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NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has released two corrected maps, one of state excise taxes on cigarettes in the U.S., effective Oct. 1, and one on state excise taxes on large cigars, effective Oct. 1. Additional maps showing other tobacco product tax rates can be found on NATO’s Website, www.natocentral.org.  

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Mondelēz International Releases First Well-being Progress Report

Report shows company is on-target to achieve global call for well-being commitments. Mondelēz International issued its first report highlighting the company’s progress against its global well-being goals. The report details important steps Mondelēz International has made to meet key well-being metrics in the areas of mindful snacking, sustainability, communities and safety. “Our business success is

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New Fall Treats

Pumpkin spice, candy corn and caramel apple are the top flavors that Americans associate with the fall season, according to a recent survey, conducted from Aug.21-24 by ORC International for The Hershey Co. In fact, 34% of Americans say pumpkin spice is the leading flavor of fall, while 24% most associate the flavor of candy

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Keep Soft-Serve Machines Clean

Soft-Serve machines are money makers for convenience stores, but cleaning them is definitely not convenient. Hydra Rinse is the newest advancement in cleaning technology. Hydra Rinse is a simple one-touch automated cleaning system for your soft-serve equipment. Forget the days of extensive training, heavy buckets of water, stretches of machine downtime and safety concerns. Hydra

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Breakfast Danish

Hostess is introducing new Danish to its breakfast portfolio. The Danish will be available in four flavors: Apple, Berries & Cheese, Cheese and Chocolate. The product features a suggested retail price of $1.89 for individual single-serve packs. The Danish will be sold nationwide at c-stores, grocery and mass retail outlets (anywhere other Hostess single-serve items

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Black Cherry Cigarillos

Swedish Match believes it’s important to keep coming up with fresh ideas: In September 2014, White Owl and Game are expanding their award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo franchise to include Black Cherry.  After extensive consumer testing utilizing the proprietary Swedish Match Innovation process, Black Cherry emerged as the clear winner, just like Pineapple and Mango.

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Affordable Popcorn Popper

Cretors and Co., a designer and manufacturer of food processing and concession equipment for 129 years, has announced the new Apprentice popcorn popper, Cretors’ most affordable popper. The Apprentice has an economical price and no-frills design, as well as the quality construction that Cretors is known for. Its frame is stainless steel and welded for

New Umami Salt Wins SIAL Innovation Selection

New Umami Salt

Salt of the Earth is introducing its Umami-Essence Sea Salt at the upcoming SIAL, Paris 2014 Show. The Umami Essence Sea Salt is perfect for enhancing and boosting flavor in  recipes, while helping to reduce sodium. The new, natural Umami sea salt won the SIAL Innovation Selection 2014 and is nominated for the Grand Prix

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Poppable Peanuts

One of Mexico’s favorite snacks is now available to customers in the U.S. Backed by a 50-year history of quality and service, Samurai Peanuts by Tuty are now being offered to c-stores, grocers and distributors. With a variety of traditional flavors, textures and convenient package sizes, Samurai Peanuts fit into any c-store or grocery retail

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Holiday Drink Mixes

With holidays right around the corner, now is the ideal time to build a signature winter beverage menu—made simple with Big Train Seasonal Products. Crafted with wonderful holiday ingredients, these shelf-stable mixes include delicious flavors such as Gingerbread Chai Tea Latte, Egg Nog Blended Crème Frappe, Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee and Peppermint Mocha. Simply blend

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Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee Sales Surging

U.S. coffee sales are heating up and that trend is not expected to slow down. That is the conclusion of a new report released by research firm Packaged Facts, which forecasts that retail and foodservice sales of coffee will top $48 billion in 2014. Of this amount, the company expects $11.2 billion (or 23%) to

Spicing Up Retail Coffee Sales

New and seasonal coffee flavors can drive foodservice sales. To help retailers grow sales, General Foods International (GFI) is kicking off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season

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Tea for Two … and More

The demand for tea grows as more consumers seek out healthy beverages. Texas technology professional Sheryl Thompson spent about a decade drinking four 12-ounce cans of brand-name soda every day. When she wanted to lose weight, she adopted unsweetened iced tea as her beverage of choice, began eating better and exercising on a regular schedule.

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Five 7-Eleven Franchisees Plead Guilty To Exploiting Immigrants

Defendants forfeit franchise rights to 10 stores in New York and four in Virginia. Five former 7-Eleven franchisees have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants, after they allegedly hired illegal immigrants and used stolen IDs to steal more than $2.6 million in wages from the employees, while forcing them to

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Pilot Travel Center Opens in Morris

The new facility marks Pilot’s 40th in Illinois. Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center in Morris, Ill., featuring full amenities for professional drivers. “We’re thrilled that our new travel center will serve professional drivers traveling on I-80 through Illinois,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “We hope drivers will enjoy the

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Flash Market Supports MDA

Local CITGO marketer sponsors 10th annual Passport to a Cure. Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are teaming up to sponsor the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event to benefit the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). On Dec. 4, guests are invited to participate in a reception,

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FDA Schedules Workshops on E-Cigarettes

FDA intends to use the scientific information obtained through the workshops to carry out its authority to regulate e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a series of three public workshops to gather scientific information and provide a forum for discussion of e-cigarettes and the public health, the National Association of Tobacco

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Hershey CEO Recognized for Corporate Responsibility Leadership

“Doing the right thing for society and our communities has been embedded in the culture of our company since its founding more than 120 years ago,” says Hershey CEO. Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, which focuses on highlighting America’s most socially responsible chief executives, announced that J.P. Bilbrey, president and CEO of The Hershey Co., has

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PriceAdvantage Selects Ascentium Capital as Preferred Financing Provider

New financing options make fuel pricing software even more accessible. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has selected Ascentium Capital as its national preferred financing provider. This designation gives dealer and company owned convenience stores more options to finance PriceAdvantage software and services utilizing a financing provider that understands

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Kwik Trip Named A Top Iowa Workplace

Employee surveys show Kwik Trip is on top of its game. The Des Moines Register has named Kwik Trip one of Iowa’s Top 100 Workplaces. This year the Des Moines Register has recognized a total of 122 companies and organizations in Iowa as Top Workplaces 2014. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based

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Kangaroo Express’ Salute Our Troops Raises $1.9 Million

Campaign supports U.S. military and their families. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced its fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has raised more than $1.9 million, bringing the total amount of funds raised over the past four summers to $10 million. From the week before Independence Day through Labor Day, June 25 to

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Rutter’s Spices Up Its Menu

Adds sriracha, corn dog bites. The heat is on at Rutter’s with the addition of classic American fare, corn dog bites, and the nation’s newest flavor craze, sriracha, to the company’s award-winning menu. Rutter’s delicious new corn dog bites offer customers authentic state fair cuisine at Rutter’s friendly, convenient neighborhood locations. Each order is fried

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Wayne and Intel Discuss EPS In the Cloud Solution

The cloud-based solution allows retailers to process EMV, while still processing magnetic stripe card data, keeps data secure through tokenization, allows for increased aggregation of data and software updates above site. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Wayne Fueling Systems and Intel Services recently teamed to launch a cloud-based electronic payment system (EPS). The solution provides

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Income Gap Takes Toll On Restaurant Industry

Visits to quick-service restaurants were flat in the year ended June 2014. The gap between high- and low-income groups is the widest it has been in 100 years, and the share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower. Like other retail sectors, the restaurant industry is feeling the effects

Building a Winning Coalition Loyalty Program

Using the KickBack Points coalition program, Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post join a loyalty network that includes Alta Convenience Stores, Rainbow Grocery and Summit Markets in Colorado. When Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post (LJTP) were looking for a fresh way to compete with the national ‎retail brands, it turned

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