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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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New PEEPS MINIS

Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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Deep South Expansion

For the first time, soft drink brand Cheerwine is coming to Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. The move marks an important step toward its goal of being available in all 50 states by its 100th anniversary in 2017 by aligning distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., the largest independent, single-shareholder-owned Pepsi bottler in the

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Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Bake’ n Joy has introduced Lemon Blueberry as the newest flavor in its line of PanFree Predeposited 18-ounce Loaf Cake Batters. As part of the FreshBakes (freezer to oven) line of predeposited muffin, loaf and cake batters, these 18-ounce loaves go directly on a sheet pan for hassle–free cycle baking. All Bake’n Joy’s FreshBakes predeposited

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Writing Instruments For Kids

BIC has introduced its brand new line of products, BIC Kids, the first and only line of writing instruments designed specifically for children who are learning to write. BIC Kids was developed with a team of teachers, engineers and kids in an effort to help young children strengthen their writing skills and engage in the

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry

As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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Choosing the Right Foodservice Partner

Want to avoid the deep end of the proprietary food pool? A co-branded relationship with a QSR can keep your operation flowing smoothly. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, quality foodservice is a key ingredient in profitable convenience store operations. Just how key? Foodservice accounted for 18% of total c-store sales in 2013, which also

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Regulators Chew on Cigars

While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand

Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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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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