands Empire’s market presence

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates Black Friday

Stores across the Southeast will keep value-seeking shoppers energized with Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating Black Friday by offering a 16-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Any guest that visits Kangaroo

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Gulf Launches New Online Trading Platform

Gulf Online Market to go live on Nov. 19 for heating oil customers. Gulf Oil LP announced the launch of Gulf Online Market, the company’s new online trading platform. The platform, which will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 19 for Gulf’s heating oil customers, was developed to address the increasing volatility of today’s petroleum market,

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Plan For Summer Fun

CandyRific has redesigned its popular summer item, the Go Fish Squirt Fun. The Go Fish Squirt Fun is shaped like a Blue Gill and has a candy-filled handle. Available in blue and orange, it comes complete with .53-ounces of microbites candy. It has a suggested retail price of $2.15 and ships in six 12-count displays

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Sheetz Opens Burlington Distribution Center

“We were strategic with picking this location because of the convenient access to highway and work force; it will allow us to provide the freshest and best quality products to our friends in the south,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz cut the ceremonial red ribbon on Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to officially open the

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7-Eleven Announces Franchise Giveaway Contest

U.S. military veterans have the chance to win their own store. 7‑Eleven Inc. starts enlisting U.S. military veterans on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, for Operation: Take Command, the company’s first franchise giveaway contest. The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven

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American Vaping Association Demands Correction From FDA Commissioner

FDA Chief accuses thousands of e-cigarette companies of marketing to kids. The American Vaping Association, anadvocate for the benefits of vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to retract and apologize for false and slanderous comments she made in an interview published yesterday by Medscape. “These products are

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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

Bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest (leasehold or fee) in 16 properties located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia by sealed bid sale. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale. Sealed bids are required to

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Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

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