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InComm Sees Increased Demand for Digital Gift Cards

Sales of digital cards on ecommerce sites peaked on Dec. 24; shopkick delivered nearly seven times more digital cards than its average on Black Friday. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has released internal 2013 holiday data that demonstrates the rising popularity of digital gift cards and the success brands can have by

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Gas Customers Evolve in How They Shop for Price

“Consumers are always thinking about gas prices,” notes NACS vice president of government relations. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy gas at a particular location, but how consumers shop for that price is shifting, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

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Nielsen Acquiring Harris Interactive

“This acquisition enables deeper insights into consumer sentiment,” says president, Americas, Nielsen. Nielsen Holdings N.V., a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced that it has completed the tender offer by Nielsen and its wholly owned subsidiary, Prime Acquisition Corp., to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of

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The 2014 Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions’ second annual look at the convenience store chains doing a superior job of connecting with their customers through social media. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Convenience Store Decisions, with help from Wildfire by Google, examined the nearly 60 convenience store and petroleum chains that are most active on social media, specifically examining

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KickBack Cardholder Makes a Super Gesture with Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack’s Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in New Jersey, round trip airfare for two and a hotel stay in Times Square, graciously donates her Grand Prize to 16-year-old Austin Lange, a local Idaho boy stricken with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Austin Lange has fought many battles over

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Cowberry Frozen Yogurt Introduces Franchise Opportunity

Frozen yogurt machines and display are ready to fit into any existing location and require less than 50 square feet of space. Cowberry Frozen Yogurt has announced the launch of its new Cashcow models, designed to fit into any existing convenience store location.  The turnkey package with a cutting-edge design, desirable brand, and a healthier

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CITGO and PAPCO Help Portsmouth Elementary School Fuel Education

“I am so impressed that CITGO and its locally-owned gas stations and distributors would undertake such an ambitious program to help support education,” says one teacher. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. presented Janay Washington, a third-grade teacher at Park View Elementary School, with $1,000 worth of school supplies as part of

7-Eleven Prepares For Super Bowl With Pizzas and Wings

C-store giant offering $5.55 large pizzas, and $10 pizza-and-wings deals. 7-Eleven Inc. is in the game to win a piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year—Super Bowl Sunday. The convenience retailer is offering pizza-loving sports fans and sports-loving pizza fans piping-hot, large Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55

Yellow M&M, Super Bowl MVP To Deliver Content On Game Day

Mars to use Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram to reach fans on Super Bowl Sunday. Football color commentary just got a lot more colorful. With millions of fans expected to use social media as a “second screen” to enhance their Super Bowl XLVIII viewing experience, Mars Chocolate North America announced an innovative plan to deliver

Susser Completes Acquisition of Sac-N-Pac For $88 Million

Susser plans to initially operate all of the 47 stores under the Sac-N-Pac brand. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) announced the closing of their previously announced acquisition of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. The Sac-N-Pac chain includes 47

The Pantry Nominates Thomas Dickson For The Board of Directors

“Through his longstanding career at and leadership of Harris Teeter, Tad has a deep understanding of our industry and the region in which we operate,” says the Pantry’s chairman of the board. The Pantry Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has nominated a new independent director, Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former CEO of Harris Teeter

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open 13 Restaurants In Oklahoma City

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, OKD Holdings, to develop 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City, Okla. The first of the planned restaurants are scheduled to open in 2015. Together, this team led by second generation

H&R Block Joins Vanilla Reload Network

Partnership allows Emerald Cardholders to load cash at thousands of retail locations. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, and H&R Block, the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, announced that consumers can now reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60,000 Vanilla Reload locations nationwide. “We have worked hard to make

More Former Pilot Employees Plead Guilty To Rebate Fraud

A former director of sales, and a former regional sales manager are among the latest former Pilot Flying J employees to plead guilty. Three more former employees of Pilot Flying J pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that involved a scheme to cheat trucking companies out of fuel rebates, the Associate Press reported. This

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens To Sold Out Exhibit Hall

An improved pre-show planning app and a cache of well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 20-22, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2014 Expo is poised

LOGIC Captures No. 2 Spot in Total Dollar Share

Top three e-cigarette brands, including LOGIC, amount to 75% of the category as a whole. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has claimed the No. 2 spot for dollar share in convenience stores nationwide,

Nielsen Reports On Consumers’ Super Bowl Snacking Plans

Super Bowl XLVIII sees customers returning to beer, pizza and wings and away from the veggie platters of last year. Last year, Americans tried to go healthy when planning Super Bowl snacks with vegetable platters, water and healthy alternatives to chips such as granola and trail mix. This Super Bowl sees a return to traditional

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal

Eighteen percent of all cocoa sourced globally in 2013 was certified compared to goal of 10%. The Hershey Co. announced that 18% of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10%. With nearly one-fifth of cocoa sourced through sustainable practices, Hershey is on

Nearly 1,000 Students Apply for Cumberland Farms Believe and Achieve Scholarships

Winners to be announced in spring of 2014. Cumberland Farms announced that nearly 1,000 high school students from the class of 2014 have applied to the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, which helps bright and determined young people realize their college dreams. The applications are currently being individually evaluated, and 130 winners will

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HEINEKEN Debuts 8.5-Ounce Slim Can

HEINEKEN USA is introducing the first 8.5-ounce slim can format in the premium price segment. Beginning March 1, 2014, Heineken 8.5-ounce Slim Can 12-packs will roll out at retail outlets across the country just in time to capitalize on the spring/summer and on-the-go outdoor occasions. “The 8.0-8.9-ounce can size experienced explosive growth in 2012, growing

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Climbs to Nearly Three Year High

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs entered the final week of January mixed from prior week even as the benchmark futures contract gained 4.0cts over the same time frame, although price pressure will continue to be exerted over retail gasoline prices amid seasonal weakness. The Energy Information Administration’s U.S. retail

Empire Petroleum Acquires 83 Distribution Contracts From King Fuels

“With the King assets, we now have the necessary foundation of business to allow us to continue to grow the market and increase our market presence over the next 12-18 months,” said Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 83 wholesale distribution contracts from King Fuels Inc., a Houston-based distributor that supplies

TravelCenters of America Opens First Montana Location

Missoula now home to TA-branded travel center. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Mont.

CST Brands Provides Preliminary Q4 Financial Results

CST Brands currently expects to report fourth quarter and full year 2013 results in early March. CST Brands Inc. provided an update to previous guidance related to its fourth quarter 2013 operating results. The company originally provided this information on its conference call to discuss its third quarter 2013 financial results on Monday, Nov. 4,

2014 Yumz Express Kiosk Design

Frozen Yogurt Solutions

Yumz Express offers any retail location a frozen yogurt solution to generate additional revenue. The self-serve franchise, Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, has announced the launch of Yumz Express, a kiosk-sized version of a full-size Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt store. Yumz Express is designed to fit inside existing convenience stores. Yumz Express kiosks offer up to

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