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Salty Snacks Still Satisfy

Americans’ propensity for snacking hasn’t wavered, according to new research, and understanding trends can boost store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. A convenience store’s strategy to boost salty snack sales can be bolstered by understanding the growing body of research examining consumers and their snacking habits, then making adjustments to accommodate customers’ buying habits.

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Murphy USA Hosts E15 and E85 Grand Openings

E15 is now available for 2001 and newer vehicles at 30 locations in Iowa. Murphy USA is partnering with Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association and holding grand openings of E15 and E85 pumps across Iowa, complete with fuel discounts, prizes and free food with a fuel purchase Domestic Fuel

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Metroplex Energy Secures Terminaling Agreement

Partners with TransMontaigne Partners L.P. in Florida. Metroplex Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., recently entered into a long-term terminal services agreement with TransMontaigne Operating Company L.P., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (“TLP”), for four light products terminals in Florida. As a result of the agreement, Metroplex will be TLP’s exclusive

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Stripes Launches Grito Contest

Customers have a chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card. Laredo Taco Co. has launched a new limited time only spicy chicken fajita taco called “EL GRITO!” and to celebrate, customers will have the chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card by entering its “Grito” Contest. Through Sept. 28, participating customers will be

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Mars Chocolate Site In Topeka Gains LEED Gold Certification

“LEED Gold certification for the Topeka facility is another shining example of our ambitious goal to make our factories and offices ‘Sustainable in a Generation,’” says site director. Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED® Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating

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Planning Efficiency Upgrades

Family Express finds cost savings in a total energy efficiency retrofit. In that light, experts weigh in on how to determine if a conversion is right for your stores. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with

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Harvest Operations Selling 67 Stations

The sale to SilverRange Financial Partners includes 53 North Atlantic and Home Town branded gasoline stations, as 14 Orangestore branded locations. Harvest Operations Corp. is selling its 100% ownership in North Atlantic Refining Limited (NARL) to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC (SilverRange) of New York, City. The sale includes NARL’s Canadian refining and marketing businesses in

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Davis Oil Launches New Website And App

Partners with OpenStore by Gasbuddy. Originally established as a family-owned fuel oil delivery business in 1966, Davis Oil was one of the first gas stations in southwest Michigan to successfully try self-serve gas. Some 50 years later, Davis Oil continues to evolve into one of the largest Marathon jobberships, in addition to c-stores, car washes

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Rutter’s Summer Sweepstakes Concludes

Fourth grand prize of free gas for a year closes sweepstakes. Alicia Gotwalt of Railroad, Pa. is the final winner of free gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. The #SummerofFreedom saw four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year in addition to thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a

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IGS CNG Services Partners With Englefield Oil

Constructs CNG fueling station in Obetz, Ohio. IGS CNG Services, in conjunction with Englefield Oil, announced a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station will be constructed at the existing Duchess convenience store, a BP fueling station at 3909 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio. The station will service a growing number of Ohio businesses and

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Innovative Beverages Driving Restaurant Visits

Technomic updates Beverage Consumer Trend Report for foodservice operators. A fifth of today’s consumers (21%, up from 16% in 2012) noted that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18–44, who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of

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Lehigh Gas Partners Announces Public Offering

The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds to reduce indebtedness and for general partnership purposes. Lehigh Gas Partners LP announced the commencement of a public offering of 3,600,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership. In connection with the offering, the Partnership expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase

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LOGIC Dominates Top Spot In Total U.S. Unit Share

Leading electronic cigarette company maintains No. 1 spot in the category. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database. The report indicates that LOGIC has maintained the No. 1 position for unit share in convenience stores nationwide for another consecutive month. Furthermore, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong

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Employing Low-Tech Solutions

Employee theft is a routine cause of shrink. Sometimes the best loss prevention solutions are the most basic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Employee theft is one of the biggest causes of shrink among c-stores, and retailers are combating it with high-tech solutions like high speed video cameras and online monitoring. But as is often

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Dropping Like a Rock—Beware of Falling Gasoline Prices

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Just under $2.50 gallon is where the U.S. gasoline futures market found support during the second week of September amid a massive selloff in domestic and global crude oil prices, with lower trending oil battered by bearish readings for forward oil demand by the three major forecasters.

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Rewards customers with one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. For only one cent, guests will be served a

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Ricker’s Extends Contract with Eby-Brown

“We look forward to our continued relationship,” says Ricker’s CEO. Ricker’s Convenience Stores has signed a multi-year contract renewak with Eby-Brown Co. LLC, the largest family-owned wholesale distributor in the U.S. Under the agreement, Eby-Brown will continue to provide service to all of Ricker’s 50 Indiana locations. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with

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Sinclair Announces PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform

“With our Sinclair-branded mobile payment app, we’ll provide consumers with a personalized experience at the pump and in our retail stores,” says Sinclair spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp., is set to deploy the PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform at its annual distributors’ conference in Sun Valley Idaho. This will allow Sinclair distributors to access PetroZone at over

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PCI SSC Publishes Guidance On Skimming Prevention

Resource for retailers and others that handle payment card data updated to address memory scrapers, mobile device weaknesses, EMV chip cards and other new attack scenarios. At its annual North American Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, released an update to its

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VNG Opens Philadelphia’s First Natural Gas Fueling Facility

VNG’s facility is the first installation of its retail network to support the widespread use of natural gas vehicles throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. VNG has opened the first public natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling facility in the city of Philadelphia. The VNG facility, located within the popular BP-branded gasoline station at 2901 West Abbottsford Avenue, is

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Newcastle Launches Fall Program

Targets sports viewing enthusiasts. Newcastle Brown Ale announced the details of Drink the Beer. Get the Gear, a retail and on-premise program that engages sports enthusiasts during the height of the viewing season. From September through December, program elements, including social media, a sweepstakes (via Twitter) and occasion relevant cross-merchandising offers, will encourage LDA (legal

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Uber Upping the Ante

Startup Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington,

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QuikTrip, Wawa Rank As Consumers’ Favorite C-Stores

Market Force Study finds customer service and fresh food help drive new and repeat business. QuikTrip is North America’s favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide provider of customer intelligence solutions. More than 5,000 consumers were polled for the study, designed to uncover which convenience stores consumers prefer

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Stripes Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

In-store campaign “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” runs through Sept. 28. Stripes Convenience Stores and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have teamed to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Stripes Stores hosted seven “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign kick-offs and “Cancer Strike Through” events throughout its Texas markets. The events began on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas

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Apple Pay: What You Need To Know

By Howard Herndon, president, BlackLine Payments Advisors While much of the attention at this week’s Apple press conference was on the iPhone 6 and the company’s new smartwatch, we believe—along with many industry analysts—that the most important news of the splashy event was Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system. When a giant like

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