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Kwik Chek & McCraw Oil Co. Choose PriceAdvantage

Kwik Chek stores to manage fuel pricing more efficiently with automation. McCraw Oil / Kwik Chek has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their Kwik Chek company operated stores and dealer stores throughout Texas. Kevin Smartt, CEO of Kwik Chek and Bill Wilson, president of McCraw Oil, were looking for

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VERC Enterprises Names New Manager of East Acton Location

Tamara Gorman takes on new position, after working her way up from associate position. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has announced that Tamara Gorman of Ayer, Mass. has been named Manager of the VERC East Acton Mobil, located at 44 Great Road. Gorman

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Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise

Consumers in the winter-ravaged Northeast and Midwest are least optimistic about the economy compared to other regions. Consumer optimism remains steady in April, a period in which the ongoing spring transition to summer-blend fuel usually increases gas prices and reduces optimism. While gas prices increased nearly another dime over the past four weeks, 44% of

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Del Monte Joins CIW Fair Food Program

The agreement reaffirms Del Monte’s commitment to strong ethical sourcing standards. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has announced that one of its subsidiaries agreed to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (“CIW”) Fair Food Program.  As Del Monte joins the CIW, it joins many of the U.S.’ largest retailers and restaurants who participate in

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More Upside for Gasoline Prices, But Top Nearing

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The national average price for regular grade gasoline increased for eight weeks straight through Mar. 31 according to the Energy Information Administration, reaching a nearly seven-month high at $3.579 gallon, and there’s more upside to go. With limited exception, wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across

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Parker’s Promotes Susan Mondello To District Manager

Mondello began working at Parker’s in 2010. Parker’s recently promoted Susan Mondello to district manager. In her new position, Mondello will oversee all Statesboro, Metter and Lyons markets. She will be responsible for maintaining the Parker’s brand throughout these markets, and overseeing the daily operations. Mondello’s leadership will help make sure Parker’s is able to

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Eby-Brown Welcomes New Customer Merchandising Manager

Geno Kurlopnik promoted to customer merchandising manager after retirement of Eby veteran, Ralph Kallmann.   Eby-Brown Co. LLC has announced the retirement of long time veteran, Ralph Kallman. Geno Kurlopnik will replace Kallmann as customer merchandising manger. Kurolapnik joined Eby-Brown in June of 2011.  He is currently responsible for managing Eby Brown’s Vendor Day Program

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Shell Awards Free Fuel For A Year

Customers share stories of how they save with the Fuel Rewards Network Program. Shell announced that Lauren Flauding from Parker, Colo. has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the How I FRN™ Contest and will receive a year’s worth of Shell V-Power Premium Gasoline. The How I FRN contest invited consumers to submit

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Sweets & Snacks Expo To Highlight Moderation, Healthy Choices

Industry’s commitment to treating candy as a special indulgence makes its way to the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in many ways. The role of candy in a healthful diet will be more noticeable at the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, set for May 20-22 in Chicago, ranging from education opportunities during a keynote session

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The Pantry Announces New Chairman of the Board

Thomas Dickson succeeds Edwin Holman. The Pantry Inc. announced the Board of Directors of the company has elected Thomas “Tad” Dickson, former chairman and CEO of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors effective April 2, 2014. He replaces Edwin Holman who was chairman of the Board since September

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House Passes 40 Hours Work Week Legislation

Bill is expected to die in the Senate. The House of Representatives has passed a the “Save American Workers” Act that would change the Affordable Care Act definition of full-time employees to those who work at least 40 hours per week, rather than the 30-hour definition under the existing law, the Post Standard reported. The

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SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

CDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month

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USA Track & Field Announces Partnership with Hershey Through 2020

Partnership expands opportunities to give kids the fundamentals for a lifetime of physical activity. USA Track & Field (USATF) and The Hershey Co. have announced the launch of a national youth activity initiative as part of a new, seven-year partnership that features “Run Jump Throw,” an educational and learning program developed by USATF and Hershey.

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Details From SOI Summit’s Closing Day

Fuel forecasts, shopper research and the mobile age capture retailer attention on the last day of the NACS State of the Industry conference. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., concluded on April 3 after a number of sessions on the convenience store landscape ahead for

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SOI Summit Breaks Down Global Economics, Consumer Trends

 Climate, Vladimir Putin and the Federal Reserve pose the three greatest risks to the economy, notes the chief technical analyst for United-ICAP. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor and David Bennett, Senior Editor After a morning filled with plenty of numbers to chew and digest, attendees at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit at

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SOI Summit Reveals Trends, Numbers

Foodservice remains critical to convenience stores’ bottom line as the business structure changes to respond to consumer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor and Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. With the 2014 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit now underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers are taking

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Stripes Rewarded For Energy Efficiency

Received incentive from AEP Texas Commercial Solutions Program. Stripes Convenience Stores received an incentive check for $39,192 from AEP Texas’ Commercial Solutions Program for retrofitting, upgrading and improving its HVAC systems, Outdoor LED and LED lighting in its Texas-based Stripes Stores within the AEP Texas footprint. The no-cost Commercial Solutions Program provides technical and financial

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NOCO Employees Collect Items For Food Bank

“Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer,” says NOCO president. NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food

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NAG YEO Roundtable Kicks Off

Young executives in the c-store industry share insights and advice on overcoming the challenges of being a next generation leader. On Monday, April 1, Convenience Store Decisions hosted the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization Roundtable in Rosemont, Ill. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on

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Jack Link’s Acquires Unilever Meat Snack Business

“Jack Link’s mission is to be the No. 1 provider of branded meat snacks throughout the world,” says CEO of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Jack Link’s announced Tuesday that it has completed the acquisition of Unilever meat snacks, which are primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand

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Lorillard Leads As E-Cigs Continue To Grow

Increased penetration of kits could be impacting negative pricing trends, Wells Fargo reports. Lorillard claimed the No. 1 spot among e-cigarette companies in c-stores, with 45.5% dollar share in the recent period ended March 15, 2014, up 17.6 share points, year over year, according to a report by Wells Fargo. E-cigarette dollar sales overall continue

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NCASEF Partners With Swim Across America

“Swim Across America is a fantastic organization doing literally life-saving work to help those afflicted with cancer through research, prevention and treatment,” notes chairman of NCASEF. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has chosen Swim Across America (SAA) as its “Charity of Choice” for 2014. Every year, worthy charities like Swim Across

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ROO Cup Fans Unlock Extra Week of Refills

Fans can reserve—or rather “ROOserve”—the popular refillable cup online to start the ROO Cup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced that fans of its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents, can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their

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Gasoline Supply Slides while Demand Climbs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand, which refers to gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale market, topped the five-year average during the third week of March for just the third time this year, with apparent demand at 9.0 million bpd for the first time in 2014 reports the Energy Information

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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