This baking season, when consumers pick up a bag of Hershey's Semi-Sweet Baking Chips they will see a "Help Us Honor Heroes" burst with a QR code that takes consumers to the Wounded Warrior Project Eebsite where they can make a donation to support U.S. veterans.

Hershey Makes $100,000 Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Participates in ‘Believe in Heroes’ Campaign. The Hershey Co. has announced a $100,000 donation to Wounded Warrior Project and its participation in the Believe in Heroes campaign. The donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project’s numerous programs, which are addressing the urgent needs of this generation’s injured service members. To promote the Believe in Heroes

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Fusion Plus Line

Master-Bilt introduces Fusion Plus line ENERGY STAR-qualified glass door merchandisers, coolers and freezers.  The Fusion Plus line expands Master-Bilt’s Fusion foodservice cabinet offering with a complete dealer line of glass door refrigerated and frozen merchandisers that includes swinging and glass doors.  These models offer the ultimate full-feature, price-value experience with a wide range of industry

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Ensure Coffee Freshness

The key to a well-executed coffee program is serving hot, fresh coffee cup after cup. Monitoring the holding time and amount of coffee in a dispenser is crucial to freshness and quality. To simplify this challenge Curtis is introducing the new Thermal FreshTrac System. Activated from the moment coffee is brewed, it provides a simple,

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Soft-Baked Mini Cookies

General Mills is bringing a soft-texture cookie from a consumer-loved brand for placement in the pegged cookie set. Cookies, represent $576 million in sales, according to Total U.S. Convenience All Scan-IRI for the 52 Weeks Ended Jan. 27, 2013. Now retailers have an opportunity to boost sales by satisfying consumer demand for an indulgent snack.

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Sparkling Water Beverage

Coca Cola Co introduces DASANI Sparkling Water Beverage—with water, a hint of flavor and bubbles. DASANI Sparkling is unsweetened, has zero calories, is lightly carbonated and infused with natural flavors. The new product offers crisp, clean refreshment at any time of the day. DASANI Sparkling comes in four great-tasting flavors: Lime, Lemon, Berry and Apple

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New Sandwich Top Refrigerators

Hoshizaki America Inc. has introduced two new sandwich top refrigerators—models CRMR60-8 and CRMR60-12. Retailers can select from 8, 12 and 16 pan capacity prep tables in the line of 60-inch Commercial Series Sandwich Top Refrigerators for their foodservice area. Hoshizaki refrigerators have a three-year parts and labor warranty and offer the following quality and performance

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Fruit Filling And Topping

According to a recent study by Nielsen Perishables Group, desserts accounted for nearly half of all bakery dollar sales in 2012. What’s more, pies had the strongest volume growth of 5.1%, with sales highest in November and December around the holidays. Chefs and foodservice professionals can tap into this incremental revenue opportunity with Knouse Foods’

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New Chocolate Caramel Creams

Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc. has introduced a new flavor to its Caramel Creams branded bag line: Chocolate. The new chocolate Caramel Creams offer consumers a double burst of chocolate with a chewy chocolate caramel wrapped around a decadent chocolate cream center. Made with real bittersweet chocolate and cocoa, they are an ideal accompaniment to the

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Customizing The E-Cig Lifestyle

E-Luminate Electronic Cigarettes present a fresh new approach to the e-cigarette industry. Specializing in the production of three types of quality e-cigarettes (refillable, disposable and rechargeable), e-liquids, tank kits, cartomizers and accessories, E-Luminate E-Cigarettes take a step in a new direction, where consumers can truly customize their smoking lifestyle. E-Luminate’s refillable e-cigarette starter kit comes

RaceTrac Launches Crazy Good Coffee Celebration

All stores will offer free coffee the week of Nov. 10. RaceTrac has announced its Free Coffee Week from Nov. 10–16, 2013, as a way of saying thank you to all of its loyal guests. Guests at all of RaceTrac’s more than 365 stores will be welcomed with free coffee to enjoy all week, no

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Kwik Fill Rewards Sweepstakes Winners

Attractive prizes and an engaging event marketing plan fuels summer sales. It only took one impromptu entry in the 2013 Kwik Fill Free Ride Tour and Sweepstakes to land a Binghamton, N.Y. area couple the car of their dreams.  Jody and Leigh Iannone from Maine, N.Y. are among the latest winners in what continues to

Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter 2013 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is set to release its earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 1-800-588-4973 using the code 35967622.  The call

Burst Media Unveils “Spending Season” Online Insights

2013 findings provide insights into the preferences and intentions of holiday shoppers. In early October 2013, Burst Media surveyed 993 U.S. online adults aged 18 or older about how and when they plan to shop for the holidays. In a year where Hanukkah starts before Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday falls in December for the first

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Gasoline Prices Tumble as U.S. Crude Supply Builds

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal weakness has dovetailed with building crude supply in the U.S. to pressure gasoline values with retail prices last tallied at a 10-month low while in futures trading the nearby contract is retracing the down move to the November 2011 low at $2.4440 gallon. November is prime

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Best New Product Award

WARHEADS Candy, the fastest growing sour brand in the U.S., announced that it has won the prestigious Best New Product Award in the seasonal category from the National Confectionery Sales Association (NCSA) for its WARHEADS Super Sour Candy Canes. The award was presented to Impact Confections, parent company of the WARHEADS brand, at a ceremony

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TravelCenters Introduces World Blends Coffee

Beans ground on-site for a better brew. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has introduced World Blends Coffee Co., with premium whole bean blends ground on-site just before brewing. World Blends Coffee is available exclusively at TA and Petro and includes four varieties:     House

CST Brands Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team coming together to help grow our company and bring value to our shareholders, says CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. “Our company delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth,” said Kim Bowers, chairman and CEO of CST Brands.

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Sunshine Expands MegaPath Service To More Than 200 Stations

“Starting with an initial 70-location implementation, MegaPath helped us build a superior, secure credit-card operations network with a solution that covers all our bases,” says vice president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors.             MegaPath Corp is now delivering broadband, Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Wireless Failover and Managed Security Services to Sunshine Gas Distributors’ 140 additional

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker and Parker's mascot Chewy enjoyed spending time with students at Guyton Elementary. 

Parker’s Donates To Effingham County Schools

“We’re deeply committed to giving back to every community where Parker’s does business,” says CEO of Parker’s. Parker’s has presented a $3,000 Fueling the Community check to Effingham County Schools at Guyton Elementary School in Guyton, Ga. The unrestricted donation is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in Georgia and South

Core-Mark Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

“The second annual increase in our dividend reflects the company’s strong financial position and management’s assessment of the company’s future,” notes Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share, an increase of $0.03 per share.  The dividend is payable

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Promoting Responsible Tobacco Retailing

The We Card program begins its 18th year with a new program to educate retailers on e-cigarette restrictions. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The We Card program is now celebrating its 18th year of providing training and educational materials to retailers on state and federal tobacco restrictions. The ubiquitous program is widely recognized by its

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Dissecting the Initial Stages of the M&A Process

A checklist of tips and steps to ensure success for convenience store and petroleum marketers of all sizes. By Mark Radosevich. Sane business people from outside our industry would surely find the daily challenges of petroleum marketers unimaginable, bordering on total lunacy. Layered on top of generally low and inconsistent fuel margins are a litany

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Foodservice Best and Worst Practices

Discipline and accountability are key factors in executing your brand’s message. Have an action plan developed and stay focused on your end result. By Betsi Bixby. The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for this year all had one thing in common: great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either

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Four Ways to Counter the Costs of Disaster

Why do so many businesses fail after disaster? The answer often lies in a failure to understand the true costs of the disaster. By Lucien Canton. Disasters are complex and there are many levels of concern that could affect a business. The most obvious is the physical damage produced by a storm or earthquake. One

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Keeping Your Star Employees

While it seems logical that chains would retain their best workers, here are the top 10 ways the c-store industry gets its best people to quit. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics. Now that job security is of prime importance to job seekers nationwide, the industry’s ability to weather this latest economic storm would be an

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