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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

Holiday Stationstores Acquires 7 SuperAmerica Stores

Holiday Stationstores, which operates approximately 300 corporately-owned stores and more than 100 franchise stores throughout 10 states in the Midwest and West Coast regions, acquired seven of its rival SuperAmerica’s convenience stores in Rochester, according to a report by The Rochester Post-Bulletin. Holiday had reportedly closed two of the former SuperAmerica stores and rebranded five

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Guion Joins The Pantry Board

“Her knowledge and expertise will be a great addition to our board of directors,” says BOD chairman.  The Pantry Inc.  has announced that Kathleen Guion has joined the company’s board of directors effective May 3, 2013.   “We are very excited to have Kathleen Guion join our board of directors,” said the chairman of The

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Stella Artois Uncorks ‘Stella Artois Cidre’

Distinctive European-style cider offers new option to meet growing U.S. demand.  Stella Artois, the best-selling Belgian beer in the world, is introducing Stella Artois Cidre to the surging U.S. cider market.   Stella Artois Cidre is a crisp, distinctive European-style cider made with apples hand-picked from wine growing regions. Initially it will be available in

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Former Hatco CEO and Board Chairman Passes Away

“Rod was an invaluable treasure to all of us,” says Hatco president.  Rod Chaudoir, former president and chairman of the Board of Hatco Corp., passed away with his family at his side in Wisconsin on April 28.   A native of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Chaudoir was a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)

Jobs Report Brightens Dimming Optimism Over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract that trades on the New York Mercantile Exchange rallied to a nearly one-month high early in the May 6 session, bolstered by the Labor Department’s May 3rd nonfarm payroll report showing greater jobs growth than expected for April and a decline in the

Alon Kicks off Clean 13 Program (Video)

Chain gives away the first of 13 cars to customers, employees and the local community. ALON Brands, which markets ALON motor fuel products at 900 locations and is the largest licensee of 7-Eleven in the U.S., is stepping up its effort to give customers the best experience possible, and that means clean stores and friendly

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