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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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Clyde’s Market Boosts its Retail Footprint

The Georgia chain is updating its chicken program, testing a smaller format barbeque restaurant and rolling out a larger convenience store size. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News&Online As part of its ongoing effort to satisfy today’s on-the-go customers, Clyde’s Market with 43 convenience stores in Georgia, is applying lessons from its Rusty Pig barbeque restaurant

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Understanding What Your Customers Want

By John Lofstock, Editor Shoppers come to convenience stores to get their needs met. But if retailers don’t fully understand what shoppers want, efforts to capture more of their business will probably miss the mark. In these tough economic times, where c-stores are already facing stiff competition,  it is critical that c-store operators have a

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Kum & Go Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site for first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consumer fundraising, is

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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The Pantry Fights Back

Urges stockholders to support value-enhancing changes.  The Pantry Inc. sent the following letter to stockholders in response to arguments made by the dissident stockholder group led by JCP Investment Management LLC in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Dear Fellow Stockholder, At The Pantry’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014,

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Rutter’s Adds Crab Cake Sliders to Menu

Soft pretzel bites are also new on the snack menu. Just in time for the Lenten season, Rutter’s Farm Stores has added another seafood option to the menu, crab cake sliders. The Maryland-style crab cakes are fried to perfection and can be ordered in quantities of 1, 3, 6 or 12. Rutter’s Rewards of up

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General Mills Study Identifies How C-stores Can Better Connect

“Using digital channels to connect with convenience store shoppers can help build loyalty and drive traffic,” notes consumer insights manager at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. Shoppers actively use digital media to seek out information from retailers, yet convenience stores lag behind competing channels in digital connections. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Georgia Oil

Deal marks second acquisition since January for Empire. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 59 dealer supply agreements and certain real estate and leasehold assets from Georgia Oil Holdings. The acquisition further solidifies Empire’s presence in the Southeastern United States and in the Atlanta market in particular. Additionally, the transaction expands Empire’s existing

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Core-Mark Announces Record Annual Sales of $9.7 Billion

Fourth quarter non-cigarette sales growth over 18%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.  “We had a very good year in 2013. Our core strategies are

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Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Partner

“We both have the ambition to expand in the U.S. market and the Royal Agio portfolio compliments the Drew Estate brand portfolio perfectly,” says CEO of Royal Agio Cigars. Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1, 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell and distribute

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The Pantry Responds To Dissident Group Assertions

The company says that erroneous information was published by Glass Lewis and Dissident Group. The Pantry Inc. has responded to a report issued by Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC (“Glass Lewis”) on Feb. 27, 2014 in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014, as well as to a press

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Speedway Donates Over $60 Million To Children’s Miracle Network

Fundraising for the Charity totaled $7.6 Million in 2013. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC (Speedway) contributed $7,663,759 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, boosting the company’s total fundraising to more than $60 million since 1991. Donations in 2013 were up 18% over the previous year and benefitted 20

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Bill Aims to “Protect Children” From E-Cigarettes

Those in favor of the bill call e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to smoking cigarettes. Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that aims to ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to

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Duchess Shoppes To Partner With Red Cross In March

“Everyday Heroes” invites customer contributions. Englefield Oil Co.’s Duchess Shoppes, a full-service convenience store chain, is inviting customers to honor Everyday Heroes with a donation to the American Red Cross this March. Beginning Saturday, March 1, customers will be able to purchase a Red Cross icon for $1 at any of the chain’s 123 stores

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