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What’s Next For Fuels?

As Convenience Store Decisions looks back on the past 25 years, customer demand will dictate the next 25 years in the fuel market. By John Eichberger, Executive Director, The Fuels Institute. What fuel will replace gasoline as the dominant energy source for personal transportation? The Magic Eight Ball says to ask again later, much later.

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New Technology Drives Industry Success

Innovations ranging from scanning and point-of-sale systems to social media and mobile apps exemplify how much convenience stores have changed over the past 25 years. By Jenny Bullard, Chief Information Officer, Flash Foods With more than 40 years as a c-store professional, it’s been an exciting journey to see the changes to technology that have

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Industry Evolution Remains Constant

The “C” in c-store stands for constant “change” at The Parker Cos. By Greg Parker, President and CEO, The Parker Cos. The Parker Cos., has always had two things top of mind throughout our 39-year history —attracting and retaining customers and looking for new opportunities as we expand our growing group of 36 convenience stores.

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Shaping the Future of ATMs

As new technology emerges, retailers are boosting profits in the changing era of financial services. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience stores that offer financial services are perhaps responding to societal changes. But as monetary tools become more modern—especially in the case of ATMs—operators will have to game plan even more to provide customers the

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Nostalgic Notions of the Last 25 Years

The industry has reached unforeseen heights over the past quarter century, but it remains a people business first and foremost. By Jim Callahan. “Carry me back and let me feel at home, let me cling to those memories that won’t let me alone.” Those are great lyrics from the Statler Brothers and perhaps, a fitting

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National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) Names Jared Sturtevant Board Chairman

Alex Olympidis, Director of Operations for Family Express Corp., joins the Board of Directors as Ben Jatlow departs after one year as board chairman to join NCR. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Jared Sturtevant, the Director of Marketing for Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in Canastota,

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U.S. Consumers Less Concerned With Sodium Intake

Some 39% of adults still look for sodium content on nutrition labels. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prepares to issue voluntary sodium guidelines for food manufacturers and restaurants, food market research by The NPD Group, a global information company, has found that U.S. consumers are less concerned about their sodium intake, and

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NOCO Express Stores Raise More Than $12,000 for United Way

“This was the first month-long United Way campaign conducted at our NOCO Express Stores and our customers and associates gave generously,” says NOCO executive vice president. Customers and employees from NOCO Express Stores recently donated a total of $12,213 to support the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and several other United Ways in

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Hershey Announces a Price Increase

Rising commodity costs spur price increase. The Hershey Co. has announced an increase in wholesale prices across the majority of its U.S., Puerto Rico and export portfolio. A weighted average price increase of approximately 8% across the company’s instant consumable, multi-pack, packaged candy and grocery lines is effective today. These changes will help offset part

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Self-Serve Milkshake Machine

The Hershey Creamery Co., manufacturer of Hershey’s Ice Cream, has served real, premium milkshakes since the 1930’s. Now Hershey’s Ice Cream is making its milkshakes and smoothies more accessible with the new Shake Shop Express, a self-serve, frozen drink blending machine. Shake Shop Express is a quick way to get consistently delicious, portion-controlled milkshakes and

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Energy Star Qualified

To support operators in convenience industries in their battle against rising energy costs, the ice experts at Ice-O-Matic, a global manufacturer of ice machines, storage bins and dispensers, announce a new addition to its extensive lineup of ENERGY STAR rated machines: the ICEU226A. The ICEU226A joins the company’s selection of more than 30 energy-efficient machines

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New Line of Cold Beverages

Boyd’s Coffee is introducing a new line of cold beverages, which includes Boyd’s Iced Tea, Boyd’s Ice Cap and Boyd’s Iced Coffee. This new line enhances and continues Boyd’s authentic, high-quality-for-the-everyman experience with compelling merchandising and easy-to-operate, energy-efficient equipment options. Boyd’s emphasizes the fresh-brew experience with its rebranded line of Iced Tea with eight flavors

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Natural Cane Sugar

Sugar Foods Corp., in partnership with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. (HC&S), has a new licensing agreement to launch 100% natural and vegan Maui Brand Maui Raws turbinado and Maui Whites crystallized natural cane sugars to retail consumers. Sugar Foods, which brought turbinado sugar to restaurant and foodservice clients for more than 20 years, is

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Grab-And-Go Meals

Del Monte Fresh Produce N. A. Inc.  is expanding its extensive fresh cut fruit and vegetable product offerings to include complete meal-single serve salad bowls and fresh fruit & protein snack packs under the Nature Made brand. The new products coincide with the expansion of operating facilities and production lines in Dallas and will also

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GMO-Free

Par-Way Tryson, a the food release spray manufacturer, has introduced Vegalene GMO-Free Food Release Spray. As the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) heats up, more consumers are looking for greater transparency and more natural ingredients when it comes to their dietary consumption. Vegalene GMO-Free Food Release Spray allows operators to provide patrons with a

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Sweet & Salty

Opposites attract with the new sweet and salty flavor combinations from COMBOS Brand: COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel and COMBOS Baked Snacks Vanilla Frosting Pretzel. The blend of sweet and salty flavors continues to be a crowd pleaser with consumers searching for bold, innovative new tastes. New COMBOS Baked Snacks Caramel Crème Pretzel delivers

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Chicken Minis

Milford Valley has developed new stuffed chicken minis for its retail chicken product line. The ready-to-cook products are a miniature version of Milford Valley’s chicken entrées that feature raw, breaded chicken breast meat stuffed with delicious fillings. The stuffed chicken minis are available in three flavors—Cordon Swiss (filled with ham and cheese), Buffalo Style (filled

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Testing Your Hot Dispensed Beverage IQ

With convenience stores putting so much focus on the coffee category, consumers stop to buy coffee at c-stores more than they fill up their cars. Can your stores compete with industry leaders? By David Bishop, Managing Partner, Balvor LLC Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the

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Convenience Stores and the Last 25 Years

On our silver anniversary, CSD examines the issues, innovations and leaders that have helped shape the convenience store industry. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. The notion that convenience stores have come a long way since 1990 is an understatement. Twenty-five years ago, the upscale, large format c-stores offering fresh prepared foods and grab-and-go lunches weren’t

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Buc-ee’s Sues B&B Grocery Over Similar Mascot

Buc-ee’s claims the “Frio Beaver” logo infringes on its Beaver logo and mascot. Convenience store chain Buc-ee’s Ltd. is suing B&B Grocery Inc. and Anica B. Joran, individually and as a member of Austin Logo Designs LLC, for using a beaver mascot in its logo that is similar to Buc-ee’s, the Southeast Texas Record reported.

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Susser Provides Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Earnings conference call set for Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. EST. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2014. Susser Holdings expects to report: Merchandise—Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4% for the second quarter, which included the Easter holiday, versus growth

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Hot Dog Day

Guests with Military I.D. or a Kangaroo Mobile App can get a free Ball Park hot dog on July 23. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it will once again celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 23. As a token of appreciation for our Armed Services, Kangaroo Express will offer a free

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Parker’s Opens 36th C-Store

New location offers a drive-through window. Parker’s recently held the official Grand Opening of the company’s new store in Statesboro, Ga. at 1588 Brampton Ave., with local officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders in attendance. It is the company’s 36th store in the Georgia and South Carolina area. “It’s a beautiful store, with a great

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Spark Industries to Distribute Cig2O Premium Vapor Direct

Added distribution and retail presence are key to sales growth. Spark Industries announced that its popular Cig2o brand of premium electronic cigarettes, refills, and e-liquids has joined its VAPAGE brand of specialty e-vapor products as the exclusive source for Cig2o sales to the industry. “Cig2o and Vapage were developed together as complimentary product lines with

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Loyalty is a Retail Game-Changer for Oil Companies

Marketers like Phillips 66 are driving repeat business and cultivating loyal customers through participation in the KickBack Rewards program. By John Lofstock, Editor Difficult economic times are forcing customers to take a hard look at where they can tighten their belts and how they can stretch their hard-earned dollars. To meet their expectations, retailers are

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