FreshTrac Brewing Technology

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has introduced the new Curtis Alpha GT Brewing System with FreshTrac technology. This new technology is a revolutionary way to keep decanters ready to serve freshly-brewed coffee. FreshTrac includes a flashing, visual indicator to monitor the freshness of coffee right from the point of brewing. FreshTrac starts timing at the moment […]

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Almonds with a Kick

Blue Diamond Growers has introduced Sriracha Snack Almonds. The new flavor, which will be the latest addition to a family of BOLD flavors, including Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Habanero BBQ and Salt & Vinegar, brings a hot bite of chili and garlic flavor to the portfolio. With more than 25 great tasting varieties, from Whole […]

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BOCA Burgers

Kraft Foodservice has introduced BOCA Essentials Roasted Vegetable & Red Quinoa burgers and BOCA Essentials Chile Black Bean burgers. Made with authentic ingredients like black beans, quinoa, brown rice or roasted vegetables, BOCA Essentials are a good source of protein with “real food” credentials, meeting demand for nourishing, flavorful sources of alternative protein. BOCA Essentials […]

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Mega Pack Gum

Wrigley has introduced Extra Polar Ice and Extra Spearmint gum Mega Packs. These flavors will be made available in a unique, 35-stick, durable, plastic pack at the Front End beginning December 2015. The new Mega Pack holds over twice as much gum as a standard 15-stick pack, so consumers do not have to worry about […]

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Organic Keurig Coffee

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has introduced Green Mountain Coffee Organic, a new line of premium coffees that are both organic and Fair Trade Certified. This launch marks the first collection of a double certified line of Green Mountain Coffee ever available for the Keurig hot brewing system. With this new Organic line, Green Mountain Coffee […]

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Organic Beverages

Temple Turmeric has introduced Super Lights. This new line of fully-functional thirst-quenchers is designed to support a positive inflammation response with seven grams of the brand’s proprietary Hawaiian Oana Turmeric and only 40 calories per bottle. Super Lights are available in three flavors—Hibiscus Berry-Ade, Lemon Ginger-Ade and Strawberry Lemon-Ade—and will start hitting store shelves this […]

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OREO Thins

Mondelez International has introduced new OREO Thins. This new spin on the traditional childhood snack allows adults to reminisce while indulging in a lower-calorie version of this favorite snack. Following the consumer health trends, OREO Thins come with a new serving size of four cookies for 140 calories as opposed to the three Original OREO […]

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Visual Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America Inc. has released the X554UNV display. This new display is ideal for indoor video wall applications in retail stores. With 55-inch tiles, an ultra-narrow bezel design of just 3.5millimeters between neighboring displays, commercial-grade brightness and Ultra HD TileMatrix support, the X554UNV delivers brilliant imagery and a 3840 x 2160 UHD […]

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How Are Pump Prices Faring?

California pump prices climb, while some Midwestern states see price declines. While the national average price of gas has only grown by fractions of a penny, some states have seen dramatic price fluctuations over the past week ending July 13, according to a report by AAA. California gas prices soared from July 6-13, rising 28

Marathon Petroleum Acquiring MarkWest Energy

MarkWest to operate as a unit of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is purchasing MarkWest Energy Partners LP for $15.6 billion, through its pipeline unit MPLX LP, allowing it to expand into natural gas processing, according to a report by Reuters. The cash-and-stock deal will create the fourth-largest master limited partnership, valued at $21 billion. The

Seizure Order Prevents Counterfeit Zig-Zag Sales

North Atlantic Trading Co. has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeit products. Seizure orders have been successfully executed against merchants and wholesalers found selling counterfeit Zig-Zag cigarette paper products. The orders were executed by attorneys at Venable LLP in representation of North Atlantic Trading Co. (NATC). The seizure orders are part of North Atlantic’s strategy

Celebrating 50 Years With Kwik Trip Day

Kwik Trip celebrates 50th anniversary with drink promotions. Convenience store chain Kwik Trip, based in La Crosse, Wis., has reached a giant milestone. Kwik Trip is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On Friday, La Crosse, Wis. and Onalaska, Wis. proclaimed July 10 as “Kwik Trip Day.” For the next month, the company is offering a number of different

Murphy USA Charged In Patent-Infringement Case

Patent-infringement case results in the payment of $9.25 million in damages. A Texas jury has found that Murphy USA has infringed upon four patents on automated synchronous pricing and advertising system patents. Murphy must now pay $9.25 million in damages to Banys, P.C.’s trial team, led by Christopher Banys, along with Wesley Hill of Ward, Smith &

Minneapolis to Restrict Flavored Tobacco Sales

Anti-smoking advocates make progress in Minneapolis as City Council approves the imposition of a flavored tobacco ban. Beginning in January 2016 flavored tobacco products will no longer be sold in many Minneapolis convenience stores. Minneapolis City Council has voted in favor of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products as lawmakers continue to search for ways

Another Starbucks Price Hike?

Starbucks will increase prices, despite recent increase in profits and decrease in customer satisfaction. Despite an 18% increase in company profits last quarter with $4.6 billion in net profits, CNN Money reported that Starbucks will be raising some of its beverage prices. The new price increase is to be implemented on Tuesday July 14, 2015.

SFATA Comments On Pulled California Bill That Aimed To Regulate Vaping

California Senate Bill 140’s attempt to classify vapor products the same as combustible tobacco products, leads to its withdrawal. Sen. Mark Leno has withdrawn the legislation of Senate Bill 140 (SB 140) after the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee voted to adopt amendments that the author found objectionable. After the withdrawal of the legislation, the Smoke-Free

Chevron to Finance POS Technology Upgrades

Chevron looks to Patriot Capital Corp. to upgrade POS technology. Patriot Capital Corp., a provider of innovative equipment financing solutions, will now offer equipment financing and leasing to Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Patriot Capital Corp. will service Chevron’s nearly 8,000 retail networks in the U.S. Patriot Capital Corp. will help

Is Online Shopping Increasing?

Online shopping is growing in popularity as many U.S. shoppers prefer to search for deals online rather than to search through brick-and-mortar stores. New research indicates that consumers are taking advantage of the growing online marketplace. In Mintel’s Online Shopping U.S. 2015 report it is revealed that over two-thirds (69%) of U.S. online adults shop

Dunkin’ Donuts Continues Expansion Efforts

Seven store development agreements signed to develop over 50 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with seven franchise groups. These agreements allow the development of 51 new restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia over the next several years. The seven franchise groups and their development plans include:

Menu-Labeling Rules Delayed

The FDA has delayed the menu-labeling rule and plans to assist businesses with efficient compliance. After receiving extensive input from stakeholders, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to extend the compliance date for the new menu labeling rule. The FDA has agreed that additional time is needed to address the questions and concerns

Prepaid Shopping Drives Revenue

Unexpected avenues must be taken to maximize revenue from prepaid programs. Prepaid shopping is on the rise, and research conducted by Aite Group (in partnership with InComm) has revealed that most merchants are considering adding to their prepaid programs. Aite Group has discovered three prime opportunities for merchants to maximize revenue from prepaid programs. 1.

Site of Burned QuikTrip Revitalized

QuikTrip donates site of burned QuikTrip to Urban League to build a new center to benefit the community. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new Urban League Center which will be built on the site of the Ferguson, Mo. QuikTrip which was looted and set on fire in August during the Ferguson riots.

Hometown Grocer Helps Raise Over $200,000

Cub Foods Round Up Campaign helps better the lives of children in the community. Teaming up with the Minnesota Twins and Pepsi, Cub Foods, a hometown grocer since 1968, helped to raise more than $210,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Cub Foods hosted a two-week “Cub Cares” Round Up Campaign

Now Is the Time to Pay Attention to Your Inventory

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. For years, we have been advising retailers to cut back on unnecessary stock. Why? In the past it has merely been in the interest of increasing profits. But, that’s all about to change. Disruptive technology is a technology that forces a market to change its

How to Maximize Foodservice Equipment

Even with limited space, with the proper equipment, convenience store operators can quickly serve a wide variety of food options to customers. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to adding a foodservice operation to a convenience store, one crucial element to consider is the amount of space you have at your disposal. The amount of