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Duncan Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor sees VP as “next cool thing” for consumers. Duncan Oil Co. has signed on as the latest partner to VP Racing Fuels’ national branding program. “We think VP has an operating model that separates them from other suppliers,” said Roger McDaniel, president of Duncan Oil.  “VP’s image package is outstanding and its credit card

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Susser Soars Amid NYSE Debut

Susser expects to use the proceeds to repay its parent company for capital expenditures. Susser Petroleum Partners LP’s common units climbed as much as 16% on their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering slightly below the top end of its expected range, Reuters reported. Susser Petroleum Partners LP priced

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JEWEL-OSCO Lauches ‘Give a Little, Feed a Lot’ Campaign

Program seeks food and monetary donations in honor of Hunger Action Month. JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is observing Hunger Action Month this September with an aggressive campaign to raise food and funds for food banks and food pantries in the retailer’s service area. The annual program, called “Give a Little, Feed a

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Pilot Flying J To Make Acquisition Of Maxum Petroleum

Pilot Flying J creates new partnership with Maxum Petroleum to expand its business. Pilot Flying J, Metalmark Capital, Waud Capital Partners and Maxum Petroleum announced Pilot Flying J plans to acquire a controlling interest in Maxum for cash and Pilot Flying J’s contribution of Western Petroleum into Maxum. Maxum is one of the largest independent

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Circle K Enters Agreement With NJOY

Circle K focuses on evolving its sale of e-cigarettes through a partnership with NJOY. Circle K entered a partnership with NJOY electronic cigarettes for chain-wide corporate store distribution in 3,100 U.S. retail locations as of August 2012. Circle K has been an early leader in the e-cigarette category, and this new partnership further strengthens NJOY’s

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Ultramar Offers New Gift Card Program

Ultramar works with Fanbox to give consumers new gift card services at all of its Canadian locations. Fanbox, a leader in relational technology and loyalty programs, developed a gift card program for Ultramar service stations and convenience stores across Canada, which totals 800 corporate and partner stations. The program developed by Fanbox was launched across

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Quik Stop, Hunt Bros. Kick Off Kentucky Race Weekend

Event to include free pizza and autograph session with NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick. Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking the Kentucky race weekend into high gear with free pizza, remote control racecar driving and an autograph session with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Mini-Wheelin’ with Kevin Harvick event June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Bob Marley For Breakfast At Fresh & Easy

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market serves and sells new, organic coffee from Marley Coffee at an affordable price Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a 197-store grocery retailer serving California, Arizona and Nevada, announced it partnered with Marley Coffee to offer an organic blend to consumers. Marley Coffee is sustainably grown, ethnically farmed and artisan roasted

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Quick Chek Sponsors Iraq And Afghanistan War Veterans

Quick Chek plans to raise money through in-store donations for the veterans living in the New York and New Jersey communities. Quick Chek plans to raise more than $50,000 for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) this summer at its 130 New Jersey and New York stores. “There is a tremendous amount of

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Local Store Marketing: Retail-To-Retail Bouncebacks

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Budgets are tight, but you need to move top line sales—fast! What is a quick and easy way to expand your customer base? Partnering with noncompeting retailers to help your broaden exposure is a simple, yet terrific local store marketing idea. By crafting a

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Veeder-Root Acquires Catlow Assets

Veeder-Root acquired the assets of Catlow Inc., based in Tipp City, Ohio.  Catlow is a manufacturer of petroleum dispensing equipment, serving the global market with a broad range of nozzles, swivels, breakaways and other hanging hardware components. Catlow’s customers include large regional retailers in North America, Petroleum Equipment Industry (PEI) distributors and commercial and industrial

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Coinstar Reimagines Responsibility

Releases first annual corporate social responsibility report. Coinstar Inc. released its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, “Reimagining Responsibility.”   The report highlights the company’s engagement and sustainability efforts and shares future commitments to advancing the long-term well-being of Coinstar, its employees, the environment and the communities it serves. “Since establishing a CSR office in

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Sunoco Acquired By Energy Transfer Partners

As part of the acquisition agreement, ETP is to own Sunoco’s branded retail business, which includes approximately 4,900 retail locations in the U.S. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) has acquired Sunoco Inc. The two companies today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby ETP will acquire Sunoco in a unit and

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Starbucks Cuts Crushed Bug Ingredient After Outcry

Starbucks is switching to natural, vegetarian coloring in response to consumer pressure via petition on Change.org. In response to massive public outcry and consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it plans to replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos. A popular campaign

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Gulf Oil Expands In Texas

Agreement with Houston’s Petroleum Wholesale LP seals 10 year partnership. Less that a year since announcing its return to its Texas roots, Gulf Oil announced today that it is boldly continuing its expansion in the Lone Star state through a partnership with Petroleum Wholesale LP. The agreement calls for an immediate re-branding of 50 service

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MACS To Offer Shopkick In Washington D.C. Stores

MACS becomes one of the first c-store chains in the U.S. to pioneer shopkick technology. As an ExxonMobil partner, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has announced its Washington, D.C. stores will now offer shopkick Inc.’s loyalty program. MACS is one of the first convenience store chains in the country to join the ranks of major retailers

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Shell, Rainbow Help Customers Save With FuelPerks!

Customers who use their Roundy’s Rewards Card at Rainbow stores can redeem fuelperks! Rewards at local participating Shell stations. Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc.  has teamed with Shell to give Roundy’s Rewards Cardholders the opportunity to redeem their fuelperks! Rewards at participating Shell stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Savvy consumers who use their Roundy’s Rewards Card

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Dos Equis Commemorates 150 Years Of Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Just in time for the Cinco celebrations, Dos Equis is introducing its popular Beers of Mexico variety pack. Dos Equis, the fastest growing premium Mexican beer in the U.S., is rolling out the successful Lost Art of Celebrating Cinco spring retail program with substantially increased media investment and more engaging support to offer consumers memorable

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VeriFone Acquires LIFT Retail Marketing

“LiftRetail Solutions extends our digital media reach into the convenience store environment,” says VeriFone spokesperson. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced the acquisition of LIFT Retail Marketing Technology Inc., the provider of a digital marketing system designed to increase sales for convenience stores. Financial terms were not disclosed. LIFT Retail, based in Atlanta, developed and markets

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R.J. Reynolds Launches Get Engaged

R.J. Reynolds delivers on its pledge to its retail partners with a powerful new online tool: Get Engaged. R.J. Reynolds has launched Get Engaged, a new feature on EngageRJRT.com, the online resource for R.J. Reynolds’ retail partners. Get Engaged was created as a research and learning platform intended to provide retailers with shopper insights and

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee Plans New Locations

Franchise opportunities with Dunkin’ Donuts are still available in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchisee, Savoureux Corp., for 12 new restaurants in North Omaha, Neb. and Sioux City, Iowa, with the first restaurant planned to open in 2013. Savoureux Corp. is led by NFL greats and former

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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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Chester’s Moves Up On Top Franchise List

Entrepreneur magazine ranks Chester’s No. 134 in its 33rd Annual Franchise 500 Report. Entrepreneur magazine, recently announced that Chester’s International, LLC was once again ranked as a leading quick-service restaurant franchise, highlighted by the company’s move up to No. 134 in the magazine’s annual Franchise 500 awards. “Chester’s consistent ranking is a testament of the company’s

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Starbucks Branches Into Beer, Wine

New Chicago area stores to feature upscale menu, spirits and live entertainment. Starbucks plans to open up to seven stores featuring beer and wine in addition to coffee in the Chicago area by the end of 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Seattle-based coffee giant has been testing a more community-oriented store concept to improve

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