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CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

 “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing

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Authentic Mexican Flavor

Beer drinkers in the southwestern U.S. can quench their thirst for a unique, refreshing and authentic Mexican lager when Montejo arrives at bars, restaurants and at grocery and convenience stores Sept. 1. Anheuser-Busch will import Montejo—a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. The launch of Montejo marks the first

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Responsible Fast Food

Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals were created by Chef Maggie Radzwiller in response to the growing demand for plant-based meals. Radzwiller’s original recipes are prepared with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and herbs, and seasoned with original spice blends to create deliciously satisfying meals. Packaged in BPA-free microwavable jars, Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals go from the

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Bar Code Scanners

Datalogic has announced the availability of the QuickScan QBT2400 and QM2400 cordless imagers, the latest additions to the popular QuickScan 2D imager line of general purpose handheld scanners. The popularity of 2D bar codes has spread across all market segments of the data capture industry. As a result, imaging technology usage is steadily growing and

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Hot Chai Lattes

Hot chai lattes are a winter menu staple for many coffee shops. Now with Oregon Chai, convenience stores can expand beverage offerings this season with a new flavor in its signature chai collection: Oregon Chai Spiced. Built on Oregon Chai’s popular original black tea blend, this rich, creamy drink brings an even bolder flavor with

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Tobacco-Free Smokeless Alternative

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

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E-Cig Display

Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. is a custom in-store merchandising display company, which recently designed and produced a display for the e-cigarette company, Durasmoke, that has been placed in the convenience store environment. Merchandising solutions come in all sizes. This space-saving counter display provides high visibility for the DuraSmoke brand in the crowded convenience store

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PepsiCo To Increase Recycling And Protect Drinking Water

PepsiCo now addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50% by 2018. It’s a familiar sight. People pull into a gas station or convenience store and have no option other than trash cans to dispose of empty, recyclable beverage containers. Now,

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A First Look at Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino from General Foods International

Back by popular demand, General Foods International (GFI) is here to kick off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season that operators will want to take advantage of

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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee

The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Rutter’s Selects Second Winner of Gas for a Year

Second of four winners selected in summer sweepstakes. Jeff Weinman of Mountville, Pa. has been selected as the second winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year throughout the summer. Every customer can enter the drawing to win fuel for a

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Operation Chill Enters 19th Year

 Local police ‘ticket’ good kids with free Slurpee coupons. Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee drink at their neighborhood 7-Eleven store. For the 19th year, 7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with local police departments to distribute up to one-million free Slurpee coupons

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Testing Your Hot Dispensed Beverage IQ

With convenience stores putting so much focus on the coffee category, consumers stop to buy coffee at c-stores more than they fill up their cars. Can your stores compete with industry leaders? By David Bishop, Managing Partner, Balvor LLC Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the

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Details Emerge On Kent Kwik Collision

Owner Bill Kent walks CSD through the harrowing event that destroyed a Kent Kwik store. The Kent Cos. is planning to rebuild its Midland County Kent Kwik Store after an accident on the morning of July 5 that destroyed the store. “An 18 wheeler hauling pipe was driving south on Hiway 158 when a pick

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Vitamix President and CEO Receives EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the family business category. Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, was founded by Berg’s great

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy

Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager

Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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VCU Earns C-Store Accolades

After putting a novel spin on an existing theme, Virginia Commonwealth University is named top innovator in 2014’s NACUFS New Store Design competition. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores aren’t new to U.S. college campuses. For years, universities have afforded students expedient spaces where they can purchase beverages, snacks and merchandise. However, just like

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Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise

Ventura Foods offers its Classic Gourmet line of high-performance, premium mayonnaises, perfect for all hot and cold applications. Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise can be used as a one-to-one replacement for the nation’s leading consumer-recognized brands and is up to 20% less expensive. It offers the same flavor, texture and appearance with superior holding power. Classic Gourmet

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Grab & Go Hummus

Kronos Foods Inc., a manufacturer of Mediterranean food products, has announced the introduction of its Grab & Go Hummus and Multi-grain Pita Chip Packs for convenience stores and foodservice locations with on-the-go options nationwide. Available in classic and chipotle flavors, the Mediterranean-inspired hummus combines nine grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving

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Crime Prevention 101

Clear visuals, strict till limits and great customer service are keys to deterring convenience store robberies. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Robbery occurs less often than some other crimes, but the potential for loss, injury and death is much greater during a single robbery incident, according to the convenience store security guidelines for owners and managers

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Why Customers Choose E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarette sales are surging. CSD partnered with Study Hall Research to go inside the minds of e-cigarette consumers to learn what motivates their tobacco purchases. By John Lofstock, Editor and Josh Tahan, Study Hall Research The prevalence of electronic cigarette usage amongst the general population is growing and analysts are predicting the category now

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Roller Grill Still Real

Made-to-order may be the current darling of a growing number of c-stores, but a well-run roller grill program is still central to successful fresh foodservice. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor They smell it. They see it. They want it. For most convenience stores, the roller grill is the customers’ first introduction to the store’s fresh

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Decorative Lamps

With its brilliant array of foodwarming options, Hatco Corp. offers c-store retailers and foodservice operators the option to “customerize” their lighting solution with a vast selection of elegant shades, inspiring colors, and flexible mounting and switch alternatives. Whether you’re equipping pick-up stations and buffet lines, or creating a look all your own, come to Hatco.

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Car Wash & Polish

Zacar LLC, a maker of products of outstanding quality, has announced the introduction of its new “Brilliant Car Wash & Polish,” a convenient, inexpensive, single-use product that brings professional quality clean-and-shine to the marketplace. Made in the USA, with attractive, unique and attention-getting packaging, Brilliant Car Wash & Polish enables consumers to wash and polish

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