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Smoker Friendly Enters XO Corp. Locations

SF Private Label products to enter stores at the end of May. Smoker Friendly has signed a new Authorized Dealer to its SF Private Label Program. The new dealer is XO Corp., doing business as World Liquors, Xtra Mile, Jmart, Lakestop, and Gorilla Express. Shawn Choudry, owner of XO Corp., operates 12 locations in the

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NEwhere Financing Growth In Vapor, E-Cig Market With $4.7 Million

Financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services to help fund rapid national expansion. NEwhere Premium Vapor Products, a marketer and distributor of e-cigarettes, e-hookahs, e-liquids and rechargeable vaporizer products has announced that it has finalized a financing agreement with Bibby Financial Services Inc. of up to $4.7 Million. “The electronic vapor industry is a fast paced

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New Jolly Rancher Flavors

Sunny Sky Products LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty dispensed beverages, announced it was awarded the license agreement to produce, package, sell and distribute Jolly Rancher-branded products. The products include concentrated flavor mixes and ready-to-use flavor mixes for frozen carbonated and non-carbonated frozen beverages in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Sunny Sky Products will

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Americans Are Primed for Travel This Summer

In Midwest, one in three customers plan to spend more money this summer. Americans plan to put the severe winter weather in their rearview mirrors and travel more frequently this summer, according to the results of a consumer survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). One in four consumers (25%) say that

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Goetz Energy Corp., CITGO Petroleum Partner With Buffalo Bisons

Introduce CITGO Fueling Good Wednesdays. Local CITGO Marketer Goetz Energy Corp., on behalf of its CITGO dealers and CITGO Petroleum Corp., have teamed up with the Buffalo Bisons to give back to baseball fans, CITGO customers and charitable organizations in the western New York community with “CITGO Fueling Good Wednesdays.” At every remaining Wednesday home

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NATSO Applauds Senate Transportation Legislation

“We thank the committee for setting us on a solid path forward,” says NATSO president and CEO. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, commended the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for putting forth a pragmatic, long-term plan for funding highway infrastructure. “We applaud Senator Barbara Boxer and the Senate

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7-Eleven Capitalizes On Mustache Trend

Rolls out mustache straws, mason jar mugs for Slurpee. It was only a matter of time. They’re seemingly everywhere – on party supplies, clothing, jewelry, candy, decals, at ‘stache bashes, in party photo booths, even on cars and baby pacifiers. Now, mustaches are on Slurpee drink straws too, the perfect accompaniment to this summer’s new,

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Developing Committed Employees

Cultivating a competent workforce shouldn’t be a temporary exercise, but a long-term goal. By Jim Callahan There is an old story that states that the difference between involvement and commitment can best be explained by likening it to a breakfast of ham and eggs: While the chicken was certainly involved in the meal, the pig

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Disaster Preparedness Spares Business Losses

From power outages to natural disasters, stores with a disaster preparation plan, including generators to keep the lights on and the fuel flowing, fare much better than those who are unprepared. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor At Dion’s Quik Marts in south Florida, May marks the beginning of annual hurricane preparation month, where all 12

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Weighing Financial Services

Whether it’s check cashing or the latest mobile wallet technology, providing customers with useful financial offerings can help your bottom line. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Cash makes up nearly 29% of U.S. consumer transactions per year, or about $1.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Among those transactions last year were a lot of

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Aligning Loyalty Programs

There’s a simplified approach to loyalty that offers a good fit for today’s convenience customer. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Retail loyalty programs take various forms, ranging from the simple paper punch card to sophisticated shopper cards linked to purchases. While technology has evolved over the years, customer loyalty strategies continue to focus on engaging,

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BP Introduces ‘To Go’ Convenience Store Makeover Kit

Designed to enhance the consumer site experience. BP has announced the launch of its new ‘to go’ retail image, a flexible image offer that allows BP branded marketers to upgrade their convenience stores with an attractive, new look inside and out. Available starting this month, the BP ‘to go’ image is one more tool that

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New Light Commercial Generator

Kohler Generators has introduced a new 60 kW light commercial generator, the 60RCL, which features a compact footprint and neighborhood-friendly sound levels. Now available through dealers nationwide, the 60RCL is designed to keep businesses and large homes running when the power goes out. Contributing to the quiet sound levels of the 60RCL is a patent-pending,

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Super Muffins

Offering customers healthier options from the bakery just got easier with Bake’n Joy’s PanFree 4.25-ounce Superfruit & Nut and 4.25-ounce Hearty Oat Apple Raisin Nut muffin batters. Made with 100% Whole Grains, each muffin packs a healthy punch, delicious flavor and convenient preparation. PanFree Superfruit & Nut Muffin provides a good source of key nutrients,

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Fryer Oil Dispensing System

Setting up Frontline International’s popular box system for dispensing standard packaged oil to fill your fryers just got easier. The company has introduced a reengineered system—now called EZ Oil—that includes an integral pump to draw the fresh cooking oil from the storage rack to the fryer. Previously, an external pump was mounted near the rack

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2014 Special Edition Lighters

BIC has announced several new and refreshed Special Edition Lighter Series that include eye-catching designs that are perfect for any of life’s occasions. New designs for 2014 include: The BIC Fashion Series Lighters, which feature 12 refreshed designs, is perfect for anyone who wants to show off their stylish side. It features popular trends from

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High 5 Award

Middleby Marshall has been named by Marco’s Pizza as a recipient of its “High 5 Award.” The award is given to vendors that meet certain criteria for five consecutive years. Those criteria include having no issues with supply, no major quality defects and being proactive on-quality affecting price reductions. Middleby Marshall, based in Elgin, Ill.,

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Wine Pouch

The award-winning Nuvino is the first-ever, premium single-serve wine in a pouch from vineyards around the world. Nuvino is perfect anywhere, anytime—the ideal adult beverage for all types of gatherings from backyard BBQs to concerts and sporting events. Combining convenience and quality, Nuvino comes in its unique PreservPak, an innovative and easy-to-carry packaging that locks in the flavors of the wine without imparting

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Organic, All-Natural Coconut Water

Harvest Bay from Blue Marble Brands has introduced six varieties of coconut water packaged as individual 250-ml. (8.4 fluid ounce) aseptic units.  Displayed in a reach-in cooler or arranged artfully over crushed ice at point of sale, Harvest Bay is a perfect partner to help boost grab ‘n’ go retail sales in foodservice operations. Harvest

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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Bars

Protein products company Forward Foods LLC, the maker of the award-winning Detour bar, has introduced a new line of natural, gluten-free, whole grain oatmeal bars. The new SMART bars come in three delicious fruit flavors and mark the company’s entry into the natural foods category. The new Detour SMART bars are independently certified by the

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Rotten Robbie Adds Lottery to Mobile App

Free mobile app offers c-store customers numerous features, from coupons to a store finder. Robinson Oil has updated its Rotten Robbie-branded mobile app that includes a quick and convenient way to see California lottery numbers. The lottery enhancement to the app is supported by the California lottery feed. This allows Rotten Robbie customers to see

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Buc-ee’s Partners With NCR

“What we have seen here by installing the NCR software solution is a dramatic improvement both inside, at the POS systems and outside at the island card readers,” says co-owner of Buc-ee’s. Texas-based Buc-ee’s, operator of some of the largest convenience stores in the world, is using a complete software, hardware and services solution from

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Quick Chek To Offer The Perfect SNAQUE

The single-serve line caters to health-conscious customers. The Perfect SNAQUE, a leader in the healthy, whole sprouted food snacking trend, announced that its new single-serve line is available for purchase at Quick Chek, which operates 130 locations in the New York and New Jersey region. The convenience chain will specifically carry the ready-to-eat Coconut Almond

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Mobile Payments Help Drive Customer Loyalty

By Mike Fletcher, general manager, InComm Digital Solutions. If the last decade was defined by online commerce, this one will surely be defined by mobile commerce. Research firm Gartner forecasts that 450 million users will comprise the mobile payments market by 2017—and that it will be worth $721 billion globally. One of the biggest drivers

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InComm, Softgate Partner

Cashtie to make cash payments more convenient for consumers. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that Softgate Systems, a provider of retail bill payment solutions, is integrating its biller content into InComm’s Cashtie API. As a result, InComm-integrated retailers can now enable consumers to make cash bill payments in-store for 12,000 billers.

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