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Businesses Celebrate National Coffee Day

Freebies and deals abound. National Coffee Day is this Saturday, Sept. 29, and many businesses are kicking off the celebration early to maximize a chance to sample their brew to customers. While not all coffee chains have climbed on the National Coffee Day bandwagon—Starbucks, for example, has yet to announce its participation this year—many c-stores,

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Study Shows Hispanics Drink More Coffee

The Hispanic demographic outpaces other coffee consumers by 12%. In original research published on Sept. 20, 2012, the National Coffee Association (NCA) finds that Hispanic-Americans drink significantly more coffee than their non-Hispanic neighbors. The report, Ethnicity and Coffee, reveals that 74% of Hispanic-Americans drink coffee daily, 12% more than other Americans. The Hispanic-American coffee edge

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Seizing Control of Smokeless Tobacco

With new flavors, brand extensions and increased promotional activity, MST sales continue to post strong gains at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The smokeless tobacco category remains strong, and not just because legislators have chased consumers away from cigarettes. New products and flavors combined with competitive pricing, increased promotional activity and effective merchandising

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

One-cent Bean Street Coffee greets customers. The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to every guest at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests can shine up that penny in their pocket and stop by any Kangaroo

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Handy Dandy Stores Adds Relaxation Beverages

Thirty Handy Dandy convenience stores across Indiana are set to begin carrying KOMA UNWIND relaxation shots, as well as BeBevCo’s emerging brand: Relax 5 shots. S. Abraham and Sons Inc. is partnering with BeBevCo and is the distributor in this deal. Since announcing distribution of KOMA UNWIND throughout South Carolina Walmart stores, distributors and convenience

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NCASEF Opposes NYC Soft Drink Ban

“Our National Coalition supports the National Restaurant Association and other organizations and associations who have raised their voices in opposition to this,” says NCASEF chairman. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, representing nearly 5,700 small businesses across the country, noted it is troubled by the decision of the New York City Board of

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Board of Health Approves NYC Soda Rule

Consumer group criticizes Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban as an assault on  New Yorkers’ intelligence. The NYC Board of Health has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial ban on the sale of sugary drinks over 16 ounces in restaurants, coffee houses, fast-food joints, movie theatres, Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food. The

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E-Z Shops Join Relaxation Revolution

Koma Unwind expands in beverage cases across South Carolina. E-Z Shop Convenience Stores are set to carry Koma Unwind products in their 28 stores throughout eastern South Carolina. The rollout follows the introduction of Koma Unwind at a major retailer in South Carolina that began in August. “It is amazing how many new store chains

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Powerful Mixing In Small Spaces

The Hamilton Beach Commercial Wall-Mount Single Spindle Drink Mixer, model HMD300, is fast, efficient and perfect for busy c-stores where space is a premium and quick service is key. The HMD300 Drink Mixer comes complete with all mounting hardware and 929 agitator for fast, cup-friendly mixing. The drink mixer is easily mounted to almost any

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Kangaroo Express Tests Fuel Island Beverage Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. The Pantry Inc. is working with Vendgogh, LLC to pilot beverage vending at fuel islands in several Kangaroo Express stores in Raleigh, N.C. and Durham, N.C. “This is another option we are testing to serve our on-the-go guests,” said John Fisher, senior vice

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Food Sales Make Up For High Gas Prices In Today’s C-Store Market

“Food is the future of (the c-store) industry,” says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president to The Gazette, an Eastern Iowa newspaper. Food sales accounted for 16.9% of a record $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which means many c-store chains have been

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Tea Brewing Benchmarks

Curtis tea brewers offer c-stores with its latest innovation: a three-gallon tea brewer with a rotating cone. The TCTS10600 Tea Brewing System lets operators brew two teas in a single brewer that measures only 12.5 inches wide. In addition, it offers intuitive scroll-through programming and a large bright display to show its functions at a

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California C-Stores Promote New, Self-Chilled Beverage Cans

Three c-store locations on the West Coast are hosting events to promote the sale of the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy, a self-chilled beverage that doesn’t require refrigeration. A Chevron Carwash and Food Mart in Pasadena, Calif., plans to feature the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy packaged in a self-chilling beverage can at

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Tedeschi Expands Soda Offering At Nine Stores

Tedeschi Food Shops integrates the new Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser at nine of its c-stores. Tedeschi Food Shops added the Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser at several of its Massachusetts locations. The Coca-Cola Freestyle is expected to expand Tedechi Food Shops’ beverage program for customers, giving their customers a wider variety of refreshment options. Tedeschi Food Shops

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Premium Beverage Handles

C-stores can add upscale appeal to their coffee, tea and other beverage dispensers by adding the new Crystal Handle from Tomlinson Industries. The handles are made from a durable crystal-clear resin, and can be used with any S, SP or MS Series faucet. Existing faucets can be converted to use Tomlinson’s premium handles, or the

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Mapco Express, Sunny Sky Products Partner

The Original Slushie Co. to be Mapco’s frozen un-carbonated beverage provider, starting in summer 2012. This summer, Mapco Express Inc. is set to carry The Original Slushie Co. frozen un-carbonated beverage (FUB) product through Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty-dispensed beverages.   In a collaborative venture with Mapco, the new partnership entails

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Smucker’s Foodservice Updates Its Coffee Program

Smucker Foodservice promotes the sale of coffee in retail outlets since more than half of U.S. consumers drink coffee on a daily basis. The company is offering c-stores with more coffee solutions since Smucker’s added the Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Liquid Coffee System to its portfolio. Douwe Egberts has been in the coffee business for more than

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Monin Gives Kids Vibrant Beverage Options

Monin Gourmet Flavorings, a provider of premium syrups and flavoring products, offers more than 100 products made with pure cane sugar and authentic flavors to satisfy both kids and parents. The flavors offered by Monin are popular choices such as smoothies, homemade sodas and flavored lemonades. They contain no artificial flavoring, color or high fructose

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New Roast Coffee Blend

Georgia Coffee, a roast and ground version of the Coca-Cola Co.’s billion-dollar coffee brand, is now available to U.S. retailers. The new product is offered in multiple blends to meet consumers’ needs: dark roast, light roast, decaf and sustainable organic. Each is made of 100% Arabica beans, has a distinct flavor profile and comes in

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RaceTrac Kicks Off SodaPalooza

Social media promotion gives customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year. RaceTrac is kicking off SodaPalooza 365, which gives social media savvy customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year at RaceTrac. The promotion runs May 21-Aug 31, and the contest will see two weekly winners. Customers have

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New Food Technology is Hot (and Cool)

Convenience stores are embracing the latest equipment as they look to keep up with QSRs and fast casual restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. In the summer, customers line up from morning until evening at Maverik convenience stores to take the f’real machine for a spin. From the time the North Salt Lake City-based chain

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New Pilot Flying J Travel Center Opens in Illinois

“We believe our familiar Pilot sign will be a welcome sight for interstate travelers and professional drivers,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. Pilot Flying J is opening a new Pilot Travel Center in Marion, Ill., on Dec. 19. featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The travel center is located at 2611

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Marshfield’s Renovated Tedeschi Celebrates Customer Appreciation

This Friday cooking demonstrations and giveaways to greet customers at Tedeschi’s newly remodeled store. Tedeschi Food Shops at 774 Plain Street in Marshfield recently underwent a major renovation. The store, which features an expanded TD’s Deli, now serves fresh foods and meats alongside its standard convenience fare.  In addition to offering a variety of snacks

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Free Coffee Fridays

Customers who stop into Cumberland Farms on a Friday this November can enjoy a free cup of coffee in the size of their choice. Cumberland Farms is offering Free Coffee Fridays this November. On Nov. 11, 18 and 25 customers can receive a smooth cup of Cumberland Farms’ Farmhouse Blend coffee—any size, any way they

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Walgreens Adds Kronik Energy Drinks

Walgreens is adding KroniCo LLC’s Kronik Energy drink formulas to 261 locations throughout Southern California. Already the fourth best-selling brand in Arizona and officially known as “Chronic Fatigue’s worst nightmare,” Kronik Energy drinks are a major player in the energy category. “We are so honored to be welcomed into the Walgreens family; this is a

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