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NRA Show Moved Forward

The National Restaurant Association plans to move the Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show to an date for a higher attendance rate. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced that the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, originally scheduled for May 19-22, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is rescheduled on May 5-8, 2012 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This

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Branded vs. Proprietary Foodservice

The debate has gone on for many years–should you implement an existing branded foodservice program or are you better off developing your own unique proprietary brand?  The answer to both is YES!  There is no right or wrong answer as both have their pros and cons.   Branded foodservice offers the quickest path to implementation since

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Hess Reports Q2 Financial Results

Hess Corp. releases its second quarter estimated results for 2011, including a net income increase compared with one year ago. Hess Corp. reported net income of $607 million for the second quarter of 2011, which is up from $375 million for the second quarter of 2010. The after-tax income (loss) by major operating activity was

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MotoMart Challenges City Ban

One Wisconsin MotoMart store aims to change city regulations on alcohol sales. MotoMart is challenging alcohol laws in Neenah, Wis., that prohibit retailers that sell fuel from also offering customers alcohol, the PostCrescent Online reported. MotoMart argues that the current law is archaic, and that it puts the city’s convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage

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Smaller Meal Options

Trends are changing when it comes to meal size. Many customers now prefer smaller sized meals in order to eat healthier. Customers are growing more aware of the importance of managing portion size, market research company NPD Group, revealed in its latest report titled, “Healthy Eating Strategies by Generation,” according to Vending MarketWatch. NPD listed

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Casey’s Delivers

By: Megan Wilkinson, CSD Staff. Casey’s General Stores Inc. now offers its new pizza delivery service on a daily basis to customers at several store locations in Iowa. For hungry c-store customers in Iowa buying c-store pizza just got even more convenient. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is delivering pizza direct to customers from its Grimes,

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Cardtronics Completes Acquisition of EDC ATM Business

Acquisition results in some 3,700 ATMs, plus branding contracts with some of the largest financial institutions.   Cardtronics Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cardtronics USA Inc., has completed the acquisition of EDC ATM Subsidiary LLC and Efmark Deployment I Inc. (collectively “EDC”). The cash purchase price of $145 million was funded through borrowings under

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Retalix Acquires MTXEPS

“With MTXEPS’s premier electronic payment software solutions and large satisfied customer base, we enhance our market leadership in offering retailers comprehensive, advanced solutions across all customer touch points and sales channels,” says Retalix CEO. Retalix, a global provider of software and services to high-volume, high complexity retailers, has acquired MTXEPS LLC, a provider of innovative,

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Fresh & Easy Introduces ‘Thank You’ Card

Card builds on the success of Tesco Clubcard and “Friends of Fresh & Easy” email program. Building on the success of Tesco‟s Clubcard, a loyalty program with more than 30 million card holders in 12 countries, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is introducing a similar program for its customers later this year. The program will

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Thorntons Inc. Named 2011 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

Outstanding service, a sincere dedication to its team members and an ongoing commitment to convenience retailing earn the Louisville, Ky.-based chain the industry’s oldest and most prestigious award. Continuing a tradition it began in 1990, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Thorntons Inc. as its 2011 Convenience Store Chain of Year. Thorntons, which will

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A Salty And Sweet Treat

General Mills has introduced Chocolate Chex Mix Cookies & Cream to c-stores. It is the first salty snack mix to include the popular Cookies & Cream flavor. With 60% less fat than regular potato chips, Chocolate Chex Mix Cookies & Cream combines sweet-coated corn Chex with real chocolate cookie crunch. Each 4.25-ounce bag is suggested

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Sweetness Teams Up

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed up with Snapple to create a new line of Jelly Belly beans with inspiration from Snapple Juice Drinks. The candy-makers began at the source with Snapple Juice Drink concentrates in five tangy and sweet Snapple flavors: Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry. Jelly Belly

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Gasoline Prices Clawing Back After Late Spring Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average has increased for three straight weeks since June 27, climbing 4.1 cents to $3.682 per gallon for the week-ended July 18, which is 96 cents higher than the same week in 2010. Since reaching a 32-month high

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Rutter’s Reveals Winners For Summer Contest

A loyal Rutter’s customer wins big in the chain’s “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Summer is heating up in Central Pennsylvania thanks to more prizes being awarded to loyal Rutter’s customers in the “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Among the winners was Joshua Welty, of Red Lion, Pa., who won a free month of gas.

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BP Launches Commute Better Campaign

BP launches a “Commute Better” program to aid local Columbus, Ohio drivers in improving their driving routines. The daily commute of Columbus, Ohio drivers is not generally as stressful as that of other U.S. cities, according to research from Kiplinger, but a recent survey commissioned by BP Products North America Inc. suggests there is room

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Retailers Pledge to Expand Healthy Food Options

Several c-stores and grocery stores agreed to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand value and health foods to more impoverished U.S. communities.  The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced that leading grocery retailers have committed to bring healthy, affordable

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El Paso Welcomes Back Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J reopens in El Paso, Texas with many amenities for travelers and truckers in the area. Pilot Flying J recently reopened the newly remodeled Flying J Travel Plaza in El Paso, Texas. Featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public, the travel plaza is located at 1301 North Horizon Blvd. The

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Facebook Marketing for Convenience Stores

Convenience store chains, like most retailers, pay close attention to transaction counts and sales per customer. Until recently, getting to know your customers as individuals might have seemed costly and out of reach for all but the largest of companies. Having the opportunity to communicate with your customers and getting to know their friends and

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What’s your turnover rate?

Turnover can be very costly, yet it is often overlooked or poorly measured by many convenience store retailers. Studies peg the cost of replacing one c-store employee can be $1,500 or more and that ignores the opportunity cost from increased sales resulting from a well trained, stable, customer focused work force.   Many chains are

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Getting The Most From Teams

Sometimes it makes a lot of sense to have a cross functional work team established to tackle business challenges or drive operational improvement in current processes. Other times it is better to assign the task to an individual or to a group with a clearly defined leader. Cross functional teams provide the added benefit of brining

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Coinstar Inc. Provides Q2 Results

Coinstar Inc. says goodbye to one of its executive leaders as it releases its second quarter results for fiscal 2011. Coinstar Inc., a provider in automated retail, has announced a leadership transition for the company’s redbox business, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Mitch Lowe has resigned as president of redbox to pursue entrepreneurial and other

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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

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Moving Convenience

Corner Grocery partners with U-Haul to give customers a wide variety of moving equipment and supplies. Moving just got easier for Creedmoor, N.C., residents now that Corner Grocery convenience store, located at 2616 Hwy. 56 E., recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its list of services. Customers to the c-store now have access

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Walgreens is Adding Charging Stations To 800 Stores

Walgreen Co. continues to grow its electric-vehicle charging station program, which helps to boost U.S. energy initiatives. Walgreen Co. is expanding its electric-vehicle charging station program at some 800 of its 7,733 stores by the end of 2011, MarketWatch reported. The drugstore chain operator began its charging station program late last year, as electricity producer

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Mother Parkers Wins First Place

Mother Parkers’ Classic Southern Iced Tea takes top honor. Mother Parkers’ Classic Southern Sweetened Iced Tea Concentrate won first place in its category in the 2011 North American Tea Championship on June 1 in advance of the World Tea Expo. “This recognition from The North American Tea Championship formally confirms that we have achieved what

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