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VERC Enterprises Achieves Goal

Some 20% of the 200 employees at VERC Enterprises have physical or mental disabilities or challenges. Helping employ these individuals has been a huge focus for CEO Leo Vercollone. VERC Enterprises, an independent convenience store, gasoline station and car wash operation with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has reached its goal of

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Barkley First Agency of Record for Casey’s

“We’re looking for a long-term relationship with a partner who can help fuel brand awareness throughout our market area. We believe Barkley can do that,” said Casey’s COO. Casey’s General Stores Inc., has named Barkley, a large U.S. employee-owned advertising agency, as the first agency of record for the Casey’s brand. The win follows an

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All-In-One Ice Maker/Bagger/Merchandiser

C-stores can now make and bag up to 200 10-pound bags (1,800-2,000 pounds) of pure KOLD-DRAFT ice per day—on the premises—with KOLD-DRAFT’s new GB2060 Series ice machine, now available as part of the automatic ISB Ice Bagging System. The all-in-one ice maker/bagger/merchandiser system eliminates trucked-in ice deliveries, helps retailers increase profit margins selling their own

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Real Fruit Purées

Monin Gourmet Flavorings’ real fruit purées are moving out from behind the bar and into the kitchen. The easy-pour fruit purées offer versatility, fresh taste and convenience and work well in a variety of culinary applications such as desserts, sauces and dressings, as well as in traditional beverage applications like smoothies, flavored teas and frozen

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Dresser Wayne To Operate Under Brand Name Wayne

“The Wayne name is highly regarded by customers in more than 145 countries, and I am extremely pleased that GE has recognized that value of the Wayne brand,” says global president of Wayne. GE has announced that Dresser Wayne, global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, will now operate under the brand name Wayne, with

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Focusing on Foodservice

Burgers, brats and sausages continue to drive sales among core convenience store customers. By John Lofstock, Editor. While customers may say they want healthy and organic foods, a Technomic report found that 91% of consumers said they eat a burger at least once a month and 44% have a burger at least once a week.

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Handee Marts Joins Dream Machine Recycling Initiative

For all the bottles and cans recycled in a Dream Machine, PepsiCo will support career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities. 7-Eleven Handee Marts and PepsiCo have partnered to make available at more than 20 7-Eleven locations throughout Pittsburgh and the greater Pittsburgh area, increasing public access to recycling. The

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Commissaries Grow In Popularity

Commissaries account for a quarter of all supermarket and convenience store prepared food purchases, according to Technomic. In a first-of-its-kind study, Technomic found that commissaries (also known as meal assemblers and central kitchens) are the source of a large percentage of all foodservice purchases in both supermarkets and c-stores. Commissaries have recently become more popular

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Safeway Starbucks To Offer Mobile Payments

Upcoming mobile payment rollout scheduled to take place at Safeway’s nearly 1,000 Starbucks locations. Safeway Inc., one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains, plans to roll out mobile payment in July at nearly 1,000 Starbucks in Safeway supermarkets across the U.S., including the company’s Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Genuardi’s stores. In addition,

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MMCS Signs Oberon3

Oberon3’s Opiniator offers a performance management system for retailers using mobile phone surveys to help stores communicate with customers. Miller Management and Consulting Services Inc. (MMCS), a consultancy based in Sanford, Fla., has signed an agreement to represent and assist Oberon3, the developer of the product, OPINIATOR. Opiniator is a “moment of truth” feedback and

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Kangaroo Express Debuts Kronik Energy Drinks

“The Kangaroo Express deal gives us a major retailer in the Southeastern U.S. and greatly expands our distribution footprint,” says Kronik’s vice president of operations. The Pantry has partnered with KroniCo LLC, makers of Ultra-Premium Kronik Energy Drinks, to add three of Kronik’s all new formulas in more than 1,100 Kangaroo Express stores in eight

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Lighting the Way to Profitability

A wide array of tobacco accessories to complement cigarettes and cigars shows customers you’re serious about tobacco and incites impulse sales. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Many retailers recognize that it’s beneficial to step out from behind the counter to teach customers about smokeless alternatives and educate them on e-cigarettes, but taking the same approach

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Meat Snacks Kick Up the Heat

Turn up the heat on meat snack sales with the new BOLD product line from Old Wisconsin. Featuring BOLD Sweet Heat Snack Bites, Snack Sticks and Beef & Cheese Packs, this innovative new product line grabs youth appeal and adds a daring flavor profile to the current Old Wisconsin selection. For More Information From Old

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Tobacco Forges an Electronic Transformation

E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, but for convenience stores they are beginning to make a big impact on sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes show promise as a growing tobacco subcategory, two issues are threatening its widespread growth. One is the looming threat of government regulation, which most agree is inevitable,

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Energy Star Partner

Hoshizaki America, known for its ice machines and energy-efficient commercial kitchen equipment, has been an active Energy Star manufacturing partner for the commercial ice machines program since 2007, and since 2009 for the commercial refrigerators and freezers and commercial dishwashers programs. Hoshizaki America is also the recipient of the 2010 Gold Dealer Design Award for

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Casey’s Sees Double Digit Sales Growth

“Despite the challenges impacting our industry, we are optimistic about our ability to continue to drive shareholder value next fiscal year,” says Casey’s CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported earnings for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011. For the quarter, basic earnings per share were $0.60 compared to $0.43

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Kroger Appoints Chief Diversity Officer

“When our decision-making is inclusive and reflects the diversity of our customers, we make better decisions,” says Kroger CEO. The Kroger Co. announced today that Reuben Shaffer has been appointed Chief Diversity Officer, effective immediately. Shaffer now reports to Kroger’s Chairman and CEO David Dillon. Shaffer, 60, has been serving as the vice president of

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The Pantry To Sell 114 Stores

“These are sites that don’t fit our current strategy, but they can be excellent locations for the right buyers,” says The Pantry’s vice president of real estate. The Pantry Inc. is strategically divesting 114 locations in nine states throughout the Southeast. Stores are located in a variety of markets in Alabama (3), Florida (28), Georgia

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Sheetz Kicks Off Family Charities Fundraiser

“Including the proceeds from our golf event, we anticipate that we will raise more than $400,000 for charity in 2011,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz welcomed guests to its annual fundraising effort for the Sheetz Family Charities, yesterday, June 13, benefitting the company’s Christmas program for needy children who are identified with the help of the

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The Business of Branding

With companies across all retail channels vying for convenience customers, the pressure is on c-store operators to protect their market share. By Greg Ehrlich, Contributing Editor. As the convenience store industry continues to evolve, one area that is demanding greater attention is brand image. Once a concern primarily for larger chains, brand image is a

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Two-Pack Filtered Cigar Pouches

Tantus Tobacco has added two-pack filtered cigar pouches to its Red Buck and Richwood product lines. The new packaging is currently in production at Tantus’ facility in Russell Springs, Ky. The Red Buck foil fresh pouches are available in five flavors: Regular, Special Blend, Mild, Menthol and Cherry. The Richwood foil fresh pouches are available

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Jim Beam Sauces

Jim Beam Genuine Sauces are sure to entice customers looking to add flavor to grilled meals. These sauces come in a branded pack that includes all three original Jim Beam sauces in glass bottles: 18-ounce Original Barbecue Sauce, 13-ounce Original Marinade and 11-ounce Original Steak Sauce. Meanwhile, the Jim Beam Grill Tower is a sauce

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New Lighter Series

BIC Consumer Products USA is launching BIC Pro Series Mexican Soccer lighter designs, which feature two of the most popular Mexican professional soccer teams, Chivas and Club America.  There are eight lighters in this new series that are targeted to Mexican-American males 25 years of age and older, and feature striking designs with a modern

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed While Retail Prices Slip

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs move mixed in our most recent weekly report, reflecting increasing available supply in some regional markets, namely Chicago, and worries over global oil supply tightness expected later this year. The latter was amplified after members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

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Couche-Tard Buys 322 Sites

Purchase allows Circle K stores to expand in the Southern California market. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is increasing its footprint in Southern California by acquiring up to 322 convenience-store sites plus an additional 65-reseller contracts from ExxonMobil Corp., the Wall Street Journal reported. While the purchase price was not disclosed, Couche-Tard said it plans to pay

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