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Short-term Peak for U.S. Gasoline Prices Near

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Last reported at $3.674 gallon on Memorial Day, the U.S. average price for all formulas of regular grade gasoline surveyed by the Energy Information Administration looks to be near a short-time peak, with retail gasoline prices set to ease in June before again reasserting themselves to the

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Medical Specialists Appeal To WHO On Tobacco Harm Reduction

Look to make tobacco harm reduction a higher priority through noncombustible nicotine delivery, including e-cig and vapor products. Last week, more than 50 leading scientists from 15 countries signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to reconsider the WHO’s intention to classify e-cigarettes essentially the

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Total U.S. Restaurant Visits Dip in First Quarter

NPD Group finds double-digit servings growth for hot chocolate, hot tea and frozen coffee. The downside and upside for the U.S. restaurant industry in the first quarter of 2014 was that total restaurant visits dipped but delivery and other areas got a boost from cold weather, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic

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Love’s Offers Tips For National Tire Safety Week

From monitoring air pressure to maintaining valve caps, drivers can keep tires working longer. Love’s Truck Tire Care experts are offering tips on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition in honor of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tire Safety Week June 1-7, 2014, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA)

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Are Your Lighting Project Timelines Stealing From Your Project Savings?

By John Loheit, director, marketing and customer incentives, EMC LLC. It was about a year ago that you realized the challenges in reading the manifests and inventory paperwork in the stocking aisles. Error rates had been increasing, and you’re sure it’s because your staff hasn’t been able to see what they’re doing. The decision you

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One Million In Donations

Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet has supported Coffee Kids projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, DaVinci Gourmet presented a check to Coffee Kids at the 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event in Seattle. Coffee Kids is an international non-profit organization that works

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New Brand Look and Feel

With 60 successful years of providing great-tasting chicken, delicious grab-and-go foods and proven pressure fryers to the foodservice industry, Broaster Co. is celebrating a milestone in 2014 with a strategic, renovated brand launch. The revitalized brands feature an updated look and feel for all promotional collateral, including new packaging and POS materials, three new Websites

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Platform for Mobile Wallet Providers

InComm has launched InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) for mobile wallet providers and merchants. IMP integrates with multiple platforms to provide a full-breadth of capabilities required to process mobile payments made using prepaid cards at retail POS. The platform also enables InComm to develop and host mobile applications for merchants and partners. Canadian communications and media

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Fill Your Summer

Corona Extra is introducing its first ever bilingual and multicultural summer campaign called “Fill Your Summer.” Throughout the summer (from May 6 – Sept. 8, 2014) season, Corona, the beer synonymous with summer, will help consumers fill their summer to truly make it memorable. The platform is built around a single idea relevant to BOTH

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Star Wars Jelly Beans

The Force is strong with Jelly Belly Candy Co. with the debut of the new Star Wars collection. The collection contains three one-ounce bags and a 2.8-ounce gift-ready Grab & Go bag. Each bag is filled with a special Galaxy Mix of Jelly Belly beans— seven flavors with a special finish that sparkle like the

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Dried Fruit

Stoneridge Orchards, dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, have introduced a wide variety of new products, ranging from dried fruits lightly dipped in rich, premium dark chocolate or smooth and creamy Greek yogurt, to the company’s signature Montmorency Tart Cherries, exclusively flavored with all-natural Tajin, the top seasoning blend sold

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“Hangry Moments” Campaign

Jack Link’s has debuted its new national brand campaign, “Hangry Moments,” which brings to life how “hangry” feelings demand protein-packed Jack Link’s Jerky. In each spot, the lead character’s intense hunger comes in the form of a wild animal—a wolf, puma and eagle—that literally emerges from his or her stomach, personifying the “hangry” feelings that

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Energy-Efficient Hand Dryer

Excel Dryer Inc., manufacturer of the original, patented, high-speed, energy-efficient XLERATOR hand dryer, has introduced the new XLERATOReco hand dryer. The XLERATOReco uses new “no heat” technology to dry hands in 15 seconds, using only 500 watts, making it the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly hand dryer on the planet. XLERATOReco sets another new industry standard

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Par Petroleum Acquiring Mid-Pac Petroleum

The deal is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2014. Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum, parent company of Hawaii Independent Energy, is buying Mid-Pac Petroleum for $107 million, Pacific Business News reported. Mid-Pac Petroleum is the exclusive licensee of the “76” brand in Hawaii and owner of more than 80 retail sites and

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Wows Attendees

2014 marks the largest event in the show’s history. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) , the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 16,000 qualified industry professionals from May 20 – 22. “For the fifth year in a row, the

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CITGO’s Annual Meeting Addresses State of the C-Store Industry

Attendees to gain expert advice on how to build, grow and develop businesses within the industry. More than 400 CITGO marketers and retailers from nine states are convening at the Foxwoods Resort Casino today, June 3, for the annual CITGO Northeast Region Retailer Meeting. Attendees will gain valuable insights from marketing, branding and consumer behavior

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Ruiz Foods Acquires Manufacturing Facility

Renovation set to begin immediately. Ruiz Foods has announced an expansion through the acquisition of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Florence, S.C. Renovation of the facility is scheduled to begin immediately and the company plans to begin manufacturing a variety of its nationally distributed El Monterey and Tornados products in 2015. El Monterey is

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NSF International Earns IFS Logistics Standard Accreditation

NSF’s accreditation means NSF’s auditors can certify that companies meet the requirements of this standard, which is accepted globally. Global public health organization NSF International is the first North American certification body to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to offer certification to the IFS Logistics (International Featured Standard Logistics) standard. IFS

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Swipe Fees

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The court ruling on Credit Card Swipe Fees is a double edge sword. The credit card companies, with their unlimited staff of lawyers and lobbyist, have convinced the politicians and courts of their expenses collecting and processing credit card transactions. If the cost of collecting and processing retailer’s

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Beverage Sales Up Over Memorial Day

Wells Fargo finds weather, promotions driving cold vault sales. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent Beverage Buzz survey found that c-store beverage sales were up 4% during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday, compared to 2% in 2013. The survey of beverage retailers represented tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country. Wells Fargo attributed the growth

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Stripes, Laredo Taco Co. Exceed $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Record-breaking campaign for Children’s Miracle Network to benefit 13 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes and Laredo Taco Co. are proud of their customers and employees for surpassing their goal of raising $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during their 10th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign from March 31-April 27. Stripes Stores raised a

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$250,000 State Grant Will Help Re-Open Vacant Grocery Store

Project expected to create new jobs and alleviate “food desert” in the northern Wisconsin county. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Florence County to help re-open a grocery store that has been vacant for more than seven years. The lack of a full-service grocery store has been an impediment

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Bennett Pump Co. Supplying Shell LNG Dispensers

TravelCenters of America installs dispenser at Ontario location. Bennett Pump Co. has been selected by Shell to supply LNG fuel dispensers for Liquefied Natural Gas fueling stations across the U.S. Earlier this month, Shell and Travel Centers of America (TA) announced the opening of their first LNG station in Ontario, Calif. This station is the

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Hunt Brothers’ Buffalo Chicken Pizza Returns

Highly-demanded, specialty pizza is back for the first time ever during summer months. Hunt Brothers Pizza is excited to bring back its most popular limited time offer (LTO), Buffalo chicken pizza, to kick off the summer season. Beginning June 1, customers will be able to order this specialty pizza at their local Hunt Brothers Pizza

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years of Retail Excellence

From loyal customers to prominent politicians, the community joined together in Philadelphia last month to commemorate the landmark anniversary for one of the convenience store industry’s most iconic brands. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik While many retail brands these days tend to focus solely on the bottom line, Wawa serves as a reminder that

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