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Self-Serve Milkshake Machine

The Hershey Creamery Co., manufacturer of Hershey’s Ice Cream, has served real, premium milkshakes since the 1930’s. Now Hershey’s Ice Cream is making its milkshakes and smoothies more accessible with the new Shake Shop Express, a self-serve, frozen drink blending machine. Shake Shop Express is a quick way to get consistently delicious, portion-controlled milkshakes and

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Energy Star Qualified

To support operators in convenience industries in their battle against rising energy costs, the ice experts at Ice-O-Matic, a global manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, announce a new addition to its extensive lineup of ENERGY STAR rated machines: the ICEU226A. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 energy-efficient machines

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New Line of Cold Beverages

Boyd’s Coffee is introducing a new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options. Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors

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Natural Cane Sugar

Sugar Foods Corp., in partnership with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (HC&S), has a new licensing agreement to launch 100% natural and vegan Maui Brand Maui Raws turbinado and Maui Whites crystallized natural cane sugars to retail consumers. Sugar Foods, which brought turbinado sugar to restaurant and foodservice clients for more than 20 years, is

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Grab-And-Go Meals

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is expanding its extensive fresh cut fruit and vegetable product offerings to include complete meal-single serve salad bowls and fresh fruit & protein snack packs under the Nature Made brand. The new products coincide with the expansion of operating facilities and production lines in Dallas and will also include

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GMO-Free

Par-Way Tryson, a the food release spray manufacturer, has introduced Vegalene GMO-Free Food Release Spray. As the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) heats up, more consumers are looking for greater transparency and more natural ingredients when it comes to their dietary consumption. Vegalene GMO-Free Food Release Spray allows operators to provide patrons with a

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Sweet & Salty

Opposites attract with the new sweet and salty flavor combinations from COMBOS Brand: COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Baked Snacks Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The blend of sweet and salty flavors continues to be a crowd pleaser with consumers searching for bold, innovative new tastes. New COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel delivers

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Chicken Minis

Milford Valley has developed new stuffed chicken minis for its retail chicken product line. The ready-to-cook products are a miniature version of Milford Valley’s chicken entrées that feature raw, breaded chicken breast meat stuffed with delicious fillings. The stuffed chicken minis are available in three flavors—Cordon Swiss (filled with ham and cheese), Buffalo Style (filled

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Convenience Stores and the Last 25 Years

On our silver anniversary, CSD examines the issues, innovations and leaders that have helped shape the convenience store industry. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. The notion that convenience stores have come a long way since 1990 is an understatement. Twenty-five years ago, the upscale, large format c-stores offering fresh prepared foods and grab-and-go lunches weren’t

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Buc-ee’s Sues B&B Grocery Over Similar Mascot

Buc-ee’s claims the “Frio Beaver” logo infringes on its Beaver logo and mascot. Convenience store chain Buc-ee’s Ltd. is suing B&B Grocery Inc. and Anica B. Joran, individually and as a member of Austin Logo Designs LLC, for using a beaver mascot in its logo that is similar to Buc-ee’s, the Southeast Texas Record reported.

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Susser Provides Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Earnings conference call set for Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. EST. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2014. Susser Holdings expects to report: Merchandise—Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4% for the second quarter, which included the Easter holiday, versus growth

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Guests with Military I.D. or a Kangaroo Mobile App can get a free Ball Park hot dog on July 23. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it will once again celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 23. As a token of appreciation for our Armed Services, Kangaroo Express will offer a free

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Parker’s Opens 36th C-Store

New location offers a drive-through window. Parker’s recently held the official Grand Opening of the company’s new store in Statesboro, Ga. at 1588 Brampton Ave., with local officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders in attendance. It is the company’s 36th store in the Georgia and South Carolina area. “It’s a beautiful store, with a great

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Spark Industries to Distribute Cig2O Premium Vapor Direct

Added distribution and retail presence are key to sales growth. Spark Industries announced that its popular Cig2o brand of premium electronic cigarettes, refills, and e-liquids has joined its VAPAGE brand of specialty e-vapor products as the exclusive source for Cig2o sales to the industry. “Cig2o and Vapage were developed together as complimentary product lines with

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Loyalty is a Retail Game-Changer for Oil Companies

Marketers like Phillips 66 are driving repeat business and cultivating loyal customers through participation in the KickBack Rewards program. By John Lofstock, Editor Difficult economic times are forcing customers to take a hard look at where they can tighten their belts and how they can stretch their hard-earned dollars. To meet their expectations, retailers are

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C-Stores Change with the Times

Whether it’s technology, the workforce, or the weather, the industry has always adapted and moved on. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There are few Years more turbulent in the history of the convenience store industry than 1990. Just prior, the total number of c-stores had peaked at 83,000 in the late 1980s. The market was

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Pilot Agrees to $92 Million Penalty

The company avoids criminal prosecution with agreement. Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors in which it will accept responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees and agreed to pay $92 million in penalties. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based company had been accused of defrauding its trucking customers on fuel rebates. The settlement,

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Bo Sasnett Joins Acumera

Industry veteran named vice president of business development, petroleum. Acumera has announced that petroleum industry veteran Bo Sasnett has joined its executive team as vice president of business development, petroleum. According to Dirk Heinen, Acumera’s CEO, Sasnett will be responsible for creating new channel programs that extend the benefits of Acumera’s Trusted Connection Services to

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Consumer Optimism Surges

“As the weather heats up, so has travel and purchases of drinks and snacks for on-the-go drivers,” says NACS spokesperson. Consumer optimism about the economy reached a 12-month high, good news for retailers hoping that a strong second half of 2014 can compensate for sluggish sales earlier this year. Consumer optimism surged from 39-46%—the highest

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After App Issues 7-Eleven Extends Birthday Celebration

7-Eleven customers have more time to get free snacks and beverages as birthday giveaway week is extended. Customers who missed out on 7-Eleven’s free Slurpee day last week are getting a second chance after 7-Eleven’s week-long birthday celebration was interrupted Saturday due to technical difficulties with the company’s phone app, USA Today reported. During the

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Reynolds To Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion

Blu eCigs among brands sold to Imperial Tobacco Group. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is acquiring Lorillard Inc. (LO) in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $25 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. The deal combines Reynolds’ Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes with Lorillard’s popular Newport menthol brand to create a more powerful No. 2 to U.S.

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Imperial Tobacco Acquisition To Transform Business

Blu e-Cigs among assets gained from deal with Reynolds and Lorillard. A subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC has entered into a purchase agreement with Reynolds American Inc. for the acquisition of assets, including a portfolio of U.S. cigarette brands, Winston, Maverick, Kool, Salem and U.S. and international e-cigarette brand blu, plus the national sales

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Sliding Demand Expectations Clobber Global Oil Prices

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The week following the July 4 weekend was brutal for those bullish oil, with crude, diesel and gasoline prices receiving a drubbing on bearish fundamental factors and downward revisions to global oil demand, with the international Brent crude price marker dropping to a three-month low, while US

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Details Emerge On Kent Kwik Collision

Owner Bill Kent walks CSD through the harrowing event that destroyed a Kent Kwik store. The Kent Cos. is planning to rebuild its Midland County Kent Kwik Store after an accident on the morning of July 5 that destroyed the store. “An 18 wheeler hauling pipe was driving south on Hiway 158 when a pick

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Wawa Celebrates Ground Breaking of Fort Myers Locations

First Fort Myers stores set to open in spring, 2015. Wawa is “flying” into Fort Myers, Fla. and is set to share details about the expansion into southwest Florida through a Community Partnership Lunch. The event will be held immediately following Wawa’s groundbreaking event of its first Fort Myers store, which is set to open

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