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Sugar-Free Cappuccino

Boyd’s Coffee, the oldest family-owned coffee company in the Pacific Northwest, introduces new Sugar-Free French Vanilla Cappuccino beverage mix for foodservice operators. Sugar-Free French Vanilla Cappuccino delivers the satisfying, popular taste of creamy French vanilla, without the guilt—it’s sugar-free as well as low fat. Today’s diet-conscious consumers want delicious hot beverage options, too. Sugar-Free French

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Wintergreen Moist Snuff

American Snuff Co.’s Grizzly, the No. 1 selling brand of moist snuff in the U.S., is continuing its momentum with Wide Cut Wintergreen, a style innovation for the brand that expanded nationwide in January. Grizzly Wide Cut Wintergreen is a unique product offering from Grizzly, with the individual strands of tobacco cut wider than a

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Water Enhancers

SweetLeaf introduces SweetLeaf Sweet Drops water enhancers. Made with organic stevia extract and plant-based flavors, with zero calories, zero carbs, the water enhancers come in 1.5-ounce “droplet” bottles, in four flavors. Portable and convenient, the water enhancers add sweet flavor to the recommended daily glasses of water. Known for its award-winning taste, SweetLeaf made taste

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Customer-Preferred Sweeteners

Smucker Foodservice now offers a variety of national brand sweeteners:  From the devoted followings of Sweet’N Low to the natural choices of Sugar In The Raw and Stevia In The Raw to the NatraTaste Blue and NatraTaste Gold choices for the great taste of sugar without the calories. With these top-ranking brands available, Smucker Foodservice

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Gasoline Demand Seen Drifting Lower amid Snowstorms

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Snowstorms are again enveloping the heavy population centers of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with the winter weather expected to limit driving, retarding demand for gasoline which fell to a one-year low during the week that the “polar vortex” descended upon a large swath of the United States.

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Healthy Fare Drives Roller Grill Flair

To keep up with the ever-changing tastes of a wide-variety of palates the roller grill is becoming more important than ever for driving sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When it comes to foodservice, convenience store operators often find themselves wedged unfairly between a rock and a hard place. Consumers want to indulge in food

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CASE STUDY: General Mills Leverages External Partnerships To Grow Its Convenience Business Through Innovation

“Leveraging external partnerships to help us innovate effectively and efficiently is an inherent part of what makes us successful in the c-store channel,” says  a senior scientist for General Mills. Ever sunk your teeth into a moist, chewy Betty Crocker Caramel Brownie? If you crave this delectable, on-the-go treat, then you’re part of the growing

Love’s Travel Stops Kicks Off Its 50th Anniversary

Founder and executive chairman Tom Love announces record year of building for 2014. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) kicked off its 50th anniversary by declaring that 2014 would be an unprecedented year. Founder and executive chairman Tom Love announced the company would undergo a record year of building. “I’m humbled every day by our success,” said

Joe Galea Takes Helm at NCASEF

“My vision for the NCASEF is to build membership and help franchisees in any way possible,” says Galea. Joe Galea, who was elected chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) at the organization’s board meeting last October, has officially taken the helm of the organization after setting up an office in

Mars Inc. Named On Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Mars jumps 19 places from its spot in 2013. Mars Inc. has been named as one of the 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the U.S. Ranked 76 this year, Mars’ position on the list rose by 19 places from 2013.  The list, now in its 17th year, recognizes companies that

Hunt Brothers Launches Italian Meats Pizza

New specialty pizza features Italian-style ham, salami, big pepperoni and 100% mozzarella cheese. Hunt Brothers Pizza is introducing a brand new limited time offer pizza just in time to kick off the biggest night in football. The specialty pizza, Italian Meats, includes Hunt Brothers Pizza’s original rising fresh crust, topped with a signature sauce and

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Crafting a Winning Beer Strategy

While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends with an impressive upward trajectory.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Keeping tabs on ever-changing consumer preferences is part of the day-to-day routine for convenience store retailers. And when it comes to beer, preferences change from store to

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Lens Wipes

Republic Tobacco has introduced new Kwik Kleer Lens Wipes. The individually packaged wipes have a clean, fresh scent. The perfectly moistened, non-abrasive sheet cleans eyeglasses, sun glasses, cell phone screens, computer screens and more with no streaks or scratches. Ten individual foil sealed packages are packed per box now for only 99 cents each. A

Sheetz Opens New North Carolina C-Stores

New locations open in Goldsboro and Elkin. Sheetz Convenience Restaurants opened a new location in Goldsboro, N.C. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Executive Vice President of Operations Travis Sheetz was joined by City of Goldsboro and Wayne county officials for the grand opening celebration. The store marks the company’s 466th throughout Pennsylvania, West

Kwik Trip Opens Two New CNG Stations

Kwik Trip is planning some 10-15 CNG locations in 2014. Kwik Trip Inc., a Wisconsin-based chain of convenience stores, has continued development of its industry leading fueling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles in the first quarter of 2014. In January, CNG sites in Eagan, Minn. and De Pere, Wis. were opened. Locations in Waterloo, Iowa;

GasBuddy Recognizes Lowest Gas Price Offerings

Costco and ARCO take top honors in annual survey. GasBuddy, a national gas price app, congratulates the top 25 lowest priced retail gasoline offerings, which together saved consumers millions of dollars on their yearly gasoline fill-ups in 2013. Each year, GasBuddy combs through nearly 35 million individual gasoline prices and compares each brand’s pump offering

First Data Releases December SpendTrend Analysis

Strong holiday shopping season boosted spending growth in December. First Data Corp. released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Dec. 3, 2013, through Dec. 30, 2013, compared to Dec. 4, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four

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BIGS Sunflower Seeds Announces New Promotion

BIGS Sunflower seeds and Jay Mohr Sports, the Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio nationally syndicated radio program, have joined together to create an advertising and promotional partnership intended to remind sports fans that “Everything’s Better with BIGS.” The campaign, which includes live reads, 60-second advertisements and social media contests, kicks off Jan. 27-31, 2014 when BIGS

Sheetz Makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List

“We work very hard to constantly improve the work lives of our associates,” says Sheetz president and CEO. Sheetz is in the national spotlight as one of a select few businesses to make Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list, debuting at No. 87. The only Pennsylvania-based business on the list, Sheetz

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SAS Hosts Team Building Workshop, Donates Bicycles

Participants construct bicycles and donate them to a local YMCA. In December, 2013, the SAS Sales and Marketing management teams came together to take part in an activity to help build teamwork and to give back to their community. The first portion of the workshop focused on improving communications.  The facilitator, Ellen Patnaude, from The

NRF Seeks Lower Swipe Fee Cap

“Instead of doing what Congress ordered, the Fed gave in to pressure from big banks—and retailers and their customers are paying the price,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than

White Castle Recognized By Time Magazine

White Castle Original Slider called most influential burger of all time.  The White Castle Original Slider has been named Time magazine’s most influential burger ever in a recent poll of hamburger historians. White Castle, the family-owned business with more than 90 years in operation, surpassed 16 other influential burgers on the list to take the

Consumer Sentiment Up as 2014 Begins

“Future prospects are outweighing current conditions in defining consumer sentiment,” says NACS vice president of government relations. As the new year begins, consumers are feeling better about the economy than they have since last summer, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer sentiment. Though most consumers still

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Precise Scanning

Datalogic presents the new QuickScan QD2400 2D imager, the solution for adopting area imaging technology at an affordable price without having to sacrifice quality. When using the QuickScan QD2400 2D imager, operators at the POS can count on snappiness, along with high motion tolerance and Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for quick, precise and uninterrupted

Chicago Bans Indoor E-Cigarette Use

At Chicago convenience stores e-cigarettes must move behind the front counter. Following in the footsteps of New York City, Chicago has banned e-cigarette smoking in most indoor public places. The ordinance, passed 45-4 and will not only prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places in the city, but

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