Organic Butter Substitute

MELT Organic has introduced Buttery Sticks, a new form of luscious butter improvement that is truly good for you and has been optimized for baking and cooking. MELT Organic Buttery Sticks is the first dairy-free butter substitute featuring MELT’s signature blend of Fair Trade Certified Virgin Coconut Oil combined with Non-GMO Certified Hi-Oleic Sunflower Oil and […]

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Mexican-Style Hot Sauce

Texas Pete has introduced the new ¡Sabor! Mexican-Style Hot Sauce. The new hot sauce has superior flavor and ingredients compared to other brands in its category. The new flavor offers a uniquely bold and balanced combination of spices, sea salt, sautéed garlic and aged peppers. In consumer taste tests, ¡Sabor! by Texas Pete was rated […]

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Protein-Infused Water

Miami Bay Beverage Co. (MBB) has teamed up with Polar Beverage to grow distribution of MBB’s trimino protein-infused water throughout New England. With seven grams of whey protein, 100% B-complex vitamins and essential amino acids, trimino has been achieving strong performance in a category that’s growing aggressively as the consumer’s awareness of the benefits and desire for protein […]

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Hispanic Meat Snacks

El Norteño has unveiled three new meat snacks aimed directly at the growing U.S. Hispanic market. With guidance from partners in Guadalajara, Mexico and Los Angeles, the El Norteño team spent a year developing their new Cecina with Tapatío Hot Sauce, Tira de Carne Habanero and Tira de Carne Habanero y Limón. Cecina is Mexican […]

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Bold Flavored Cashews

Emerald has announced the launch of a new line of bold flavored cashews. Emerald has created new flavor combinations that are sure to excite. The new flavor profile includes Dill Pickle, Jalapeño, Sriracha and Salt & Pepper cashews. Each variety combines the buttery crunch of Emerald Cashews with a unique blend of spices and ingredients. […]

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Nitro Beer

Samuel Adams has launched the new Nitro Project which features a new line of Nitro Beers. In its new line, Samuel Adams has added Nitrogen to the four traditional beer ingredients – water, malt, hops and yeast – an in place of carbonation. Water. Malt. Hops. Yeast. These are the four traditional ingredients in beer. […]

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Guilt-Free Candy

Skinnygirl, a solutions-based, lifestyle brand, has unveiled new Skinnygirl Candy. Skinnygirl Candy is a premium line of Belgian chocolates, gummies and mints carefully crafted using only the best all-natural ingredients and flavors. This new collection allows candy lovers to indulge in individual 100-calorie packs of their favorite treats. Skinnygirl Candy products are available in three […]

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Energy Star Certified Ovens

Baxter is proud to announce that its OV500G1EE and OV500G2EE gas rack ovens are now ENERGY STAR qualified. While Baxter’s products have touted energy-saving capabilities for years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently introduced a gas rack oven category to its ENERGY STAR program. Since then, Baxter’s two models are the only rack ovens […]

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VERC Invests in the Future of the Community

VERC supports local Plymouth, Mass. elementary school through a grant. Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. with a grant for $500. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of

Child-Proofing Electronic Cigarettes

Washington is cracking down on the safety standards for the expanding electronic cigarette market. In an effort to prevent children from swallowing liquid nicotine, President Obama has signed legislation which has created new packaging standards for electronic cigarettes. According to a report from The Hill, the recently passed Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act requires manufacturers

Love’s Opens Fifth Kansas Location

Love’s expands its presence in Kansas to provide a safe stopping place for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has provided drivers a new place to rest and access driver services at the intersection of U.S. Highway 400/50 and North Big Lowe Road. “Love’s has an ongoing commitment to expand in areas where professional drivers need more

Rite Aid Customers Can Earn Bonus Plenti Points

Rite Aid is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus Plenti points on over 14,000 products. Rite Aid has launched its “Pig Point Event,” giving its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at During Rite Aid’s

The NCA Recognizes Industry Leaders

Two confectionery industry professionals are being recognized as leaders for their expertise and commitment. Julie Bierman and Jennifer Dilts are being honored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for their contributions to the confectionery category through their knowledge, wisdom, expertise and commitment. These two individuals have been selected to receive 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which

How to Prepare for Crisis

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Let’s face it — stuff happens. That’s a given. What’s up to you and your people is how you respond. Have you trained your employees what to do when something unfortunate or unplanned happens? Case in point… A longstanding beauty salon client sent her teenage daughter in for a cut

How To Get Ahead Of The Wave

Gas prices may be down now, but high quality offerings will ensure steady c-store traffic if prices jump again. By Jim Callahan During the last few months, the convenience store industry has garnered kudos and a measure of goodwill from customers based upon the incremental drops in gas prices, which has put more dollars in

Dole Launches New U.S. Website

Dole’s new Website perfectly highlights Dole Packaged Foods’ healthy and nutritious products. Dole Packaged Foods LLC has launched its new mobile and desktop friendly U.S. Website: Dole’s new Website features a new design and new navigation elements, including enhanced recipe and product search capabilities, along with easily navigated visual product usage ideas right on

IDDBA Reveals Emerging Technology and Consumer Trends

As the market continues to evolve, the traditional brick-and-mortar store joins forces with technology channels to enhance the shopping experience. Research from What’s in Store 2016 from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that food retailers are venturing into the world of omnichannel marketing.  Ecommerce, mobile, social, catalog and physical stores are being integrated

Spark Industries Signs Global Licensing Agreement with Fontem Ventures

Spark Industries now has unlimited access to patented Fontem vapor technology. Spark Industries LLC and Fontem Ventures have signed a Global Licensing Agreement which will allow Spark, maker of Cig2o e-cigarettes and Vapage vapor products, the use of vapor technology related patents controlled by Fontem in the U.S. and internationally. Spark is one of a few,

Pilot Flying J Opens Three New Travel Centers

Full amenities are now being offered by three brand new Pilot Travel Centers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of three new Pilot Travel Centers. The three centers are located in Marion, N.C., Schulenburg, Texas and Whitecourt, Alberta (Canada). All three locations offer full amenities for area residents and the traveling public, while adding

How Good Salesmanship Can Benefit Retailers

By Bill Scott,  founder and president StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I have made many new acquaintances since becoming a LinkedIn member several years ago. Most people know me as Bill Scott, the author of ‘Turning Convenience Stores Into Cash Generating Monsters,’ ‘Retail Is Detail’ and a few other published non-business related subjects; a self-taught

Gulf Welcomes Veteran Jay Davis To Leadership Team

Davis to manage supply and trading operations in new position. Gulf Oil, LP, has appointed Jay Davis as a new team leader for oil supply and trading. Jay Davis, a former senior director of fuels supply and transportation at 7-Eleven, Citgo and Wawa, brings over 20 years of energy industry experience to Gulf Oil, as

22nd Century Introduces RED SUN Website

New Website aims to communicate RED SUN’s values including: Authenticity, Independence, Boldness and an Unconventional attitude. 22nd Century Group Inc. has introduced a remastered RED SUN Website to communicates the brand’s new Extremely Nicotine message. Underpinning the Website – and the brand itself – is RED SUN’s mission: “To give smokers the BOLDEST, most

TravelCenters Opens Burger King Restaurant In Atlanta

New quick-service restaurant to offer breakfast and salad options in addition to burgers and chicken sandwiches. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), recently opened a new freestanding Burger King restaurant located at I-285 Exit 12 (3195 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway), in Atlanta. The new freestanding Burger King will serve the high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food that

How U.S. Convenience Stores Are Growing

NACS and Nielsen outline c-store growth in 2015. The c-store industry is almost twice as big as it was 30 years ago and overall store count continued to expand in 2015. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of Dec. 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according

Altria Releases Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Business Results

Altria experienced significant growth in 2015, and the company expects to continue growing in the new year. The fourth-quarter and full-year business results for Altria Group Inc. have been released. Along with these results, Altria has also provided guidance for 2016 full-year adjusted diluted EPS. “In 2015, Altria delivered yet another year of excellent business