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Discover The Masquerade

This October, Dos Equis, the fastest growing premium Mexican beer in the U.S., is inviting adult consumers and retailers to take their celebrations to a more exotic and interesting level with Dos Equis “Masquerade” retail program. Through “Masquerade” program elements assessable via mobile devices and Facebook, consumers will have access to mysterious special offers, sweepstakes

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Hunt to Win Sweepstakes

Hunt Brothers partners with Realtree and Bad Boy Buggies to give away $25,000 in prizes. Hunt Brothers Pizza is helping hunters re-load their collection of camouflage hunting gear with the launch of the Hunt to Win Sweepstakes. Now through Dec. 31, hunting enthusiasts across the country can enter to win more than $25,000 in Realtree

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Thorntons Partners With Norton Cancer Institute

Helps provide low-cost/no-cost mammogram screenings. As part of its ongoing “Thorntons Challenge” philanthropic commitment toward breast cancer awareness, Thorntons Inc. is partnering with Norton Cancer Institute to provide mobile unit mammogram screenings for women throughout the Louisville metropolitan area later this month.  This important—and often life-saving—initiative is made possible by a $100,000 grant Thorntons has

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Little General Acquires Five Stores

The company has purchased a total of eight stores from Prima Marketing this year. Little General Stores Inc. has acquired four stores in West Virginia and one in Ohio that were previously operated under the 7-Eleven brand by Denver-based Prima Marketing, The Charleston Daily Mail reported. The West Virginia stores are located in Hurricane, Scott

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E-Z Shops Join Relaxation Revolution

Koma Unwind expands in beverage cases across South Carolina. E-Z Shop Convenience Stores are set to carry Koma Unwind products in their 28 stores throughout eastern South Carolina. The rollout follows the introduction of Koma Unwind at a major retailer in South Carolina that began in August. “It is amazing how many new store chains

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Profit With Ice Vending

Bag of Ice LLC is targeting vending operators with a versatile line of machines designed to make it simple to profit from selling ice. The compact venders come in four models— the smallest measuring 34-inches wide x 52-inches deep x 112-inches high—that produce quantities of ice equal to much larger machines. This opens more doors

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Ice Cream, Frozen Novelty Sales Rise

New product development will play a large role in the continued success of the ice cream market in the coming years. It’s been a hot summer, and what’s better to cool people off, but ice cream…and it appears that the market for ice cream in America has got it licked. According to recent Mintel research,

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Oatmeal Dispensers

Hot oatmeal can deliver some cool breakfast profits for today’s savvy c-store operators. Curtis can help you capitalize on this popular trend with the new Café Oat3 Oatmeal Dispensing System. With digital precision, the unit optimizes the blending of hot water with all natural oats to consistently create great tasting oatmeal. Exact measurements are combined

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Survey Shows Millennials' Gasoline Buying Habits

Price is key factor for Millennials in selecting gasoline type. Leading gas station chains Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco have released the results of a nationwide survey that evaluated millennials’ gas purchasing habits and decisions. The survey was conducted by Kelton between July 19-25, 2012, among 1,018 American men and women age 21-30 who drive

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Survey Shows Millennials’ Gasoline Buying Habits

Price is key factor for Millennials in selecting gasoline type. Leading gas station chains Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco have released the results of a nationwide survey that evaluated millennials’ gas purchasing habits and decisions. The survey was conducted by Kelton between July 19-25, 2012, among 1,018 American men and women age 21-30 who drive

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Couche-Tard Profits Up

While merchandise sales are up, the tobacco category remains a challenge, says chief executive of Couche-Tard.  Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s adjusted quarterly profit is up, boosted in part by recent acquisitions, stronger merchandise sales and higher fuel margins, Reuters reported. Net earnings for the company fell, however, due to one-time costs associated

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Stuffing Mixes

Uncle Ben’s has introduced two convenient and easy-to-prepare stuffing mixes—Traditional White Bread and Classic Cornbread. These stuffing mixes make it simple to take a dish from ordinary to signature in seconds. Uncle Ben’s Stuffing Mixes combine an ideal blend of seasonings, breadcrumbs, grains and veggies into the savory flavors and textures patrons love. With the

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Additech Announces New Chief Marketing Officer

“With the recent changes in leadership, a solid product and key technical advantages, all the elements are in place for significant business growth,” says new chief marketing officer. Additech, a North American outsourced operator of at-the-pump additive and interactive merchandising systems has hired Farah Jumshyd to head up its Marketing department as chief marketing officer.

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Powerful Mixing In Small Spaces

The Hamilton Beach Commercial Wall-Mount Single Spindle Drink Mixer, model HMD300, is fast, efficient and perfect for busy c-stores where space is a premium and quick service is key. The HMD300 Drink Mixer comes complete with all mounting hardware and 929 agitator for fast, cup-friendly mixing. The drink mixer is easily mounted to almost any

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NACS Expands Global Partner Program

Through its Global Partner Program, NACS brings together international retail and supplier members to help foster and leverage relationships across various regions of the world. NACS has selected The Murphy Group LLC to serve as its relationship partner for Central and South America as part of its expanding Global Partner Program. The agreement will allow

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Upscale Bakery Packaging

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced the Crystal Fresh line of upscale bakery packaging.  Available in seven commonly-used sizes, these containers are ideal for in-store and retail bakeries, as well as processors who supply these bakeries.  The containers feature a clean, elegant design with minimal ribbing and crystal clear appearance emphasizing quality of contents, which increases

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Diet Coke Gets Makeover

This fall, Diet Coke is re-introducing its stylish cropped logo design for its aluminum can just in time for fashion week, and launching a new, refreshed ad campaign. The campaign is the latest evolution of Diet Coke’s iconic “Stay Extraordinary” platform and features a modern, bold look on the Diet Coke can, a series of

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Traditional Michelada Recipe

Tecate, cerveza con carácter, is leveraging its authenticity and Mexican heritage to launch Tecate Michelada, a savory and refreshing ready-to-drink mix that follows the traditional michelada recipe. The product is now available at retail throughout the Western and Central regions of the U.S., in 16-ounce single-serve cans. Tecate Michelada follows the same traditional brewing process

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Parker’s Plans New Georgia Location

“We’re responding to repeated requests from area residents who have been asking us to open a Parker’s in Rincon,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s Convenience Stores recently announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art convenience store in Rincon, Ga. The newest Parker’s, located at the site of the former Springfield Ford dealership on Hwy. 21, will

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TTB Addresses RYO Cigarette Machine Ruling

Anyone manufacturing tobacco products without first obtaining the necessary permit is subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.  The federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued an announcement regarding the impact of the Aug. 20 ruling on RYO cigarette machines by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the National Association

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BP Enhances Pump Rewards

Customers to be rewarded for their loyalty. BP Products North America Inc. is committed to finding new ways to build loyalty amongst consumers.  First it launched the new BP Visa with Pump Rewards, and now the company is taking Pump Rewards technology to a whole new level by launching several pilot programs this fall in

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Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Expands

Innovative program to fund classroom projects, adds seven communities to the 2012 program. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to nine communities this fall from two communities in 2011.  Fuel Your School will provide useful funding for eligible classroom projects developed by public school teachers and posted to

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Merchandising! Merchandising!

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made. Spaceballs the T-shirt. Spaceballs the lunchbox. Spaceballs the coloring book. Spaceballs… the flamethrower! Kids love it. And my favorite, Spaceballs the Doll — me!” — Yogurt from the movie Spaceballs Merchandising is a critical aspect

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Managing A Retail Real Estate Portfolio

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. For the multi-unit operator, managing a retail real estate portfolio is tricky business. Keeping winning stores in tip-top condition—both physically and financially—is the key to long-term success. The best multi-unit operators actively prune their portfolios in a proactive way and overtime, minimize the organization from becoming

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Facility Management

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. It was the situation that everyone dreads. Out of the blue, the anxiety-filled request was made—the CEO had summoned me to his office. Thoughts raced through my head—mostly bad thoughts, mind you—of why I was being asked to join him and the COO in an impromptu

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