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Boyds Coffee Welcomes New COO

Larson brings a range of experience from reducing operating costs to enhancing customer service. Tim Larson has joined Boyds Coffee as chief operating officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience in procurement and business leadership. “I am extremely confident in Tim’s ability to rapidly create operational efficiencies that will benefit our customers,” said Jeffrey

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Jacksons Food Stores Works With Acumera for Information Security

Jackson’s Food Stores turns to Acumera for all of its network integration and management, says Patrick Abernathy. Meridian, Idaho-based Jacksons Food Stores Inc. chose Acumera to manage its network and connections with the chain’s 200 retail locations with more than 1,900 store systems. With Acumera, Jackson’s Food Stores will have more information security, connectivity and

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Sunshine Gasoline Gets Media Solutions from Gilbarco Veeder-Root

Applause TV canvasses Sunshine Stores in the Miami market. Miami-based Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc. has chosen Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause TV with Outcast as its digital forecourt media solution for most of its 300 plus company-owned and dealer sites. The rollout will include new dispensers and retrofits for existing dispensers. “We have proudly been purchasing Gilbarco

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Bone Free Ham

Tyson Deli, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods  Inc. introduces both Russer and Wilson Ham Off the Bone meats for convenience store operators to add to their deli sections. The product comes in both regular and honey ham forms. The deli hams can be sold either hot or cold at any time during the day. They

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Breaking News: 7-Eleven Acquiring Open Pantry

7-Eleven Inc. is in negotiations to acquire most of the Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin chain, a move that would give the c-store behemoth with 6,800 stores across the U.S. a foothold in Wisconsin, where it currently has no stores, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. 7-Eleven has reportedly applied for licenses for Open Pantry locations

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PCI SSC Introduces QIR Certification Program

Council to provide training on secure installation of payment applications to support merchant PCI DSS compliance efforts. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), a global, open industry standards body providing management of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), PIN Transaction Security (PTS) requirements and the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS),

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Valero Brand Comes To Stations In Kentucky

Somerset-based Southern Petroleum converts 26 stores.  Motorists in north central and southeast Kentucky are seeing new teal-and-yellow signs going up at gasoline stations now that Valero has expanded its presence in the region under an agreement with Somerset, Ky.-based distributor Southern Petroleum, Inc. Twenty-six Southern Petroleum properties have undergone or soon will undergo conversions to

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Speedway and Costco Rank High On Services

American consumers rate Speedway, Costco, Walgreens and Target high in Harris Poll’s latest study. While some retailers have been challenged this year by the U.S. economy, some retail brands managed to keep business steady, partly due to their brand equity. The 2012 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ) study surveyed American consumers about brands across several retail

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Rutter’s Golf Outing Raises Money for Children’s Charities

Rutter’s 10th annual golf outing sets records by raising $110,000 to local Pennsylvania charities. Rutter’s raised more than $100,000 in its Rutter’s Children’s Charity golf outing, played May 7-8 at the Out Door Country Club in York, Pa. For the past 10 years, Rutter’s golf outing raised more than $800,000 for organizations whose work is

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Kroger Receives Black Pearl Award For Food Safety

“Every day, 339,000 associates work to ensure the safety of the food products manufactured in our plants and sold in our stores,” says Kroger spokesperson. The Kroger Co. has been named the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award for advancing food safety and quality. The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) names one

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Fruit Punch in a Box

CRYSTAL LIGHT promotes its new bag-in-box liquid concentrate lineup with CRYSTAL LIGHT Fruit Punch. Convenience store operators can encourage customers who love drinking water to trying CRYSTAL LIGHT’s new offering. The bag-in-box dispensers are easy to set up and save operators from the messes that are caused by self-mixed pouches. Operators can just hook up

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Vending Organic Coffee

Recent studies from the Harvard School of Public Health find that 54% of American adults consume coffee on a daily basis, and three cups per person is the average. Fresh Healthy Vending Cafe wants to satisfy America’s coffee cravings by releasing a new machine that allows consumers to get fresh-brewed coffee with the push of

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Light Summer Teas

The Community Coffee Co. debuts two new iced tea flavors for convenience store operators to sell in their stores. The Community Green Tea with Lemon is light and refreshing with naturally occurring antioxidants. The Community Skinny Sweet iced tea contains fewer calories than traditional sweet tea, and is made of orange pekoe and cut black

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Sandwich Cracker Snacks

General Mills introduces the Gardetto Sandwich Crackers to retailers in the convenience store industry. The new product is available in two flavors, Cheddar Bacon and Garlic Cream Cheese, and comes in a 1.3 ounce package. The suggested retail price is $1.09. The crackers offer a strong taste that could be popular among adult consumers.  

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Nutty Energy Bars

LÄRABAR über is now available from General Mills Convenience. The sweet and salty LÄRABAR über is filled with fruits, nuts and spices. The 1.42 ounce bar comes in an Apple Turnover or Roasted Nut Roll flavor for a suggested retail price of $2.05. The new energy bar category is growing in convenience stores. Recent reports

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Sweet Rewards Line

General Mills Convenience adds variety to its line of Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards bars with the new bites and cookie bars. Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bites are mini cake bites that can be sold with a suggested retail price of $1.59. The Sweet Rewards Cookie Bars are soft cookies that can be sold for about

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Excentus Files Lawsuit Against QuikTrip

Suit alleges that Chopper Shopper Fuel Rewards program infringes on patents owned by Excentus. Excentus Corp. has filed a patent and trademark infringement lawsuit against QuikTrip Corp., Midax, Inc. and several companies operating Price Chopper grocery stores. The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri for unspecified damages,

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Ayers Oil Teams with Steak ‘n Shake in Canton, Mo.

Ayers Oil partners with Steak ‘n Shake at its new travel plaza. By: Megan Wilkinson. Ayers Oil is set to open its 16th travel plaza by the end of June. The company has also partnered with Steak ‘n Shake, which will be attached to the new convenience store. Ayers Oil President Steve Ayers said his

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Thorntons Joins the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Matt Thornton says he is proud to be a partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a fifth year. Thorntons announced that for the fifth consecutive year, it would partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. On May 1, all Thorntons store locations began to sell “wish stars” for $1. All of the

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Coinstar Reimagines Responsibility

Releases first annual corporate social responsibility report. Coinstar Inc. released its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, “Reimagining Responsibility.”   The report highlights the company’s engagement and sustainability efforts and shares future commitments to advancing the long-term well-being of Coinstar, its employees, the environment and the communities it serves. “Since establishing a CSR office in

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Husky Offers New Retail Loyalty Program

Customers can earn points across channels and redeem points for dollars off at the pump or online merchandise. Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based  Husky Energy has launched a new loyalty program that rewards customers for purchases of fuel, car washes, convenience store items and meals at Husky House Restaurants. The myHusky Rewards program offers points to customers

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USA Today Deflates Banks’ Swipe Fee Myths

Makes strong case for credit-card reform. In a news story today, USA Today exposed some of the myths banks propagate about hidden, exorbitant “swipe” fees the banks charge retailers when customers buy with credit or debit cards, the Merchants Payments Coalition reported. The article also makes a strong case for reforming the way Visa and

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Wawa Fundraises for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign to benefit nine children’s hospitals. Now through May 27, Wawa stores are asking customers to donate either $1, $3 or $5 to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises fundsfor 170 children’s hospitals. All of the funds raised will go to support the nine Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals located in the

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C-Stores Missing Significant Snack Sales Opportunities

Consumer research from MSA and Paradigm Sample suggest the majority of customers looking to buy salty snacks leave the store empty-handed, a serious no-no for convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). Nearly eight in 10 convenience store customers looking to buy salty snacks on a shopping occasion have left the store without

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Summer Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale has released its limited edition Summer Ale. The beer is a light, golden ale with a citrus scent. It is brewed with Optic malts and Styrian Golding and Challenger hops, and is 4.4% alcohol with 26 international bittering units. Summer Ale will be available from May through July 2012 in 6-packs and

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