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VERC Enterprises Named a Leader in Employment Opportunities

Cardinal Cushing Centers recognizes VERC Enterprises. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire was recently honored as a Leader in Employment Opportunities by Cardinal Cushing Centers, Inc.’s South Shore Industries division, Cushing’s work development program for adults. VERC Enterprises Vice President Paul Vercollone, Director of

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Breakfast Biscuits

General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has introduced Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits to give convenience store retailers a quick and convenient option to offer on-the-go customers during a high traffic time of day. The latest product from the No. 1 granola bar brand in convenience stores, Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits have a unique crispy texture and

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Newcastle Bombshell Blonde Ale Returns

Newcastle Brown Ale is bringing back the popular Newcastle Bombshell Blonde Ale this summer, featuring a swimsuit-clad bombshell on its packaging. Newcastle Bombshell is brewed with Cascade, Hallertau and Northdown hops. The combination helps balance the light-colored golden ale’s light aroma and bitterness with toasted malt for a smooth, clean finish. Bombshell is a well-balanced

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New Dipping Sauces

Krispy Krunchy is introducing four new dipping sauces for its Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Fish & Shrimp.  The new sauces include: Classic Tartar Sauce, Dijon Honey Mustard, Cajun Sweet BBQ and Classic Cocktail Sauce. These new sauces will go right along with the Krispy Krunchy Chicken original dipping sauces: Sweet & Hot Mustard, Spicy New Orleans

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Wawa Celebrates 50

Customers enjoy free coffee all day on “Wawa Day.” By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor / News & Online. Wawa’s 50th Anniversary celebration kicked off at 6 a.m. at the first Wawa store ever built, located at 1212 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, Pa., which first opened its doors 50 years ago on April 16, 1964. Even at

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Surveillance Solutions

Observint Technologies, a provider of video surveillance, audio surveillance and access control solutions, has launched the Alibi line, which delivers the latest in analog and IP technology, including cameras, recorders, and turn-key systems specifically engineered to provide customers with feature-rich, extremely cost-effective video surveillance solutions that are easy to install and operate.  The Alibi IP

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NOCO Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Care Center

Local four-year-old boy’s story touches community. NOCO customers and employees showed their support for Ben Sauer and his family raising a total of $8,441 during a recent Blue4Ben campaign. NOCO’s donation will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Care Center. Earlier this year, Ben Sauer, a four-year old from Clarence, was diagnosed with an

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Managing Today’s Workforce

Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics collaborated on their sixth annual human resources survey, providing industry-wide insights into emerging employment trends. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics recently collaborated on our sixth annual HR survey. The following results, based on respondents’ recent experiences and expectations, offer industry-wide insights as well as useful

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Keeping Your Customers and Employees Safe

Security experts weigh in on how to solve crime problems and potentially dangerous situations before they start. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Problem: Crime in your markets of operation is becoming a concern. Solution: Institute best practices in store security, from adding surveillance cameras, smart safe equipment and training all your employees on how to

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Boosting Sales With Store Cleanliness

Customers are more likely to make food purchases at an establishment they view as clean—and that goes double for the restrooms. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Problem: Food sales are dropping despite having a world-class menu. Solution: Inspect store cleanliness. Its sanitation and bathrooms are as important to food sales as the food itself. Developing

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Embracing a Healthier Menu

For convenience stores, healthy food offerings are creating a convergence of nutrition, foodservice solutions and profitability. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Problem: Customers want healthy,grab-and go-meal options.Solution: Add fresh cut fruits, yogurts and salads to the  menu. They’re quick, easy and appeal to a wide variety of customers. Also consider more wholesome ingredients like baked

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MST Offers Hope for Traditional Tobacco

MST sales remain strong, and analysts are calling for another solid year in 2014 despite regulatory efforts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While moist smokeless tobacco (MST) sales are projected to enjoy a strong 2014, possible government legislation and public health campaigns could converge to slow its momentum. To maximize sales now, industry proponents insist

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C-Stores Face New SNAP Mandates

New federal rules could force some retailers to abandon the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program altogether. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The recently enacted Federal Farm Bill is requiring new “depth of stock” mandates for convenience stores involved in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps. With the Farm Bill

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Jiffy Mini Marts Passes the Torch

Karen Shroyer now helms the c-store business she grew up learning.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After more than 35 years in the c-store business, Jim and Pat Fash, owners and founders of Jiffy Mini Marts Inc. retired in 2011, passing ownership of the family business down to their daughter Karen Shroyer, a member

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Joe Sheetz Takes Charge

In addition to being named president of the family-owned convenience store chain, Sheetz was named vice chairman of the NACS Research Committee. By John Lofstock, Editor While all retailers maintain a busy work schedule, Joe Sheetz has had a whirlwind six months.  In October, Sheetz formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for

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Premium E-Liquid

As part of the new business endeavor between Republic Tobacco and Johnson Creek Enterprises, Republic has introduced the new REAL Ultra Premium e-Liquid line. Made in the USA from U.S.-sourced ingredients, the manufacturing process is ISO 9001 Certified. The robust flavor of our American, Turkish, and Virginia Blends all provide a palate pleasing vapor experience

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years

April 16 to be “Wawa Day” in the City of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, Wawa Inc. opened its very first store at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pa. In honor of this tremendous milestone, Wawa is kicking-off its 50th anniversary in retail with two in-store celebrations. The first takes place at Wawa’s very first store

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Opportunities Abound at the Car Wash

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits, said Jim Callahan, director of marketing for Geo. H. Green Oil Co. in Atlanta. “To succeed with a car wash, you must be convinced that it is worth the effort. I

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Feed Inner Strength

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has announced the release of STRONG & KIND, the brand’s first-ever savory snack line and a movement aimed at changing the way people view strength and kindness. STRONG & KIND helps feed people’s inner strength with 10 grams of natural protein (soy-and-whey free) from ingredients you can see & pronounce, including

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Natural Energy Bar

Tantus Tobacco has introduced individually-wrapped Coffee Thins, which offer the convenience of coffee in a bar. The 100% Natural Energy bar is the proud winner of the Candy Industry’s 2012 Buyer’s Choice Award. Coffee Thins are available in three flavors: Americano, Espresso and Latte, in 72-count assorted counter displays, 15- pack displays, and three-bar pack

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More Upside for Gasoline Prices, But Top Nearing

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The national average price for regular grade gasoline increased for eight weeks straight through Mar. 31 according to the Energy Information Administration, reaching a nearly seven-month high at $3.579 gallon, and there’s more upside to go. With limited exception, wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across

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SOI Summit Reveals Trends, Numbers

Foodservice remains critical to convenience stores’ bottom line as the business structure changes to respond to consumer trends. By David Bennett, Senior Editor and Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. With the 2014 NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit now underway at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., hundreds of c-store retailers and suppliers are taking

Convenience Store Sales Post Record Sales

U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, overall convenience store sales were $695.5 billion, according to figures released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The industry’s 2013 numbers were announced at the NACS State of

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New Vaporizers

In December 2013, 21st Century Smoke introduced its first line of Vaporizers and USA-made e-juice, made in a GMP, FDA approved facility, “VAPIN PLUS.” The company conducted a substantial amount of research with different manufacturers before launching the product. 21st Century Smoke is using the best factory to manufacture its Vaporizer pens and EVE batteries,

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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