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CITGO Sponsored ‘Roar On the Shore’ Welcomes Over 150,000 Attendees

County Fair and CITGO celebrated the release of the new Club CITGO mobile app at the event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. recently teamed up to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally in Erie, Pa. hosted by the Manufacturer & Business Association. Since 2007, Roar on the Shore has

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How Millennials Differ From Other Generations And Each Other

IRI examines the myths and misconceptions about Millennials. Numerous generalizations have been thrust upon the Millennial Generation, from the idea that they are self-absorbed, rejecting of “traditional” life paths, and being tethered to their mobile devices. But new research from IRI examined the myths versus realities of Millennials and discovered not only that there are

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How Are U.S. Customers Paying For Goods and Services In 2015?

Mobile, digital and tradition payments are converging, according to a shopper study released by Blackhawk Networks. In this day and age, customers are using numerous different payment methods, with digital and mobile payments serving as supplements to the traditional cash and card-based payments tools, according to new research released by Blackhawk Network. The study, “How

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NACS Introduces Online Training Platform for Convenience Stores

New learning management system enhances NACS’ education and training programs for convenience store employees. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has launched an online training program for c-store employees. The program is available through NACS’ new online platform: NACS e-Learning, powered by Ready Training Online (RTO). “The goal in offering this training platform to

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Wells Fargo Survey Sees Bright Future for Tobacco

The tobacco industry has seen recent growth, and that growth is expected to continue. A  tobacco survey, recently conducted by the Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Equity Research Department, shows combustible cigarette volume is up. The survey reached out to Wells Fargo’s industry trade contacts in order to identify trends in the cigarette, smokeless and other

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Healthy On-the-Go Snacking Made Easy With Nutritional Bars

America’s shift toward healthy living is facilitated by nutritional bars that fit in with the busy lifestyles of American consumers. The new report, Nutritional and Cereal Bars in the U.S., 4th Edition, by Packaged Facts has shown nutritional bars to be growing in popularity among American snackers. Whether on the go or at home, nutritional bars

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How To Pep-Up Sales with Pizza

Many convenience store operators are offering what specialty pizza shops cannot. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern As foodservice becomes a more important part of the convenience store, it is important that stores are providing the food that customers desire. It is no secret that Americans love pizza, and that love is only getting stronger. In

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Snack Bites

The Hershey Co. has introduced new Hershey’s Snack Bites. These new candies deliver an exciting snack experience by combining delicious nuts and Hershey’s iconic confection brands. These tasty snacks include a balanced concentration of crunchy nuts in every bite. Two varieties Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Snack Bites and PayDay Snack Bites will be available […]

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Sweet & Salty

Mars Chocolate has introduced new COMBOS Sweet & Salty Chocolate Fudge Pretzel. This new item features creamy fudge filling surrounded by a salty, crunchy pretzel shell. It follows the successful 2014 launch of COMBOS Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The COMBOS Sweet & Salty Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Medium Bags ship in a […]

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Sweet and Sour

Wrigley has introduced new Sweets & Sours Skittles. This new line of Skittles features a delicious mix of sweet and sour fruit flavors all in one pack. Skittles Sweets & Sours candy will include the perfect mix of sweet and sour fruit flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Sweet Orange, Sour Watermelon, Sour Cherry and Sour Blue Raspberry. […]

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Dessert Inspired Yogurt

Müller Yogurt has introduced a new line of dessert-inspired Yogurt varieties. The flavors in this new line include Strawberry Cheesecake, Raspberry Brownie Supreme, Dulce De Leche Delight and Peach Cobbler. These new flavors are hitting grocery shelves nationwide this month. The dessert inspired flavors feature creamy, signature Müller yogurt on top of a layer of […]

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Coconut Collection

FAL Food and Beverages has introduced new product offerings from Coco Joy, the first all-natural portfolio of coconut products. The Coco Joy collection now includes premium classic and flavored coconut waters, natural and flavored coconut milks, natural and flavored coconut oils, coconut flour, coconut sugar and coconut chips. The FAL Food and Beverages group now […]

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New Cookie Flavors

Ezaki Glico U.S.A. has introduced two new Pocky flavors to its popular Pocky product line: Chocolate Banana Pocky and Cookies & Cream Pocky. Chocolate Banana Pocky pairs the light crunch of a chocolate cookie stick with a smooth banana flavored cream, while Cookies & Cream Pocky pairs a chocolate-flavored cookie stick with a sweet cream […]

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Backup Power Solutions

Generac Power Systems offers a full range of backup power solutions, including mobile gaseous generators and its Protector Series line. Generac’s mobile gaseous generators are ideal for owners with multiple locations. Mobile gaseous generators are designed for applications that require temporary power or when a permanently installed generator is not feasible. They also can be […]

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Cactus Water

Nature’s Best Powered by KeHE is now distributing Caliwater Cactus Water. Both the 11.2 ounce (330 milliliter) and one liter of the brand’s fresh prickly pear cactus beverage are available to retailers. Caliwater contains fewer calories and less sugar than all of the leading coconut waters and aloe juices currently on the market. Caliwater contains […]

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Overtime Regulations Discourage Employee Advancement

New proposed overtime regulations will generate significant costs for job creators and leave little room for employee choice and opportunity. A hearing was held July 23, 2015 on the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to federal overtime rules. The hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Representative Tim Walberg, explored the potential impact of the proposed changes

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Overtime Proposal Could Cost Retailers Millions

The overtime proposal issued by the Department of Labor meets strong opposition due to the increased costs and the decreased career opportunities for employees. Updated research on the Labor Department’s overtime proposal was presented to Congress on July 22, 2015 by the National Retail Federation (NRF). This research illustrated how the proposal to expand overtime would limit

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“Holy Cow” Promotion is Cause for Religious Upset

Hindus upset by ampm promotional campaign. Hindus are calling a current “ampm” promotion, which links a cheeseburger with “Holy Cow,” inappropriate. A Hindu statesman is urging the immediate removal of the posters in question. The posters displaying “Big Western BBQ Cheeseburger” in “ampm” stores contain the words “Holy Cow” in bold and capital letters at

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Grocery Shopping Responsibilities are Changing Hands

Younger generations are seeing a shift in household dynamics, and this shift is bringing about changes outside of the household as well. According to Retail Food Marketing Trends in the U.S.: Technology, Mobile, and Social Media, a recent report by Packaged Facts, as household dynamics have shifted, grocery shopping is no longer solely the mother’s responsibility. Research indicates that the

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M&M’S Mouth-Watering Marketing

Mars Chocolate’s new M&M’S commercial catches a blushing bride red-handed with “spokescandy,” Red. Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new commercial called “Eating in Bed” where a married couple argues over eating chocolate in the bedroom after Scott catches his wife, Liz, red-handed with M&M’S “spokescandy,” Red. The new commercial, produced by BBDO New York,

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New 7-Eleven Stores Roll Out in Oklahoma

After years of planning and market research, 7-Eleven is rolling out new stores in Oklahoma that will better cater to the needs of consumers. The Oklahoma City-based 7-Eleven Stores (not affiliated with the Dallas-based national chain) are introducing new, larger stores in Oklahoma. After years of planning and research, the first new store opened last

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Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

Gasoline is slowly trending away from its summer peak and seems to be stabilizing in recent weeks. Despite a number of factors such as the decreased number of oil rigs in the U.S. and a decrease in imported oil from Saudi Arabia, gasoline prices have not seen too much of an increase over the past 30

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How to Freshen Up Gum and Mint Sales

C-store retailers struggling with gum and mint sales may be able to grow sales with some extra attention to merchandising the category.  By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Some simple tricks may be all you need to boost gum sales at your convenience stores. One rule to always remember is that if the customer cannot see

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SEI Fuels Becomes Largest Shell-Branded Distributor in New Orleans

SEI Fuels will now supply Shell-branded fuel to approximately 60 branded locations in and around New Orleans. A transaction closed July 16 in which SEI Fuel Services, Inc. purchased the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans. SEI Fuels entered the wholesale fuel business in 2012 when it and its

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Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Tests Pizza To Go

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are looking to create a shopping experience that is customized to cater to the specific communities that they serve. Wal-Mart’s growing number of Arkansas Neighborhood Markets continue to become more unique. These new Neighborhoood Market stores look to become the ultimate one-stop-shop by offering services, from fuel to hot and ready pizza,

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