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Award-Winning Rice

RiceSelect is causing consumers to think twice about which rice they buy with its unique Texmati Rice. Similar to basmati, the award-winning Texmati has a nutty flavor, delightful aroma, unique texture and easy cooking characteristics that set it apart from all other aromatics. Texmati Rice is produced by American family farmers; packed in reusable, re-sealable

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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It’s Showtime!

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. It is time to create a stir.  Some excitement.  Some passion.  Go ahead, pound your chest a bit.  It is time to make yourself known.  It’s Showtime! All too often, store operators – after their grand opening—sit back and wait for the phone to

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Putting the Community to Work

With 20% of its staff now made up of challenged and disabled individuals, VERC Enterprises has earned a reputation as a top employer. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store, gasoline station and car wash operator in eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has reached a new milestone by including challenged/disabled individuals

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Jr. Joins Java Family

Midwest coffee roaster Paramount Coffee Co. has introduced a new eight-ounce addition to the “perfect cup of Joe” family of coffee blends: Jr. Coffee. The family of Joe Coffee Products includes Joe, Joy and Jr. Joe comes in four true-brew blends: “Wake Up Joe” medium roast, “Unleaded” medium roast decaf, “Tall, Dark and Handsome” dark

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Certified Sustainable Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America’s iconic DOVE Brand Chocolate is set to be the first mainstream chocolate brand in the U.S. to bear the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on its dark chocolate products. Beginning in the fall, DOVE Brand Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate will source 100% of its cocoa volume from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, and

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NACS Chairman Jeff Miller Urges Advocacy

Approximately $3.2 million dollars. That’s the savings thus far to the convenience and fuels retailing industry and their customers since the Durbin amendment took effect just yesterday, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller during the NACS Show Opening General Session. Miller, who is president of Norfolk, Va.-based Miller Oil Co., said that the swipe fee reform

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NACS Celebrates the Past, Looks to Redefine the Future

As NACS celebrates the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s remarkable achievements since it was founded 50 years ago, the association is equally looking toward the future, said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour during the NACS Show Opening General Session. It is expected that more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries will attend the 2011

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Easy Trip Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Easy Trip Convenience Stores are dedicated to customer service. As part of that strategy, the Ohio chain has introduced a new mobile app and fresh Websites to fast forward into the mobile, social and digital worlds. A newly launched client with OpenStore by GasBuddy, Easy Trip is thriving with the new technology that includes a

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Grizzly MST Brand Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Grizzly, the flagship moist snuff tobacco brand of Memphis-based American Snuff Co., is celebrating 10 years of unprecedented success. Grizzly has become the best-selling smokeless tobacco brand on the U.S. market in 10 short years — something unique to the industry that has never been done before. From its introduction in 2001, Grizzly grown to

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Retail Gasoline Prices Slide to Seven-Month Low

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices are at seven-month lows which equates to the decline in gasoline futures trading, with the gasoline contract having tumbled to its lowest level since mid-February. Lower wholesale costs are still moving through the supply chain, so the decline in pump prices will continue

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The Business of Growing

Overcoming the top nine challenges for effectively growing your retail business requires true leadership and patience. By John Lofstock, Editor. The hardest step entrepreneurs take is getting their startup off the ground once and for all. The second hardest step is growing it into the best business it can be. What today’s entrepreneurs and aspiring

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Fresh Lemonade

Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer of specialty dispensed beverages, recently launched a premium Lemonade Program. Sunny Sky’s Homestyle Lemonade boasts a unique, refreshing flavor made from real lemons and sweetened with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. The product is packaged in 6.5 gallon bottles with a 5:1 mix ratio, and is also available in bag-in-a-box for

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Enhance Retail Productivity

CipherLab, an innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution industries, has launched its 8200 series. This enterprise mobile computer optimizes retail workflow and efficiency with expandable memory capacity, long-lasting performance, and a lightweight ergonomic design. Developed with workflow management in mind, the 8200 series addresses the needs of

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Regular and Menthol E-Cigarettes

Convenience Valet and Advantage Sales & Marketing have entered into a strategic alliance with Finiti e-cigarettes to represent and distribute the company’s electronic cigarette products. Finiti e-cigarettes will now be available through many distribution partners, including Core-Mark, Eby-Brown, Grocery Supply Co., H.T. Hackney Co., DOT Foods, LibertyUSA and C.D. Hartnett Co. These partnerships will extend

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