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Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Awards Kia Soul Winner

Summer Soul Promotion recognizes finalists with prizes. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, recently awarded a 2013 Kia Soul to Gary Dillon of Westmoreland, N.Y Dillon’s name was drawn on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 50 qualifiers at the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes’ Summer with Soul Promotion Grand

7-Eleven Offers Gourmet, Better-for-You Snacks

Dry roasted edamame, organic trail mix, veggie chips and premium nut blends greet customers. 7-Eleven has studied dining trends* that show consumers are snacking more often than ever. Long counted on by customers for a convenient snack or a drink, 7-Eleven stores now offer a broader assortment that reflects consumer desires for snacks made with

NACS Comments At Swipe Fee Fairness Hearing

“This settlement is worse than losing at trial,” says NACS president and CEO. NACS President and CEO Henry Armour delivered testimony before U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, N.Y., at the fairness hearing to consider granting approval to a proposed settlement of a long-standing antitrust class action filed by merchants against Visa, MasterCard and

Pemmican Rolls Out New Tex Mex Line

Introduces Pink Susan G. Komen for the Cure display. Pemmican Beef Jerky has announced plans to introduce its new Tex Mex line to the market during the National Association of Convenience Stores show held Oct. 12–15 in Atlanta.  Pemmican Marketing Manager Nakia Mills said Pemmican Beef Jerky will be featuring its new Taco, Burrito, Enchilada

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Big Y and F. L. Roberts Announce Partnership

Big Y Express to open in fall 2013. Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. Inc., two long established western Massachusetts, family-owned and operated businesses, have partnered in a new venture to develop their own brand of convenience stores with fuel under the name Big Y Express. The first facility will open in

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Sheetz Recognizes Exceptional Vendor

For more than 10 years, Sheetz has been gathering its vendors together to establish goals for the coming year, have fun and raise money for the Sheetz Brother Charities. The vendor event is one of the largest fundraisers for the charities that include the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While raising money through vendor support is an objective

Chevron’s 2013 Fuel Your School Program Expands

Helps fund classroom projects in 14 U.S. communities. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to 14 U.S. communities this fall from nine communities in 2012. Designed to support education for local public schools based on the specific requests of each classroom, Fuel Your School will help meet the critical

Atlas Oil Announces Car Giveaway

On Sept. 18, one lucky customer will drive away in a new Chevrolet Camaro LS. Atlas Oil Co. will be awarding a two-year lease on a new Chevrolet Camaro LS to one lucky winner in its Summer Road Rally Promotion on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Marathon station at 22350 Ecorse Rd. in

Susser Announces New Appointments To Its Boards of Directors

Susser Holdings and Susser Petroleum Partners each announced new additions to their Board of Directors this week. Susser Petroleum Partners LP elected Frank Risch, a retired Exxon Mobil Corporation executive, to the Board of Directors of Susser Petroleum Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP. Risch has been named to the

Casey’s Reports Record Quarter

Strong gas and inside sales. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $1.43 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended July 31, 2013, compared to $1.01 for the same quarter a year ago. “We are off to an excellent start of the fiscal year driven by strong sales throughout all categories,”

Valero Asks Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate

Valero Energy Corp. is calling on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target, because the cost to reach it has soared, Bloomberg reported. “We need the waiver now,” Valero Chief Executive Officer Bill Klesse, said in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Refiners are required by law to use

Local CITGO Marketer C.N. BROWN Co. Launches Fall Mobile Program

Benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local CITGO Marketer C.N. Brown Co. and Big Apple Food Stores are launching the “Apple of Our Eye” mobile program, selling paper apples for $1 from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12 with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As an added bonus, each customer who purchases an “Apple

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Cinnabon Plans Aggressive Expansion in Louisiana

Maker of world-famous cinnamon rolls to meet prospective franchisees in Baton Rouge Sept. 18. Cinnabon Inc. plans to rapidly beef up its presence in the Bayou State by opening four mall-based franchise bakeries in the coming months. Cinnabon currently has two Express bakeries inside Schlotzsky’s Restaurants in Alexandria and Lafayette, but the new locations would

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Bobby & Steve’s Comes of Age

Fresh off the introduction of its World Class rewards program, the Minnesota chain is expanding its foodservice offering, investing in employee training and bolstering its operations to drive profitability. By John Lofstock, Editor.In an industry where more than 145,000 stores all sell the same items, differentiating your brand and your offering is a challenge. But

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Smokeless Tobacco Earning Extra Display Space

While electronic cigarettes are gaining a lot of attention in c-stores, sales of moist smokeless are chugging along. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience stores have a significant opportunity to target consumers in overlapping tobacco segments, such as converting cigarette smokers over to moist snuff or cigars. Experts expect this group to increase moist smokeless

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The Rise of Craft Beer at Retail

Craft beer sales have doubled in the past six years and are set to triple by 2017, according to a Mintel report.  By John Lofstock, Editor. While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends with an impressive upward trajectory. Indeed, latest research by Mintel

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Driving Frozen Beverage Sales

Convenience store operators who are cashing in on frozen dispensed sales are combining new and exciting flavors with popular promotions, good equipment maintenance and a strong foodservice offering. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Frozen beverages are widely regarded as a high-growth category, and convenience store operators looking for more of a good thing are complementing

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Chicken Takes Flight at C-Stores

Overall poultry sales continue to experience strong growth as retailers look to boost their menus with healthy items that offer flexibility and value.By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. What’s not to like about chicken? Americans love it for its taste, variety, healthfulness and price, and c-store operators like that it is versatile—think sandwiches, wraps, salads, tenders

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Finding Supply Chain Success

Building a strong relationship with your vendors can ease the negotiation process and take unnecessary costs out of the distribution system. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Cutting costs along the supply chain remains a challenge for convenience stores, but strong negotiation and communication skills can go a long way toward scoring the best possible deal

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Surviving the Next Superstorm

Do you have a contingency plan in place in case disaster strikes one or more of your convenience store locations? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Being prepared for major storms and disasters is vital to any convenience store, especially those in areas most susceptible to hurricanes, as Superstorm Sandy taught us just last year. The

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Delivering the Goods

There’s no one-solution-fits-all when it comes to distribution. Focus and timing can make all the difference in the world. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. After working with a single distributor for 40 years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores last month signed three-year agreements with Core-Mark and US Foods. Robert Perkins, Rutter’s vice president of marketing,

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Maintaining Data Security Standards

While many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI compliance, Visa and MasterCard are constantly changing the rules, requiring stores to make costly changes and upgrades. By John Lofstock, Editor. When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if

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Foodservice Brand Positioning: Focus on Clarity

Companies in growth mode are faced with an ongoing dilemma of keeping their expanding portfolio on plan with regard to their strategic branding direction. This is even more important when it comes to foodservice. By John Matthews, Contributing Editor Who are we?That is a question we hear all the time from companies that are trying

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Taste the Difference

Bulldog Wholesale has introduced a new  twist to its already exceptional line of entry-level disposable electronic cigarettes.  It has both upgraded the line to include a soft tip with an increased puff count, and to top it off, it has reduced the cost to allow for a $4.99 SRP.  Created for consumers who demand more

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Incorporate Sustainability Into Cooking Oil Processes

The drive for sustainability in foodservice operations has, in turn, driven the search to find the best ways of handling waste cooking oil. Selling properly prepared waste oil for the manufacture of biodiesel is one of them. Frontline International has invested heavily in the research, design, and development of its Smart Oil Management systems, which

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