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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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Premium Fresh-Brewed Coffee

The Coca-Cola Co. introduces Gold Peak Coffee, enabling foodservice operators and retailers to offer consumers fresh-brewed premium coffee at an affordable price. The branded, high-quality coffee is rich, full-bodied, aromatic and made from 100% Arabica beans cultivated with care to ensure a smooth taste. It’s available to independent restaurants and national chains in three proprietary,

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Spreadable Chocolate

Hershey’s Spreads offers Hershey’s unmistakable chocolate taste in three delicious spreadable varieties: chocolate, chocolate with almond and chocolate with hazelnut. Make snacking enjoyable with Hershey’s Spreads on a variety of foods from bananas, apples, nuts and berries to breads, crackers and pretzels. The spreads are available in 13-ounce jars, with a suggested retail price of

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Versatile Grill

Hatco Corp.’s innovative Multi Contact Grill (MCG) offers flexibility, ease of cleaning and precision cooking performance. It provides operators with reliable quality for years of trouble-free, versatile cooking. The Multi Contact Grill includes enamel coated, rust and scratch resistant cast iron plates. Both grooved and smooth are available and coupled with a quick-change feature, to

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BBQ Grill Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza, an industry-leading provider of fresh-made pizza and sandwiches to the convenience store industry, introduces its new seasonal pizza, the BBQ Grill Pizza. The company’s concept kitchen developed the pizza by combining favorite summer BBQ elements with traditional pizza components. Though there was no debate about the excellence of the meat toppings (Beef,

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Deli Wedge Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, is expanding its Fast Choice sandwich line to include a variety of deli wedge sandwiches, including Turkey Breast & Cheese, Honey Ham & Cheese, Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad. With the addition of deli sandwiches to the hot sandwich offerings

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Easily Fill Squeeze Bottles

The FastFill back-of-the-house bottle filler quickly refills condiment squeeze bottles, ramekins and pans from bulk packaging with no mess. This wall-mounted, lever-operated unit dispenses from common one-and-a-half-gallon pouches with 16-millimeter fitment. The FastFill dispenser helps improve operational efficiency by allowing one ketchup or condiment SKU for both front- and back-of-house use. The FastFill is a

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Tedeschi Promotes Donoghue To Chief Operating Officer

Position includes overseeing the collaboration of all operations and facilitates. Tedeschi Food has promoted Greg Donoghue to chief operating officer. Donoghue succeeds Robert Tedeschi Jr., who retired late last month after nearly 39 years of notable service. In his role, Donoghue will oversee all operations and facilitates collaboration and project management oversight for all departmental

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Gluten-Free Granola

Nana’s Nola introduces grab-and-go gluten-free granola, offering consumers and Celiac’s a healthy snack that packs a powerhouse of multiple organic whole grains, all natural organic sweeteners, and two grams of both protein and fiber. Nana’s Nola contains no soy, artificial additives or preservatives. Nana’s Nola is off to a roaring start as bags of Nana’s

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Prepare Early For Valentine’s Day

The passion for Mars Chocolate brands hits a high note during the Valentine’s Day season. Consumers are looking for both romantic and non-romantic items at a variety of price points, and brand, packaging and shape are all important criteria. Mars answers with delicious items in a range of formats and flavors to satisfy all of

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Kretek Welcomes New Western Region Sales Director

Sean Geary to focus on enhancing Kretek’s retail distribution of key brands and developing key retail chains business relationships. Kretek International Inc. has named Sean Geary as Western Region Sales Director. Geary will report to Kretek Field Sales Vice President Russ Mancuso, and will be responsible for business development and retail growth of Kretek brands

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Global Oil Prices Pressured as Geopolitical Concerns Ease

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. Global oil prices are down $5 bbl from early June as the market retraces a spike in value to a nine-month high triggered by concern over supply disruptions in Iraq by a Sunni militant group, with the market erasing the geopolitical premium caused by the threat. The

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Weather and Rising Gas Prices Hurt Convenience Store Visits

Loyalty on the rise in the first quarter of 2014, reports NPD Group. Blame the weather and rising gas prices for the decline in visits to convenience stores in the first quarter of 2014, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic to convenience stores decreased by 3.5% in the first three months

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Atlas Oil Acquires More Than 80 Houston Fuel Customers

Acquires Dennis Trigg portfolio of business. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. has acquired the Dennis Trigg portfolio of business in the greater Houston, Texas area as part of the national fuel supply, logistics and services company’s extensive growth plan. Atlas Oil Company Chairman and CEO Sam Simon made the announcement. Through the acquisition of this

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7-Eleven Partners With Nexxus Group

7-Eleven to use Nexxus Group’s SBT program to manage newspaper category invoices. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with The Nexxus Group to employ that company’s scan-based trading (SBT) process to handle payments with its newspaper distributors. The Nexxus Group will use its proprietary SBT program to manage the newspaper category invoices for more than

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22nd Century Group Announces U.S. Patent For Regulating Nicotine in Tobacco

“We believe there will be tremendous commercial opportunities for both our very low nicotine and our higher nicotine tobacco varieties,” says 22nd Century spokesperson. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for technology that decreases or increases nicotine production and levels in tobacco

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Brewing a Coffee Strategy Pays Dividends

A well-run program can help customers start the day with a smile and bring them back again and again. It can also anchor a breakfast program, serve as a profit center and prove a key point of differentiation—assuming it is done right. Doing it right means starting with top-quality products, having all the condiments and

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VCU Earns C-Store Accolades

After putting a novel spin on an existing theme, Virginia Commonwealth University is named top innovator in 2014’s NACUFS New Store Design competition. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores aren’t new to U.S. college campuses. For years, universities have afforded students expedient spaces where they can purchase beverages, snacks and merchandise. However, just like

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Reflecting on 25 Years

By John Lofstock, Editor Like most organizations, milestone anniversaries are very special for all of us here at Convenience Store Decisions. Providing 25 years of service to the convenience store and petroleum industry is both gratifying and humbling. We have survived this long because of our readers, and that isn’t something I take lightly. This

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Love’s Travel Stop Re-Opens in Erick, Okla.

The rebuilt Love’s features additional amenities for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops opened a brand new travel stop in Erick, Okla., on I-40, Exit 7, on Thursday, June 26. The location replaces the Love’s that opened in Erick in 1989. The new travel stop offers additional items and services for professional drivers, including four diesel

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