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Reinventing the Neighborhood Market

Kyle’s Kwik Stop Corner Markets in east Texas is testing a new business model by emphasizing the local community. By Megan Wilkinson, Assistant Editor. On the outside, Kyle’s Kwik Stop’s latest store looks like a simple c-store. Yet, step inside the Longview, Texas unit and customers get a taste of the neighborhood from its breakfast

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2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Thirteen leaders in the confection industry are inducted to the Candy Hall of Fame this fall. Information on the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., is now available online.  The following are inductees for the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame: Jim Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System Pierson Clair, Brown & Haley

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Cookies and Crème

Now customers can savor the grown-up experience of a childhood favorite with the flavors of cookies and crème. New DOVE Brand Silky Smooth Cookies and Crème blends white chocolate and crunchy chocolate cookie bits into an indulgence that only DOVE Chocolate can deliver. This new item is available in three formats: single bar, large bar

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Better Candy Packaging

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc., manufacturers and marketers of America’s favorite candy and fruit snacks brands for more than 30 years, announced the launch of its beloved confection brands in new, resealable, stand-up bag packaging. The packaging features a large portfolio of Promotion In Motion’s leading snacks, including Sour Jacks Watermelon, Sour Jacks Original, Sun-Maid

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Understanding What Your Customers are Buying

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the market basket of 18-34-year-old convenience store shoppers. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. Numerous reports are being written about connecting to and interacting with the Millennial (18-34 year-old) generation. These Millennials, numbering 71 million-plus according to the 2010 U.S. Census, are a key shopper

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Chocolate Sales Boost Confections

Despite the weak economy, consumers continue to indulge in candy. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. The confectionery retail market has grown across all trade channels, but convenience stores have outpaced the overall retail market. Iconic brands (Hershey, Nestlé, Mars) prowl the chocolate landscape and provide consumers an affordable indulgence in a bitter economy. According to

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Mars Unveils New Solar Garden

Ethel M Chocolate Factory demonstrates Mars’ commitment to sustainability. Mars Chocolate North America, makers of Las Vegas’ own Ethel M Chocolates, has announced the grand opening of a new solar garden at its Henderson chocolate factory. The state-of-the-art solar installation provides 100% of the electrical energy to the Ethel Ms plant during peak operating hours.

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Snickers the Tops

Mars Foodservice presents the top-testing new candy bar launch from Mars in over three years: Snickers Brand Peanut Butter Squared, which combines peanuts, caramel, nougat, milk chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is quickly becoming a leader in the snack industry, making up more than 18% of the entire chocolate

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NACS 2011 Impact Confections

New Warhead Sour Twist. Famous for extreme hard sour candy. Variety of pack sizes, including theatre style and one of the top sellers in its category.

Revolymer

A new revolution in chewing gum, Rev 7. Great tasting, long lasting flavor and an exceptional chewing experience. The ONLY removable and degradable chewing gum. Check out how you can benefit from Rev 7!

Impact Confections

New Warhead Sour Twist. Famous for extreme hard sour candy. Variety of pack sizes, including theatre style and one of the top sellers in its category.

Maintain A Thriving Candy Aisle

Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new Web site exclusively for convenience store operators. Mars24seven.com is a resource center with everything c-store operators need to create, enhance and maintain a successful candy aisle and to help drive overall store sales. With the click of a mouse, c-store operators have all the information in front

Sweetening Candy Sales

 Americans’ love affair with chocolate will never end. That said, sales of non-chocolate candy and gum are rising steadily, fueled by the economy and the search for innovative, flavorful new products. “Yes, people are right in calling this a strong category,” said Bill Singer, a principal in Singer’s Chevron Inc. in Walla Walla, Wash. “When

Chocolate Sweetens Candy Sales

TOP PERFORMERS Hershey’s Mars HONORABLE MENTIONS Nestlé Ghirardelli While the current recession has slowed down sales of everything from cars to organic groceries, people seem happy to keep shelling out for chocolate, and convenience store owners couldn’t happier. Chocolate is one of the more recession-resilient food sectors. With consumers eating out less and eating at

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