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Restaurant Breakfast Visits Grow

Lunch and dinner visits decline, reports NPD.  U.S. consumers cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Over 12.5 billion breakfast visits were made to U.S. foodservice outlets last year, a 3%

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Upside for Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slows in Early March

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The upside push in wholesale gasoline costs slowed in early March, with supplier offers at the terminal known as rack postings shallowly mixed at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. The mixed offers follow an increase by the U.S. retail gasoline price average to a $3.479 gallon

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Alon USA Energy Reports Financial Results

“Overall, we are happy with the progress we made in 2013,” says Alon’s CEO and president. Alon USA Energy Inc. has announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Net loss available to stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $(14.0) million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to net income available

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Harris Poll Shows Customer Feelings On Labeling

Not all nutrition labels are helpful to customers. Ever stood in the aisle of a grocery store completely overwhelmed by the claims jumping out from the labels? You may not be alone. Health advocacy groups have long decried America’s nutrition labeling system as misleading, confusing and, ultimately, inaccurate, and the FDA recently announced plans to

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Family Dollar Partners with EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

“Through this partnership, we will demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of the buildings we operate,” says Family Dollar spokesperson. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. Through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s

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Dunkin’ Donuts Plans For 46 New Restaurants In Sacramento

More than 150 standalone Dunkin’ Donuts planned for California over next several years. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, Sizzling Donuts LLC, for 46 new restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento metro area and surrounding cities of Stockton, Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Placerville and Davis, Calif.   Over the past

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New Products Drive Chocolate Sales

Despite a host of new product introductions and package sizes, chocolate SKUs are holding strong at convenience stores. At Zarco 66, different product configurations and package types and sizes of long-time favorite brands are keeping the category fresh and appealing to a wide range of consumers, said Scott Zaremba, owner of the 10-store Kansas chain.

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Innovation Drives Cold, Frozen Dispensed Beverages

More than ever, consumers are looking for variety, convenience, speedy service and value when it comes to purchasing cold and frozen dispensed beverages, said Tandy Arrant, business manager for Lubbock, Texas-based United Express convenience stores.   Over the past year, Arrant said, the stores have experienced double-digit sales increases in this category, and he expects

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Despite Popularity, Carbonated Soft Drinks Facing Challenges

Not very long ago, carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) were the rage of a young Baby Boomer generation. Coke and Pepsi ruled the cold door, and life was good for convenience store retailers. But that day has passed, as the category has been flat—or even in decline—for several years, forcing retailers to reset coolers to capitalize

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Winter Weather Pummels Foodservice Sales

“We expect that consumers will enthusiastically return to foodservice in the spring, but January and February have to be considered lost dining occasions for foodservice operators,” says Technomic spokesperson.    Some 40% of foodservice operators nationally indicate that the weather since Jan. 1 has had a negative impact on sales according to a research report

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The NPD Group Signs Market Information Agreement With Nielsen

Exclusive school and office supplies market information agreement will offer the industry’s most complete information for total market view. The NPD Group Inc., a global information company, has signed a market information services agreement with Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, for school and office supplies retail

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IDDBA President Passes Away

“Carol has built an effective, committed team and our operations have grown and improved every year thanks to her inspiring, innovative leadership,” says IDDBA senior vice president. Carol Christison, longtime International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) president died March 4, 2014. Christison replaced retiring International Cheese & Deli Association Executive Director, Willard Reese in December of 1982

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Report Reveals 2014 Grocery Trends

Five years from now, the U.S. grocery landscape is set to look markedly different. Planet Retail has released a report titled “U.S. Grocery Retailing 014: Top trends shaping tomorrow’s landscape,” analyzing five big trends reshaping the grocery landscape “Change is the only constant. An old saying indeed, but one that aptly captures the direction U.S.

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CITGO, PS Food Mart Kick Off Fight Hunger Give Hope Campaign

Annual program will raise funds for local food pantries. PS Food Mart Charities has announced the launch of the fifth annual Fight Hunger Give Hope campaign in support of local food banks. From March 3 through March 16, 31 participating PS Food Mart stores in Michigan and Ohio will join together with a goal to

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Kretek International Appoints Vice President of Field Sales

New product lines and expansion into new categories leads to appointment of new vice president of field sales. Kretek International Inc. has appointed Russell Mancuso as vice president of field sales, with responsibility for direction and focus of the Kretek national sales force for all Kretek brands.  Mancuso will report to Kretek National Sales Vice

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Kum & Go Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site for first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consumer fundraising, is

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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The Pantry Fights Back

Urges stockholders to support value-enhancing changes.  The Pantry Inc. sent the following letter to stockholders in response to arguments made by the dissident stockholder group led by JCP Investment Management LLC in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Dear Fellow Stockholder, At The Pantry’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014,

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NRA Announces 2014 FABI Award Recipients

New type of pepper, beef bacon, gluten-free flour and vegan fishless filets are among food and beverage innovations to be showcased at National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)  announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Innovations (FABI) Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage innovations that will make a

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Rutter’s Adds Crab Cake Sliders to Menu

Soft pretzel bites are also new on the snack menu. Just in time for the Lenten season, Rutter’s Farm Stores has added another seafood option to the menu, crab cake sliders. The Maryland-style crab cakes are fried to perfection and can be ordered in quantities of 1, 3, 6 or 12. Rutter’s Rewards of up

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Obama Budget Proposes Federal Tobacco Tax Rate Increases

2015 proposal mirrors President Obama’s 2014 proposal, which Congress did not pass. President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget includes a 94 cents per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and a proportionate 93% increase in all other tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Each of these

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Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Vaping still allowed in lounges, e-cigarette stores and for film and theatrical purposes. Los Angeles has moved to ban public use of electronic cigarettes, following in the footsteps of New York, Chicago and Boston The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs

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Del Monte Expands its Tomato and Vegetable Program

Acquires approximately 2,620 acres of land in south Florida. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced that one of its North America subsidiaries acquired approximately 2,620 acres of agricultural production land located Northwest of Palm Beach, Fla. “The land on the east side of Lake Okeechobee is ideally located and has an ample water supply

Bear Aggression Triggers Bull Reaction in Oil Prices

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The weekend invasion of Ukraine by Russia has spiked global crude oil prices, hiking the geopolitical risk premium in crude values while the Obama administration has asked European countries to cut their oil and gas contracts with Russia, and to instead source crude from Africa, the Middle East

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