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Knudsen Joins DNA Distributors

“His vast tobacco industry knowledge combined with his consulting experience uniquely qualifies him for this important and demanding role,” says DNA Distributors president. DNA Distributors, the makers of Cigalectric Electronic Cigarettes has hired Kraig Knudsen as vice president of business development. In this role, Knudsen will be responsible for all aspects of market penetration and

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Gift Card Trends

First Data study finds closed-loop cards popular but open-loop growing, and virtual gift cards are on the horizon. As the U.S. gift card market matures, understanding consumer demand and trends can help gift card-issuing merchants and retailers create or adjust their strategy. In fact, First Data, a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, recently

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The Science of Scan Data

As retail technology evolves, convenience store operators have the tools to turn sales figures into actionable information. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Thanks to advanced technology, retailers can now collect data at the point of sale that tells them what is moving out of their stores, when it sells, who buys it and at what

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Whole Gasoline Costs continue Lower as Market Frets over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Initially moving up and reaching a two-week high on June 15, New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB gasoline futures reversed course and tumbled to a nearly one-month low on June 17, setting the stage for retail gasoline prices to continue moving lower. NYMEX RBOB futures serve as

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FDA Reveals Final Cigarette Warning Labels

The new graphic health warnings must appear on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads by September 2012. This morning FDA announced the nine cigarette health warnings required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and in every cigarette advertisement. This bold measure is aimed at making sure that every American understands

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Tobacco Companies, NATO File Right to Advertise Lawsuit

NATO, R.J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and Lorillard are fighting back against a Worcester, Mass., ordinance that would ban outdoor and most indoor advertising. On Friday, June 17, a lawsuit was filed by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Philip Morris USA Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco Co. in U.S. Federal District

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Thorntons Announces Nugget Ice Promotion

Customers who visit the participating Thorntons site get a free nugget ice sample from the Nug Truck and a free fountain drink upon entering the store. Thorntons has partnered with Scotsman Ice Systems to bring the Nug Truck to two Thorntons stores this week. The Nug Truck is a mobile truck that serves nugget ice,

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Love’s Celebrates 100th Tire Care Center

“We have evaluated the best amenities we can offer at the new travel stop, and look forward to our partnership with the community,” says president of Love’s Development Cos. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened its 100th tire care center at a new travel stop in Ocala, Fla., and is set to host

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Smokeless Sales Show Promise

While managing new products and planograms is vital, retailers will need to keep an eye out for federal tax increases and FDA intervention over the next 12 months. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Smokeless tobacco has outperformed expectations for three straight years—which, while good, leaves many in the industry fearing it’s only a matter of

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Salad Singles

Ready Pac Salad Singles are the latest creation from Ready Pac. While consumer demand for healthy convenience has always been a focus of Ready Pac’s, economic instability has forced many shoppers to watch their spending closely by adopting more cautious spending habits and establishing a new, lower-cost normal. Ready Pac is offering a simple solution

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Rutter’s Announces Free Gas Winner

During Rutter’s Summer Gas Giveaway that runs through September, two customers per month (eight total) will win free gas for a year. The commute to Hershey, Pa., that Angela Gilbert of Marietta makes each day just got a little easier; Gilbert is the first winner of free gas for a year in the Rutter’s Farm

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Family Express Partners with PeopleMatter

“We expect this year to be our most robust yet in terms of small acquisitions and new store development, and we feel that the PeopleMatter platform will bring about further efficiencies at a most welcome time,” says Family Express president and CEO. Family Express has teamed with PeopleMatter, a comprehensive talent management solution provider for

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Crunk Juce is Back

Gila Brew Co. LLC announces the re-launch of CJ Crunk Juce, a premium line of malt beverages. “CJ” has a distinctly engaging taste and is currently available in many states with rapidly expanding distribution. Great taste and tasteful adult packaging differentiate CJ from its competition. The beverage is being marketed under the new slogan “TASTE,

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Sweet Treats

KoKo’s is releasing three new lollipops. KoKo’s new Cupcake Lollipops convert this hot bakery trend to sweet candy form. Each 1.7-ounce lollipop is brightly decorated and resembles a cupcake with frosting. Available in fruity flavors with three designs, the treats come in 18-count open display boxes that resemble novelty bake shops, with four displays per

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Krispy Krunchy Continues Growth

With 146 new locations open in 2011, Krispy Krunchy is on schedule to surpass the 300 mark by December. Krispy Krunchy Chicken opened seven more stores  last week, bringing the total number of new locations in 2011 to 146 stores, an average of slightly more than six openings a week. With two weeks left in

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Rutter’s Spin and Win Mobile App Now On Android

After positive feedback from iphone customers, Rutter’s makes its Spin and Win game more accessible. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ virtual game, Spin and Win, is now available to Android smart phone users. The game, which debuted in May, was previously available only to iPhone users. Spin and Win is the newest piece of Rutter’s nationally recognized

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Strong Demand for Cigars

Flavored and single-serve cigars represent a real opportunity for convenience stores to boost tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. But with FDA having declared last year that it’s got the cigar industry in its sights, retailers

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Scotsman, “Today” Show Donate to Birmingham Charity

“Helping Community Kitchens provide chilled beverages to the people it serves is an important way we can give back,” says Scotsman Ice Systems’ president. Scotsman Ice Systems helped NBC’s “Today” show’s Al Roker “Lend a Hand” to one Birmingham charity that provides meals to the hungry. Scotsman donated  and installed two new nugget ice machines

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Fresh & Easy Opening New San Francisco Stores

For each new store opening, Fresh & Easy invites neighbors to nominate a local, non-profit organization to receive a $1,000 donation. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is opening two new stores in San Francisco this summer, one of which is scheduled to open its doors at the end of next week. These store openings are

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Hunt Brothers Pizza’s Great Race

“The goal is simple, drive business to our c-stores while offering exclusive racing gear and prizes to our consumers. It’s a win-win situation,” says Hunt Brothers’ spokesperson. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a national brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its new NASCAR-inspired redemption program, The Great Race, running now through Nov.

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Increase CPG Sales

Research for CBS examines the effect of TV Advertising on CPG Products based on the purchase behavior from 60 Million frequent shopper households. New research conducted by Nielsen Catalina Solutions for CBS Corp. shows that consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers can increase sales with television advertising by identifying and delivering consumers based on the products

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Developing a Fuel Strategy Amid Soaring Costs

High gas prices mean more headaches for retailers. Experts weigh in on the best ways to survive the market volatility. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With gas prices skyrocketing, retailers are feeling the squeeze from every angle. But there are unique opportunities for savvy retailers to reduce fuel expenditures, which will afford them a better

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Activia Frozen Yogurt

YoCream International Inc. has launched Activia Frozen Yogurt, a rich and creamy soft serve frozen yogurt that helps naturally regulate the digestive system. With 100 calories per four-ounce serving, nonfat Activia Frozen Yogurt offers customers an additional way to enjoy Activia as a dessert or snack. Available in four flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, Peach and Blueberry,

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Sweet Rewards

Stores looking for a way to raise the bar in their cookie section have a sweet new option with Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars. The latest product innovation from General Mills Convenience, the Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars are the first ready-to-eat treat from Betty Crocker. The bars, with a suggested retail price of $1.39,

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BP’s ampm Spices-Up Burrito Line

New veggie-friendly option and southwest chicken flavor to entice customers. Convenience store chain ampm has introduced a new flavor to its burrito selection. The new Veggie Adobo Burrito is now available at participating ampm locations. “Our Veggie Adobo Burrito is a food first for ampm and it’s something we’re thrilled to be able to offer

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