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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program

Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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LOGIC Captures No. 1

As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Carolina 7-Eleven Stores Bring Cheerwine to Slurpee

7-Eleven began experimenting with local flavors earlier this year with the introduction of a Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee drink in its Michigan stores. Cheerwine, the “legendary soft drink of the South,” has been described as best served bone-chilling cold, which makes it a perfect new flavor for 7-Eleven Inc.’s iconic Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated drink. Now

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United Family Expands Guest Engagement Program

Rewards program launched in Dallas/Fort Worth now available chain-wide. The United Family announced the expansion of its Rewards program to West Texas guests of all United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations. The free program launched at all seven Dallas/Fort Worth Market Street locations in April, and offers guests a customized

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Breaking: LOGIC Captures No. 1 Position For Electronic Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced today the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand has captured the No. 1 position in the U.S. for unit share in convenience stores nationwide. Additionally, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong hold on the No. 2 rank for dollar share across the U.S.

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Apple-Ahhh-Rita

The Bud Light Lime Ritas family is expanding yet again, adding fall seasonal Apple-Ahhh-Rita to shelves and on-premise across the country. Success of the Ritas family thus far has been phenomenal. Bud Light Lime Ritas was named a 2014 Breakthrough Innovation winner by Nielsen. The permanent core flavors (Straw-Ber-Rita, Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and Lime-A-Rita) are the

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Crunchy Treasures

B&G Foods Inc. has launched  two new Pirate’s Booty treasures: Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures and Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty. Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures represents a new extra crunchy snacking adventure that features fun, pirate-themed shapes in everyone’s favorite cheesy aged white cheddar flavor. Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty satisfies that sweet tooth with a delicious raspberry

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SIPP Begins National Distribution

SIPP eco beverage co. Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced a national distribution partnership with KeHE Distributors LLC, the second largest distributor of natural and gourmet food products. Distribution by KeHE will bring Sipp onto shelves in large and medium-size retail stores and markets including Fairway Markets, with locations

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Energy-Efficient Lighting

Providing similar durability and uniform illuminance as its first-generation model, GE’s new Evolve LED Canopy Light is engineered with a sleek, new look that offers easy installation and expanded lumen levels for a variety of mounting heights.The Evolve LED Canopy ECBA Light Fixture provides an energy-efficient and robust means for lighting areas with canopies. Offered

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Refreshing Iced Tea

Four refreshing flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea are now available at retail in more than 18 states across the country. Consumers can finally get their hands on all-natural Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade) flavors of the beverage made popular by “Uncle” Si Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty fame.

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New Portable Vaporizers

VMR Products, makers of V2 e-cigs, has launched a new line of vaporizers called V2 Pro. The new line of vaporizers are designed for the emerging “large-scale vapor device” category. These new multi-medium vaporizers are expected to be one of the most disruptive innovations to enter the vaporizer space. The product line is the result

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Split Sausage Links

Johnsonville announces its new Split Sausage Links for foodservice. This new product format is perfect for operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest for all dayparts. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries. Johnsonville Splits are evenly butterflied 80% through the

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Simplify Your Business

First Class Payment Systems’ Clover Station is a next-generation control system that radically simplifies your business. It helps you track inventory, manages employees, gain customer insight to build stronger, lasting customer relationships and accept payments with ease. Clover Station arrives pre-loaded with everything you need to get started. Its cloud-based software enables you to manage

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7-Eleven Hosts Charity Golf Outing

Benefits Gridiron Greats and The BTB Foundation. 7-Eleven Midwest Franchise Owners Association (MWFOA) is hosting its annual charity golf outing, which supports three very important not-for-profits: The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, The BTB Foundation, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course

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Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces

Offer payment solutions and services and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, global provider of retail petroleum technology, and VeriFone Systems Inc., the global provider of secure electronic payment solutions, are partnering to offer next generation forecourt payment solutions and to create the largest at-pump interactive digital media network worldwide. The two

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Consumer Traffic Impacts Restaurant Unit Growth

NPD Group finds visits to total and quick service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to the same period last year.  With little growth in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants, restaurant units grew less than 1% (.8%) in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, reports The NPD Group, a global information

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TMC Holdings Acquires Tri-Mart Corp.

TMC Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. The transaction closed July 25, 2014. TMC Holdings is an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry. TMC believes there is an opportunity to consolidate several distributors in the Midwest region into a platform

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Up

Wells Fargo notes Coca-Cola Co. dollar sales help buoy the CSD category. Nielsen reported that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales were up for the first time in over a year. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales were up +0.7% (-0.7% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Aug. 2, 2014,

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

U.S. merchandise gross profit dollars increased 5%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three month period ending June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $32

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Logic Expands Into Canada

The No. 2 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. extends international distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced plans for international retail distribution in Canada. Through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster Inc., LOGIC’s line of electronic cigarettes will be brought to more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide. LOGIC holds the

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Consumer Optimism Plummets in August

Only 39% of customers optimistic about the economy. Just as quickly as consumer optimism surged in July, it plummeted in August, even as gas prices fell by more than 15 cents over the past month. Less than four in 10 consumers (39%) now say that they are optimistic about the economy, a sharp decline from

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Survey Reveals Shopping Habits Of Working Women

Some 46% of surveyed women reported regularly purchasing groceries on their way to or from the office or during a lunch break. One trip to the grocery store is never enough. WorkPlace Impact, a marketing company that targets consumers directly at work, found in a recent survey that working women are making frequent trips to

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Wells Fargo Comments on CST-LGP Deal

Expects to see more c-store chains pursuing MLP partnerships. CST: LGP Deal – Good Things Will Come To Those Who Wait – CST’s Deal with LGP Expected To Create Long Term Value for Investors Wells Fargo Securities LLC predicts that CST’s recent deal with Lehigh Gas Partners(LGP) will create long-term value for investors, however, that

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Team CITGO Cycles To Fight Multiple Sclerosis

CITGO Lemont Refinery employees participate in 33rd annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms. Team CITGO, the employee volunteer team at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, cycled between 35-200 miles to raise more than $28,000 in the 33rd Annual Bike MS: Tour De Farms Event hosted by the Greater Chicago-land Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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