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Healthy Snacking Providing New Opportunities

The sweet snacks category shows no sign of slowing down, thanks to a combination of product innovation, smaller portion sizes, enduring brand power and retailers’ recognition that it earns every inch of its shelf space. “The category is doing great,” said Wade Hollis, senior manager of category buyers for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.

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Seeds and Nuts Bolster Healthy Snack Sales

Nuts and seeds satisfy too many of Americans’ basic needs—starting with health and convenience—for the brisk sales they are enjoying to slow down any time soon.“People are looking for healthier food,” said John Tomlinson, director of purchasing and merchandising for Duchess Shoppes, in Heath, Ohio, which operates 123 Duchess Shoppes. “That’s why they are heading

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Strong Outlook for Meat Snacks

Estimates from Chicago-based Mintel Group, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey and other data, project solid growth for meat snacks all the way through at least 2015, when they should top $1.3 billion While regular-flavored meat and beef jerky products are the most popular based on usage, the research showed, teriyaki

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Mints Offer Optimism in Confectionery Segment

While a staple in convenience stores, gum sales continued their decline last year, down 7.2% in dollar sales and almost 8% in unit sales from 2012, according to data from Information Resources, Inc. (IRI). Dollar sales of regular gum declined a little over 6%, unit sales more than 10%, while sugarless decreased 7.4% in dollar

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Sea-Salted Caramel Dairy Seasoning

Land O’Lakes Ingredients announced the addition of Sea-Salted Caramel to its line of dairy seasonings, bringing the taste of America’s leading butter brand to the popular consumer flavor. A rich, LAND O LAKES butter powder base mixed with sweet caramel and sea salt gives this dairy seasoning a distinct and wholesome flavor. Food manufacturers will

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Organic Kettle Corn Snacks

Popcorn lovers who thought their favorite snack food couldn’t get any better may just find that conclusion turned on its head after trying KettlePop. As snack foods go, popcorn is one of the healthiest, packed with antioxidants. KettlePop scours the globe for the best organic, non-GMO ingredients and works closely with farmers to ensure that

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Grow Coffee Profits

Give your coffee program a caffeine boost with the innovative Curtis G4 Digital Gemini Brewing System. The secret to Gemini’s performance is smart IntelliFresh (IF) technology. Putting brains behind the brew, the Wilbur Curtis Co. developed IF as part of their quest to simplify brewing and serving high volumes of fresh coffee at the perfect

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Potato Chip Coated Chicken Tenderloins

Brakebush Brothers has introduced Tater Chip Tenders potato chip coated chicken tenderloins, the newest item in their line of innovative, breaded chicken products. These whole muscle, chicken tenderloins are coated in a crunchy, cravable layer of real potato chips.  They have real stopping power on the menu and deliver something new, interesting and wickedly satisfying. 

Voodoo Brand E-Pens and E-Liquids Designed to Grow the E-Vapor Section

E-Vapor Liquids & E-Pen Vaporizers

Kretek International Inc. announced the rollout of its new line of Voodoo brand e-vapor liquids and personal e-pens.  The expanded Voodoo lineup was introduced on Jan.29 at the TPC Show in Las Vegas and will be available for the U. S. market in April.  Voodoo brand’s new line allows ‘Vapers’ to customize and mix e-liquid

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New Cereal Bars

Leveraging the huge popularity of Kellogg’s Krave Cereal, Kellogg’s introduces a deliciously different treat: Kellogg’s Krave Treat Bars. Like the cereal, Kellogg’s Krave Treat Bars are made with multi-grains and real chocolate, but take deliciousness to a new level by adding marshmallow crème to the S’mores flavor and chocolate crème to the Brownie flavor. Both

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Protein Packed Snack

The Oscar Mayer brand has introduced P3 Portable Protein Pack, packs of meat, cheese and nuts, designed for active consumers looking for a snack to help keep them going throughout the day. Supported by a major national marketing effort, P3 Portable Protein Pack is poised to become a major force in the growing $19 billion

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Cookies With M&M’S

Keebler and Mars Inc. have teamed up to introduce three irresistible cookies filled with M&M’S; the new cookie line-up now available nationwide. The new additions to the cookie kingdom include Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies with Mini M&M’S, which made their first appearance in stores late February. These cookies feature miniature M&M’S and

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Walmart Debuts C-store Concept

Walmart To Go arrives in Arkansas with low prices and gasoline service. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has rolled out its Walmart To Go convenience store concept in its home state of Arkansas. The first location debuted Wednesday, March 19 at 1300 S. Walton Blvd. in Benton, Ark., Arkansas Business Online reported.     The store measures 2,500

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CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip 2014 Kicks Off

Road trip to reward good deeds. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its 2014 Fueling Good Road Trip on March 25 in Atlanta. Led by Adam and Diego, these two Fueling Good Ambassadors are traveling the highways and back roads of the 27 states and the District of Columbia where CITGO and its network of locally

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Circle K Adding New Protein Shot

Three flavor profiles to roll out at 395 stores. Circle K is adding Pro Balance Inc.’s The Original Protein Shot—Protein 15 at select locations beginning May 2014 with its introduction into 395 stores in the company’s Midwest Region. “The partnership with Circle K further solidifies our industry leading position in the convenient protein category,” said

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Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Tobacco Ordinance

Coupon, promotional price and minimum pack price restrictions on hold. At a federal district court hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014, a federal judge ordered New York City not to enforce Section 6 of the recently enacted New York City tobacco ordinance until the later of May 23, 2014, or the adoption of final regulations

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Couche-Tard Reports Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues up 3.8% in the U.S. For its third quarter of fiscal 2014, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $182.3 million, up $40.1 million or 28.2%, equivalent to $0.96 per share on a diluted basis, an increase of $0.21 per share or 28.0% over diluted net earnings per share of the third

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E15 Now Available in Cambridge, Neb.

Anew Travel Center to begin selling E15 and flex fuel options. Anew Travel Center in Cambridge, Neb. now offers E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and

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Mintel Notes Top Social Media Trends

Employees and top executives are moving front-and-center of their brands’ social media strategy. Mintel has released its latest social media trends update from social media analysts Gabi Lieberman and Lizz Martinez. They have once again singled out the top five trends in online consumer marketplace behavior this quarter, identified from high-level research into the strategies

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Video System Integration Services

Gulfcoast Software Solutions LLC offers video, loss prevention and point-of-sale (POS) data integration solutions that use the Gulfcoast Storekeeper Hybrid DVR and NVR Video Management System. However, the solutions also integrate seamlessly with many other DVR brands, including Samsung, Bosch, Ionit, NUUO, Avigilon, Geovision and others. Gulfcoast features a state of the art video and

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Couche-Tard Announces Management Changes

Bouchard becomes founder and executive chairman of the board of directors, as Brian Hannasch takes on the position of president and CEO.       Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced that corporation founder Alain Bouchard, has decided to take a new role as founder and executive chairman of the Board of Directors starting Sept. 24, 2014, the

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Country Fair Reaches Fundraising Milestone

Supports local Muscular Dystrophy Association programs.  On Feb. 28, local CITGO Retailer Country Fair Inc. hit a major fundraising milestone by raising $1 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Bill Donor, a regular customer at the Country Fair location on Peach St. in Erie, Pa., purchased a paper shamrock as part of the CITGO

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Higher While Futures Slide

By Brian Milne,  Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. mostly increased during the week-ended St. Patrick’s Day, with supplier postings lower in the Rockies, while the gasoline futures contract slid to its lowest point since the end of February on a decline by global and U.S.

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Love’s Debuts New Travel Stop Model

With an efficient design and a range of amenities, the new store positions Love’s for future growth. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted a new travel stop model with the opening of its new store in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385. The travel stop opened on Thursday, March 13, and offers a more efficient design

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Getty Divesting 47 Retail Properties In Eight States

NRC and Getty Realty Corp. to conduct sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) announced that it has been retained again by Getty Realty Corp. to coordinate the divestiture of 16 gasoline stations, 29 commercial and retail properties formerly used as gas stations and two industrial sites in Connecticut (3), Illinois (1),

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