Convenience Store Sales Post Record Sales

U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, overall convenience store sales were $695.5 billion, according to figures released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The industry’s 2013 numbers were announced at the NACS State of

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French Vanilla And Caramel Bar

Milky Way Brand French Vanilla and Caramel Bar combines caramel, French vanilla-flavored nougat and milk chocolate for a unique sensation. The new offering expands the brand’s reach, and invites c-store retailers to test a new flavor from a well-known brand. It’s the brand’s first new flavor offering in three years. The new Milky Way will

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Mars Inc. Funds American Business Exhibition At Smithsonian

Mars Inc. plans to sponsor the American Business Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015, featuring the role of business and innovation in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to present. Mars supports the “American Enterprise” section, which will be located in the Mars Hall of American Business in recognition of the

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2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Thirteen leaders in the confection industry are inducted to the Candy Hall of Fame this fall. Information on the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., is now available online.  The following are inductees for the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame: Jim Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System Pierson Clair, Brown & Haley

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Valentine’s Day Candy Sales

C-store retailers can prepare in advance for lovers and chocolate-fanatics flocking to stores Valentine’s Day to buy their family, friends and loved ones their favorite chocolate products with the help from Mars Chocolate North America. Consumers want a wide variety of choices during holidays. The company released a list of some items it plans to

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Easter Candy Sales

C-stores can prepare in advance for Easter candy sales in 2013 with the help of Mars Chocolate North America. About 78% of Americans celebrate Easter, and it’s the second most popular holiday for chocolates and candy. Chocolate comprises 91% of Easter basket contents, so it’s important to promote chocolate products in your c-store that time

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SAS Founder Turns 100

Abe Abraham, chairman of S. Abraham & Sons Inc., celebrates his 100th birthday this summer. S. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) announced that its chairman, Abe Abraham, plans to celebrate his 100th birthday on Aug. 21. SAS was started by Abe’s father, Sleyman, as a small retail candy and “five and dime” store in the

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Sour Coolers Candy

WARHEADS is cooling off the summer heat with a new product: WARHEADS Sour Coolers. WARHEADS Sour Coolers are a pressed dextrose tablet with sour flavor and a key differentiator —a unique cooling effect. This convenient, small format roll pack contains 24 pieces in five assorted flavors:cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon, green apple and lemon. Consumer market

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Coalition Urges Senators To Reform U.S. Sugar Program

Vote on Amendment No. 2433 to the 2012 Farm Bill expected today. In advance of the Senate’s consideration of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill today, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement urging Senators to support Amendment NO. 2433. “Last week’s narrow 50-46 defeat of the Shaheen sugar amendment is evidence that

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Hershey’s Employs Veterans On Its Team

The Hershey’s Company is making stronger efforts to offer both benefits and jobs to U.S. veterans. The Hershey Company launched a new Veteran’s Business Resource Group (BRG) to expand outreach to veterans and veteran organizations as jobs in the market are scarce, and unemployment rates heighten. The veteran’s BRG plans to serve and support veterans

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Cookies and Crème

Now customers can savor the grown-up experience of a childhood favorite with the flavors of cookies and crème. New DOVE Brand Silky Smooth Cookies and Crème blends white chocolate and crunchy chocolate cookie bits into an indulgence that only DOVE Chocolate can deliver. This new item is available in three formats: single bar, large bar

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Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Milky Way kicks off summer season with ice cream bars for retailers and fans. This summer, the Milky Way brand introduced Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars, and plans to celebrate by featuring a special edition Milky Way chocolate ice cream truck. “The ice cream truck tour will help us bring the popular Milky Way

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Sweeten the Deal for Chocolate

Market researchers report that between 82% and 92% of Americans admit to indulging in chocolate candy. Even more important is the revelation that the majority of them do it at least once a month. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate,

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2012 Candy Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Gala event this fall to honor 12 leaders of the confectionery industry. Twelve leaders of the confectionery industry are set to be honored with induction into the National Confectionery Sales Association’s (NCSA) Candy Hall of Fame class of 2012 during a gala event scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., Candy & Snack Today reported.

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Hot New Look

HOT TAMALES cinnamon-charged candy is heating things up this spring with a new look, unveiling new package graphics for the brand that consumers have loved for over 50 years. The new package graphics feature a more modern, fiercer design. While still maintaining its traditional fireball, the bold new flames highlight the heat within. The new

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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Last Chance to Take the Fifth Annual CSD/Balvor 2012 Foodservice Survey

Today is the last day to take the survey! How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2012? And what are some of the best practices for marketing the foodservice category to today’s convenience store consumers? Convenience Store Decisions in partnership with David Bishop, managing partner of

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Thorntons Salutes Employees, Troops

The 2011 General Manager’s Conference in Louisville features awards for top team members and vendors and a Humanitarian Event at Fort Knox. By John Lofstock, Editor Close to 400 general managers, regional managers, company executives and corporate sponsors gathered in Louisville, Ky., this week as Thorntons Inc. kicked off its 2011 General Managers’ Conference. The

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NACS 2011 Impact Confections

New Warhead Sour Twist. Famous for extreme hard sour candy. Variety of pack sizes, including theatre style and one of the top sellers in its category.

Impact Confections

New Warhead Sour Twist. Famous for extreme hard sour candy. Variety of pack sizes, including theatre style and one of the top sellers in its category.

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CEFCO Opens Prototype Unit in Texas

A crowning achievement of the CEFCO organization, the new store is the next generation of store design and guest experience. It incorporates a number of innovative operational enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes. “We are tremendously proud of what the newest CEFCO store means to the organization,”

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New Dates for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced

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Taste The Rainbow

Wrigley has launched Skittles Blenders, a bite-sized chewy candy with unique blended fruit flavors. Each pack of Skittles Blenders contains a rainbow of five new flavors inspired by blended beverages: Watermelon Green Apple Freeze, Strawberry Lime Blast, Melon Berry Burst, Mango Lemonade Blast, Cherry Tropicolada. Skittles Blenders are available at retailers nationwide starting at the

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Driving Snacks Sales

While private label products are improving, quality and value remain critical components for all snacking options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “Yes, but…” That’s the all-too-common answer to the question of whether or not price promotions can drive snack sales in convenience stores. Yes, in a lousy economy people look for and respond to savings.

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Sweet Treats

KoKo’s is releasing three new lollipops. KoKo’s new Cupcake Lollipops convert this hot bakery trend to sweet candy form. Each 1.7-ounce lollipop is brightly decorated and resembles a cupcake with frosting. Available in fruity flavors with three designs, the treats come in 18-count open display boxes that resemble novelty bake shops, with four displays per

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