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Shell Appoints Refining Chief Ben van Beurden as CEO

The Royal Dutch Shell Group has named its current refining and marketing head Ben van Beurden to become its new chief executive. Van Beurden will take the helm on Jan. 1, 2014, replacing retiring CEO Peter Voser. “Ben has deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses,” Shell

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Rattlers Convenience Stores Launches Rattlers Rewards

Texas convenience store chain partners with KickBack Rewards to roll out a proprietary loyalty card program to drive new business and reward its existing customers. In its ongoing effort to drive new and repeat business, Rattlers Convenience Stores is proud to announce the roll out of Rattlers Rewards, a new loyalty program designed in partnership

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C-Store Chains Battling in Baltimore

Competition among convenience store chains in the Baltimore area has heated up as retailers vie to win over consumers by redefining and expanding “convenience.” The ultra competitive market features heavyweight chains such as Royal Farms, along with Pennsylvania’s Wawa, High’s of Baltimore and 7-Eleven. All of the chains are rushing to build new stores, remodel

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Hutch’s Convenience Stores Investing in CNG

Drive by the Hutch’s convenience store and gas station in Elk City, Okla., and you will likely notice that all four compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps are in use. The CNG pumps are flowing more and more each month, Kurtis Hutchinson, president of Hutchinson Oil, which operates the Hutch’s chain, told the Daily Elk Citian.

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ExxonMobil Launches Smart Card Promotion

‘Get Smart and Save’ promo runs through September 30. Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi Retail Services are giving new Smart Card cardholders more ways to “Get Smart and Save” this summer. New ExxonMobil Smart Card cardholders who apply by September 30 will enjoy a limited time offer of 18-cent-per-gallon rebates on qualifying purchases for

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Texas Simplifies Sales Tax on Single-Sized Snacks

Texas residents will soon start paying sales tax on all single serving goods after a new law was passed out of the state legislature. Starting Sept. 1, sales tax will be due on all sales of single-sized servings including chips: * Breakfast bars, granola bars, nutrition bars, sports bars, protein bars, or yogurt bars (not

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Giant Convenience Stores Steps up for MDA

Western Refining and its more than 224 Giant convenience stores raised the bar in its second year of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its fight against muscle disease, raising $351,824 through the “Make A Muscle, Make A Difference” mobile campaign. The convenience stores–located throughout Arizona, southwest Colorado, New Mexico and southwest Texas–participated in the

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher Partner to Sponsor the Subway Firecracker 250

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher have joined as sponsors of the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Reed Sorenson for today’s upcoming Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The race takes place annually on July 5. “Just in time for Independence Day, Kangaroo Express is joining forces with The Motorsports Group

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Boneless Chicken Options Help Deli Retailers Capitalize on Foodservice Trends

Now available to grocery and deli retailers nationwide, Tyson Simply Fried Boneless Fried Chicken provides deli shoppers with the same home-style fried chicken taste they’re familiar with, helping retailers capture shopper attention with on-trend chicken concepts that increase impulse purchases. In a recent report from Technomic, it was found that 58 percent of consumers surveyed

Phillips 66 Launches Private Label Credit Card Program

Partnership with GE Capital included consumer and business credit programs that will be accepted at 8,000-plus locations in the U.S. Phillips 66, which operates more than 2,400 convenience stores and gas stations under the under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands, signed a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank to provide private label

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Corner Stores to Sponsor San Antonio Scorpions Soccer

Corner Stores, a division of CST Brands Inc., will be the official convenience store sponsor of the San Antonio Scorpions, a team whose proceeds benefit Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park designed for people with special needs. “We are thrilled to build a relationship with a sports organization that cares as much about our city as

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Kraft Foodservice Launches Bev1 Brands Hot and Cold Beverage Portfolio

Kraft Foodservice has introduced Bev1 Brands, a platform that unifies the full portfolio of Kraft hot and cold beverage brands. From iconic coffee brands to refreshing, easy-to-sell cold drinks, Bev1 Brands provides operators with everything they need to meet their demands including products, equipment, merchandising and service support. The Bev1 Brands umbrella includes the following

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Hatco Corp. Acquires Ovention

Hatco Corp. has acquired Ovention Inc., the Dallas-based oven technology company. Ovention owns the rights to the Matchbox Oven which was recognized earlier this year by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with a Kitchen Innovations Award. “We are very excited about the Ovention technology and its overall industry potential. The Matchbox oven is truly revolutionary

Gasoline Prices Under Pressure from Climbing Run Rates

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline futures prices posted their low for 2013 during the final week of June and the second quarter, while wholesale gasoline costs at distribution terminals were mixed in starting July 1. Overall weak demand, amply domestic supply and returning refinery capacity have converged to weigh on gasoline

NOCO Express Celebrates 80th Birthday

In-store festivities and thousands of prizes on tap for customers beginning July 15. To thank its customers for their patronage over the past 80 years, NOCO, a family owned and locally operated energy company, is celebrating its anniversary through an in-store contest. On July 15, NOCO will be launching its 80th Birthday Bash Scratch &

CITGO Launches Fueling Campaign

At the heart of CITGO is a philosophy known as Fueling Good, a corporation-wide commitment to supporting good things in the communities where CITGO operates. Fueling Good elements are the cornerstones of the company’s 2013 brand advertising campaign, which includes the following trifecta of goodness: the Fueling Good Road Trip, a Fueling Education promotion and

BP Joins ‘Top Tier’ Detergent Gasoline Program

BP announced that it has joined the automotive industry’s TOP TIER program for gasoline detergency standards. Although all three BP-branded gasoline grades treated with the company’s proprietary Invigorate additive have always exceeded the TOP TIER standard for detergency, the company formally joined the program on June 24th. “We are committed to providing our branded marketers

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Plaid Pantry Launches Smartphone App

Plaid Pantries Inc. has unveiled its first customer smartphone app, which has been deployed across its more than 100 convenience stores in Oregon and Washington to enhance the customer experience, provide greater convenience and build customer loyalty. The Beaverton, Ore.-based chain has partnered with VERGE Connect to power the new branded smartphone app, which enables

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Jiffy Mart Fundraisers Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

During the month of May, Jiffy Mart locations in Carroll County participated in a campaign to “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is their sixth year participating, and since 2008, Jiffy Mart customers and associates have raised over $35,000 for St. Jude. Customers were able to purchase a pin-up for

NATO Talks Tobacco Taxes

As of June 28, 2013, three states have enacted either cigarette and/or tobacco tax rate increases or decreases, reports the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). The new tax law changes and the respective effective dates are as follows: * Kentucky:House Bill 361 was passed and signed into law which lowers the state tax on

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Rutter’s Enhances its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores, operator of nearly 60 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, has introduced an Alaskan Cod sandwich along with several other tasty selections to its inventive and award-winning menu. The Alaskan cod is a whole muscle fish patty with a light panko breading. Customers can choose to top their fish sandwich with the any of

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The Force is Strong with QuikTrip

New Market Force study anoints QT the top rated c-store chain for cleanliness, friendliness and food quality. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. QuikTrip, with 662 stores in 11 states, was voted the most popular convenience store chain, according to a new study by Market Force Information, beating out 7,600 study participants. Convenience store chains Wawa,

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Embracing Energy Efficient Solutions

Whether it’s installing LED lighting or partnering with a local utility, retailers have a wide assortment of new opportunities to maximize efficiencies for less. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.Adding energy efficient features to convenience stores has numerous benefits from power bill and maintenance savings to the ability to market to today’s more eco-conscious consumer. If

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A Renewed Interest in Salty Snacks

Emphasizing snacks throughout the day as a meal replacement or an afternoon treat is driving sales across all age groups. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The past year was a strong one for nuts, seeds, crackers, pretzels, popcorn and trail mixes, according to convenience store sales data from SymphonyIRI. The largest of these subcategories, nuts,

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A Retail Oasis

Zarco 66 takes its convenience stores to the next level with technological advancements and a topnotch foodservice program.  By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels doesn’t consider itself just a typical convenience store chain. In today’s hypercompetitive retail environment, it has to be much more.“We’re not in the c-store business anymore, we’re

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