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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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Circle K Partners With Bebida Beverage Co.

“It is always great to offer new, local, innovative brands to our customers,” says category manager for Circle K Southeast. Circle K is set to add KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation, KOMA Unwind shots and Relax 5 shots by Bebida Beverage Co. (BeBevCo). In the coming months, KOMA Unwind Liquid Relaxation, featuring newly-packaged KOMA Unwind regular and

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Connecting With Coffee Customers Gets Personal

While some c-stores are adding barista-staffed bars to compete in the coffee arena, most are finding simpler ways to make brew buying a more personalized experience for their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With about 11,000 chain and 14,000 independent cafes in the U.S., according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), consumers

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Kent Kwik To Rebuild Following Collision

Larger footprint and upgrades planned after tractor-trailer crashes through c-store. The Kent Cos. plans to rebuild its Midland County Kent Kwik convenience store after a tractor-trailer crashed into it last Saturday morning, the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported. Owner Bill Kent told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that the new c-store is expected to be larger and include new

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New Study Reveals America’s Favorite Pizzas

Restaurant pizza preferences differ demographically. American consumers’ restaurant pizza preferences differ depending on their age, gender and where they live, according to a new study by Culinary Visions Panel. Some 500 consumers were presented with the following pizza concepts and asked how likely they would be to order them at their favorite restaurant. ·         Meat

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Reynolds, Lorillard Confirmed To Be In Talks Over Potential Merger

“This transaction in our view will be very positive for the global tobacco industry,” says Wells Fargo analyst. U.S. tobacco company Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has been in talks to buy Lorillard Inc. (LO) both companies confirmed Friday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The multibillion-dollar deal would create a powerful new No. 2 to

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Hershey’s Joyce To Receive AWMA Hall of Fame Award

Tom Joyce, vice president, global customer & industry affairs at The Hershey Co., is set to receive the AWMA (American Wholesale Marketers Association) Hall of Fame Award this September at the AWMA Summit & Business Exchange. Joyce is being awarded by the AWMA Past Chairman’s Advisory Council and will be honored on Tuesday, Sept. 9,

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Isis Rebranding After Militant Group Shares Name

“We have no interest in sharing a name with a group whose name has become synonymous with violence,” says Isis CEO. Isis, the U.S. mobile wallet platform backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, announced it is changing its name and embarking on a new brand. “Recently, we have observed with growing concern a militant group

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Vitamix President and CEO Receives EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the family business category. Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, was founded by Berg’s great

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Pro Food Systems Acquires Cooper’s Express

Champs Chicken to add 150 locations following acquisition. Pro Food Systems already serves a Champs Chicken in over 530 locations. That number recently increased by another 150 locations overnight—not bad for a day’s work. It was a mere coincidence that on the 15th anniversary of its first Champs Chicken location opening, Pro Food Systems celebrated

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7-Eleven Celebrates 87th Birthday

Free Slurpee Drink Day is just the beginning of 7-Eleven’s weeklong birthday bash. 7-Eleven is celebrating its 87th birthday with a full week (actually eight days) of free offers, beginning Friday, July 11, or 7-Eleven Day. Except this time, instead of guests bringing presents to the birthday party, they’re receiving them as a thank-you from

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Top 10 Foodservice Trends on Campus

Ten years worth of surveys, interviews and roundtable discussions reveal the evolution of trends in the education segments. Ten years ago Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) began tracking foodservice trends through the nation’s leading foodservice directors in the education segments to give food marketers insight on what would shape the tastes of tomorrow’s consumers, and this latest report

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Redwood Markets Implements Technology To Enhance Customer Loyalty

“This opportunity will give us the ability to connect with our consumers in a new way,” says Redwood Oil’s president. Redwood Oil has launched anew digital and mobile marketing strategy. Redwood Oil Co. partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to build customer loyalty and drive in-store sales. OpenStore gives Redwood Markets the ability to reach drivers

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Robert Gates Announced as NACS Show Closing Speaker

NACS has also announced that author and journalist David Freedman will be the keynote speaker during the Opening General Session. Dr. Robert Gates, former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been announced as a Closing General Session speaker at the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 7-10 at the Las

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Norbest Names Dr. Huang Director of Research & Development

“Hank adds an impressive list of skills to our company,” says SVP of sales and marketing. Norbest, a foodservice and retail turkey processor recently named Dr. Hank Huang as director of research & development. The announcement was made by Norbest Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert Wangerien. Huang brings with him 16 years

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Stripes Launches New Environmentally-Safe Parking Area

New truck parking area uses recycled materials. Stripes is paving the way for the future of truck stops with its first installation of a new environmentally-safe truck parking area in Refugio, Texas. Recently, Stripes replaced its over-the-road truck parking lot at a Stripes located in South Texas with a new technology called TRUEGRID, a product

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Rutter’s Debuts New Menu Items

“We are always searching for interesting flavors and creative foods to add to our menu,” says Rutter’s vice president of food service. Rutter’s Farm Stores has brought even more diversity to its unique menu by adding Mahi Mahi fish bites, chicken wings, pork wings and taco dogs. Rutter’s all-new flaky, mouth-watering Mahi Mahi fish bites

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Mars Announces Leadership Appointments

Creates chief health and wellness officer to implement a comprehensive cross-segment strategy to drive change across the company’s businesses. Mars Inc. has named Debra Sandler chief health and wellbeing officer, and Tracey Massey will step up into the role Sandler previously held as the acting president, Mars Chocolate, North America. The creation of the chief

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Ryko Solutions Names Toubia Senior Director of Professional Services

“Under Sam’s leadership, we expect an even greater focus in implementing a consistent series of strategic business initiatives….” says Ryko Solutions CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., the operator of the car wash industry’s largest nationwide managed services organization, has selected Sam Toubia to be the company’s senior director of professional services. In this key new role

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy

Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Oklahoma

Eco-friendly store offers more food and fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store at Ninth Street and Speer Avenue in Sapulpa, Okla. This 5,000-square-foot store, which offered $1 fresh pizza slices during opening week, replaces a smaller store at 709 N. Ninth Street. The location opened on June 27. The new

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager

Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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