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Redwood Markets Implements Technology To Enhance Customer Loyalty

“This opportunity will give us the ability to connect with our consumers in a new way,” says Redwood Oil’s president. Redwood Oil has launched anew digital and mobile marketing strategy. Redwood Oil Co. partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to build customer loyalty and drive in-store sales. OpenStore gives Redwood Markets the ability to reach drivers

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Robert Gates Announced as NACS Show Closing Speaker

NACS has also announced that author and journalist David Freedman will be the keynote speaker during the Opening General Session. Dr. Robert Gates, former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has been announced as a Closing General Session speaker at the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 7-10 at the Las

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Norbest Names Dr. Huang Director of Research & Development

“Hank adds an impressive list of skills to our company,” says SVP of sales and marketing. Norbest, a foodservice and retail turkey processor recently named Dr. Hank Huang as director of research & development. The announcement was made by Norbest Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Robert Wangerien. Huang brings with him 16 years

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Stripes Launches New Environmentally-Safe Parking Area

New truck parking area uses recycled materials. Stripes is paving the way for the future of truck stops with its first installation of a new environmentally-safe truck parking area in Refugio, Texas. Recently, Stripes replaced its over-the-road truck parking lot at a Stripes located in South Texas with a new technology called TRUEGRID, a product

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Rutter’s Debuts New Menu Items

“We are always searching for interesting flavors and creative foods to add to our menu,” says Rutter’s vice president of food service. Rutter’s Farm Stores has brought even more diversity to its unique menu by adding Mahi Mahi fish bites, chicken wings, pork wings and taco dogs. Rutter’s all-new flaky, mouth-watering Mahi Mahi fish bites

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Mars Announces Leadership Appointments

Creates chief health and wellness officer to implement a comprehensive cross-segment strategy to drive change across the company’s businesses. Mars Inc. has named Debra Sandler chief health and wellbeing officer, and Tracey Massey will step up into the role Sandler previously held as the acting president, Mars Chocolate, North America. The creation of the chief

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Ryko Solutions Names Toubia Senior Director of Professional Services

“Under Sam’s leadership, we expect an even greater focus in implementing a consistent series of strategic business initiatives….” says Ryko Solutions CEO. Ryko Solutions, Inc., the operator of the car wash industry’s largest nationwide managed services organization, has selected Sam Toubia to be the company’s senior director of professional services. In this key new role

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy

Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Oklahoma

Eco-friendly store offers more food and fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store at Ninth Street and Speer Avenue in Sapulpa, Okla. This 5,000-square-foot store, which offered $1 fresh pizza slices during opening week, replaces a smaller store at 709 N. Ninth Street. The location opened on June 27. The new

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager

Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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Tedeschi Promotes Donoghue To Chief Operating Officer

Position includes overseeing the collaboration of all operations and facilitates. Tedeschi Food has promoted Greg Donoghue to chief operating officer. Donoghue succeeds Robert Tedeschi Jr., who retired late last month after nearly 39 years of notable service. In his role, Donoghue will oversee all operations and facilitates collaboration and project management oversight for all departmental

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Kretek Welcomes New Western Region Sales Director

Sean Geary to focus on enhancing Kretek’s retail distribution of key brands and developing key retail chains business relationships. Kretek International Inc. has named Sean Geary as Western Region Sales Director. Geary will report to Kretek Field Sales Vice President Russ Mancuso, and will be responsible for business development and retail growth of Kretek brands

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Global Oil Prices Pressured as Geopolitical Concerns Ease

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. Global oil prices are down $5 bbl from early June as the market retraces a spike in value to a nine-month high triggered by concern over supply disruptions in Iraq by a Sunni militant group, with the market erasing the geopolitical premium caused by the threat. The

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Weather and Rising Gas Prices Hurt Convenience Store Visits

Loyalty on the rise in the first quarter of 2014, reports NPD Group. Blame the weather and rising gas prices for the decline in visits to convenience stores in the first quarter of 2014, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic to convenience stores decreased by 3.5% in the first three months

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Atlas Oil Acquires More Than 80 Houston Fuel Customers

Acquires Dennis Trigg portfolio of business. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. has acquired the Dennis Trigg portfolio of business in the greater Houston, Texas area as part of the national fuel supply, logistics and services company’s extensive growth plan. Atlas Oil Company Chairman and CEO Sam Simon made the announcement. Through the acquisition of this

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7-Eleven Partners With Nexxus Group

7-Eleven to use Nexxus Group’s SBT program to manage newspaper category invoices. 7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with The Nexxus Group to employ that company’s scan-based trading (SBT) process to handle payments with its newspaper distributors. The Nexxus Group will use its proprietary SBT program to manage the newspaper category invoices for more than

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22nd Century Group Announces U.S. Patent For Regulating Nicotine in Tobacco

“We believe there will be tremendous commercial opportunities for both our very low nicotine and our higher nicotine tobacco varieties,” says 22nd Century spokesperson. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for technology that decreases or increases nicotine production and levels in tobacco

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Love’s Travel Stop Re-Opens in Erick, Okla.

The rebuilt Love’s features additional amenities for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops opened a brand new travel stop in Erick, Okla., on I-40, Exit 7, on Thursday, June 26. The location replaces the Love’s that opened in Erick in 1989. The new travel stop offers additional items and services for professional drivers, including four diesel

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CAA Defeats Anti-Cigar Measures in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Cigar Association of America, over the past several days, has  defeated harmful taxation and regulation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On June 26, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) was alerted that cigars and other tobacco products were being considered for new taxes, to help fund a $29 billion annual budget in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia

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7-Eleven Debuts Doritos Loaded

Mtn Dew Solar Flare joins Big Gulf fountain drinks. 7-Eleven Inc. and PepsiCo have announced the national launch of two complementary food and beverage product innovations for 7-Eleven customers this summer. The two companies are launching Doritos Loaded, a bold, new snack sensation, and Mtn Dew Solar Flare, the first-ever exclusive Mountain Dew flavor for

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Piccadilly Circus Pizza Introduces BBQ Grill Pizza

Lively debate erupts over BBQ sauce. Piccadilly Circus Pizza, a provider of fresh-made pizza and sandwiches to theconvenience store industry, reluctantly (somewhat) introduces its new seasonal pizza—BBQ Grill Pizza—on account of lively debate. “We’re peaceful people,” explains Marketing Vice President Dana Evaro. “But when we couldn’t agree on a BBQ sauce, things got interesting.” The

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CITGO, Six Flags Fuel Good With Summer Discounts

Local Illinois and Wisconsin CITGO marketers provide customers with Six Flags giveaways. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and its local CITGO marketers in Wisconsin and Illinois are giving loyal customers discounts on park admission to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. during the Six Flags Fueling Good Summer Discount promotion. Amusement park fans are encouraged to

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Gulf-Branded Locations To Offer Frozen Yogurt

Program includes marketing support, loyalty programs and promotions as part of the kiosk package. Gulf Oil LP has selected Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt as a preferred vendor for its Yumz Express frozen yogurt offering. Yumz Express is an innovative self-serve, compact frozen yogurt kiosk. “Gulf Oil is pleased to add Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt as

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Mercury Fuels Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to help expand VP presence in Northeast. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced its newest retail brand partner—Mercury Fuel Service Inc., based in Waterbury, Conn. Mercury distributes wholesale gasoline and fuel oil throughout Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts while servicing 75 branded retail locations, each of which will be on the table for rebranding with

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7-Eleven and Coca-Cola Celebrate 2014 FIFA World Cup

“Thanks to the support of Coca-Cola, this promotion marks the first time we’ve had anywhere near 35,000 7-Eleven stores participating in one event at the same time,” says executive vice president of 7-Eleven. Big things happen when you combine the world’s most iconic brand and the world’s largest convenience retailer with the most widely viewed

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