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Fast-Casual Restaurants Show Faster-Than-Average Growth

Made-for-you appeal driving success. The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11% increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8% increase in units, fast-casual concepts among Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants comprise many of the fastest-growing restaurant chains. At the same time, leaders Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and

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PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Battle Muscular Dystrophy in Virginia

CITGO marketer helps 14th Annual MDA Jersey Auction surpass fundraising goal. Local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. raised nearly $70,000 during the 14th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Jersey Auction. Following a Norfolk Admirals’ hockey game at Scope Arena on March 22, PAPCO, CITGO and the Admirals American Hockey League Team auctioned

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NJOY Welcomes Proposed FDA Regulations for E-Cigs

Company will continue to engage the FDA and consumers throughout regulatory process. NJOY, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. “We have long supported FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes, and believe that the issuance of today’s proposed regulations is

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Smoker Friendly To Open Accessories Chain Glass Werx

Targets cannabis users with new tobacco accessories line. Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly is preparing to move aggressively into cannabis accessories after 23 years of primarily serving the tobacco market, with the introduction of 10 new Glass Werx tobacco accessories stores this year the Denver Post reported. Glass Werx plans to sell a variety of pipes,

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Car Wash Efficiency

MacNeil Wash Systems, a supplier to the tunnel car wash industry, announced the assignment of US Patent No. 8,621,707 for its new PowerLock. PowerLock is a lightweight energy saving air valve that allows dryers to operate continuously while preventing air flow between vehicles and minimize peak load charges, resulting in increased energy efficiency and a

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Enmark To Sell Paper Icons To Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Goal is set at $75,000 to fight blood cancer. Enmark Stations Inc. has made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 59 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The paper icons will be sold in

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C.N. Brown Co.’s MDA Shamrock Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

CITGO marketer fights back for Mainers affected by neuromuscular diseases. C.N. Brown Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp., sponsors of the annual “Buy A Shamrock” paper mobile program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raised more than $103,000 to benefit children, adults and families affected by neuromuscular disease in their local communities. From mid-February through

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Nielsen Announces New Beauty Market Agreement with NPD

Firms will co-produce Beauty Cross Channel Monitor, the most comprehensive report available on the beauty market today. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has announced a new agreement with The NPD Group, a global information company, to jointly produce the quarterly U.S. Beauty Cross Channel Monitor. The

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Fleet Organizations Highlight Prevalent Problem of Fuel Invoice Inaccuracies

Recent survey shows nearly 40% of fleets are concerned invoices are inaccurate; while 38% plan to remedy the issue. By Ryan Mossman, vice president and general manager of FuelQuest’s Fuel Services. Fuel invoicing accuracy has been a challenge in the industry for quite some time. The levels of inaccuracies (anywhere from 10-25% or more) that

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Experts Weigh In On E-Cig Deeming Regulations

“Our quick take on the proposed deeming regulations is that they are broadly as expected and not as restrictive as some had feared,” noted Bonnie Herzog, managing director, Beverage, Tobacco & Convenience Store Research, Wells Fargo Securities LLC. After the FDA proposed deeming regulations for e-cigarettes, Wells Fargo Securities LLC noted that at first glance,

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FDA E-Cig Deeming Regulations Proposed

“The proposed rule would give the FDA additional tools to protect the public health in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, including the review of new tobacco products and their health-related claims,” says director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. FDA proposed to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes As part

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On The Run Mobile App Shows Lottery Results

New interactive game also makes app more fun. Through its mobile app, On the Run customers in the St. Louis area can now access daily winning lottery numbers. Thanks to a recent app upgrade, users instantly benefit with this enhancement because it provides a quick, convenient way to see winning numbers. This upgrade is applicable

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RILA Launches Retail Energy Management Program

Energy Management Maturity Matrix allows industry to drive improvements to existing strategies. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has launched its Retail Energy Management Program by releasing the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix, a tool designed to help retailers optimize their energy management programs. The Matrix provides a baseline for retail energy managers to measure

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Premium Portable Vaporizer

Redefining smoking for the modern generation, Ploom—developers of products that provide a cleaner, more flavorful alternative to the smoking experience—have launched PAX, the most pocketable, premium, loose-leaf vaporizer on the market today. Reimagining the smoking paradigm, Pax weds modern technologies, materials, and processes with a beautifully simple yet effective design. PAX uses the process of

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New Product Catalog

MacNeil Wash Systems has announced the launch of its new 2014 product catalog, featuring car wash systems, equipment, and parts, doubling its size from the 2012 parts-only version. Featuring more than 300 products, the 80-page, full-color glossy catalog is a complete car wash resource guide for owners, operators, and investors. Product features and technical specifications

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Garlic Knots

Stefano Foods, maker of high quality ready-to-heat items, added a new item to its growing line of snacks and appetizers. Garlic Knots are made with Stefano’s Pizza Dough for a moist, chewy texture and then coated with Garlic Spread. Each ready-to-heat package contains eight fully-baked Knots in a eight-inch round foil pan. The total package

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Blended Crémes

Appeal to customers looking for coffee-free options with decadent Big Train Blended Crèmes. These caffeine-free frappes are delicious served on their own, or top them with whipped cream for added indulgence. Offer all the robust flavor of a gourmet dessert in a cup with varieties such as creamy Vanilla Bean, rich Cookies ‘n Crème, sweet

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Men’s Razors

BIC, a manufacturer of men’s razors, is introducing two new large-pack offerings of the BIC Flex 3 and the BIC Hybrid Advance 3 razors. The new pack sizes now provide men with the convenience of purchasing a larger quantity of quality razors at an even better value. The BIC Flex 3 large pack includes eight

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Even More Energy

New York-based XL Energy Drink has expanded the retail presence of all SKU’s into Albertsons Northwest—the product is now available in over 100 stores in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, at an everyday low price of $1.29/can. XL Energy Drink’s success story began in Poland in the year 2000. The company immediately started

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Sour Jelly Beans

WARHEADS is extending the highly successful and sought after WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans beyond the Easter season. Starting in May 2014, WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans are available year‐round with an expanding offering of packaging formats. WARHEADS Sour Jelly Beans, with six fruity flavors, are perfectly sour for any sour lover’s taste buds. Packaging formats include

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Quality Bubbly On A Budget

Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato California Champagne and Bubbly Brut Cuvee are a surprise and delight at the first sip. The Pink Moscato sparkler has aromas of red apples and cherries complemented by a luscious, lingering sweet finish. Its delightful aromas and sweet flavors make a fun, flavorful and affordable addition to any meal. Barefoot Bubbly

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The United Family Offers Fuel Discount To Loyal Guests

Vouchers earned through grocery purchases can be redeemed for up to 20 cents off per gallon at United Express. The United Family is rewarding loyal guests by offering a fuel discount of up to 20 cents per gallon at all United Express fuel stations, based on in-store purchases at United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos

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Plaid Pantry Appeals To Bikers

Now bikers can repair a flat at any Plaid Pantry location. Plaid Pantry, a convenience store chain with 104 stores in Oregon, is offering bicycle aid stations for customers who arrive at their stores via bikes, according to Bikeportland.org. The new aid stations are coming soon to all Plaid Pantry locations. Administrative Manager Laura Sadowski

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Carbonated Soft Drinks Under Pressure

Isotonics and sparking water are up, while carbonated soft drinks struggle. Carbonated soft drinks (CSD) excluding energy, saw dollar sales decline 4.8% (-3% for 12 weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks ended April 12, 2014 (versus -4.1% prior year) driven by an equivalent unit pricing increase of 1% and equivalent

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Land Mark Products Achieves SQF Level 2 Certification

“Food safety is our No. 1 concern, and we are proud that we’ve achieved this level of credibility,” says Land Mark Products CEO. Land Mark Products, a food manufacturer to the convenience store industry, has been awarded the Safe Quality Food Institute’s (SQF) Level 2 Certification. The SQF Certification is awarded to food manufacturers that

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