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U.S. Restaurant Traffic Remains In The Doldrums

Spending conscious low- and middle-income consumers keep visits from growing. U.S. consumers made some 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014. No question that’s a lot of visits, the issue is that they have been making that same amount of visits for quite a while now and it’s still below the

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Heineken Debuts “Best Tasting Light Beer” Campaign

Campaign features Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken Light, the “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” winner at the 2013 World Beer Championships, is launching its “Best Tasting Light” campaign featuring three-time Emmy award winner and Tony award winner and host, Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken will partner with Harris to introduce consumers to the reformulated Heineken Light and

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage Outlook

Energy category seeing soft growth but Wells Fargo predicts numbers will rebound. Carbonated soft drink sales (excluding energy) were soft in the U.S. c-store channel— up only +0.2% (+0.4% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ended July 5, 2014, driven by average equal price growth of +3.8%, offset by equal unit volume declines of

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Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas

Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

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Wawa To Close First Store

After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

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Speculators Unload Long Positions in Gasoline Contract

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Speculators holding positions in the U.S. gasoline contract unwound 30% of their bets that gasoline prices in the United States would increase, with the gasoline contract dropping to a 3-1/2 month low mid-July as the market looks to higher refinery runs offsetting peak seasonal demand. Nearest delivered

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Ricker Oil Co. Adds Wayne inOvationTV

New locations in Indiana to receive Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers. Ricker Oil Co., operator of 50 Ricker’s convenience stores and fueling locations in Indiana is installing new Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers, equipped with the inOvation media program—at sites currently in development in central Indiana. Ricker’s has previously installed the inOvationTV media program at a number

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Guttman Energy Sells Propane and Lubricants Division

Matrix provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Guttman. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has advised Guttman Energy Inc. on the successful sale of its Columbus, Ohio-based propane and lubricants division, doing business as Guttman Oil Co. Guttman Oil-Columbus Division sells propane and lubricants to a variety of residential, commercial and industrial customers located throughout

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Sever Products Promotes Rayburn

Rayburn to lead engineering team and product development initiatives. Server Products has announced the promotion of John Rayburn to director of engineering & product development. In the capacity of director of engineering & product development, John Rayburn will be responsible for leading Server Products’ engineering team and product development initiatives. Rayburn has been with Server

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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee

The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Rattler’s Poised For Growth

The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting a grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. Rattler’s Convenience Stores, with 11 locations in Texas, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size to accommodate today’s competitive market. The chain is

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Tesco’s CEO Clarke Replaced By Unilever Executive

Clarke exits after second profit warning in three years. Tesco has announced that its Chief Executive Philip Clarke is leaving the company in October to be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis, following a new profit warning for the U.K. retailer. Tesco said on Monday that trading in recent weeks had been more challenging than

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Corner Store Adds Spice to Summer Menu

New puff pies and whoopie pies feature kick of sriracha. Corner Store is kicking up the spice in its summer offerings and promotions, introducing sriracha sauce and a culinary twist in its new savory puff pies and sweet whoopie pies. The new Sriracha Club Puff Pie is a flaky, buttery pastry filled with piping hot

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7-Eleven Increases Franchise Incentive For Military Veterans

Recent veterans enjoy a 20% franchising-fee discount. Recognized as “military friendly” by multiple veterans’ organizations and publications, 7-Eleven Inc. is serious about growing its franchisee ranks with qualified military veterans. The world’s largest convenience retailer has increased its franchising-fee discount to 20% capped at $50,000 as an added incentive for qualified veterans who have left

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Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places

Smoking bans now also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported. The Ohio-based city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas such as parks, community gardens, and within 150 feet

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Weigel’s Adds Proprietary Bakery

An array of daily delivered fresh bakery products to help Weigel’s compete at breakfast, snacking occasions. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After eight years in the foodservice game, Weigel’s is upping its bakery offering with help from its newly-opened bakery facility that now creates proprietary fresh baked products for the c-stores. Weigel’s launched the new

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Rutter’s Selects Second Winner of Gas for a Year

Second of four winners selected in summer sweepstakes. Jeff Weinman of Mountville, Pa. has been selected as the second winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year throughout the summer. Every customer can enter the drawing to win fuel for a

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The State of the Legal Marijuana Market

Upcoming tobacco conference first to discuss the legalization of marijuana. At the upcoming Smoker Friendly Conference & Tobacco Festival held Aug. 21-23 Smoker Friendly will be the first in the tobacco industry to convene a panel to discuss the legalization of marijuana, and opportunities that it will provide in the future. Friday morning, Aug. 22,

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Operation Chill Enters 19th Year

 Local police ‘ticket’ good kids with free Slurpee coupons. Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee drink at their neighborhood 7-Eleven store. For the 19th year, 7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with local police departments to distribute up to one-million free Slurpee coupons

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CITGO Launches Second Annual Fueling Education Promotion

Eighty-four educators to receive $1,000 in school supplies. Helping teachers and students succeed in the classroom is the foundation of the CITGO Fueling Education Promotion, a program that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. Now through Oct. 19, 2014, eligible K-12 public school

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Enhancing Social Media Skills

When customers give feedback, it’s a chance for your brand to craft your brand image and gain customers through your response. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media wasn’t even a blip on the radar screen in 1990, but today it has become a vital tool in reaching customers and communicating promotions as well as

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Don’t be a Target for Hackers

Following a breach at Target and a host of other incidents, retailers are seeking security solutions despite being PCI compliant. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The business world was stunned —and consumers outraged—when retail giant Target, with almost 2,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, admitted to a major security breach in late 2013. According

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Reflections on 25 & 50 Years…

As the convenience store industry has become more sophisticated, other retail channels are turning to us for leadership and guidance. By Howard Stoeckel, Vice Chairman, Wawa Inc. This year marked Convenience Store Decision’s 25th anniversary and Wawa’s 50th anniversary in the retail business. In recognition of our milestone anniversary, I had the opportunity to publish

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Evolution of the Convenience Store

While self-service gasoline helped spur a wave a change, cultivating new customers has helped raise the c-store industry to new heights. By Bob Seng For many years, particularly in the winter, I would make the trip from Cooperstown, N.Y.—our company headquarters at Busy Bee convenience stores—to our family condo on the beach in Fort Lauderdale,

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National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) Names Jared Sturtevant Board Chairman

Alex Olympidis, Director of Operations for Family Express Corp., joins the Board of Directors as Ben Jatlow departs after one year as board chairman to join NCR. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Jared Sturtevant, the Director of Marketing for Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in Canastota,

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