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New Hampshire Customer Wins Free Gas

Irving Rewards program offered customers gas savings and chance to win free gas for a year. Garrett Bickford of Andover, N.H. has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Bickford is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving Rewards

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Seeds in a New Slammer Pack

Thanasi Foods LLC introduces the new BIGS Slammers to its all-star lineup of BIGS Sunflower Seeds. The new BIGS Slammer, a 2.75-ounce tube packed with BIGS Sunflower Seeds, is now available in Salted & Roasted Original and Vlasic Dill Pickle flavors at a suggested retail price of 99 cents. The convenient pack is hitting store

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Thorntons Names Harris Chief Operating Officer

Harris’ leadership of Thorntons’ retail strategy has helped result in the chain’s unprecedented growth, says Thortons CEO. Thorntons Inc. has named Tony Harris chief operating officer (COO) of the Louisville, Ky.-based convenience store chain. Harris will be responsible for operations, marketing, gasoline pricing, brand management, customer experience and retail strategy. A Thorntons Inc. veteran of

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Ryko Acquires Commercial Washing Systems Inc.

The acquisition establishes direct sales and service support in central and south Texas for Ryko. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has acquired and will fully integrate the brand, assets and operations of Commercial Washing Systems Inc., the

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Malcolm Elected to Hershey Co.’s Board

“His vast experience in marketing, building global consumer brands and delivering innovation will be of immense value to The Hershey Co.,” says chairman of the Hershey’s Board of Directors.    The Hershey Co. has elected Robert Malcolm, former president, global marketing, sales and innovation at Diageo plc to its Board of Directors, effective Dec. 7,

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Casey’s Strong 2nd Quarter

A favorable gas margin and strong inside sales, give Casey’s a 15.6% increase in total gross profit for the fiscal Q2 2012.   Casey’s General Stores Inc. has reported it’s second quarter results for fiscal 2012. The company reported $0.99 in basic earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ended Oct. 31,

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Screen In the Best, Screen Out the Rest

Just as you should consistently ask applicants questions that get you all the information needed, so should you question yourself every time you consider hiring a new employee. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. One of the fastest growing classes of lawsuits today are employment law filings. In addition to discrimination and wage/hour actions, we’re seeing

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Seasonal Solutions for All Menus

Apple  harvest season and National Apple Month offers operators an opportunity to highlight apples, a nostalgic American comfort food. Established fruit-grower owned cooperative Knouse Foods highlights how foodservice professionals can appeal to customers’ growing desires for more seasonal menu offerings with an assortment of recipe ideas for all dayparts. Knouse Foods’ ready-to-use Lucky Leaf and

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Undercounter Nugget Ice Machine

Scotsman Ice Systems introduces the NU130, an undercounter commercial nugget ice machine perfect for tight spaces. The stainless-steel unit produces up to 125 pounds of soft, chewable ice in 24 hours while using less water and energy than cube ice machines. The NU130 allows operators to offer Scotsman’s Original Chewable Ice in applications with limited

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Details Emerge On Getty Petroleum Marketing Bankruptcy

“We welcome the fact that the process will now have structure and the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court to protect the value of our estate,” says Getty Realty Corp. CEO. Getty Realty Corp. has announced that Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (GPM), the company’s largest tenant, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court,

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7-Eleven Debuts Maple Pancake Sausage Roller

“The maple aroma gets their attention, and the satisfying sweet and savory flavor will keep them coming back,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. Doughnuts in the bakery case, coffee brewing at the hot beverage bar, breakfast sandwiches ready to heat, orange juice in the vault – and now a new breakfast item rolls into 7-Eleven stores this

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners with RCR

“We’re so excited to partner with one of the most legendary racing organizations in NASCAR for the 2012 and 2013 Nationwide Series,” says Hunt Brothers CEO. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, will sponsor two of Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series teams as well as the No.

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Innospec and Crompco Enter East Coast Distribution Agreement

“Our goal is to help add value for the store operator by providing them with the materials to protect their valuable product from microbial activity,” says Innospec. Innospec Specialty Chemicals, an international specialty chemicals company headquartered in Cheshire England, recently announced an agreement that will enable Crompco LLC, a Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based company, to become

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Consumer Engagement Services

On The Mark Promotions, a leader in the experiential marketing industry, is ready to assist your company in producing direct to consumer marketing solutions to drive awareness, trial and store sales. On The Mark Promotions’ experience includes store grand openings, in-store sampling, community events, sponsorship management, and the design of proprietary marketing platforms. Whether you’re

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Who Was Your Mentor?

As the convenience store industry continues to mature, today’s leaders have a responsibility to pass their wisdom forward. By Jim Callahan. Way back when I entered the oil industry as a bookkeeper in 1968, I didn’t have a clue how fortunate I was to have two great mentors. To be absolutely candid, I never heard

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The Impact of Restrooms on Food Sales

Poor safety and sanitation practices will turn customers away. Going above and beyond what’s required is the key to a healthy program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The numbers tell an interesting story: according to a recent research study by Cintas Corp., fully 95% of people avoid patronizing a business in which they have had

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Breaking news: Getty Petroleum Marketing Files for Bankruptcy

Gas marketer Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc has filed for Chapter 11 reorganisation, Reuters reported.  The bankruptcy filing comes a week after Getty Realty Corp. threatened to end its lease agreement with the gas-station operator for defaulting on payments. East Meadow, N.Y.-based Getty Petroleum Marketing is the largest tenant of Getty Realty, which owns and leases

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Gasoline Costs Pointed Up on EU Action, Geopolitical Risk

For the week through Dec. 5 U.S. wholesale gasoline costs mostly increased, while activity in the European Union coupled with heightened rhetoric from Iran are seen pushing gasoline prices even higher. Additionally, Sunoco Inc. announced Dec. 1 that it was beginning to idle the main process units at it Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, Pa.,

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Fleming Oil, Dead River Co. Merge

The two family-owned businesses share core values and look to grow in the Vermont, New Hampshire area. Fleming Oil Co. in Brattleboro, Vt., and Dead River Co. have merged, effective Nov. 17, with plans to expand into select markets in New England. Fleming Oil operates at 11 locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. Dead River

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Hess Introduces Toy Truck Racing App

2011 Hess racer game app debuts free on Android. Hess Corp. has released of its second edition Hess Toy Truck game app, the Hess Racer Game, on Android. Based on the 2011 Hess Toy Truck and Race Car, the game app extends the company’s 47-year old Hess Toy Truck holiday tradition online and builds on

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Aldata Appoints Simrell President and CEO

Bertrand Sciard, president and CEO of Aldata since August 2007, will continue to act as a member of the Board of Directors. Aldata, a global supplier of retail and distribution optimization software, has appointed Roy Simrell as the company’s president and CEO. Simrell has 25 years of broad experience in retail technology, software development and

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Willoughby Appointed VP of Marketing for Frymaster

With 18 years of experience in the food industry, Willoughby looks to drive sales growth in his new role. Manitowoc Foodservice has appointed Steve Willoughby to the position of vice president of marketing for Frymaster, effective Jan. 1, 2012. In his new role, Willoughby will be responsible for driving sales growth through the development of

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Baked to Perfection

As c-stores enhance their coffee and foodservice programs, operators look to fresh bakery to complete the package. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Convenience stores are investing heavily in store remodels and an experienced staff to create a bigger, better fresh foods program for customers. Too often they fall short in the bakery category, but a

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Choose Biodegradable Options

BioGreen products is a company based in the Pacific Northwest that deals in conventional, biodegradable and recyclable foodservices items. All biodegradable items are fully certified, for both the E.U. and the U.S. The strong appeal of BioGreen is that its biodegradable products do not use any food starch-based additives, and will not melt in heated

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Strategic Positive Employee Relations

Proposed changes by the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board could drastically change how employers interact with their workforce. By Jeffrey Usher, Contributing Editor. In recent months, the words “unions” and “collective bargaining” have been spoken in the media, at social gatherings and in business meetings more than they have been in

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