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Writing Instruments For Kids

BIC has introduced its brand new line of products, BIC Kids, the first and only line of writing instruments designed specifically for children who are learning to write. BIC Kids was developed with a team of teachers, engineers and kids in an effort to help young children strengthen their writing skills and engage in the

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A Tribute To Dad

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. My dad passed away when I was 11 years old. There are a number of memories I have that have stayed with me my whole life. I thought I would share a few. I remember being picked on in school because Dad had John Deere tractors and my

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Gas’d Up Demand But Prices Tapping Brakes

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand in the U.S., which refers to product supplied from the primary market, dropped 206,000 bpd to 9.104 million bpd during the week-ended May 30, according to the Energy Information Administration, with the week profiled, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend

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Love’s Expands Its Offerings With Love’s Financial

Love’s now provides financial solutions for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers. Love’s newest service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring with Love’s gives

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CHS Welcomes Tweten

Darin Tweten brings more than 14 years of experience to his role with Cenex. Effective May 26, 2014 Darin Tweten joined CHS, an energy, grains and foods company, as part of the Retail Specialist program. This program supports its Cenex brand by successfully assisting store owners and operators in improving their operations’ financial performance. Tweten

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VP Racing Fuels Expands Financing Program

Program to assist gas stations, c-stores, and race fuel dealers fund conversion costs and equipment purchases. VP Racing Fuels has announced its partnership with Allied Brand Services LLC (ABS), a specialty finance platform to provide funding in support of imaging and conversion costs incurred by gas station and convenience store Dealers that partner with VP

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Customer Engagement Top Goal For Retailers

Within five years, 75% of retailers plan to identify customers when they walk in the store, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2014 CRM/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey. Unified Commerce is the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop. The

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Put A Twist In Your Summer

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Summer Twist. Don’t miss out on this sweet lemon-mango taste. Now shipping to stores Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “2 for 99¢”and “Save on 2” options. This edition

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Innovative Product Nominee

GIANTS Snacks Inc. is one of the proud nominees for the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Award. The company attended Chicago’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in May and received the nomination for its newest Sunflower Seed flavor, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. GIANTS Snacks Inc. has partnered with Huy Fung Foods to bring you the Original

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First-Of-Its-Kind Brewing System

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has introduced the first-of-its-kind, commercial-grade Keurig BOLT Carafe Brewing System, which is UL-approved for commercial use and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified for foodservice environments. The Keurig BOLT offers users the ability to brew a 64-ounce pot of coffee in approximately two minutes, bringing the innovation, speed, efficiency and quality that

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All-Natural Coconut Chips

BARE, creators of delicious “Snacks Gone Simple,” announced two new varieties of All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips: Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Bliss. Crafted from sweet and fragrant Nam Hom coconuts grown exclusively in Thailand’s Central Plains, the new All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are toasted to perfection, and lightly flavored to satisfy sweet cravings with a

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BIG AZ Line Expansion

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) is introducing the BIG AZ Angus Cheddar Cheeseburger and BIG AZ Chicken Bacon Cheddar Club to its BIG AZ line, one of the top brands in the sandwich market. A Total Unduplicated Reach and Frequency (TURF) analysis of Big AZ target consumers indicated that both a premium Angus version of the BIG

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GasMart Expands CITGO Brand

Adds 15 stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. New CITGO Marketer GasMart USA recently completed the conversion of 15 locally-owned gas stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to the CITGO brand. The Centennial image and fresh service options are now available for fuel and convenience store customers following a Grand Opening June 2-6. “We are

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Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years

“This innovation not only changed fueling, but the concept of self-serve that we know today,” says NACS spokesperson. Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling—and even retail as a whole— when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colo., to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service

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50 Years of Sun, Surfing and Slurpee Drinks

Smyrna 7-Eleven store celebrates half-century in business. When the first 7-Eleven store in New Smyrna Beach (NSB) opened June 1, 1964, bananas were nine cents a pound, ice cream was 69 cents a half-gallon, and the grand-opening specials included a six-pack of bottled beer for 89 cents. Franchisee Michelle Simpson invited NSB residents and tourists

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Dollar General To Open Stores in Three New States

Major retailer to expand to 43 states by adding presence in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. Dollar General has announced plans to expand its nationwide presence into three new states within the next year, increasing the company’s presence to 43 states across the country. The major discount retailer will begin construction on stores in Maine

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NCA Names Most Innovative New Products

Some 45 new confectionery and snack products across nine categories named Most Innovative New Products by the National Confectioners Association. During the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago, Ill., the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 45 Most Innovative New Product Award nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of

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The Hershey Co. Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

In 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings, The Hershey Co. places 46 in the ranking of 500 U.S. companies. The Hershey Co. has been recognized for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship by Newsweek in its 2014 Green Rankings. Out of the top U.S. 500 companies named, Hershey placed 46, moving up 210 spots from the last

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Rutter’s Responds To International Convenience Retailer of the Year Honor

“We’ve been very fortunate to be recognized by both our customers as well as our industry peers as the best not only locally in our central Pennsylvania marketplace, but also nationally and now internationally,” says Rutter’s CEO. A panel of industry experts, business leaders and trade publishers has chosen Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2014

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New Cenex Website Assists Travelers, C-Stores

The Website’s advanced routing capabilities help travelers better map their trip. An advanced routing tool, a community recognition program and weekly energy-related tips are some of the features of the new www.cenex.com, the energy brand website of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods business. “The new Cenex

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Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser

Convenience store is first to offer hospital bracelets for $1 donation to support Children’s Miracle Network. Now through June 30, Corner Store employees are encouraging customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are during the chain’s 20th annual Miracle Balloon campaign. The icons will be available for a $1 or $5 donation, and all-new

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Rockbridge Growth Equity To Acquire GSTV

GSTV  joins the Rock Ventures Family of Companies bolstering metro Detroit’s technology leadership. Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC, a Detroit, Mich.-based private equity firm, announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to partner with management in acquiring Gas Station TV (GSTV), one of the fastest-growing media networks for reaching on-the-go consumers. Founded in 2006 and

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Hunt Brothers, Coca-Cola Partner On LTO Combo

Hunt Brothers Pizza will offer 10% savings when customers order bundles. Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering a new combo with Coca-Cola. Now through Dec. 31, refreshing Coca-Cola beverages will be available for purchase with Hunt Brothers Pizza products at participating locations. “Our program with Coca-Cola allows us to explore the abundant opportunities available with food

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry

As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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