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Budweiser Barbeque Sauces

Vita Food Products introduces the Bud four-pack, a gift pack of sauces created in partnership with the brew masters of Anheuser-Busch. This gift pack aims to delight any Budweiser fan and deliver an exceptional taste experience. The pack includes four Budweiser Genuine Sauces: Original Barbecue Sauce, Mild & Tangy Wing Sauce, Smoked Barbecue Sauce and

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All-Natural Beef Jerky

Oberto Brands’ signature Oh Boy, Oberto! beef jerky line is undergoing its first major jerky recipe overhaul in 12 years, as it realigns itself with its core customer demands. Oh Boy, Oberto! now offers an all-natural beef jerky line, which contains simple, all-natural ingredients resulting in a flavorful, hearty jerky that is seasoned, smoked and

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Is Oil in a Bull or Bear Market Now?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After seven consecutive weeks moving higher, we should see a decline in the U.S. average price for gasoline following a $16.75 barrel tumble by crude prices in futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange during the first week of May, which pressed the U.S. benchmark

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7-Eleven To Expand In Hawaii

The expansion would create  jobs and give 7-Eleven control over close to a third of the c-store market in Hawaii. 7-Eleven aims to nearly double its store count in Hawaii, expanding to some 100 locations during the next five years, Pacific Business News reported. The move would give 7-Eleven control of almost one-third of the

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CITGO Launches 2011 Ad Campaign

Real people, stories and local impact highlighted in campaign. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its new multi-faceted advertising campaign featuring real people and stories of CITGO. All elements of the campaign highlight the unique local impact of the brand on communities and individuals across the country and the ongoing commitment to “doing good” displayed by

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Sunoco Releases Q1 2011 Results

Earnings from retail marketing saw a $22 million drop compared to the same quarter in 2010 due to lower average retail gasoline margins. Sunoco Inc. reported a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $101 million ($0.84 per share diluted) for the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders

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CSD Announces Amazon Gift Card Winner

After participating in the roller grill usage study, retailers were entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. Ryan White of Blarney Castle Oil was selected in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card, after participating in Convenience Store Decisions’ Roller Grill usage study. CSD launched the study to learn more about

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Hard-Pack Little Cigars

Swisher International has introduced 84-millimeter hard-pack packaging for the company’s Swisher Sweets Little Cigars. While the traditional soft pack will remain available, the popular 84-millimeter length hard pack is designed to resist bending and crushing to preserve the product in its original condition. Today’s consumers have expressed a preference for more protective packaging, and now

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Eye On Cleanliness

Server Products’ new countertop organizer will keep condiment areas clean and mess-free while helping operators eliminate waste and improve efficiency. The PPO-3 is a top load, large capacity organizer with two dividers forming three compartments. Portion packs channel to the front, continually replenishing the supply. The attractive design will complement any décor and the brushed

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Chevron Launches Take Off to Adventure Game

Chevron ExtraMile and Disney partner to celebrate the re-launch of the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland Park. Beginning this week, every person who visits a participating ExtraMile location in California, Oregon and Washington can request a game card with two chances to win. The West Coast game runs May 1 to June 30 with thousands

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Eisman Appointed CEO of Alon USA

“I am looking forward to working with all of our employees to build upon the good foundation we have in place,” says Eisman. Alon USA announced that, effective May 3, Paul Eisman was named CEO of the company in addition to his role as president, and Jeff Morris was named as vice chairman of the

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Vermont Rolls Out Fit And Healthy Campaign

State calls on small stores to help fight obesity. The state of Vermont is launching a “Fit and Healthy” campaign aimed at small stores, encouraging them to offer more healthful products in the quest to fight obesity, WPTZ News reported. More than half of all Vermont adults are overweight or obese, while the number of

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Commonwealth Brands, Altadis USA Announce Integration

Commonwealth Brands and Altadis USA have announced the integration of their sales and marketing units into a unified team. The unified team is expected to provide greater sales coverage and more comprehensive service to its customer. “This will put us in a stronger position to drive growth across our USA mass market portfolio that comprises

Serving the Industry

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 serve. This doesn’t even take into account managing operations, training employees and developing a strategy to grow the business.

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What Wal-Mart’s New C-Stores Mean for the Industry

By Lance Winslow It appears that Wal-Mart plans on setting up hundreds of convenience stores in the near future, and many of these will be completed before 2012. Why is Wal-Mart getting into the c-store business, you wonder? Well, consider if you will that at many of its superstores the company also sells fuel, and

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NACS Chairman Speaks To Congress On Renewable Fuels

Jeff Miller outlines industry concerns on E15. Convenience store retailers, who sell 80% of the country’s motor fuels, want the opportunity to sell more renewable fuels, but they need help from Congress to do so, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Power. “We

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C-store Study Groups Forming

Three new study groups aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skill sets, tools and peer-group support. Study Groups, a division of Finance & Resource Management Consultants Inc. (FRMC), and Employee Performance Strategies Inc., have joined forces to provide operations personnel with their own unique Study Groups. Three distinct Operations Study Groups are being formed

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United Supermarkets Introduces United Express

Fresh foods, traditional c-store offerings available at new smaller format store. United Supermarkets has entered the convenience market, introducing its first United Express standalone convenience store location this week in Lubbock, Texas,  Chain Store Age reported. The new United Express offers six fuel pumps, fresh foods and traditional c-store items. “Our goal with United Express

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Reward Points Bring Fuel Savings

Save Mart and S-Mart Foods team with Shell Stations to reward customers with gas discounts. Save Mart Supermarkets and S-Mart Foods announced that beginning May 9, customers who shop at any of their greater Sacramento-Modesto- Stockton, Calif.-area stores using their new Save Mart or S-Mart Foods Reward Cards can now earn significant discounts on fuel

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Cigar Sales Holding Strong

Flavored products and natural leaf wrappers remain popular with consumers despite increased taxation and looming FDA intervention. By Frank Seltzer, Contributing Editor. Machine-made or mass-market cigars are by far the largest segment of the cigar universe. While premium cigars get most of the notice in magazines and blogs, the reality is that most cigar smokers

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The Electronic Frontier

The popularity of e-cigarettes has risen substantially over the past couple of years, giving retailers an opportunity to make up for shrinking tobacco profits. By Frank Seltzer, Contributing Editor. Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new product, but for convenience stores they are beginning to make a big impact on sales. Electronic cigarettes were invented just

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Lawsuit Filed Against BP and Retalix

Franchisees of BP, ARCO, and am/pm file class action lawsuit. The law firms of SeegerWeiss LLP and Lee Tran & Liang, APLC have jointly filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of owners of BP and ARCO gas station franchises and am/pm convenience store

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Capture and Search Journal Data Electronically

The VRX Co. has introduced a new product offering: EJournal, the journal printer eliminator. EJournal is a solution for convenience stores, restaurants, and many other retailers who need the ongoing data a journal printer provides, but don’t want the hassle and mess of a long daily paper tape and the difficulty of searching for specific

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B&R Stores Selects KSS Retail

“Leveraging the KSS Retail PriceStrat solution, we will be able to more intimately understand our shopper, deliver pricing and promotions that matter, and improve the shopping experience,” says president of B&R Stores. Lincoln, Neb.-based B&R Stores has selected KSS Retail, a dunnhumby Company, as its provider for price modeling and optimization. B&R aims to leverage

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Core-Mark Acquires Forrest City Grocery

“Strategically, this merger enables us to increase our infrastructure into the very important Southeastern U.S. market,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has closed its previously announced acquisition of Forrest City Grocery Company (FCGC). The final purchase price

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