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Zero-Calorie Beverages

Honest Tea is expanding its zero-calorie beverage offerings in 2015, unveiling three new varieties: two unsweetened, caffeine-free herbal iced teas and a zero-calorie organic soda. All will be for sale in natural food stores and the natural food aisles of mainstream grocers starting March 2015. In addition to the new product launches, the company is

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Lemon-Ade-Rita

The popular Bud Light Lime-A-Rita franchise continues its expansion by introducing Lemon-Ade-Rita, a new summer seasonal flavor joining the Rita brand. As consumer demand for convenient cocktail solutions and more delicious flavor variants in the Rita family increases, Bud Light continues to demonstrate the unique ability to introduce new, great tasting and flavorful drinks to

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Zesty Salsa Tortillas

In celebration of National Tortilla Chip Day, Pringles Tortillas are introducing a new Zesty Salsa flavor, packed with a tangy, mouth-watering, tomato flavor that is so delicious you don’t need dip, making them the perfect snack to have on hand. Pringles Tortillas is celebrating both National Tortilla Chip Day and it’s new nom-worthy Zesty Salsa

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Frozen Custard

A new, unique, extra thick and creamy dessert is now available courtesy of Edy’s Ice Cream, a Nestlé brand. In an innovative move for the brand, known for nearly 90 years as a traditional premium ice cream brand, Edy’s announces the national launch of a classic American treat–Frozen Custard. Frozen Custard, which was historically launched

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Healthy Protein Meals

gardein, the plant-protein brand currently sold in over 22,000 stores across North America—announces the launch of its handheld products, including new pocket meals in three flavors–crispy chick’n and kale, Italian meat-free sausage and BBQ pulled porkless shreds.These game changing products give people a healthier protein meal to eat on the run. Ready in minutes, these

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Industry As Fuel Margins Fall

Fat fuel margins end, but Wells Fargo’s sector overweight rating continues. Although fuel margins have fallen significantly over the past several weeks, according to OPIS data for the first quarter of 2015 to date, Wells Fargo assured investors there is no cause for alarm. Wells Fargo’s analysis suggested: (1) c-store earnings are greatly influenced by

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A Peek In Consumers’ Kitchens

Consumer purchases reflect interest in fresh and more healthful options, reports NPD Group. More almond milk, Greek yogurt, quinoa, and sea salt are in America’s kitchens today than in 2011, the last time The NPD Group, a leading global information company, conducted its Kitchen Audit survey, which asks U.S. consumers to report on what appliances,

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

“The Enjoy Life brand expands our portfolio into faster growing, on-trend, ‘better-for-you’ areas,” says chief growth officer. Mondelez International has acquired Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing “free from” segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks

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Star Fuel Signs With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to leverage VP brand to make independent sites more competitive. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced that Star Fuel of Oklahoma LLC, has signed on as the latest partner in its national branding program. Based in Leawood, Kan., Star supports 275 retail sites in an operating area that encompasses Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas

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Core-Mark Announces Fourth Quarter Investor Call

Audio replay to be available for one month following the call. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014 before the market opens on Monday March 2, 2015, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be

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Disney Pixar Cars Items

CandyRific is offering two new light and sound wands from Disney Pixar Cars. The new items will be available in April 2015. These Cars characters are a wonderful addition to the collection of popular Disney novelties, and Lightning McQueen and Mater are sure to be a big hit this spring. Choose from #95 hotshot rookie

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BYOD Starter Kit

InComm, a provider of integrated technology solutions to retailers at point-of-sale (POS), announced the availability of its SIM card and no-contract wireless plan bundled into one Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Starter Kit package. The InComm BYOD program was recently named a winner in the Best Choice Retail Card category in the 2015 Paybefore Awards.

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Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

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NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

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Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

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Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

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AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

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Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

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Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

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Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

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Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

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Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

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Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

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Hershey Moving to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

“We all want and deserve to know what’s in our food,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio. “As consumers, our relationship with food is changing. We spend

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