Gourmet Beverage Syrups

Britain’s Tate+Lyle has represented high-quality sweetening in London and throughout the U.K. since 1878. Domino Foods Inc. is now offering its customers this distinguished brand of Tate+Lyle Gourmet Beverage Syrups. The varieties are sweetened with cane sugar and many varieties are Fairtrade Certified. Domino Foods understands that beverages are an important part of your menu, […]

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On-the-Go Sweet Treat

Prairie City Bakery introduces Walkin’ Wafels, individually-wrapped sweet waffles made the traditional Liège way, with caramelized pearl sugar and rich, whole wheat brioche dough. Better yet, these Walkin’ Wafels have 16 grams of whole grains per serving and are made with NO artificial ingredients. This is the perfect on-the-go sweet treat for any time of […]

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A Look At Grocery Shoppers By Generation

Gen Z joins four other generations in the grocery aisle. Baby boomers are brand loyal and Millennials are like shopping via mobile apps. Generation has a big impact on shopping behaviors. Today, birth rates are declining, the population is aging and for the first time ever, five distinct generations of shoppers are in the grocery

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S. Abraham & Sons Announces Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show

Retailers and manufacturers to gather in Grand Rapids, Mich. on Feb. 22 to kick off the 32nd annual trade show. Abraham & Sons has announced its 32nd Vendor Exhibit & Trade Show, set for Feb. 22 & 23, 2018 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. The theme for this year’s show is “SAS BRINGING

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Amazon Go Store Opens in Seattle

New 1,800-square-foot store allows customers to shop and exit without a formal checkout process. The much anticipated debut of Amazon’s new checkout-free store began Monday, Jan. 22 in downtown Seattle. The New York Times detailed the experience, noting customers entering the store are first greeted by a row of gates reminiscent of a subway station,

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CCRRC Explores Consumer Mindset Around Mealtime Decisions

Understanding the drivers behind customers’ mealtime decisions can help retailers better cater to their needs. By Erin Del Conte, Senior Editor The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) began in 1978 and has been working to create practical responses to challenges experienced by the grocery industry and its operators through research. The CCRRC is composed of

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2018 Conexxus Conference Set for Chicago

Four-day event to cover critical technology issues. The 2018 Conexxus Annual Conference is set to take place April 29 – May 3, 2018 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare, in Rosemont, Ill. The Conexxus Annual Conference is the only event that focuses on new technologies and technology standards to improve business processes, reduce costs and increase

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What’s in Store for Dairy in 2018?

While the dairy section has struggled, dairy items are key purchases for most households. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA)’s What’s in Store 2018 report noted that while dairy has seen declines in both sales and volume, dairy still has a household penetration rate of 97.7%. This is one of hundreds of findings in

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Brings Back Fan Favorite

Buffalo Chicken Pizza LTO is back this winter by popular demand. Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking off the new year with the return of its most popular limited time offer (LTO), Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Available now, customers can order this specialty pizza at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations for a limited time while supplies last.

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RTD Coffee

Coca-Cola Co. is launching a line of ready-to-drink (RTD) McCafé coffee drinks in grocery, convenience and mass merchandisers across the U.S. in early 2018. We will manufacture, distribute and sell RTD McCafé Frappé coffee drinks and we will combine our brand-building and distribution expertise together with McDonald’s to offer a new way for people to […]

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New COMBOS Flavor

New in 2018, Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s COMBOS brand introduces Honey Sriracha, a flavor combination that delivers a well-balanced, sweet honey with garlic and chili pepper Sriracha flavor that taste buds will love. In fall 2017, COMBOS introduced new packaging for COMBOS Snacks. The simplified design will stand out on-shelf and engage shoppers. The graphics focus […]

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Coca-Cola Launches ‘World Without Waste’ Plan

Sets goal to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030. The Coca-Cola Co. is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030. This goal is the centerpiece of the Company’s new

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Pester Marketing Acquires Western Convenience Stores

Western divesting all 42 stores in Colorado and Nebraska. Western Convenience Stores Inc. has sold its gasoline/convenience stores to Denver-based Pester Marketing Co. Western operated 42 stores in and around Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Colo. mountain resort locations and Western Nebraska. Pester will rebrand all stores to their proprietary Alta Convenience Stores trademark

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Embrace New Opportunities in the New Year

By John Lofstock, editor-in-chief There’s no doubt that 2017 will be regarded as one of the most challenging years ever for the convenience store and petroleum industry. While the economy has strengthened, the stock market rallied and unemployment fell to a 15-year low, the convenience store industry was hit hard by a host of local

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Tiger Beer Launches Partnership with Singapore Artist

Limited-edition packaging, custom-designed retail and on-premise point of sale materials available in celebration of the Year of the Dog. Tiger Beer, Asia’s premier beer brand, is uncaging celebrations in 2018 for the Lunar New Year through retail and on-premise programming and festive artwork that celebrates the Year of the Dog. The bold, interpretive artwork tells

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American Drivers Surpass 3 Billion Miles on E15

E15 provides value that benefits customers’ engines, the environment and their wallets, says Growth Energy. Growth Energy has found that drivers in the U.S. have logged yet another billion miles on clean burning E15 in just the past three months. The total number of miles driven on E15 now sits at more than 3 billion.

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VERC Enterprises Promotes Barry Ahern

Ahern leads as vice president of operations. VERC Enterprises has promoted Barry Ahern of East Sandwich, Mass. to the position of vice president of operations. Ahern, who has been with VERC Enterprises since 2004, is an integral part of the firm’s new management team; he will work with newly-appointed company President Jim Fitzgerald, as well

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Circle K Introduces First Full-Service Franchise Options in Canada

Franchise opportunities to begin immediately. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., with over 15,000 stores globally, is introducing new full-service franchise opportunities with its Circle K brand in Canada. The expansion marks the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in Canada with the offer initially targeting the Ontario province. Interested parties will be able to

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Indiana Panel Votes Against Expanded Cold Beer Sales

Ricker’s insists it will keep up the fight against decades-old ban. Indiana will likely remain the only state that restricts who can sell cold beer after a Senate panel voted Wednesday to uphold a closely guarded law that protects the interests of liquor stores, reported the Indianapolis Business Journal. The measure, the first to ever

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C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Figuring out what the future of the U.S. transportation industry holds is clear, depending on which expert you ask. Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been

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Low-Cal Blond Ale

Kona Brewing Co. is introducing its first blonde ale, Kanaha Blonde Ale, nationwide. Kanaha (pronounced ka-NA-ha) Blonde Ale is a bright, sessionable beer made with real mango fruit, adding a juicy, tropical flavor that is easy like the island. Previously available in only California and Hawaii, Kanaha Blonde Ale, named after the Kanaha Beach winds […]

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Bold New Look, Flavors

Diet Coke — the same crisp, iconic taste launched in 1982 O.G. Diet Coke — isn’t changing. (You don’t mess with a good thing.) But the Diet Coke you think you know is history. Coca-Cola is re-launching with a bold new look, a fresh attitude and four delicious new flavors, which join the iconic original. […]

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Macaroons & Premium Filled Shortbreads

Rich’s Foodservice expands its bakery offerings for c-stores with the introduction of Jacqueline’s Premium Filled Shortbreads and Jacqueline’s Authentic Macaroons. Both gourmet lines are made with authentic, premium and clean ingredients with no artificial ingredients or high fructose corn syrup. Jacqueline’s Premium Filled Shortbreads feature an all-butter shortbread dough. These 1.5-ounce sweet treats are available […]

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Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes

Prairie City Bakery has introduced two new flavors of its Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes – Key Lime and Peanut Butter. The Key Lime tastes like a citrus tropical paradise (made with Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice), while the Peanut Butter has a sweet and creamy flavor, topped with mini chocolatey chips. These […]

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Home Service Oil Co. Partners with GreenPrint

Looks to reduce emissions. In partnership with GreenPrint and the Arbor Day Foundation, Home Service Oil and its Express Mart convenience store locations have partnered to offer a reduced emissions program dedicated to giving back to the Jefferson County community. The turnkey sustainability program is set to launch in March 2018. Residents and visitors in

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