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The Florida Experiment

By:  Gerald Donnini, associate, Moffa, Gainor & Sutton, P.A. In most states beer and cigarette distributors are required to report their sales to the state’s alcohol and tobacco division. There are numerous tax and licensing implications that demand these figures be reported to a state’s ABT agency. However, in most states, ABT does not share

Pilot Flying J Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55-cent cups of coffee on the anniversary date. On Nov. 20, 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, marked its 55th anniversary. The Pilot journey began in 1958 when James A. “Jim” Haslam II opened the first Pilot in Gate City, Va., Pilot Store

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AWMA Announces Major Changes for Annual Convention

A redesigned Marketplace & Solutions Expo to greet attendees. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced a new redesigned format for The AWMA Show, the annual convention and exposition, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now known as the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo, the convention will

Parker’s Hires Veteran Chef As Director of Food Service

Steven Stempel joins the Parker’s team. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, recently hired veteran restaurant owner and accomplished chef Steven Stempel as director of food service. In his new position, Stempel is responsible for culinary creative, branding development and oversight of all food service for Parker’s. “Steve brings an insider’s knowledge of the restaurant

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NSF Calls For Food Safety Leadership Nominations

Annual awards program recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in food safety; nomination deadline is Feb. 14. NSF International, an organization committed to protecting and improving public health, has announced its first call for nominations for the 2014 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA) Program. Well-respected in the food industry, this program recognizes individuals that demonstrate outstanding

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Reimage Your Business

  Conversion Pro has been in the convenience store/retail imaging business for more than two decades, and offers satellite locations in eight states east. The company is an installation contractor with over 10,000 installs and imaging projects under its belt. Conversion Pro is equipped with bucket trucks and scissor lifts and can offer warehousing to

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Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup

In a Culinary Visions Panel survey that explored taste preferences of more than 500 consumers, sweet and salty flavors were the clear favorites. Smucker Foodservice combines these flavor profiles into its Smucker’s Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup to sweeten the tabletop options and add excitement to breakfast. With all the sweet, comforting taste of maple and

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All-Natural Apple Chips

Bare is a line of good-for-you snacks made simply from nature with 100% from natural ingredients. Crunchy Chile Lime Apple Chips and Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips have only 50 calories of deliciousness per serving—perfect for lunchtime snacks. Bare’s line of All-Natural Apple Chips have no saturated or trans fat, added sugar or sodium.

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Breakfast Squares

Lettieri’s new STACKER SQUARES are the perfect hand-held solution for anyone looking to start the day with a hearty breakfast. STACKER SQUARES possess a consistent out-of-the-oven flavor profile that appeals to c-store customers.  Part of the secret for their success is the dough formulation that produces a buttery, flakey, pastry-like feel and texture. STACKER SQUARES

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Preparing for Industry Challenges

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip and the current NACS vice chairman and treasurer, shares his insights on the issues affecting convenience retailers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales

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Managing Your Workforce

Labor scheduling can be a complex, time-consuming and tedious task, but if it’s not done right it can be costly, in terms of wasted money and lost customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Managing labor hours is just one of a handful challenges human resources managers face every day and St. Joe Petroleum is no

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Cool New Products Preview Room Wows Retailers

From electronic cigarettes to touchscreen beverage dispensers and healthier snacks—there was something new for everyone at the NACS Show in Atlanta last month. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry has long been known for its retail innovations and this year’s NACS Show, held last month in Atlanta, didn’t disappoint in showcasing cutting-edge

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Maverik Celebrated as CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year

The Utah marketer honored for its unique adventure culture, an ongoing commitment to employees and its service-first mantra for delivering a memorable shopping experience.By John Lofstock, Editor. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by

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Keeping Your Customers Connected with WiFi

With the proliferation of Smartphones, iPads and laptops, now more than ever your “always on” customers expect wireless Internet access where they go.By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In 1993 when Brett Stewart was speaking to top technology gurus at a conference in San Francisco, he predicted that the world would eventually enjoy the benefits of

Cumberland Gulf Group Executive Named 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer John McMahon recognized by peers for his contributions to human resources. John McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been named a 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the Global HR Leadership Summit in recognition of his ability as

NOCO Donates Turkeys, Serves Thanksgiving Meal

NOCO volunteers lend a helping hand at The City Mission. The Buffalo City Mission and 10 community volunteers from NOCO joined forces to help serve more than 250 traditional turkey dinners at the Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal. Volunteers and staff of the Mission dished out a traditional holiday meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry

Next Cigarette List Price Increase Looms

Nearly 65% of respondents believe e-cig displacement of conventional cigs has accelerated. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent “Tobacco Talk” survey results predict cigarette net price realization will accelerate in FY13. Wells Fargo continues to forecast net price realization of at least 4% this year. “Our recent c-store retailer survey results indicate an expected ~$0.06-0.07 per pack

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Global Partners Participates in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program

Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gas Distributors help foster math and science education in Northeast schools. Global Partners announced that its retail gasoline dealers, Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gasoline Distributors are participating in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program, a nationwide initiative to enhance math and science learning at K-12 institutions.  More

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CITGO Teams Up With Miss America Representatives

Promotes volunteering, health, education and other important issues in local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has partnered with 16 states that are a part of the Miss America Organization to promote awareness surrounding the key issues of education and social investment, energy assistance, environmental protection and conservation and health. The Miss America state representatives serve as

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Go-Mart Teams With Acumera

“One of the factors that attracted us to Acumera is the breadth and depth of the team’s PCI knowledge, and their willingness to guide us through the complex process of building and maintaining a PCI-compliant network,” says Go-Mart general manager. Go-Mart, which operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia and surrounding states, has

LOGIC Secures No. 2 Spot in E-Cigarette Category

Unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC ranks LOGIC No. 2 in c-stores. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has secured the No. 2 spot for electronic cigarettes in

VeriFone To Play Key Role in Egypt’s Retail Petroleum Market

“e-finance selected VeriFone’s superior consumer-facing payment acceptance solutions in part based on the company’s experience in the petroleum distribution channel,” says CEO, e-finance. VeriFone Systems Inc. announced that its portable payment acceptance systems, the VX 680 and VX 675, have been deployed by e-finance to facilitate the state-sponsored transition of Egypt’s entire gasoline and petroleum

U.S. Retail Gasoline Average Drops as Crude Supply Builds

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said its U.S. gasoline price average for regular grade sold at retail outlets across the U.S. dropped 7.1 cents to its lowest point in two years, eight months at $3.194 gallon during the week-ended Nov. 11, with the average down 25.5 cents from

TravelCenters of America To Purchase 31 C-Stores For $67 Million

Sites located in Kentucky and Tennessee. Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company, which operates these c-stores under its proprietary brand name “Minit Mart.” Twenty-eight of the c-stores are

Couche-Tard Acquires 36 C-Stores

Shortly after agreeing to acquire 13 stores from Publix, Couche-Tard inks a deal to buy 23 stores from Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement with Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phillips 66 Co., to acquire 23

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