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Sweet & Salty

Opposites attract with the new sweet and salty flavor combinations from COMBOS Brand: COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Baked Snacks Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The blend of sweet and salty flavors continues to be a crowd pleaser with consumers searching for bold, innovative new tastes. New COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel delivers

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Coconut Water For Kids

FAL Food and Beverages, a FAL Group brand, announced that its newly launched Coco Joy Kids brand will feature characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy action-adventure film Big Hero 6. Coco Joy Kids is all-natural fruit-flavored, pure coconut water for kids, containing no added sugar, preservatives or concentrates. Coco Joy Kids products featuring Big

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Hot ‘n’ Ready Grill Line

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduces burger items designed for the roller grill. Comparable in texture, color and flavor to the juicy beef patties that have made the BIG AZ sandwich line a top seller, the Cheeseburger Roller Grill and Jalapeño Cheeseburger Roller Grill links were introduced to rave reviews at the National Association of Convenience

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Holiday PEEPS

PEEPS Brand Marshmallow is making the holiday season more festive with new flavors and shapes arriving just in time for the season of giving. Plus the mischievous yellow-colored Minions from the “Despicable Me” movie series have taken over nearly the entire PEEPS Holiday collection for 2014. NEW PEEPS Marshmallow Minions are a Minion-shaped marshmallow reflecting

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Limited-Edition Holiday Punch

Generations of families have celebrated holiday gatherings and other events with cups filled to the brim with what many call the “official punch” of the South: Cheerwine Punch. For the first time, Cheerwine is offering a pre-mixed blend of its legendary punch in two-liter bottles during the upcoming holiday season. Limited supplies of the first-ever

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Golden Bear Gets Fizzy

AriZona Beverages USA LLC and Jack Nicklaus have added sparkling strawberry lemonade to its popular Golden Bear line. Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Strawberry Fizz is the perfect balance of crisp fruit and lemon zest, containing 10% juice. This sweet and tart lightly-carbonated beverage is sure to be the new drink of choice for any lemonade

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U.S. Gasoline—Another Psychological Barrier Breached

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the U.S. Gulf Coast, during the first week of November sparked another leg down in the gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange that broke below psychological support at $2

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Empire Petroleum Acquires 11 Sites From CST Brands

“The Lubbock acquisition presents a great opportunity for us to expand our operations further into west Texas,” says Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully closed on the acquisition of 11 former CST—Corner Store locations in the Lubbock, Texas region from CST Brands, Inc. The addition of the CST locations expands Empire’s market presence

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates Black Friday

Stores across the Southeast will keep value-seeking shoppers energized with Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating Black Friday by offering a 16-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Any guest that visits Kangaroo

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Gulf Launches New Online Trading Platform

Gulf Online Market to go live on Nov. 19 for heating oil customers. Gulf Oil LP announced the launch of Gulf Online Market, the company’s new online trading platform. The platform, which will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 19 for Gulf’s heating oil customers, was developed to address the increasing volatility of today’s petroleum market,

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Plan For Summer Fun

CandyRific has redesigned its popular summer item, the Go Fish Squirt Fun. The Go Fish Squirt Fun is shaped like a Blue Gill and has a candy-filled handle. Available in blue and orange, it comes complete with .53-ounces of microbites candy. It has a suggested retail price of $2.15 and ships in six 12-count displays

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ADD Systems

Check out ADD Systems E-Store Software Suite For over 41 Years ADD Systems has been a leader providing both Home Office Accounting and Back Office Software to the wholesale and retail fuel industry. The E Store Software Suite interfaces with all the modern POS Systems and is ideal whether at the home office or store

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Sheetz Opens Burlington Distribution Center

“We were strategic with picking this location because of the convenient access to highway and work force; it will allow us to provide the freshest and best quality products to our friends in the south,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz cut the ceremonial red ribbon on Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to officially open the

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7-Eleven Announces Franchise Giveaway Contest

U.S. military veterans have the chance to win their own store. 7‑Eleven Inc. starts enlisting U.S. military veterans on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, for Operation: Take Command, the company’s first franchise giveaway contest. The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven

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American Vaping Association Demands Correction From FDA Commissioner

FDA Chief accuses thousands of e-cigarette companies of marketing to kids. The American Vaping Association, anadvocate for the benefits of vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to retract and apologize for false and slanderous comments she made in an interview published yesterday by Medscape. “These products are

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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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Hoping to Ignite

C-stores search for the key to unlocking the marketability of e-cigars. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Electronic cigarette sales are soaring and the vapor tank-mods business is growing. But when it comes to e-cigars, convenience store operators may find unlocking their untapped potential a challenge. While e-cigarettes are sometimes used as a buffer against traditional

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Cigar Issues Still Fresh

For convenience stores that sell cigars, it’s business as usual—at least until regulators say otherwise. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Now that the comment period on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulations has passed, only time will tell what restrictions might affect the cigar segment, which is still alive and well. A

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Craving Meat Snack Sales

Consumers are finding the protein and satisfaction they want in dried meat snacks. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor An increasing number of American consumers are looking for snacks that do more than taste good. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, a consumer research organization, over half of the respondents said it was “very important”

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Innovation by the Cup

Retailers are investing more in hot dispensed beverage programs that reflect the consumers’ growing penchant for espresso-based coffee offerings, flavorful teas and more choices. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Wawa Inc. is known for its proprietary coffee, especially to its customers—one of every two are said to purchase a hot beverage every time they enter

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Grill Items Remain Hot

Roller grill food offerings can always be improved, but never at the expense of freshness and quality. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lunch and dinner programs that present convenience store customers with a variety of roller grill options and more meal options are effective ways to build foodservice sales. In fact, fresh, savory items, such

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

Bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest (leasehold or fee) in 16 properties located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia by sealed bid sale. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale. Sealed bids are required to

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Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

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