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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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General Mills Study Identifies How C-stores Can Better Connect

“Using digital channels to connect with convenience store shoppers can help build loyalty and drive traffic,” notes consumer insights manager at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. Shoppers actively use digital media to seek out information from retailers, yet convenience stores lag behind competing channels in digital connections. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Georgia Oil

Deal marks second acquisition since January for Empire. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 59 dealer supply agreements and certain real estate and leasehold assets from Georgia Oil Holdings. The acquisition further solidifies Empire’s presence in the Southeastern United States and in the Atlanta market in particular. Additionally, the transaction expands Empire’s existing

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Core-Mark Announces Record Annual Sales of $9.7 Billion

Fourth quarter non-cigarette sales growth over 18%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.  “We had a very good year in 2013. Our core strategies are

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Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Partner

“We both have the ambition to expand in the U.S. market and the Royal Agio portfolio compliments the Drew Estate brand portfolio perfectly,” says CEO of Royal Agio Cigars. Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1, 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell and distribute

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The Pantry Responds To Dissident Group Assertions

The company says that erroneous information was published by Glass Lewis and Dissident Group. The Pantry Inc. has responded to a report issued by Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC (“Glass Lewis”) on Feb. 27, 2014 in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014, as well as to a press

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Speedway Donates Over $60 Million To Children’s Miracle Network

Fundraising for the Charity totaled $7.6 Million in 2013. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC (Speedway) contributed $7,663,759 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, boosting the company’s total fundraising to more than $60 million since 1991. Donations in 2013 were up 18% over the previous year and benefitted 20

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Vaporin Partners With C-Store Distributors

National distribution agreement through Checkstand Program brings Vaporin products to convenience stores. Vaporin Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and e-liquids used for the delivery of nicotine, non-nicotine and cannabis-based products, announced an agreement with C-Store Distributors (C-Store) through their Checkstand Program for national distribution of the company’s electronic cigarettes, vaporizers

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