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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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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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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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

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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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Details Emerge On Home Depot Security Breach

Months of security warnings reportedly preceded Home Depot hacking. More information has emerged on the Home Depot data breach, which the company confirmed on Sept. 8. The breach put as many as 56 million credit cards at risk—more than the 40 million affected by Target’s breach last year. Home Depot did not confirm the breach

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Fed Upholds Interchange Fee Ruling

The Fed announced it will not change debit card swipe fee rates. The Federal Reserve will not change the current interchange fee standard or fraud prevention adjustment, Credit Union Times Online reported. The Fed made the decision based on the results of a survey of debit card transaction costs, which is mandated by the Dodd-Frank

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Nisbet Oil Sites Add InOvationTV

Program will help improve fueling experience and “future proof” Nisbet Oil sites. The inOvationTV media platform continues its nationwide growth with the addition of new Nisbet Oil Co. sites in North Carolina. The inOvationTV media platform is a forecourt media program offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Solutions, a provider of fuel dispensing technology, and Gas

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Chuck Welz Named Kretek Southern Region Sale Director

Business development and retail chain growth will be key focus. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters, Nuvino Wines, and VirMax male performance products, has named Chuck Welz as Southern Region sales director. Welz will report to Kretek Vice President of

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For Beer, a “Perfect Storm” Benefits Some Brands, Threatens Others

Technomic finds momentum among smaller brands and categories and higher price tiers continues. Changing consumer taste preferences, varied levels of cost-consciousness and competition from spirits and wine are converging to re-shape the beer industry and its growth opportunities in 2014 and beyond. “It’s really a perfect storm scenario that’s creating opportunities for some beer marketers

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Cumberland Farms Awards 2014 Believe and Achieve Scholarships

The convenience store retailer has helped more than 900 students reach their dreams since the program’s inception. Cumberland Farms announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2014. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began eight years ago

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NCR To Help Retailers Integrate Apple Pay

“With Apple Pay, Apple has transformed mobile payments and will have an impact on the industry like never before,” says NCR spokesperson. NCR Corp. enables more than 485 million consumer transactions per day across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, and small businesses, globally. The announcement of Apple Pay is important to the industries NCR serves as

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Minnoco Expanding To Offer E15, E30 and E85

Expansion plans will make Minnoco one of the largest fuel retailers in the Twin Cities. Minnoco announced an expansion program that will bring more locally-owned fuel retail outlets to the Twin Cities area. Minnoco (Minnesota Independent Oil Co.) is a brand of gasoline developed for the members of the MSSA (Minnesota Service Station & Convenience

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NJOY Launches New Digital Education Resource

Vaping segment thrives where store personnel share product expertise with consumers. NJOY, one of the world’s premiere vaping companies with a diverse portfolio of e-cigarette and vaping products, has announced the launch of www.HowToNJOYvaping.com. By providing specialized category and product knowledge, the new Website serves to educate retail partners, vaping enthusiasts and adult smokers who

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MasterCard Teams With ApplePay

Now that Apple has unveiled Apple Pay, MasterCard cardholders can use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch for everyday purchases. MasterCard worked with Apple to deliver a seamless and secure payment experience. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General’s “Illusory” Tender Offer

Family Dollar Board reaffirms unanimous recommendation in support of transaction with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar Stores Inc., a national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise, announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corp. and not tender

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Retails See Sales Boost From VP Racing Fuel Branded Program

“Sales are up at every store we branded VP, but what really amazed me was the extremely loyal following of the people looking for VP products,” says owner of TMT Inc. After nearly 40 years of “makin’ power” with formulas for racers, the “Mad Scientist” at VP Racing Fuels appears to have found the magic

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