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Healthy Options Driving Foodservice Demand

Many convenience store retailers are cognizant of the trend toward healthier foods and are adding better-for-you items to their menus. By John Lofstock, Editor. More salads, fruits and vegetables are finding their way onto convenience store shelves—often for purchase in the morning, or as a late afternoon snack—much to the delight of an increasing number

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Big Bar For Big Cravings

The Kellogg Convenience Team is expanding the Rice Krispies Treats Big Bar product line, adding Buttery Toffee and Chocolatey Chip to the current Original and Double Chocolatey Chunk flavor offerings. The two new on-trend flavors complement the existing crispy marshmallow bars, which are made from oven-roasted rice cereal. Also new is the packaging, updated with

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Cumberland Farms Sells 20 Sites

Locations are available in eight northeastern states.   Cumberland Farms Inc., which operates 589 convenience store locations, is divesting 18 operating and closed convenience stores, plus two retail development sites throughout the Northeast. The 20 properties are located in a variety of urban and suburban markets in eight Northeastern states—six properties each in Massachusetts and

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Valero Raises $2.1 Million For MDA

Total fundraising surpasses $20 million dollars in 25-year partnership.  Valero Corner Stores raised $2.1 million in its 2012 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign. The amount represents a daily average of over $75,000 during the campaign.  This is the second time in the history of Corner Store MDA campaigns that Valero has achieved more than

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Subway Gets Top Ranking On Franchise List

Blake Newton of Gunnison, Utah, who worked his way from sandwich artist to Subway franchise owner, was the recipient of a 2011 SUBWAY Franchisee of the Year Award. For the second year in a row, the SUBWAY restaurant chain has been awarded the No. 1 ranking in the Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchises Rankings,

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Alcoholic Light Tea and Lemonade

Just in time for summer, Michelob ULTRA has introduced ULTRA 19th Hole Light Tea & Lemonade, an iced tea and lemonade-flavored alcohol beverage inspired by the golf course classic. Available nationwide for a limited time, ULTRA 19th Hole is a lighter alternative to traditional flavored malt beverages that is perfectly suited for an afternoon pool

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Snowboarding Heats Up

Snowboarding will be a bit hotter during 2012 now that Chas Guldemond, one of the world’s top-ranked snowboarders, has signed on with Texas Pete to endorse the hot sauce on slopes around the world throughout 2012. The Texas Pete brand offers a full line of hot sauces, wing sauces and seafood sauces. Guldemond is enjoying

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Online and Mobile Buying Trend Upward

Sales from mobile devices reached 13.3% in Q1 2012, up from the 7% in Q1 2011. The U.S. retail industry saw continued growth in online and mobile buying trends in the first-quarter, driven by today’s rising digital consumer marketplace. According to the IBM retail online economic indicator, a cloud-based analytics report that examines the state

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Specially Priced Black Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos with a dark maduro-like wrapper that delivers a distinctive, rich aroma as well as a slower-burning, smoother smoke. The convenient cigarillo size is ideal for today’s on-the-go lifestyles, offering retailers the opportunity to take advantage of strong consumer demand for a truly distinctive tobacco product. Exceptionally

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Getty Realty Corp. Repossesses 788 Properties

Getty enters into new lease agreements with affiliates of Lehigh Gas, Chestnut Petroleum Distributors, Ramoco Fuels and Sam’s Food Stores. Getty Realty Corp.’s master lease with Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Marketing) has been rejected by Marketing effective April 30, 2012, pursuant to an order of the Bankruptcy Court.   The rejection was consistent with the

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Consumers Focus On Healthful Foods

IDDBA’s “What’s in Store” report shows customers are looking to eat healthier, shopping more but buying less on trips. Consumers are buying less food less frequently, making value that includes health the crux of their shopping ethos, according to “What’s in Store 2012,” the published trends report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). Spending on

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Tedeschi Debuts Sparkling Waters

The new proprietary line provides customers with a beverage that is flavorful as well as healthful. Tedeschi Food Shops has released a new line of proprietary Tedeschi Select Sparkling Waters. The 20-ounce line of calorie-free, caffeine-free and sodium-free waters are available in four unique flavors: Raspberry Blackberry, Kiwi Strawberry, Key Lime and Wild Cherry.  Tedeschi

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Sweeten the Deal for Chocolate

Market researchers report that between 82% and 92% of Americans admit to indulging in chocolate candy. Even more important is the revelation that the majority of them do it at least once a month. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate,

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Ready-to-Serve Yogurt Parfait

The Dannon Co. is making yogurt parfaits a whole lot easier for foodservice operators to offer with its new Dannon Ready-to-Serve Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt Parfait. With the launch of its new parfait, Dannon is continuing its pursuit of the mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible via an innovative way

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NSF International Appoints VP of Global Food Safety and Quality

Tom Chestnut to draw on 25 years of food safety experience in his new role at NSF International. NSF International, an independent global organization that writes public health standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, and consumer goods industries, has appointed Tom Chestnut as vice president of NSF International’s Global Food Safety

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Pilot Flying J Acquires Travel Plaza In Canada

The new travel plaza marks Pilot Flying J’s 62nd location in Canada. Pilot Flying J recently acquired a travel plaza in Ayr, Ontario, and will remodel the Flying J Travel Plaza to feature full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The travel plaza is located at 2492 Cedar Creek Road off Highway 401

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2012 Candy Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Gala event this fall to honor 12 leaders of the confectionery industry. Twelve leaders of the confectionery industry are set to be honored with induction into the National Confectionery Sales Association’s (NCSA) Candy Hall of Fame class of 2012 during a gala event scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., Candy & Snack Today reported.

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7-Eleven Franchisees Support Hire Heroes

“The franchisees of 7-Eleven, their families, employees and all of our customers recognize what our servicemen and women do for our country and we are honored to be able to give back to them,” says the national chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees

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Shell, BI-LO Team To Help Customers Save

Charleston customers can now redeem My BI-LO BONUSCARD fuelperks! Rewards at local Shell stations. BI-LO and Shell have teamed up to give My BI-LO BONUSCARD Cardholders the opportunity to redeem their fuelperks! Rewards at participating Shell stations in Charleston, S.C. Savvy consumers who use their My BI-LO BONUSCARD at participating BI-LO stores will now be

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A Gift for All Seasons

The prepaid market is booming as retailers begin to capitalize on seasonal opportunities and serving the underbanked. By John Lofstock, Editor. The gift card market is rosy and analysts are poised for another strong year in 2012. In 2011, 80% of consumers planned on buying gift cards for the holiday season, up from 2010, and

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Box System for Dispensing Packaged Oil

Frontline International’s Box System for Dispensing Standard Packaged Oil is the winner of a 2012 Kitchen Innovations (KI) Award from the National Restaurant Association. The KI Award winners represent the most groundbreaking equipment on the market and are judged on their ability to cut costs and improve productivity and food quality in restaurant operations. Frontline’s

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Chicken Dippers

On-the-go snacking and packaging portability are more important today to people in their cars, starved for time and starving for great tasting food. Chicken Dippers from Champs Chicken deliver on all fronts with this marinated, hand-breaded, all white meat chicken. Consumers will love the flavor. Convenience retailers will love the profit. For More Information From

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LED Enlightenment Aids Efficiency Options

With so many choices now available, retailers must make sure they select wisely when upgrading canopy and interior lighting. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Lighting technology is undergoing a rapid expansion, with more energy-efficient options appearing in the marketplace. Many retailers seeking cost savings on their electric and maintenance bills are flocking to their utility

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