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Getty Divesting 47 Retail Properties In Eight States

NRC and Getty Realty Corp. to conduct sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) announced that it has been retained again by Getty Realty Corp. to coordinate the divestiture of 16 gasoline stations, 29 commercial and retail properties formerly used as gas stations and two industrial sites in Connecticut (3), Illinois (1),

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Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America

Dannon and Del Monte also pledge to make healthy choices more accessible. On Day Two of PHA’s annual Summit, three groups announce new commitments aimed at ending the childhood obesity epidemic During the second day of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)’s Building a Healthier Future Summit, Dannon, Del Monte and Kwik Trip announced

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CST Brands Inc. Names New Board Member

“We are thrilled to add an individual with Stephen’s background to our Board,” says chairman and CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. has announced that a new member has joined its board of directors. Stephen Smith, former co-CEO of the Toronto-based restaurant chain owner and operator, Cara Operations Limited, has been elected to the

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NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

“Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day,” says NACS president and CEO. Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as

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First Data Releases February 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

Harsh winter weather continued to subdue consumer spending growth in February. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1-28, 2014, compared to Feb. 1- 28, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and

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The Pantry Announces Preliminary BOD Election Results

Dissident group’s concerns fail to change stockholders’ votes. The Pantry Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholders have voted to elect Thomas Dickson, Todd Diener, Wifred Finnegan, Kathleen Guion, Dennis Hatchell, Terry McElroy, Mark Miles, James Pappas and Joshua Schechter to

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Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism continues even as gas prices climb. Despite a sharp increase in gas prices over the past month and consumer expectations that prices will climb higher over the next 30 days, consumers continue to feel optimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer

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Technomic Releases Report On Trends in Adult Beverages

Whiskey surges as vodka slows, beer market evolves and domestics dominate wine. Declines in beer, the continued premiumization and price inflation across the industry is resulting in dollar increases and volume declines, according to Technomic’s just-released Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report: 2014 State of the Industry. Per capita consumption, volume and dollars rose for

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NCCR Fights Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

“Raising the minimum wage would result in significant job losses for the workers who are most in need of a leg-up in this time of high unemployment,” notes NCCR executive director. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) issued the following comments from Executive Director Rob Green on the hearing held this week by the

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame

“These retailers embraced the idea that retailers need to take control of their technology future, and work closely with suppliers to create efficient and capable enterprise systems,” says executive director of PCATS. PCATS has announced that three convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the PCATS Hall of Fame: Henry Armour, president

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Speedy Q Markets Chooses PriceAdvantage

“We needed a solution that would allow us to remain competitive in markets where prices are changing multiple times a day,” notes Speedy Q president. Speedy Q Markets is now using PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuels price management solution. Speedy Q Markets uses PriceAdvantage SNAP Analytics to analyze store and market performance, including

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Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Prestige Packaging Named 2013 Supplier of the Year

Award from Lil’ Drug Store Products recognizes quality, value and service achievements in packaging over-the-counter health care products for top supplier to convenience retailing channel. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a supplier of global consumer products, has named Prestige Packaging of Ft. Myers, Fla. as its 2013 Supplier of the Year.  The award recognizes

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IRI Releases 2013 New Product Pacesetters Report

Lists most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2013. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), has announced the most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. With 190,000 new UPCs and 9,500 new brand launches hitting the

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Mobile Payments Customers Spend More Through Digital Channels

Survey shows concerns over security, privacy and convenience keep 80% of consumers from using mobile payments. While the ubiquity of mobile devices in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Spain has created a widespread platform for using mobile payments, a revolution is being held back because consumers do not yet find mobile payments secure, private

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CEFCO Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has announced that CEFCO Convenience Stores in 15 markets will be raising funds March 5-April 30 for vital pediatric equipment, treatments, therapy programs and charitable care to benefit local sick and injured kids. Now through April 30, CEFCO employees are

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Restaurant Breakfast Visits Grow

Lunch and dinner visits decline, reports NPD.  U.S. consumers cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Over 12.5 billion breakfast visits were made to U.S. foodservice outlets last year, a 3%

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Alon USA Energy Reports Financial Results

“Overall, we are happy with the progress we made in 2013,” says Alon’s CEO and president. Alon USA Energy Inc. has announced results for the quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013. Net loss available to stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $(14.0) million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to net income available

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Harris Poll Shows Customer Feelings On Labeling

Not all nutrition labels are helpful to customers. Ever stood in the aisle of a grocery store completely overwhelmed by the claims jumping out from the labels? You may not be alone. Health advocacy groups have long decried America’s nutrition labeling system as misleading, confusing and, ultimately, inaccurate, and the FDA recently announced plans to

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Family Dollar Partners with EPA’s ENERGY STAR Program

“Through this partnership, we will demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of the buildings we operate,” says Family Dollar spokesperson. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as an ENERGY STAR partner. Through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s

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The NPD Group Signs Market Information Agreement With Nielsen

Exclusive school and office supplies market information agreement will offer the industry’s most complete information for total market view. The NPD Group Inc., a global information company, has signed a market information services agreement with Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, for school and office supplies retail

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IDDBA President Passes Away

“Carol has built an effective, committed team and our operations have grown and improved every year thanks to her inspiring, innovative leadership,” says IDDBA senior vice president. Carol Christison, longtime International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) president died March 4, 2014. Christison replaced retiring International Cheese & Deli Association Executive Director, Willard Reese in December of 1982

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Report Reveals 2014 Grocery Trends

Five years from now, the U.S. grocery landscape is set to look markedly different. Planet Retail has released a report titled “U.S. Grocery Retailing 014: Top trends shaping tomorrow’s landscape,” analyzing five big trends reshaping the grocery landscape “Change is the only constant. An old saying indeed, but one that aptly captures the direction U.S.

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CITGO, PS Food Mart Kick Off Fight Hunger Give Hope Campaign

Annual program will raise funds for local food pantries. PS Food Mart Charities has announced the launch of the fifth annual Fight Hunger Give Hope campaign in support of local food banks. From March 3 through March 16, 31 participating PS Food Mart stores in Michigan and Ohio will join together with a goal to

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Emphasizing Customer Service

Training employees to focus on providing outstanding service and maximizing the time you spend in your own stores is an investment that always pays off. By Jim Callahan In the retail business there are always tasks—extremely important tasks at that—that are time consuming and we’d rather not do. It’s then that we are tempted to

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