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Boosting Fresh Food Sales

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. Takeout food was invented for on-the-go consumers. But a takeout program has to do more than travel at high speeds. Today’s consumers want quality

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Thorntons To Sell $1 Pink Ribbons In October

All proceeds from ribbon sales to go to the Fight Against Breast Cancer. As part of Thorntons commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness, during the month of October, all Thorntons store locations will sell pink ribbons for $1; with 100% of the proceeds going towards the fight against Breast Cancer. Another way customers can help Thorntons

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Love’s Donates $1.1 Million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Funds raised during five-week campaign to benefit 89 children’s hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops has raised $1.1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country during its annual five-week fundraising campaign; a record for the company. More than 270 Love’s locations nationwide contributed by selling paper donation hearts in the amounts of $1, $5, and

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Giving Back to the Community

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees boosts charitable funding. By John Lofstock, Editor. As part of its ongoing commitment to charitable causes, the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) helped raise nearly $750,000 this year for two of its charitable partners, Hire Heroes USA and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Hire

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“Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises $2.5 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests to benefit the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced $2.5 million has been raised by its “Salute Our Troops” campaign, more than double its original goal of $1 million. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13

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NCASEF 2012 Convention To Be Held In Hawaii

The 37th NCASEF National Convention, themed Islands of Opportunity, prepares to welcome attendees to Honolulu. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) announced today its  37th National Convention and Trade Show will be held July 8 – 12, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.  Vendors, store owners

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Atlas Oil to Host Sept. 11 Remembrance Week

Atlas partners with the U.S. Army on key activities for the week, including a career fair and flag raising ceremony.   Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil plans to host a Remembrance Week Sept. 12-16, to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and to thank first responders for their dedication and service to our country. The U.S.

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Valero Fundraises For Children’s Miracle Network

Four-week campaign to benefit 32 children’s hospitals. From Sept. 6 through Oct. 3, Valero Corner Store employees will be asking customers to purchase $1 or $5 Miracle Balloon icons to raise funds for 32 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The icons have a coupon attached, providing customers an extra incentive to make the $1 or $5

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Jewel-Osco Teams With Food Banks For Hunger Action Month

Give a Little, Feed a Lot Campaign to benefit local food banks.  JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is partnering with multiple food banks in Illinois and Indiana on a proactive food drive to support Hunger Action Month in September. The campaign, called “Give a Little, Feed a Lot,” which is going on now

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BP Launches Commute Better Campaign

BP launches a “Commute Better” program to aid local Columbus, Ohio drivers in improving their driving routines. The daily commute of Columbus, Ohio drivers is not generally as stressful as that of other U.S. cities, according to research from Kiplinger, but a recent survey commissioned by BP Products North America Inc. suggests there is room

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Retailers Pledge to Expand Healthy Food Options

Several c-stores and grocery stores agreed to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand value and health foods to more impoverished U.S. communities.  The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced that leading grocery retailers have committed to bring healthy, affordable

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Moving Convenience

Corner Grocery partners with U-Haul to give customers a wide variety of moving equipment and supplies. Moving just got easier for Creedmoor, N.C., residents now that Corner Grocery convenience store, located at 2616 Hwy. 56 E., recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its list of services. Customers to the c-store now have access

The Pantry Relaunches Coffee Program

The Pantry Inc. has unveiled a coffee re-launch program in the Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dalton, Ga., markets to serve its guests new coffee in a fast, friendly and clean store environment. New and improved high-quality Bean Street Coffee is now being served at The Pantry’s local Kangaroo Express convenience stores. There are 81 Kangaroo Express

Animal Sanctuary Wins Free Fuel

The Ark Animal Sanctuary in Houlton, Maine is the winner of a year’s supply of quality CITGO fuel and a case of CITGO motor oil from the Fueling Good program, presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp. This non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing lost, injured and unwanted pets and connecting them with loving families

CITGO Launches ‘100 Days of Get & Give’

CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicks off its 2010 Fall Fueling Good campaign today, Oct. 13, to recognize and reward more charities and individuals who are making a difference in their local communities. Charities, community groups and individuals can get involved in the “100 Days of Get & Give” by submitting an entry at www.FuelingGood.com. Participants will

Hess, Red Sox Hit Home Run For Kids

Hess Corp.’s home run program with the Boston Red Sox is benefiting two local institutions serving children’s medical needs. Children’s Hospital Boston’s Trauma Program and the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox Foundation each received a $55,000 check from Hess Retail Territory Manager Terri Bean at an on-field presentation at the Red Sox game on

Chevron Donates To Local Public Schools

Over the past three weeks, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion has encouraged East Bay, Calif., drivers to help earn up to $1 million in funds for their neighborhood public schools. To participate customers simply have to fill up their gas tank at participating Chevron stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties between Sept. 1 and

Kroger Donates $3 Million For Breast Cancer Awareness

In partnership with key suppliers, The Kroger Co. has committed $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work. Kroger’s annual breast cancer campaign, “Giving Hope a Hand,” again will feature associates from across the company who are breast cancer survivors. This

7-Eleven and Slim Jim Sponsor SummerSlam

7-Eleven and Slim Jim are set to be co-presenting partners of World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual SummerSlam pay-per-view on Sunday, Aug. 15 at 5pm PT/8ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. SummerSlam weekend kicks-off Thursday, Aug. 12, and includes a two-day fan extravaganza: SummerSlam Axxess, at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live, sponsored the National Guard.

Candy That Cares

  To help find a cure for breast cancer, dedicated packages of Fruit Punch flavor of Sport Beans jelly beans by Jelly Belly will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The new pink ribbon packaging includes a pledge todonate 5% of the sales of Sport Beans energizing jelly beans to the non-profit group. The campaign

Building Relationships at the National Advisory Group

Throughout my 15 years of covering the convenience store industry, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people, develop lifelong friendships and watch in awe as otherwise ordinary people learned to work together to produce extraordinary results. Throughout that time I’ve also seen countless people come and go. For some, the industry was a

Wawa Kicks Off Go 4th and Learn

Wawa Welcome America’s Go 4th and Learn series kicked off this week with an interactive event showcasing Philadelphia and Wawa history on June 28. Go 4th and Learn is a three-part educational series for children and their families held in the week leading up to July 4 as part of the Wawa Welcome America Festivities.

Indiana Retailers Seek Sunday Beer Sales

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers has started a new campaign called, “Change It Indiana” that seeks to build public support to allow Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group, which includes Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, CVS and Circle K stores, argues that 47 states allow Sunday carryout sales and that

The Pantry Expands Fresh Initiative

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. this week unveiled its “Fresh Initiative” to serve customers new coffee, and fresh food options. Triangle-area residents will be the first to experience the new Bean Street Coffee and a broader assortment of pastries, warm breakfast sandwiches and fresh fruit. In addition, the stores will offer a variety of fresh

CITGO Rewards Local Charities

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its 2010 Fueling Good campaign on June 1 to recognize and reward charities and individuals making a difference in the lives of others. Charities, community groups and individuals can join Fueling Good and submit their entries at www.FuelingGood.com for an opportunity to win up to $2,500 in CITGO Gift Cards,

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