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Frito-Lay Unveils Investment In CNG Infrastructure

Frito-Lay plans to break ground on seven public CNG fueling stations across the U.S. Senior leadership from PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division were joined by representatives from the Department of Energy and the State of Wisconsin to unveil Frito-Lay’s inaugural Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in Beloit, Wis. The station opening is part of

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Mobile Shopping Woes

Some 88% of Americans who shop on their smartphone experience negative issues, study finds. The ‘Skava Consumer Mobile Shopping Survey, ’ conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Skava, asked 2,085 U.S. adults aged 18+ about their experience when shopping on smartphones, and found not all the experiences are positive. The trend to shop

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Breaking News: Kum & Go Co-Founder William Krause Passes Away

Under Krause’s leadership, Krause Gentle Corp. was Convenience Store Decisions’ 1998 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. William Krause, a West Des Moines, Iowa entrepreneur who built Kum & Go, the nation’s fifth largest privately held convenience store chain, died today at 78. Krause passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family after

Four Strategic Lessons

By: Dave Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. In 2010, a new category in CPG emerged, one that quickly garnered the attention of the beverage, c-store and specialty food trades. The category was termed “relaxation” and it was originally positioned as a diametric opposite to the “energy” category. One-ounce plastic shot bottles with brand

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Cake Batter Milkshake

f’real foods, maker of classic milkshakes, real-fruit smoothies and gourmet frozen coffees, is celebrating its 10 year birthday by bringing back its popular Cake Batter Milkshake.  This best-selling Limited Edition flavor brings back childhood memories of cake batter straight from the bowl, in a rich, creamy milkshake.  It is now available through Labor Day in

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Succeeding With Cigars

Taxation and legislation could present a rocky road for cigar manufacturers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Thanks to new flavors and price promotions, cigar sales at convenience stores remain as strong as ever. The cigar category at U.S. convenience stores totaled $2.38 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, up 3.73%, according to

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Three More Pilot Flying J Employees Plead Guilty To Fraud

As the federal investigation continues, a total of five employees have now accepted plea deals. Three more Pilot Flying J employees pleaded guilty on Tuesday of being part of a  scheme to defraud trucking companies out of rebates, USA Today reported. The three employees included a sales manager who helped set up a training session

Tesoro Sells Hawaii Refinery

Par Petroleum to take the reigns as deal is expected to close in third quarter.   Par Petroleum Corp. is set to acquire San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery, the San Antonio Express-News reported. According to the deal, Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay Tesoro $75 million, plus working capital of

Petro-Canada Adds NCR’s Retalix StorePoint Software

Innovative software to help Petro-Canada build shopper loyalty across its more than 1,500 retail locations. NCR Corp., a provider of consumer transaction technologies, announced today that Suncor Energy has selected NCR’s Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS) and fuel management software for the company’s Petro-Canada branded retail network. Petro-Canada, known as “Canada’s gas station,” has more than

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21st Century Smoke Sponsors Summer Concert Series

“We are really excited about this unique opportunity to educate the public about the 21st Century electronic cigarette in what is a non smoking event,” says president of 21st Century Smoke.  CB Distributors Inc., makers of 21st Century Smoke Electronic Cigarettes, announced its official sponsorship and participation in three concerts of the US99.5 Summer Concert

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Grab & Go Rainbow Brownie

Love and Quiches has introduced the Rainbow Brownie, a moist, fudgy brownie studded with candy-coated milk chocolate pieces in a rainbow of fun colors. Kids of all ages will love this brownie and candy combo. Each three-ounce bar offers two delicious servings of our rich, premium quality chocolate brownie, made without artificial preservatives or trans

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Accessorizing the Tobacco Section

From lighters to e-cigarette cases, smoking accessories can increase the market basket and drive impulse sales. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A robust and rotating assortment of tobacco accessories can help solidify your convenience store as a destination for tobacco products, as well as increase interest in the category and grow basket size. While most

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Atlas Oil Acquires Hadi Group Assets

“Our goal is to help our newest customers rebuild their business,” says Atlas CEO. Atlas Oil Co. has purchased substantially all of the Assets of the Hadi Group Distributors Inc., Hadi Petroleum Transporter Inc., C & H Land Co. LLC, Fordson Consumer Center Inc. and A & G Land Co. LLC (The Hadi Cos). Atlas

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United Supermarkets Cuts Ribbon On New Convenience Store

New Borger, Texas-based United Express is company’s sixth c-store. A seventh location is set to open soon. United Supermarkets, LLC, opened its newest freestanding convenience store today following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its United Express location in Borger, Texas. The 2,400 square-foot store is located southwest of the company’s United Supermarkets location, on Hwy. 136.

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High’s Launches With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“OpenStore has allowed us to gain an overall greater and more loyal customer base than we have ever had,” says marketing coordinator. High’s of Baltimore operates 51 locations in Maryland under the name High’s of Baltimore. High’s has launched a new rewards program accompanied by a new branded Website with individual pages for each location,

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Former Employee Sues McDonald’s After Being Paid Only in Prepaid Debit Cards

The interchange fee debate took an interesting turn after a former McDonald’s employee in Pennsylvania sued the hamburger chain for refusing to pay her in anything but a debit card. A detailed report by the Citizen’s Voice newspaper revealed that the Shavertown McDonald’s forces workers to be paid only one way: with a payroll debit

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U.S. Hispanics Influence What America Eats at Lunch

U.S. Hispanics have increasing influence on the foods America eats at lunch—their largest meal of the day, reports NPD. Following a Hispanic cultural tradition, U.S. Hispanics have their largest meal of the day at lunch and consume more of these meals in the home than away-from-home. As a result, this large population group is influencing

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Deals Driving Smokeless Sales

Portion pouches and value pricing are injecting new energy into this core tobacco category. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention, smokeless tobacco sales are chugging along with brisk sales.Overall, smokeless sales jumped 6% to $4.93 billion for the 52 weeks ended April 21, 2013, according to SymphonyIRI

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Non-Traditional Froyo

Donper America, a recognized name and strategic partner to those in the foodservice and commercial refrigeration industries, has introduced its newest soft serve machine, the BT7280, to the market. Designed for use in non-traditional frozen yogurt concepts, the BT7280 is the perfect solution for owners of concepts like convenience stores, hotels and cafeterias looking to

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Sheetz To Construct Distribution Center In Burlington, N.C.

Sheetz plans to open at least a dozen more centers in the state over the next few years. Sheetz Inc. has partnered with Samet Corp. on the construction of a 250,000 square-foot distribution and production facility in Burlington, N.C. Sheetz recently selected Samet as the contractor in charge of construction management for the $32.8 M

Crude Rallies to Nine-Month High on Mideast Worries

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Short covering underpinned a push by New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures to a $98.25-barrel nine-month high on the spot continuation chart ten minutes after the start of regular session trading Friday (6/14), with the contract settling up more than a dollar a day at $97.85 pre

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Heineken Launches Voyage Promotion

Heineken USA, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., announced the details of its legendary Voyage retail program that will hit retail outlets beginning August 1 and run through September 30. Set to coincide with the kick off of the fall sports season, Voyage entices adult consumers, 21 and older, to take their at-home

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2013 COLLOQUY Census Shows Loyalty Trends

Census shows 45% growth in drug store membership, but fuel and convenience membership fell. U.S. retailers—led by department, drug and specialty stores—have captured the spotlight in the 2013 COLLOQUY Loyalty Census. Department Stores achieved 70% growth in loyalty program memberships since the 2011 COLLOQUY Census, far surpassing the 26.7% rate of growth in loyalty programs

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Core-Mark to Give Webcast Presentation

Presentation from Oppenheimer 13th Annual Consumer Conference to be available online. 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 it will Webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 beginning at 2:55 p.m.

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Retail Improvements with Help From Uncle Sam

The renewed American Taxpayer Act offers some key tax breaks to convenience store retailers through 2013. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor.The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” tax bill enacted last December, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, renewed important tax breaks used by some c-stores to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditures required to keep their business premises fresh and

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