KickBack Fantasy Football Returns

KickBack has expanded its Fantasy Football program to further drive sales of its retailer partners. As the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season approaches, KickBack Points is preparing this year’s season of KickBack Fantasy Football. For this year’s competition, KickBack has devised new opportunities to earn prizes and points, and for the third year in a row, a grand prize


How True Believers Are Keeping the Flame Alive

In a positive corporate culture, you need different leaders and “True Believers.” By Fran Duskiewicz I suppose the reason that I have been mulling over what makes for a great corporate culture is that I will be moderating a panel on that topic at the National Advisors Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. in

Stripes Seeks to Strike Out Cancer

Generous donors will match donations collected through Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ campaign, dollar for dollar. Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.” Last year,

NRC Coordinates Sealed Bid Sale For Getty Realty

Getty Realty Corp. sealed bid deadline is less than two weeks away. NRC Realty and Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating a sealed bid sale of 13 Getty Realty Corp. properties. These properties are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The sealed bids must be received by NRC on Sept.

HEINEKEN Acquires 50% Shareholding of Lagunitas

New transaction between HEINEKEN and Lagunitas Brewing Co. will help both brands to expand their presence in and outside of the U.S. HEINEKEN has acquired a 50% shareholding in the fifth largest craft brewer in the U.S. by volume, Lagunitas Brewing Co. This transaction holds great benefits for both of the involved companies. The transaction will provide HEINEKEN

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the

Trans-Fat Free Cookie Dough

Bake’n Joy has expanded its FreshBakes Preportioned Cookie Dough line to include one-ounce cookies in a convenient 240-count pack. The line expansion includes varieties including: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, M&M Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Sugar and 100% Whole Grain Cranberry Chocolate Granola. Each individual one ounce cookie is under 150 calories. The cookie […]

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Chorizo Sausage Rollers

Johnsonville has introduced new Chorizo Breakfast Sausage Rollers. One of the top-growing sausage flavors for breakfast, this Mexican-inspired variety is flavored with dried chilies and paprika. This innovative new product is designed for c-stores looking to differentiate breakfast programs, while expanding profit potential throughout the day. A portfolio of on trend flavors including: Southern Recipe, Spicy […]

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new King Edward VII Chocolate Cigarillos. Now customers can enjoy premium tobacco tastes in three different blends – chocolate, vanilla and natural. The cigarillos are hand rolled in the Dominican Republic in a natural Connecticut shade wrapper and are packed in resealable foil pouches to ensure freshness. They are offered at an affordable […]

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Low Energy Freezer

Southbend has introduced the new TruCHILL blast chiller/shock freezer system. This environmentally-friendly product rapidly cools contents to safe storing temperatures, while improving quality, reducing waste, controlling food costs, extending shelf life and meeting all HAACP requirements. Constructed with almost 99% recyclable materials, the TruCHILL is an ISO 14001 Certified, R404a refrigerant that is CFC/HCFC free. […]

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Ultra Coolness

Kretek International Inc., importer and marketer of Djarum and Djarum BLACK filtered cigars, has announced the rollout of new Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol cigars. The new cigars feature intense menthol blended with Djarum’s signature clove taste to create a cigar experience unlike any other. Djarum BLACK Ultra Menthol is the first new Djarum filtered line […]

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Fat Burning Beverages

Celsius Holdings Inc., now in partnership with Eagle Distributing Inc., has introduced the new Celsius beverage. Celsius is a fat burning beverage that is backed by clinical science. The new partnership will bring Celsius to a variety of accounts in the Nebraska market through the Eagle Distributing network. Eagle Distributing will now offer the complete Celsius ready-to-drink (RTD) can flavor line, which includes […]

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Halloween Candy Dispenser

CandyRific has released a new dispenser in the shape of M&M’S Blue Character wearing a skeleton costume as a new collectible for Halloween. M&M’S Brand enthusiasts will scream with delight when they add this colorful M&M’S Brand Collectible Halloween Dispenser to their collection. The limited edition dispenser includes 1.05-ounces of M&M’S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies, and […]

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New Chile Spices

McCormick For Chefs, of McCormick & Co., has introduced three new chile spices and seasoning blends: Sriracha Seasoning, Crushed Chipotle Pepper, and Ground Jalapeño Pepper. The new McCormick Culinary spices make it easier than ever to add sizzling flavor to any menu. These chile spices and seasoning blends bring the desired punch of heat in a […]

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Hard Apple Ciders

HEINEKEN USA has created a fully integrated, 360-degree Strongbow Hard Apple Cider program. The new program includes national television advertising, targeted digital media, social media engagements and eye-catching point-of-sale materials designed to drive purchase of Strongbow’s four flavors all season long. To increase awareness of Strongbow Season, the brand is continuing its “Bestest Over Ice” […]

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Organic Arabica Coffee

Created by a father of twins needing wholesome energy, FORTO, a revolutionary, fine coffee, is made with Organic & Fair-Trade 100% Arabica coffee beans, hand-selected by family farmers in Latin America, and is cold-brewed in a unique 20-hour process to be deliciously-smooth. Each portable two-ounce bottle contains the natural energy  (175-milligrams) of two regular cups […]

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How to Improve Restroom Appearance

The best way to improve restroom appearance by cleaning for health. Not only is a clean restroom a crucial element for maintaining customer satisfaction, it is also a matter of concern for public health. Illness-causing bacteria and germs can be found on many bathroom surfaces, and these contaminants can be easily spread to customers, which can also

Alliance Data Systems Corp. Provides Tap-and-Pay Functionality to Retail Partners

Alliance Data Systems Corp. provides retail partners with technology which makes customer payments fast and easy. Alliance Data Systems Corp.’s card services business will now provide an EMV-based co-brand credit card solution with tap-and-pay functionality to its retail partners. This new technology will make payments simple, fast and easy by allow customers to pay for purchases by tapping their card

General Sessions Expand in NACS Show 2015

NACS has expanded its annual event to contain an additional day of general sessions. In addition to the four days of more than 55 educational sessions, the 2015 NACS Show will now feature an extra day of general sessions. The event will take place in a 400,000 square-foot expo, and will play host to more than

How to Spruce Up Sandwich Offerings

Ham and cheese on white bread used to be the go-to sandwich for grab and go. But now many consumers are expecting options that are unique, upscale and even unusual. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It’s not often that customers express their approval when a retailer raises prices. But that’s exactly what happened when Englefield

Westex Capital Completes Assets Sale

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC assists in the sale of 26 convenience stores. Del Rio Texas-based Westex Capital LTD and Bohica Investment LTD have completed the sale of 26 convenience stores in several markets in South Central and West Texas. The asset sale also included a fuel and propane distribution business with six bulk

How Kum & Go Is Optimizing Store Space

Kum & Go partners with Symphony EYC G.O.L.D. to more efficiently manage convenience store space. Kum & Go has partnered with Symphony EYC, employing its G.O.L.D. Space Optimization software with centralized data management to simplify the merchandising process across its stores. With G.O.L.D., Kum & Go will also streamline daily tasks such as importing of

How The Frozen Bakery Products Market Is Growing

As consumer lives get busier, ready-to-bake products gain momentum. The frozen bakery products market is one of the fastest-growing segments of frozen food market due to the growing trend towards ready-to-bake or ready-to-thaw frozen products. This growth is being driven by the rising demand for convenience food products, to save customers both time and effort,

Kendrick Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Dealer flexibility and a nationally-recognized brand attracts Kendrick Oil to the VP retail branding program. Kendrick Oil Co., based in Friona, Texas, has become the newest chain to add VP Racing Fuels retail branding program. Kendrick provides a range of quality fuel products to 47 retail locations and a variety of other customers in Texas,

Gregg Gellman to Help 22nd Century Group in New Brand Approval

Previous success with attaining FDA approval makes Gellman an obvious choice for his new position. Gregg Gellman has been appointed the new director of business development and regulatory affairs of 22nd Century Group Inc. This new position will require Gellman to drive regulatory affairs strategies for the company’s two modified risk cigarettes in development. These