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Grab-N-Go CHEESEWICH

CHEESEWICH was designed with today’s fast paced, health-conscious consumers in mind. Healthy low-carb and gluten-free meals are not always easily prepared. CHEESEWICH satisfies moms looking for a great lunch for their children, construction workers needing fuel and the busy entrepreneur. This fast grab-and-go meal of salami sandwiched with cheese is their delicious rescue. Each 2.5-ounce

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Gluten-free Licorice

Advancing its role in premium confections that are gluten-free and GMO-free, the Lovely Candy Co. has announced its new gluten-free licorice. Following through with founder Mike Nakamura’s quest, the company has developed a new line of licorice, which is believed to be the first extruded licorice product in North America that is gluten-free. Branded as

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Infuse Flavor

Operators can easily create signature dishes with everyday sauces and condiments by adding MINOR’S Latin Flavor Concentrates. Now, MINOR’S has created the “plus-one ingredient matrix” guide found at flavormeansbusiness.com/latin-flavors to show how easy it is to add zest to any recipe. Gluten-free and vegetarian concentrates boast rich, on-trend flavor from real fire roasted chiles, onions,

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Flavored E-Liquids

Currently, DuraSmoke manufactures more than 65 unique flavors of e-liquid, ranging from traditional tobacco and menthol fusions, to exotic fruit flavors and dessert tastes, as well as beverage variations and numerous custom blends. The company offers its products in five nicotine levels and two base liquid options.Based in Milwaukee, Wisc., DuraSmoke has been manufacturing purely

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Testosterone Booster

DBI Distribution, marketers of the popular Mini Thin family of energy products, has introduced Testostrex. Testostrex, an herbal dietary supplement for men, helps to increase erectile response and sex drive with its state of the art formula. This high-quality formula also works to enhance muscle mass, making it ideal for the workout connoisseur. With many

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Bite-Sized Cake Balls

Until now, finding a consistent, boutique bakery item with an extended shelf life and a uniquely fresh taste has been rare in the world of mass retail. Cakeballz, bite-sized pieces of cake covered in icing, are refreshing the category with their unique production methods, great taste and eye-catching packaging. Available through many major distributors, including

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New Rules For Repair Costs

Convenience store operators could be in line for tax deductions for building repairs and property depreciation. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Since the inception of the Internal Revenue Code, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and convenience store businesses have been at odds over whether expenditures made are currently deductible or whether they must be capitalized

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7-Eleven Selling 75 C-Stores

Convenience store properties available in Florida, Virginia and 14 other states. 7-Eleven has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 75 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. This includes 31 locations in Florida, 14 in Virginia, six in Massachusetts and Illinois, three in Texas, two in New York, Delaware, New Jersey

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Rutter’s Voted No. 1 in Five Categories in Annual Reader’s Poll

Out ranks Starbuck’s and Panera Bread. Rutter’s Farm Stores was voted to the top spot in the annual Best of York reader’s poll in all five categories for which the company received nominations; Best Quick Service Breakfast, Best Quick Service Lunch, Best Quick Service Dinner, Best Coffee and Best Milk. Rutter’s beat several national brands,

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Quick Mart 2 Partners With U-Haul

“I was looking for a profitable business that would increase my profits,” says owner. Quick Mart 2, located at 307 S. Sterling St., welcomed U-Haul to its gas station, which has been in business for eight years. Owner Ravi Patel was looking for a way to increase his profit margin, so he reached out to

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Millennials Shaping Food Trends

From locally-grown to digital information, young adults are impacting trends. Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—often called the “foodie” generation, are driving the evolution of restaurants, customized menus and unique foods and flavors. The Business Journals outlined the top ways Millennials are changing the food industry: 1. Food-friendly content goes digital—Food and Wine magazine exemplifies

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Kum & Go Opens New Convenience Store in Colorado Springs

New app gives customers instant digital discounts, information on store locations. Kum & Go opened a new convenience store in Colorado Springs, Colo., located at 3091 N. Chestnut St., on May 23. Customers are invited to stop by the 5,000-square-foot store during opening week to enjoy $1 fresh pizza slices. The new store is designed

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Hershey Joins CocoaAction Initiative

Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a new strategy to align the cocoa sustainability efforts of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. CocoaAction creates a new level of coordination and commitment by the leading global cocoa and chocolate

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Hostess Brands Names Industry Veteran President and CEO

William Toler takes the helm. Hostess Brands LLC has announced that food industry veteran William Toler, a colleague of Hostess Chairman Dean Metropoulos who previously served as CEO of AdvancePierre Foods and President of Pinnacle, has been named president and CEO. Longtime Hostess executive Rich Seban, who most recently served as the company’s president and

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VP Racing Fuels Extends Partnership With GNCC, ATVMX

VP named official fuel through 2016. VP Racing Fuels has announced an extension of its Official Fuel sponsorship with the AMSOIL AMA Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis (GNCC) and Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series (ATVMX) through 2016. “The two series pit riders against some of the most treacherous terrain for

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Are C-Store Customers Ready For Ethnic Foods?

As the “foodie” culture skyrockets in the U.S., convenience stores are looking for innovative ways to implement new retail trends. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ethnic foods and flavors are booming in popularity, but are your convenience store customers ready for these exotic and trendy tastes? According to the market research firm Mintel Group, some

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Ross Pillari Joins Board of The Pantry Inc.

Pillari’s knowledge and expertise will be “of great benefit to our board,” notes the chairman of The Pantry’s Board of Directors. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Ross Pillari joined the company’s board of directors effective May 21, 2014. “We are very excited to have Ross Pillari join our board of directors,” said the chairman

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Rutter’s Launches #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

Four lucky customers will win free gas for a year. Registered Rutter’s Rewards customers across central Pennsylvania are just a scan away from free gas for a whole year, and over a thousand other valuable prizes, with the start of the Rutter’s Rewards #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. Four prizes of a year of free gas will be

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Greg Parker Speaks At Small Business Awards Luncheon

Offers entrepreneurship tips that have aided the dynamic growth of The Parker Cos. Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, was the keynote speaker at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards Luncheon held Wed., May 21, 2014 at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. Parker’s, headquartered

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NRA Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show Posts Gains For Third Consecutive Year

Attendance at the show has grown 10.5% since 2011. The 95th annual National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the co-located 7th annual International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event at NRA Show (IWSB), recently held at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 17-20, posted positive growth in both attendee and exhibitor numbers for the third

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Tea Sales Look Promising

A report by the Tea Association of the U.S.A. projected hot and cold tea sales to soar past $10.41 billion. Ever since the economic downturn of 2008, the U.S. economy has been struggling to get back on an even keel. Because of the tumultuous financial conditions and the resulting political maneuvering designed to restore some

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Getting Gum Back on Track

While it’s still an important category in convenience stores, the bubble has burst on gum sales over the past two years. The good news is manufacturers are doubling down on their efforts to grow the category with new products and better pricing. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Gum continues to prove something of an enigma

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Speedway Acquires Hess

Positions Speedway as one of the largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in the U.S. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has announced that its subsidiary, Speedway LLC, has signed a definitive agreement with Hess Corp. to acquire Hess Retail Holdings LLC. This transaction incorporates all of Hess’ retail locations, transport operations and shipper history on various

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Wells Fargo Puts RAI-LO Combination at 90% Likelihood

“Given the current market environment where both targets and acquirers are being rewarded, we continue to believe this will be a value creating transaction for both RAI and LO shareholders,” says Wells Fargo analyst. Based on news reports that came out the afternoon of May 21, noting that Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) is in “active

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Circle K Raises More Than $1.3 Million for CMN

Three-week campaign benefits 30 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees asked customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are this spring, raising a total of $1,357,138.59 in donations for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This

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