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Ruiz Foods Acquires Manufacturing Facility

Renovation set to begin immediately. Ruiz Foods has announced an expansion through the acquisition of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Florence, S.C. Renovation of the facility is scheduled to begin immediately and the company plans to begin manufacturing a variety of its nationally distributed El Monterey and Tornados products in 2015. El Monterey is

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NSF International Earns IFS Logistics Standard Accreditation

NSF’s accreditation means NSF’s auditors can certify that companies meet the requirements of this standard, which is accepted globally. Global public health organization NSF International is the first North American certification body to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to offer certification to the IFS Logistics (International Featured Standard Logistics) standard. IFS

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Beverage Sales Up Over Memorial Day

Wells Fargo finds weather, promotions driving cold vault sales. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent Beverage Buzz survey found that c-store beverage sales were up 4% during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday, compared to 2% in 2013. The survey of beverage retailers represented tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country. Wells Fargo attributed the growth

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Stripes, Laredo Taco Co. Exceed $1 Million Fundraising Goal

Record-breaking campaign for Children’s Miracle Network to benefit 13 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes and Laredo Taco Co. are proud of their customers and employees for surpassing their goal of raising $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during their 10th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign from March 31-April 27. Stripes Stores raised a

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$250,000 State Grant Will Help Re-Open Vacant Grocery Store

Project expected to create new jobs and alleviate “food desert” in the northern Wisconsin county. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to Florence County to help re-open a grocery store that has been vacant for more than seven years. The lack of a full-service grocery store has been an impediment

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Bennett Pump Co. Supplying Shell LNG Dispensers

TravelCenters of America installs dispenser at Ontario location. Bennett Pump Co. has been selected by Shell to supply LNG fuel dispensers for Liquefied Natural Gas fueling stations across the U.S. Earlier this month, Shell and Travel Centers of America (TA) announced the opening of their first LNG station in Ontario, Calif. This station is the

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Hunt Brothers’ Buffalo Chicken Pizza Returns

Highly-demanded, specialty pizza is back for the first time ever during summer months. Hunt Brothers Pizza is excited to bring back its most popular limited time offer (LTO), Buffalo chicken pizza, to kick off the summer season. Beginning June 1, customers will be able to order this specialty pizza at their local Hunt Brothers Pizza

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Atlas Oil Sells BP-Branded Chicago-Area Assets

Parent Petroleum Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners acquire Atlas locations. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has announced the successful closing on the sale of Atlas Oil Co.’s BP-branded Chicago area assets. The assets included 99 sites currently supplied by Atlas, two sites under contract to be supplied by Atlas, four undeveloped retail land sites and

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Retail Solutions Help New Cenex Retailers Succeed

Community Oil Co. opens first c-store in Iowa. Retail services provided by CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company, continue to help marketers achieve a smooth and successful transition to its Cenex brand. Recently Community Oil Co. took advantage of those retail services to ensure a successful opening for its first convenience store in

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Parker’s To Sponsor Picnic in the Park

“We’re delighted to sponsor Picnic in the Park again this year,” says president and CEO of Parker’s. The City of Savannah has announce that Parker’s will be the Presenting Sponsor for Picnic in the Park 2014, which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Forsyth Park. This marks the third

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Shell Oil Makes LED Lighting Available to Network

Partners with LSI Industries. LSI Industries Inc. has been selected by Shell Oil Company to participate in Shell’s National Wholesaler Co-op Program to make available LED technology lighting products to their network of wholesalers and dealers that brand Shell across locations in North America. With this program, Shell announced to its network recently that they

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Friendly Express Updating Georgia C-stores

CBX to help with design and branding initiative focusing on next-generation approaches to the c-store experience. Global brand agency CBX will help Friendly Express update the design and branding of its 42-store network of community-focused convenience stores in southeast Georgia. “Friendly Express, which has been in business for more than 25 years, is known for

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Trip Advisor Awards Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet

Parker’s receives 2014 Winner Certificate of Excellence. Parker’s Market Urban Gourmet has been named a 2014 Winner of the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, based on the ratings of customers at Savannah’s leading gourmet market, deli and coffee bar in the city’s Historic District at 222 Drayton Street, Savannah, Ga.

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7-Eleven Adds Sprite 6 Mix By Lebron James Slurpee

Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron James Slurpee combines the traditional taste of Sprite with cherry and orange flavors and is available exclusively at participating 7-Eleven locations. As summer heats up and the hardwood action reaches a fever pitch, 7-Eleven is exclusively introducing a game-changing flavor to its Slurpee all-star roster— Sprite 6 Mix by LeBron

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Freshness is Fundamental at Lunchtime in Convenience Stores

Survey shows freshness tops the list of shopper priorities when buying food. Lunchtime is an important time of day for convenience stores. However, there is stiff competition from a variety of competing venues, including fast-food stores, coffee shops and more. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a research project to understand the convenience channel’s

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7-Eleven Selling 75 C-Stores

Convenience store properties available in Florida, Virginia and 14 other states. 7-Eleven has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 75 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. This includes 31 locations in Florida, 14 in Virginia, six in Massachusetts and Illinois, three in Texas, two in New York, Delaware, New Jersey

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Rutter’s Voted No. 1 in Five Categories in Annual Reader’s Poll

Out ranks Starbuck’s and Panera Bread. Rutter’s Farm Stores was voted to the top spot in the annual Best of York reader’s poll in all five categories for which the company received nominations; Best Quick Service Breakfast, Best Quick Service Lunch, Best Quick Service Dinner, Best Coffee and Best Milk. Rutter’s beat several national brands,

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Quick Mart 2 Partners With U-Haul

“I was looking for a profitable business that would increase my profits,” says owner. Quick Mart 2, located at 307 S. Sterling St., welcomed U-Haul to its gas station, which has been in business for eight years. Owner Ravi Patel was looking for a way to increase his profit margin, so he reached out to

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Millennials Shaping Food Trends

From locally-grown to digital information, young adults are impacting trends. Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—often called the “foodie” generation, are driving the evolution of restaurants, customized menus and unique foods and flavors. The Business Journals outlined the top ways Millennials are changing the food industry: 1. Food-friendly content goes digital—Food and Wine magazine exemplifies

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Kum & Go Opens New Convenience Store in Colorado Springs

New app gives customers instant digital discounts, information on store locations. Kum & Go opened a new convenience store in Colorado Springs, Colo., located at 3091 N. Chestnut St., on May 23. Customers are invited to stop by the 5,000-square-foot store during opening week to enjoy $1 fresh pizza slices. The new store is designed

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Hershey Joins CocoaAction Initiative

Program goals complement existing Hershey cocoa sustainability programs. The Hershey Co. has announced that it will be a founding member of CocoaAction, a new strategy to align the cocoa sustainability efforts of the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate companies. CocoaAction creates a new level of coordination and commitment by the leading global cocoa and chocolate

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Hostess Brands Names Industry Veteran President and CEO

William Toler takes the helm. Hostess Brands LLC has announced that food industry veteran William Toler, a colleague of Hostess Chairman Dean Metropoulos who previously served as CEO of AdvancePierre Foods and President of Pinnacle, has been named president and CEO. Longtime Hostess executive Rich Seban, who most recently served as the company’s president and

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VP Racing Fuels Extends Partnership With GNCC, ATVMX

VP named official fuel through 2016. VP Racing Fuels has announced an extension of its Official Fuel sponsorship with the AMSOIL AMA Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis (GNCC) and Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series (ATVMX) through 2016. “The two series pit riders against some of the most treacherous terrain for

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Are C-Store Customers Ready For Ethnic Foods?

As the “foodie” culture skyrockets in the U.S., convenience stores are looking for innovative ways to implement new retail trends. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ethnic foods and flavors are booming in popularity, but are your convenience store customers ready for these exotic and trendy tastes? According to the market research firm Mintel Group, some

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Ross Pillari Joins Board of The Pantry Inc.

Pillari’s knowledge and expertise will be “of great benefit to our board,” notes the chairman of The Pantry’s Board of Directors. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Ross Pillari joined the company’s board of directors effective May 21, 2014. “We are very excited to have Ross Pillari join our board of directors,” said the chairman

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