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7-Eleven Signs on as Sponsor of WWE’s SummerSlam

7-Eleven Inc., the largest convenience store operator in North America, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of WWE’s SummerSlam, WWE’s second largest pay-per-view event. TWIX has also partnered with WWE as the promotional sponsor of SummerSlam Axxess, WWE’s two-day interactive fan experience, which leads up to the SummerSlam event on August 14 in Los

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Kroger Expands Relationship with Cardtronics

Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery and convenience store retailer, has expanded its ATM management services agreement with Cardtronics Inc., the country’s largest retail ATM owner Building on a 2010 agreement with Kroger, Cardtronics has added 350 ATMs to both its retail ATM footprint and Kroger relationship, with such additions occurring in Ralphs, Food

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Chipotle Hot Sauce

Bring out the best of Southwestern flavor with new Texas Pete Chipotle Hot Sauce. This sauce is made from a traditional method of smoke drying red jalapeño peppers offering your menu creations a balance of heat, earthiness and complex flavor. Available in six-ounce bottles and 4.5-gallon plastic jugs, add new Texas Pete Chipotle Hot Sauce

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Jalepeño Flavored Meat Snacks

Uncle Larry’s started with two fresh homemade lemonade stands and a premium beer stand at a Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks minor league baseball ballpark. Its customers were seeking an alternative to the traditional ballpark snacks and, in response, the company created its special Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix blend with the vivid taste of jalepeño. Today, its products

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Personalized Beer

With Autumn’s cooler weather, adult consumers’ tastes shift to richer, more full-flavored beers. This fall, Newcastle Brown Ale offers discerning beer drinkers everywhere the taste they are looking for through Newcastle’s ‘Your Beer. Your Gear’ fall retail program. ‘Your Beer. Your Gear.’ encourages adult shoppers to enjoy the lightly hopped, less bitter taste of Newcastle

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Sunoco Acquires 14 Stores From Shipley Group

New acquisitions expected to be reopened as APlus Convenience Stores. Sunoco Inc. has acquired leasehold interests in 14 convenience stores in central Pennsylvania from the Shipley Group, a private York, Pa., company that operates the outlets as Tom’s Stores, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Sunoco is shifting its focus

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No Repeal and No Deal for MotoMart

Despite MotoMart’s recent efforts, the city of Neenah, Wis., refused to repeal its ban on alcohol sales in convenience stores. The Neenah, Wis. Common Council turned down MotoMart’s request to repeal the city’s ban on c-store alcohol sales on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Post Crescent Online reported that the Common Council voted 8-1 to deny

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A Changing Market

Retail markets often change with the U.S. economy. Currently, one popular consumer trend is cross-channel shopping, for its value and quality. Despite gas prices that are more than 30% higher than last year, cross-channel shopping is alive and well in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. In fact, three-quarters of today’s consumers shop across five

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Retailers See Loss Prevention Results

“For the first time in over 10 years, total shoplifter and dishonest employee apprehensions, and the dollars recovered from those apprehensions all declined from the previous year,” says president of Jack L. Hayes International. Shoplifters and dishonest employees stole over $7.0 billion in 2010 from just 23 major retailers, according to the 23rd Annual Retail

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New Danish Flavors

Flowers Foods’ Mrs. Freshley’s snack cake and pastry brand is introducing two fresh varieties—apple and strawberry cheese. These pastries are baked with real fruit filling, wrapped in a golden, crust and drizzled with icing. The apple and strawberry cheese Danish join Mrs. Freshley’s already extensive line of Danish pastries that includes cherry cheese and cinnamon,

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Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

“Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. had its best quarter ever and our logistics segment contributed $54 million to Sunoco’s earnings. Likewise, our retail segment also contributed strong earnings that approached a record for second quarter results,” says CEO. Sunoco Inc. has released its second quarter 2011 financial results, reporting a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders

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C-stores Help Fight Obesity in Maryland

As Maryland attempts to aid residents in slimming down, it is turning to some local c-store owners to help introduce healthier food options. Four convenience store owners in Charles County, Md., are joining the state’s initiative to help obese residents lose weight and make healthier choices by taking part in the Maryland Healthy Stores program,

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Fresh & Easy Express To Hit California

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain to test a c-store version of the grocery store brand, after a successful push with Tesco Express in the U.K. Tesco PLC is set to test a new Fresh & Easy Express branch of stores, a smaller-format version of its Fresh & Easy grocery stores, in an effort to

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New Beer Can Design

Budweiser, the iconic global beer brand, today revealed a new design, seen in its can and secondary packaging, that will roll out of U.S. breweries and into the hands of American beer drinkers this summer, before debuting in markets around the world later this year. The new can design is Budweiser’s 12th since Anheuser-Busch began

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Walgreens July Sales Up 4.7%

Fiscal 2011 year-to-date sales up 7% from fiscal 2010. Walgreens opened 13 stores during the month of July, including three relocations, and closed one store for a net increase of nine in the month. The drug store chain reported July sales of $5.82 billion, an increase of 4.7% from $5.56 billion for the same month

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Walmart’s Reign Fading?

“How America Shops” survey shows Walmart shoppers find lowest prices elsewhere.   The Walmart shopper’s value perception has dramatically changed, according to a new research report that surveyed nearly 1,500 Walmart Shoppers. A continuing recessionary mindset, coupled with lower priced competitors are driving shoppers to other retail destinations, according to WSL/Strategic Retail’s How America Shops

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Magness Oil Acquires Six Tiger Mart Stores

Recently purchased c-stores offer Exxon fuel, high volume sales. Arkansas convenience store owner Magness Oil has expanded with the purchase of six more sites with Exxon distribution from Tiger Mart. All six stores offer high volume sales and were leased to the dealers simultaneously. The transaction was brokered by Station Sales and More Inc., formerly

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Cumberland Farms Reopens Harwich Store

Following a fire, the Cumberland Farms c-store prepares to welcome back customers. Cumberland Farms is reopening its c-store on Main Street in Harwich Port, Mass.-based, after the store burned down on June 28. Cumberland Farms Marketing Manager Kate Ngo told the Cape Cod Times that the chain plans to reopen its Harwich Port store this

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Tallboy Cans

Narragansett Beer has released 24-ounce Tallboy cans for the first time in the brew’s 120-year history. Due to increasing customer demand for easily-transportable, single-serving cans, Narragansett Lager 24-ounce Tallboys are available throughout New England for a suggested retail price of $1.59-$1.95. While larger cans, such as the 24-ounce offering, are common for inexpensive and low-quality

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Suggest Focus Ares For PCI Review

One month remaining to propose topics for PCI Council Special Interest Groups.  The PCI Security Standards Council is inviting the PCI community to submit ideas for the formation of new Special Interest Groups (SIG) Council SIGs focus on developing guidance or providing recommendations on areas of the PCI Standards and supporting programs that may need

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Heineken Introduces Holiday Promotion

Heineken is  unveiling the details of its ‘Spread Your Holiday Cheer’ retail program in  plenty of time for grocery, c-store and liquor retail partners to plan for  big 2011 holiday sales. Heineken’s multi-channel ‘Spread Your Holiday Cheer’  program offers adult consumers convenience and value and provides the mobile  portal through which they can capture and

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C-Store Visits Decline As Gas Prices Grow

In the second quarter of 2011, due to rising fuel prices, convenience store traffic declined by 4% compared to same quarter year ago, according to The NPD Group. Historically when gas prices rise convenience store visits decline and history held true in the second quarter of 2011 when, due to rising gas prices, convenience store

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Sunoco APlus Convenience Store Welcomes UFC Champion

Mixed martial arts fans can visit athlete Matt “The Terror” Sera at a local Sunoco APlus store. Sunoco APlus  Convenience Stores and XYIENCE, the maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, are inviting mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to meet XYIENCE team athlete Matt “The Terror” Serra.  The former UFC welterweight champion

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The National Advisory Group: Building Profits and Relationships

Only one more week to capitalize on early bird registration for the 2011 NAG Ideas Conference in Savannah, Ga. There is more pressure than ever on convenience store chains to not only exceed customers’ expectations, but to stay ahead of the competition, navigate legislative issues and still be good corporate citizens in the communities they

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Chocolate Milk Crave

Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc., a food and beverage cooperative owned by dairy farmers in western New York State, has introduced chocolate milk in Frost Free aluminum bottles that chill fast and stay colder longer. The bottle gives Crave, which is available in Original and Strawberry Chocolate flavors, its ultra-cold, fresh and intense flavor. Crave is

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