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NACS Celebrates the Past, Looks to Redefine the Future

As NACS celebrates the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s remarkable achievements since it was founded 50 years ago, the association is equally looking toward the future, said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour during the NACS Show Opening General Session. It is expected that more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries will attend the 2011

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Gasoline Prices Tumbling Amid Weak Demand, Economic Worry

Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan regions of the country tumbled during the week following Labor Day, pressured by several features including weak consumption of the fuel leading up the holiday weekend, while driving demand consistently slumps in September from August. Historically, gasoline demand and prices move lower in September after the summer driving season.

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Heineken USA Introduces Noche Buena Beer

Exclusive Mexican winter brew will be available in key U.S. markets beginning in October. Heineken USA today announced the launch of Noche Buena, a Bock-styled Lager brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, S.A., specifically made for the Fall/Winter season. The limited edition traditional Mexican beer will make its way to select markets in the U.S. in October.

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Love’s Launches Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser

Beginning now through Sept. 30, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores employees will be putting their hearts into raising funds for 89 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by asking customers to purchase $1, $5 or $20 heart icons. Love’s raises additional funds by holding bake sales, pumping gas for tips, conducting in-store drawings and coordinating other

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Rutter’s Gives Away Another Year of Gas

Arthur Bankert of Fawn Grove, Pa., is the latest winner of a free year of gas in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free contest. Bankert is the sixth winner in the summer contest that, at its end in September, will have given away a year’s worth of gas to 8 loyal Rutter’s customers. It’s hard to say

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CEFCO Opens Prototype Unit in Texas

A crowning achievement of the CEFCO organization, the new store is the next generation of store design and guest experience. It incorporates a number of innovative operational enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes. “We are tremendously proud of what the newest CEFCO store means to the organization,”

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Are Your Stores Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Is your chain meeting the rigid ADA compliance standards? Many operators think they, but are not and as a result find themselves facing federal fines and even litigation. Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference and hear from M. Bradley Gaskins, a leading accessibility architect who specializes in helping retail operators, including

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Employee Unionization: Is Your Chain Ready?

How versed are you on current labor laws regarding union organizing? Do you know about the rules changes in regulations occurring within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor? Do you have a strategy plan for maintaining positive employee relations and effective union organizing strategies and tactics? If not, plan on

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New Dates for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced

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Aloha Petroleum Unveils C-Store Prototype

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., the Hawaii-based gas retailer and convenience store operator, has unveiled the first ‘ground-up’ version of a new prototype design for its convenience store-fuel sites that highlights the chain’s local roots. Designed by CBX, the strategic branding and retail design consultancy, the 3,000-square-foot store and adjoining gas islands with five pumps opened in

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Rutter’s Expands its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores’ exceptionally diverse menu is expanding to include sloppy Joe sandwiches and chicken wings. Chicken wings are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at most of Rutter’s 56 Central Pennsylvania convenience stores. The wings are available in quantities of 6 or 12 and in 3 flavors: original, hot and

Dispensed Beverage Sales Show Promise

Cold and frozen beverages continue to be a mainstay of the convenience store offering—something consumers expect, enjoy, and increasingly want to tailor to their own individual tastes. Others have noticed. McDonald’s, for example, is making smoothies and other cold beverages part of its strategy for expanding its beverage offerings. Beginning in March, the burger giant

Hands free water and ice dispenser

Hoshizaki America Inc. offers the new hands-free water and ice dispenser, models DT-400-AR and DT-400BAH-OS. The former features a drop-in replacement refrigeration circuit, ease of serviceability for maintaining ice making/dispensing operation and simple disconnects for removal and installation. DT-400BAH-OS features a self-contained space saving design (21w x 22.5d x72.5h with 6-inch legs) and front in

Coffee’s Popularity Surges

You wouldn’t think something as simple as coffee could prove to be so complex a phenomenon—or one so indispensable to Americans. Turns out America can see its reflection in a cup of coffee—its economic worries, its desires for variety and small-scale luxury, and even its hopes for a brighter future. All of that swirls together

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Hoshizaki America Inc. The Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine produces up to 1,000 lbs. of ice every 24 hours and is designed to save space. The condenser and compressor are stationed outside the kitchen and away from customers therefore producing less heat and noise. Serviceability is easy due to convenient access from the front or

Solo and Go

Solo and Go With a printing area that starts under the roll rim and goes all the way to the bottom, Solo’s new Trophy Go Cup is like a walking billboard. Superior graphic capabilities give operators the ability to maximize their advertising dollars by using a cup that can deliver an attractive brand or promotional

High-Tech Brewing

High-Tech Brewing BUNNs new BrewWISE ThermoFresh coffee brewing system makes brewing coffee easy. The system provides simple control over the brewing process, consistency from location to location and thermal coffee holding with new unheated servers. The G9-2T DBC grinder reduces the potential for human error by communicating how much and which coffee was ground to

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QwikStock.com Just in time for the upcoming winter and holidays, QwikStock.com introduces "Enchanted Snowman" a whimsical line of foam and clear plastic cups, and paper coffee insulating sleeves. These limited edition items will be only be available as long as supplies last. Perfect for c-store holiday promotions, this design also works throughout the winter months.

Hoshizaki KMS-1230MLH

Hoshizaki KMS-1230MLH Hoshizaki America announces the manufacturing of the new Serenity Series Cuber Ice Machine, KMS-1230MLH. The KMS-1230MLH Crescent Cube Ice Machine is 75% quieter than traditional remote units. Serenity’s space saving design makes for an ideal installation on top of a beverage dispenser and the quality of ice will dispense easily in this application.

Coca-Cola North America

Coca-Cola North America Nestea has completed a makeover of its ready-to-drink (RTD) iced tea product line with four new products, including improved flavors, the introduction of green teas and the return of the classic Nestea brand. Nestea has introduced new lemon and diet lemon formulas, which out-performed the former Nestea Cool varieties in consumer taste

Kellogg Co.

Kellogg Co. Kellogg Co. is extending its popular Special K product line into the diet and nutrition aisles with the launch of three protein-fortified products designed to meet consumers’ evolving shape management needs. Special K20 Protein Waters, Special K Protein Snack Bars and Special K Protein Meal Bars. Special K Protein Waters deliver five grams

Dispense With Formalities

Dispense With Formalities FBD (Frozen Beverage Dispensers) delivers extreme capacity and options.The 560 series, built on a platform featuring the Scroll compressor, deliversoptimal capacity as its recovery time is one of the fastest in the industry.Whether it be the after-school rush or the post-little league blitz, FBD’sDispensers give operators the capacity they need, when they

Pepsi-cola North America

Pepsi-cola North America Pepsi-Cola North America announces its expanding it beverage portfolio with Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash, a limited-time flavor extension available exclusively this holiday season. Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash is a crisp lemon-lime soft drink flavored with a hint of cranberry. It will be available for eight weeks, beginning in November, in packaging that

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Wild Waters Wild Waters introduces its vitamin-powered water to the c-store market. The product is the first fortified, bottled water formulated and packaged especially for children. Considering the increase of bottled water trends and the decline of juice drinks, children’s bottled water is an emerging segment with big potential. The water is available in kid-friendly

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