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FDA Introduces Draft Guidance on MRTPs and HPHCs for Tobacco

FDA intends to focus reporting enforcement on 20 HPHCs during 2012, and provides details for those seeking to market a tobacco product as modified or lower risk. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two separate draft guidance documents to “help fight the tobacco epidemic and stop children from using tobacco.” The draft

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Domestic Fuels Act Introduced

Bill aims to make it easier for retailers to offer customers different kinds of fuel. The Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 (S.2264) was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday, March 29. The legislation would help retailers offer new fuels with a lower cost of entry, a lower liability risk and to limit other regulatory factors

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Survey Examines Employee Engagement Levels

Study shows employee engagement is slowly returning, but it is still far below acceptable levels, according to the president of Modern Survey. Modern Survey, a human capital measurement and analysis company, has the released its Spring 2012 National Norms Survey on employee engagement levels in the U.S. workforce. Conducted in March 2012, the most recent

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Karl Goodhouse, CEO of Clark Brands, Passes Away

Karl Goodhouse, founder and chief executive of Clark Brands LLC has died at age 57 after a brief battle with cancer. As president and CEO, Goodhouse was responsible for the overall direction of Clark Brands over the last eight years. He took on the duties of guiding all sales and marketing efforts for Clark as

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Franchisees Bring Lawsuits Against BP

BP is facing five lawsuits brought by its franchisees. The most recent is a lawsuit by 40 Thrifty Oil Co. franchise owners in Southern California, who claim BP failed to give proper notice of its intention not to renew its master lease with Thrifty Oil. A second lawsuit filed in Chicago against BP by two

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Meeting the Needs of Today’s C-Store Customers

CSD‘s 2012 Category Management Outlook offers trends and analysis from more than 25 key in-store categories. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with

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Raising the Bar on Breakfast Sales

The first sports and energy bars in the U.S. were marketed primarily to serious athletes, through alternative channels such as health food stores.                      These bars did not have wide appeal or distribution as recently as 1990, but over the past two decades these products have since gained mass appeal and distribution after greatly improving flavor

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Visibly Fresh

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced a new line of upscale containers specifically designed to meet the needs of the foodservice industry.  The new Visibly Fresh product line consists of rigid, crystal clear plastic containers that represent the ideal combination of value and quality. The upscale design and minimal ribbing of the Visibly Fresh line promotes

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Disposable E-Cigarettes

Size Matters! Smoker Friendly International is proud to announce the birth of their new disposable e-cigarette: Spirit 2. Made in the USA and using the same e-liquid used in the rechargeable version, the Spirit 2 is the most authentic e-cig ever produced. The e-cigarette is sized as a traditional cigarette and only .3 ounces (66%

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Fresh Brewed Tea

SunBrew Iced Tea is a brand new line of drinks for 2012 featuring an old-fashioned, fresh-brewed tea in a recipe reminiscent of the summertime favorite, brewed in the sun on a kitchen window. SunBrew is “Home Brewed Taste, Ready-to-Drink Convenience.” SunBrew Iced Tea is available this spring nationwide in three varieties: Unsweetened, Lightly Sweetened (with

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Cloutier Oil Divests Stores To Victory Properties

A 53-year old company exits the c-store business.  Cloutier Oil, after 53 years in the business, has sold its business to Victory Properties.  Victory Properties, is a partnership formed by Rex Gillis of Columbus and Joe Morris of Ridgeland, two businessmen who also do business with Shell Oil. Victory properties purchased 11 Gas Lane and

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Chevron Adds inOvationTV

Chevron’s Video-at-the-Pump program featuring inOvationTV is available immediately to selected retailers and can be installed via retrofit to existing Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers. Chevron has approved the new inOvationTV media platform for its Video-at-the-Pump program. Wayne, A GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV) will make

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United Supermarkets Offers Fuel Discount Promotion

United Express to accept fuel discount vouchers earned through grocery purchases. United Supermarkets plans to help its store guests combat the rising cost of driving this spring by offering a fuel discount with their in-store purchases. Between March 28 and May 22, guests can earn discounts on their fuel purchases at all United Express fuel

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Healthy Trends Extending to the Cold Vault

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. So when is the right time—and how often does that right time come—for category managers to reset them? “We do cold vault resets twice a year, which means we’re making fairly minor adjustments all the time,” said Richard Ginther, category manager for Kum &

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Baltimore Gas Station For Sale

The gas station is equipped with a security surveillance camera, two pumps, and a canopy that extends over both pumping stations. National Commercial Auctioneers announces the foreclosure auction of a former CITGO gas station in Baltimore, Md., on April 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. local time. “This is an excellent business opportunity or investment,” said

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Innovative Dressings Package

The KRAFT YES Pack, an innovative dressings package introduced in January 2012 by Kraft Foodservice, is designed to deliver maximum yield with greater ease. Made from flexible yet durable plastic, the YES Pack allows operators to easily squeeze out up to 99% of the dressing inside without creating any inconvenient mess for the user. The

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Thorntons Enhances Coffee Lineup

Introduces proprietary coffee blends, while phasing out Dunkin’ Donuts brand affiliation. Thorntons Inc. is expanding and enhancing its proprietary coffee brand, Thorntons Premium Blend Coffees in Louisville, Ky. and southern Indiana. The official rollout date for the 33 Kentucky locations that currently serve the Dunkin’ Donuts brand coffee, is set to commence Monday, April 2

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Starbucks Customers Petition for Bug-Free Drinks

In the new age of food ingredient awareness, hundreds sign petition, asking Starbucks to stop coloring drinks with an extract made from insects. At a time when customers are growing increasingly aware and concerned about what’s in their food and beverages, Starbucks is coming under fire for using an extract made from crushed insects to

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Food Lion Launches New Brand Strategy

Lower prices, fresh produce and an enhanced shopping experience to greet customers in 268 Food Lion stores. Food Lion has launched a new brand strategy in 268 stores in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  These markets are the first stores in 2012 to unveil the new strategy, which is based on customer feedback and

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Car Wash Upgrades on Deck for 2012

Convenience store and petroleum retailers with car washes have faced a challenging 3-4 years in the car wash industry, and as a result have mostly refrained from new development of car wash sites. “We know from our equipment sales reports that there have been low levels of investment, particularly at petroleum c-store car wash sites,”

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Product Innovation & Marketing Fuel Dispensed Beverages

The cold frozen dispensed category is undergoing some major changes these days with many c-stores adding milkshakes and even energy slushees to their offerings. The additions continue to make the cold and frozen dispensed category one of the hottest in the convenience store industry. Digging down into the category even more, the fourth annual CSD/Balvor

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Warm Up Coffee Sales with Folgers

Coffee continues to be a top beverage choice with 60% of consumers saying they routinely drink regular hot coffee, according to Mintel’s “Coffee & Tea, 2011” report. A recent Smucker Foodservice coffee survey found, when drinking coffee away from home, eight in 10 consumers think it’s important that an establishment serves a brand that they

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KelloggsConvenience.com Wins Website Award

The winning site launched in 2011 to market Kellogg brands to the c-store industry. Miron Communications won the best food industry Web site award from the Web Marketing Association on behalf of agency client, Kellogg Company, during the Association’s 10th annual Internet Advertising Competition Awards. The winning Web site, KelloggsConvenience.com, was launched in 2011 to

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Shell, Rainbow Help Customers Save With FuelPerks!

Customers who use their Roundy’s Rewards Card at Rainbow stores can redeem fuelperks! Rewards at local participating Shell stations. Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc.  has teamed with Shell to give Roundy’s Rewards Cardholders the opportunity to redeem their fuelperks! Rewards at participating Shell stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Savvy consumers who use their Roundy’s Rewards Card

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QuikTrip Expands In Kansas City

New Generation 3 stores focus on an upscale experience, fresh food. QuikTrip  is set to debut an additional four next-generation store locations in the Kansas City, Mo. market by the end of 2012, the Kansas City Business Journal reported. That’s up from the estimated three next-generation stores the c-store chain predicted opening in the area

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