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IPCA aims to end liquor-store "monopoly".

Frozen-Pizza Sales Turn Around in C-Stores

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Frozen pizza sales in c-stores
Frozen-pizza sales improved in 2013, and are up 4.1% for the 52 weeks ending May 18, 2014.
Best-Selling Frozen Pizza Brands in Convenience Stores

IRI Convenience AllScan data for 52 weeks ending May 18, 2014

BrandDollar SalesPCYA*Unit SalesPCYA*
Di Giorno$30,593,190-4.39%4,466,488-4.49%
Tombstone$9,820,98917.30%1,906,77918.64%
Stouffers$7,049,7387.46%1,702,3536.42%
Kettle River$6,884,002-10.91%941,093-15.50%
Pizza Corner$6,422,309-12.46%925,903-11.69%
Jack's$6,110,65910.22%1,536,5798.62%
Red Baron$5,108,633-0.06%978,6522.13%
Hunt Brothers$4,397,629126.72%442,477124.02%
Totino's$4,289,224-2.67%1,913,799-0.66%
Jack's Original$4,118,842-6.56%1,065,626-7.21%
Heggies$3,267,14041.57%380,83435.08%
Orvs$2,539,66517.33%657,82412.25%
Butch's$2,330,281-10.24%406,128-12.00%
Luigi's$2,261,29620.07%358,28424.31%
Palermo's Classic$1,530,335-1.26%539,4101.70%
Red Baron Singles$1,440,515-25.33%382,338-19.24%
Freschetta$1,389,815-8.29%167,856-9.26%
Tony's$1,259,12212.34%311,7307.32%
Emil's$1,096,916295.28%179,172290.61%
Stokkes$1,096,333-1.27%165,0201.42%
Total$113,797,0004.42%22,000,7304.08%

*Percent change from a year ago

Source: 
IRI
Corporate News
Buc-ee's suing B&B Grocery over mascot, logo.
Fuels News
Would have to reach $5.08 before they would seek out alternatives to driving
Beverages
Gives away free sunscreen with any lemonade purchase

Analgesics, Cough/Cold Remedy Shipments to C-Stores on the Rise

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Distributor Data: OTC Shipments

Calendar year 2013

Shipments in 2013 of OTC items from McLane rose in some segments—analgesics, cold/cough/allergy and baby food—but fell for stomach remedies, vitamin and energy supplements and shooters.

SegmentAvg. shipments per store per week (in dollars)Avg. shipments per store per week (dollar growth)PCYA
Analgesics$13.85$1.8815.7%
Analgesics single/multidose$12.97-$0.68-5.0%
Total analgesics$26.82$1.204.7%
Cough/cold/allergy$14.09$1.189.1%
Lozenges$7.67-$0.06-0.8%
Cough/cold/allergy-single/multi dose$4.30$0.6116.6%
Total cough/cold/allergy$26.06$1.737.1%
Stomach remedies$4.29-$0.35-7.6%
Stomach rolls$3.85-$0.28-6.9%
Stomach remedies-singles/multi dose$2.79$0.2811.1%
Total stomach remedies$10.94-$0.36%-3.2%
Vitamin/energy/supplement shooters$57.26-$4.27-7.0%
Vitamins/supplements$6.91-$1.46-17.4%
Vitamins/supplments-singles/multi dose$0.22-$0.03-10.8%
Total vitamins/supplements$64.38-$5.76-8.2%
Baby food/formula$1.21$0.109.1%
Baby care$1.02$0.00-0.4%
Total baby$2.23$0.104.6%

Source: McLane Co.

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McLane Co.
Technology
Sasnett joins Acumera as VP of business development

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