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CITGO, PS Food Mart Kick Off Fight Hunger Give Hope Campaign

Annual program will raise funds for local food pantries. PS Food Mart Charities has announced the launch of the fifth annual Fight Hunger Give Hope campaign in support of local food banks. From March 3 through March 16, 31 participating PS Food Mart stores in Michigan and Ohio will join together with a goal to

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Kretek International Appoints Vice President of Field Sales

New product lines and expansion into new categories leads to appointment of new vice president of field sales. Kretek International Inc. has appointed Russell Mancuso as vice president of field sales, with responsibility for direction and focus of the Kretek national sales force for all Kretek brands.  Mancuso will report to Kretek National Sales Vice

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Better-For-You Pretzel Crisps

Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps has introduced two new flavorful additions and a new product line to its better-for-you snack offerings. Expanding the popular Deli Style line of Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps are HONEY MUSTARD & ONION and SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER, two versatile options that, like all Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, are perfect for

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Hardware Solution

VRX Company Inc. has announced the kit form solution of the VR2004 Text Inserter, configured for parallel printer data to both pass data through and also to convert to serial data. This solution allows you to maintain your connection to, for instance, a parallel printer while also transferring the data to the serial COM port

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Whole Grain Snack

Mondelez International Inc. has announced that Wheat Thins Popped is hitting retailers nationwide beginning this March 2014 for a suggested retail price of $3.69. Wheat Thins Popped will boast the same great taste as Original Wheat Thins and will be the first popped whole grain snack with wheat as the first ingredient. With less than

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Bud Light Lime Expands

The popular Bud Light Lime Ritas franchise is doubling. The brand is introducing two new permanent flavors—Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita—as the third and fourth flavor profiles in the Bud Light Lime Ritas family, which also launched a fifth flavor—Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita—as a  limited-time season offering  in 2013. The brand anticipates continued success with the launch

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The 2014 Category Management Outlook

With the industry facing heightened competition and shrinking margins, CSD offers retail insights, expert analysis and emerging trends from more than 30 key in-store categories. A CSD Staff Report While other retail channels have endured sluggish sales and numerous other customer challenges over the past three years, the convenience store and petroleum industry hasn’t missed

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C-Stores Bullish on Chicken

When Larry Miller started in the c-store business in the 1960s, he cut up chicken for the store’s meat market section. But most stores were skittish when it came to prepared products. Handling raw chicken and properly cooking presented minefields. No longer. “The supply chain is safer and the equipment makes it easier to prepare,”

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Roller Grill Trends Toward Innovation, Made to Order

In 2014, convenience stores are finding they can up their foodservice profile with specialty sausages, a range of breakfast options and different bun types, such as biscuits. “Roller grill offerings have really evolved and expanded in recent years. While hot dogs remain a staple, c-store operators are offering a broader range of items that meet

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Sandwiches Made Their Way

In 2014, sandwiches continue to be in high demand among convenience store consumers. Whole grain breads—as well as flatbreads, wraps and all kinds of artisan breads—and specialty cheeses and meats are among options grabbing customer attention. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 59 locations in York, Pa., has seen success with a number of sandwich items. “Grilled

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Building the Bakery Business

Over the past 12 months, sales of packaged sweet baked snacks and desserts came close to the $13 billion mark, according to a report released by market research publisher Packaged Facts. The report, entitled “Packaged Sweet Baked Snacks and Desserts: U.S. Market Trends,” projects that sales will exceed $14 billion in 2017. That growth in

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Pizza Fans Split Over Indulgent And Healthier Pies

Still one of the most popular foodservice destinations, pizza is trending in two directions: indulgent and better for you, noted Donna Hood, Crecca, senior director of Technomic. “On the indulgent side, we see items such as the recently-introduced bacon cheeseburger pizza or Buffalo-style pizza. But on the better-for-you side, we’re also seeing pizza chains rolling

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Emphasizing Customer Service

Training employees to focus on providing outstanding service and maximizing the time you spend in your own stores is an investment that always pays off. By Jim Callahan In the retail business there are always tasks—extremely important tasks at that—that are time consuming and we’d rather not do. It’s then that we are tempted to

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Clyde’s Market Boosts its Retail Footprint

The Georgia chain is updating its chicken program, testing a smaller format barbeque restaurant and rolling out a larger convenience store size. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News&Online As part of its ongoing effort to satisfy today’s on-the-go customers, Clyde’s Market with 43 convenience stores in Georgia, is applying lessons from its Rusty Pig barbeque restaurant

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Understanding What Your Customers Want

By John Lofstock, Editor Shoppers come to convenience stores to get their needs met. But if retailers don’t fully understand what shoppers want, efforts to capture more of their business will probably miss the mark. In these tough economic times, where c-stores are already facing stiff competition,  it is critical that c-store operators have a

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Kum & Go Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site for first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consumer fundraising, is

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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The Pantry Fights Back

Urges stockholders to support value-enhancing changes.  The Pantry Inc. sent the following letter to stockholders in response to arguments made by the dissident stockholder group led by JCP Investment Management LLC in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Dear Fellow Stockholder, At The Pantry’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014,

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NRA Announces 2014 FABI Award Recipients

New type of pepper, beef bacon, gluten-free flour and vegan fishless filets are among food and beverage innovations to be showcased at National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)  announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Innovations (FABI) Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage innovations that will make a

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Rutter’s Adds Crab Cake Sliders to Menu

Soft pretzel bites are also new on the snack menu. Just in time for the Lenten season, Rutter’s Farm Stores has added another seafood option to the menu, crab cake sliders. The Maryland-style crab cakes are fried to perfection and can be ordered in quantities of 1, 3, 6 or 12. Rutter’s Rewards of up

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Obama Budget Proposes Federal Tobacco Tax Rate Increases

2015 proposal mirrors President Obama’s 2014 proposal, which Congress did not pass. President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget includes a 94 cents per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and a proportionate 93% increase in all other tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Each of these

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Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Vaping still allowed in lounges, e-cigarette stores and for film and theatrical purposes. Los Angeles has moved to ban public use of electronic cigarettes, following in the footsteps of New York, Chicago and Boston The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs

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Del Monte Expands its Tomato and Vegetable Program

Acquires approximately 2,620 acres of land in south Florida. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced that one of its North America subsidiaries acquired approximately 2,620 acres of agricultural production land located Northwest of Palm Beach, Fla. “The land on the east side of Lake Okeechobee is ideally located and has an ample water supply

Bear Aggression Triggers Bull Reaction in Oil Prices

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The weekend invasion of Ukraine by Russia has spiked global crude oil prices, hiking the geopolitical risk premium in crude values while the Obama administration has asked European countries to cut their oil and gas contracts with Russia, and to instead source crude from Africa, the Middle East

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