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Pilot Flying J Ordered Into Mediation

Customers who opted-out of settlement head to mediation with the truck-stop chain. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Pilot Flying J and a number of plaintiffs into mediation to resolve allegations that the truck-stop chain fraudulently withheld fuel rebates and discounts from customers, the Nashville Business Journal reported. Pilot has already agreed to pay

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Family Express Pursues Energy Efficiency

Retrofits all of its stores. Family Express has completed a comprehensive energy efficiency initiative by retrofitting the entire chain with the most advanced technologies. “This affords us the opportunity to not only to achieve the highest efficiency standards for our chain, but to also grace our stores with superior lighting that is environmentally non-intrusive, yet

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‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign Hits $1 Million Goal

Kangaroo Express’ fundraising campaign continues through Labor Day to support military cause partners. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign has reached its $1 million fundraising goal with a month left in the campaign. Collecting donations through its more than 1,520 Kangaroo Express convenience stores across 13

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Western Refining Adds Victory Brand E-Cigs

Western’s 230 c-stores and gas stations to offer the product. Western Refining convenience stores, with 230 locations throughout the Southwest U.S. has added Electronic Cigarettes International Group Ltd.’s Victory Brand Electronic Cigarettes. The stores already carry Electronic Cigarettes International Group’s (ECIG) FIN brand, and made the decision to also bring in ECIG’s Victory brand based

How NAG Can Help You

Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with these insights, operators can take the necessary steps to retain and attract new loyal customers. To help retailers improve their operations and

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Craft Beer Sales Surge 110%

Mintel report finds the craft beer trend continues to grow. New research from Mintel suggests that while craft beer drinkers may indeed love the big, bold flavors of their favorite artisanal brew, they also place a premium on what the beer says about them. Amongst the 25-34 age group, representing the segment’s heaviest users, 70%

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Weather Drives Sales

Thanks to better weather in Q2, c-stores should see improved results. Wells Fargo Securities LLC predicts that improved weather conditions in the second quarter should result in solid merchandise same store sales. “Based on our analysis, we think weather conditions overall were slightly better than historical averages for our c-store coverage universe, said Bonnie Herzog,

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CAA Receives 2014 Best of Washington Award

Honored for exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has been selected for the 2014 Best of Washington Award in the Trade Associations category by the Washington Award Program. Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies and organizations that have achieved exceptional marketing success in

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Hunt Brothers Launches Sweepstakes

Company partners with Fathead for daily giveaways right in time for football season. Hunt Brothers Pizza welcomes the start of football season with a brand new promotion, “60 Days of Fathead.” Now through Sept. 30, football fans everywhere will have the opportunity to win lifelike wall decals of their favorite athletes courtesy of Fathead. Fathead

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Susser Holdings Considers Merger Agreement

Schedules special meeting of stockholders to consider agreement with Energy Transfer Partners. Susser Holdings Corp. announced it has set a date for a special meeting of its stockholders to consider and vote on the previously announced proposed acquisition of Susser Holdings by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and certain other matters. The special meeting will be

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Love’s Travel Stop Opens More CNG Locations

Love’s to expand CNG in Ardmore, Okla., and Webbers Falls, Okla. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is set to introduce fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capabilities for heavy-duty trucks and a CNG fueling option for passenger vehicles at existing travel stops in Ardmore and Webbers Falls, Okla. Upon completion, the additions will bring the number

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PepsiCo To Increase Recycling And Protect Drinking Water

PepsiCo now addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50% by 2018. It’s a familiar sight. People pull into a gas station or convenience store and have no option other than trash cans to dispose of empty, recyclable beverage containers. Now,

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The Hershey Co. to Host Track & Field Games’ North American Final

Program to transition to “Run Jump Throw” in 2015 under new partnership with USA Track & Field and Athletics Canada. The Hershey Co. is set to welcome more than 450 youth athletes to compete in the 37th Annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games’ North American Final Meet, on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Henry Hershey Field

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Spot Merchandiser

Increase retail beverage sales in high traffic areas with Master-Bilt’s Fusion MTB30 spot merchandiser. This self-contained, mobile model can be placed virtually anywhere on the sales floor to attract customer attention. The MTB30 incorporates superior system performance and features steel interior and exterior, high impact ABS top frame, heavy-duty casters, a maintenance-free condenser and an

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Healthy, Portable Snacks

It’s no secret that on-the-go snacking is a growing trend. According to Technomic’s 2014 Consumer Trend Report, when it comes to choosing snacks, 60% of consumers cite portability as a key factor, which is up 5% in the last two years. In addition, 50% indicate healthfulness as a very important consideration. To meet the growing

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Elevate Menu Offerings

Put a premium twist on traditional dishes by adding new ¡Que Bueno! White Queso Sauce from Chef-Mate. Made with no artificial flavors, this versatile queso is a creamy blend of aged white cheddar, green chiles and jalapeño peppers with the authentic flavor that patrons value. Serve as-is or create a signature item, such as drizzling

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Introducing Dutch

America’s iconic Dutch Masters brand is introducing “Dutch” by Dutch Masters for August distribution. Available in three unique fusion concepts—Mint Fusion, Berry Fusion and Java Fusion—Dutch is using the expertise at Dutch Masters to offer a unique pairing of tobacco blends and natural leaf wrappers. Ordering for these pouches specially marked at two-for-99 cents began

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Healthy Energy

Hangover Joe’s Holding Corp., the maker of “The Hangover” Recovery Shot and developers of an innovative state of the art proprietary Git-R-Done-Energy Shot, along with Git-R-Done Productions Inc. and Larry the Cable Guy, announced initial shipments of Git-R-Done-Energy, healthy energy drinks to distributors, DSD, Truck Jobbers and stores. Git-R-Done Energy shots is caffeine free and

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Ready-To-Drink Tea and Juice Blends

Zone 8 Beverages is a new beverage company formed to introduce the world to great-tasting, culturally-relevant beverages. Made with real, premium ingredients found in nature, the Zone 8 line has four flavor varieties, which can be served hot or cold: Agua de Jamaica Hibiscus Tea, which appeals to the growing Hispanic population, Honey Lemon Tea,

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Neutralize Unpleasant Odors

Sunburst Chemicals has added Spray Kleen Air Fresh odor neutralizer products to the company’s Spray Kleen Janitorial and Sanitation Program. Spray Kleen Air Fresh products chemically react with and neutralize unpleasant smells, and leave behind a fresh, pleasant fragrance; scents include Summer Fruit, Fiji and White Tea. Sunburst’s Spray Kleen Program is a complete cleaning

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Quarter Sheet Cornbreads

Bake’n Joy’s PanFree 48-ounce Quarter Sheet Cornbread Batter and Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Batter provide the ultimate in convenience with delicious and consistent results. Premium cornbread batters are deposited into paper “pans” that go from freezer to oven to merchandising rack or display. The upscale natural colored pan adds instant eye appeal. The select pan is

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Couche-Tard Acquiring 55 Stores From Tri Star Marketing

Sites located in Illinois and Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC is acquiring 55 stores and related assets from Tri Star Marketing Inc. and affiliates, of which 51 stores are located in the state of Illinois and four stores are located in the state of Indiana. These stores are currently operating under the

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RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million Donation Milestone

Supports The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. RaceTrac, CSD’s 2014 Chain of the Year, announced that its cumulative giving to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has exceeded $1 million. This milestone is due in large part to the continued efforts of their team members who have executed various initiatives over

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The Pantry Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Comparable store merchandise revenue increased 2.3%. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 26, 2014. Third Quarter Summary: Net income was $14.0 million or $0.61 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $5.9 million or $0.26 per diluted share in last year’s third quarter. Excluding the impact

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The Art of Training

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Every generation speaks of the next generation of workers like they are aliens. My parents use to say, “When I was young, I use to walk to and from school uphill both ways.” My generation likes to say, “The younger generation just doesn’t understand.” Statements like these do not

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