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Better Towel Dispensing

San Jamar introduces the Ultrafold Fusion. This folded towel dispenser arrives disassembled in a compact shipping carton, cutting inventory and distribution expenses and saving valuable warehouse space. The Ultrafold Fusion is now San Jamar’s lowest cost folded towel dispenser because it is manufactured, packaged and shipped in six pieces. This easy to assemble product generates

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NCASEF Speaks Out On Swipe Fee Delay Attempts

“We urge Congress to oppose any attempt to delay the important reforms that it successfully passed last year,” says NCASEF chairman. Statement from Bruce Maples, chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees: The National Coalition of Associations of 7-11 Franchisees, representing nearly 5,000 small businesses across the country, strongly opposes the last

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Thorntons Partners With Dare to Care Food Bank

“This is just another way where are our team members can contribute and give back their time and talents to the local community,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with Dare to Care Food Bank to help prepare foods for distribution for the Kentuckiana area. Thorntons team members volunteered their time, and sorted

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NATSO Urges Congress to Maintain Commercial Rest Area Ban

“This is a move to expand government, at a cost to businesses, county governments and consumers,” says NATSO CEO. NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings is urging Congress to strongly oppose any effort to amend or repeal the Federal law prohibiting commercial development on the Interstate right-of-way, testifying that such efforts represented government intrusion into

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Vendgogh Debuts Next Generation Green Vending Solutions

Vendgogh LLC, a provider of integrated gas island vending solutions, has introduced its next generation “green” vending solutions aimed at creating the ultimate shopper experience for gas island customers. The new machines will include a patented, first-of-its-kind dual sided delivery system that incorporates up to four user interfaces in a single vending machine. This new

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Family Express Selects Retalix

Retalix to optimize fresh product inventory management and reduce out-of-stocks for Family Express. Valparaiso, Ind.-based convenience store chain Family Express, plans to reduce out-of-stocks, enhance the quality of its center-of-store product and fresh product offerings, and optimize its inventory position with Retalix’s Demand-Driven Replenishment solution. “We conducted a detailed search of industry vendors who could

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Beefing Up Hiring Practices

Tyson Foods Inc. has become a full member of the IMAGE program with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). IMAGE is short for ‘ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers.’ The program enables businesses, if they meet rigorous standards, to voluntarily partner with the federal government to ensure they are employing people who are legally

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Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt unveiled its new line of endless glass door merchandisers at the NAFEM Show. The versatile line offers refrigerated and frozen food retailers endless options in glass door merchandiser requirements. Available in two, three, four and five door models, retailers can choose the merchandiser configurations that meet their needs. The individual units come pre-wired with

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Mirabito Partners With U.S. Bank on Fleet Cards

“By co-branding with U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems, we’ve expanded the reach of the Mirabito fleet card and made it more valuable to our customers,” says Mirabito spokesperson. New York-based Mirabito Convenience Stores has entered into a fleet card referral agreement with U.S. Bank, a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards. Under terms

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Rutter’s Announces “Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes” Winners

“The Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes is another way for us to show our appreciation to our loyal customers by rewarding them with great prizes,” says Rutter’s spokesperson. Rutter’s Farm Stores customers that are Rutter’s Rewards cardholders learned this week if their loyalty to Rutter’s paid off more than usual: the February winners in the

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WARHEADS Fights Childhood Cancer

“We hope to expand our WARHEADS for Baldheads into other cities and continue to help the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in their quest to end childhood cancer,” says WARHEADS spokesperson. WARHEADS, a sour candy brand, has partnered for the second year in a row with an organization committed to funding the most promising research to find

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Tedeschi’s Introduces Phase III Recovery Drink

“Tedeschi’s will be supported by our current, aggressive go-to-market campaign for Phase III,” says Attitude Drinks brand manager. Tedeschi Food Shops, which operates more than 190 convenience stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, is adding Phase III Recovery Drink by Attitude Drinks to its product mix. Attitude is authorized to sell Phase

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Portable Solutions

Grab-and-go has become a significant portion of the foodservice industry as 65% of operators now offer portable foods and attribute nearly 25% of revenue to their carry-out business. Rich Products Corp. offers a variety of innovative products to deliver the taste and convenience consumers crave. Rich’s portability solutions meet multiple menu needs to support operators’

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Par Mar Fuel Promotion Goes Viral

Social networking provides a cost-effective way for the West Virginia company to interact with customers and drive traffic. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Par Mar Stores is wooing customers into its forecourts and onto its Facebook and Twitter pages with its Face to Face Fuel promotion, which launched in mid-January. The goal of the promotion

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Connecting With Your Customers

Loyalty and Facebook are changing the way convenience store retailers are communicating with today’s consumers. By Greg Ehrlich, Contributing Editor. Smaller convenience store chains with limited resources often sit on the sidelines waiting to see how their larger counterparts embrace new technologies. They wait to see whether the new initiatives make it past a pilot

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Love’s Picks Gilbarco Veeder-Root

“Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s superior quality, support and service network made it a logical choice to continue our partnership,” says Love’s spokesperson. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has awarded Gilbarco Veeder-Root a three-year contract to supply Gilbarco forecourt equipment, including Gilbarco fuel dispensers, Veeder-Root tank monitoring systems and Red Jacket submersible turbine pumps. Based in Oklahoma

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7-Eleven Launches Japan Disaster Relief Campaign

“We want to connect with our customers around the world to assist Japan and its people in rebuilding their lives after such devastating disasters,” says 7-Eleven CEO. The global chain of 7-Eleven is raising funds in close to 39,000 store locations to assist organizations providing relief for the Japanese people devastated by the March 11

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Sheetz Opens Beckley, W.Va. Store With Drive-Through

Customers line up early for a chance to win hundreds of dollars in prizes. Sheetz has opened its first new location in Beckley, W.Va., at 5481 Robert C. Byrd Drive. Excitement for this store has been heightened with a contest for the first 50 people in line when the doors open.  These lucky customers all

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Food And Beverage Market Rebounds

“As the economy continues to improve, shoppers are more likely to remain with a set of brands and retailers that they know delivers the value they expect,” says Symphony Consulting spokesperson. The U.S. food and beverage market is expected to continue its rebound in 2011 and 2012, as more shoppers believe the economy will improve

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Ruiz Foods Announces New Board Members

Arthur Drogue and Angelo Iantosca join the Ruiz team. Ruiz Foods Inc. has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors: Arthur Drogue and Angelo Iantosca. “These dedicated individuals come to us from diverse leadership backgrounds each holding a unique, important perspective to the frozen food industry,” said Kim Ruiz Beck, chairman, Ruiz Foods

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Two Arkansas C-stores On The Auction Block

“This will provide an excellent opportunity for someone who can take advantage of the excellent, high-visibility, high-traffic locations and build a profitable business,” says Hagen Realty spokesperson. Two convenience stores— one in Monticello, Ark., and one in Wilmar, Ark., are scheduled to be auctioned off in a lender-ordered auction Thursday, April 7. Both stores will

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Achieve EMV Compliance

“Enhanced payment-security is necessary with today’s sophisticated hacking and data-theft schemes, and EMV chip technology is continuing to advance consumer data protection,” says Dresser Wayne spokesperson. Dresser Wayne, a global provider of vehicle energy-dispensing technologies, is helping Canadian fuel retailers meet global EMV data-compliance requirements with its newest product, the Wayne Connect IP-485. The Wayne

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Mac’s Launches UFC 129 VIP Experience

In-store sweepstakes promotion to be held in 620 Mac’s Convenience Stores in Ontario, Canada. Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard,  and  XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, and have joined forces to launch a joint promotion, UFC 129 VIP Experience Sweepstakes. The consumer contest kicks off March

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April Fool’s Day Beef Jerky Giveaway

Pemmican Beef Jerky partners with Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program to help feed those in need. Marfood USA’s Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky plans to give away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds on April 1, to kick off its new Pemmican Trail campaign. Participants simply visit www.pemmican.com between 12:01

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PEEPS Goes On Tour

Organizations interested in hosting the PEEPSTER can view the tour schedule to request a potential visit when the Volkswagen chick rolls into your city. Just Born Inc., maker of PEEPS Brand candies, is sending its PEEPSTER Volkswagen “chick” on a tour of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest to celebrate its NEW peepsandcompany.com online store and

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