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Gasoline Prices Edge Higher as Crude Costs Pass $100 a Barrel

Wholesale gasoline costs across the United States were shallowly mixed through the third week of March with several exceptions, notably in the Midwest, as the broader oil market wrestles with both lost supply and demand globally. A resolution to the current uncertainty is not expected in the near-term, which will keep the markets on edge

Equal sweeteners

Stock Up On Sweeteners

Merisant Co., the manufacturer of Equal, is introducing the Equal Smart Pack, which contains all three leading zero-calorie sweetener categories in one box: Equal Classic Blue (250 count), new Equal Yellow (500 count) and new Equal Pink (250 count). The Equal Smart Pack was created to meet all the zero-calorie sweetener needs of foodservice operators

Emphasizing Category Management

 By: John Lofstock, Editor. Convenience Store Decisions‘ annual Category Management Outlook issue is routinely one of my favorite issues of the year because it gives the CSD staff an opportunity not only to analyze the industry’s performance over the past 12 months, but to forecast the sales trends retailers can expect to see over the

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Sunoco Wins 2011 Energy Star Award

Sunoco works hard to conserve energy by selecting better materials and improving how it operates, says Sunoco CEO. Sunoco Inc. has received the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its continued efforts to protect the environment through energy efficiency. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award recognizes

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Receives ADA Chairman’s Citation Award

“It gives me great pride to recognize Giant Eagle for their support of our STOP DIABETES Movement and the support they provide to the Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Columbus markets,” says ADA CEO. Giant Eagle, a food and fuel retailer, has received the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) prestigious Chairman’s Citation Award. Giant Eagle is the second

International Dairy Deli Bakery Association

Healthful Dairy Options Help Slow Market

The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association’s What’s In Store 2011 assesses dairy trends. An expanding array of good-for-you products is pulling health-conscious customers into the dairy department, according to What’s In Store 2011, the new report from the International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association. The IDDBA’s 25th anniversary report finds that fortified, fiber-rich, fat-specific, and organic options line dairy coolers

Quick Chek Convenience Store

Quick Chek Named One Of The Best Places To Work

“Quick Chek’s true mission and core values revolve around operating as an outstanding place to work,” says vp of human resources. Quick Chek, which operates more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and the southern New York metro area, has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for

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Mars Extends Partnership With Joe Gibbs Racing

“From connecting with NASCAR fans to engaging our retail partners, our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing has proved to be tremendously successful,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. announced its continuing its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new multi-year deal. The deal extends the winning partnership that has brought the No. 18 Toyota

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Swipe Fee Reform Attack Continues

This week legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate that would delay debit card swipe fee reform. S. 575 and H.R. 1081 were introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), respectively. The stated goal of the legislation is to delay the Federal Reserve’s rulemaking process and to study

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FDA’s TPSAC Comments On Menthol Cigarettes

Although there is no required deadline or timeline for FDA to act on the issue of menthol in cigarettes, we recognize the strong interest in this issue among all stakeholders and will continue to communicate the steps the FDA is taking as it determines what future regulatory actions, if any, are warranted. FDA intends to provide its first progress report on the review of the TPSAC recommendations in approximately 90 days.

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AWMA CEO Testifies At FDA TPSAC Meeting

“If  menthol  cigarettes  have  the  same  health  effects  as  non‐menthol  cigarettes,  how  can  the  federal  government  justify  a  ban  of  menthol  cigarettes?” questions AWMA CEO. AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger testified before the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) on March 17, as the Committee decides whether or not to recommend a ban on

L.E. Belcher

L.E. Belcher Stores Support MDA

“This year, we more than tripled the money raised over last year’s holiday drive,” says director of retail operations. It may be nearly spring, but L.E. Belcher stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts are still basking in a well-deserved holiday glow. Over the course of five weeks in November and December, L.E. Belcher store locations decked

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Rock the Vote

Pop Rocks consumers have been busy voting for their top pop songs as well as the greatest hits of the 70´s. The new “U-ROCK” sweepstakes is available on the Pop Rocks Web site, offering consumers the chance to win $100 iTunes gift certificates. This is the first activity of the Pop Rocks’ new marketing plan

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Don’t Overlook the Little Things

We all know that customer service, bright lights and a clean store drive business, yet many stores are not getting the message. By Jim Callahan. Last month I took a close look at making the outside appearance of our convenience stores attractive enough to entice consumers to want to enter our stores and spend more

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Par-Baked Extra Thin Crust Pizza

Menuing extra thin crust pizza offers extra large opportunity for any operation. Sales growth of extra thin crust has outpaced all other pizza crust types over the past five years, according to The NPD Group/CREST for the 12 months ended March 2010, and 25% of consumers surveyed said they prefer thin crust pizza, according to

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Banking Industry has Durbin Amendment Under Fire

By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. The Durbin amendment to the Dodd-Frank Consumer Financial Protection Act, which would give the convenience store industry much-needed relief on debit card transactions, could be delayed as a result of a new bill introduced March 15 by Senator John Tester (D-MT). Any such delay would be “a slap in

PS Food Mart Stores

PS Food Mart Fights Hunger

The second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign invites customers to buy paper hearts to support local food banks. Thirty PS Food Mart stores across Michigan and Ohio are joining together to launch the second annual “Fight Hunger. Give Hope” campaign to raise money for local food banks. Between March 18 and April 3, customers

Maverik

Maverik Plans Monticello Location

New 24-hour location is set to offer an expanded deli and fresh baked goods section. Maverik Inc is planning to build a new 4,500 square foot c-store this spring in Monticello, Utah. Construction should be completed in late summer or early fall, the San Juan Record reported. The new 24 hour store is planned for

Walgreens

Walgreens Aids Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan

“We’re doing what we can to help the Red Cross reach those who need it most,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreens is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last week. The company also plans to match employee donations up to $100,000. “Our employees have

National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS

Durbin Amendment in Danger of Delay

On Tuesday, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bill in an effort to delay implementation of the Durbin amendment. The legislation, S. 575, introduced on March 15, seeks to delay — for two years — critical reforms aimed at providing relief to America’s small-business owners. The reforms, scheduled to take effect this summer, would limit

BIC Lighters

Special Edition Lighters

BIC is launching two new special edition series of lighter designs in January 2011. The two series, Animal and Pop Culture join the already extensive line of market-leading special edition series offered by BIC. The Animal Series collection appeals to male and female consumers who enjoy animals and wildlife and includes eight different designs, featuring

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Fuel Sales With Energy Bites

Riding the wave of energy bar excitement created by the award-winning Wheaties FUEL Energy Bars, the brand-new Wheaties FUEL Energy Bites give consumers a portable way to energize throughout the day. Available in chocolate peanut butter and double chocolate, each 2.19-ounce package packs 15 grams of protein and 100% of the daily value of five

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Technology Driving Cash Management

Retailers are using smart safes and strict corporate policies to protect store employees against robbery attempts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While theft attempts are inevitable for convenience stores, especially those operating 24 hours, losing  hard-earned cash shouldn’t have to be. Since retail safes were introduced and combined with smarter money-handling practices, store owners have

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Chipotle Pickle-In-A-Pouch

Van Holten’s has introduced its new No. 6 Jumbo Chipotle pickle-in-a-pouch to wholesalers and retailers nationwide. Like all of Van Holten’s pickles the chipotle flavor is packaged individually in a stand up pouch and has a two-year shelf life, with no refrigeration required. The new flavor combines the bold spice and smokiness of chipotle peppers

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FDA Launches Spanish Web site To Aid Tobacco Compliance

Retailers can now find Spanish-language tools and tips on complying with FDA rules. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has released a new Spanish-language Web site (fda.gov/tabaco) to  connect Spanish-speaking retailers and consumers to credible, science-based information and resources. The FDA noted that minority communities have the highest prevalence of

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