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Florida Retailers Fight Alcohol Separation Law

Senate Regulated Industries Committee to hear SB 804 on April 10. A coalition of retailers is supporting a measure to repeal Florida’s outdated and inconvenient separation law, which restricts consumer access to alcoholic beverages by requiring liquor to be sold in a location separate from groceries and other goods.  Florida has yet to modernize the

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Opportunities Abound at the Car Wash

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits, said Jim Callahan, director of marketing for Geo. H. Green Oil Co. in Atlanta. “To succeed with a car wash, you must be convinced that it is worth the effort. I

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Kwik Chek & McCraw Oil Co. Choose PriceAdvantage

Kwik Chek stores to manage fuel pricing more efficiently with automation. McCraw Oil / Kwik Chek has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their Kwik Chek company operated stores and dealer stores throughout Texas. Kevin Smartt, CEO of Kwik Chek and Bill Wilson, president of McCraw Oil, were looking for

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VERC Enterprises Names New Manager of East Acton Location

Tamara Gorman takes on new position, after working her way up from associate position. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has announced that Tamara Gorman of Ayer, Mass. has been named Manager of the VERC East Acton Mobil, located at 44 Great Road. Gorman

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Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise

Consumers in the winter-ravaged Northeast and Midwest are least optimistic about the economy compared to other regions. Consumer optimism remains steady in April, a period in which the ongoing spring transition to summer-blend fuel usually increases gas prices and reduces optimism. While gas prices increased nearly another dime over the past four weeks, 44% of

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Del Monte Joins CIW Fair Food Program

The agreement reaffirms Del Monte’s commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (“CIW”) Fair Food Program.  As Del Monte joins the CIW, it joins many of the U.S.’ largest retailers and restaurants who participate in

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Feed Inner Strength

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has announced the release of STRONG & KIND, the brand’s first-ever savory snack line and a movement aimed at changing the way people view strength and kindness. STRONG & KIND helps feed people’s inner strength with 10 grams of natural protein (soy-and-whey free) from ingredients you can see & pronounce, including

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Reusable Food Pouches

Squeez’Ems reusable pouches has announced the release of two new trendy designs for its popular eco-friendly food pouches.  The new Orange Flower and Chevron designs are both functional and stylish as well as an easy way for families to enjoy healthy, organic foods on-the-go.  And, by being reusable, they reduce waste and allow parents to

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Frozen Yogurt Swirling Made Easy

Donper America has introduced a customer-exclusive Android Application that focuses solely on improving training and support for soft serve machine operators. This easy-to-use app includes step-by-step instructions, videos, troubleshooting guides, and much more that will help to continue educating frozen yogurt store operators on their equipment. Ongoing training is something that is currently lacking within the

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Natural Energy Bar

Tantus Tobacco has introduced individually-wrapped Coffee Thins, which offer the convenience of coffee in a bar. The 100% Natural Energy bar is the proud winner of the Candy Industry’s 2012 Buyer’s Choice Award. Coffee Thins are available in three flavors: Americano, Espresso and Latte, in 72-count assorted counter displays, 15- pack displays, and three-bar pack

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Lighter Display

Kretek International Inc. has announced DjEEP’s new 24-count lighter tray display. The new compact unit uses less than one-fourth of a square foot of counter space, and each disposable tray can deliver more than $24 of retail profit. The unique DjEEP shape and design offers instant visibility and around $1 profit per lighter.  The trays

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Bite-Sized Rice Krispies Treats

To satisfy on-the-go consumers’ cravings for variety and unique tastes when they snack, Kellogg’s adds Rice Krispies Treats Crackle Snaps to its top selling line up.  These bite-sized puffed rice crisps are blasted with marshmallow flavor and drizzled with rich fudge or creamy caramel to create two distinctive experiences. With this twist, consumers have a

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Touchscreen Coffee Brewing System

FETCO has introduced the Extractor Touchscreen Series Coffee Brewing Systems. Simplify daily operations with the inviting new touchscreen that is intuitive and simple to navigate during setup, programming and brewing modes. Customize the screen to display individual recipe names for quick and easy access to your most popular coffee blends. The Extractor Touchscreen Series is

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More Upside for Gasoline Prices, But Top Nearing

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The national average price for regular grade gasoline increased for eight weeks straight through Mar. 31 according to the Energy Information Administration, reaching a nearly seven-month high at $3.579 gallon, and there’s more upside to go. With limited exception, wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across

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Parker’s Promotes Susan Mondello To District Manager

Mondello began working at Parker’s in 2010. Parker’s recently promoted Susan Mondello to district manager. In her new position, Mondello will oversee all Statesboro, Metter and Lyons markets. She will be responsible for maintaining the Parker’s brand throughout these markets, and overseeing the daily operations. Mondello’s leadership will help make sure Parker’s is able to

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Eby-Brown Welcomes New Customer Merchandising Manager

Geno Kurlopnik promoted to customer merchandising manager after retirement of Eby veteran, Ralph Kallmann.   Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced the retirement of long time veteran, Ralph Kallman. Geno Kurlopnik will replace Kallmann as customer merchandising manger. Kurolapnik joined Eby-Brown in June of 2011.  He is currently responsible for managing Eby Brown’s Vendor Day Program

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Shell Awards Free Fuel For A Year

Customers share stories of how they save with the Fuel Rewards Network Program. Shell announced that Lauren Flauding from Parker, Colo. has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the How I FRN™ Contest and will receive a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline. The How I FRN contest invited consumers to submit

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Highlight Moderation, Healthy Choices

Industry’s commitment to treating candy as a special indulgence makes its way to the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in many ways. The role of candy in a healthful diet will be more noticeable at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, set for May 20-22 in Chicago, ranging from education opportunities during a keynote session

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The Pantry Announces New Chairman of the Board

Thomas Dickson succeeds Edwin Holman. The Pantry Inc. announced the Board of Directors of the company has elected Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former chairman and CEO of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors effective April 2, 2014. He replaces Edwin Holman who was chairman of the Board since September

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House Passes 40 Hours Work Week Legislation

Bill is expected to die in the Senate. The House of Representatives has passed a the “Save American Workers” Act that would change the Affordable Care Act definition of full-time employees to those who work at least 40 hours per week, rather than the 30-hour definition under the existing law, the Post Standard reported. The

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SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

CDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month

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USA Track & Field Announces Partnership with Hershey Through 2020

Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity. USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Co. have announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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Details From SOI Summit’s Closing Day

Fuel forecasts, shopper research and the mobile age capture retailer attention on the last day of the NACS State of the Industry conference. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., concluded on April 3 after a number of sessions on the convenience store landscape ahead for

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SOI Summit Breaks Down Global Economics, Consumer Trends

 Climate, Vladimir Putin and the Federal Reserve pose the three greatest risks to the economy, notes the chief technical analyst for United-ICAP. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor and David Bennett, Senior Editor After a morning filled with plenty of numbers to chew and digest, attendees at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit at

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SOI Summit Reveals Trends, Numbers

Foodservice remains critical to convenience stores’ bottom line as the business structure changes to respond to consumer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor and Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. With the 2014 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit now underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers are taking

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