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Fifty Shades of Green

Even small, sustainable initiatives can resonate with customers and improve a convenience store’s bottom line. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The verdict is in: A growing number of customers are becoming environmentally-conscious and they prefer to spend their money at stores doing their part to grow sustainability. Retailers across all channels are beginning to cash

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Make Room for Big Data

The increasing volume and detail of information captured by business, the rise of multimedia, social media and the Internet will fuel exponential growth in data for the foreseeable future. By Barbara Brynko, Contributing Editor Big data. If you think data is something that only big retailers such as Amazon or Netflix deal with, think again.•

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A Family Like No Other

From self-distribution and unique product development to outstanding customer service and social media investments, Gus Olympidis continues to push the boundaries of innovation at Family Express. By John Lofstock, Editor. On a frigid February Indiana morning, about a dozen prospective employees rolled into Family Express’s state-of-the-art learning center in Valparaiso, Ind., to see if they

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Stepping Up to Train Loyal Employees

Convenience store operators must work on improving their training programs so that they can improve sales, customer satisfaction and employee retention. By Jim Callahan. The strained economy has been a little bit of a double-edged sword for the convenience store industry. While customers may be a little tighter with their spending, I’ve found that employee

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Earth Market Debuts with Earth Day Celebration

With a tagline of “fresh energy for life,” Atlas Oil’s latest convenience store concept features Eco-Earth Coffee, LED lighting and a host of recycling initiatives. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Atlas Oil launched its new Earth Market c-store concept in February, rebranding its five    company-operated stores in the greater Chicago market. True to its name,

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Pushing the Boundaries of Innovation

By John Lofstock, Editor. In these difficult economic times it’s rewarding to meet successful businesses that are doing things right. It’s even more gratifying when these businesses are family owned and operated. Such is the case with Family Express in Valparaiso, Ind. I have known Gus Olympidis and his family for more than 15 years

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LTO Café Flavors

Insight Beverages has introduced the 2013 Limited-Time Offer (LTO) flavors in its Café Supreme line, providing operators on-trend flavors and high quality soluble cappuccino and cocoa beverages at an affordable price point. New flavor Double Mocha, is also being launched as part of Insight Beverages’ core line of products.  All products are available for order

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Rutter’s Adds Value Menu

Customers can find favorites for all dayparts priced under $2. Rutter’s Farm Stores introduced a value menu this week, reinforcing its commitment to delivering exceptional food at a great value, the chain announced this week. The new value menu consists of existing choices, more than 50 long-time customer favorites, all priced to please from 99

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M-PACT 2013 Fuels Minds, Boosts Business

Record-breaking attendance says it all–and this one’s for the history books. M-PACT 2013 brought together nearly 4,500 energy and convenience professionals from across the Midwest for three exciting days of innovation and inspiration. As the industry’s premier regional tradeshow, M-PACT combined thought-provoking educational sessions with top-notch networking opportunities so attendees left for home with ideas

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2013 RooCup Now Available At Kangaroo Express

Unlimited 25-cent refills, combined with new customization options, promise “ROO-diculous” summer of deals & fun. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced its RooCup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage for only 25 cents, is now available in stores. The RooCup has captured the hearts of thirsty guests and will

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LOGIC E-Cigs Rank No. 1 in U.S. Convenience Stores

Report indicates LOGIC premium e-cigarettes as nationwide category leader. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of Nielsen’s Brand Rank Report indicating LOGIC outperformed all e-cigarette brands in Q1 of 2013 for sales per point of distribution*. As more major tobacco companies continue to enter the e-cigarette space, this report shows that

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Harmonizing Assortment Conference Set to Help Distributors Build Profits

Program to help convenience industry supply chain partners effectively use exclusive convenience industry data to improve operations. The second annual AWMA DEF Harmonizing Assortment conference, which will help distributors use data to improve category management and profits for themselves and their customers, will be held June 25-27 in New Orleans. “This state-of-the-art executive education program

Newcastle Introduces Limited Edition Bombshell Blonde Ale

Newcastle, the No Bollocks beer brand, today announced the release of its limited edition Newcastle Bombshell pale blonde ale. Available nationwide between May and July 2013, Newcastle Bombshell is a refreshing new addition to the Newcastle portfolio featuring an eye-catching blonde on the label intended to catch the eye of beer drinkers nationally. And sell

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EZ Cig 12-Flavor Retail Sampler

Kretek International Inc. is using its economical new 24-count trial display to get new EZ Cig disposable e-cigarettes to more c-stores and smokeshops. The compact new disposable unit holds 24 flavorful e-cigs and can generate $192 in retail sales at an $8 price point.  The 12 smooth EZ Cig flavors are becoming the preferred standard

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Millennials Driving Wine Comeback

“The Millennial generation offers the wine industry the kind of growth potential not seen in 30 years.”  C-store retailers can gain points with Millennials and Boomers alike by appealing to a growing love of wine that includes a trend toward flavorization. A breakout session on the wine category, presented by E&J Gallo Winery, at the

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7-Eleven Selling 143 Properties

Sealed bid sale set for June 27. 7-Eleven Inc. is selling 143 convenience stores with gas in a sealed bid sale, including in Florida (32), Ohio (10), Pennsylvania (9), Texas (83), Utah (8), and Wisconsin (1).    The company has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (“NRC”) to coordinate the offering and sale of the

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Champlain Oil Raises Money For “Project Graduation”

CITGO marketer helps high school students in Vermont and New Hampshire. Local CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co. is set to launch its “Be A Star. Buy A Star.” fundraiser to benefit the “Project Graduation” program at six local high schools. From May 1-31, seven of Champlain Oil’s CITGO Jiffy Mart locations in New Hampshire and

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NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo Exhibit Floor Sells Out

“Despite a 35% drop in new confectionery product releases this year, the Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards had a 15% increase in submissions,” says Expo Committee chairman. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo promises to be the largest both in show floor size and exhibitors for the third straight year. The confectionery and snack

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Study Finds Diverse Hispanic Market

New study provides insight into cultural duality and its impact on consumer behavior. “To know thy own target audience” could be the mantra of today’s successful marketing campaigns. Hispanic Millennials, GenXers and Boomer generational segments have unique consumer buying patterns. How they view the marketplace is influenced by a combination of macro-trends of their respective

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