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Lil’ Drug Store Products Poised to Lead HBC Growth

New products, expanded sales and innovative programs illustrate company’s continued success at “Making Convenience Convenient.” Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a global consumer products company and top health and beauty care (HBC) product supplier to the convenience channel, summed up 2012 as a year of successes that reinforce the company’s position as the top

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Oberto Brands To Open Production Facility in Nashville

New facility helps Oberto keep pace with growing meat snack demand. Oberto Brands, a national leader in the meat snacks category and maker of the popular Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line, is opening a new production facility in Nashville, Tenn. in the first half of 2013, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. The new

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Coca-Cola Introduces Shopper Experience Innovation Center

High-tech facility features realistic scale, customizable retail and foodservice facilities to incubate and test solutions. The brightest new star in the world of shopper marketing is not a renowned expert or an insightful study. It’s The Coca-Cola Co.’s recently launched Shopper Experience Innovation Center (SEIC) which contains two retail environments that can morph like a

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Tracking Changes In Confections

While a few big gum and mint brands have the cache—and steady sales—to merit prime display space, hordes of newcomers are trying to snare a share of this valuable retail real estate. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In its “New Product Pacesetters” report, research firm SymphonyIRI Group revealed that the gum and mint sector accounted

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Proper Merchandising Encourages Sales

Dealing with a host of primary wholesalers, multiple DSD vendors and local foodservice providers, convenience store chains are learning to grow more efficient without sacrificing goods and services. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Like millions of Americans, Matt Paduano was traveling this summer, but he didn’t return home with a sun tan and postcards from

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E-Tobacco Shows No Signs of Slowing

Although the electronic cigarette category in the U.S. is barely five years old, a dizzying number of brands are vying for the attention of retailers—and more are entering the fray just about every day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a report released in May, UBS Investment Research likened the chaotic e-cigarette category to the e-commerce

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Meeting the Needs of Today’s C-Store Customers

CSD‘s 2012 Category Management Outlook offers trends and analysis from more than 25 key in-store categories. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with

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Designing a Winning OTP Strategy

Convenience stores have evolved from being a destination for cigarettes to a destination for tobacco products as a whole. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. It was inevitable that the conversation on convenience store cigar sales would shift eventually from rapid growth to supplier relations, category management and marketing. As cigarette regulations and prices and taxes

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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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7-Eleven Honors Bake Fresh

“Bake Fresh has embraced 7-Eleven’s strategy to narrow our focus with laser-like precision and drive continuous improvement,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has awarded Bake Fresh Co. LLC the 2010 Retailer Initiative Award, citing the dramatic turn-around of a Colorado commercial bakery the Chesapeake, Va.-based company assumed just a year ago. Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven senior

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Grizzly MST Brand Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Grizzly, the flagship moist snuff tobacco brand of Memphis-based American Snuff Co., is celebrating 10 years of unprecedented success. Grizzly has become the best-selling smokeless tobacco brand on the U.S. market in 10 short years — something unique to the industry that has never been done before. From its introduction in 2001, Grizzly grown to

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Love’s Launches Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Beginning now through Sept. 30, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores employees will be putting their hearts into raising funds for 89 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons. Love’s raises additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other

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OTP Makes Strong Push for More Shelf Space

With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. There is no secret that cigars, specifically little cigars and flavored little cigars, have grabbed the interest of smokers who can no longer buy flavored cigarettes because of federal regulations. But there

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Revitalized Roller Grill Sales

Hot dogs and tornados continue to provide chains with inexpensive, labor-friendly meal solutions that allow store operators to expand their fresh food offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. One of the most maligned pieces of equipment in all of foodservice—the roller grill—remains the backbone of many convenience store foodservice programs, offering an inexpensive, labor-friendly way

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Mid-August

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ended Aug. 22, while the New York Mercantile Exchange September RBOB (gasoline) futures contract edged higher. In California, wholesale gasoline costs moved up on a sharp drawdown from state specific gasoline inventories, while in the Midwest costs were higher as refining activity eased. Gasoline costs in the Northeast

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Frozen Beverages Appealing to Younger Consumers

New products, flavors and sweeteners have helped energize sales. ew market research from Y-Pulse LLC shows that today’s preteens and teens are interested in more sophisticated and trendy beverages, including those served up in convenience stores and even their school cafeteria. In a recent online survey, Y-Pulse asked middle and junior high school students to

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Attracting and Keeping 18-34-Year-Old Consumers

Do you fully understand your core demographic of 18-34 year old shoppers? Wonder about their price sensitivity toward key products like foodservice and beverages? Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th to hear an exclusive MSA report from its pioneering cciPanel, the consumer research field’s first mobile panel to capture

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Are Your Stores Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Is your chain meeting the rigid ADA compliance standards? Many operators think they, but are not and as a result find themselves facing federal fines and even litigation. Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference and hear from M. Bradley Gaskins, a leading accessibility architect who specializes in helping retail operators, including

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Valero Donates $3 Million to Feeding America

Valero Energy Corp. has donated $3 million to Feeding America, as part of its “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” campaign. Motorists across America fought hunger in their communities simply by filling up with fuel at participating Valero-branded outlets for the past three months. For each 8-gallon fuel purchase made at a participating Valero outlet, Valero

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Employee Unionization: Is Your Chain Ready?

How versed are you on current labor laws regarding union organizing? Do you know about the rules changes in regulations occurring within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor? Do you have a strategy plan for maintaining positive employee relations and effective union organizing strategies and tactics? If not, plan on

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Fueling Awareness Pink Ribbon Apparel Campaign Back for October 2011

GKdirect (formerly Lion Uniform Group) is excited to once again offer pink ribbon apparel this year for the annual Fueling Awareness, an Industry United for a Cure campaign. In workplaces across the country, employees will wear company-branded pink ribbon Awareness Apparel to show their commitment to a cure for breast cancer. Many convenience stores large

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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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Aloha Petroleum Unveils C-Store Prototype

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., the Hawaii-based gas retailer and convenience store operator, has unveiled the first ‘ground-up’ version of a new prototype design for its convenience store-fuel sites that highlights the chain’s local roots. Designed by CBX, the strategic branding and retail design consultancy, the 3,000-square-foot store and adjoining gas islands with five pumps opened in

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Rutter’s Expands its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores’ exceptionally diverse menu is expanding to include sloppy Joe sandwiches and chicken wings. Chicken wings are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at most of Rutter’s 56 Central Pennsylvania convenience stores. The wings are available in quantities of 6 or 12 and in 3 flavors: original, hot and

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Category Management Association Releases Benchmark ROI Survey

The Category Management Association (CMA) has released a first-of-its-kind survey of the methods and practices used by manufacturing companies to measure the return-on-investment (ROI) of their category management functions. While results indicate broad acknowledgment of the growing importance and analytical sophistication of category management, survey participants across all channels say they need standard metrics and

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