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Scotsman Unites Ice Chewers With Nugget Ice

“This year, Scotsman celebrates the 30th anniversary of the invention of nugget ice, and the Luv the Nug campaign is the perfect way to commemorate this iconic ice form,” says Scotsman spokesperson. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv

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Gilligan Oil Adds Six Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. Gilligan Oil Co. LLC has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for six new restaurants in Cincinnati. Currently, Gilligan Oil owns and operates three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Cincinnati market

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Coca-Cola Introduces Fully Recyclable Racks

“Sustainability is core to our business, so we want to demonstrate this commitment to our customers, and consumers at every level,” says Coca-Cola spokesperson. As the Coca-Cola Co. continues to advance its efforts in sustainability, it is developing a family of 100% recyclable merchandise display racks for use in grocery and convenience stores in the

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Sunflower Farmers Market Opens First California Store

“We look forward to bringing affordable, quality, healthy options – from local produce to our newly re-packaged private label line – to Roseville and the surrounding communities,” says Sunflower CEO. Sunflower Farmers Market, the full-service natural and organic grocer famous for “serious food at silly prices,” plans to open its first store in the California

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Quick Chek Selects Reflexis Workforce Management

Reflexis to increase efficiency and improve accuracy in Quick Chek’s payroll and other workforce management processes. Quick Chek, a convenience store chain in the New York Metro market, has selected Reflexis workforce management solutions. Quick Chek selected Reflexis over its competition in the workforce management software market after detailed product demonstrations and discussions with other

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

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Is $4 Gallon Gasoline Coming to a Station Near You?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN For some, the unpleasant reality of $4 gallon gasoline has already occurred, namely in California, where the Energy Information Administration reported in early April an average price for regular grade gasoline at $4.057 gallon. As of April 4, the EIA pegged the average for Chicago at

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Mr. Bubble Brand Celebrates 50 Years

Mr. Bubble bubble bath gets a new look for 2011. Introduced by Gold Seal Co. in 1961, Mr. Bubble is celebrating 50 years of making bath time fun in 2011. Originally developed as a powdered bubble bath, then launched in a liquid formula in 1972, Mr. Bubble was recently improved to create even more bubbles

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Bert Jacobs Named NACS Show Opening Session Speaker

“Bert’s inspiring message is a perfect way to open our industry’s signature event and help attendees think big picture,” says NACS Convention Chairman. “Life is good” cofounder Bert Jacobs has been named as an Opening General Session speaker for the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 1-4 in Chicago at McCormick Place. Registration for the

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Dallas Walgreens Launches Electric Vehicle Charging

New charging station is the first of 18 planned for Walgreens locations across Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Walgreens is helping to launch the nation’s first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle charging network with an initial station at the Walgreens drugstore at Belt Line Road and Montfort Drive in Dallas. The drugstore retailer is working with

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MACS Announces Dan Pastor as New CEO

“It is an exciting time to become a part of a company on such a trajectory of growth, including acceleration through strategic acquisitions and organic retail innovations,” says new MACS CEO. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has appointed Dan Pastor as CEO to fill the position previously held by Steven Uphoff, who has transitioned from his

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7-Eleven Promotion Benefits Veterans

“Hire Heroes USA is doing important work to ensure that when these veterans return home, they are able to find employment opportunities to support themselves and their families,” says 7-Eleven CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. and a coalition of its franchise owners have partnered with some of their top suppliers, all U.S. brands, to raise money for

C-store operators are featuring a wider array of products on their roller grills to better compete on the foodservice front.

Roller Grills Grow Up

Thanks to a surge of new products focused on ethnic diversity, the roller grill—the original anchor for most convenience store hot food programs—is hotter than ever before. And the one thing c-store operators like and appreciate most about roller grills is that you hardly notice they’re there. Grills don’t take up much room and can

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Ko! Ko! Ko! KoKo’s Candy Christmas

The holiday season has come early with a sleigh full of new KoKo’s candies. Let these festive treats deck your retail aisles during this year’s winter season. KoKo’s Confections introduces: The new and improved Gingerbread House Kit from KoKo’s featuring Mike and Ike. What better way to celebrate the season than to decorate a 14.7-ounce

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Cardtronics Introduces New Vice President of Sales

“Cardtronics’ merchant sales team immediately strengthens its channel expertise with the addition of Lucia Crater,” says executive vice president. Cardtronics Inc., a global retail ATM owner, welcomes Lucia Romanello Crater — a sales executive with a 22-year record of success in the convenience store industry — to Cardtronics as the company’s new vice president of

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Expands MiLB Sponsorships

“The goal of our alliance with Minor League Baseball is to introduce customers to our great tasting products, familiarize them with the Hunt Brothers brand,” says CEO. Hunt Brothers Pizza is expanding its partnership with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) through the sponsorship of two additional prime market teams, the Gwinnett Braves and the Lexington Legends,

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Flash Market Opens Fourth Pizza Inn

“Pizza Inn allows us to offer more than the personal pan pizza people think of at a local convenience store,” says Flash Market spokesperson. Multi-unit franchise owner Flash Market Convenience Stores has opened its fourth Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location—marking the first Pizza Inn in Saraland, Ala. Pizza Inn Inc. is an international pizza chain recognized

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BP’s ampm Launches Snack Bites

“Those looking for a quality product at a value price will enjoy the Snack Bites offer,” says ampm president. The ampm convenience store chain has rolled out new Snack Bites across its network, offering customers a chicken or potato option. Designed as a value snack on their own, or as a tasty companion to the

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Craft Sales Drive Beer

Following a solid 2009, the Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, reported strong 2010 numbers for small and independent craft brewers. Dollar sales were up 12% in the first half of 2010, compared to 9% growth during the same period in 2009. Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew

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Sales Increases in Store for Juices and Teas

Watch out, soft drinks. Teas and juices are looking to capture health-conscious consumers in 2011 with flavor innovation and antioxidant power. The refrigerated juices and drinks category in the c-store sector saw total dollar sales of $423,746,400, according to SymphonyIRI data for the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, up 5.73% compared to the previous

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Poultry Powers Food Sales

Versatility makes chicken one of the most popular segments in foodservice. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International reported new menu items in convenience stores and QSRs in 2010 were chicken-based as these retail segments expanded to compete with supermarkets. Mintel’s QSR report noted that 43% of respondents said they wanted healthier menu options at restaurants

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Pizza Projecting Upward

QSR pizza sales have hovered at $33–$36 billion for the last few years and projections for the upcoming year are very strong, Pizza Marketplace reported. The grim economy of the past couple of years has not crushed the spirit of folks who like to eat out. Although pizza sales slowed in recent months due to

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Convenience Store Sales Show Strong Growth in 2010

Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.4% in 2010, reaching a record $190.4 billion, according to figures released today by NACS. Combined with $328.7 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2010 were $575.6 billion, or one out of every 25 dollars of the overall $14.624 trillion U.S. gross domestic product. The industry’s

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Positive Outlook for Carbonated Beverages

Carbonated soft drink sales dipped in 2010, but are expected to show positive growth in 2011. “Because the economy is better and products like Coke Zero have done well with customers, we are predicting 2.3% growth in 2011 for carbonated beverages,” said Garima Goel Lal, senior consumer analyst for Mintel International. Overall sales of carbonated

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Five High ABV Products

Introducing a great-tasting high ABV progressive adult beverage in a 23.5-ounce can, mike’s HARDER PUNCH. Launched in the fall of 2010 in two 8% ABV great varieties, mike’s HARDER FRUIT PUNCH and mike’s HARDER MANGO PUNCH are hard-hitting flavors your customers will reach for in the cooler door. New mike’s HARDER MANGO PUNCH offers a

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