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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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Technomic Reveals Customer Preferences For Soup And Salad

Operators can drive sales by adding soup and salad across all dayparts. Soup, a classic comfort food, and salad, quintessential healthy fare, are favorites of the American diet. Ongoing emphasis on healthful eating, along with the rise of the fast-casual segment and retail prepared foods—both strong channels for soup and salad—continue to keep these offerings

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CITGO Supports Illinois Tornado Relief Efforts

CITGO Community Action Team collects relief items for tornado victims.                      The CITGO Community Action Team (CCAT), the employee volunteer organization at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, conducted a donation drive to help communities across Illinois recover from the devastating tornadoes in November 2013. CCAT volunteers collected and sorted donations from employees and contractors, including non-perishable

Study Shows How Customers Shop For Valentine’s Day

Online and digital advertising play a bigger role this year. Adroit Digital has released a study on how U.S. consumers plan to shop for Valentine’s Day, including when they plan to shop, how they plan to shop, and what they plan to buy.  In fact, consumers have a willingness to respond to peronsalized ads in

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Heineken Brings UEFA Champions League To U.S. Fans

At retail, interactive displays and POS will encourage consumers to text to sign in to the UCL program. Heineken is once again leveraging its partnership with the UEFA Champions League (UCL) to bring the most prestigious soccer club competition to adult fans, 21 and older, throughout the U.S. Program elements are designed to create excitement

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

CVS to sacrifice $2 billion in annual sales as it looks to solidify its position as a healthcare provider. CVS Caremark Corp announced on Wednesday, Feb. 5 that it plans to stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, Reuters reported. CVS, the second largest drugstore chain in the U.S., is now the

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7-Eleven Selling 72 Convenience Stores

Properties in Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and six other states. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 72 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. The sale includes 22 locations in Texas, 17 in South Carolina, 12 in Pennsylvania, nine in Ohio, four in Michigan, three in Indiana, three

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Retailers Speak Out On Cyber Security Needs And Efforts

NRF, NACS and RILA address the ongoing issues around data security. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security, International Trade and Finance held a hearing on protecting consumers’ data. Retail organizations, including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) spoke out

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Motivating Today’s C-Store Employees

Recognizing your frontline staff, gaining their feedback and helping them see the meaning in their work is the key for fueling engagement. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The most important attribute a convenience store has to offer is its customer facing employees. Especially when touting a foodservice program, image is everything from store cleanliness to

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Catering to Your Candy Customers

Americans are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for retailers who haven’t already done so to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans love candy, but maximizing sales from this complex, yet essential category takes focus and attention. Melding new products and line extensions with must-have

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Island Madness

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Island Madness. Catch the madness with its unique taste of watermelon rum. Now available for shipment to stores, Swisher Sweets Island Madness comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Island Madness will be available in “two for 99-cents”and “Save on 2” options.

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Affordable Lighting Control System

Cree Inc. has introduced SmartCast Technology, the first self-programming wireless lighting control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70% compared to traditional fluorescent luminaires without SmartCast Technology—and at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. Intuitive and easy to use, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated

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Conserve Water

To coincide with the observance of World Water Day on March 22, Server Products is launching a new piece of equipment to help foodservice operators conserve water and save money. Server worked closely with a large national restaurant chain to develop a solution to replace the traditional dipper well perpetual-flow sink. Dipper wells are used

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U.S. Gasoline Wholesale Costs Gain Final Week of January

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. advanced during the final week of January, boosted by greater-than-expected demand and an unexpected decline in inventory while exports increased. Higher costs for supply are set to push the Energy Information Administration’s U.S. retail gasoline price average

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Susser Holdings Announces Departure of DeSutter

“He has been dedicated to helping us grow our business,” says Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. announced that Steve DeSutter is leaving the company, effective Feb. 28, 2014, to accept an opportunity to lead a significant company outside the convenience store industry. DeSutter currently serves as the president and CEO of Susser’s Retail segment.  That segment

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