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NACS Expo To Be Largest Ever

Business leader and best-selling author Chip Conley will be an Opening General Session speaker for the NACS Show. The 2013 NACS Show is set to feature a 392,000-net-square-foot exposition, making it the largest NACS Show expo ever. This year’s NACS Show will take place Oct. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. A

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Deadline Extended for NAG Scholarship

Children of National Advisory Group members have until Friday, June 7 to apply. By Tom McIntyre, Publisher As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits

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IPCA Sues Indiana For Right To Sell Cold Beer

While c-stores in the state can sell cold wine, with a higher alcohol content than beer, they are currently restricted from selling cold beer. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) and three of its member companies have filed a lawsuit against the State of Indiana for the right to sell cold beer.

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Kids, Teens Are Top Snackers

Women outpace men when it comes to convenience snacking, according to NPD report. The typical American eats more than 1,000 snack-oriented convenience foods throughout the year, and kids and teens are the heaviest users of this assortment of snacks, which include fresh fruit, sweet, and savory snacks, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. 

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Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $1 Million On Gas

SmartPay Check-Link payment program celebrates savings milestone just four months after launch. Cumberland Farms has announced that its customers have saved $1 million on gas since the launch of its free SmartPay Check-Link payment program in January. The program lets customers pay for gas and in-store purchases using their mobile phones or with a payment

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Shell Expands WINsdays

Shell $aver cardholders can save on fuel if Helio Castroneves pilots No. 3 Car to Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500. Shell is extending its WINsday promotion into the world of IndyCar for the Indianapolis 500. If Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves notches a win during the historic IZOD IndyCar Series race, current Shell $aver

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Gabe Olives Joins Rutter’s Farm Stores

Olives to serve as director of fuels, a newly created position at Rutter’s. Convenience store industry veteran Gabe Olives has joined Rutter’s Farm Stores as director of fuels. Olives has extensive experience in the c-store industry, more than 25 years with Turkey Hill Minit Markets, and will bring his expertise in strategic planning, project management,

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CITGO Marketers Partner With Eight Mile Boulevard Association

The 17th annual “Clean the D” event drives community clean-up effort. On Saturday, May 4, CITGO and five of its local Detroit Marketers teamed up with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), the Miss Michigan Organization and 450 community volunteers to beautify the Eight Mile corridor in Detroit. Now in its 17th year, volunteers tackled

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Heartland Introduces Food Safety Monitoring Solution

SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring provides multiple solutions to convenience store operators. Heartland Payment Systems, a payments processors and provider of merchant business solutions, has launched SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring, the most advanced, single-point solution for monitoring of food storage and preparation equipment in the convenience store industry. For convenience store operators, SmartLink Food Safety Monitoring

Lower Crude Costs to Limit Upside in Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A 1.8-cent gain in the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail price average for regular grade gasoline for the week-ended May 6 halted a string of weekly increases in the average that dated back to late February, while lifting the average off a 14-week low. At $3.538

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Getty Realty Corp. Acquires 36 Properties

Buys Northeast and Mid-Atlantic locations for $72.5 Million. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 36 properties located in the metro New York and Washington, D.C. Beltway regions for approximately $72.5 million in two sale/leaseback transactions with Capitol Petroleum Group LLC. The acquisition includes 16 Mobil branded properties in metro New York, and 13 Exxon and seven

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Petrowski Named One of Nation’s Top CEOs

“I am honored to receive this recognition from ExecRank as one of the nation’s top private company CEOs,” says Petrowski. Joe Petrowski, CEO of The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been selected by ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives, as one of the nation’s “Top Private Company CEOs” for 2012. The rankings are the

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Coca-Cola To Help Fight Obesity

“We are committed to being part of the solution,” says Coca Cola Co. CEO. The Coca-Cola Co. has announced four global business commitments to further contribute to healthier, happier, and more active communities.  These commitments, which apply to the more than 200 countries where the soft drink giant does business, are to:  • Offer low- or

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Server Products Welcomes New Appointments

  Server Products fills director of sales and marketing and international sales manager positions. Server Products has promoted Jim Drake to director of sales and marketing, and hired Rafael Dingui Jr. as international sales manager. In the capacity of director of sales & marketing, Drake will be responsible for domestic and international sales and marketing

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Tech Event Debuts In Dallas

The Tech Event took place May 6-9 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole. New this year, the Tech Event combined NACStech and the PCATS (Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards) Winter Meeting into one event intended to deliver new ideas and opportunities to connect with industry peers. Breakout sessions included topics such as the

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Thorntons Relaunches Gas Price Alert Text Program

Mobile text program joins forces with GasBuddy. Thorntons Inc. has relaunched its Gas Price Alert text program with new and improved features hosted by GasBuddy and powered by OpenSource software. The program now has new and expanded market coverage for the chain’s Midwestern and Southeastern customer base. The simple-to-use program requires a one-time participant text

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Corner Store Raises $2.3 Million For MDA

Shamrocks program helps fund MSA research. CST Brands Inc.’s U.S. Corner Store Team Members and customers came through in a big way for an important cause, raising more than $2.3 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Shamrocks program. The popular fundraiser helps support MDA’s worldwide research programs, MDA clinics and MDA families with muscle diseases.

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Rutter’s Golf Outing Raises Over $110,000

Local charities benefit from donations. Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised more than $110,000 for central Pennsylvania charities at its 11th annual golf outing, the company announced. Since its beginning in 2002, the two-day outing has raised over $1 million for children’s charities in central Pennsylvania.  The Make-a-Wish Foundation of greater Pennsylvania, the Chambersburg Hospital, and York

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BP Cherry Point Refinery Adds Diesel, Hydrogen Units

Project positions Cherry Point for future opportunities. BP has announced the successful commissioning of a state-of-the-art diesel hydrotreater and hydrogen plant at its 234,000 barrel per day Cherry Point Refinery located in Blaine, Wash. “BP is committed to safe operations and providing consumers in the Northwest with cleaner fuels,” said Jeff Pitzer, BP’s Northwest fuels

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MACS Appoints Salaria As Senior Vice President of Merchandising

Salaria joins MACS from Giant Eagle. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has announced the appointment of Liza Salaria as senior vice president of merchandising. In this role, Salaria will be responsible for leading merchandising and marketing strategy to achieve sales and gross profit goals. Salaria joins MACS from Giant Eagle, where she served as senior director

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Parker Featured As Georgia Trend “Power Player”

Article notes Parker’s Convenience Stores offer style in addition to substance. Greg Parker, the president and CEO of Parker’s, is featured in a “Power Players” profile in the May 2013 issue of Georgia Trend. An award-winning industry leader, Parker has influenced the convenience store industry with his emphasis on loyalty, spirit of innovation, love of

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Orion Food Systems’ President Joins China Trade Mission

Food safety was a major component of Orion’s successful trade dialogue. Orion Food Systems President Steve Watkins joined South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard and other executives as part of a trade delegation to China.  With over 1.3 billion consumers, and a growing interest in American brands, Watkins sees a tremendous upside for American food and

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Acumera Introduces Fuel Connections Service

Offering provides fuel inventory management and monitoring connectivity to retailers, fuel dealers, and wholesale suppliers. Acumera has announced the release of Fuel Connections Service, a remote connections and monitoring service to improve fuel inventory and compliance management for fuel marketers and wholesale distributors. Acumera’s Fuel Connections Service is now being offered as a freestanding solution

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Del Monte Announces Second Contest Winner

Find Your Inner Chef grand prize winner to be awarded Culinary Institute retreat. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc.  announced its second of four weekly aspiring chef winners of its “Find Your Inner Chef” online contest. Karen Gulkin, from Greeley, Colo., gets the opportunity to move on to the Cook Off Challenge event that will

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Core-Mark Announces Q1 2013 Financial Results

Non-cigarette margins improved by more than 30 basis points, results show. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. “I am encouraged to see healthy growth in our non-cigarette sales and robust

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