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Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Hardware Solution

VRX Company Inc. has announced the kit form solution of the VR2004 Text Inserter, configured for parallel printer data to both pass data through and also to convert to serial data. This solution allows you to maintain your connection to, for instance, a parallel printer while also transferring the data to the serial COM port

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Sandwiches Made Their Way

In 2014, sandwiches continue to be in high demand among convenience store consumers. Whole grain breads—as well as flatbreads, wraps and all kinds of artisan breads—and specialty cheeses and meats are among options grabbing customer attention. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 59 locations in York, Pa., has seen success with a number of sandwich items. “Grilled

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NRA Announces 2014 FABI Award Recipients

New type of pepper, beef bacon, gluten-free flour and vegan fishless filets are among food and beverage innovations to be showcased at National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)  announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Innovations (FABI) Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage innovations that will make a

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Vaporin Partners With C-Store Distributors

National distribution agreement through Checkstand Program brings Vaporin products to convenience stores. Vaporin Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and e-liquids used for the delivery of nicotine, non-nicotine and cannabis-based products, announced an agreement with C-Store Distributors (C-Store) through their Checkstand Program for national distribution of the company’s electronic cigarettes, vaporizers

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Online Calculator Shows Instant Fountain Savings

Convenience Store Alliance now offers complete fountain package to help independent retailers save money. Phillips 66’s branded retailer buying program, Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), released an online calculator that shows savings potential on CSA’s Fountain Freedom program, a package offering independent operators chain store pricing on soda fountain syrup, carbonation solutions, equipment and financing. While

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Equipped for Foodservice Success

After the recession-fueled hesitancy of the last couple of years, some retailers are once again investing in new foodservice equipment to add new items, boost sales of existing ones and streamline operations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When FriendShip Food Stores, based in Fremont, Ohio, decided to add frozen yogurt to the foodservice offerings at

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Winning Over Foodservice Customers

Fresh ingredients, a great presentation and knowledgeable employees will help convenience store retailers grow their foodservice sales.  By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Competition is getting tougher in the foodservice arena. Convenience stores and QSRs now go after the same targeted demographic: households with incomes below $50,000, according to Bloomberg Industries, a business research organization. That

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

General Foods International (GFI) introduces Irish Creme cappuccino. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to update your hot beverage offerings and energize your sales with this exciting limited time flavor. GFI Irish Creme cappuccino has a refreshing flavor that evokes the mists of Ireland. Seasonality plays a part in consumers’ flavor

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Huck’s Opens New C-Store in Kentucky

Huck’s develops an existing property in Owesboro. Huck’s newest c-store opened for business at Southtown Blvd. in Owensboro, Ky. last Tuesday, Feb. 11 and celebrated with a ribbon cutting, SurfKY News reported. The new location marks number 114 for Huck’s, which is owned by Martin and Bayley Inc. The store was constructed over the holidays

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Sidestepping Foodservice Mistakes

Mastering the basics and knowing what to expect can help you avoid a foodservice disaster. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Foodservice continues to be a shining star in convenience stores, so expanding your food options should be on the menu in 2014—if you have the traffic. Lunch and dinner solutions can be added to c-stores

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7-Eleven Selling 72 Convenience Stores

Properties in Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and six other states. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 72 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. The sale includes 22 locations in Texas, 17 in South Carolina, 12 in Pennsylvania, nine in Ohio, four in Michigan, three in Indiana, three

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Motivating Today’s C-Store Employees

Recognizing your frontline staff, gaining their feedback and helping them see the meaning in their work is the key for fueling engagement. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The most important attribute a convenience store has to offer is its customer facing employees. Especially when touting a foodservice program, image is everything from store cleanliness to

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The 2014 Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions’ second annual look at the convenience store chains doing a superior job of connecting with their customers through social media. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Convenience Store Decisions, with help from Wildfire by Google, examined the nearly 60 convenience store and petroleum chains that are most active on social media, specifically examining

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KickBack Cardholder Makes a Super Gesture with Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack’s Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in New Jersey, round trip airfare for two and a hotel stay in Times Square, graciously donates her Grand Prize to 16-year-old Austin Lange, a local Idaho boy stricken with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Austin Lange has fought many battles over

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HEINEKEN Debuts 8.5-Ounce Slim Can

HEINEKEN USA is introducing the first 8.5-ounce slim can format in the premium price segment. Beginning March 1, 2014, Heineken 8.5-ounce Slim Can 12-packs will roll out at retail outlets across the country just in time to capitalize on the spring/summer and on-the-go outdoor occasions. “The 8.0-8.9-ounce can size experienced explosive growth in 2012, growing

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Frozen Yogurt Solutions

Yumz Express offers any retail location a frozen yogurt solution to generate additional revenue. The self-serve franchise, Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, has announced the launch of Yumz Express, a kiosk-sized version of a full-size Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt store. Yumz Express is designed to fit inside existing convenience stores. Yumz Express kiosks offer up to

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The Future is Here & Now: Cloud-Based Mobile POS Solutions (and Free Waffles)

By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications I recently had the opportunity to attend the BIG Show, aka the NRF Annual Convention & Expo in New York City. The expo is called the BIG Show for a reason. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with members including department store, specialty, discount,

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Dos Equis Extends Cinco Celebration

This spring, Dos Equis is leveraging the success of its 2013 Dos de Mayo program by inviting adult consumers, 21 and older, to take a new path and discover more interesting and more meaningful celebrations leading up to the Cinco de Mayo holiday.  This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail and on-premise program includes

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Redmond Named Director of Sales at S&D Coffee and Tea

“Hiring Wendy Redmond will provide our customers with additional cross-functionality that will enhance their hot beverage programs,” says vice president of sales and marketing, c-store division. S&D Coffee and Tea has announced that Wendy Redmond has been appointed director of sales, c-store.  Redmond will be responsible for sales strategy and overseeing sales operations for the

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Gasoline Demand Seen Drifting Lower amid Snowstorms

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Snowstorms are again enveloping the heavy population centers of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with the winter weather expected to limit driving, retarding demand for gasoline which fell to a one-year low during the week that the “polar vortex” descended upon a large swath of the United States.

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New Electronic Cigarette Machine

Republic Tobacco has launched the new PoweRoll Electric King Size Cigarette Machine by Top-O-Matic. One-touch automatic operation combined with the quality and durability of the No. 1 selling Top-O-Matic line will take consumer approval and sales to new levels. It comes in its own carrying case complete with tamper and cleaning tools, instructions and a

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Digimarc Sets New Guinness World Record For Fastest Retail Checkout

Digimarc Barcode delivers lightning-fast checkout time of 51.91 seconds—an unprecedented 58 items-per-minute pace. Digimarc Corp. announced it has set a new Guinness World Record for fastest time to scan and bag 50 items at National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO (Retail’s BIG Show) 2014. With a Guinness World Record adjudicator present, company representatives scanned

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SFNTC Donates Former Facility To Boys & Girls Club

Oxford, N.C. manufacturing facility to serve as new headquarters for the Granville County organization. The Granville County Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (B&GCNCNC) will soon have a new home, thanks to a generous gift by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. (SFNTC). SFNTC has donated its former manufacturing facility

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Under 200 calories, and with 13 grams of protein and just five grams of fat, the new sandwich is made with light, fluffy egg whites and topped with creamy cheddar cheese and Canadian bacon, served between two whole-wheat English muffins. While many better-for-you menus tout items below 500, 400 and 300 calories, 7-Eleven Inc. breaks

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