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Better-for-You Trend Drives Double-Digit Growth of Snack Bars

“Snack bars meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer who is looking for a convenient, nutritious snack or meal replacement,” says vice president, NPD SupplyTrack. Convenient, portable, and often better-for-you, snack bars’ broad appeal as a snack or meal replacement has made this compact edible a double-digit growth category across foodservice channels, reported The NPD

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Newcastle Launches Unofficial Underdog Program

Program leverages 2014 March Madness college basketball tournament season. Newcastle Brown Ale is setting the stage for increased sales during the 2014 college basketball tournament season with retail and on-premise programming that celebrates the underdog.newcastle Newcastle’s Unofficial Beer of the Underdog program elements encourage adult fans everywhere to cheer on their favorite underdog team for

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NATO Fights FDA Commercials Depicting C-Stores Selling Cigarettes To Minors

NATO urges FDA to focus campaigns toward “social sources” that provide cigarettes to under-aged smokers. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb. 7, requesting that the agency immediately remove two commercials from the agency’s “The Real Cost” television commercial campaign, that it

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PPA Unveils 2014 Training Schedule

New this year is North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certification. The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) Technical Training Center has introduced its 2014 Training Schedule.   The PPA holds classes from mid-March to mid-October across Pennsylvania, drawing from the Pennsylvania/Ohio/Maryland/Delaware/Virginia/New York and New Jersey areas.  The topics include a wide range of subjects from Basic Electric,

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MacNeil Wash Systems Introduces New Regional Sales Manager

Matt Nall to spearhead Southeast U.S. sales. MacNeil Wash Systems, a provider of conveyor car wash engineering now supported by its parent company Ryko Solutions, has announced that Matt Nall has joined its sales team as Southeastern U.S. regional sales manager where he will be responsible for supporting MacNeil’s distributor and sales network. Nall has

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Texas Star and CITGO Reward Non-Profit Business

Non-profit receives CITGO gift cards to help it serve foster children in the region. On Jan. 29, representatives from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local CITGO Marketer Texas Star awarded the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. The non-profit was a Fueling Good Project winner for its work improving

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CHS Invests $20 Million To Strengthen Fuels Supply, Distribution

“The projects we’ve completed already have contributed to strong Cenex-branded fuel growth for our customers in the northern tier region,” says CHS executive vice president. CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company and parent company of Cenex, is investing an additional $20 million in 2014 to strengthen refined fuels

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Futures Market Positions Retail Gasoline for Price Advance

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration reported a modest 0.3cts dip in its national average for regular grade gasoline for the week-ended Feb. 3 to a $3.292 gallon seven-week low while four days later the gasoline futures contract rallied to a five-week high and US crude prices topped $100

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CITGO Lemont Refinery Makes Holidays Brighter

CITGO employees adopt 16 families in Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas Program. The CITGO Lemont Refinery spread holiday cheer with its participation in the Village of Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas program in December. CITGO employees “adopted”16 local families in need, providing gifts and monetary support to ensure these families had a brighter holiday.  “We

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Largest Global Participation

More than 23 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. The Expo, to be held May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, promises to be the

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Stores In Greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Area

“We believe that these existing franchise partners with years of experience in our brand will help become an important part of the local communities they serve,” says Dunkin’ spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with five existing franchise groups to develop 22 new restaurants throughout the Greater Baltimore/Washington,

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United Supermarkets Opens United Express In Amarillo

The 34th & Soncy site also is set to welcome new United Supermarkets store soon. United Supermarkets LLC opened its newest freestanding United Express convenience store Wednesday, Jan. 29 near the site of its next new store, at 34th and Soncy in Amarillo. The 2,400 square-foot store is located east of the company’s newest United

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BP Rolls Out Plan To Be No. 1 U.S. Fuels Marketer East of Rockies

“We are confident we have a winning brand proposition that will make BP the No. 1  brand across our footprint,” says BP spokesperson. BP this week rolled out its plans to be the number one fuels brand east of the Rockies at the biennial BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) Convention and Business Expo. High quality

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CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Warms Families

The program, now in its ninth year, has helped more than 1.8 million people since 2005. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Citizens Energy Corp. have launched the ninth annual CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program. The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, the only of its kind in the U.S., has donated more than 235 million gallons of heating oil

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Sustainability, Social Responsibility Top Priorities For Foodservice Industry

Technomic study titled “Building a Better Foodservice Business Through Sustainable and Responsible Practices” find customers are more likely to visit a foodservice business they see as socially conscious. Sustainability and social responsibility are taking on greater importance within the foodservice industry, according to a landmark study just completed by Technomic. The research included inputs from

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Redefining Smoking

Ploom, developers of pioneering new tobacco technology products, announced the new modelTwo vaporizer. The compact pocket-sized device heats Ploom’s whole-leaf tobacco pods, creating satisfying, rich vapor instead of smoke. Each pod contains a perfect single serving of a signature Ploom blend tobacco ready to load and enjoy. No hassle. No mess. Perfect every time. Ploom

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There is Life After QuikTrip

When you have to compete against the best in the retail industry, follow best practices to maintain your market share. By Jim Callahan More than a year ago, I received a frantic call from a client informing me that QuikTrip had just been granted a building permit for a new store to be built in

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Sheetz, QuikTrip and Atlas Honored With Awards

Top convenience store chains recognized for their workplace cultures. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The convenience store channel is starting 2014 with a message for the rest of retail as Sheetz and QuikTrip both placed on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Atlas Oil was also recognized on the Achievers 50 Most

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LEDs Ripe For Installation

With costs down and technology improvements complete, now is the time for LED upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor As LEDs continue to improve, convenience store retailers are biting the bullet and signing on for upgrades in order to reap cost saving thanks to both implementation rebates and overall energy cost reduction. Tonawanda, N.Y.-based NOCO

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Hard Cider In 16-ounce Cans

Woodchuck Hard Cider is introducing 16-ounce cans of its flagship Amber cider to the market.  Woodchuck Amber has been crafted to the same recipe since 1991, and remains the top selling Woodchuck cider style nationwide. The 12-ounce Amber cans first rolled off the line in 2012.  That package has seen growth of 42% over the last

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Bacon & Cheddar Crinkle Fries

Inventure Foods Inc. has expanded its licensed Nathan’s Famous snack food line with the addition of Bacon & Cheddar Crunchy Crinkle Fries. The new flavor is currently available in vending, convenience and grocery stores nationwide in 1.125, 2.0 and 3.5-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $1–$2.49 per package. Bacon & Cheddar Crunchy Crinkle

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Crown Collection

Phillies Krome and the company behind the award-winning brand— Commonwealth-Altadis Inc.—is introducing the new Crown Collection. The new Crown Collection will be offered in two top-selling variants, but is expanding to include two great new variants and a classic taste. All variants are available at an everyday pre-price of “three cigars for 99 cents” per

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Affordable Wine

Liberty Creek has introduced its new Tetra Pak series. With this new line extension, Liberty Creek is the fastest growing economy brand. Available in Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietal wines, the Tetra Pak package offers an appealing, portable alternative that is perfect for any occasion. Each Tetra Pak is made with renewable materials that

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New Personal Vaporizer

Mistic, maker of high quality, value-priced electronic cigarettes and vapor products, announced its Haus Personal Vaporizer will be sold nationwide this spring, offering current adult smokers even more choices to switch to a unique alternative that minimizes many of the negative effects of traditional tobacco. The product is soon to be available at over 15,000

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Tedeschi Introduces Fresh Flowers Program

Tedeschi plans to offer fresh flowers in time for Valentine’s Day, as well as year round. Tedeschi Food Shops remains committed to serving customers with the freshest merchandise, and will now roll out a new floral program in all stores just in time for Valentine’s Day. Stores will carry an array of fresh cut flowers

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