Couche-Tard Announces Q2 Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues were up 4.5% in the U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, including net earnings of $229.8 million, up 26.8%. Excluding the non-recurring items, net earnings would have been approximately $249.0 million compared with $171.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase

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BPI Seeks Nominations For Best Practice Awards

Innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who are positively impacting their organizations to be recognized.   Best Practice Institute is calling for nominations for its 2014 Best Practice Awards. Entries and nominations are being accepted for four honors: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner, Best Practice CEO, Best Practice Thought Leader and Best Practice Company Founder. Multiple winners

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New Conveyor Oven

Middleby Marshall has introduced the new PS360G conveyor oven with WOW! 2 technology. The new oven is designed for operators who want to replace their existing PS360/350 ovens with the same size bake chamber and updated cooking technologies. Upgrading from the PS360/350 oven to the new PS360G allows operators to cook 30% faster than standard

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Twice the Fun

WARHEADS is doubling down on kid’s love of sour with WARHEADS Sour Dippin’ Pucker Packs.  These dextrose dip n’ lick packets are the only sour version on the market, and are sure to bring the fun back to the category. Each packet brings twice the sour and twice the fun with a sour and flavored

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Pipes and Tobaccos

Arango Cigar Co., national distributor of a wide variety of tobacco products and related accessories, is now offering the entire product line of 19 Rattray’s Epicurean Pipe Tobaccos.  All are hand-blended and packed in 100-gram tins, with five also offered in 50-gram tins.  Additionally, 14 blends are available in 17.5-ounce bags.  “Our best-selling Rattray’s tobaccos

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Gourmet Brownies

Barry’s Gourmet Brownies is slated to be featured in one of the most coveted media spots available—prime time on QVC, airing on Dec. 11.  Barry’s Gourmet Brownies produces pre-packaged brownies, brownie bites in a cup and fresh-baked brownie sheets for a wide variety of retail markets as well as travel, entertainment venues and restaurants. Consumers

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Best in Class Food Machines

Hobart received top rankings from in the 2013 Best in Class Survey conducted by Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine. Hobart received the top ranking in the floor mixer and electric slicer categories of the 2013 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies survey of foodservice consultants, dealers and operators. “We are honored that these two products are ranked

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Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup

New Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup offers a hot and wholesome portable breakfast option that meets the needs of the growing lifestyle performance consumer segment. Made with a blend of whole grains, oats, wheat, barley and quinoa, Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup has the wholesome, recognizable ingredients that provide the positive nutrition lifestyle performance consumers

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Limited Edition Cigarillo

Swisher introduces its first Swisher Sweets limited edition cigarillo, Swisher Sweets Sticky Sweets. The cigar is unmistakably Swisher Sweets with a unique flavor—sweet caramel fused with juicy peach—and an equally pleasant aroma. Sticky Sweets comes in a resealable, two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Additional limited flavors are expected throughout 2014. This flavor of

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New Breakfast Experience

Hillshire Brands Co. has introduced Jimmy Dean Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links. Add a new twist to grab-n-go breakfast sales with the new Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links from Jimmy Dean, the No. 1 brand in breakfast sausage, (SymphonyIRI, Dollar Share for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 8, 2013).  Perfectly sized for a

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Ready-To-Drink Horchata

Rosa’s Horchata LLC has launched the first shelf-stable, premium-quality, branded Horchata throughout Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. This delicious milk and rice-based beverage, which is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, is a staple of the Hispanic/Mexican-American household, and can now be enjoyed with the convenience of a single-serve, ready-to-drink, shelf-stable offering. Horchata is an authentic and

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FIN Branding Group Promotes Two Regional Directors of Sales

“Both Kevin and Doug have an excellent track record within our company and each brings a unique point of view to this role,” says CEO of FIN Branding Group. FIN Branding Group, one of the fastest growing names in electronic cigarettes, has promoted two individuals—Kevin Klyczek and Doug MacLeod—to the roles of regional director of

Living Essentials Launches 5-hour Energy Helps Amazing People Program

Program recognizes people who strive to make others’ lives better. Living Essentials LLC, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, announced the national launch of the “5-hour ENERGY Helps Amazing People program,” which recognizes outstanding people who, despite their own challenges, give their time and energy to make the lives of others better. Those who are

Pilot Flying J Settlement Approved

Settlement of $84.9 million to end class action lawsuit. A federal judge in Arkansas has approved an $84.9 million class action settlement of fraud claims against Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Online reported. The settlement breakdown: • $56.5 million to pay trucking companies the fuel rebates and discounts they were allegedly shorted •  $9.75 million in

Wells Fargo Hosts E-Cig Forum

Big opportunities exist for electronic cigarettes. Wells Fargo Securities hosted its Inaugural E-Cig Forum in New York City on Nov. 21. The conference gathered e-cig industry leaders, public health and regulatory experts and investors. “We came away with an even greater conviction that e-cigs will be a game changer and will eventually be margin enhancing

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Maverik Installs Emerson XJ Unit To Increase Efficiency

Unit withstands 147-degree temperatures in rooftop application test. Maverik Convenience Stores installed Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.’s Copeland Scroll Outdoor Condensing Unit (XJ) to aid efficiency in an extreme application. When Maverik was seeking a new outdoor condensing unit that met energy efficiency requirements and low decibel levels for its existing refrigerant, the c-store chain turned

The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100 Years

Gulf Refining Co. opened the nation’s first drive-up service station in Pittsburgh on Dec. 1, 1913. While fueling stations existed before 1913 — after all, Karl Benz is credited with inventing the first gasoline-powered automobile in 1885 — fueling was far from convenient a century ago. Early fueling sites were a patchwork collection of pharmacies

Wawa Adds Lottery To New Jersey Stores

Celebrates grand opening of Jackson, N.J. location. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey store in Jackson, on Nov. 22,  and officially announced its statewide partnership with the New Jersey Lottery and the addition of offering lottery in all New Jersey Wawa stores. Located at 329 North County Line Road in

Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions Delivers

In wake of weekend storms, fuel is transported to mission-critical businesses. After the Midwest was rocked by a series of tornadoes and severe storms on Sunday, Nov. 17 that left an estimated 235,000 southeast Michigan homes and businesses without power, Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions (EFS) delivered more than 10,000 gallons of emergency fuel to

The Pantry To Host Q4 Conference Call

The Pantry Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m.

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Beverage Survey Reveals Trends

Food accompaniment grows as beverage occasion. Kantar Worldpanel, which maintains one of the largest continuous consumer survey panels in the world, recently analyzed the top trends driving the U.S. Beverage market. Its report Kantar Worldpanel 2013 Beverage Trends found customer needs are evolving, and they are drinking beverages to fulfill needs beyond the primary ones

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Iran Deal Pressures Gasoline Futures

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric On the heels of a fresh upside technical breakout on the charts, the nearest delivered gasoline futures contract trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange was under selling pressure following news over the weekend Iran reached a deal with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council

CST Brands To Ring Opening Bell

After listing its IPO on the NYSE earlier this year, CST is set to ring in Tuesday’s trading day.   Corner Store team members will be busy this holiday season building nine new stores, most of them slated to open in the first quarter of 2014. The new builds on tap follow a slate of

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Scroggins Receives Foodservice Editorial Council’s Top Award

John Scroggins’ contributions to IFEC and the field of foodservice communications are honored with the Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) has announced John Scroggins, vice president, Noble, as the recipient of the 2013 Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award. The council’s highest honor, informally called the “Betty,” is presented annually

Enmark Partners With OpenStore

Launches a turnkey marketing solution for 59 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Convenience store chain Enmark has integrated OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution, into its 59 locations throughout Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. By integrating this platform across its stores, Enmark stations now have the capability of connecting directly with

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