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Kentucky Re-Examines State Laws On Sale Of Liquor

One U.S. district judge calls Kentucky’s law prohibiting the sale of wine and liquor in c-stores and grocery stores “unconstitutional.” A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that a Kentucky law prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II of Louisville, Ky., said the state

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Ready Pac Foods Recalls Mass Amount Of Apple Products

Ready Pac Foods makes a large recall on sliced apples sold in c-stores, supermarkets and fast food chains. Ready Pac Foods Inc. recalled apple slices and pieces sold at fast food chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King, supermarkets and convenience stores because of possible listeria contamination. Ready Pac Foods reported it is recalling 293,488

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Par Mar Hosts Make-A-Wish Event

The Par Mar Convenience Store in Fairmont, Va. hosted an event on Aug. 1 to support the Make-A-Wish Campaign,  WBOY News 12 reported. The OMEGA and Make-A-Wish campaign are selling “Wish Stars” for $1 at convenience and grocery stores all month long, with the proceeds going to help grant wishes for sick children, such as

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AWMA & Merchants Grocery Co. Host FDA Plant Tour

Merchants Grocery Co. plant tour aims to help FDA better understand the distributor’s role in the tobacco distribution process. A group of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators visited AWMA member Merchants Grocery Co. in Culpeper, Va., on Wednesday, July 18, and viewed the company’s tobacco processing operation at the invitation of AWMA and Merchants. 

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Gas Stations Experience Sharp Decline In Sales

Retail sales are declining across the board, and gas stations receive the biggest blow. Retail sales declined by 0.5% in June, following declines in May and April as more consumers cut spending on goods and services, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported. The biggest decline in sales occurred at gas stations, which is a good

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Retail Study Finds Store Brands Thrive In U.S. Market

Store-brands still prove to be highly popular with U.S. consumers when compared with brand-name products. A study released by Accenture finds that two-thirds of U.S. shoppers surveyed admitted that their grocery carts were half full of store-brand products. Some admitted to Accenture that they even increased their purchase of store-brand products in recent years as

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Publix Lets Consumers Order Deli Online

Publix c-stores tests the online sale of deli products at one of its stores this August. Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering plans to launch at a Lakeland, Fla., store on Aug. 3 and is expected to rollout in 50 additional stores later this year. Customers will be able to order custom deli subs, wraps, meats

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Seattle Bans Plastic Bags

More U.S. cities go green and ban the use of plastic bags in retail outlets. The ban on plastic bags continues as Seattle bans single-use plastic shopping bags at all businesses in the city, according to an Examiner report. The ban went into effect on Sunday, as was approved by the Seattle City Council in December.

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Fruit Punch and Strawberry Passion Juice Drinks

Minute Maid is introducing two new juice drink flavors—Fruit Punch and Strawberry Passion—to its Juice To Go portfolio. Both bring together a blend of tasty fruit flavors and, because they are from the Minute Maid brand you know and trust, both all-new varieties offer refreshing, on-the-go enjoyment that can fit into any schedule. Both are

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Shell, Jewel-Osco Launch Fuel Rewards Program

“Jewel-Osco is pleased to be able to offer local consumers the opportunity to save money on fuel,” says Jewel-Osco’s director of marketing. Shell and Jewel-Osco are teaming up to help local shoppers get increased value on their everyday grocery purchases by launching the My Jewel-Osco Fuel Rewards program in participating area Jewel-Osco stores. Local consumers

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Americans Favor Fuel From Grocery And Wholesale Markets, Study Finds

Traditional gasoline and c-store brands continue to sell the most gasoline, but consumers are increasing their tendency to fuel-up at grocers or warehouse retailers. A survey of 4,500 consumers, completed by Market Force Information, reports that Costco and Kroger are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks as of April 2012. The survey found

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Save-A-Lot Launches Road Trip Campaign

Teams of two invited to compete for four-week, 12-city brand ambassador gig. Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUPERVALU Inc., is launching a national search for a team of two interns to serve as brand ambassadors—or Road Scholars—for its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip campaign. The winning team will

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Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Milky Way kicks off summer season with ice cream bars for retailers and fans. This summer, the Milky Way brand introduced Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars, and plans to celebrate by featuring a special edition Milky Way chocolate ice cream truck. “The ice cream truck tour will help us bring the popular Milky Way

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LA Bans Plastic Bags In Retail Outlets

Los Angeles plans to get rid of all plastic bags in the city to promote sustainability in its grocery, convenience and retail stores. The Los Angeles City Council approved a sweeping ban on the distribution of single-use, plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies within the city. This decision came from a

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Kroger Brings Hope To Hungry Families

Kroger contributes more than $30 million in food and funds to local food banks through charity since 2006. The Kroger Co. commits to bringing hope and help to hungry families throughout the year, but from May 27 through June 9, the company plans to participate in the annual “Bringing Hope To The Table” campaign. “Bringing

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Kroger Receives Black Pearl Award For Food Safety

“Every day, 339,000 associates work to ensure the safety of the food products manufactured in our plants and sold in our stores,” says Kroger spokesperson. The Kroger Co. has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award for advancing food safety and quality. The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) names one

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Excentus Files Lawsuit Against QuikTrip

Suit alleges that Chopper Shopper Fuel Rewards program infringes on patents owned by Excentus. Excentus Corp. has filed a patent and trademark infringement lawsuit against QuikTrip Corp., Midax, Inc. and several companies operating Price Chopper grocery stores. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri for unspecified damages,

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Shell Helps Customers Save At The Pump

Consumers enjoy regular savings on high-quality fuel with grocery rewards programs. Fuel prices are top of mind for many consumers and finding ways to save at the pump continues to be a priority. That’s why Shell is reminding consumers that they can turn their everyday purchases on groceries into significant savings on high-quality fuel at

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A Gift for All Seasons

The prepaid market is booming as retailers begin to capitalize on seasonal opportunities and serving the underbanked. By John Lofstock, Editor. The gift card market is rosy and analysts are poised for another strong year in 2012. In 2011, 80% of consumers planned on buying gift cards for the holiday season, up from 2010, and

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Lil’ Drug Store Products Wins Award

Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. reinforces its local commitment and leadership with “Here’s to Your Health” program for employees. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a multinational company that pioneered the non-prescription drug market and revolutionized health and beauty care in the convenience, grocery, drug, and mass market retailing sectors, has received recognition for promoting

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Food Lion Launches New Brand Strategy

Lower prices, fresh produce and an enhanced shopping experience to greet customers in 268 Food Lion stores. Food Lion has launched a new brand strategy in 268 stores in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  These markets are the first stores in 2012 to unveil the new strategy, which is based on customer feedback and

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Capturing Hispanic Customers

Offering quality customer service with bilingual employees and traditional foods can drive retail loyalty among the growing Hispanic population. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Today, Hispanic food is mainstream and attractive to a wide array of demographics seeking spicier flavors, but the secret to keeping your Hispanic customers’ repeat business lies in more than just

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Winn-Dixie Opens Two New Stores

Locations to offer a Wi-Fi Internet café area with complimentary coffee. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is celebrating the completion of two newly remodeled state-of-the-art stores in central Florida. The stores are located at  951 State Road 434 W. Longwood, Fla. and at  7800 U.S. 17/92 S. Fern Park, Fla., located in the Main Street Square shopping

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Shopping On The Commute

Grocery shopping is now as simple as a few cell phone clicks. Philadelphians spend on average of nearly 30 minutes commuting to work, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That amounts to 2.5 hours per week. And now, commuters can put that time to good use by getting a jump start on their grocery shopping—provided

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If you are looking to diversify your business portfolio, watch this video to see how Save-A-Lot’s Ownership Program will fit in with your current portfolio. Save-A-Lot is a leading hard discount retailer that specializes in selling the most common purchase items in the most common sizes.

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