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Parker’s Donates To Beaufort County School District

“At Parker’s, we’re committed to giving back to each of the communities where we do business,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s presented a check for $4,000 to the Beaufort County School District on Nov. 20 as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program. This donation is part of a larger $20,000 charitable contribution to area

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MACS Brings Circle K Brand To OpenStore by GasBuddy

“As we introduce the Circle K brand throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, we are confident that our mobile app will help us connect and engage with consumers” says MACS spokesperson. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), with 71 corporate-owned locations in Virginia and Maryland, is the newest retailer to join the OpenStore platform to support their Circle K

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Mars To Be Honored With NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award

“We are honored by this award and continue to see the strength and growth of our partnership with NASCAR,” says Mars spokesperson. Mars Inc. is set to be honored with the 2012 NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award at the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards held at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 29. Throughout

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7-Eleven Offers New Red Bull Flavors

Cranberry, lime and blueberry flavors debuting on 7-Eleven shelves now are scheduled to launch nationally in March 2013. Until the end of the year, 7-Eleven Inc. will be the only retailer to offer its customers the three new Red Bull Editions flavors at its participating stores. In red, silver and blue cans, the Red Bull

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Black Friday + Red Bull = Free 7-Eleven Coffee

7-Eleven helps holiday shoppers stock up on energy for their Black Friday shopping sprees. For shoppers who plan to hit the stores early on Black Friday and shop ‘til they drop, 7-Eleven Inc. is offering a one-two energy punch. 7-Eleven customers, who purchase any size Red Bull Energy Drink, including the three new Editions flavors,

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Cell Phones Aiding Purchasing Decisions

Accenture Survey shows customers value data privacy, but many will allow behavior tracking to create personalized offers. Nearly three out of four (72%) of consumers aged 20-40 in the U.S. and the UK use mobile devices while in-store to compare prices, but the majority leave before making a purchase, according to a study by Accenture

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Daily’s And Twice Daily Stores Select Eby-Brown

“We needed to partner with a best-in-class distributor,” says Tri Star Energy CEO. Tri Star Energy LLC has signed an agreement with Eby-Brown Co., which will provide distribution services to their Daily’s and Twice Daily Convenience Stores.   Eby-Brown will begin servicing the Nashville-based chain beginning in early January. Steve Hostetter, CEO/COO of Tri Star Energy

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Holiday Season Strains Wallets

Underbanked Americans plan to spend same or less on gifts this year. As the holiday shopping season gets underway, underbanked consumers of all income levels are feeling the strain on their wallets and planning to spend conservatively on gifts this year, according to the 2012 Underbanked Financial Sentiment Index released this week by Think Finance,

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BAWLS Guarana Reports Steady Growth

Company welcomes Jon Gunnerson as CEO and managing partner. BAWLS Guarana has reported steady growth and strong results at the close of its second full fiscal year in operation. This can be attributed to the BAWLS distribution network being strengthened through the addition of 13 new DSD partners. The mission of BAWLS is to manufacture

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Buc-ee’s New Braunfels Bathroom is America’s Best

Texas chain captures the crown in the 11th Annual Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest. America voted and agrees that the New Braunfels, Texas Buc-ee’s has a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for

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TravelCenters of America Breaks Ground On Indiana Site

New Petro Stopping Center being built in Gary, Ind. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, held a groundbreaking ceremony this week to kick off the building of its new Petro Stopping Centers location at 3001 Grant Street (I-80/I-94, Exit 9), in Gary, Ind. The event was

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Half of U.S. Shoppers Excited About Black Friday

New Qualtrics Survey finds only 16% of shoppers won’t be out shopping on Black Friday. Qualtrics has released the results of its 2012 Holiday Shopping Survey. The research shows that most American consumers have a strong emotional attachment to Black Friday shopping—almost half say the hoopla of discounts and television ads gets them “excited to

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NCCR Speaks Out On EPA’s RFS Waiver Decision

NCCR executive director notes RFS is a flawed law that unfairly distorts the market at the expense of  chain restaurants, consumers and everyone else involved in the food supply chain. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) expressed its disappointment over Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Kum & Go Names New Chief Operating Officer

Mark Hasting joins Kum & Go’s senior management team. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause announced today that Mark Hasting has been named the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In his role at Kum & Go, Hasting will be responsible for providing executive leadership and management of Kum & Go’s store

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Companies Partner To Deliver Bottled Water To Hurricane Victims

Childers Oil donated bottled water, Lucas Oil Co. provided transportation with financial assistance from AMBEST, and The Salvation Army will distribute the water. Childers Oil Co., with assistance from Lucas Oil, AMBEST, Inc. and The Salvation Army, delivered two tractor-trailer truck loads (44 pallets) of bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims this week. Childers Oil

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Conoco and Phillips 66 Branded Fuels to Host 2012 Angel Tree Promotion

Gas stations in Springfield, Mo., a local radio station and the Boys & Girls Club work to provide Christmas gifts to in-need youth. Conoco and Phillips 66, fuel brands with high-performance petroleum products, announced their support of the 2012 Angel Tree program with 105.9 KGBX radio station and the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield,

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Getty Realty Corp. Enters Triple-Net Agreements With Global Partners and Lehigh Gas

Company has now leased 415 properties in 2012. Getty Realty Corp. has signed two long-term triple-net leases for 109 properties representing $9.1 million in annual triple–net GAAP revenue. The first lease is with a subsidiary of Global Partners LP. It comprises 84 properties located throughout the New York metropolitan area, including New York City and

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Counterfeit 5-hour Energy Operation Shut Down

Retailers and distributors that might have counterfeit products can check lot numbers to identify counterfeit products. Living Essentials LLC, distributor of 5-hour Energy, recently discovered counterfeit 5-hour Energy products circulating in the marketplace. Living Essentials LLC, acted swiftly to identify and halt the counterfeiting operation and filed suits in U.S. Federal District courts in both

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Mideast Conflict Spurs Worry Over Oil Supply Disruptions

Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip may not be oil producers, but the conflict between the two groups has elevated the geopolitical risk premium for the oil-rich Middle East region over concerns of supply disruptions should hostilities spill out to other countries. Israel launched air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in mid-November following

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Family Express Connecting With The Community

Through its partnership with Purdue University, the Indiana chain is giving college football an opportunity to win free gas for a year.   Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express earlier this year entered a multi-year sports marketing agreement with Purdue University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Purdue Sports Properties. As the college football season winds down,

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Kum & Go Opens New, Larger Store in Ankeny

New store features more square footage focused on fresh food,  expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new Kum & Go store in Ankeny, Iowa at 3603 NE Otterview Circle. This newly constructed store, the company’s fifth in Ankeny, expands Kum & Go’s presence in the Des Moines metropolitan market

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Sheetz Inc. Partners With NJOY

NJOY Kings to be available at all Sheetz stores November 2012. Sheetz Inc. has entered into a distribution partnership with e-cigarette company NJOY. Beginning mid-November 2012, the partnership includes chain-wide distribution of NJOY’s newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, throughout the more than 430 Sheetz retail locations. “At Sheetz, there is a clear focus on

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Thorntons Gives Back On Humanitarian Day

Volunteer work benefits Catholic Charities of Louisville and Henryville tornado victims. As part of its ongoing community giving program, Thorntons employees participated in the company’s annual volunteer Humanitarian Day on Sunday, Nov. 11. This year’s focus was two-fold on behalf of both downtown Louisville’s Portland neighborhood and the tornado victims of Henryville, Ind. In conjunction

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Coffee Cup

7-Eleven Holiday Cup drawn by Will Ferrell’s son raises awareness about comedian’s favorite charity. Like father, like son. Two years after actor Will Ferrell finger-painted a snowman for 7-Eleven Inc.’s holiday coffee cup, his son five-year-old Mattias has taken over the cup-design duties, with a little help from dad. Like his father, Mattias also drew

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Embracing the Lipstick Theory

When times are tough, customers substitute bigger purchases for more inexpensive, feel-good items. By Jim Callahan. According to economists the lipstick theory works like this. You’re in the store, checking out some new gear. Then you check your finances and think, “No, better not.” You buy a new lipstick instead. The theory is that if

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