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Pilot Flying J CEO Steps Down

PepsiCo president to succeed Jimmy Haslam as CEO of Pilot Flying J. Jimmy Haslam has stepped down as CEO of his family-owned Pilot Flying J, Cleveland.com reported. Haslam, the presumptive Browns majority owner who plans to purchase the team for a reported $1 billion, will act as the chairman of Pilot Flying J going forward.

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NCASEF Raises $410,000 For Nonprofits

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees donates nearly half a million to two charities.  The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) announced it raised $410,000 for two charities during its 37th National Convention and Trade Show in Honolulu last month. NCASEF raised a total of $340,000 for Hire Heroes USA, a

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Kroger Brings Hope To Hungry Families

Kroger contributes more than $30 million in food and funds to local food banks through charity since 2006. The Kroger Co. commits to bringing hope and help to hungry families throughout the year, but from May 27 through June 9, the company plans to participate in the annual “Bringing Hope To The Table” campaign. “Bringing

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7-Eleven Franchisees Support Hire Heroes

“The franchisees of 7-Eleven, their families, employees and all of our customers recognize what our servicemen and women do for our country and we are honored to be able to give back to them,” says the national chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees

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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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Most Innovative Consumer Packaged Goods of 2012 Unveiled

In collaboration with TNS, 50,000 shoppers select the nation’s 22 most innovative products of the year. Product of the Year USA, the largest consumer product award that rewards innovation and is voted on by consumers, brought together executives from iconic consumer brands, such as Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo, ConAgra Foods and Johnson & Johnson

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“Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises $2.5 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests to benefit the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced $2.5 million has been raised by its “Salute Our Troops” campaign, more than double its original goal of $1 million. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13

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Handee Marts Joins Dream Machine Recycling Initiative

For all the bottles and cans recycled in a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will support career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities. 7-Eleven Handee Marts and PepsiCo have partnered to make available at more than 20 7-Eleven locations throughout Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, increasing public access to recycling. The

Consumer Confidence Returning?

Impulse purchases of sodas, Hershey bars and snacks are on the upswing at U.S. convenience stores, a sign the economy and consumer confidence might slowly be turning around, Bloomberg.com reported. The decline in soda sales at convenience stores slowed last quarter for the first time in at least a year, according to PepsiCo and Coca-Cola,

Coke To Aquire North American Operations Of Its Biggest Bottler

Coca-Cola Co. today announced it plans to buy the North American operations of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., in a strategic reversal that would close a competitive gap after PepsiCo. reached a similar deal, Reuters reported. “Coke couldn’t sit back while Pepsi delivered $600 million (or more) in synergies for reinvestment and then transformed

Driving Cooler Sales

The economy, the environment and the weather. All three are impacting the sale of bottled water this year. From 1997 until 2007, consumers were thirsty for bottles of clear, refreshing water. Between 2003 and 2008, bottled water sales grew 59% to $5.1 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing drinks on the market. Consumers believed

Innovation Drives Frozen Sales

  TOP PERFORMERS Coca-Cola Co. PepsiCo ICEE (J&J Snack Foods) HONORABLE MENTIONS F’Real! Foods Dr Pepper (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) Slush Puppie (J&J Snack Foods) It’s little surprise that The Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo were ranked as top performers in the dispensed cold beverages category, but innovators like J&J Snack Foods and F’Real! are certainly

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TOP PERFORMERS Pepsi Coca-Cola Mountain Dew (PepsiCo) HONORABLE MENTIONS Dr Pepper (Dr Pepper Snapple Group) Sprite (Coca-Cola Co.) Carbonated soft drink sales may be slowing a bit, but they still dominate convenience store coolers. Chalk it up to brand-loyal buyers or market saturation, but one thing is certain: This is a packaged beverage segment retailers

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