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Taste The Rainbow

Wrigley has launched Skittles Blenders, a bite-sized chewy candy with unique blended fruit flavors. Each pack of Skittles Blenders contains a rainbow of five new flavors inspired by blended beverages: Watermelon Green Apple Freeze, Strawberry Lime Blast, Melon Berry Burst, Mango Lemonade Blast, Cherry Tropicolada. Skittles Blenders are available at retailers nationwide starting at the

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WWE Collectible Cups, Straws Roll Out at 7-Eleven

“Couple this popular promotion with the intense heat gripping much of the nation, and we expect legendary Slurpee and Super Big Gulp drinks to be superstars themselves this month,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson.   7-Eleven Inc. and WWE have announced that after two successful partnerships, the companies will get back in the ring for the month

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Shell Encourages Fuel Efficiency With Smart Driving Program

World Record Breakers John and Helen Taylor join Shell to set another lowest fuel consumption record while sharing ways to drive smarter. Demonstrating that improved fuel efficiency is possible today, Shell is launching a national Smarter Driving program to help motorists make the most of their fuel purchases and our natural energy resources. To kick

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TA Opens New Store in DeMotte, Indiana

Former Gas City opens as a TravelCenters of America store, featuring a Country Pride restaurant and BP-branded gasoline. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has completed the renovations and rebranding of the newest TA full-service travel center at Exit 230 off I-65, 11166 West State Rd., DeMotte, Ind. The location was previously operated as Gas City,

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7-Eleven, T-Mobile USA Partner

T-Mobile now offers prepaid device at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide. T-Mobile USA Inc. and 7-Eleven Inc. have announced the availability of a T-Mobile prepaid, no term contract handset in the retail chain’s 7-Eleven stores. The affordable handset works with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans and services that run on its nationwide 4G network. 7-Eleven, one of the

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Pemmican Beef Jerky Shoppers Strike it Rich

New promotion around the release of the Cowboys & Aliens movie offers Pemmican beef jerky fans a chance to win a pound of gold and other prizes. In celebration of the release of Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ all-new action-thriller Cowboys & Aliens, Pemmican Beef Jerky has launched its “Strike it Rich on the Pemmican

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Start August Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs across the U.S. ended the final week of July mixed with a downward bias, which should arrest the gradual increase in retail pump prices in many metropolitan markets. That follows four consecutive weeks in which the U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline

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CJ Crunk Grows Distribution

Gila Brew Co. LLC’s CJ Crunk, a premium-flavored malt beverage, is expanding distribution to include more U.S. states due to high consumer demand since its return to market two months ago with brand new adult-packaging and refreshing flavors. Distribution now includes Florida (Brown Distributing Co. Inc.), Illinois (Town & Country Distributors, Chicago Beverage Systems, and

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Less Fat, Richer Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America has reformulated the classic light and fluffy taste of its 3 Musketeers bar to deliver a richer chocolate experience. Taste is the leading driver of sales for 3 Musketeers and this new formulation still satisfies as a lighter candy bar with 45% less fat, while increasing the chocolate appeal for consumers.

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COLLOQUY Educates Loyalty Marketers

As the middle-class gets further squeezed five loyalty trends are helping merchants add value to attract customers. In its most recent issue, LoyaltyOne’s COLLOQUY magazine examined the strapped U.S. middle-class and what marketers can do to develop loyalty with this group through the lingering recession and beyond.  With 50% of Americans defining themselves as middle-class,

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Visa To Introduce New Fees

In the wake of the Durbin Amendment, merchants to face new fees from Visa, as the credit card company lowers transaction rate. Visa Chief Executive Joseph Saunders, in a conference call with analysts, said the payment processor would introduce a network participation fee in the U.S. for all of its debit, credit and prepaid card

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Coulson Oil Forms Real Estate Company

“By the formation of Coulson Real Estate Group, we can place increased focus on the acquisition and development of current and future holdings,” says chairman of Coulson Oil. North Little Rock, Ark.-based Coulson Oil Co., one of the southwest’s largest independent distributors of motor fuels, has formed a new real estate company called Coulson Real

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Virginia C-store Owners Converge At Expo

Independent store owners find power in a united front. Virginia convenience store owners, on July 28, flocked to the Richmond Raceway Complex in eastern Henrico County to view the latest products and services from vendors at an expo sponsored by the Virginia Asian American Store Owners Association, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported. This year the organization—just

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RPM Financial Sells 16 C-store Properties

“The operating sites have good sales volumes, and a number of the facilities are less than 10 years old,” says NRC’s executive managing director. Some 16 c-store/gas station properties in Alabama, Florida and Georgia, all owned and operated by RPM Financial LLC and affiliated company, USA Travel and set to be sold in a sealed

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Sheetz Joins Luzerne Community

Sheetz opens a new c-store in Luzerne County, Pa., while also giving hundreds of dollars to new customers anticipating the store’s opening.  Sheetz is opening its first location in Sugarloaf, Pa., today at 551 Route 93.  Excitement is high for this store’s opening since there is a prize for the first 50 people in line

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Hershey’s Chocolate Flies High

Consumers at the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning taste Hershey’s newest aerated chocolate product. The Hershey Co. has  introduced a new way to enjoy chocolate with the launch of Hershey’s Air Delight Chocolate – one of the first aerated chocolates for the company. To savor and enjoy the light and airy texture of

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Haskel Thompson & Associates Completes Acqusition

“We also now have a greater presence in targeted areas where we see additional opportunities for growth,” says president of Haskel Thompson & Associates. Haskel Thompson & Associates, an executive search firm in the convenience store & retail/wholesale fuels industry, has completed the acquisition of National Executive Personnel, an executive recruiting & consulting company in

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Atlas Oil Enters Crude Transportation Market in Odessa

“We are always looking for ways to add value to our customers and this is a prime example of how you can take a customer need and put some fresh thinking and ingenuity into the process to come up with a great solution,” says Atlas Oil CEO. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is now transloading

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Clark Brands Re-Opens Mentor C-store

After a tornado destroyed the store last year, Clark Brands rebuilds Mentor, Minn., location. Clark Brands is re-opening its Mentor C-store in Mentor, Minn., a little more than a year after a June 17, 2010 tornado destroyed the store. The Mentor C-store, a local fixture off U.S. Highway 2, is once again serving customers from

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NSF, Paster Training Partner on Retail Food Safety Training

“Through this partnership, we will strengthen the global food supply, help prevent food terrorism and assist communities in decreasing alcohol-related incidents,” says Paster Training president. NSF International’s Global Food Safety Division and Paster Training Inc. have partnered to offer a combination of training and consulting services to the foodservice and retail food industries. These service

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7-Eleven To Sell CDs

Through a partnership with Mall Jamz, the c-store giant is rolling out CDs at a time when demand for music in CD format is high but record stores are struggling. Now c-store customers can purchase CDs at their local 7-Eleven. Through a unique, national deal, 7-Eleven and Los Angeles -based Mall Jamz (in association with

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Kum & Go Grows in Cedar Rapids

New Kum & Go stores are set to feature a more fresh food choices and a green design. Kum & Go is planning 8-10 new convenience stores in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Marion, Iowa, over the next several years, KCRG TV reported. All locations are scheduled to feature environmentally-friendly designs. Construction is underway on the

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Reliant Security Reports Solid Growth

Allsup’s Convenience Stores uses Reliant Security services to help secure its store network. Reliant Security, a provider of data security software, hardware and services for retail merchants, has reported strong company growth, client adoption and corporate expansion in the first half of 2011. Reliant Security provides an integrated product and services platform for merchants with

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What’s On Your Customer’s C-Store Shopping List?

By: Jeff Weghorst, director of merchandising at dunnhumbyUSA One of the primary drivers behind a customer’s willingness to transact with a retailer is product selection. If a customer does not encounter an appealing assortment of products in-store, they are highly unlikely to engage even once with the retailer, and much less likely to become a

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Marathon Petroleum Hungry For Acquisitions

Following its separation from Marathon Oil Corp., Marathon Petroleum is now preparing to grow its Speedway brand.  Marathon Petroleum Corp., which spun off from Marathon Oil Corp. last month, is searching for acquisitions and seeking assets that meld with its strategy of refining oil and distributing the fuels produced, Reuters reported. “We have an appetite

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