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Brand Positioning – A Focus On Clarity

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Who are we? That is a question I hear all the time from companies that are trying to better communicate to their customers. All too often, companies have grown in spite of the fact of not really knowing whom they are or what they

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New Flavors

Killer Buzz has a brand new look and new flavors. The potent and distinct design separates KLR BZ from the rest of the herd. Dragon Spit, Livid and Hybrid flavors join Proto and Zilch to complete the KLR BZ line-up.  All flavors of KLR BZ contain the functionality of the original, named Proto, including Giant

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Phillips 66 Partners With Convenience Store Alliance

“With our CSA relationship, we look forward to offering independent convenience store operators across the nation access to reduced costs on products and services, says Phillips 66 spokesperson. Phillips 66, which owns leading gas station brands Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco, announced the company’s new business relationship with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), introducing a new

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RIISER Energy of Wisconsin Adds SmartLink

“Heartland’s SmartLink program makes PCI much more manageable,” says director of information technology for RIISER. RIISER Energy has added SmartLink by Heartland Payment Systems.  A Wausau, Wis.-based convenience store and gasoline retailer, RIISER is implementing Heartland’s state-of-the-art managed network technology solution in its 28 convenience stores in Wisconsin. Heartland’s SmartLink solution is a cloud-based, secure

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Rutter’s Dairy Introduces New Low-Calorie Tea

Just in time to round out National Iced Tea month, Rutter’s Dairy introduces its latest iced tea flavor: Cherry Pomegranate. Rutter’s cherry pomegranate iced tea is not only the perfect summer thirst-quencher, but also a figure-friendly choice, having just 40 calories per serving. The new flavor comes in the half gallon size and is now

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Mars Named Best Private Company

Mars recognized by Ethical Corporation 2013 Responsible Business Awards. Mars Inc. has been named Best Private Company by Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards 2013. Ethical Corp. is a global business publication focused on global ethical business and exploring how large companies are responding to the sustainable business agenda. Ethical Corporation Responsible Business Awards pay tribute

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Refresh Your Coffee Menu

As iced coffee has experienced double-digit growth in recent years and continues to rise, operators have the chance to increase profit while meeting consumer demand with convenient, easy-to-brew iced coffee options from Gevalia and Maxwell House.  No longer just a warm-weather beverage, more and more consumers are drinking iced coffee year round. Kraft Foodservice is

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Storm Proof Your Fuel Operations

 Hurricane preparedness in five easy steps.  By  Ryan Mossman, vice president and general manager of FuelQuest’s Fuel Services. Earlier this year, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center announced an “above average” hurricane season for 2013. Eighteen tropical storms, nine of which will be hurricanes, are on the horizon.  Even more concerning, there is a 72%

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Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet Honored With TripAdvisor

“We’re delighted to be recognized by our loyal customers for the quality of our prepared foods at Parker’s Market,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet, the nationally-recognized Parker’s convenience store company’s flagship location, was recently honored by TripAdvisor with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded to businesses ranking

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Providence R.I. Appeal Challenges Tobacco Ordinances

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled an oral argument for Monday, July 29, 2013 in Boston, regarding the appeal of a federal district court decision to uphold Providence, R.I. ordinances banning retailers from redeeming tobacco product coupons, prohibit multi-pack tobacco product discount pricing, and not allowing the sale of certain flavored tobacco products,

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Kangaroo Express Launches Third Annual ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign

Guests can donate Independence Day through Labor Day; $5.7 million raised in last two years benefited the USO and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc. has announced the third annual Salute Our Troops campaign, inviting customers in its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores across 13 states to demonstrate united support for military

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Driving New Business

By John Lofstock, Editor. Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes are providing smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. But these battery-operated devices serve as much more than a nicotine delivery system, they are serving as a shot in the arm for an entire industry. E-cigarettes

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Protecting Your Brand

It takes a lifetime to build a personal and professional reputation, but, fair or not, it could take just a minute to lose it. By Jim Callahan. I’ve always preached and firmly believe that one reprimand wipes out 10 “atta boys.” To me, this is an absolute truism that I always caution employees about.  I

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Who’s Minding the E-Cigarette Industry?

By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor and John Lofstock, Editor. Should electronic tobacco devices be regulated as tobacco products or are they something completely different? Four new trade associations with varying opinions and agendas guide this booming category. With 3.5 million e-cigarette users and an estimated $1 billion in smoke-free alternative sales, this up-and-coming industry continues

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Gasoline Prices Tumble As Stimulus Reduced

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Futures prices for gasoline are down a sharp 7% from their mid-month high during early trading for the final week of June, pressured by concern over the effect on demand when government stimulus efforts conclude, which in turn spurred strength for the U.S. dollar. The nearest delivered

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Hot Food Holding Cabinets

Hoshizaki has introduced Hot Food Holding Cabinets, models HH1SSB-FS/HS, available in full and half stainless doors. The innovative ducted air distribution system eliminates hot and cold spots. Units feature an easy-to-use LED digital controller (Fahrenheit or Celsius) with separate on/off switch. The stainless-steel interior features an exclusive “stepped” door design, which protects the door gasket

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7-Eleven Sues New York C-Store Owner

Franchisee accused of siphoning money and having employees wrongly enter product costs. 7-Eleven filed a lawsuit Friday against the franchisee of five Long Island, N.Y. stores, claiming he siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars for at least four years, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company is seeking $1 million in damages, and also terminated

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Kum & Go Celebrates 50th Store Opening in Colorado

New store in Colorado Springs focuses on fresh food, expanded offerings and sustainable practices. Kum & Go, L.C. is celebrating a milestone with the opening of its 50th store in Colorado. The new store opened its doors to the public on  June 21, and is located at 6735 N. Carefree Circle in Colorado Springs. The

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FDA Announces First Decisions On New Tobacco Products

“Today’s decisions are just the first of many forthcoming product review actions to be issued,” says  director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. For the first time since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate tobacco products, the agency

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Murphy Oil USA Uses Bomgar To Support POS

Murphy Oil USA securely supports retail point-of-sale (POS) system, security camera and gas pump systems, all with the Bomgar solution. Murphy Oil USA is using Bomgar’s solution to provide secure remote support to thousands of retail and point-of-sale (POS) systems. Murphy USA Marketing Co. operates nearly 1,200 retail gasoline stations under the Murphy USA brand

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Twinkies, Other Hostess Snacks Returning to Shelves

Company drops DSD model and will ship directly to warehouses in an effort to reach more c-stores. Twinkies will be back on shelves by July 15 after its predecessor company went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with unions last year. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster

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Award Winning Refrigeration

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of premier commercial refrigeration, has introduced it newest award-winning innovation, the Parallel Glycol Rack Refrigeration System. Master-Bilt received a National Restaurant Association 2013 Kitchen Innovations Award for the parallel glycol rack refrigeration system, which uses the most energy efficient refrigeration system available to chill a glycol loop that cools equipment in a foodservice

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E-Cigarettes Come of Age

With Big Tobacco now in the game, electronic tobacco products are poised to take an enormous leap forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While some view electronic cigarettes as a threat to the cigarette industry, others see them as a lifeboat of sorts, providing smokers who don’t want to or can’t smoke cigarettes anymore—for a

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7-Eleven Debuts Lemon Daze

“Lemonade drinks are one of the fastest-growing beverage segments,” says merchandising vice president for 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven is adding Snapple Lemon Daze lemonades, available only at participating 7-Eleven stores this summer for a limited time. 7-Eleven’s latest cold beverage offer comes in three all-natural flavors:  Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and an all-new Mango Lemonade in bottles with

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Rutter’s Recognized With Award

Army Reserve Employer Support Award is given to Rutter’s. Tom Rayburn, a delivery driver for Rutter’s Dairy (center), presented Joel Workinger, Rutter’s Dairy transportation supervisor (left), and Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy (right) the Army Reserve Employer Support Award. Rayburn serves in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for all

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