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SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

CDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month

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USA Track & Field Announces Partnership with Hershey Through 2020

Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity. USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Co. have announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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Details From SOI Summit’s Closing Day

Fuel forecasts, shopper research and the mobile age capture retailer attention on the last day of the NACS State of the Industry conference. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., concluded on April 3 after a number of sessions on the convenience store landscape ahead for

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SOI Summit Breaks Down Global Economics, Consumer Trends

 Climate, Vladimir Putin and the Federal Reserve pose the three greatest risks to the economy, notes the chief technical analyst for United-ICAP. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor and David Bennett, Senior Editor After a morning filled with plenty of numbers to chew and digest, attendees at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit at

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SOI Summit Reveals Trends, Numbers

Foodservice remains critical to convenience stores’ bottom line as the business structure changes to respond to consumer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor and Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. With the 2014 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit now underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers are taking

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Stripes Rewarded For Energy Efficiency

Received incentive from AEP Texas Commercial Solutions Program. Stripes Convenience Stores received an incentive check for $39,192 from AEP Texas’ Commercial Solutions Program for retrofitting, upgrading and improving its HVAC systems, Outdoor LED and LED lighting in its Texas-based Stripes Stores within the AEP Texas footprint. The no-cost Commercial Solutions Program provides technical and financial

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NOCO Employees Collect Items For Food Bank

“Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer,” says NOCO president. NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food

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New Turkey Burger

Hormel Foodservice introduces The Hormel FUSE burger, a new fully-cooked patty that combines all-natural turkey, whole grain brown rice, savory roasted onion, nutritious spinach, dried cherries and celery. The thoughtful combination of these carefully sourced ingredients delivers a menu option whose time has truly come. These down-to-earth ingredients deliver a uniquely delicious flavor with the

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S’mores Cappuccino

General Foods International (GFI) has launched  S’mores Cappuccino featuring JET-PUFFED Marshmallows. This new limited-time flavor combines the rich taste of chocolate with a hint of graham cracker and marshmallow—the classic flavors of everyone’s favorite campfire treat. With S’mores Cappuccino featuring JET-PUFFED Marshmallows, your customers can easily indulge in the flavors of their childhood while you

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Liquid Water Enhancer

Minute Maid has introduced a liquid water enhancer that contains real fruit juice for refreshment on-the-go. People can add a splash of flavor to their water with Minute Maid Drops in Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Mango Tropical or Raspberry Lemonade. Conveniently packaged, Minute Maid Drops are perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle. Each bottle makes approximately 28

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Hard Cider Honors Cancer Survivors

One of America’s original craft ciders is once again “going pink” to support an important community organization. Last year, the Vermont Hard Cider Co., makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider, unveiled the newest addition to its Private Reserve Line, Woodchuck Pink. This cider was created to honor and support the work of Survivorship NOW, a Vermont-based

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Fully Prepared Pizza Sauce

Imagine a pizza sauce so perfect in rich tomato flavor that it is as easy as heat and serve. A trusted brand for decades, this Redpack pizza sauce is the ideal choice for any operation. A unique blend of vine-ripened tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic and chili peppers makes Redpack Fully Prepared Pizza Sauce the

Convenience Store Sales Post Record Sales

U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, overall convenience store sales were $695.5 billion, according to figures released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The industry’s 2013 numbers were announced at the NACS State of

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New Vaporizers

In December 2013, 21st Century Smoke introduced its first line of Vaporizers and USA-made e-juice, made in a GMP, FDA approved facility, “VAPIN PLUS.” The company conducted a substantial amount of research with different manufacturers before launching the product. 21st Century Smoke is using the best factory to manufacture its Vaporizer pens and EVE batteries,

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Tobacco-Free Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

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Understand Shopper Behavior

Understanding the need to make Digital Signage networks “accountable,” Max Capital Group leveraged its access to retail footprints by creating a suite of Web-based tools aimed at understanding the shopping behavior of the consumer that interacts with the retailer. Store IQ and Market IQ allow the retailer to not only understand purchasing decisions but to

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NAG YEO Roundtable Kicks Off

Young executives in the c-store industry share insights and advice on overcoming the challenges of being a next generation leader. On Monday, April 1, Convenience Store Decisions hosted the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization Roundtable in Rosemont, Ill. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on

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Jack Link’s Acquires Unilever Meat Snack Business

“Jack Link’s mission is to be the No. 1 provider of branded meat snacks throughout the world,” says CEO of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Jack Link’s announced Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Unilever meat snacks, which are primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand

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Lorillard Leads As E-Cigs Continue To Grow

Increased penetration of kits could be impacting negative pricing trends, Wells Fargo reports. Lorillard claimed the No. 1 spot among e-cigarette companies in c-stores, with 45.5% dollar share in the recent period ended March 15, 2014, up 17.6 share points, year over year, according to a report by Wells Fargo. E-cigarette dollar sales overall continue

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NCASEF Partners With Swim Across America

“Swim Across America is a fantastic organization doing literally life-saving work to help those afflicted with cancer through research, prevention and treatment,” notes chairman of NCASEF. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has chosen Swim Across America (SAA) as its “Charity of Choice” for 2014. Every year, worthy charities like Swim Across

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ROO Cup Fans Unlock Extra Week of Refills

Fans can reserve—or rather “ROOserve”—the popular refillable cup online to start the ROO Cup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced that fans of its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents, can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their

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Gasoline Supply Slides while Demand Climbs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand, which refers to gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale market, topped the five-year average during the third week of March for just the third time this year, with apparent demand at 9.0 million bpd for the first time in 2014 reports the Energy Information

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

By Russel Trahan Throughout the business landscape, countless days and hours are spent on the hiring process—rifling through resumes, conducting phone and in-person interviews and vetting potential hires—and for good reason. Company payroll budgets only contain so much flexibility for new employees, and selecting the correct individual to fill an open position involves much more

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Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

The annual conference offers the chance to meet and network with industry experts. The 2014 Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference, produce by World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards, announced its full list of keynote speakers from the Spaulding Companies Corp., Cleveland Research Co., TEDxBoulder, the Retail Food Industry/FMI, RetailNet Group and Agua Marketing. World

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