Craving Meat Snack Sales

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Consumers are finding the protein and satisfaction they want in dried meat snacks. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor An increasing number of American consumers are looking for snacks that do more than taste good. In a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, a consumer research organization, over half of the respondents said it was “very important”

Innovation by the Cup

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Retailers are investing more in hot dispensed beverage programs that reflect the consumers’ growing penchant for espresso-based coffee offerings, flavorful teas and more choices. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Wawa Inc. is known for its proprietary coffee, especially to its customers—one of every two are said to purchase a hot beverage every time they enter

Grill Items Remain Hot

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Roller grill food offerings can always be improved, but never at the expense of freshness and quality. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lunch and dinner programs that present convenience store customers with a variety of roller grill options and more meal options are effective ways to build foodservice sales. In fact, fresh, savory items, such

GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

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Bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest (leasehold or fee) in 16 properties located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia by sealed bid sale. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale. Sealed bids are required to

Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

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“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

Rutter’s Donates $200,000 in Scholarship Money

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“Our focus is improving the lives of local children,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores will give $200,000 to 12 preschools to fund scholarship opportunities for children throughout south central Pennsylvania, the company announced this week. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s has donated more than $404,000 to local children’s charities so far this year and over

Pump N Pantry Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

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Introduces new Web-based and mobile platform. Pump N Pantry Inc., a convenience store chain with 17 stores based in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, now leverages the latest in marketing technology through a partnership with OpenStore by GasBuddy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth

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“Increasing the E85 station count would improve the potential for additional E85 sales and introduce additional competition to the market,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. There are opportunities to grow the E85 market—but only if E85 prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at

Fueling Fresh Sandwich Sales

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Even the smallest upgrades of your sandwich offerings can generate excitement. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When Americans purchase lunch out, they often don’t want to see the same things on the board every day. As evidence, in a recent survey by Chicago-based Technomic research company, about 60% of the respondents said that menu variety

Healthier Pizza Options

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When it comes to tastier and more nutritious pizza, consumers want their pie and they want it fresh. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor American consumers have always expected to have their cake and eat it, too. That also apply to pie—as in pizza pie. Americans might love pizza, but they also desire healthy, lower-calorie options.

Cheering Craft Beer

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As adult beverage preferences evolve, convenience stores are tapping into specialty beer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Studies show craft beer is not only good for overall industry volume, but is re-energizing beer lovers, bringing new people into the beer category. Seasonals, variety packs, ambers, pale ales and wheat beers not only hold the

Researching Customer Loyalty

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Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

Mango Cigarillos

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Maintaining its tradition of introducing award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo flavors, Swedish Match is proud to announce Game Mango. The limited time seasonal flavor has the tropical taste of mango that enhances the natural leaf cigars to deliver a slow, smooth and sweet smoking experience. Game Mango will be available on Jan. 7 in two-for-99-cents

Coca-Cola Debuts Life

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Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Co.’s first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Co.’s global commitment to provide

OREO Churros

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J&J Snack Foods Corp. is partnering with Mondelez International to introduce OREO Churros. With a crispy exterior, warm soft interior and real OREO cookie pieces in every bite, new OREO churros have a “just-baked” OREO cookie taste. This innovative new snack will be sold nationwide in the foodservice channel. The new churros made their debut

Limited-Edition Packaging

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Budweiser has upped the ante on ‘Friendsgiving’ by introducing a limited-edition, handmade wooden crate with 18 Budweisers and two pilsner glasses inside, all featuring authentic classic labels from 1918, 1933 and 1976. Only 10,000 of the wooden crates—handmade by Vintage Editions in North Carolina—will be available. Budweiser, meanwhile, will do a full conversion of 1.6

Chocolate Dipped Fruit

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DOVE Whole Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate is a combination of real fruit dipped in silky smooth DOVE Dark Chocolate. This decadent new item comes in three varieties of real, whole fruit—cranberry, cherry and blueberry—that are the top-selling fruits on the market. Two convenient sizes, a 2.83-ounce Sharing Size and six-ounce Stand-Up Pouch, satisfy both

Kayak Snuff

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Swisher International proves that oversized can still be convenient. The new Kayak Man Can was introduced nationally Oct. 20, 2014. The newly-designed packaging contains 12 regular-sized cans worth of quality moist snuff tobacco and fits perfectly in a cup holder, so customers can conveniently take it in the car, truck or boat. The Kayak Man

Multi-Purpose Lighters

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New Scripto Officially Licensed Multi-Purpose Lighters now feature the team logo and school colors of the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Florida Gators, Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks. The officially licensed multi-purpose lighters bring forth style to everyday lighting activities and let fans show their team spirit. Perfect for lighting grills,

New Flavor Launches

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.’s mike’s HARDER is introducing a new seasonal flavor: Apple Firebomb. It combines the refreshment of a crisp apple ale with red hot cinnamon and 8% ABV. On shelves now, this is also the brand’s first flavor to appear in a series of consumer-designed, limited-edition collectible cans. The design contest for Apple

Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cigarette Sales

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Vuse currently leading e-cigarette category when it comes to c-store dollar share. E-cigarette c-store dollar sales sequentially accelerated to 42.4% in the period ending Oct. 25, driven by 75% unit growth, partially offset by a decline of 19% in net pricing, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has further solidified itself

Falling Gas Prices May Boost Holiday Spending

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“Our surveys over the past two years show that gas prices clearly play a major role in consumer sentiment about the economy,” says NACS’ vice president of strategic initiatives. Declining gas prices may increase holiday spending this year—especially among men and those ages 18-34, according to a new national survey measuring consumer optimism. For the

Daigle Oil Co. Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

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Local CITGO marketer ‘Fueling Good’ for Ronald McDonald House. From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, local CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. celebrated the grand re-opening of Daigle Oil Co.’s full-service DOC’s Place CITGO on Stillwater Ave. while giving back to local charitable organization the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Maine. The

New Smyrna Speedway Extends Fuel Partnership With VP

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“We are very excited to be extending our partnership with VP Racing Fuels,” says general manager of New Smyrna Speedway. Officials at New Smyrna Speedway announced a two-year agreement extending VP Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel Supplier through 2016. Under the agreement, VP will be the track’s exclusive supplier of race fuels with

NATO Announces Board of Director Election Results

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The 2015 NATO Board of Director election results have been finalized and the following individuals were elected to a two-year term: Retail Board Members Elected: Mary Szarmach (The Cigarette Store Corp./Smoker Friendly), Phil Metzinger (Brookshire Bros.), Bob Roberts (Smoke’em, Inc.), Bob Sanft (Xtramart Stores), Tony Stapleton (7-Eleven,Inc.), and Stacie Tonniges (Casey’s General Stores). Wholesale Board

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