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Imperial Selects Greensboro As Headquarters For New Company

“This wonderful facility is in the heart of tobacco country, near our factories and has the infrastructure to accommodate the enlarged business,” the company says. Imperial Tobacco Group has announced that it has selected Greensboro, N.C. as the location of the new company it is forming from its existing business in the U.S. and the

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Retailers Underleveraging Critical Consumer Data

New HRC Advisory report indicates need for new approach to meet challenges created by today’s digitally savvy consumers. While numerous retailers have collected years of customer data, only 9% are leveraging the information in a structured, usable way, according to HRC Advisory (HRC), a strategic retail advisory firm and unit of Hilco Global. The finding

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Individually-Wrapped Pie Slices

Hillshire Brands’ Sara Lee individual pie slices are perfect grab-and-go options that have the taste and appearance of a homemade pie in a convenient individual serving that saves operators time and money. And now they offer a longer shelf life. Sara Lee Southern Pecan Pie now has a 10-day refrigerated shelf life and five-day ambient

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New Brownie Supreme Flavor

General Mills Convenience is adding more variety to its popular Chex Mix Muddy Buddies line with the introduction of the new Brownie Supreme flavor. A decadent treat that combines the delicious taste of brownies with sweet-coated Chex pieces, Chex Mix Muddy Buddies Brownie Supreme is the latest addition to a well known brand in convenience

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Fizzy Fruity Water

The Skinnygirl brand has another all-star partner and new product line. Bethenny Frankel, the Original Skinnygirl, announced her new partnership with powerhouse AriZona Beverages on a recent episode of Bethenny. From the woman who brought you delicious, low calorie cocktails comes her first line of non-alcoholic beverages. Skinnygirl Sparklers are a new line of sparkling

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100% Natural Gum Pops

Just in time for Halloween, Verve Inc., the producer of Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits, has debuted the first and only 100% natural gum pops—hard candy lollipops with ooey, gooey, bubblegum centers. The limited release, special edition pack of 10 Glee Gum Pops is a sweet alternative to conventional Halloween treats. Each

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Jamaican Style Jerky

Performance Enhancing Meat Snacks Inc., creator of Perky Jerky, is adding another fun and innovative flavor to its lineup: Jamaican Style Turkey Perky Jerky. The upscale meat snack is packed with flavor and protein with no added preservatives, nitrites or MSG. Jamaican Style will be available for purchase online at PerkyJerky.com in fall 2014, and

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Self-Serve Smoothie Machine

Convenience store owners can create hassle-free frozen drinks with the Blendtec Self Serve Smoothie Machine. Featuring three peak horsepower, 1,600 watts direct-drive blender, more than 40 customizable drink combinations and seven peristaltic pumps, this fully-enclosed beverage system takes the work out of blended drink programs. The Self-Serve Smoothie Machine also cleans and sanitizes the blender

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Bacon Cheddar Popcorn

Van Holten’s is expanding its ready-to-eat popcorn line by announcing a bold new flavor: Bacon Cheddar. Get the delicious taste of sizzlin’ bacon and real cheddar cheese in one bite. Bacon Cheddar Popcorn comes in peg-able three-ounce bags packed in a 12-count stack-able display case with a tear-away front. Bacon Cheddar is line priced with

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Fruit-Flavored Protein Gummies

Nearly 60% of Americans are looking to increase their protein intake, according to Hartland Group Protein Category Study 2014, however, many don’t enjoy the taste of traditional bars or shakes. Now, adults have a fun and convenient new way to get the protein they are seeking. RAP Protein Gummies are the first protein gummy snack

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Maverik Adds APT Software

Licenses APT’s Test & Learn and Market Basket Analyzer software. Maverik, an innovative convenience store chain with over 250 locations, has signed an agreement to license Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn and Market Basket Analyzer software modules. Maverik will use APT’s software to improve their data-driven decision-making across merchandising, pricing, marketing, operations, and

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NATSO AND WPMA Partner For 2015 Conventions

“We first took advantage of this unprecedented opportunity in 2012 and found that it benefited both of our members, so we are excited to be able to recreate it again in 2015,” says NATSO president and CEO. For their 2015 annual tradeshows, NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and the Western Petroleum

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Love’s Travel Stops to Expand CNG Network on I-40

Love’s to open a seventh fast-fill CNG location on I-40 in West Memphis, Ark. Professional drivers and motorists will soon have access to compressed natural gas (CNG) at another location along I-40. The existing Love’s Travel Stop in West Memphis, Ark., will be the seventh Love’s location along the busy interstate to have Love’s Fast-Fill

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Hershey Learn to Grow To Impact Nearly 9,000 Cocoa Farmers

Programs benefit communities connected to 27 cooperatives in six regions of Cote d’Ivoire. The Hershey Co. announced an innovative partnership with Hershey suppliers and a European sustainability agency to help thousands of farmers in Cote d’Ivoire improve productivity, raise incomes and improve communities. The partnership includes Blommer Chocolate and Olam International through their joint “GrowCocoa”

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Core-Mark Announces 2014 Investor Day

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced it will host its first Investor Day in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 9, 2014. Interested investors and research analysts should contact Milton Draper, director of investor relations, if interested in attending.

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2014 NACS Show Reaches Second-Highest Attendance

Expo size, attendance and booth sizes all increased at this year’s NACS Show. Attendance for the 2014 NACS Show increased 6.1% to reach 23,624 attendees, with 9,176 classified as buyers (retailers, grocery wholesalers and distributors). Both totals, which include Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, are the second-highest figures ever recorded for the NACS Show.

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New IRI Report Examines Ever-Changing Shopper Journey

Shoppers visiting fewer stores and choosing those they perceive as offering best value. It’s no surprise that consumers are changing how they shop, where they shop and when they shop, because they have more than 2,500 unique paths to purchase to potentially follow. Since there is no longer an “average shopper” in today’s world, IRI

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Swisher International To Acquire Drew Estate

“As a family business, they understood the culture we have created and completely supported our desire to keep our family at Drew Estate intact,” says Drew Estate Co-Founder. Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in

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Rutter’s Reopens Dover Location After Major Renovation

The 24-hour site to include an updated menu, six fueling spaces and an LED canopy. Rutter’s has completed major renovations at the store located in Dover, York County, Pa., bringing the community even more selection and variety from York’s favorite hometown convenience store chain. The new site will now be open 24 hours a day,

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Tedeschi Food Shops Introduces New Gobbler Panini

Thanksgiving sandwich is transformed for 2014. Next week, Tedeschi Food Shops is set to offer the new Gobbler Panini in select TD’s Deli locations this fall. Tedeschi’s transformed their traditional year round Thanksgiving sandwich, the Turkey Gobbler, which offers an excellent balance of your favorite holiday servings. The Gobbler Panini consists of layers of Boar’s

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Structural Changes Cutting U.S. Demand for Gasoline

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric U.S. crude production growth is the critical catalyst driving world oil prices to four year lows and into a bear market, as the rapid expansion of domestic supply pushes out imports while ramping up exports of oil products. Slowing growth in U.S. oil demand is another factor

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Gulf Introduces New Pink Ribbon Gift Card

New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Gulf Oil LP announced the Pink Ribbon Gift Card, a new initiative for the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation that will generate up to $25,000 dollars a year in increased assistance for the fight against breast cancer. For every

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White House Initiative To Require PIN On Credit Transactions

NACS, PCI SSC and NRF weigh in on BuySecure Initiative. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), on behalf of the more than 151,000 convenience stores nationwide, the PCI Security Standards Council and the National Retail Federation (NRF), all applaud President Obama’s new BuySecure Initiative instituting the use of both microchip and PIN technology in

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Younger Shoppers More Likely To Pay With Plastic

Customers reach for credit cards when transaction tops $5. When standing in the checkout line, investors’ chosen payment option largely depends on the price. The majority of all investors (56%) are more likely to use cash for any purchases under $5, but with any other purchases over $5, investors switch to plastic, according to the

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Heineken Becomes Official Beer of Major League Soccer

Beginning in 2015 Heineken will bring world-class soccer experiences and #MLSNext to American fans. Heineken announced a landmark, long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) to become the Official Beer of MLS. The partnership, which commences in January 2015, further establishes Heineken’s standing as a worldwide leader in the sport and gives the brand

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