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Starbucks Opens Evolution Fresh

The coffee giant delves into fruit and vegetable juices with the debut of its new juice bar chain. Starbucks Corp. debuted its first Evolution Fresh juice bar store on Monday. The launch is expected to boost the company’s position in the $50 billion health food sector, Reuters reported. Starbucks bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million

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7-Eleven Samples MiO ENERGY

Comedian Judah Friedlander introduces 7-Eleven customers to MiO Energy, a liquid water enhancer with an added energy benefit. Actor, comedian and beverage expert Judah Friedlander commandeered three Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores yesterday on behalf of MiO ENERGY, the new platform for the popular liquid water enhancer.  Friedlander, self-proclaimed beverage expert and newest fan of MiO

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Energy Shot Sales Expect to Grow in 2012

Energy shots showed remarkable growth in 2011 and are on the same meteoric rise that energy drinks experienced four years ago, but they appeal to a different demographic. That was the uplifting news in a 2011 report on energy shots from Chicago-based research firm Mintel International. For example, the largest consumer group of 5-hour Energy,

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Customers Energized About Energy Drinks

The energy drink market has been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the improvement in the economy is expected to continue on this positive growth path, according to Chicago-based research firm Mintel International. Energy drink sales were up about 16% in 2011 in convenience stores, as well as up about 16% across

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Navigating OTP’s Legal Battleground

The prospects for OTP throughout 2012 are good, as growth remains strong. But a swelling number of revenue-strapped state legislatures continue to hungrily eye the category. “I think the category will continue to expand,” predicted Matt Hieb, category manager for Gate Petroleum, which operates 225 convenience stores in six Southeastern states.“The growth of the brands

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Milk Starts its Rebound at Retail

Look for a rise in consumer demand for milk, and an increased interest in flavored products in 2012. “We see flavors, particularly chocolate milk, as a key opportunity at convenience stores in 2012,” said Vivien Godfrey, CEO, MilkPEP. “Convenience stores are really over indexed in terms of flavored milk, so of all milk sold in

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Pizza Gets Personal

C-store retailers can expect to see continued growth in the pizza category in 2012. “Pizza has good hold times, is a consumer favorite and is relatively easy to prepare. Sales will be up in 2012,” said Tim Powell, director for Chicago-based research firm Technomic. Trends to watch in 2012 include an increase in take-and-bake pizzas,

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Jiffy Mart Revamps Coffee Program

After adding the new ThermoFresh Digital Server and Brewing system Jiffy Mart expects an increase in sales and a decrease in waste. Partnering with Lacas Coffee and Cooper Booth Wholesale, Jiffy Mart Convenience Store Chain has revamped its coffee program.  Jiffy Mart has moved away from its mix of air pots and glass pots, upgrading

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The Recovery Drink

What do you get when a Navy SEAL decides to develop an anti-inflammatory supporting sports recovery drink? You get awesome in a can. Kill Cliff, an Atlanta-based company has developed and launched Kill Cliff, a tasty new addition to the Recovery Beverage Category.  The product is lightly carbonated with a blood orange flavor only 15

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White Owl Silver Cigarillos

Ever been asked, “What’s the hottest new flavor?” Now you have the answer: The hottest new flavor is actually unflavored. Introducing White Owl Silver Cigarillos. Unflavored HTL Cigarillos is the fastest growing segment in the cigar category, almost doubling in the last year, according to CMPP 2010 v 2011, Oct. YTD. White Owl Silver offers

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Fudge Crunch Bars

General Mills Convenience is bringing everyone’s favorite flavor, chocolate, to its popular line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with new Fudge Crunch. The newest flavor features a chocolate cookie base with a layer of chocolaty fudge drizzled in milk chocolate. New Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Fudge Crunch complements the growing line of Sweet Rewards

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Organic Iced Tea

Sweet Leaf Tea is an organic, all-natural iced tea beverage made with high quality tea leaves, real sugar and certified organic ingredients. Everything from the packaging to the ingredients to the branding of the tea is made specifically to be enjoyable no matter where customers consumer it. Flavors include Organic Original Sweet Tea, Organic Lemon

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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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Freezer Door Advertisements

STRATACACHE, a provider in digital media technologies, introduces its latest solution for digital advertising at the point-of-purchase: PrimaSee. PrimaSee displays high-definition, dynamic videos embedded within a glass fixture (freezer/cooler door, check-out counter, store window, etc.), while simultaneously fostering consumer interaction with a media experience (coupons, surveys, games, etc.). Visually engaging, these powerful, translucent advertisements allow

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Skulls Designer Lighters

Scripto introduces the Skulls Designer Series to its line of popular disposable pocket lighters. The new Skulls Designer Lighters feature five assorted artistic skull designs inspired by tattoo artwork. Skull tattoos have been one of the most sought after designs for a number of decades and its popularity is still very much alive. Scripto Skulls

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Smoking Alternative

Times are tough for smokers when they are in areas where they cannot light up. New SmokinGel is a cigarette alternative in the form of a hand gel. It gives customers the real cigarette experience when they easily rub a little gel on their hands. SmokinGel rubs in clear, has a pleasant scent, truly mimics

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Summer Candy Promotion

Mars Chocolate is introducing Summer Movie Mania, a promotion set to run June-August 2012, that provides consumption incentives across retail channels during the summer movie months by helping customers save money at the movies and enjoy the breadth of the Mars Chocolate Brand. Six Mars Chocolate brands: Snickers, M&M’s, Twix, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way and

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Xtra Large, Xtra Good

Today’s convenience store customers want portability, quality and value. Conveneince stores and their supplier partners are delivering new foodservice solutions to meet this growing demand. New from Deli Express, a leader in convenience store foodservice: “XXL Breakfast Sandwiches.” These sandwiches are large and in charge with their high quality ingredients, including western omelet and Ciabatta

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Explosive Flavor, Smooth Smoke

Three new Zig-Zag cigarillos from National Tobacco Co. are now available in re-sealable, two-cigar foil packets. Sweets, White Grape and Strawberry complete the family of seven styles, including Grape, Mango, Peach and Straight Up. Zig-Zag cigarillos are priced to sell with an everyday low price. For More Information From National Tobacco Co. (800) 331-5962 customerservice@nationaltobacco.com

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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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Innovative Dressings Package

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative dressings package introduced in January 2012 by Kraft Foodservice, is designed to deliver maximum yield with greater ease.  Made from flexible yet durable plastic, the YES Pack allows operators to easily squeeze out up to 99% of the dressing inside without creating any inconvenient mess for the user. The

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Cushion Tipped Cigars

From one of America’s leading cigar brands comes an exciting new line of products: Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars. Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars. are a larger cigar offering full flavor, wine, vanilla and wild cherry styles in a five-count pack. The cigars represent a new standard from the brand you count on to offer high-quality products

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Circle K Offers FIN Electronic Cigarettes

“Our product line is a natural fit in Circle K and will cater to the increased demand for high quality, reliable electronic cigarettes from the Circle K customer base,” says Finiti Branding Group president. Circle K Stores Inc. is now offering the new FIN Electronic Cigarette in each of the convenience store chain’s eight regions. 

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Sixth M&M’S Character to Debut During Super Bowl

Ms. Brown joins the ranks of M&M’S spokescandies. Mars Chocolate North America plans to reveal the sixth M&M’S character, Ms. Brown, in a sweet new ad during Super Bowl XLVI. Like all of her fellow M&M’S spokescandies, Ms. Brown has her own distinct personality, which is rooted in her wisdom, high intelligence and sharp wit.

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