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Keeping the Menu Fresh

Foodservice customers are becoming value-conscious, a reflection of current economic conditions. Consumers are now expecting better value in terms of price, service, consistency and food quality. By John Lofstock, Editor. Bringing consumers into convenience stores to buy food requires a great offering at a good price. But with all the competition for share of stomach,

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Natural Deli Papers

Georgia-Pacific Professional, a leading  manufacturer of innovative washroom, wiper and foodservice solutions, introduces Dixie Rite-Wrap Natural deli papers to its portfolio of food wrap offerings. Now available to foodservice operators, the 100% unbleached wax paper is appropriate for a wide range of food types and comes in a variety of sizes to meet the needs

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CITGO Fall Fueling Good Program Recognizes 12 Charities

Winners in the Fall 2011 Fueling Good program span the CITGO footprint, from Wisconsin to Florida and Pennsylvania to Texas. Doing good in local communities is a core value woven throughout CITGO Petroleum Corp. and one that is uniquely demonstrated through its Fueling Good Program. Now in its third year, Fueling Good recognizes and rewards

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Casey’s Annual Halloween Promotion Benefits St. Jude

Customers donate dollars during the month of October to assist the research and treatment of childhood diseases. Casey’s General Stores raised more than $667,000 during October as part of the 20th Annual St. Jude Halloween Promotion. The program raises funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the

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Valero Raises Over $1.9 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds raised during four-week campaign will benefit 32 children’s hospitals. Valero Corner Store employees and their customers once again showed their dedication to their communities by raising a total of $1,933,847 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals  during its four-week fundraising campaign Sept. 6 – Oct. 3. The campaign took place in all 991 Corner Store

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TA Opens Eight UltraMobile Verizon Retail Outlets

Plans include expansion to 100 locations through 2012. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has become an authorized Verizon wireless retailer and opened retail outlets under the UltraMobile name at eight of its TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The UltraMobile outlets provide a full service offering in a convenient location

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Mansfield Designing First Beverly Hills CNG Fueling Station

“This station will allow the city to continue environmentally-sound initiatives while lowering its annual fuel costs,” says Mansfield president. Mansfield Gas Equipment Systems (MGES) has been awarded a contract to design, construct and service a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station for the City of Beverly Hills. The station will be utilized by city vehicles

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Smokeless Sales Show No Signs of Dipping

Enhancing variety will continue to be a key for this high growth category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of smokeless tobacco products keep increasing and convenience store operators are enjoying the ride. But keeping that graph line headed north means keeping a wary eye on proposed federal regulations, keeping sets fresh, properly allocating shelf

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Building the Business with a Quality Team

Cindy Fitzgibbons, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Stop’nGo of Medina Inc. A relative newcomer to convenience store industry, but no stranger to the world of operations management, Cindy Fitzgibbons has climbed the ranks since joining Stop’nGo of Medina Inc. in 2010. In her current position as general manager and chief operating officer at Stop’nGo

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Joe Coffee Launches Website

Joe Coffee has introduced a new Website: Joeknowscoffee.com. Midwest roaster Paramount Coffee Co. recently launched the improved, interactive Website so customers can place orders or find out what Joe’s up to. Joe Coffee includes “Tall Dark and Handsome,” a dark roast, “Wake Up Joe,” a medium roast, “Joe’s Gal Hazel,” a hazelnut blend, and “Unleaded,”

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Reduce Dishwashing Costs

Champion Industries, a division of the Ali Group that manufactures versatile commercial dishwashing equipment, introduces two new options on its GENESIS DH-5000, its hooded door machine that reduces cost, improves appearance and increases performance. The DH5000 Direct Vent is an industry exclusive, that allows the unit to vent directly to the outside, removing steam and

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CITGO Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

“CITGO believes in operating its business as a good steward of the environment and serving as a guardian of natural resources,” says CITGO spokesperson. The CITGO Petroleum Corp. headquarters building on Eldridge Parkway, in the Energy Corridor area of West Houston, has received LEED Gold Certification for an Existing Building from the U.S. Green Building

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Jackson’s Minit Marts Founder Passes Away

Julian Jackson, a former bantamweight boxer and a pioneer in the c-store industry, who founded Jackson’s Minit Marts and Lil’ Champ Food Stores, died last week. He was 98. Jackson was a member of the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame and the North American Boxing Federation Hall of Fame, the Times-Union reported. Born in Perry,

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Circle K Raises Record $1,005,198 for March of Dimes

Pick-A-Pumpkin Campaign funds March of Dimes programs working to give every baby a healthy start and helping sick babies survive and thrive. Circle K Stores and their customers in their Great Lakes and Midwest Regions helped raise $1,005,198 in the annual March of Dimes Pick-A-Pumpkin campaign during October.  This new record total will support March

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Jordan Named President of Master-Bilt

Scott Jordan has been named the new president of Master-Bilt, effective Oct. 24, 2011. Jordan served as vice president of operations and general manager of BKI, a Standex Food Service Equipment Group company, since April 2008. Previous to BKI, he worked with Baldor Electric for 16 years in manufacturing, quality assurance, purchasing, finance, strategic planning,

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New Design for Dos Equis

Dos Equis, a premium Mexican beer brand in the U.S., has introduced a refreshed look for its primary (bottles and cans) and secondary (outer pack) packaging designs on both Dos Equis Lager and Dos Equis Ambar. The primary packaging design includes an updated typeface of the iconic “XX” and rays on the front label to

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Quality Pipe Tobacco

Russell Springs, Ky.-based Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added Red Buck Pipe Tobacco to its product line. Red Buck Pipe Tobacco is available in eight-ounce, 16-ounce and five-pound bags in three flavors, Regular, Mild and Menthol. The Red Buck brand is

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HEINEKEN Appoints Senior Director, Trade Marketing Activation

Catherine Vieira brings more than 20 years of trade marketing, sales and account management experience to HEINEKEN USA’s trade marketing and sales strategy team. HEINEKEN USA has appointed of Catherine Vieira as senior director, trade marketing activation, effective immediately. In her new role, Vieira will report to Kheri Tillman, vice president of trade marketing and

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Train to Retain

To get and keep “A” players, retailers must become an employer of choice. This doesn’t always mean paying more money, but it does mean understanding that the way employees treat customers reflects the way their employers treat them. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. Do you ever wonder why no one ever trains us for life’s

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Imperial Tobacco Introduces Commonwealth – Altadis Inc.

Commonwealth – Altadis, Inc. strengthens competitive position with total tobacco focus and larger sales force. Altadis U.S.A. Inc. and Commonwealth Brands Inc., both owned by Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, have come together to create a new sales and distribution company called Commonwealth – Altadis Inc. (CAI), offering consumers and customers a high quality range of

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Buchanan Energy Selling 61 Stations

Locations for sale in Chicago and St. Louis markets. Buchanan Energy LLC is selling 38 ExxonMobil-branded gas stations in the Greater Chicago area, as well as 23 BP-branded stations in the Greater St. Louis area.  All 61 stations are being sold with branded fuel supply with help from NRC Realty & Capital Advisors. “These stores

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Bolla Oil Adds innovationTV at 40 Sites

“The investment creates an exciting resource that will become an asset to help us connect with and deliver great advancements to our valued customers,” says Bolla Oil CEO. Bolla Oil gas station and convenience store locations, located in the New York market, are adding inOvationTV to more than 40 sites, some of which will be

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C-Store Foodservice Challenges QSRs

“Convenience stores are increasingly falling into the same consideration set as fast-food restaurants,” says Technomic director. As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on

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Hot Stuff Sponsors Snowmobile Snocross Champion

“Many of our restaurant franchisees and customers are Tucker Hibbert fans, and will be excited to learn that Tucker is a Hot Stuff Pizza lover,” says Orion CEO. Orion Food Systems, the international foodservice provider, which franchises over 1000 Hot Stuff Pizza locations world-wide, announced its official sponsorship of World Snocross Champion and 10-time ESPN

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Snickers the Tops

Mars Foodservice presents the top-testing new candy bar launch from Mars in over three years: Snickers Brand Peanut Butter Squared, which combines peanuts, caramel, nougat, milk chocolate and peanut butter. The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is quickly becoming a leader in the snack industry, making up more than 18% of the entire chocolate

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