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Peter Sheahan To Speak At NACS Opening Session

Acclaimed global thought leader Peter Sheahan has been named as an Opening General Session speaker for the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas. Sheahan will speak during the NACS Show Opening General Session on Oct. 8. He is founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, a global consultancy that works with some of

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Walgreens March Sales Decrease 4.3%

Walgreens had March sales of $6.02 billion, a decrease of 4.3% from $6.29 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. Total front-end sales increased 2.5% compared with the same month in 2011, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.2%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1% while basket size increased 2.2%. “We continued to

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Pork & Queso Triangles

McCain Foods has introduced Pork & Queso Triangles as part of its new Taste Travelers product line. Taste Travelers make global flavors more accessible than ever. Each item is sized to fit multiple menu price points, which makes them perfect for today’s profitable menu applications like small plates and bar menus. Pork & Queso Triangles

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Bill Recycling Unit

The G60 bill recycling unit by Fujitsu is a real game-changer in the OEM channel when it comes to currency deposits, withdrawals and counterfeit detection in a small package. Built to Fujitsu’s exacting standards, there is finally true reliability in a smaller recycling unit. With four recycle cassettes, one deposit box and one loading cassette,

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Cumberland Farms Stores Testing Smartphone Payment App

Several Cumberland Farms stores in Massachusetts are offering customers the option to pay at the pump by using a smartphone app. Cumberland Farms has partnered with PayPal for the pilot program, the first of its kind, The Taunton (Mass.) Gazette reported. The SmartPay app lets customers start the pump from a mobile phone and process

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MACS To Offer Shopkick In Washington D.C. Stores

MACS becomes one of the first c-store chains in the U.S. to pioneer shopkick technology. As an ExxonMobil partner, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has announced its Washington, D.C. stores will now offer shopkick Inc.’s loyalty program. MACS is one of the first convenience store chains in the country to join the ranks of major retailers

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners With Minor League Baseball Teams

Hunt Brothers Pizza to be official pizza of five Minor League Baseball teams. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the official pizza provider for five Minor League Baseball teams for the 2012 season. In addition to renewing its partnership with the Lexington Legends, Gwinnett Braves and Jackson Generals, the company has added new partnerships

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Grab-and-Go Snack Cups

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced new grab-and-go 12-ounce snack cups, the newest version of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of products. These easy open and close snack cups lock in freshness, extend shelf life and are available with either flat or dome lids. These new clamshell containers, which are designed to fit most automobile cup

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New Lemonade Combinations

Once trumpeted as the drink of summer, lemonade is flexing its versatility and causing stores to clear shelf space and take notice year round. Single-serving lemonade sales are up more than 11% in the past year. MADE Drinks Co.’s original MADE Lemonade has been on the market for almost a year. Now the company is

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Landmark Selects Gilbarco’s Applause TV with Outcast

Exclusive forecourt media solution for up to 300 Houston area sites. Houston based Landmark Industries, operator of Timewise convenience stores, has selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause TV with Outcast as the exclusive digital forecourt media solution for 300 company operated and dealer sites. Gilbarco and Outcast Media were first to market with the award-winning Applause TV,

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Newcastle Brown Ale Launches New Advertising Campaign

Campaign Aims to be 100% honest, stay true to brand’s heritage. Newcastle Brown Ale today announced a new, national advertising campaign titled “No Bollocks.” The campaign marks the first time Newcastle has invested in national TV ads, created by the brand’s new agency of record, Droga5. Shot on location in Newcastle, England, the ads examine

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Empire Gas to Pays More than $500,000 to Settle Wage Dispute

Empire Gas, which operates 14 gas stations in Riverhead, N.Y., and its owners, will pay $544,900 in back wages and interest to 35 employees to settle a lawsuit brought against the firm by the U.S. Department of Labor. The suit was based on an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations

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New State Law Causes AmEx to Pull Gift Cards in N.J.

American Express Co. has become the first company to pull its gift cards from New Jersey convenience stores, pharmacies and groceries rather than attempt to comply with a new wrinkle in the state’s unclaimed property law. AmEx spokeswoman Vanessa McCutchen told the Associated Press that the company began pulling gift cards sold through third-party retailers

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Oklahoma Looks to Expand Alcohol Sales in C-Stores

Voters in Oklahoma would be given the option to decide whether eligible grocery stores could sell wine, according to a proposed signature petition drive filed Tuesday seeking to change the state constitution. Backers hope to gather enough signatures to get the proposed state question on the Nov. 6 ballot. The group Oklahomans for Modern Laws

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Missouri Proposes Rule to Warn Customers About Gas Price Increase

State lawmakers in Missouri are kicking around a proposal that requires convenience stores and gas stations to tell customers before the enact fuel price changes. This proposal is from a republican state rep from southwest Missouri, Ray Weter, according to St. Louis (Mo.) Today. The proposal would require fuel distributors to tell the stations in

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New Boneless WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of their new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style flavors, WingBites are made with 100% all-white breast meat and are bite-sized for a fun and flavorful snack on the go or a meaty pairing

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Blueberry Mini Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced its new Swisher Sweets Blueberry Mini Cigarillos. Following closely on the heels of the recently introduced blueberry flavor in the larger, cigarillo size, the new product is designed to meet consumer demand for a smaller size, convenient for on-the-go lifestyles. Consumer response to Swisher’s blueberry flavor has been extremely favorable, prompting

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Mandarin Orange Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Boyd Coffee has introduced a new flavor of Island Mist Fresh Brewed Iced Tea: Mandarin Orange Iced Tea, a refreshing new flavor with a taste of tangerine. The tea is available in cases of 24 three-ounce packets. Iced tea is one of the most profitable items in foodservice beverages. It is the number-one consumed beverage

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R.J. Reynolds Introduces Camel SNUS Mint

R.J. Reynolds has announced the expansion of its Camel SNUS line, now available in select retail outlets in a Mint style. Camel SNUS Mint is the latest innovation from the brand known for transforming tobacco, giving adult tobacco consumers the freedom to “Break Free” and enjoy tobacco pleasure on their own terms. Offering innovative smoke-free

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ExxonMobil Partners With Shopkick

The shopkick app detects a shopkick signal from a device located in each participating store, which is picked up by a shopper’s smartphone. ExxonMobil  has partnered with shopkick, a location-based shopping app that rewards shoppers simply for walking into stores and interacting with products.  As of today, shopkick is pumping out rewards at more than

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Atlas Oil To Distribute TankShield

“This product will give customers peace of mind and protect both their fuel and their profits,” says Atlas Oil spokesperson. Fuel theft from above ground tanks is becoming a growing problem in these tough economic times. To address this issue, Atlas Oil Co. has partnered with Burlingame Industries to distribute TankShield, an innovative fuel theft

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NCR Recognized by The Technology Association of Georgia

“This TAG award recognizes our growing development center for mobility and cloud applications,” says NCR spokesperson. The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), an association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, announced NCR Corp. as one of its Top Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG recognized this prestigious group at the

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Retail Gasoline Tops $4 Gallon in Markets in Several States

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Based on a report delivered by the Energy Information Administration to a Senate Committee in late March, more than a dozen states have at least one community in which retail gasoline prices have topped $4 gallon. All of California, Alaska and Hawaii are paying more than

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Network

7-Eleven and 350Green help drivers re-charge vehicles in under 30 minutes at Illinois Tollway Oases. Governor Pat Quinn and representatives from the Illinois Tollway, 350Green LLC and 7-Eleven Inc. have announced the availability of the nation’s largest network of fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) stations. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to increasing sustainability across Illinois,

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