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IRI MarketPulse Survey Shows Jump in Consumer Confidence

Consumers feeling more positive about household finances. After a rocky end to 2013, consumer confidence increased dramatically in Q1 2014, according to IRI’s latest MarketPulse survey. All age groups across the board are reporting a sunnier outlook, especially Millennials, who are showing their greatest uptick in confidence, even though they’ve been one of the most

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Single-Cup Coffees

Boyd’s Coffee is launching a new generation of single-cup coffees for brewers that accept K-Cup portion packs. The cups’ soft mesh filter offers the same convenience as other single cups, only with significantly less packaging than the traditional rigid-side format. The mesh filter also enables coffee drinkers to experience the fresh-roasted coffee’s aroma; now single-cup coffee drinkers can

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Smoothie Mixes

Serve better-for-you beverages and satisfy health conscious consumers with new DaVinci Gourmet natural smoothie mixes—featuring fruit and veggie blends. Made with no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, these delicious natural smoothie mixes contain up to two servings of fruit per eight-ounce drink. Choose from five fresh-picked fruit flavors, such as Very Berry, or two

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Summer Brews

Woodchuck Hard Cider has released two new products, which represent the craft cider makers’ commitment to both innovation and its passionate fan base. Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint is the most recent cider to be released in the Cellar Series line. Mint is handcrafted from fresh Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples. The twist turns up

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Gasoline Prices Tugged Higher on Ukraine

Analysts worry the crisis in Ukraine will worsen, potentially threatening oil and gas supply from Russia to Europe, rallying Brent crude oil. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures values surged to a high last seen in July 2013 on April 24 before dropping back while the U.S. retail average has now

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Fruit Sales Soar At Mark’s Food Market

What began as a pilot program has become a big business for owner David Rizek. Mark’s Food Market in Greenville, N.C., is doing a big business with fruits and vegetables, following a pilot program that began three years ago. The pilot program was part of the Pitt County Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, which began in

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Minit Mart Donates Nearly $43,000 to MDA

Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits from convenience store Shamrock fundraiser. Minit Mart, with store locations in Kentucky and Tennessee, raised $42,900 in donations from its customers and employees for MDA during its annual shamrock fundraising campaign. “The Minit Mart customers and dedicated employees make this annual campaign a resounding success each year,” shared Tom O’Brien, president

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Michael Snyder Joins Server Products

Industry veteran Snyder to lead Server’s business development in the Eastern U.S. Server Products has announced the hiring of Michael Snyder as eastern regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Snyder will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Eastern region of the U.S. An 18-year veteran of the industry, Snyder most recently

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Destination ‘Seattle’

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Spring Valley High School Ocean Science Team and coaches, representing the five-state Midwest, departed from the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis. Monday April 28, 2014, at 4 a.m. As regional winners of the Sturgeon Bowl in Milwaukee, earlier this spring, they will be representing the

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Energy Transfer Partners to Acquire Susser Holdings

“The combination with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco is the right next step for Susser Holdings and delivers significant value for Susser Holdings shareholders,” says Susser CEO. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total

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Hess Expands Use of Kalibrate Technologies’ Pricing System

Rolling-out PriceNet system to recently acquired WilcoHess locations. Hess has extended the use of Kalibrate’s PriceNet fuels pricing system to include the recently acquired WilcoHess sites. Hess originally purchased PriceNet in 2010 and has subsequently partnered with Kalibrate to assist with strategic definition and location decisions. Hess plans to use PriceNet to price at all

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Fast-Casual Restaurants Show Faster-Than-Average Growth

Made-for-you appeal driving success. The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11% increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8% increase in units, fast-casual concepts among Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants comprise many of the fastest-growing restaurant chains. At the same time, leaders Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and

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PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Battle Muscular Dystrophy in Virginia

CITGO marketer helps 14th Annual MDA Jersey Auction surpass fundraising goal. Local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. raised nearly $70,000 during the 14th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Jersey Auction. Following a Norfolk Admirals’ hockey game at Scope Arena on March 22, PAPCO, CITGO and the Admirals American Hockey League Team auctioned

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NJOY Welcomes Proposed FDA Regulations for E-Cigs

Company will continue to engage the FDA and consumers throughout regulatory process. NJOY, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. “We have long supported FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes, and believe that the issuance of today’s proposed regulations is

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Smoker Friendly To Open Accessories Chain Glass Werx

Targets cannabis users with new tobacco accessories line. Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly is preparing to move aggressively into cannabis accessories after 23 years of primarily serving the tobacco market, with the introduction of 10 new Glass Werx tobacco accessories stores this year the Denver Post reported. Glass Werx plans to sell a variety of pipes,

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Car Wash Efficiency

MacNeil Wash Systems, a supplier to the tunnel car wash industry, announced the assignment of US Patent No. 8,621,707 for its new PowerLock. PowerLock is a lightweight energy saving air valve that allows dryers to operate continuously while preventing air flow between vehicles and minimize peak load charges, resulting in increased energy efficiency and a

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Enmark To Sell Paper Icons To Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Goal is set at $75,000 to fight blood cancer. Enmark Stations Inc. has made a commitment to once again sell paper icons in all 59 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. The paper icons will be sold in

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C.N. Brown Co.’s MDA Shamrock Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

CITGO marketer fights back for Mainers affected by neuromuscular diseases. C.N. Brown Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp., sponsors of the annual “Buy A Shamrock” paper mobile program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raised more than $103,000 to benefit children, adults and families affected by neuromuscular disease in their local communities. From mid-February through

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Nielsen Announces New Beauty Market Agreement with NPD

Firms will co-produce Beauty Cross Channel Monitor, the most comprehensive report available on the beauty market today. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has announced a new agreement with The NPD Group, a global information company, to jointly produce the quarterly U.S. Beauty Cross Channel Monitor. The

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Fleet Organizations Highlight Prevalent Problem of Fuel Invoice Inaccuracies

Recent survey shows nearly 40% of fleets are concerned invoices are inaccurate; while 38% plan to remedy the issue. By Ryan Mossman, vice president and general manager of FuelQuest’s Fuel Services. Fuel invoicing accuracy has been a challenge in the industry for quite some time. The levels of inaccuracies (anywhere from 10-25% or more) that

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Experts Weigh In On E-Cig Deeming Regulations

“Our quick take on the proposed deeming regulations is that they are broadly as expected and not as restrictive as some had feared,” noted Bonnie Herzog, managing director, Beverage, Tobacco & Convenience Store Research, Wells Fargo Securities LLC. After the FDA proposed deeming regulations for e-cigarettes, Wells Fargo Securities LLC noted that at first glance,

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FDA E-Cig Deeming Regulations Proposed

“The proposed rule would give the FDA additional tools to protect the public health in today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, including the review of new tobacco products and their health-related claims,” says director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. FDA proposed to extend its tobacco authority to additional tobacco products, including e-cigarettes As part

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On The Run Mobile App Shows Lottery Results

New interactive game also makes app more fun. Through its mobile app, On the Run customers in the St. Louis area can now access daily winning lottery numbers. Thanks to a recent app upgrade, users instantly benefit with this enhancement because it provides a quick, convenient way to see winning numbers. This upgrade is applicable

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RILA Launches Retail Energy Management Program

Energy Management Maturity Matrix allows industry to drive improvements to existing strategies. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has launched its Retail Energy Management Program by releasing the Retail Energy Management Maturity Matrix, a tool designed to help retailers optimize their energy management programs. The Matrix provides a baseline for retail energy managers to measure

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Premium Portable Vaporizer

Redefining smoking for the modern generation, Ploom—developers of products that provide a cleaner, more flavorful alternative to the smoking experience—have launched PAX, the most pocketable, premium, loose-leaf vaporizer on the market today. Reimagining the smoking paradigm, Pax weds modern technologies, materials, and processes with a beautifully simple yet effective design. PAX uses the process of

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