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Spice Up Sandwiches to Spike Sales

Technomic’s 2012 Sandwich Consumer Trend Report found that more than half (55%) of Americans are now purchasing grab-and-go sandwiches. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Just two years ago, the top-selling sandwiches at Famima convenience stores were tuna salad, turkey and cheese and egg salad, all on white bread. Today, the same proteins lead the pack,

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Local Store Marketing: Customer Appreciation Days

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Customer Appreciation Days are excellent ways to attract consumers that have similar backgrounds or interests. Honoring your best customers with a distinctive recognition day is a terrific way to create a “call-to-action” for specific selected groups.  Whether it is for school personnel or administrative

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Mansfield Oil Honored As Business Technology Innovator

Mansfield’s Entinuum project works to alleviate transactional complexities in the downstream energy sector.             For the third consecutive year, Mansfield Oil Co. has been named to the 2012 InformationWeek 500, a list comprised of the most innovative users of business technology in the U.S. The annual list was revealed at a gala awards ceremony during

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BP Sells Its Carson Refinery And ARCO Retail Network To Tesoro

“As an established refiner and marketer, Tesoro provides a strong future for the business and for its employees,” says Iain Conn, chief executive of BP’s global refining and marketing business. BP reached an agreement to sell its Carson, Calif., refinery and related logistics and marketing assets to the Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 billion in cash

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Susser Pursues Master Limited Partnership IPO Of Wholesale Fuel Business

“We believe this transaction will allow us to de-lever the convenience store portion of our business, reduce our cost of capital and further diversify our access to capital to fund our growth strategy,” says Susser CEO. Susser Holdings Corp.’s Board of Directors has approved the filing of a registration statement to effect an initial public

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Casey’s Reports Strong Results For Q4 Earnings

Casey’s reports significant sales and margin gains in its fiscal fourth-quarter. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported a 1.4% increase in earnings for the fiscal fourth-quarter due to strong sales and higher margins inside its stores, which offset impacts of lower gasoline margins. The Iowa-based company’s revenue has grown for more than two years due to

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Creating A Branding Game Plan

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. What is your branding game plan? Not the branding media schedule—that is just part of it—but rather, your overarching strategic decision-making game plan on all of your branding initiatives? Most advertising managers have a page or two media plan that an agency has produced

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Local Store Marketing: Product Sampling

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. If you feed them, they will come…. One of the most successful local store marketing (LSM) tactics to build into your daily operations is a sampling strategy for your products.  If your retail establishment is foodservice, your customers will want to taste the product.

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CITGO Headquarters Receives LEED Gold Certification

“CITGO believes in operating its business as a good steward of the environment and serving as a guardian of natural resources,” says CITGO spokesperson. The CITGO Petroleum Corp. headquarters building on Eldridge Parkway, in the Energy Corridor area of West Houston, has received LEED Gold Certification for an Existing Building from the U.S. Green Building

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Mansfield California Operations Center

“This opening affords Mansfield the opportunity to interact more closely with the California energy industry,” says Mansfield spokesperson. Mansfield Oil Co. has opened a new refined product and renewable fuel operations center in Irvine, Calif. For more than 50 years, Mansfield has served customers in the retail, government and commercial sectors with transportation fuels and

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Weigel Stores Promotes Yawberry

Douglas Yawberry has been promoted to vice president of operations at Weigel Stores Inc., a Knoxville Dairy and convenience store chain. In his new position, Yawberry is responsible for all store related operations, and will serve as a member of Weigel’s Corporate and Market Planning Group. Yawberry, a graduate of State Fair College Sedalia, Mo.,

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Motivating Employees in a Challenging Economy

Some chains just don’t have the financial resources to give out much-deserved raises and bonuses, but there are other ways to show your staff you appreciate their hard work. By John Lofstock, Editor. To say the least, the past few years haven’t been the best for business. While we have weathered a brutal recession, it’s

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Battling City Hall

While dealing with red tape is a common occurrence when dealing with local municipalities, there are tax benefits for businessowners to make the process less costly.  By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Thanks to the economy and skyrocketing costs, convenience stores and other businesses are making less money and paying more in taxes while, at

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7-Eleven And FuelQuest Expand Relationship

“We consider FuelQuest a strategic partner and critical to the continued growth of our business,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. and FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, have announced a new five-year agreement. Under this agreement, 7-Eleven will continue to use FuelQuest Fuel Management System (FMS) to

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Heineken USA Enhances Retail Partner Support

New hires include Nick Lake as senior director, category management, and  Monique Acevedo as vice president of innovation. Heineken USA has appointed two new senior leaders.  • Nick Lake was appointed as the company’s new senior director, category management, effective Oct. 11. Lake will report to Steve Ward, vice president of national accounts.  • Monique

GFS To Expand In Michigan

Gordon Food Service (GFS), a family-owned foodservice distributor, plans to invest $24.2 million to consolidate several business operations spread throughout Canada into a new 100,000 square-foot facility in Wyoming, Mich.  Pending all local and state approvals, the new building would be located within the company’s world headquarters campus, and would house 173 new positions the

First Quarter Declines For Delek US

Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2010. For the three months ended March 31, 2010, Delek US reported a net loss from continuing operations of $14.1 million, or ($0.26) per basic share, versus a

7-Eleven Looks To Las Vegas

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is ready to expand in Las Vegas, with 15-20 more stores in the next three years. Starbucks, meanwhile has closed 12 locations in the area, Las Vegas Review Journal reported. The c-store chain already runs 160 convenience stores in Clark County, Las Vegas, but recently hired a commercial real estate firm to

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