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Missouri Supreme Court Denies Casey’s Processing Exemption

Exemption on utilities, machinery, equipment and materials used or consumed in manufacturing or processing, does not extend to the preparation of food for retail sale, the Court rules. The Missouri Supreme Court has denied a Casey’s General Stores convenience store and restaurant a partial sales tax exemption for electricity used to prepare food for sale.

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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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EPA Recognizes Manitowoc Foodservice

Manitowoc receives 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Manitowoc Foodservice a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards

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Ice Machines with QR Codes

Hoshizaki America’s ice machines manufactured in Peachtree City, Ga., now feature a label with QR Codes specific to make, model and serial number. Customers and service technicians can use their smartphone to scan the QR code for convenience. The scan is a direct link that automatically pulls up a mobile Web page specific to equipment

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Mix ‘n Chill Drink Mixer

With new programmed cycles for mix time and speed, the latest edition to the Hamilton Beach Commercial Mix ‘n Chill drink mixer series provides consistent results when preparing ice cream, frozen custard or frozen yogurt drinks and candy, fruit or cookie mix-in treats. The mixer’s Smart-Start activation allows for simple one-hand operation. Operators never need

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Hoshizaki Ice Machines Feature QR Codes

Now customers and technicians can scan the machines’ QR codes with a smartphone to gain additional information. Hoshizaki America’s ice machines manufactured in Peachtree City, Ga., now feature a label with QR codes specific to make, model and serial number. Customers and service technicians can use their smartphone to scan the QR code for convenience.

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Prevent Accidental Dispensing

Tomlinson Industries now offers a “safer upper assembly” for S Series Faucets. This safer upper assembly requires a three-step action to control dispensing and prevent accidental dispensing. The faucet handle must be lifted, squeezed and then pulled down to activate. Release the handle to shut off. This safety feature is now available for the S

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TA Adds New High Tech Laundry Equipment

Drivers can be notified by text message when their laundry is complete. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has begun its rollout of the most modern laundry facility equipment on the highway. TA’s 190 laundry rooms in company-operated locations today contain nearly 2,000 washers and dryers; all of these machines are expected to be replaced with

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Sustaining Security

Now that retailers have reached PCI DSS 2.0 compliance, it’s important to continue monitoring people, processes and technology to protect against breaches.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor If your chain is among those who diligently worked to achieve PCI DSS 2.0 compliance by the Jan. 1, 2012 deadline, you probably think your stores are safe from

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Gasoline Costs Pointed Up on EU Action, Geopolitical Risk

For the week through Dec. 5 U.S. wholesale gasoline costs mostly increased, while activity in the European Union coupled with heightened rhetoric from Iran are seen pushing gasoline prices even higher. Additionally, Sunoco Inc. announced Dec. 1 that it was beginning to idle the main process units at it Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, Pa.,

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Mini Rotating Rack Oven

Baxter, a designer and manufacturer of quality foodservice and bakery equipment worldwide, recently launched the next generation of its popular mini rotating rack oven. The new OV310 Series ovens include updated and additional features without sacrificing the quality performance or small footprint that have become industry standards. New features include a larger viewing area (350

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Turn Higher

After tumbling to a nine-month low of $3.368 gallon on Nov. 21, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average is positioned to increase following higher wholesale costs during the final full week of November. Wholesale gasoline costs were under renewed pressure in front of Thanksgiving Day on weak demand and heightened concern over

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NACS 2011 APW Wyott

APW Wyott shows off their new Expert Series Product Line including the HRS Tru-Heat Roller Grill, All in One Roller Grill and Re-Therm Cabinet. These products can help retailers increase performance within the profitable roller grill category.

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Quiet Commercial Blender

Vitamix introduces The Quiet One, a powerful, premium blender that utilizes exclusive technology for superior noise reduction.  An innovative door seal design, coupled with patent-pending floating technology, significantly reduces vibration transmission and improves airflow, which reduces sound, making The Quite One ideal for any front-of-the-house environment. It operates 18 decibels below its closest competitor on

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Master-Bilt Announces New Sales Rep Groups

New representative groups to cover sales in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, has appointed Johnson Commercial Agents and Ross Marketing as new sales representative groups. Johnson Commercial Agents will cover the territories of North Dakota, South Dakota

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Ice Maker/Bagger/Merchandiser

Convenience stores can now make and bag up to 200 10-pound bags (1,800-2,000 pounds) of pure KOLD-DRAFT ice per day—on the premises—with KOLD-DRAFT’s new GB2060 Series ice machine, now available as part of the automatic ISB Ice Bagging System. The all-in-one ice maker/bagger/merchandiser system eliminates trucked-in ice deliveries, helps retailers increase profit margins selling their

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Fostering Better Communication Through Franchise Advisory Councils

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Establishing a Franchise Advisory Council (FAC) as a formal communications system to ensure franchisees input with regard to store marketing & operations is a natural stepping-stone for a growing franchise operation. FAC representatives are an indispensable part of the communication system in that they

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Easy Trip Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Easy Trip Convenience Stores are dedicated to customer service. As part of that strategy, the Ohio chain has introduced a new mobile app and fresh Websites to fast forward into the mobile, social and digital worlds. A newly launched client with OpenStore by GasBuddy, Easy Trip is thriving with the new technology that includes a

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Manitowoc Foodservice Announces Employee Promotion

Manitowoc Foodservice announces the promotion of Kathy Veder to the newly created position of vice president global accounts, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Arby’s. In her new role, Veder will focus on marketing initiatives including strategic direction, product line management, business development, customer service and delivering on our promise to our end-user customers. Veder has over 20

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It’s a Wrap

WM-Nano offers the industry’s first tabletop automatic wrapper. Retailers could choose a small, manual station or a room-sized automatic machine. But now, Ishida’s WM-Nano offers another choice. At just 28 inches wide, the WM-Nano is a unique concept—a tabletop unit with an integrated scale-base and printer, offering all the benefits and features of a full-size

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PC&F Adds Digital Forecourt Marketing

Applause TV allows PC&F to entertain customers, while providing advertising and couponing to enhance site-specific promotions. Pacific Convenience & Fuels LLC (PC&F) is set to install Gilbarco Applause TV with Outcast as the standard digital forecourt marketing solution for its new locations. PC&F already has systems installed at some California and Colorado locations and is

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Gasoline Prices Tumbling Amid Weak Demand, Economic Worry

Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan regions of the country tumbled during the week following Labor Day, pressured by several features including weak consumption of the fuel leading up the holiday weekend, while driving demand consistently slumps in September from August. Historically, gasoline demand and prices move lower in September after the summer driving season.

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Preparing for PCI D-Day

As the deadline for PCI DSS 2.0 compliance approaches, chains should make sure they understand the changes— and triple check that they meet the requirements. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. On Jan. 1, 2012 all convenience store retailers must comply with PCI DSS 2.0 standards. While some chains have been ready for more than a

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Wholesale Gasoline Mostly Higher Through Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN Still feeling the impact from last month’s Hurricane Irene, wholesale gasoline costs in most metropolitan markets across the United States moved higher Labor Day, the celebrated end to the summer driving season. Irene made a rare appearance by a hurricane in the Northeast, impacting the

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Rutter’s Gives Away Another Year of Gas

Arthur Bankert of Fawn Grove, Pa., is the latest winner of a free year of gas in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free contest. Bankert is the sixth winner in the summer contest that, at its end in September, will have given away a year’s worth of gas to 8 loyal Rutter’s customers. It’s hard to say

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