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Parker’s Convenience Stores Garnering National Attention

Georgia chain debuts on Inc. magazine’s celebrated list of fastest growing companies. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The Parker Cos. Inc., with 27 convenience stores throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, has scored the No. 3006 spot on the annual Inc. 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. It’s the first time the c-store chain has

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Reinventing the Neighborhood Market

Kyle’s Kwik Stop Corner Markets in east Texas is testing a new business model by emphasizing the local community. By Megan Wilkinson, Assistant Editor. On the outside, Kyle’s Kwik Stop’s latest store looks like a simple c-store. Yet, step inside the Longview, Texas unit and customers get a taste of the neighborhood from its breakfast

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Pastry Crisps

New Special K Pastry Crisps in Brown Sugar Cinnamon joins Blueberry and Strawberry flavors to bring a new sensation to c-store customers. Each pair of lightly sweet, crispy pastries offer a rich brown sugar cinnamon filling on the inside and a delectable drizzle on the outside with 100 calories to support better-for-you eating trends. All

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Businesses Celebrate National Coffee Day

Freebies and deals abound. National Coffee Day is this Saturday, Sept. 29, and many businesses are kicking off the celebration early to maximize a chance to sample their brew to customers. While not all coffee chains have climbed on the National Coffee Day bandwagon—Starbucks, for example, has yet to announce its participation this year—many c-stores,

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Dunkin' Donuts Celebrates National Coffee Day

Two new coffee flavors and a special $5.99 pound of coffee offer greet customers. Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating National Coffee Day—Saturday, Sept. 29 with two brand new varieties of coffee, a special value offer to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee at home, and the brand’s biggest-ever Twitter sweeps. Kicking off the National Coffee Day festivities, Dunkin’

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Study Shows Hispanics Drink More Coffee

The Hispanic demographic outpaces other coffee consumers by 12%. In original research published on Sept. 20, 2012, the National Coffee Association (NCA) finds that Hispanic-Americans drink significantly more coffee than their non-Hispanic neighbors. The report, Ethnicity and Coffee, reveals that 74% of Hispanic-Americans drink coffee daily, 12% more than other Americans. The Hispanic-American coffee edge

Chains Worth Watching

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Antioxidant Bars

Kellogg’s FiberPlus Antioxidant Bar Chocolatey Peanut Butter now joins Chocolatey Chip. The new bar boasts beneficial ingredients like whole grains, then adds velvety peanut butter morsels and a decadent chocolatey drizzle for a rich, satisfying taste. With 35% of daily fiber, five grams of fat per serving, and antioxidants, like Vitamin E and zinc, this

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The Economics of Energy Efficiency

Convenience stores and many other retail segments have been able to slash operating costs with LED lighting and other equipment upgrades. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience store chains big and small are finding ways to save money while improving the store experience for customers with energy efficient technologies. When Wawa Inc. was searching for

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Holiday Stationstores And Cub Foods Launch Rewards

Two Minnesota companies team up with launch My Cub Rewards Program beginning Sept. 30. Cub Foods and Holiday Cos.—both based in Minnesota, are joining forces to deliver big fuel savings and increased value on everyday grocery purchases to consumers through the launch of the My Cub Rewards Program. Cub Foods consumers who use the new

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Valero Divesting Retail Business

Auction to sell convenience store sites expected to interest private equity firms, as well as c-store operators. Valero Energy Corp. is selling its retail business, which is comprised of nearly 1,000 U.S. stores and some 775 units in Canada. The stores are being divested through an auction that could bring in more than $3.5 billion

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The Pantry Inc. Launches Forecourt Media Trial

The Pantry installs Encore 700 S Dispensers across its network of sites. Gilbarco-Veeder Root and The Pantry Inc. have announced a continuation of their exclusive supply agreement for all fuel dispense, payment and automatic tank gauging (ATG) products and services. As part of the relationship, The Pantry will pilot Applause TV with Outcast as its

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Duncan Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor sees VP as “next cool thing” for consumers. Duncan Oil Co. has signed on as the latest partner to VP Racing Fuels’ national branding program. “We think VP has an operating model that separates them from other suppliers,” said Roger McDaniel, president of Duncan Oil.  “VP’s image package is outstanding and its credit card

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James Bond Stars In New Heineken Campaign

Viewers to be taken on an epic train journey alongside Bond newcomer Bérénice Marlohe. Heineken, a global premium beer brand, has launched a new TV and digital campaign, in anticipation of the release of the 23rd James Bond adventure, SKYFALL, which sees Daniel Craig bring his explosive portrayal of James Bond to a Heineken ad

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New Pint Flavors

Ice cream fans will flock to dip into DOVE Ice Cream, which now offers an improved premium taste, a better value and three new flavors that will appeal to a wide range of consumers and occasions. DOVE Unconditional Chocolate Ice Cream, for the true chocolate lover, blends rich chocolate ice cream, delectable chunks made with

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Spice Up Sandwiches to Spike Sales

Technomic’s 2012 Sandwich Consumer Trend Report found that more than half (55%) of Americans are now purchasing grab-and-go sandwiches. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Just two years ago, the top-selling sandwiches at Famima convenience stores were tuna salad, turkey and cheese and egg salad, all on white bread. Today, the same proteins lead the pack,

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BeerTAB Study Shows Trends, Consumer Preferences

Taste preferences are evolving, especially among younger consumers, as beer drinkers seek different beer styles and more complex or varied flavor profiles. Beer remained the largest segment of the U.S. adult beverage industry, accounting for more than four-fifths of total alcohol volume, but was challenged by both economic and consumer trends that resulted in a

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Swipe Reform Saving Up to $18 Million A Day

“Retailers know that if they don’t pass along the savings the store across the street will,” says NRF president. With the first anniversary of debit card swipe fee reform approaching next week, U.S. retailers and their customers are benefiting from savings of up to $18 million a day that previously went to card companies and

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Susser Petroleum Completes IPO

Net proceeds total $209.8 million before expenses. Susser Petroleum Partners LP has completed its initial public offering of 10,925,000 common units representing limited partner interests in Susser Petroleum Partners at $20.50 per common unit. The number of units issued at closing included 1,425,000 common units issued pursuant to full exercise of the underwriters’ option to

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OCSA Appeals Bag Ban

“Some people feel it is a good environmental initiative, but we do have a bag manufacturer in the city that makes plastic bags that will be impacted,” says one council member. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is appealing to the city council to overturn a plastic bag ban—set to go into effect on Jan

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Freezing Out the Competition

Establishing an effective frozen beverage offering helps drive customers across all demographics. Megan Wilkinson, Assistant Editor. Frozen beverages have been helping convenience store operators create stronger relationships with younger consumers, but there is an opportunity in this category with all age groups. According to Mintel’s 2012 Convenience Store Foodservice report, frozen beverages ranked as the

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Local Store Marketing: Customer Appreciation Days

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Customer Appreciation Days are excellent ways to attract consumers that have similar backgrounds or interests. Honoring your best customers with a distinctive recognition day is a terrific way to create a “call-to-action” for specific selected groups.  Whether it is for school personnel or administrative

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Late September

Wholesale gasoline costs moved mixed in very choppy trading during the third week of September, with the benchmark futures contract slumping to a six-week low at one point before rebounding on renewed optimism for the global economy amid central bank stimulus measures. A huge build in crude stocks reported by the Energy Information Administration for

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7 Layer Dip In A Bite Sized Snack

New COMBOS Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla combines real cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and spicy jalapeño peppers. Seven-layer dip has been a long-time party food favorite, and COMBOS Brand brings this unique flavor combination to a convenient snack. COMBOS Brand has a significant national media spend in 2013 to

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Avocado Pulp Pack

Del Monte is now offering 100% Fresh Hass Avocado Pulp in a convenient four pack of two-ounce cups. The new value-added Hass avocado product is available for national distribution. As fresh avocado consumption continues to increase and as more consumers become familiar with its great taste and nutritional benefits, they are beginning to demand the

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