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New PEEPS MINIS

Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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IRI Report Finds “Golden Opportunity” With Boomers, Seniors

IRI predicts annual CPG spending by boomers and seniors will surpass $230 billion by 2020. Accounting for more than 50% of CPG spending, the baby boomer/senior market spent more than $200 billion across shopping channels in the last year alone. And, with the number of Americans aged 65 and older set to double during the

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Local CITGO Marketers Fuel Food in Michigan

CITGO fueling good road trip celebrates local heroes and loyal customers. Local CITGO Marketers in Michigan, Miss America representatives and the CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip Ambassadors Adam and Diego were fueling good across Michigan with special events throughout May. The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip traveled across the state for customer appreciation events and

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CVS Free Gas Card Promotion Returns

ExtraCare members can earn free $10 gas cards when spending $30 on everyday essentials advertised in the circular. CVS/pharmacy has announced the return of the “Free Gas Card” promotion, a program designed to help customers save on gas while shopping for everyday essentials at participating CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide. Through July 19, members of the ExtraCare

Indiana C-Stores Denied Cold Beer Sales

Federal ruling stands, preventing c-stores from selling cold beer. After a year-long debate in federal court, an Indiana ruling stands that cold beer can only be sold in  liquor stores in the state, KHON2 News reported. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association had sued the state of Indiana claiming the law violates their

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R.J. Reynolds To Begins National VUSE Rollout

VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to hit stores nationwide on June 23. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. will expand distribution of its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette nationally beginning June 23. Selected retail outlets across the country will be carrying VUSE as of that date, and additional stores will be added to the distribution throughout the rest of

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Sriracha Chicken Bites

Brakebush Brothers has turned a hot food trend into a hot food with the introduction of their fully-cooked Sriracha Chicken Bites. Sriracha, a Thai chili-based flavor, delivers a slow, steady heat with slightly sweet overtones. Brakebush, widely known as the industry’s breading expert, has infused Panko coated whole muscle chicken breast with on-trend Sriracha and

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New Condom Designs

Ansell, the makers of LifeStyles Condoms has released two new condoms: THINZ Extreme and EverLast Intense, in addition to a re-brand for KYNG Large. The KYNG Large condom is designed for the man who needs a larger condom than the standard size. THINZ Extreme is a breakthrough in sensitivity. The new THINZ Extreme is 21%

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Bottled Pickle Juice

Known for unique products Van Holten’s has introduced Pickleback: Real Pickle Brine,  a 32-ounce bottle of dill pickle brine for use as a shot chaser or cocktail mixer. Van Holten’s Pickleback – Real Pickle Brine provides users a consistent, easy- to-use, mess-free option for pickleback shots. It also makes adding brine to Bloody Marys, Beer,

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Reduce Energy Consumption

FridgeWize, a provider of energy-efficient commercial refrigeration solutions, has announced the launch of the Q12 and Q10 evaporator motor fan blades, enabling enterprise clients with refrigeration units to save money on their utility bills. A dramatic improvement from aluminum and plastic blades commonly used in refrigeration systems, the carbon fiber Q12 and Q10 evaporator motor

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LTO Pink Lemonade Flavor

Living Essentials LLC plans to continue to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) for a second year through sales of a limited edition, specially-marked pink lemonade flavor of 5-hour ENERGY that will be on shelves starting in September. In 2014, Living Essentials will donate five cents from the sale of every bottle of specially-marked pink

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Deep South Expansion

For the first time, soft drink brand Cheerwine is coming to Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The move marks an important step toward its goal of being available in all 50 states by its 100th anniversary in 2017 by aligning distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., the largest independent, single-shareholder-owned Pepsi bottler in the

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DASH IN Opens New Store In Waldorf

Launches new customer-focused experience to southern Maryland. DASH IN Food Stores Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its Fairway Village location in patriotic spirit on Saturday, June 14. The event launched DASH IN’s all-new store design, which includes its newest innovations in customer convenience providing drivers with an exciting new experience while fueling up and

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Chicago Tobacco Flavoring Restriction to Take Effect

The rule does not apply to retail tobacco stores that derive more than 80% of gross revenue from the sale of tobacco products. A Chicago ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of a school goes into effect on July 15, 2014, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. The ordinance

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7-Eleven Signs Master Franchise Agreement To Operate Stores In UAE

Retailer anticipates first store will open in Dubai next summer. 7-Eleven Inc. (SEI), the world’s largest convenience retailer with 53,000 stores worldwide, has signed a master franchise agreement with Seven Emirates Investment LLC to develop and operate 7-Eleven stores in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The expansion marks the company’s first entry into the Middle

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Retailers Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Swipe Fee Settlement

“This is a serious mistake the appellate court needs to correct,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) have asked an appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s approval of a controversial lawsuit settlement over Visa and MasterCard’s credit card swipe fees, saying it was negotiated by

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Gasoline Prices to Rise as Promise in Iraq Upended

Supply chain dynamics impacting retail fuel prices. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Rising U.S. oil production, with weekly rates reaching a 28-year high in early June has reduced price volatility for crude and oil products such as gasoline and diesel, and held prices down. The growing production countered global supply disruptions, namely

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Starbucks to Provide Free College Education to Workers

Starbucks teams with Arizona State University, to offer a unique opportunity to its workers. Starbucks has announced that it expects to provide a free online college education through an arrangement with Arizona State University to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company, The New York Times reported. The program is

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Valero Announces Rumble with Bumblebee Sweepstakes

Transformers fans have a chance to win a new 2014 Camaro. Valero and participating Valero-branded locations are partnering with Paramount Pictures for a “Rumble with Bumblebee” sweepstakes to give Transformers fans a chance to win a Grand Prize of a new 2014 Camaro. Additionally, one first-prize winner will receive a private hometown screening of “Transformers:

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VERC Enterprises Wins Best of Plymouth Award

Enters Plymouth Business Hall of Fame after seventh consecutive win. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has received the 2014 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category, an honor it has taken for seven consecutive years to qualify the company for inclusion

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Rutter’s Celebrates National Dairy Month

Eliminates high fructose corn syrup from chocolate milk. Rutter’s Dairy has made several healthy, customer-friendly changes to their award-winning milk, cream and tea beverages to further improve the quality of the products, just in time for June’s National Dairy Month. Among the changes, the elimination of high fructose corn syrup from Rutter’s chocolate milk. All

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Customers Willing To Pay More For Protein

Nearly half of U.S. consumers buy protein-enriched foods, NPD report finds. In their quest to get more protein in their diets, about half of U.S. consumers purchase protein-enriched foods, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. Cereal and bread are the most likely protein-enriched foods to be purchased, according to NPD’s recently released report,

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GoMart Acquires Cool Spot

Stores in Coolsville and Tuppers Plains expand GoMart’s presence in Ohio. Cool Spot gasoline stations and convenience stores in Coolsville and Tuppers Plains, Ohio have been sold to GoMart for nearly $5 million, Athens Ohio Today Online reported. Records in Athens County Auditor’s Office noted that Bryan White sold the Cool Spot business—which includes a

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Foodservice Customers Sharing Experiences on Social Media

Some 29.2 million Americans have posted a food or drink picture at a restaurant in the past month. Check out any social media feed and it is likely dominated by a core group of consistent regulars: babies, weddings, pets and food. New Mintel research shows that posting food pics has gone beyond a few fringe

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XYIENCE Announces Distribution Partnership With Polar Beverage

The official energy drink of the UFC increases its presence in the New England market.  XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced that a new distribution partnership with Worcester, Mass.-based Polar Beverages will expand the brand’s presence in New England. Polar will offer all eight flavors of Xenergy energy drinks, the

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