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First Data Releases February 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

Harsh winter weather continued to subdue consumer spending growth in February. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1-28, 2014, compared to Feb. 1- 28, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and

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Unique Nuts

Ricky’s Lucky Nuts offers crystal-coated, flavor-packed, peanut-crunchy goodness. These all-natural snack peanuts come in 1.75-ounce bags and are GMO-free and made in the USA. A healthy, everyday, grab-and-go snack, the peanuts come in a variety of sweet, savory and spicy flavors, including Spicy Chile Chipotle, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Real Coffee, Thai Red Curry

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The Pantry Announces Preliminary BOD Election Results

Dissident group’s concerns fail to change stockholders’ votes. The Pantry Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholders have voted to elect Thomas Dickson, Todd Diener, Wifred Finnegan, Kathleen Guion, Dennis Hatchell, Terry McElroy, Mark Miles, James Pappas and Joshua Schechter to

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Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism continues even as gas prices climb. Despite a sharp increase in gas prices over the past month and consumer expectations that prices will climb higher over the next 30 days, consumers continue to feel optimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer

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Technomic Releases Report On Trends in Adult Beverages

Whiskey surges as vodka slows, beer market evolves and domestics dominate wine. Declines in beer, the continued premiumization and price inflation across the industry is resulting in dollar increases and volume declines, according to Technomic’s just-released Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report: 2014 State of the Industry. Per capita consumption, volume and dollars rose for

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NCCR Fights Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

“Raising the minimum wage would result in significant job losses for the workers who are most in need of a leg-up in this time of high unemployment,” notes NCCR executive director. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) issued the following comments from Executive Director Rob Green on the hearing held this week by the

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New Blueberry Biscuits Procedure

Krispy Krunchy has announced a new procedure for its Blueberry Biscuits. This includes a change in the topping, from vanilla icing to its amazing honey butter. This will give the product an overall better taste, along with increased moisture and shelf life. To familiarize yourself with the new process, view the instructions below. Discard your

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame

“These retailers embraced the idea that retailers need to take control of their technology future, and work closely with suppliers to create efficient and capable enterprise systems,” says executive director of PCATS. PCATS has announced that three convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the PCATS Hall of Fame: Henry Armour, president

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Starbucks Takes App To Next Level

Digital tipping has been a top suggestion that Starbucks is now adopting. Starbucks announced upcoming enhancements to its mobile app for iPhone, which will extend the company’s leadership in mobile payment and allow customers to recognize Starbucks partners (employees) with a tip directly from the Starbucks App for iPhone. Beginning March 19, customers using Starbucks

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Speedy Q Markets Chooses PriceAdvantage

“We needed a solution that would allow us to remain competitive in markets where prices are changing multiple times a day,” notes Speedy Q president. Speedy Q Markets is now using PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuels price management solution. Speedy Q Markets uses PriceAdvantage SNAP Analytics to analyze store and market performance, including

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Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Prestige Packaging Named 2013 Supplier of the Year

Award from Lil’ Drug Store Products recognizes quality, value and service achievements in packaging over-the-counter health care products for top supplier to convenience retailing channel. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a supplier of global consumer products, has named Prestige Packaging of Ft. Myers, Fla. as its 2013 Supplier of the Year.  The award recognizes

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IRI Releases 2013 New Product Pacesetters Report

Lists most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2013. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), has announced the most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. With 190,000 new UPCs and 9,500 new brand launches hitting the

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Mobile Payments Customers Spend More Through Digital Channels

Survey shows concerns over security, privacy and convenience keep 80% of consumers from using mobile payments. While the ubiquity of mobile devices in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Spain has created a widespread platform for using mobile payments, a revolution is being held back because consumers do not yet find mobile payments secure, private

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CEFCO Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has announced that CEFCO Convenience Stores in 15 markets will be raising funds March 5-April 30 for vital pediatric equipment, treatments, therapy programs and charitable care to benefit local sick and injured kids. Now through April 30, CEFCO employees are

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Restaurant Breakfast Visits Grow

Lunch and dinner visits decline, reports NPD.  U.S. consumers cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Over 12.5 billion breakfast visits were made to U.S. foodservice outlets last year, a 3%

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Upside for Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slows in Early March

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The upside push in wholesale gasoline costs slowed in early March, with supplier offers at the terminal known as rack postings shallowly mixed at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. The mixed offers follow an increase by the U.S. retail gasoline price average to a $3.479 gallon

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Alon USA Energy Reports Financial Results

“Overall, we are happy with the progress we made in 2013,” says Alon’s CEO and president. Alon USA Energy Inc. has announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Net loss available to stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $(14.0) million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to net income available

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Harris Poll Shows Customer Feelings On Labeling

Not all nutrition labels are helpful to customers. Ever stood in the aisle of a grocery store completely overwhelmed by the claims jumping out from the labels? You may not be alone. Health advocacy groups have long decried America’s nutrition labeling system as misleading, confusing and, ultimately, inaccurate, and the FDA recently announced plans to

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Family Dollar Partners with EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

“Through this partnership, we will demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of the buildings we operate,” says Family Dollar spokesperson. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. Through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s

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Dunkin’ Donuts Plans For 46 New Restaurants In Sacramento

More than 150 standalone Dunkin’ Donuts planned for California over next several years. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Sizzling Donuts LLC, for 46 new restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento metro area and surrounding cities of Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Placerville and Davis, Calif.   Over the past

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New Products Drive Chocolate Sales

Despite a host of new product introductions and package sizes, chocolate SKUs are holding strong at convenience stores. At Zarco 66, different product configurations and package types and sizes of long-time favorite brands are keeping the category fresh and appealing to a wide range of consumers, said Scott Zaremba, owner of the 10-store Kansas chain.

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Capitalizing on Health and Beauty Trends

With healthcare capturing so many headlines these days, the health and beauty category (HBC) has taken on added importance in the c-store set. Fueling much of the growth: smaller package sizes that save shoppers money and stimulate impulse sales. The category—from shampoos and skin creams to cough drops and cold remedies—has always had its rightful

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Mixed Results for the Dairy Business

With dairy consumption in America trending downward, c-store operators will need to sharpen their merchandising and promotional skills, and provide consumers with alternatives, to keep business brisk. “I can tell you that while the ice cream business is solid, the overall dairy business is declining rapidly,” said Richard Reilly, president of family-run Reilly’s Dairy Inc.

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Tea Sales Remain Solid While Packaged Juice Falters

While innovation is a valued component to every category, the juices and teas segment of packaged beverages seems to be particularly prone to new twists and creative concepts. Largely in response to consumers looking for more functionality and added value in their libations, drink manufacturers have been rolling out juices and teas infused with vitamins,

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