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Kocolene Shifts with the Times

As the tobacco industry evolves, the convenience store and tobacco shop operator continues to grow to meet its customers’ needs.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kocolene Marketing LLC maintains a booming tobacco business at its  Fast Max convenience stores and Smokers Host Discount tobacco stores, and is implementing a number of IT initiatives to keep

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Susser Holdings Opens Two New Stripes Stores

Expands Stripes leadership team. Susser Holdings Corp. has recently opened two new Stripes convenience stores, bringing the total number of new stores completed to eight since the beginning of the year. A sale and leaseback transaction of these two new stores was completed at the end of May for a total cost of $6.7 million.

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Cenex and Cabela’s Renew Loyalty Program

Brands renew partnership for five more years. CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, announced it has signed an agreement to secure the loyalty partnership between its Cenex brand and the Cabela’s brand for an additional five years. “At a time when other co-branded programs are declining or

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NAG Scholarship Deadline This Friday

Children of National Advisory Group members have until Friday, June 7 to apply for scholarship opportunity. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Scholarship fund helps defer the cost of higher education for children of convenience store employees who work for a  NAG member company. Applicants have until the end of this week—Friday June 7—to apply. NAG

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Corner Store Launches Summer Sweepstakes

Stores are giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day, and customers may have a chance to win up to $90,000 all season long. Participating Corner Stores across the U.S. are giving away $1,000 in Corner Store gift cards each day from June 4 to Sept. 2 in the company’s $1K-A-Day 4U Summer Sweepstakes. During

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AWMA Conferences Kick Off In June

Provides new tools to help retailers, distributors and manufacturers build sales and profits. Two consecutive conferences to be held this June by AWMA at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, La., are set to provide the answers and tools needed for c-store distributors, manufacturers and retailers to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive convenience industry. The

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Chilled Food Dispenser

Server Products—an innovative, market-driven dispensing equipment company—has introduced the new Chilled Food Dispenser. This compact unit uses energy-efficient thermoelectric technology to keep a variety of potentially hazardous foods properly chilled below 41 degrees Fahrenheit indefinitely, and dispenses accurate and consistent portions wherever needed. This chiller is ideal for dispensing dairy into coffee at the drive-thru

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QuikTrip Voted Most Popular Convenience Store

Market Force Study finds top convenience retailers excel in cleanliness, friendliness and food quality, and tend to be regional favorites. QuikTrip—the convenience store chain found largely in the Midwest and East—is where consumers prefer to stop for gas, food and other conveniences, according to a new study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in

Gasoline in Midwest Spikes on Supply Concern

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The final and holiday-shortened trade week in May brought about a great amount of volatility in US oil markets, which whipsawed in futures and spot trading on a multitude of concerns ranging from assessments of U.S. and global economies, Federal Reserve stimulus efforts, geopolitical tension in Africa

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Rutter’s Menu Delivers Favorite Flavors

Mini tacos and pastrami burger entice customers. New tastes abound on Rutter’s menu this week with the introduction of the pastrami burger melt and mini tacos. Rutter’s pastrami burger melt is 50% reuben sandwich, 50% patty melt and 100% delicious. It’s a Rutter’s burger topped with pastrami and Thousand Island dressing and the choice of

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Bennett Pump Co. Unveils New Dispensers for Alternative Fuels

Options include solutions for natural gas, hydrogen and ethanol blends and bio-diesel. Bennett Pump Co., a North American manufacturer of fuel dispensers, has announced a new comprehensive line of alternative fuel dispensers. As the retail and commercial fuel markets have begun to rapidly change and embrace alternative fuels, so has Bennett by now providing dispensing

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Cake Balls

Sweet Ballz are available in more than 5,000 7-Eleven stores across the country. The cake balls come four to a package, and make their debut featuring three flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. Cake balls have become a confectionary phenomenon in the past few years, and their popularity continues to grow, especially during

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Sheetz Family Charities Golf Classic Kicks Off

“This is one way our employees can truly make a difference in their own communities,” says Sheetz CEO. Former Dallas Cowboys running back, Emmitt Smith and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus are among the names that headline the 15th Annual Sheetz Family Charities “For the Kidz” Golf Classic being held at Kingsmill Resort in

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Stripes Raises $953,462 For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds to benefit 12 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes Convenience Stores is proud of their customers and employees for helping to raise $953,462 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 1-28. The campaign ran in all 558 Stripes Convenience Stores locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The record-breaking total exceeded

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BP Completes Sale of Carson Refinery

Sells southwest U.S. retail assets to Tesoro. BP has completed the previously announced sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corp. for approximately $2.4 billion as part of a plan to reshape BP’s U.S. fuels business. Cash proceeds from the sale include approximately $1.075 billion

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Pilot Flying J Adds Diesel To More Locations

By October, all but seven sites will offer DEF. Pilot Flying J is on track to offer diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump at nearly every diesel lane at the company’s travel centers and travel plazas across the U.S. by October. In March, Pilot Flying J announced that the company’s network of DEF at

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Folding Utility Lighter

Scripto has introduced the new Folding Utility Lighter.  The refillable utility lighter folds into a compact 5.5-inch lighter allowing for easy storage in small compartments, kitchen drawers, garages and backpacks.  The bright and easily distinguishable neon green color makes it easy to spot, and the folding nozzle conveniently lights in multiple positions. Available in a

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C-Stores Among Checkout Charity Champions

Cause Marketing Forum ranks top U.S. campaigns, totaling $358 million raised for non profits in 2012. Coin canisters, paper icons and other fundraising tools at retail and restaurant checkouts are generating hundreds of millions in revenue for charity, according to America’s Checkout Charity Champions, a new Cause Marketing Forum study.   More than $358 million was

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10,000 Meals For Moore

Krispy Krunchy Chicken aids storm victims in Moore, Okla. Volunteers from Krispy Krunchy Foods, a Lafayette, La.-based company, are preparing and delivering 10,000 Krispy Krunchy Chicken meals to the residents, emergency responders, and volunteers in the storm-ravaged area of Moore, Okla. Representatives from Krispy Krunchy, including former Moore resident Jordan Lindsey, converged on the region

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Core-Mark to Webcast Presentation

Stephens Inc. Spring Investment Conference presentation to be available online. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced today that it will Webcast its presentation from the Stephens Inc. Spring Investment Conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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E-Cigarettes Expanding At Retail

While FDA regulations remain to be seen, e-cigarette companies are self regulating, and technology continues to evolve. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a conference call yesterday with Bonnie Herzog, managing director of beverage and tobacco analyst at Wells Fargo securities, and Andries  Verleur, co-founder at VMR Products, parent company of V2 Cigs, discussed trends

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Soft Tip E-Cigarettes

Swisher International’s e-Swisher e-cigarettes and e-cigar now feature soft tips to provide a more realistic look and feel. Soft tips are 30% lighter than current e-Swisher products and the flexible tip is more comfortable to smoke. The quality soft-core filter also ensures the cap stays on. e-Swisher products with soft tips are available now. e-Swisher

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Pilot Flying J Employees Charged

Company responds to news of federal conspiracy charges of two employees. Two Pilot Flying J sales employees pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal conspiracy charges for their role in what federal authorities are calling a large-scale scheme to defraud unsuspecting trucking companies, Cleveland Online reported. In response to inquiries, Pilot Flying J spokesman Tom Ingram released

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Petro Stopping Center Opens In Gary, Ind.

“We rebuilt this travel center with the professional driver in mind,” says CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has opened its newly rebuilt Petro Stopping Centers facility in Gary, Ind. Located at I-80/I-94, Exit 9, (3001 Grant Street), on 29 acres of

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Donut Day

Exclusive offers and deals on doughnuts all week long lead up to National Donut Day on June 7. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Donut Day on Friday, June 7 by offering a free doughnut for every guest at its more than 300 bakery-ready Kangaroo Express convenience stores throughout the Southeast.

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