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IRI Identifies Opportunities in the C-Store Channel

The convenience store channel has long been a destination for immediate consumption purchases. However, the channel is undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis these days. Competition is heating up as convenience stores are pitted against other channels, particularly dollar and drug channels, for share of spending. In addition, two major sources of revenue and trip

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Kangaroo Express Takes Flight to Support Salute Our Troops

The Pantry Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has named its Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Flugtag Team to test gravity’s limits on a custom-made aviation machine in honor of our military service members and their families at the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag competition in Miami on Sept.

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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Seasoned Jerky

Just in time for summer, Jack Link’s, the leading U.S. meat snacks brand, has introduced its new Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Jerky–a great-tasting, high-protein snack that allows consumers to enjoy the smoky, tangy flavors of authentic American barbecue with a whole new level of convenience. “Summer is right around the corner, and what better way

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Canada Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Canadian police for their recent seizure of cash, an automobile and 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor, Ontario area. “The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity

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Kroger to Acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion

The Kroger Co. reached a deal yesterday to acquire regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to boost Kroger’s presence in the U.S. southeast. Competitors there include Publix and Wal-Mart Stores

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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

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Connecticut Investing in Electric Vehicle Stations

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are making $200,000 available to install charging stations hoping to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year. Funding will be awarded to proposals that provide the most matching money, are most accessible to the

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Big Crude Draw, Egyptian Coup Rally Oil Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices dropped to winter levels in ushering in July, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline price average sliding to $3.496 gallon July 1, the lowest the average has been since the end of January earlier this year. It’s odd in one sense

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Parker’s Promo to Award Free Gas for a Year

The chain will randomly select one lucky winner each day in July from cars displaying the “I Love Parker’s” bumper sticker. Daily winners will be awarded a $50 Parker’s gas card. One lucky grand prize winner will be selected at the end of July to win free gas for a year at Parker’s. Winning license

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United Supermarkets Opens Seventh Convenience Store in Texas

United Supermarkets LLC opened the doors to its 19th freestanding convenience store, a United Express location in Dumas, Texas. The 2,400 square-foot store is the company’s seventh freestanding convenience store and second in the Texas Panhandle area. Four stores are under the United Express banner and three are still under the Taste of Market Street

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21st Century Smoke Launches Soft Tip E-Cig

21st Century Smoke’s Soft Tip Disposable Electronic Cigarette is designed to more closely replicate the look and feel of a traditional cigarette to enhance the smoking experience, but without the additives found in cigarettes. 21st Century Smoke continues to offer both regular and menthol flavors with 2% nicotine by volume without the flame, ash, smoke

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Game Introduces its Newest Mild Offering of Red

Game by Garcia y Vega proudly announces the latest innovation in cigarillos, FoilFresh Red. Cigarillo lovers will enjoy the light mild taste of this natural leaf cigar. Small natural leaf is the fastest growing segment in the cigar category. This latest offering is yet another response to consumer demand from Game. Game Red is a

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Shell Appoints Refining Chief Ben van Beurden as CEO

The Royal Dutch Shell Group has named its current refining and marketing head Ben van Beurden to become its new chief executive. Van Beurden will take the helm on Jan. 1, 2014, replacing retiring CEO Peter Voser. “Ben has deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses,” Shell

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Rattlers Convenience Stores Launches Rattlers Rewards

Texas convenience store chain partners with KickBack Rewards to roll out a proprietary loyalty card program to drive new business and reward its existing customers. In its ongoing effort to drive new and repeat business, Rattlers Convenience Stores is proud to announce the roll out of Rattlers Rewards, a new loyalty program designed in partnership

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C-Store Chains Battling in Baltimore

Competition among convenience store chains in the Baltimore area has heated up as retailers vie to win over consumers by redefining and expanding “convenience.” The ultra competitive market features heavyweight chains such as Royal Farms, along with Pennsylvania’s Wawa, High’s of Baltimore and 7-Eleven. All of the chains are rushing to build new stores, remodel

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Hutch’s Convenience Stores Investing in CNG

Drive by the Hutch’s convenience store and gas station in Elk City, Okla., and you will likely notice that all four compressed natural gas (CNG) pumps are in use. The CNG pumps are flowing more and more each month, Kurtis Hutchinson, president of Hutchinson Oil, which operates the Hutch’s chain, told the Daily Elk Citian.

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ExxonMobil Launches Smart Card Promotion

‘Get Smart and Save’ promo runs through September 30. Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi Retail Services are giving new Smart Card cardholders more ways to “Get Smart and Save” this summer. New ExxonMobil Smart Card cardholders who apply by September 30 will enjoy a limited time offer of 18-cent-per-gallon rebates on qualifying purchases for

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Texas Simplifies Sales Tax on Single-Sized Snacks

Texas residents will soon start paying sales tax on all single serving goods after a new law was passed out of the state legislature. Starting Sept. 1, sales tax will be due on all sales of single-sized servings including chips: * Breakfast bars, granola bars, nutrition bars, sports bars, protein bars, or yogurt bars (not

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Giant Convenience Stores Steps up for MDA

Western Refining and its more than 224 Giant convenience stores raised the bar in its second year of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its fight against muscle disease, raising $351,824 through the “Make A Muscle, Make A Difference” mobile campaign. The convenience stores–located throughout Arizona, southwest Colorado, New Mexico and southwest Texas–participated in the

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher Partner to Sponsor the Subway Firecracker 250

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher have joined as sponsors of the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Reed Sorenson for today’s upcoming Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The race takes place annually on July 5. “Just in time for Independence Day, Kangaroo Express is joining forces with The Motorsports Group

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Boneless Chicken Options Help Deli Retailers Capitalize on Foodservice Trends

Now available to grocery and deli retailers nationwide, Tyson Simply Fried Boneless Fried Chicken provides deli shoppers with the same home-style fried chicken taste they’re familiar with, helping retailers capture shopper attention with on-trend chicken concepts that increase impulse purchases. In a recent report from Technomic, it was found that 58 percent of consumers surveyed

Phillips 66 Launches Private Label Credit Card Program

Partnership with GE Capital included consumer and business credit programs that will be accepted at 8,000-plus locations in the U.S. Phillips 66, which operates more than 2,400 convenience stores and gas stations under the under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands, signed a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank to provide private label

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Corner Stores to Sponsor San Antonio Scorpions Soccer

Corner Stores, a division of CST Brands Inc., will be the official convenience store sponsor of the San Antonio Scorpions, a team whose proceeds benefit Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park designed for people with special needs. “We are thrilled to build a relationship with a sports organization that cares as much about our city as

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Kraft Foodservice Launches Bev1 Brands Hot and Cold Beverage Portfolio

Kraft Foodservice has introduced Bev1 Brands, a platform that unifies the full portfolio of Kraft hot and cold beverage brands. From iconic coffee brands to refreshing, easy-to-sell cold drinks, Bev1 Brands provides operators with everything they need to meet their demands including products, equipment, merchandising and service support. The Bev1 Brands umbrella includes the following

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