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Gulf Oil Teams With The Cardinals

“We are paving the way of the future by working with a high level group of partners like the St. Louis Cardinals who understand that we’re in this together to raise the loyalty bar again,” says Gulf spokesperson. Gulf Oil has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball’s (MLB) St. Louis Cardinals. The

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Fuel My Passion Sweepstakes Begins

From now until June 22, customers can upload photos showing the “Power of V” sign alongside their favorite vehicle for a chance to win a number of prizes. Consumers can now participate in the third annual Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes, including Shell V-Power premium gasoline for

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McDonald’s Coffee Customers Most Loyal

In a study comparing McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts customers, McDonald’s coffee customers are the least likely to stray. McDonald’s coffee customers are the most loyal compared to those who frequent Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Donuts, a study by market research firm CustomersDNA LLC found. The currently unpublished study involved 15,000 fast-food customers who answered

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Rutter’s To Open New Fayetteville Store

The new location brings local jobs and fresh foods, and incorporates energy efficient features. A new Rutter’s Farm Store scheduled to open in early May is expected to bring 40 jobs to the Fayetteville, Pa. area, the Public Opinion News Online reported. Construction on the location began in November for the convenience store located at

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Colorado Says No To Full Strength Beer At C-stores

Full-strength beer proposal reaches Legislature floor for the first time, but is voted down. Colorado lawmakers have rejected a proposal that would have given convenience stores, gas stations and grocery chains the right to sell full-strength beer. The decisions ended a debate that occurs just about every year at the state Capitol, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.

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Shoppers Buying More Store Brands

New price study by the Private Label Manufacturers Association shows shoppers can save 33% on their grocery bill when they select store brand products. A new study of comparative prices on a wide range of everyday supermarket purchases shows why more shoppers are passing up national brands and reaching for the retailer’s brand instead, the

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Sandwich Sales on a Roll

There’s a reason why American Retail Services (ARS) of Oceanside, Calif.,  chose sandwiches as the centerpiece of the budding foodservice program it’s launching in its 100-store chain. Chicago-based market research firm Mintel International estimated in September 2010 that despite the challenges of the recent economy, sandwich shop sales grew 3.1% in 2010 to $24.3 billion.

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Speedway, Couche-Tard Acquire Gas City Stores

Couche-Tard ends up with five stations, while Speedway plans to pay more than $70 million for 27 locations. Speedway, a subsidiary of Ohio-based Marathon, is set to acquire 27 stores from bankrupt Gas City, while Alimentation Couche-Tard also acquires a handful of locations, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Gas City filed for bankruptcy last October and

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KSS Fuels to Acquire MPSI

“Together, we will provide global reach, unparalleled service and a comprehensive suite of proven solutions to deliver even greater value to customers in our existing markets and to serve the rapidly developing needs of customers in emerging fuels markets,” says KSS Fuels CEO. KSS Fuels and Market Planning Solutions Inc. (MPSI),global providers of fuel pricing

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ExxonMobil Introduces Android App

“This new app continues our record of delivering what consumers want and need,” says ExxonMobil Fuels spokesperson. ExxonMobil is launching its latest in mobile technology – the Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder application for Android. The application gives real-time maps, driving directions and station information for nearly 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental

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“Casey’s Madness” Champion Crowned

“We have always been aware of our consumers’ loyalty and passion, but the entries submitted in this social media contest bring it to a whole new level,” says Casey’s brand manager. Casey’s General Stores has named Justin VanLaere from Byron, Minn., champion of  “Casey’s Madness,” a social marketing campaign. The contest focused on growing the

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Healthy Breads, Ethnic Flavor Propel Bakery

The bakery category is not as simple as heating up some dough to produce to produce bread, cookies and muffins. The complex category requires attention to detail. Does the product come frozen and ready to go right into the oven? Does it come frozen, and only needs to be thawed before serving? Is the product

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Chocolate Sweetens Confectionery Sales

As the economy sputtered through 2010, confections emerged as the indulgence of choice for price-sensitive customers. The confections segment enjoyed a banner year with total chocolate sales increasing 6.89% to $2.1 billion. Units sold increased 6.3% to 1.78 billion. The average price held steady at $1.18, according to SymphonyIRI Group, for the 52 weeks ended

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Irving Oil To Offer Web-Based Training Program

“We’re confident that Ready Training Online will provide the best resources to help our customers grow their business,” says Irving Oil spokesperson. Irving Oil has partnered with Ready Training Online (RTO) and Targeted Solutions to bring innovative, efficient online training services to their dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. The training is set to

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Excentus Corp. Announces Employee Promotions

New CAO and president/COO take the helm at Excentus Corp. Excentus Corp. has appointed Brandon Logsdon as president and chief operating officer and Jim Mills as chief administrative officer of the company. The appointments were announced at a recently company town hall meeting by Dickson Perry, founder, chairman and CEO of Excentus Corp., a provider

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McDonald’s Announces Nationwide Hiring Event

As it looks to revamp the “McJob,” McDonald’s highlights employees who have successfully climbed the ranks to top company positions as it recruits new hires. C-store operators better hold on tight to their employees this April, as McDonald’s Corp. hosts a nationwide hiring event, to fill positions ranging from cashier to manager, scheduled for April

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Circle K Gulf Coast Adds Modjo Lifestyle Beverages

“Functional and truly unique products like Modjo forLIFE and Modjo Hydrade are the type of products that intrigue and address the health concerns of our customers,” says category manager, Circle K Gulf Coast Business Unit. Circle K Gulf Coast Business Unit plans to carry Modjo forLIFE anti-aging and rejuvenation beverage and new Modjo Hydrade the

Even in the face of federal and state taxes, cigarette sales were up 5.21% in 2010.

Dealing With Tobacco’s Cloudy Future

For all the controversy surrounding cigarettes and increased local and federal taxes, cigarette sales fared well in 2010, according to SymphonyIRI Group. For the 52 weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010, cigarette sales totaled more than $53.5 billion, up 5.21% from the pervious 12 months. Units sold increased 1.52% to slightly more than nine billion. The

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Scotsman Unites Ice Chewers With Nugget Ice

“This year, Scotsman celebrates the 30th anniversary of the invention of nugget ice, and the Luv the Nug campaign is the perfect way to commemorate this iconic ice form,” says Scotsman spokesperson. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv

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Gilligan Oil Adds Six Dunkin’ Donuts Restaurants

Dunkin’ Donuts is seeking new and existing franchisees to develop restaurants throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding areas of Dayton and Toledo. Gilligan Oil Co. LLC has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts for six new restaurants in Cincinnati. Currently, Gilligan Oil owns and operates three Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the Cincinnati market

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Coca-Cola Introduces Fully Recyclable Racks

“Sustainability is core to our business, so we want to demonstrate this commitment to our customers, and consumers at every level,” says Coca-Cola spokesperson. As the Coca-Cola Co. continues to advance its efforts in sustainability, it is developing a family of 100% recyclable merchandise display racks for use in grocery and convenience stores in the

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Sunflower Farmers Market Opens First California Store

“We look forward to bringing affordable, quality, healthy options – from local produce to our newly re-packaged private label line – to Roseville and the surrounding communities,” says Sunflower CEO. Sunflower Farmers Market, the full-service natural and organic grocer famous for “serious food at silly prices,” plans to open its first store in the California

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Quick Chek Selects Reflexis Workforce Management

Reflexis to increase efficiency and improve accuracy in Quick Chek’s payroll and other workforce management processes. Quick Chek, a convenience store chain in the New York Metro market, has selected Reflexis workforce management solutions. Quick Chek selected Reflexis over its competition in the workforce management software market after detailed product demonstrations and discussions with other

Only 27% of 18 to 24 year olds drink coffee on a regular basis.

Coffee Sales Hotter Than Ever

Hot dispensed beverages, most notably coffee, remain a lynchpin of the convenience store foodservice business and a key to its continued growth. Growing sales will be a crucial task in the months and years ahead. Chicago-based research firm Mintel International reported that c-stores and other retail coffee marketers must begin to actively recruit younger drinkers

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Is $4 Gallon Gasoline Coming to a Station Near You?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN For some, the unpleasant reality of $4 gallon gasoline has already occurred, namely in California, where the Energy Information Administration reported in early April an average price for regular grade gasoline at $4.057 gallon. As of April 4, the EIA pegged the average for Chicago at

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