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CITGO Rewards Fueling Good Winners

Twelve charities receive CITGO gift cards. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is rewarding 12 charities with $5,000 in Gift Cards to help them extend their Ripples of Good and the impact of their work in their local communities. Almost 1,700 charities entered the Winter Fueling Good program and nearly 151,000 votes were cast to help determine these

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Southern California Gas Station Franchisees Sue BP

Some 40 station owners claim BP failed to comply with the federal and state rules for terminating a franchise, seek $1 billion in damages and a restraining order to protect them from being forced from their property. A group of Southern California Arco and Thrifty gas station franchisees are suing BP and Thrifty Oil Co.,

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Sheetz, MTR Gaming Group Enters Marketing Agreement

“As we prepare to open our newest Sheetz location in Erie, we are pleased to be affiliated with the MTR Gaming Group at Presque Isle Downs & Casino,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Sheetz Inc. has entered into a joint marketing agreement with MTR Gaming Group Inc.’s Presque Isle Downs & Casino property in Erie, Pa. “We

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TA Announces New Ways To Save

UltraONE Member Pricing and Buy Big & Save introduced at Mid-America Trucking Show. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has announced two major savings programs for professional drivers available at TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel stores. Professional drivers who are members of the UltraONE Driver Rewards program will receive special Member Pricing discounts on

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High Expectations for Cigarettes

While there are those who would like to see cigarettes go up in smoke, c-store operators can rest assured that this critical category will continue to be ablaze with activity. “Among the trends I see for 2012 is that there is going to be continued or heightened competition among the second tier brands,” said Bonnie

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Staying Safe in the Convenience Store

Handling cash is the bread and butter of convenience store operations, and the latest systems developed to make that process faster and safer do just that. But not all quarters of the industry have been quick to embrace them by any means. For many operators, changes still lie in the future, and time-honored standard practices

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Cushion Tipped Cigars

From one of America’s leading cigar brands comes an exciting new line of products: Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars. Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars are a larger cigar, offering full flavor, wine, vanilla and wild cherry styles in a five-count pack. The cigars represent a new standard from the brand you count on to offer high-quality products

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DUKE’S Goes All Natural

Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the conversion of its DUKE’S Brand of Beef Jerky, Steak Strips and Beef Brisket Strips to all-natural ingredients. In addition to being preserved by all-natural ingredients, the switch to all natural will include the removal of hydrolyzed soy protein, MSG, erythorbate and sodium nitrites. The initiative keeps up with DUKES’

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Dill Pickle Lip Balm

Van Holten’s, the Waterloo, Wis.-based pickle-in-a-pouch manufacturer, is way out of the box with its new product offering: Big Papa Dill Pickle Lip Balm. Originally a quirky promotional giveaway, the response to the lip balm was so strong that the company has added it to its product line. Big Papa, Van Holten’s flagship pickle-in-a-pouch character,

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Trial Offer Extended

Kretek International Inc. introduces ExtenZe Rapid Release liquid gel capsules—a new member of the Kretek Performance Brands line of supplements. The new red Rapid Release two-pack card fits the focus of Kretek Performance supplements for men expecting improved sexual pleasure and performance. Each capsule of the popular male enhancement supplement contains a proprietary blend of

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NOCO Express Raises $12,980 for MDA

Through annual Share the Shamrock Spirit campaign employees and customers donate to support MDA programs and services. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees came together to show their shamrock spirit in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As a result of NOCO’s annual “Share the Shamrock Spirit” in-store campaign, a total of $12,980

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Gulf Oil, Red Sox Amp Up Partnership

Gulf Electricity becomes official power supplier to Fenway Park on its centennial. In the latest innovation between two iconic partners, Gulf Oil LP is now the official electricity supplier to historic Fenway Park. Through its Gulf Electricity division, the Gulf brand is “amping up” its decades–long relationship with the Boston Red Sox by now powering

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Jiffy Mart Completes Remodel in Finksburg

New décor, energy efficient lighting and upgraded restrooms greet customers at the newly revamped Finksburg, Md. Jiffy Mart. As part of the Gateway Improvement Program, and commitment to improve customers shopping experience, Jiffy Mart has remodeled its Finksburg, Md. location. The revamped interior offers a brighter store design with new décor, new ceiling, energy efficient

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Illinois C-stores Warm To Online Lottery Proposal

If a bill will also commission studies to examine the impact the online lottery would have on c-stores and gas stations, IPMA would remove its opposition to the proposal, says IPMA spokesperson. The Illinois Petroleum Marketers’ Association (IPMA)/Illinois Association of Convenience Stores (IACS) has said it could withdraw its opposition to a bill proposing online

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Emerging Opportunities for HBC

Retailers have come to accept that the health and beauty category (HBC) could never compete with tobacco or foodservice in terms of profits or volume, but it serves an important purpose for convenience store customers. For that reason alone, a diverse offering of cold medicines and personal hygiene products should be a staple on convenience

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Strong Year for Meat Snacks

Meat snack manufacturers are targeting new customers with innovative flavors, new packaging and an attractive price point. Leading the charge to meet the changing needs of the consumer is Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, which markets dozens of popular meat snack varieties under the Jack Link’s and MATADOR brands. Overall, meat snack sales soared 10.3% to

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Poultry Booming in C-Stores Despite Supply Concerns

The Washington, DC-based National Chicken Council forecasts that while production of this convenience store menu mainstay will drop by 1.7%, prices will be going up. “This is only the fourth time in five decades that production has gone down,” said Bill Roenigk, senior vice president and chief economist for the National Chicken Council. We are

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Forecasting Bakery Trends

Ready to hear some good economic news? Bakery is one category showing improved sales this year. Supermarket in-store bakery sales reached $10.4 billion for the 52-weeks ended December, 2011, a 2.2% increase over the same period last year, according to the Perishables Group. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) recently released this data and other in-store

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Prepaid Provides Incremental Sales Opportunities

Mercator Advisory Group’s Prepaid Market Forecast 2011-2014 expects prepaid market growth to slow over the next four years as regulatory and economic issues, as well as saturation in segments including unemployment, impact the market. Open-loop loads are expected to total $281.7 billion in 2013, down $139.4 billion from last year’s forecast of $421.1 billion. “I

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Rutter’s Announces February Prize Winners

Rutter’s enhances prize list, adds more gas giveaways. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced the latest winners in its Register, Scan and Win contest this week. This year’s prize list, viewable at www.ruttersrewards.com, is slightly different than last year’s, noted Rutter’s Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy. “We’re offering more gas prizes this year. That’s one of

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Coffee Driving Foodservice Sales

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. Most c-stores have embraced the consumer’s desire for customization by offering broad coffee and condiment selections and stations for customers to prep their cups the way they like. C-stores are improving coffee quality in line with greater demand for

E-Cig Users Celebrate World Vaping Day

As e-cig sales globally hit  $200 million, with over $100 million of business in the U.S., e-cig consumer organizations encourage vapers to celebrate the product around the world. Thousands of smokers and ex-smokers across the world will be celebrating World Vaping Day March 22 to celebrate the success of the electronic cigarette, and to encourage

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E-Cigarettes Are Here to Stay

Until recently, e-cigs have been sold through traditional tobacco stores that normally expect a keystone or 100% markup on items other than cigarettes. Though it is hard to determine the number of e-cig users in the U.S., the National Vapers Club estimated that about a million people used e-cigs last year, so it certainly is

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Kwik Trip Headquarters Gets Alternative Fuels Station

The station is set to open in May and will serve Kwik Trip’s LNG- and CNG-powered vehicles, private fleets, and vehicles using multiple or other alternative fuels. A Kwik Trip Inc. Alternative Fuels Station, featuring Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), has been constructed at Kwik Trip’s corporate headquarters in La Crosse,

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Sheetz Announces 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards

Three supplier partners recognized by Sheetz for outstanding service. Sheetz Inc. has announced the recipients of its 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards presented for superior service and dedication to advancing the success of the company and its stores. The awards were presented during the Sheetz Marketplace recognition dinner held Sunday, March 18, in Hershey, Pa.

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