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Core-Mark Announces Q4 2011 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday, March 8, 2012, for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2011 and will host an investor call later that morning. The call is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific time and can be accessed

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Bullish Geopolitics Overpower Bearish Gasoline Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline spiked to a $3.721 gallon 8-1/2 month high on Feb. 27, and is poised for a further advance despite mixed wholesale costs in early March. Retail prices have never been this high this early

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Jiffy Mart and Sam Koch Create Partnership

The football punter and resident of Carroll County is set to make appearances at local Jiffy Mart locations. Carroll County, Md. residents can expect to see Sam Koch, the American football punter for the Baltimore Ravens, at the four area Jiffy Mart locations. The Raven’s Punter will be making several live appearances and life-sized cardboard

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Hunt Brothers Introduces WingBites

Hunt Brothers Pizza is teaming up with the Country Music Association a grand prize sweepstakes prize to get customers excited about the new wings offering. Hunt Brothers Pizza is taking snacking to a whole new level with the launch of its new breaded, boneless WingBites. Available in Hunt Brothers Pizza’s exclusive Buffalo and Home Style

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blu Cigs Arrive in Canada’s Couche-Tard Stores

“We are interested in products that are on the cutting edge,” says Jean-Marie Bourque, Couche-Tard category manager.  On the heels of an impressive 2011 retail expansion, blu Cigs has started 2012 by boosting the number of U.S. retail locations carrying blu to nearly 20,000. Now, the e-cigarette company is celebrating another milestone—expansion into the Canadian

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VeriFone To Enable Isis NFC Mobile Commerce Access

VeriFone to layer Isis interfaces and user experience onto its pre-existing integration at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations in the U.S., alongside traditional payment forms. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced an agreement with Isis, the joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, to integrate the Isis Mobile Commerce Application in current

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Walgreens’ February Sales Increase 1.5%

Walgreens opened 10 stores during February, including one relocation, and acquired one. Walgreens had February sales of $5.86 billion, an increase of 1.5% from $5.77 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. This year’s total February sales benefited from one extra day because of leap year. All comparable store sales and prescription figures below

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ExxonMobil To Reward Speedpass Customers

A 15-cents-per-gallon rebate is available for 60 days after customers register online. Speedpass customer appreciation days are back. To express appreciation to customers, ExxonMobil is repeating a favorite promotion of 15-cents-per-gallon rebate of gas purchased with a registered Speedpass account. Beginning today, customers may register their Speedpass accounts at Speedpass.com/save to earn discounts for a

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Rite Aid’s Stansfield Honored With 2012 Confectionery Leadership Award

2012 marks the third time Stansfield is recognized by NCA with previous wins 1994 and 2003. Rite Aid Category Manager Val Stansfield received the 2012 Confectionery Leadership Award from the National Confectioners Association (NCA), one of the oldest, most respected confection associations in the world. Awarded annually, recipients must demonstrate exemplary leadership behaviors in business

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Blischok Joins Booz & Co.

“Thom Blischok is a recognized expert in the grocery, drug, convenience store and mass retailing space, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our team,” says Les Moeller, senior partner at Booz & Co. Booz & Co., a global management consulting firm, has announced that Thomas Blischok has joined the firm based

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NATO Announces Initiative To Combat Local Ordinances

Free sign up date for the April 2012 NATO Show extended. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) launched a new initiative in response to the wave of local ordinances being proposed in cities in Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states.  “These local ordinance are the latest in the attempt by the anti-tobacco

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Shell Launches New Fuel

New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines address changes in car engine technologies and consumer needs. Shell is launching its new Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines to address the increasing need for engine protection. With advanced engine technologies coming to the market and with consumers holding on to their existing vehicles longer, it is becoming increasingly important for

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Salty Snack Sales Surging

Healthier fare is certainly not the only trend in packaged snack foods, but it is by far the most important and widespread one affecting convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Salty snacks and chips is abuzz with activity: new products and line extensions, multi-million-dollar advertising and promotional campaigns and innovative in-store merchandising. When combined

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BP’s ampm Sponsors 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament

Students and fans will have the opportunity to win “too much good stuff” for the second year in a row. Honda Center and the Big West Conference have once again partnered with convenience store leader ampm for the annual Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament. The sponsorship establishes the 1,100-plus location franchise as the

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Scotsman Named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Scotsman Ice Systems earns award for protecting the environment through manufacturing energy-efficient products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Scotsman Ice Systems as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Product Manufacturer for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Scotsman’s

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Hoshizaki America Recognized With 2012 Energy Star Award

Hoshizaki America Inc. earns award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion winner for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products. Hoshizaki

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Susser Holdings to Present at 2012 Consumer Conference

The presentation will be available via Webcast on the Susser’s Website. Susser Holdings Corp. has announced that Sam Susser, president and CEO, will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Consumer Conference on Wed., March 7, in New York City. The presentation, which will begin at 3:10 p.m. ET, will be available live

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Most Innovative Consumer Packaged Goods of 2012 Unveiled

In collaboration with TNS, 50,000 shoppers select the nation’s 22 most innovative products of the year. Product of the Year USA, the largest consumer product award that rewards innovation and is voted on by consumers, brought together executives from iconic consumer brands, such as Proctor & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo, ConAgra Foods and Johnson & Johnson

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Murphy Oil USA Names Pointsmith Supplier Partner of the Year

Pointsmith receives honor for third straight year after being selected based on a company-wide survey. Murphy Oil USA has named Pointsmith, an at-store point-of-purchase management company, as its Supplier Partner of the Year for the third consecutive year. The award was presented at Murphy Oil’s annual National Managers meeting Jan. 23, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant to North Pembroke Elementary

Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, Verc Enterprises gives back to the community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented North Pembroke Elementary School with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the

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R.J. Reynolds Launches Get Engaged

R.J. Reynolds delivers on its pledge to its retail partners with a powerful new online tool: Get Engaged. R.J. Reynolds has launched Get Engaged, a new feature on EngageRJRT.com, the online resource for R.J. Reynolds’ retail partners. Get Engaged was created as a research and learning platform intended to provide retailers with shopper insights and

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IDDBA Scholarship Deadline Set

IDDBA scholarship program deadline is April 1, while the application deadline for the IDDBA Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program is set for June 1. The next application deadline for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) scholarship program has been set for April 1, 2012. The IDDBA offers scholarships to employees of IDDBA-member companies in amounts ranging

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Jiffy Mart to Launch PepsiCo Dream Machine Recycling Initiative

The more cans and bottles recycled in a Dream Machine, the more PepsiCo will donate to EBV to support career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities. Jiffy Mart has announced that the PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling program is set to roll out at participating Jiffy Mart convenience stores, providing employees

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EPA Recognizes Manitowoc Foodservice

Manitowoc receives 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Manitowoc Foodservice a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards

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