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Coca-Cola Big Game Drives Over 11 Million Fan Engagements

The chase may have concluded Sunday night, but “Mirage” characters will live on. While the team from Baltimore took home the championship Sunday night, a cast of Showgirls raced to a victory of their own. They bested their desert rivals, the Cowboys and the Badlanders, in a quest to be first to reach an ice-cold

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Dos Equis Celebrates Cinco De Mayo with Retail Promotions

This spring, Dos Equis is extending the season of Cinco de Mayo with a five-week program that includes exclusive content and inspiration taken from chapters of the Most Interesting Man in the World’s unpublished memoirs. This collection of rituals, feasts and adventures will encourage adult shoppers and on-premise patrons, age 21 and older, to create

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Brakebush Brothers Acquires Trinity Valley Foods

Acquisition to broaden chicken line and offer Brakebush new markets for its products. Foodservice chicken producer Brakebush Brothers has announced the acquisition of Trinity Valley Foods of Irving, Texas, a further-processor of raw, sized, marinated, and ready-to-cook chicken products. The agreement was finalized on Dec. 31, 2012. Brakebush Brothers, a supplier of fully-cooked chicken, produces

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Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran, Alex Goldman. Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as

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MFA Oil Co. Hires New Chief Financial Officer

Condron’s “vast knowledge and experience in the energy and cooperative environment made him a perfect fit for us,” says MFA Oil president. MFA Oil Co. has named Robert Condron chief financial officer, effective Jan.28, 2013. Condron is now responsible for the IT, finance and corporate services departments. He also evaluates strategic and financial planning as

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Coors Teams With Recyclebank

Two pioneers in recycling unite to reward consumers for their environmental efforts. Coors Brewing Co., inventor of the first 100% recyclable aluminum can, has kicked off its latest sustainability initiative by announcing a partnership with Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking every day green actions with discounts and deals. The program, Coors Recycles,

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Oasis Stop 'N Go, Mid Pac Petroleum Join the Dropoints Redemption Network

Customers can instantly drop the price at the fuel pumps by up to $1 using their Dropoints card. In effort to offer greater rewards to its loyal customers, Oasis Stop ‘N Go, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mid Pac Petroleum, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and have joined the Dropoints redemption network. Their gas stations combined

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Sheetz Supports Modernizing Pennsylvania Liquor Laws

“We have been lobbying for adult beverage sales reform for a long time,” says Sheetz spokesperson. Sheetz Convenience Restaurants has announced its support of Governor Tom Corbett ‘s efforts to modernize Pennsylvania liquor laws, stating that until now there has not been a state leader willing to push for change since Prohibition. The chain of

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Fresh & Easy Says Stores To Remain Open

In a letter to customers, the embattled chain says its stores are not closing. On Jan. 31, Tesco’s Fresh & Easy sent an email to the members of its Friends of Fresh & Easy Rewards program to address numerous reports about the future of its Fresh & Easy chain, which includes 200 stores in California,

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Emerging Merchandising Trends

“Smartphones, digital coupons, online retailers and the Internet combined with financial pressures and shifting marketplace dynamics are forever changing how consumers shop,” says editor of Times & Trends. Consumers have drastically changed their approach to grocery shopping during the past decade. They combine online and offline planning with in-store visits and make more informed and

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Frozen Dispensed Beverages Lead Growth

Insight Beverages launches on-trend mix of traditional and unique frozen beverages. Frozen dispensed beverages were a $408 million category in 2011 and have continued to grow faster than Convenience Store Foodservice overall, according to Technomic. Frozen coffee growth is expected to remain in the double digits at 22%. To capitalize on a growing product category,

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Capital Management Best Practices

By: John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. Hopefully your business is growing, cash flow is strong, and if that is the case, what a fantastic scenario to be enjoying! Now, one must determine what are the best ways to put those earnings to use. For the “live for the moment” entrepreneur, one could simply

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Alon Brands Gives Away $10,000 In Free Gas

More free gas giveaways and prizes to come throughout 2013. Alon Brands, a supplier and marketer of branded fuels in the Southwest, and one of its Oklahoma-based distributors, WR Hess, announced that a lucky Marlow resident and Hop & Sack customer has won $10,000 in free gas from a recent text promotion. Company leaders presented

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The Pantry Announces Q1, Fiscal 2013 Results

Improvement over the prior year quarter reflects the team’s continued focus on improving merchandise sales, margins and controlling expenses, notes The Pantry’s CEO. The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 27, 2012. First Quarter Summary: Net loss was $3.1 million or $0.14 per share. This compares to a

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Millennials Contradict Slacker Stereotype

Gen Y showing more intensity and resiliency in job search, Snagajob data finds. Millennials are proving more ambitious in their job searches, re-engaging at a faster rate and applying for more jobs compared to older job seekers, according to Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers. Snagajob, which hosts more than

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BP Franchise ampm, MoneyGram Partner

Consumers gain access to international money transfer services. ampm, BP’s West Coast convenience store franchise is set to offer MoneyGram’s full suite of consumer products at participating ampm locations in the Western U.S. Under the agreement, BP is promoting, on an exclusive basis, MoneyGram’s money transfer services, bill payments, money orders and prepaid cards to

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Developing A Winning Foodservice Strategy

By: John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. In the convenience store marketplace, margins continue to tighten on core products such as candy, snacks and tobacco. Prudent operators are attempting to stem the tide by introducing foodservice items into their stores. Most facilities provide plenty of customer traffic and space within the store to enable

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Kangaroo Express Adds NEO E-cigs

Retail agreement with The Pantry Inc. brings NEO to more than 1,250 stores; marks the first time the brand will be sold at retail. The Pantry Inc. is set to distribute NEO e-cigs by Ballantyne Brands LLC, in more than 1,250 Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry and Ballantyne Brands said the NEO brand began appearing

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Futures Surge Push up Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In futures trading, the nearest delivered New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB (reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending) contract surged 17.82 cents or 6.2% from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, with supplier postings at terminals serving major metropolitan markets up sharply, reflecting some of that increase from paper trading.

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Parker’s Hires Jeff Bush as Director of Fuel Services

“Jeff’s military background, commitment to excellence and attention to detail make him an excellent addition to the Parker’s team,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s recently hired Jeff Bush as Director of Fuel Services. In his new position, Bush is responsible for overseeing fuel logistics, pricing strategies, supply costs and supplier negotiations. He previously served as business

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Gas Prices Weigh Heavily on Consumers’ Minds

 Some 65% of customers say they select a location based on the price sign at the store. Gas prices play a significant role in how consumers feel about the economy overall, according to the results from the new 2013 NACS Consumer Fuels Report.  Nearly nine of 10 consumers (88%) surveyed in the national poll of

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Consumers Want Deals When Purchasing Gas

Female consumers are more likely to be swayed by cash discounts than males. Price, deals, discounts and loyalty programs are increasingly influencing where consumers purchase gas, how much they spend, and which brands they purchase, finds recent motor fuels research by The NPD Group. Volatile gas prices and a challenging economic environment have taught fuel

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Barry Callebaut Presents Top Chocolate Trends

Cocoa producer offers insight into the future at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair. While consumers always expect a personal experience, they are also interested in convenience and authenticity, at least according to Barry Callebat’s predictions for the chocolate market of 2014. The sector is constantly changing, and with it, so is consumer demand. In

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Hoshizaki Acquires Jackson MSC

The acquisition will expand the lineup of foodservice products, including ice machines and refrigerators. Hoshizaki Electric Co. Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Jackson MSC Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of Hoshizaki USA Holdings Inc. Jackson, an American dishwasher manufacturer located in Gray, Ky. was previously owned by The Manitowoc Co. “We’re excited to add

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Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Team Oil secures its future as an employee-focused organization by promoting from within. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tony and Eric Huppert, owners of Team Oil Inc. of Spring Valley, Wis., have promoted Carrie Vanasse to head of operations, following Tony’s announcement this year of his upcoming retirement. The succession plan was implemented to secure

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