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New Corner Store Opens in Round Rock, Texas

CST Brands continues to up its store count in Texas as well as other parts of the U.S.   Though CST Brands Inc. is expanding its corporate footprint at a fast clip, the parent of company of Corner Store convenience stores,  still celebrates store openings big time in its home state of Texas. Corner Store recently held the grand opening celebration

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U-Stop Convenience Shops Adds Mobile Platform

U-Stop now has the ability to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages and social media. U-Stop Convenience Shops, a convenience store chain based in Lincoln, Neb., launched their new website and mobile apps with OpenStore by Gasbuddy today. After integrating OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution provider, U-Stop now has the ability

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MAPCO Announces Thanksgiving Promotion

Lucky commuters in Hendersonville and Franklin, Tenn., will enjoy $1 off per gallon of gas Nov. 22-23.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor   Holiday travel isn’t easy, just ask the two million Tennesseans—as reported by AAA—who drove last year to spend time with friends and family. This year, MAPCO and PayPal are teaming up

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Moist Tobacco Six-Pack Tubs

CN Smokeless Co. LLC is bringing some muscle to the traditional moist tobacco category with its latest introduction: Klondike Premium Moist Tobacco Six-Pack Tubs. The Klondike Six-Pack Tub is redefining what a tub should be by eliminating the mess and hassle of traditional tubs. Adult tobacco consumers are saying “no” to the time-consuming and messy

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Smart Floor Signs

Visual Workplace Inc. offers smart floor signs that enable your floors to communicate critical information about safety instructions clearly and effectively. The floor signs are peel and stick, easy to apply, and made of durable high bond acrylic that will withstand forklift and heavy foot traffic. Signs are available in three sizes: 12-inches and 17-inches

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Celebrate Peanut Butter

Reese’s fans have a reason to celebrate! November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and Hershey is launching Reese’s Spreads, the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors in spreadable form. Based on the iconic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Reese’s Spreads delivers the unique, one-of-a-kind combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors to any

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12-Ounce Sauce Sizes

Arcobasso Foods has introduced a lineup of new 12-ounce sauce bottles. The selection includes eight flavors, including a new Hot Sauce, that serve as condiments to the foodservice offerings of convenience stores nationwide. The new 12-ounce bottles will complement the current 18-ounce bottle sizes to give the convenience store operators greater selection. For More Information

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Mixed Nuts Bar

Mix it up with SNICKERS Brand Mixed Nuts Bar—a satisfying mix of peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts combined with SNICKERS Brand caramel and nougat, all coated with creamy milk chocolate. Nut lovers have much to celebrate with their favorite nuts in one bar. To drive awareness, category growth and sales, the launch of SNICKERS Brand Mixed

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Portable Coffee Offerings

Appeal to consumers looking to personalize specialty beverages on-the-go with new dairy-free DaVinci Gourmet Coffee Flavorings. Made with quality ingredients and no sugar, these zero-calorie flavorings are perfect for health conscious customers that want to take coffee house flavors with them on the road, to work or at home. One squeeze provides delicious flavoring to

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2015 Candies

Just Born is introducing new products for 2015. Hot Tamales Tropical Heat erupts with three spicy tropical flavors: Pineapple Picante, Limon Fever and Mango Tango. Also, in 2015, “Retro is Back” with Mike And Ike Cotton Candy flavored chewy candies, which are back by popular demand for a limited time. With a suggested retail price

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New Juice Line

AriZona Beverages has launched its newest juice line, Shaq Fu Punch. This is the second product launch to come from AriZona’s all-star partnership with Shaquille O’Neal and it’s already a knockout. Shaq Fu Punch delivers a crisp and fruity taste in three new fruit punch flavors: Grape, Strawberry and Pineapple. Shaq Fu Punch is Vitamin

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Pak-A-Sak Charity Golf Outing Reaches $200,000 Milestone

For more than two decades, Pak-A-Sak has been raising money for local communities.   The annual Pak-A-Sak benefit golf outing, better known as the James E. Peterson Memorial Golf Outing, recently topped $200,000 in charitable donations. This year’s outing raised $16,000, to bring the total to $208,000 over the 22 years the outing has been

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Technomic Sees Restaurant Unit Increases in 2014

Top 500 U.S. eateries in 2014 expected to see slight unit growth rate compared to last year.   Foodservice research firm Technomic predicts a 2.3% unit growth rate over 2013 among the top 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains. The increase is slightly higher than the 2.1% growth rate from 2012 to 2013 and much greater than the

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Corner Store Finishes 5K With $1 Million Donation

 San Antonio-based CST Brands to make run series benefiting local charities to be an annual event.   CST Brands, San Antonio-based parent company of Corner Store, recently wrapped up an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run, its first-ever fundraising event in San Antonio. The Country Run raised $1 million for

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Jiffy Mart Tackles Hunger

Jiffy Mart charity signing event features Brandon Williams. November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart & the Greene Turtle partnered with the Shepherd’s Staff and Baltimore Football Defensive Tackle, Brandon Williams, in a canned food drive. The event took place on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Westminster Greene Turtle. Brandon

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Kangaroo Express Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle Chapter recognizes Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., was named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Executive leadership from Kangaroo Express accepted the award at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Prestonwood Country

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Juicy Waters

In 2015, good2grow, a line of healthy children’s beverages, will energize the water category with a new line of organic Juicy Waters. The new collection of flavored waters debuts at the 2014 Natural Products Expo East. Hitting shelves in early 2015, the collection offers the taste children love with the nutritional benefits parents crave in

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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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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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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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