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Hatco Corp. Acquires Ovention

Hatco Corp. has acquired Ovention Inc., the Dallas-based oven technology company. Ovention owns the rights to the Matchbox Oven which was recognized earlier this year by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with a Kitchen Innovations Award. “We are very excited about the Ovention technology and its overall industry potential. The Matchbox oven is truly revolutionary

Gasoline Prices Under Pressure from Climbing Run Rates

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline futures prices posted their low for 2013 during the final week of June and the second quarter, while wholesale gasoline costs at distribution terminals were mixed in starting July 1. Overall weak demand, amply domestic supply and returning refinery capacity have converged to weigh on gasoline

NOCO Express Celebrates 80th Birthday

In-store festivities and thousands of prizes on tap for customers beginning July 15. To thank its customers for their patronage over the past 80 years, NOCO, a family owned and locally operated energy company, is celebrating its anniversary through an in-store contest. On July 15, NOCO will be launching its 80th Birthday Bash Scratch &

CITGO Launches Fueling Campaign

At the heart of CITGO is a philosophy known as Fueling Good, a corporation-wide commitment to supporting good things in the communities where CITGO operates. Fueling Good elements are the cornerstones of the company’s 2013 brand advertising campaign, which includes the following trifecta of goodness: the Fueling Good Road Trip, a Fueling Education promotion and

BP Joins ‘Top Tier’ Detergent Gasoline Program

BP announced that it has joined the automotive industry’s TOP TIER program for gasoline detergency standards. Although all three BP-branded gasoline grades treated with the company’s proprietary Invigorate additive have always exceeded the TOP TIER standard for detergency, the company formally joined the program on June 24th. “We are committed to providing our branded marketers

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Plaid Pantry Launches Smartphone App

Plaid Pantries Inc. has unveiled its first customer smartphone app, which has been deployed across its more than 100 convenience stores in Oregon and Washington to enhance the customer experience, provide greater convenience and build customer loyalty. The Beaverton, Ore.-based chain has partnered with VERGE Connect to power the new branded smartphone app, which enables

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Jiffy Mart Fundraisers Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

During the month of May, Jiffy Mart locations in Carroll County participated in a campaign to “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is their sixth year participating, and since 2008, Jiffy Mart customers and associates have raised over $35,000 for St. Jude. Customers were able to purchase a pin-up for

NATO Talks Tobacco Taxes

As of June 28, 2013, three states have enacted either cigarette and/or tobacco tax rate increases or decreases, reports the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). The new tax law changes and the respective effective dates are as follows: * Kentucky:House Bill 361 was passed and signed into law which lowers the state tax on

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Rutter’s Enhances its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores, operator of nearly 60 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, has introduced an Alaskan Cod sandwich along with several other tasty selections to its inventive and award-winning menu. The Alaskan cod is a whole muscle fish patty with a light panko breading. Customers can choose to top their fish sandwich with the any of

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The Force is Strong with QuikTrip

New Market Force study anoints QT the top rated c-store chain for cleanliness, friendliness and food quality. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. QuikTrip, with 662 stores in 11 states, was voted the most popular convenience store chain, according to a new study by Market Force Information, beating out 7,600 study participants. Convenience store chains Wawa,

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Embracing Energy Efficient Solutions

Whether it’s installing LED lighting or partnering with a local utility, retailers have a wide assortment of new opportunities to maximize efficiencies for less. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.Adding energy efficient features to convenience stores has numerous benefits from power bill and maintenance savings to the ability to market to today’s more eco-conscious consumer. If

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A Renewed Interest in Salty Snacks

Emphasizing snacks throughout the day as a meal replacement or an afternoon treat is driving sales across all age groups. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The past year was a strong one for nuts, seeds, crackers, pretzels, popcorn and trail mixes, according to convenience store sales data from SymphonyIRI. The largest of these subcategories, nuts,

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A Retail Oasis

Zarco 66 takes its convenience stores to the next level with technological advancements and a topnotch foodservice program.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels doesn’t consider itself just a typical convenience store chain. In today’s hypercompetitive retail environment, it has to be much more.“We’re not in the c-store business anymore, we’re

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Fortified E-Cigarettes

International Vapor Group (IVG), a manufacturer of top electronic cigarette brands recently launched NutriCigs, and is currently working with retailers and distributers. NutriCigs are a ground breaking new type of electronic cigarette: fortified e-cigarettes. They are disposable e-cigarettes, and each one is equal to about two packs of traditional cigarettes.  NutriCigs were designed to meet

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Low-Calorie Crackers

The Check Stand Program has introduced Fiber Gourmet Thinables, the lowest calorie cracker on the market. Each snack box holds 168 grams of crackers. Serving size is only 60 calories with 11 grams of fiber. Thinables has an msrp of $3.99-$4.49.  It recently launched into 850 stores through the Checkstand Program in stores through Alabama,

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Bold Organic Look

The MADE line of organic teas and lemonades is sporting a new bold organic look. In a distinct departure from the previous brand dress, the new MADE logo is a clean, classic design featuring a soft cursive font. The MADE line also expanded to include two new flavors: MADE Honey Green Tea with Ginseng and

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Snickers Bites

Small bites pack big flavors with new MILKY WAY Bites and SNICKERS Bites. These unwrapped, bite-sized cubes are a miniature version of the iconic bar brands. They’re ideal for consumers looking for the full taste experience of a SNICKERS Bar or MILKY WAY Bar in a smaller portion. Perfect for snacking, sharing, enjoying with family

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Fresh Without a Humidor

Altadis U.S.A. has introduced a great new way for retailers to sell, and adult cigar smokers to enjoy, three of America’s best premium cigar brands—without a humidor. Romeo y Julieta 1875, H. Upmann Vintage Cameroon and Saint Luis Rey are all now available in Robusto size in the company’s new Fresh Loc Singles packaging that

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Berry Bites Gummies

In Summer 2013, Life Savers is introducing new Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies, a bite-sized version of the popular Life Savers Gummies  Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are smaller poppable pieces with two layers, combining the great-tasting Life Savers gummy layer with an airy, light textured layer. New Life Savers Berry Bites Gummies are great

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Camouflage Design

Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour Energy products, is adding a new flavor to its successful line of Extra Strength energy shots. New Sour Apple Extra Strength 5-hour Energy will make its debut in September 2013. The new offering will bear a camouflage wrapper, and target hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts. The company is

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Modular Cube Ice Maker

Scotsman Ice Systems has introduced the C0722, a compact self-monitoring cuber that produces 700 pounds of cube ice in 24 hours. The C0722 enables retailers to meet ice production while saving space with its compact design of just 22 inches wide and 29 inches high. It features AutoAlert indicator lights that notify operators of water

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Enrobed Hotdog and Sausages

Stefano Foods, makers of high quality ready-to-heat items, released three new items to its growing line of snacks and appetizers.  The BIGDOG is the answer to satisfying a big hunger.  At six ounces, these easy to heat, easy to eat items come in three popular all-meat varieties enrobed in Stefano’s delicious roll dough:  Beef Hotdog,

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Energy Drink Alternative

There’s no wonder why people seek out caffeine. It’s been proven to boost both mental and physical performance, and elevate your mood. The way caffeine is administered can offer a healthier solution— in the form of a chewing gum. The concept behind Java Gum, a new caffeinated gum on the market, isn’t new. The U.S.

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Recipe Innovations

Recently, Pop Rocks have been seen popping up in all kinds of recipes and becoming an innovative ingredient, and adding a bit of the unexpected, into various types of food industry products. The latest recipes cover everything from gourmet strawberries rolled in chocolate and Pop Rocks to Pop Rocks Margaritas. As an ingredient, Pop Rocks

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Cig2o Black Label Disposable E-Cig

Kretek International Inc. is rolling out new Cig2o Black Label Premium Disposable e-cigarettes. The sleek new Black Label line offers an eye-catching designer black barrel and features dual LED lights.  Cig2o Black Label delivers all of the taste, smoothness and quality that have made Cig2o one of the top E-Cig brands in the country.  Cig2o

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