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Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $10 Million On Gas

Cumberland Farms now offers exclusive rewards in-store when customers use the SmartPay Check-Link Mobile App. Cumberland Farms customers’ have saved $10 Million on gas since the launch of Cumberland Farms’ free SmartPay Check-Link payment program in January 2013. The program lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phones or with a

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Shell Oil Co. Selects NCR

More than 14,000 Shell retailers can now opt for a complete software, hardware and services solution from NCR to reduce costs and enhance customer service.     NCR Corp., announced today that Shell Oil Co., has added NCR’s Radiant Point of Sale (RPOS) petroleum and convenience solutions as a new option for Shell-branded wholesalers. Beginning today, Shell

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Chocolate: Sweet Returns

Finding out what confectionery products your customers will gobble up in 2014 can be a recipe for more sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor You don’t need to be Willy Wonka to know that chocolate candy is a sweet product in terms of generating impulse sales. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) recently reported that the

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Battle for Breakfast Heats Up

The competition for the $46.5 billion breakfast business is at a fever pitch with retail giants from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts rolling out sandwich interpretations to steal new morning business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Quick-service restaurants are hitting all of today’s consumers’ hot buttons with their latest breakfast offerings.

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The Prepaid Category Continues to Evolve

Whether open and closed loop prepaid cards are a significant profit generator or just an important convenience customers expect to find in their c-store, virtual gift cards are changing the category for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The prepaid category is changing. Of the amount of gift cards sold in terms of dollars loaded,

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Tobacco Trends and Insights from the NATO Show

Electronic tobacco sales continue to grow at an impressive clip, positioning convenience stores as a top destination for e-cigarettes and accessories. By John Lofstock, Editor The decline in cigarette volume is ongoing, c-stores continue to take tobacco share from other retail channels, and e-vapor consumption could surpass that of combustible cigarettes in the next decade,

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station Rises in Buffalo

A transportation museum in the Queen City is putting the final touches on Frank Lloyd Wright’s first service station design, providing a glimpse of how modern service stations evolved. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Before Route 66 was designated Historic Route 66, and well before convenience stores offered the first Gas Station TV monitors above

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Understanding Wawa’s Impact on Convenience Stores

By John Lofstock, Editor There was a time not all that long ago when convenience store employees and customers were looked down upon by the mainstream media and even those in the local community who viewed c-stores as unsafe and overpriced. But for the past two decades the industry has taken great lengths to renovate

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New Twinkies Varieties

Join the action as Hostess Brands and 20th Century Fox celebrate the May 23  theatrical release of X-Men: Days of Future Past with the Hostess X-MEN Adventure Sweepstakes—offering fans the chance to win eXtreme prizes—and the limited-time introduction of eXtreme Crème Twinkies in new Blue Raspberry and Strawberry Blast flavors. Fans can visit local retailers

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Protein To Go

Big John’s pickled eggs are the perfect on-the-go protein snack,  appealing to breakfast patrons, pickled-snack consumers, egg lovers and healthy snack buyers. These shelf-stable, individually-wrapped pickled eggs are easy to merchandise in various areas of the convenience store for maximum impact. Big John’s pickled eggs are brought to you by Red Smith Foods, a pickled

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One-Of-A-Kind Beer

Heineken USA has announced the arrival of Desperados, a one-of-a-kind beer blended with tequila barrel-aged lager that delivers a uniquely refreshing and smooth taste. Crafted at the crossroads of beer and spirits techniques, Desperados is the ultimate beer for nightlife and fun, perfect for adult consumers, 21 and older, who are looking for memorable nights

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ZipBox

Zip-Pak has introduced Zipbox The Resealable Box, a revolutionary packaging innovation that combines the best features of traditional paperboard cartons with the convenience and functionality of zippered pouch packaging, incorporating the Zip-Pak Zipflex resealable closure. It provides the ideal solution to the long-standing consumer need for easier package re-closure and maintaining product freshness after opening.

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Zesty Italian Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza, an industry-leading provider of pizza and sandwiches to the convenience store industry, has introduced the Zesty Italian Pizza to its menu for Spring 2014. Topped with the Piccadilly’s famous sausage and pepperoni, the pizza’s distinction comes from the addition of a select salami. The meats complement each other and with 46 slices

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Plan Ahead For Halloween

Take a bite out of Halloween 2014 with all of the frightfully delicious and fun items from Mars Chocolate North America. Mars brands boasted strong performance during the 2013 Halloween season, as dollar sales increased and outpaced category growth. In 2013, the Halloween Chocolate Category exceeded $1 billion in sales for the first time, with

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Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha is one of the most important flavors in foodservice today, and CHA! by Texas Pete brings a spicy blend of heat and sweet to any meal. Now available in seven-gram portion-control packets for restaurants, food-away-from-home operations, non-commercial accounts, drive-through and take-out operations, the sriracha sauce adds its unique flavor to almost any cuisine. TW

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Gel Polish Removal Kit

Cutex, a producer of nail care products since 1911, has introduced its latest innovation, the Cutex Gel Polish Removal Kit. The new gel removal kit includes: a buffer, Cutex Cuticle Cream, Cutex Gel Remover, foil wraps and a birch wood stick. The Cutex Gel Removal Kit is a great way to remove any UV or

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Zarco USA Introduces Ordering At The Pump

Now customers can buy a sandwich without setting foot in the c-store. Zarco USA, a convenience store chain located in Lawrence, Kan., has taken retailing to the next level by allowing customers to order deli sandwiches right at the pump. According to Zarco USA owner Scott Zaremba, fuel margins are getting smaller and competitor pricing

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TravelCenters Opens New Full-Service TA Location

New Brooklyn, Iowa store marks third TA site in the state. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-80, Exit 197 (4124 V18 Rd.) in Brooklyn, Iowa. The

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Buchanan Energy Adds inOvationTV Media Program

Aims to improve consumer loyalty and store traffic with forecourt media platform. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne, A GE Business a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, has expanded its reach in the

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

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 that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 22 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on June 16, 2014 to shareholders of record as of

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RaceTrac Celebrates Sodapalooza

Stores in Florida, Georgia and Texas will offer FREE drink refills all summer. Customers can cool off this summer at RaceTrac during Sodapalooza FreeFill 2014. This celebration has officially kicked off in all Georgia, Florida and Texas RaceTrac stores and is sure to add a little “pop” to everyone’s day. Starting May 4 until July

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Hypocrites Wage Interpretation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  The more some politicians push for an increase in the minimum wage the more I find it so hypocritical. Businesses provide internships to students and various other entry level applicants with pay. On the other hand, politicians have interns, pages and volunteers work for them with NO pay.

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Rutter’s Adds Brisket, Corned Beef to Menu

New sandwich options to entice c-store customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added brisket and corned beef sandwich options to the menu, giving greater variety and originality to hungry customers across central Pennsylvania.  Corned beef and brisket join pastrami on Rutter’s Reuben menu. Customers select the meat, cheese and bread to be used on their Reuben

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Kangaroo Express Debuts 2014 ROO Cup

The ROO Cup offers 25-cent refills through Sept. 30, keeping special deals, including a free ROO Cup refill with purchase of a grill item, flowing all summer long. Kangaroo Express has announced its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage for only 25 cents, is now available in stores for

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TAC Energy Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to be key source of unbranded supply. TAC Energy has come aboard as a partner in VP’s retail brand program. One of the nation’s largest independent fuel wholesalers, TAC Energy has agreed to supply fuel to VP-branded retail stores in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and East Texas areas. As a major supplier, TAC will represent

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