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NCA Accepting Leadership Award Nominations

Confectionery Leadership Awards recognize leaders in retail and wholesale. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced that nominations are now open for its 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards. NCA members are encouraged to nominate results-driven, thought leaders in the retail and wholesale community. Now in its sixth year, NCA, in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine,

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Manitowoc Foodservice Named SUBWAY Vendor of the Year

Award recognizes dedication of Manitowoc Ice and Merrychef brands. Manitowoc Foodservice received the Vendor of the Year award by SUBWAY during the brand’s 50th Anniversary Convention held recently in Las Vegas. This award was given in recognition for the hard work and dedication of the Manitowoc Foodservice brands Manitowoc Ice and Merrychef as a truly

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Tillamook Country Smoker Helps Fire Fighters With Jerky Donation

Smoked turkey and cranberry jerky help fuel fire fighting crews. Oregon business Tillamook Country Smoker has stepped up to provide a new tool to fuel brave firefighters who are battling flames raging across the Western states: smoked jerky. A fire at Canyon Creek Complex near John Day, Ore. has destroyed 36 homes over the weekend.

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VP Racing Fuels Welcomes Perfect Petroleum

Distributor Perfect Petroleum joins VP’s retail branding program as it looks to target Millennial customers and tap into new revenue streams. Perfect Petroleum, based in Orlando, Fla., has joined VP Racing Fuels’ retail branding program. Perfect Petroleum services more than 250 retail locations and is positioned to greatly enhance VP’s expansion efforts in Florida and

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7-Eleven Completes Tedeschi Acquisition

Adds 180 convenience stores to its portfolio. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops, adding approximately 180 stores to its existing 150 7-Eleven stores in the greater Boston and southern New Hampshire area. 7-Eleven has made job offers to employees working at the stores and most non-store personnel of

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Thorntons Inc. Introduces Cotton Candy Donuts

Inspired by the Kentucky State Fair, new doughnut flavor is sure to ‘wow’ c-store customers. Thorntons Inc. has rolled out a new doughnut flavor: Cotton Candy! The new bakery item is available for a limited time through the end of August in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Lexington, Ky. Thorntons convenience store locations. Inspired by memories

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How To Market To Foodie Customers

Millennial and boomer foodies share remarkably similar attitudes. Foodies come in all ages and ethnicities. Yet foodservice companies continue to focus on foodies under age 35, also known as members of the Millennial generation—and with good reason. These are the findings of a new report “Foodies in the U.S.: Opportunities for Restaurants and Retail, 2nd

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Missouri Convenience Stores Offer Cigarette Tax Proposal

As numerous voices debate cigarette tax increases, Missouri c-stores offer solutions of their own. Missouri convenience stores appear to be taking the “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em” approach to fighting tobacco taxation proposals. After spending decades fighting efforts by the state of Missouri to raise cigarette taxes in the state, the c-stores are

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How Americans are Embracing Global Cuisines

A new report by the National Restaurant Association finds U.S. consumers are willing to try more new foods today than in decades past. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)’s new report “Global Palates: Ethnic Cuisines and Flavors in America” surveyed U.S. customers and found more Americans are incorporating a wide array of ethnic cuisines into their

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Fortune Recognizes Starbucks’ Impact

Starbucks named to Fortune list for its reach and progress with social and environmental issues. Fortune magazine has listed Starbucks as No. 23 among 51 companies making “a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of its competitive strategy.” The list is meant to “shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant

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Bolla Oil’s Bold Moves

With its deep resources and an abundance of industry experience, the New York City oil company is expanding its upscale convenience market concept and heading into New Jersey with its first travel center. By John Lofstock, Editor There are few trends in the convenience store business that catch industry observers by surprise. One of these

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E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Slows

Weak pricing to blame for poor year-over-year electronic cigarette dollar sales at c-stores and mass merchandisers. Across multiple channels (mass and convenience stores), electronic cigarette dollar sales fell 3.5% year-over-year in the period ending Aug. 8, 2015. The downward shift was driven by negative net pricing of -19.3% and relatively soft +19.5% unit growth, according

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Sheetz Chooses West Virginia Company For Pepperoni Rolls

Following customer backlash, Sheetz finds local bakery to be its pepperoni roll maker. Sheetz has selected Home Industry Bakery of Clarksburg, W.Va. as the pepperoni roll maker for its 49 West Virginia locations, the West Virginia Metro News reported. In May, Sheetz announced that the pepperoni rolls, which are sold in about one-third of its

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RDG Pushing TravelCenters of America To Engage in Share Buyback

Shareholder looks to boost stock price for TA to $17 a share. RDG Capital Fund Management, a shareholder of TravelCenters of America (TA), has requested that TA in a share buyback to grow travel stop chain’s stock price. RDG announced it has delivered a letter to the TA’s Board of Directors strongly recommending a $100

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Jacob’s Creek Partners With US Open Tennis Championships

As the Official Wine and Promotion Partner, Jacob’s Creek will serve up wine to tennis fans at select on-site tournament locations. Jacob’s Creek is now the Official Wine and Promotional Partner of the US Open Tennis Championships. The multi-year partnership starts at this year’s championship, which will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. “Jacob’s

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Parker’s Debuting Drive-Through C-Store in Vidalia, Ga.

New site to mark Parker’s second drive-through location. Parker’s is set to open the company’s 38th retail store—and second drive-through location—on Friday, Aug. 21, at 105 Queen St. in Vidalia, Ga. The new store, which will be open 24/7, will sell high-quality Parker’s gas (including non-ethanol and diesel fuel) at 16 fueling locations, the company’s

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Talking Rain Partners With Seattle Seahawks

Elaborate sky diving stunt announces collaboration. Talking Rain Beverage Co., the makers of SPARKLING ICE sparkling flavored water, has partnered with hometown team the Seattle Seahawks. Talking Rain and SPARKLING ICE will align with the Seattle Seahawks as the exclusive sparkling water sponsors of the NFL team. The multi-year partnership will feature co-branded Seahawks Talking

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Mondelez Partners With US Open

Snack brands, such as OREO and belVita, to offer captivating promotional content and engaging experiences around the tennis competition. Mondelez International is now an Official Promotional Partner of the US Open. “We’re so excited to partner with the US Open, which is that rare event with strong appeal among our core targets of moms, Millennials

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BP Wins Fraud Lawsuit Brought By Franchisees

Judge chides BP for intending to deceive plaintiffs, but says plaintiffs failed to prove BP’s concealment played a role in their gas station purchase decisions. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor has ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought by two Chicago-area franchisees that claimed the oil giant had

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7-Eleven Partners With Zipcar in Washington, D.C.

Now convenience store customers can pick up a Zipcar when they stop for their coffee at nine 7-Eleven locations. 7-Eleven is about to get even more convenient for car-less commuters in Washington D.C. who rely on the services of Zipcar, a car sharing network. 7-Eleven Inc. is set to place a total of 18 Zipcars

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Sunoco LP Acquiring Fuel Distributor For $57 Million

Included in the purchase are 30 fee-and-lease properties. One of Sunoco LP’s (SUN) wholly-owned subsidiaries is acquiring a wholesale motor fuel distribution business that services the Northeastern U.S. The transaction is expected to cost SUN approximately $57 million plus the value of inventory on hand at the time of closing. The business distributes approximately 55

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How RJR is Helping Prevent Youth Tobacco Use

Right Decisions Right Now youth tobacco prevention program enhances Website to make it easier to navigate. In order to better fight teen and youth tobacco use, Right Decisions Right Now: Be Tobacco Free (RDRN), a free, evidence-based youth tobacco prevention program, has made major enhancements to its Website, offering a more user-friendly experience for educators,

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How Bakery Competition Is Escalating In Canada

Quick-service restaurants are stealing share from bakery and coffee cafés. What can c-stores do to up their own baked goods game? Technomic’s recent “Canadian Bakery & Coffee Café Consumer Trend Report” shows that bakery competition is fierce as more businesses look to gain share of stomach from hungry baked goods customers. Quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) are

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How Working Women Shop For Groceries

Depending on the type of shopping trip—be it fill-in or a full stock up trip—female customers prefer to visit different channels. Today’s working women are strapped for time and frequently shop for groceries during their evening commute home from work. Now a new study from WorkPlace Impact (WPI) is looking at the various types of

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Quality Oil Acquires GOGAS Assets and Brand

Some 20 high volume sites and the respected GOGAS brand join Quality Oil’s portfolio. GOGAS Corp. has successfully closed on the sale of its assets to Quality Oil Co. Matrix Capital Markets Group oversaw the transaction. Prior to the sale, Wilmington, N.C.-based GOGAS directly operated 20 high volume retail motor fuel outlets in southeastern North

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