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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Oklahoma

Eco-friendly store offers more food and fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store at Ninth Street and Speer Avenue in Sapulpa, Okla. This 5,000-square-foot store, which offered $1 fresh pizza slices during opening week, replaces a smaller store at 709 N. Ninth Street. The location opened on June 27. The new

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager

Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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Premium Fresh-Brewed Coffee

The Coca-Cola Co. introduces Gold Peak Coffee, enabling foodservice operators and retailers to offer consumers fresh-brewed premium coffee at an affordable price. The branded, high-quality coffee is rich, full-bodied, aromatic and made from 100% Arabica beans cultivated with care to ensure a smooth taste. It’s available to independent restaurants and national chains in three proprietary,

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Spreadable Chocolate

Hershey’s Spreads offers Hershey’s unmistakable chocolate taste in three delicious spreadable varieties: chocolate, chocolate with almond and chocolate with hazelnut. Make snacking enjoyable with Hershey’s Spreads on a variety of foods from bananas, apples, nuts and berries to breads, crackers and pretzels. The spreads are available in 13-ounce jars, with a suggested retail price of

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Versatile Grill

Hatco Corp.’s innovative Multi Contact Grill (MCG) offers flexibility, ease of cleaning and precision cooking performance. It provides operators with reliable quality for years of trouble-free, versatile cooking. The Multi Contact Grill includes enamel coated, rust and scratch resistant cast iron plates. Both grooved and smooth are available and coupled with a quick-change feature, to

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BBQ Grill Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza, an industry-leading provider of fresh-made pizza and sandwiches to the convenience store industry, introduces its new seasonal pizza, the BBQ Grill Pizza. The company’s concept kitchen developed the pizza by combining favorite summer BBQ elements with traditional pizza components. Though there was no debate about the excellence of the meat toppings (Beef,

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Deli Wedge Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, is expanding its Fast Choice sandwich line to include a variety of deli wedge sandwiches, including Turkey Breast & Cheese, Honey Ham & Cheese, Chicken Salad and Tuna Salad. With the addition of deli sandwiches to the hot sandwich offerings

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Easily Fill Squeeze Bottles

The FastFill back-of-the-house bottle filler quickly refills condiment squeeze bottles, ramekins and pans from bulk packaging with no mess. This wall-mounted, lever-operated unit dispenses from common one-and-a-half-gallon pouches with 16-millimeter fitment. The FastFill dispenser helps improve operational efficiency by allowing one ketchup or condiment SKU for both front- and back-of-house use. The FastFill is a

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Tedeschi Promotes Donoghue To Chief Operating Officer

Position includes overseeing the collaboration of all operations and facilitates. Tedeschi Food has promoted Greg Donoghue to chief operating officer. Donoghue succeeds Robert Tedeschi Jr., who retired late last month after nearly 39 years of notable service. In his role, Donoghue will oversee all operations and facilitates collaboration and project management oversight for all departmental

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Gluten-Free Granola

Nana’s Nola introduces grab-and-go gluten-free granola, offering consumers and Celiac’s a healthy snack that packs a powerhouse of multiple organic whole grains, all natural organic sweeteners, and two grams of both protein and fiber. Nana’s Nola contains no soy, artificial additives or preservatives. Nana’s Nola is off to a roaring start as bags of Nana’s

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Prepare Early For Valentine’s Day

The passion for Mars Chocolate brands hits a high note during the Valentine’s Day season. Consumers are looking for both romantic and non-romantic items at a variety of price points, and brand, packaging and shape are all important criteria. Mars answers with delicious items in a range of formats and flavors to satisfy all of

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Kretek Welcomes New Western Region Sales Director

Sean Geary to focus on enhancing Kretek’s retail distribution of key brands and developing key retail chains business relationships. Kretek International Inc. has named Sean Geary as Western Region Sales Director. Geary will report to Kretek Field Sales Vice President Russ Mancuso, and will be responsible for business development and retail growth of Kretek brands

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Global Oil Prices Pressured as Geopolitical Concerns Ease

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. Global oil prices are down $5 bbl from early June as the market retraces a spike in value to a nine-month high triggered by concern over supply disruptions in Iraq by a Sunni militant group, with the market erasing the geopolitical premium caused by the threat. The

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Weather and Rising Gas Prices Hurt Convenience Store Visits

Loyalty on the rise in the first quarter of 2014, reports NPD Group. Blame the weather and rising gas prices for the decline in visits to convenience stores in the first quarter of 2014, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic to convenience stores decreased by 3.5% in the first three months

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Atlas Oil Acquires More Than 80 Houston Fuel Customers

Acquires Dennis Trigg portfolio of business. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. has acquired the Dennis Trigg portfolio of business in the greater Houston, Texas area as part of the national fuel supply, logistics and services company’s extensive growth plan. Atlas Oil Company Chairman and CEO Sam Simon made the announcement. Through the acquisition of this

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7-Eleven Partners With Nexxus Group

7-Eleven to use Nexxus Group’s SBT program to manage newspaper category invoices. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with The Nexxus Group to employ that company’s scan-based trading (SBT) process to handle payments with its newspaper distributors. The Nexxus Group will use its proprietary SBT program to manage the newspaper category invoices for more than

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22nd Century Group Announces U.S. Patent For Regulating Nicotine in Tobacco

“We believe there will be tremendous commercial opportunities for both our very low nicotine and our higher nicotine tobacco varieties,” says 22nd Century spokesperson. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for technology that decreases or increases nicotine production and levels in tobacco

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Brewing a Coffee Strategy Pays Dividends

A well-run program can help customers start the day with a smile and bring them back again and again. It can also anchor a breakfast program, serve as a profit center and prove a key point of differentiation—assuming it is done right. Doing it right means starting with top-quality products, having all the condiments and

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VCU Earns C-Store Accolades

After putting a novel spin on an existing theme, Virginia Commonwealth University is named top innovator in 2014’s NACUFS New Store Design competition. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores aren’t new to U.S. college campuses. For years, universities have afforded students expedient spaces where they can purchase beverages, snacks and merchandise. However, just like

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Reflecting on 25 Years

By John Lofstock, Editor Like most organizations, milestone anniversaries are very special for all of us here at Convenience Store Decisions. Providing 25 years of service to the convenience store and petroleum industry is both gratifying and humbling. We have survived this long because of our readers, and that isn’t something I take lightly. This

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Love’s Travel Stop Re-Opens in Erick, Okla.

The rebuilt Love’s features additional amenities for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops opened a brand new travel stop in Erick, Okla., on I-40, Exit 7, on Thursday, June 26. The location replaces the Love’s that opened in Erick in 1989. The new travel stop offers additional items and services for professional drivers, including four diesel

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CAA Defeats Anti-Cigar Measures in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Cigar Association of America, over the past several days, has  defeated harmful taxation and regulation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On June 26, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) was alerted that cigars and other tobacco products were being considered for new taxes, to help fund a $29 billion annual budget in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia

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7-Eleven Debuts Doritos Loaded

Mtn Dew Solar Flare joins Big Gulf fountain drinks. 7-Eleven Inc. and PepsiCo have announced the national launch of two complementary food and beverage product innovations for 7-Eleven customers this summer. The two companies are launching Doritos Loaded, a bold, new snack sensation, and Mtn Dew Solar Flare, the first-ever exclusive Mountain Dew flavor for

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Piccadilly Circus Pizza Introduces BBQ Grill Pizza

Lively debate erupts over BBQ sauce. Piccadilly Circus Pizza, a provider of fresh-made pizza and sandwiches to theconvenience store industry, reluctantly (somewhat) introduces its new seasonal pizza—BBQ Grill Pizza—on account of lively debate. “We’re peaceful people,” explains Marketing Vice President Dana Evaro. “But when we couldn’t agree on a BBQ sauce, things got interesting.” The

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Low-Calorie Energy Gem

Energems has launched the new Energems Single Serve Bags. Energems are great tasting energy supplements made with a special blend of Bvitamins, caffeine and real milk chocolate. The hard-coated gems are only 15 calories each and available in Chocolate, Mint and Peanut Butter. Now in addition to being offered in multi-serving boxes that retail for

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