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RAI-Lorillard Deal Closing Friday

Wells Fargo weighs in with an analysis. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) received the final clearance needed to complete their merger and announced a date for the closing: Friday, June 12, with the brand divestitures of Winston, Salem, KOOL, Maverick and blu eCig brands to Imperial Tobacco’s ITG Brands. The companies announced that

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What Customers Think of Gas Prices And Where They Are Headed

Even as customers expect gas prices to rise, more are optimistic about the economy. Customers expect that gas prices are going to continue their upward climb in June, according to a survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). June is usually a period in which gas prices tend to moderate or even

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How Digital Coupons Could Sway Millennial Shoppers

A Linkable Networks-commissioned study shows that Millennials are more likely to use coupons if they can automatically redeem them. If consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and brands want to reach Millennial shoppers with coupons they need to offer digital coupons that offer automatic redemption. Those were the findings of a recent study conducted by Forrester

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Apple Pay, Verifone To Support Rewards Programs

Verifone to accept NFC loyalty transactions via its MX 915 and MX 925 terminals. Apple Pay plans to begin supporting rewards programs from merchants with its fall launch of iOS9. The company made the announcement during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Verifone announced it will be among the first to enable clients to accept rewards

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How Far We Have Come

By Bill Scott, Founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering ~ Bruce Lee IT’S ALWAYS HARD to say goodbye to someone you have known for half your life. Such is the case when I lost a dear friend last week. David Powell, the

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White Castle VP Testifies on Proposed Overtime Changes

White Castle participates in a hearing on federal labor and wage regulations on behalf of the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the National Retail Federation. White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson testified on June 10 before a hearing of the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Committee was examining federal

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How Good Supply Can Lead to More Cigar Sales

C-stores are learning that good supply and staying attentive to customer purchasing patterns are driving cigar sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigar sales are trending upward and c-stores are responding in kind by adding SKUs, honing assortments, maintaining prices, offering fresher product in resealable packs and stocking a popular, ever-expanding variety of flavors. IRI’s

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Keep Foods Hot

Hatco is introducing the versatile and reliable Countertop Heated Wells for foodservice operators to keep their foods hot and fresh. The HW Countertop series is a hold-only operation, while the CHW Countertop series holds and rethermalizes a variety o…

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Organic Burrito

Red’s Natural has introduced the new Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito, a new high-protein, vegetarian option for consumers across the country. Just like all Red’s products, the Organic Bean & Cheddar Burrito is preservative-free and features custom-made tortillas and rBGH-free cheese. One five-ounce burrito is only 270 calories and has an impressive 10 grams of […]

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Mrs. Freshley’s Red Velvet Cupcakes evoke the mouth-watering decadence that red velvet cake is known for. With their rich color, soft texture, and hint of rich cocoa and delicious creme filling, these scrumptious Red Velvet Cupcakes make for the perfect snack or dessert. The cupcakes hit the market on June 1, and come in four-ounce […]

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Hummus Plus Chicken

Hummus is no longer just a dip or snack. Pure Mediterranean Foods has pioneered an all-new meal occasion with the introduction of Hummus Plus, now available to retailers. Hummus Plus pairs flavorful hummus with seasoned chicken, bringing consumers an all new meal and snack option that provides Lifestyle Power. Available in five flavor combinations, Hummus […]

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Mason Jars for Retailers

Empire Canning Jars, a new joint venture led by Alliance Foods Inc., has introduced the first new and independent line of true “Mason” jars to reach the retail market in more than 25 years. Featuring thicker glass than other canning jars in key areas like the lip, shoulder, wall and base—as well as 100% BPA […]

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Foodservice Batters

Add signature dishes to the menu with coatings and pre-dip batters by Golden Dipt. Trusted and recommended by operators since 1938, Golden Dipt offers the broadest selection of premium-quality products to meet any texture, color and flavor need. Made from the freshest ingredients, Golden Dipt’s upscale coatings and batters provide the authentic, scratch-made flavor and […]

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Crazy Foam Returns

American bath time staple Crazy Foam is back and better than ever nearly half a century after its debut in 1965. A playful essential in American homes throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Crazy Foam is a three-in-one bodywash, shampoo and conditioner packaged in easy-to-spray collectible cans adorned with iconic pop culture characters. Crazy Foam […]

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Chevron Rolls Out Its Xponent Rewards Card

Gas customers save five cents a gallon plus gain opportunities for additional rewards. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has introduced its new Chevron and Texaco Xponent Rewards Card in select markets with plans to further expand the program across its Chevron- and Texaco-branded retail footprint in the U.S. The new rewards card is a reloadable, prepaid card

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Casey’s Celebrates Record Fiscal Year

Total gallons of gas sold were up 9.1%, while same store sales were up 12.4% at the c-store chain for the year. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported strong performance results for fiscal 2015 with sales increases in multiple c-store categories and outlined its 2016 goals. The c-store chain reported diluted earnings per share of

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How C-stores Can Capitalize on The Vaping Trend

In the fast-growing vaping marketplace, c-stores are discovering where they fit. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor It doesn’t seem that long ago that vaporizers comprised a little-known product category for convenience stores. Really, this segment of the non-combustible electronic nicotine devices (ENDs) industry was just revving up. Today, vapors/tanks/mods (VTMs) have locked onto the

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How To Profit With A Pizza Program

While quick-service restaurants have been struggling with flat or slumping pizza sales over the past few years, convenience stores have been experiencing double-digit growth in the segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Based on a premise that more options would lead to more sales, Pizza Hut has amped up its menu to give consumers twice

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How To Make Sure Your Chicken Offering Rules the Roost

Chicken is the No. 1 protein on restaurant and other foodservice menus. It’s economical and can be prepared in so many different ways, making it a customer favorite. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor According to the United States Department of Agriculture, per capita consumption of chicken is projected to be 89.6 pounds this year, up

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Hess Tops List of ‘Green’ Energy Companies on Newsweek List

Hess’ ranking shows its commitment to sustainability and environmental impact. Hess Corp. came in first place on the list of ‘green’ U.S. energy companies on the 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings – U.S. 500 that assesses the environmental performance of corporations. The rankings reflect the sustainability and environmental impact of the 500 largest publicly traded companies

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What Type of Snacks Are Consumers Demanding?

NPD Group finds snacks with health benefits are attracting customers. Consumers are reaching for snacks more often, and regardless of whether they’re seeking a sweet, salty or savory snack, they are gravitating toward options that have a perceived health benefit, according to a report by the NPD Group, a global information company. Protein, natural, and

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United Oil Becomes ‘United Pacific’

Triples convenience store portfolio with major acquisition from Pacific Convenience & Fuels. United Oil, based in Southern California, has completed an acquisition of 251 gas station and convenience stores from Pacific Convenience & Fuels (PC&F) operating under the My Goods Market and Circle K brands. With the acquisition complete, United Oil is set to begin

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Inland Private Capital Divests 12 7-Eleven Properties in Ohio

Sale of Ohio c-store portfolio brings IPCC a substantial return for investors. Inland Private Capital Corp. (IPCC) has sold a portfolio of a dozen 7-Eleven convenience store properties, located in northeastern Ohio, for a gross sale price of $35,329,302. IPCC, through its subsidiary, which serves as asset manager, facilitated the sale of the portfolio on

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Walgreens Drives Engagement With App Partnership

The drug store chain partners with Challenged App to challenge customers to post videos on beauty tips for the chance to win prizes. Drug store behemoth Walgreens is collaborating with the new social competition app, Challenged, which connects socially-activated users, celebrity influencers and charities to drive healthy competition and positive social change. The Challenged app

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Uber, ExxonMobil Partner For Fuel Card Launch

New partnership to help Uber drivers save at Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations nationwide. Uber has introduced the next addition to its Momentum Driver Rewards program: the Partner Fuel Card powered by FleetCor and MasterCard and is partnering with ExxonMobil to help Uber driver partners save at the pump. Exxon will provide Partner Fuel

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