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Ron Zuehlsdorf Joins Server Products

Brings 25-years of foodservice equipment experience. Server Products has announced the hiring of Ron Zuehlsdorf as western regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Ron Zuehlsdorf will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Western region of the U.S. A 25-year veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, Zuehlsdorf most recently served

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Thorntons Launches Swipe & Score Sweepstakes

Refreshing Rewards members can win big now through April 1. Now that Thorntons has officially launched Swipe & Score Sweepstakes, registered Refreshing Rewards members can swipe their card for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes, including a trip to Football’s Final Showdown. Swipe & Score Sweepstakes runs now through April 1 and

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Global Partners LP Acquires Warren Equities

Some 147 Xtra Mart Convenience Stores included in assets. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced today the successful closing on the sale of Warren Equities Inc.,which is owned by The Warren Alpert Foundation (the “Foundation”). Through Warren’s subsidiaries, Warex Terminals Corp. Inc. and Drake Petroleum Co. Inc., the company operates 147 Xtra Mart convenience stores,

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NACS Offers Guide To New Menu Labeling Rules

Provides document to help c-stores navigate new regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is offering a brief summary and compliance guide to help c-stores navigate the final menu-labeling regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last November, which are set to go into effect in December 2015. The rules impact

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Understanding What America Eats

How and why America snacks. Snacking has become so ubiquitously part of the U.S. dining culture that the trend has begun to blur the lines between retail and foodservice. As a result, retail and foodservice purveyors are catering to the trend with an increased number and variety of “snackable” items, according to “What America Eats:

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Flavorful Gum

In December 2014, Juicy Fruit launched new Juicy Fruit gum with Starburst flavors, bringing two fun brands together. Consumers can now enjoy the Juicy Fruit gum they know and love with their favorite Starburst flavors. The new, sugar-free gum is available in two popular Starburst flavors: Strawberry and Cherry. Juicy Fruit with Starburst flavors is

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Ready-to-Drink Coffee

Coca-Cola Co. has introduced illy issimo Ready-to-Drink Coffee, which was featured in the 2014 NACS Show Cool New Products Preview Room. New illy issimo offers a range of ready-to-drink coffee made with illy’s unique blend of 100% natural Arabica coffee and no added preservatives. Featuring the finest ingredients that create the pure pleasure of coffee

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Black & White MiniTronic Series Lighters

The new BIC Black & White MiniTronic electronic lighters with push-button ignition are the perfect accessory for the fashion-forward consumer, with eight chic, monochrome designs inspired by the runway. This mini lighter may be compact and convenient, but its bold patterns make a big statement! Lighters in this series have a suggested retail price of

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Tackle The Thickest Blends

Now your c-store can tackle the toughest, thickest blends with the innovative Twister Jar from Blendtec. Ideal for expanding menu options, the Twister Jar effortlessly creates hummus, shakes, dressings, guacamole and even nut butters. Simply add ingredients and twist the specially designed scraper lid while blending for a flawless consistency. The powerful scraper tines force

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Un-Sweet Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has introduced new Swisher Diamonds Cigarillos, the un-sweet Swisher. These cigarillos are everything you love about Swisher without the sweet; just a smooth, rich taste created by master tobacco blenders. Swisher Diamonds cigarillos are available in a two-count resealable pouch at three popular price points: 99-cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save on 2.”

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Microwave-Ready Potatoes

Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. has introduced new 24-ounce Microwave-Ready Gold and Red Potatoes to bring fresh, convenient potato solutions to the time-starved consumer. Available year-round, Alsum Farms & Produce’s Fast & Fresh! potatoes are 24-ounce packages of fresh baby gold or red potatoes that are triple-washed and ready to cook. Today’s busy consumers can

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Single-Serve Pound Cake

McKee Foods, bakers of the Little Debbie brand, has debuted Little Debbie Single-Serve Pound Cake Slices to convenience store shelves. The pound cake slices will be offered in three flavors: Banana Nut, Homestyle and Classic Lemon. Each single-serve, pre-cut pound cake slice is portioned and individually packaged to ensure freshness and rich flavor for on-the-go

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Breakfast On-The-Go

General Mills is set to introduce Pillsbury Minis in 2015. Pillsbury Minis are a new addition for the packaged bakery set, giving c-store retailers a line of bakery-style items from the Pillsbury brand consumers know and love. They come in four great-tasting flavors, including Mini Cinnamon Rolls, Mini Blueberry Muffins with Streusel, Mini Cinnamon Crumb

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You Just Never Know

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. At the beginning of 2014, my partner and son, Eric, asked me what my thoughts were on a sale price, because he was approached by a purchaser, for the Team Oil Travel Center. I told Eric, one year’s gross would be fine. Eric made the comment, “What if

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7-Eleven Selects New Digital Agency of Record

Partners with T3. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced T3, an independent innovation agency, as its new digital agency of record. T3 and 7-Eleven began working together in 2012 on the retailer’s award-winning app. “7-Eleven has been a great partner during the past few years we have worked with the company,” said Ben Gaddis, chief innovation officer

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Rutter’s Donates Over $793,000 To Charities In 2014

“We’re proud that all of our donations stay right here to help children and their families in the communities we serve,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s donated an additional $150,000 to seven area schools, bringing the company’s total charitable donations to more than $793,000 for the year, the company announced. In 2014, Rutter’s donated $580,000 in

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices likely driving category strength, says Wells Fargo. C-store cig dollar sales were up 4.4% (above +2.2% last period and -2.6% last year) during the recent four weeks on an increase of 3.4% in pricing and an increase of 1% equal units, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing Nielsen data. “We believe c-store unit

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Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014

Company announces accelerated 50% target for certified and sustainable cocoa by end of 2015. The Hershey Co. announced that 30% of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified. This reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020. The

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Hix Joins Bauer Marketing Group

Brings 18 years of successful sales experience. Bauer Marketing Group (BMG) announced that Neal Hix has joined the Bauer Marketing Group team as a territory manager. Hix brings with him 18 years of successful sales experience, 11 of which are specific to the foodservice equipment industry. Hix will be responsible for all dealers, consultants and

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Royal Farms Expanding In Delaware Valley

Moves into Wawa’s turf. Royal Farms, a Baltimore, Md.-based c-store chain, is looking to expand in the Philadelphia metropolitan area—also known as the Delaware Valley—an area long dominated by Wawa, where Sheetz and On The Run also compete for customers, the Pennsylvania Business Journal reported. Royal Farms has 160 stores in Maryland, Delaware and eight

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Supply Push Driving U.S. Gasoline Demand Higher

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S., gasoline demand was the strongest in 2014 during the final full week of the year even though historically driving demand is greatest during the summer months, with demand during the fourth quarter averaging 90,000 bpd or 0.9% more at 9.11 million bpd than the June

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Low Gas Prices Boosting In-Store Sales

Wells Fargo outlines category gains. From soft drinks to salty snacks, c-stores closed out 2014 with gains across a number of in-store categories. Soft Drink Sales Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy—dollar sales in the U.S. c-store channel were up a solid 3.6% ( up 2.1% for prior 12 weeks) during the four-week period ending

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Plenty of Energy

As sales chug along, energy drinks continue to be an influential driver in the beverage market. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The energy category continues to be a staple of the convenience store mix. And while top-selling brands such as Red Bull and Monster remain on top, consumers are coming to look for new flavors

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E-Cigs Driving E-Choices

As big tobacco embraces the market, consumers are seeking a broader array of vaping products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Savvy convenience store operators are taking stock in consumers’ growing hunger for tobacco alternatives, which is widening to include more than just electronic cigarettes. While best sellers like Lorillard Tobacco’s blu, Logic, NJOY, R.J. Reynolds’

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Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

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