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Whole Foods Partners With Instacart

Customers gain the convenience of grocery delivery. Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods Market products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the convenient option to place orders via Instacart and pick up their order at

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Walmart To Discontinue Express Brand

Rebranding Express stores as Neighborhood Markets. Walmart is reportedly discontinuing the use of its Express brand, instead rebranding its Walmart Express stores as Neighborhood Markets, IDG Online reported. The news of the rebrand comes as Walmart is set to aggressively expand its small format stores across the U.S., with approximately 270- 300 small stores scheduled

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ICEE Launching Fanta Halloween Promotion

Customers can win a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. The ICEE Co. has announced a new Fanta Halloween fall promotion. The promotion features delicious Fanta Orange Flavor ICEE along with a “text to win” Sweepstakes. Consumers can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Knott’s Berry Farm

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NAG Conference Kicks Off In San Antonio

Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Steve Russell gives his first person account of the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off Sunday, Sept. 7 in San Antonio at the Westin Riverwalk hotel. The National Advisory Group (NAG) is an association of small to mid-size

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Aloha Petroleum Considers Divestment

Strategic alternatives could include an asset sale or a joint venture. Aloha Petroleum Ltd., Hawaii’s largest independent gasoline station owners and one of the biggest convenience store operators in the Islands, is examining options for the future of its business. Aloha Petroleum has hired New York-based Macquarie Capital to review “strategic alternatives,” which could include selling

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Family Dollar Board Rejects Revised Proposal From Dollar General

Dollar Tree transaction expected to close as early as the end of November. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corp. on Sept. 2, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree contains a

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We Card Preps Retailers For New Requirements

New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40+ states now forbid e-cig sales to minors. For every 18-year old, there has always been “We Card.” The iconic yellow and red logo “UNDER 18, NO TOBACCO: WE CARD” is everywhere at the nation’s tobacco-selling retailers and has been for 18 years running. September is We Card

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MSA Launches Distributor Trade Program Management

Eby-Brown, Harold Levinson among distributors adopting MSA’s Trade Program Management solution. MSA has launched Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM), a new service to help distributors and their retail customers drive compliance with trade programs, resolve distribution voids at much higher levels, and achieve maximum payouts. DTPM is an end-to-end solution that empowers wholesalers to capture

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Pilot Thanks Medal of Honor Recipients With Free Coffee for a Year

“Free coffee is a unique way Pilot Flying J can show the Medal of Honor recipients our gratitude for their brave actions,” says Pilot Corp.’s founder. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is giving away a year of free coffee and commemorative travel mugs to Congressional

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7-Eleven Celebrates Coffee Anniversary

Some 50 years ago 7‑Eleven introduced on-the-go coffee to America, now celebrates anniversary with 50-cent coffee. 7‑Eleven Inc., the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, celebrates 50 years of on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14. During this time, a small-size coffee will cost just 50 cents

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The Pantry Deploys AccuStore to Reduce Costs

AccuStore to help The Pantry streamline marketing decisions and budget planning. The Pantry has licensed AccuStore’s site profile management platform with plans to reduce operating costs and improve execution. AccuStore is a GSP company and provider of site profiling technology and services. AccuStore enables companies to maintain a centralized online repository of site-level details accessible

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Starbucks Accelerates Growth of Diversified Store Formats

Debuts iconic premium coffee retail and roastery experience. Starbucks Coffee Co. announced the expansion of the company’s store formats and evolution of their customer experience segmentation in FY15 with the launch of a one-of-a-kind, interactive Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room dedicated to roasting, coffee education and increased availability of their fast-growing, highly successful small-lot

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Beverage Buzz Labor Day Survey Shows Sales Up 4%

New product launches expected to buoy Monster and the energy segment. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country to get a sense of beverage trends during the recent Labor Day holiday, which concludes the peak beverage summer selling season. Survey results indicated that

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Mastering Store Security

High-tech solutions are most effective if low-tech solutions are also in place to back them up. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Employee theft is one of the biggest causes of shrink among c-stores, and retailers are combating it with high-tech solutions like high speed video cameras and online monitoring. But as is often the case,

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Rutter’s Top Among 100 Private Companies

Since 2005, Rutter’s has scored among the top 10. Rutter’s Farm Stores has earned the No. 3 rank on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2014 list of Top 100 Private Companies in central Pennsylvania. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s has been ranked in the top 10 every year since 2005, and also appears this year in the

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Hershey’s Chief Financial Officer to Retire

Search initiated for successor. The Hershey Co. announced that David Tacka, senior vice president and chief financial officer, intends to retire from the company at the end of the year. Hershey has engaged a leading executive search firm to conduct a national search for his successor. “Dave has had a distinguished 40-year career at Hershey

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Corner Store Kicks Off Inaugural 5K Run

Family-friendly fun run to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and local children’s charities. Corner Store, a Fortune 500 convenience chain based in San Antonio, is introducing its inaugural signature charity event, a 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run that will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children’s charities. The eight-city

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Customers Craving Healthy-Ingredient Snacks

Packaged Facts report shows as customers snack more often they seek out foods with nutritional benefits. More and more Americans eat smaller portions of food more frequently throughout the day, and there is universal agreement in the food industry that this megatrend is here to stay. Another cultural shift that adds fuel to a hot

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Kum & Go Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55 cent specials during September. September marks Kum & Go’s 55th anniversary. The chain is celebrating all month long with special deals for customers. On Tuesdays in September, Kum & Go is offering a special coffee discount to its customers. Customers can get a small 16-ounce coffee for just 55 cents. Customers who

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E15 Expanding Across the Southern U.S.

Protec Fuel to bring dozens of E15, E85 stations to metro areas. The South will soon welcome E15 to its part of the country, along with more E85. Protec Fuel is joining forces with fuel retailers in metropolitan areas in the South and Southeast in opening 28 E15 and E85 stations. This will be the

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Corner Store Rolls Out Fall Menu

New food offerings feature New Mexico Hatch chiles. Corner Store is inviting customers to “Get Hatched” with four new food offerings that feature authentic Hatch chiles from New Mexico. Beginning Sept. 1, Corner Stores is serving up a slow-roasted turkey puff pie filled with Hatch chiles and cheddar cheese and a Hatch chile seasoned grilled

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Isis Rebrands As Softcard

Following the emergence of the Islamic militant group known as Isis, the mobile wallet company Isis rebrands. Isis Wallet is rebranding to Softcard. The new name follows the company’s announcement in July that it would rebrand to avoid any confusion or association with the violent Islamic militant group in the Middle East whose name, when

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NOCO Express Raises Funds For Hospice Foundation

Donates more than $13,000, following in-store promotion. NOCO Express stores, its customers, and employees recently raised a total of $13,334 to support Hospice Foundation of Western New York. Throughout the entire month of July, paper sunflowers were sold for $1 each at all of NOCO Express’ 36 locations to support participating hospice programs in Western

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Couche-Tard Reports Record Net Earnings For Q1 2015

“What stands out above all is the continued strong performance of our teams which enabled us to post strong organic growth on all fronts,” says Couch-Tard CEO. Couche-Tard reported record net earnings of $269.5 million ($0.47 per share on a diluted basis) for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Excluding non-recurring items for both comparable

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Couche-Tard Sells its Aviation Fuel Business

The deal is expected to close by the end of 2014. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Statoil Fuel & Retail AS, an agreement to sell its aviation fuel business to Air BP. The sale is done through a share purchase agreement pursuant to which Air BP would acquire 100% of

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