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VERC Enterprises Opens Newly Renovated Store

Customers will find a much larger Dunkin’ Donuts, newly-renovated restrooms and a more spacious look and feel to the store. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Massachusetts, has completed extensive renovations of its Kingston location, which has now re-opened for business. “We believe people will really like our new

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American Gas And Oil Expands CITGO Brand In Western Michigan

Local CITGO marketer hosts grand opening events to celebrate new stations. Local CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are converting 19 locally-owned gas stations across western Michigan to the CITGO brand. The conversion expands the company’s network of CITGO locations to 27, with the newly branded stations featuring fresh service

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cig Outlook

Altria takes number three spot, driven by MarkTen rollout. E-cig dollar sales declined (-12.9% in the period ending July 5, 2014), driven by net pricing decline of 13.4% and unit growth of 0.5%. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported it is optimistic that national rollouts of MarkTen and Vuse could re-ignite category growth. Average equal price

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Chevron’s Hosick Named Network Executive of Women’s Board Chair

“Her keen dedication to our mission to recruit, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry is unsurpassed,” says CEO of NEW. Elizabeth “Betsy” Hosick has been promoted from vice chair to board chair of the Network of Executive Women (NEW). Hosick, who has previously served as the NEW’s secretary and treasurer,

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Stripes Revamps Website

New site focuses on food offerings, with a big emphasis on design. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Stripes Stores has launched a new company Website, complete with colorful graphics and detailed information about its food and beverage offerings. The site debuted on July 22. New features include photos and information about Stripes Stores’ proprietary products,

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Technomic Study Shows Generational Preferences In Food

Gen Zers and Millennials tend to be more optimistic about and reliant on foodservice. Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74% of the U.S. population—and make up the bulk of today’s foodservice consumers. Technomic recently examined the needs and behaviors of each generation—including its very first look at Generation Z—to uncover

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Judge Bars FDA From Using TPSAC Menthol Report

Requires appointment of new TPSAC members. Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon has issued a decision requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to appoint new members to the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) and prohibiting the agency from using the report prepared by the TPSAC on the impact of the use of menthol

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AATAC Partners With Smokio

New partnership supports company expansion in U.S. after significant success in Europe. Smokio, the world’s first connected electronic cigarette that synchronizes automatically with users’ smartphones, has partnered with Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC), an organization designed to build partnerships between convenience stores and manufacturers. “We are very proud to partner with AATAC to be

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Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino

General Foods International (GFI) is kicking off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino, which is back by popular demand. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season that operators will want to take advantage of

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Dessert Delights

Wrigely’s Extra Dessert Delights gum has introduced new Cinnamon Roll flavor, which debuted in May 2014. Extra Dessert Delights Cinnamon Roll is available nationwide in a 15-stick Slim Pack (suggested retail price $1.19) and a multi-pack with three 15-stick Slim Pack packaging, with a suggested retail price of $2.69. The rich baked goods dessert-inspired flavor

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Cash Management System

Tidel has introduced the Series 4e, a cash management system that offers an innovative design, superior usability and support for several Tidel peripherals. The primary features of the Tidel Series 4e include expansion capability with the following Tidel peripherals: Bulk Coin and Note Dispenser; Bulk Coin Recycler; Low Capacity Note Dispenser; High Capacity Note Dispenser;

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Low Sodium, Gluten-Free Bases

Add superior flavor to soups, sauces, gravies and proteins while keeping sodium in check with Minor’s Low Sodium Gluten-Free Bases. Featuring less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving, all Low Sodium Chicken, Beef and Vegetable Bases meet USDA low sodium guidelines and are tested gluten free. With zero grams of trans fat or saturated

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Pretzel Flatbread Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, is expanding its Hot ‘n’ Ready sandwich line with the launch of two Pretzel Flatbread Sandwiches: Sausage, Egg & Cheese Pretzel Flatbread and Canadian Bacon, Egg White & Cheese Pretzel Flatbread. The Sausage, Egg & Cheese Pretzel Flatbread features

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Fruit-Flavored Beverage Concentrates

To satisfy customers who increasingly expect a variety of drink offerings throughout the day, DaVinci Gourmet has launched a new line of energizing fruit-flavored beverage concentrates called Invigorators. With the flavored water trend nearly doubling in 2013, now is the perfect time for operators to add refreshing fruit flavors to the menu. Made with green

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Portable, Touch-free Scale

A portable electronic scale that features touch-free operation, making it ideally suited for weighing ingredients for recipes without creating a mess is available from Alliance Scale Inc. The Alliance/Ohaus Navigator XT portable electronic scale operates by waving a hand over two infrared sensors, which can be set up independently to provide up to 36 combinations

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A First Look at Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino from General Foods International

Back by popular demand, General Foods International (GFI) is here to kick off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season that operators will want to take advantage of

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Flourless Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Absolutely Gluten Free Foods is introducing a flourless, cauliflower crust gluten-free pizza, which will be hitting shelves in August. Absolutely Gluten Free pizzas are available in two varieties: Mozzarella and Non Dairy Mozzarella Style topping. Individual pizzas are just 57 calories each and contain only 1.7 grams of fat or two grams of fat. The

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The Hub Set To Open First Location This Fall

New convenience store to put heavy focus on food, aims to grow in North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. The Hub Convenience Stores, is set to open its first location—a travel center—this October in Dickinson, N.D. The Hub’s model combines a flexible format—including a travel center, truck stop and c-store prototype that can be

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More Details On Ricker Oil inOvationTV Media Expansion

Site-specific ads on inOvationTV media platform promote Ricker Pop. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fueling dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, continues its

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U.S. Restaurant Traffic Remains In The Doldrums

Spending conscious low- and middle-income consumers keep visits from growing. U.S. consumers made some 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014. No question that’s a lot of visits, the issue is that they have been making that same amount of visits for quite a while now and it’s still below the

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Heineken Debuts “Best Tasting Light Beer” Campaign

Campaign features Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken Light, the “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” winner at the 2013 World Beer Championships, is launching its “Best Tasting Light” campaign featuring three-time Emmy award winner and Tony award winner and host, Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken will partner with Harris to introduce consumers to the reformulated Heineken Light and

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage Outlook

Energy category seeing soft growth but Wells Fargo predicts numbers will rebound. Carbonated soft drink sales (excluding energy) were soft in the U.S. c-store channel— up only +0.2% (+0.4% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ended July 5, 2014, driven by average equal price growth of +3.8%, offset by equal unit volume declines of

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Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas

Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

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Wawa To Close First Store

After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

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Speculators Unload Long Positions in Gasoline Contract

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Speculators holding positions in the U.S. gasoline contract unwound 30% of their bets that gasoline prices in the United States would increase, with the gasoline contract dropping to a 3-1/2 month low mid-July as the market looks to higher refinery runs offsetting peak seasonal demand. Nearest delivered

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