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Employing a Special Workforce

In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

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One Million In Donations

Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet has supported Coffee Kids projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, DaVinci Gourmet presented a check to Coffee Kids at the 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event in Seattle. Coffee Kids is an international non-profit organization that works

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Grab-N-Go CHEESEWICH

CHEESEWICH was designed with today’s fast paced, health-conscious consumers in mind. Healthy low-carb and gluten-free meals are not always easily prepared. CHEESEWICH satisfies moms looking for a great lunch for their children, construction workers needing fuel and the busy entrepreneur. This fast grab-and-go meal of salami sandwiched with cheese is their delicious rescue. Each 2.5-ounce

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Gluten-free Licorice

Advancing its role in premium confections that are gluten-free and GMO-free, the Lovely Candy Co. has announced its new gluten-free licorice. Following through with founder Mike Nakamura’s quest, the company has developed a new line of licorice, which is believed to be the first extruded licorice product in North America that is gluten-free. Branded as

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Tea Sales Look Promising

A report by the Tea Association of the U.S.A. projected hot and cold tea sales to soar past $10.41 billion. Ever since the economic downturn of 2008, the U.S. economy has been struggling to get back on an even keel. Because of the tumultuous financial conditions and the resulting political maneuvering designed to restore some

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Harmonize Scent

Cintas restroom fragrance products are now available in matching scents to create a harmonized odor control solution in the restroom. Created to attack odor in the air and at the source, the new Harmonize Scent line is available in all Cintas restroom fragrance products, including air fresheners, urinal and toilet sanitizers and urinal screens. Made

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Soft-Serve Equipment

Less than one week after announcing its acquisition of Donper America, an established soft-serve manufacturer in the US market, Argosy Group International (AGI) has introduced its own soft-serve machine: the Argosy 8000i. The latest machine boasts state-of-the-art technology that simplifies both daily operations and routine maintenance tasks. The Argosy 8000i equipment was designed for operational

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced a smoother, rich chocolate blend for its Swisher Sweets Chocolate Cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Chocolate cigarillos are available in the popular resealable foil pouches and “5-for-3” packs. The two-count resealable pouches provide adult consumers with guaranteed fresh cigars. They are available in three popular price points: 99 cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save

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Bars For Serious Athletes

Detour has introduced Lean Muscle Bars, which are made for serious athletes interested in building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Lean Muscle Bars come in two convenient sizes, one with 32 grams of protein, 1000 mg of healthy Omega 3’s, 390 calories and just three grams of sugar; and the other with 16 grams of

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New Smart Safe

Tidel, a global supplier of cash management systems and robbery deterrent devices, has announced the TACC VI, a new addition to its TACC family of products. The TACC VI brings an innovative design, superior usability, and enhanced serviceability for the retail marketplace. The primary features of the Tidel TACC VI include: integrated tube vending functionality

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Snacks Remain A Mainstay

Salty snacks again are grabbing a lion’s share of c-store snack sales, but healthier offerings are making noise. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores represent five times their fair share when it comes to grab-and-go snacking occasions, beating out grocery stores and even discount stores, according to a 2013 study by market research firm

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Weighing Financial Services

Whether it’s check cashing or the latest mobile wallet technology, providing customers with useful financial offerings can help your bottom line. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Cash makes up nearly 29% of U.S. consumer transactions per year, or about $1.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Among those transactions last year were a lot of

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Aligning Loyalty Programs

There’s a simplified approach to loyalty that offers a good fit for today’s convenience customer. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Retail loyalty programs take various forms, ranging from the simple paper punch card to sophisticated shopper cards linked to purchases. While technology has evolved over the years, customer loyalty strategies continue to focus on engaging,

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7 Cedars Hits the Jackpot with Totem Rewards Powered by KickBack Points

Totem Rewards Cardholders can double down on rewards opportunities at the casinos gaming tables, restaurants, gift shops, gas station and even the golf pro shop. Since opening in 1995, 7 Cedars Casino has formed a special bond with its guests. It views itself as much more than a casino, but a cultural center that also

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Be Featured at the National Restaurant Association Show

Restaurant operators and fast-food retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at the National Restaurant (NRA) Show from May 17-20 in Chicago. There has been a lot of activity by the government this past year around foodservice-related operational issues. Beyond staffing and regulatory issues,

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Battle for Breakfast Heats Up

The competition for the $46.5 billion breakfast business is at a fever pitch with retail giants from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts rolling out sandwich interpretations to steal new morning business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Quick-service restaurants are hitting all of today’s consumers’ hot buttons with their latest breakfast offerings.

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The Prepaid Category Continues to Evolve

Whether open and closed loop prepaid cards are a significant profit generator or just an important convenience customers expect to find in their c-store, virtual gift cards are changing the category for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The prepaid category is changing. Of the amount of gift cards sold in terms of dollars loaded,

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station Rises in Buffalo

A transportation museum in the Queen City is putting the final touches on Frank Lloyd Wright’s first service station design, providing a glimpse of how modern service stations evolved. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Before Route 66 was designated Historic Route 66, and well before convenience stores offered the first Gas Station TV monitors above

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New Twinkies Varieties

Join the action as Hostess Brands and 20th Century Fox celebrate the May 23  theatrical release of X-Men: Days of Future Past with the Hostess X-MEN Adventure Sweepstakes—offering fans the chance to win eXtreme prizes—and the limited-time introduction of eXtreme Crème Twinkies in new Blue Raspberry and Strawberry Blast flavors. Fans can visit local retailers

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One-Of-A-Kind Beer

Heineken USA has announced the arrival of Desperados, a one-of-a-kind beer blended with tequila barrel-aged lager that delivers a uniquely refreshing and smooth taste. Crafted at the crossroads of beer and spirits techniques, Desperados is the ultimate beer for nightlife and fun, perfect for adult consumers, 21 and older, who are looking for memorable nights

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Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha is one of the most important flavors in foodservice today, and CHA! by Texas Pete brings a spicy blend of heat and sweet to any meal. Now available in seven-gram portion-control packets for restaurants, food-away-from-home operations, non-commercial accounts, drive-through and take-out operations, the sriracha sauce adds its unique flavor to almost any cuisine. TW

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Buchanan Energy Adds inOvationTV Media Program

Aims to improve consumer loyalty and store traffic with forecourt media platform. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne, A GE Business a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, has expanded its reach in the

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Rutter’s Adds Brisket, Corned Beef to Menu

New sandwich options to entice c-store customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added brisket and corned beef sandwich options to the menu, giving greater variety and originality to hungry customers across central Pennsylvania.  Corned beef and brisket join pastrami on Rutter’s Reuben menu. Customers select the meat, cheese and bread to be used on their Reuben

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TAC Energy Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to be key source of unbranded supply. TAC Energy has come aboard as a partner in VP’s retail brand program. One of the nation’s largest independent fuel wholesalers, TAC Energy has agreed to supply fuel to VP-branded retail stores in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and East Texas areas. As a major supplier, TAC will represent

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PCATS Rebrands For The Future

Name change signifies organization’s refocused mission. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Searching for a stronger identity to match its technical expertise, the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has been rebranded as Conexxus. Gray Taylor, executive director of the newly branded Conexxus, said Tuesday night that the name change signifies the refocus of the

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