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FOR ALL SEASONS

Whether it’s the dog days of summer or the hazy shade of winter, innovative promotions can help maintain frozen beverage sales all year long. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators know customers seek cold and frozen dispensed beverages when the thermometer outside rises. However, what can c-stores to do promote sales when temperatures

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Walmart Enters C-Store Territory

Walmart’s prototype convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. reflects a shift  in strategy for the retailer, but will it be a game changer for the industry? By David Bennett, Senior Editor As vehicles navigate under the shiny white fuel station canopy, the eye goes immediately to the yellow columns designed to mimic the burst of petals

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For Beer, a “Perfect Storm” Benefits Some Brands, Threatens Others

Technomic finds momentum among smaller brands and categories and higher price tiers continues. Changing consumer taste preferences, varied levels of cost-consciousness and competition from spirits and wine are converging to re-shape the beer industry and its growth opportunities in 2014 and beyond. “It’s really a perfect storm scenario that’s creating opportunities for some beer marketers

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Cumberland Farms Awards 2014 Believe and Achieve Scholarships

The convenience store retailer has helped more than 900 students reach their dreams since the program’s inception. Cumberland Farms announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2014. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began eight years ago

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NCR To Help Retailers Integrate Apple Pay

“With Apple Pay, Apple has transformed mobile payments and will have an impact on the industry like never before,” says NCR spokesperson. NCR Corp. enables more than 485 million consumer transactions per day across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, and small businesses, globally. The announcement of Apple Pay is important to the industries NCR serves as

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Minnoco Expanding To Offer E15, E30 and E85

Expansion plans will make Minnoco one of the largest fuel retailers in the Twin Cities. Minnoco announced an expansion program that will bring more locally-owned fuel retail outlets to the Twin Cities area. Minnoco (Minnesota Independent Oil Co.) is a brand of gasoline developed for the members of the MSSA (Minnesota Service Station & Convenience

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Ruling on Smokeless Tobacco

Although smokeless tobacco has successfully held off most margin pressures, the category cannot escape the scrutiny of regulators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales of traditional cigarettes continue to decline, many convenience stores are making the most of the swelling popularity of the smokeless tobacco category. C-store sales of smokeless tobacco climbed by 7.6%

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NJOY Launches New Digital Education Resource

Vaping segment thrives where store personnel share product expertise with consumers. NJOY, one of the world’s premiere vaping companies with a diverse portfolio of e-cigarette and vaping products, has announced the launch of www.HowToNJOYvaping.com. By providing specialized category and product knowledge, the new Website serves to educate retail partners, vaping enthusiasts and adult smokers who

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MasterCard Teams With ApplePay

Now that Apple has unveiled Apple Pay, MasterCard cardholders can use their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch for everyday purchases. MasterCard worked with Apple to deliver a seamless and secure payment experience. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

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Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General’s “Illusory” Tender Offer

Family Dollar Board reaffirms unanimous recommendation in support of transaction with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar Stores Inc., a national discount retailer offering name brands and quality, private brand merchandise, announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corp. and not tender

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Retails See Sales Boost From VP Racing Fuel Branded Program

“Sales are up at every store we branded VP, but what really amazed me was the extremely loyal following of the people looking for VP products,” says owner of TMT Inc. After nearly 40 years of “makin’ power” with formulas for racers, the “Mad Scientist” at VP Racing Fuels appears to have found the magic

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Virginia Department of Transportation Partners With InComm

Launches E-ZPass Reload Card, available at Pit Stop locations. InComm, a provider of integrated technology solutions to retailers at point-of-sale (POS), announced a partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to launch the Virginia E-ZPass Reload Card, which can be used by customers to replenish their E-ZPass accounts. Now, all customers who have or

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McLane Trade Show Draws Retailers To Orlando

The 2014 show focuses on bringing retailers the latest in foodservice and new technology for more efficient inventory and ordering. The McLane National Trade Show took place Sept. 15-17 at Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel & Resort in Orlando. This year’s show featured 185 total exhibitors, including 36 new suppliers and 1,200 attendees. Food Focused At

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Energy Drink Targets Women

Unlike top sellers in the energy drink market, Hype Energy is opening up the category to women in the U.S. market. The brand is positioning itself as a lifestyle energy drink that caters to a woman’s need for a drink that helps her keep up with her busy day-to-day life. Hype understands that not everyone

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Authentic Taste, Small Footprint

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, is introducing the low volume, high quality Softybar. Softybar is a countertop softserve machine designed for use in coffee bars, kiosks and fast food establishments. Softybar produces creamy authentic soft serve ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbet with the rich quality expected from the

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino

With the growing popularity of pumpkin as an ingredient in everything from pie to coffee, operators can now feature limited-time-only Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Pumpkin Pie Spice Cappuccino from Boyd’s Coffee. According to Nielson, 70% of pumpkin-oriented grocery sales in the U.S. occurred between September and November. Boyd’s Coffee flavors are the perfect fall indulgences

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Limited-Edition Hunting Packaging

Busch is introducing a new trophy for hunters to set their sights on this hunting season. Sept. 8-Nov. 30, Busch fans can purchase Busch beer—with the same great taste they love—in a sleek, redesigned package, as well as enter to win the ultimate hunting getaway. The 2014 Busch Hunting can features unique hunting graphics complete

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E-Liquids

NJOY has expanded its product line by introducing a vapor-tank-mod (VTM) and a line of 10 e-liquid flavors, including classic tobacco, menthol, vanilla bean, pomegranate, blood orange, black and blueberry, peach tea, single malt scotch, butter crunch and double espresso. To develop its e-liquid flavors, NJOY teamed scientists with flavor experts from the food and

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Pepperoni and Salami Slices

The Oscar Mayer team has introduced a line of deli meats that add spice and flavor to everyday lunches for the entire family. Just in time for back-to-school season, the brand is launching the Old World Style line with four distinct flavors, including Classic Salami, Cracked Black Pepper Salami, Classic Pepperoni and Turkey Pepperoni. Consumers

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Legendary American Whiskey

After feuding for more than 150 years, the direct descendents of the Hatfields and McCoys finally agree on something: This is what whiskey is supposed to taste like. Introducing The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey, the only authentic Hatfield and McCoy American whiskey available today. The Hatfield and McCoy clans have each been

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Small Plate Offerings

With consumer snacking increasing 48% since 2012 (Technomic, March 2014), now is the ideal time to build a strong small bites menu. Stouffer’s makes this simple with a full line of appetizers, crafted with the very best ingredients and no preservatives. These made-from-scratch small bites from Stouffer’s help operators cater to patrons looking for a

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Salty Snacks Still Satisfy

Americans’ propensity for snacking hasn’t wavered, according to new research, and understanding trends can boost store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. A convenience store’s strategy to boost salty snack sales can be bolstered by understanding the growing body of research examining consumers and their snacking habits, then making adjustments to accommodate customers’ buying habits.

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Murphy USA Hosts E15 and E85 Grand Openings

E15 is now available for 2001 and newer vehicles at 30 locations in Iowa. Murphy USA is partnering with Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association and holding grand openings of E15 and E85 pumps across Iowa, complete with fuel discounts, prizes and free food with a fuel purchase Domestic Fuel

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Metroplex Energy Secures Terminaling Agreement

Partners with TransMontaigne Partners L.P. in Florida. Metroplex Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., recently entered into a long-term terminal services agreement with TransMontaigne Operating Company L.P., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (“TLP”), for four light products terminals in Florida. As a result of the agreement, Metroplex will be TLP’s exclusive

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Stripes Launches Grito Contest

Customers have a chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card. Laredo Taco Co. has launched a new limited time only spicy chicken fajita taco called “EL GRITO!” and to celebrate, customers will have the chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card by entering its “Grito” Contest. Through Sept. 28, participating customers will be

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