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“Berry” Up the Holidays

In its first favor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.  The new products will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes. The new flavor

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CST Brands’ CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up.  Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store

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School Children Thank Rutter’s For Donation

Children at York Country Day School in York, Pa. thanked Rutter’s Farm Stores for the company’s $10,000 donation. The school will use the money to award academic scholarships to eligible inner-city students through the Rutter’s Scholars program.

BP To Reward Customers With Ultimate College Football Experience

BP to participate in more than 40 college football tailgate events to help increase BP Driver Rewards registrations and build loyalty. BP Products North America has announced the launch of a series of ‘Fan Fest Tailgates’ from now through Nov. 30 at more than 40 college campuses across the country to support its Driver Rewards

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Budweiser Brewmasters Introduce Three New Brews

Last year’s inaugural ‘Project 12’ program created Budweiser Black Crown. This year, Sampler Pack is set to hit shelves Oct. 28. Budweiser’s Project 12—the brewmaster innovation platform that resulted in the introduction of Budweiser Black Crown—is back with three new beers named for the ZIP codes where the beers were brewed, beginning Oct. 28. The

Kum & Go Opens New Larger Store in Marion

New eco-friendly convenience store features fresh food prepared in on-site kitchen. Kum & Go will open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Oct. 11, in Marion, Iowa. This store, located at 3215 Seventh Ave., is twice the size of the store it replaces at 3370 Seventh Ave. The spacious new store is designed to

First Data Releases SpendTrend Analysis

Shoppers pulled back on spending in September from August. First Data Corp., a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Aug. 31, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2013 compared to Sept. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN

CTP Authorizes Three Additional Tobacco Products

Three RYO tobacco paper products by Republic Tobacco now authorized for sale. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) announced that the agency is authorizing the sale and marketing of three additional tobacco products through the substantial equivalence pathway. As directed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control

Hershey’s Debuts First New Brand In 30 Years

Lancaster Soft Crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet new experience.   Today, The Hershey Co. announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the U.S. called Lancaster. The new brand will feature a line of caramel soft crèmes that will roll out nationwide in January 2014. The introduction of the Lancaster brand marks

RaceTrac Selects Fifth Third Bank As ATM Provider

“We’re pleased to work with RaceTrac and to be their official ATM provider in Georgia and Florida,” says regional president of Florida and Mid-South regions for Fifth Third Bank. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has selected Fifth Third Bank to provide ATMs at 225 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. Installation of the new Fifth Third ATMs

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Clipper Petroleum Implementing Latest Gilbarco Retail Technology

 Reports increased transactions and sales. Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s portfolio of retail technology solutions is making a big impact across the Clipper Petroleum network. Clipper is the first retailer in the country to install Purchase@Pump, a new turnkey solution that increases in-store sales by adding the ability to purchase high-margin products and services directly from the pump.

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Electronic Pricing Signs

Skyline Products, long known for its high-quality electronic fuel price displays, has announced the successful integration with numerous industry leading POS providers, namely Excentus, Retalix, NCR Radiant, VeriFone, Allied, Gilbarco, AutoGas, and Fiscal Systems. The POS to electronic price sign integration streamlines the fuel pricing process from the store with the street. Electronic price sign

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Survey Evaluates Caffeine Alternative

National survey shows 60% of Americans are seeking a caffeine alternative that reduces caffeine consumption without sacrificing desired energy boost. ChromaDex Corp., a natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced the results of a cross-over clinical evaluation of

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Manage Monitor Content

NewsBreak is a fully-integrated, merchandising platform for the convenience store industry that converts fuel-only customers to multi-product purchasers, resulting in the increased sales of high margin, in-store products. NewsBreak’s SMART technology manages and distributes a content playlist to Pumptop and In-Store TV monitors and mobile devices based on key consumer buying variables and store specific

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Automate Workflow

Honeywell has introduced its newest scanphone, which blends the capabilities of a consumer smart phone, rugged mobile computer and bar code scanner in an affordable package. Built for workers on-the-go, the Dolphin 60s mobile device provides quick and reliable access to critical data through Honeywell’s proven technology. The device serves as a cost-effective solution for

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The Convenience Store Decisions Group Acquires Convenience Directions

Deal combines two distinct high-caliber, talented and creative teams to better serve the convenience store and petroleum industry. Harbor Communications, the parent company of The Convenience Store Decisions Group, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of Convenience Directions, an information exchange group headed by venerable convenience store industry experts Joe Leonardo and Randy

U.S. Consumers Feeling Inflationary Pain

Nielsen study shows customers are focused on value as they continue to budget. Rising food prices have nearly all Americans feeling the pain, a new study by Nielsen shows. With less money to spend and hungry mouths to feed, U.S. consumers are increasingly looking for ways to stretch their budgets and find the best value

NATO Submits Comments To FDA On Menthol Cigarettes

Establishing additional restrictions on the retail sale of menthol cigarettes is unnecessary because retailers are responsible and not in the business of selling tobacco products to underage youth, notes NATO. On July 24, 2013, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of menthol in cigarettes

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

New stats point to states with the worst tax codes. Wyoming, Florida, and Indiana rank among the ten best states for taxes on business, while companies in states like New York, New Jersey and California must struggle with the worst tax codes in the country, according to the newest edition of the Tax Foundation’s State

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Red Buck Premium Cigars

Tantus Tobacco is excited to introduce Red Buck Premium Cigars. Using the finest wrapper and tobacco blends, the new Robusto cigar is handmade in Honduras, and packaged in a locked-in humidity pouch for foil sealed freshness. For More Information From Tantus Tobacco www.tantustobacco.com and www.redbuck.com

Rising Food Prices Impacting Grocery Choices

New study examines how consumers adjust grocery buying habits as food prices climb. Eighty-five percent of global consumers in an online survey say rising food prices will impact their choice of grocery products, according to a new study by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. “With the

Gas Price Fluctuations Fuel Convenience Channel Opportunity

Convenience stores with gas pumps average 277 fill-ups each day, IRI study finds. Volatile gas prices cause convenience store shoppers to think twice about fueling up and making in-store purchases. Unfortunately for convenience store marketers, control over gas price fluctuations is out of their hands. However, according to the latest IRI Point of View, “Gas

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Newcastle Launches Black Ale And Social Responsibility Program

Newcastle Cabbie and Taxi Magic partner to encourage safe travel. Newcastle Brown Ale has announced the upcoming release of Newcastle Cabbie this November. Newcastle’s newest limited edition, Cabbie, is a deep, dark black ale that has a soft hoppy aroma and subtle fruit notes that lead to bittersweet tastes of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and

More Customers Choosing Dark Chocolate For Dessert

“More consumers are experimenting with dark chocolate, particularly as dessert at home,” says director of Kisses and Hershey’s Bliss brands, The Hershey Co. A recent study by The Hartman Group on U.S. eating habits reveals that the percentage of Americans savoring dessert after dinner has increased 5% since 2009, and 78% of treats enjoyed after

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Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Slide Amid Seasonal Weakness

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) were under pressure in September, with their national average for regular grade gasoline registering a fourth consecutive weekly decline through the week-ended Sept. 30 at $3.425 gallon, an eight-month low. It’s unclear if the EIA would update

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