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Weighing Financial Services

Whether it’s check cashing or the latest mobile wallet technology, providing customers with useful financial offerings can help your bottom line. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Cash makes up nearly 29% of U.S. consumer transactions per year, or about $1.2 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve. Among those transactions last year were a lot of

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Aligning Loyalty Programs

There’s a simplified approach to loyalty that offers a good fit for today’s convenience customer. By David Bishop, Contributing Editor. Retail loyalty programs take various forms, ranging from the simple paper punch card to sophisticated shopper cards linked to purchases. While technology has evolved over the years, customer loyalty strategies continue to focus on engaging,

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7 Cedars Hits the Jackpot with Totem Rewards Powered by KickBack Points

Totem Rewards Cardholders can double down on rewards opportunities at the casinos gaming tables, restaurants, gift shops, gas station and even the golf pro shop. Since opening in 1995, 7 Cedars Casino has formed a special bond with its guests. It views itself as much more than a casino, but a cultural center that also

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Be Featured at the National Restaurant Association Show

Restaurant operators and fast-food retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at the National Restaurant (NRA) Show from May 17-20 in Chicago. There has been a lot of activity by the government this past year around foodservice-related operational issues. Beyond staffing and regulatory issues,

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Battle for Breakfast Heats Up

The competition for the $46.5 billion breakfast business is at a fever pitch with retail giants from McDonald’s and Taco Bell to Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts rolling out sandwich interpretations to steal new morning business. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Quick-service restaurants are hitting all of today’s consumers’ hot buttons with their latest breakfast offerings.

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The Prepaid Category Continues to Evolve

Whether open and closed loop prepaid cards are a significant profit generator or just an important convenience customers expect to find in their c-store, virtual gift cards are changing the category for retailers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The prepaid category is changing. Of the amount of gift cards sold in terms of dollars loaded,

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station Rises in Buffalo

A transportation museum in the Queen City is putting the final touches on Frank Lloyd Wright’s first service station design, providing a glimpse of how modern service stations evolved. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Before Route 66 was designated Historic Route 66, and well before convenience stores offered the first Gas Station TV monitors above

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New Twinkies Varieties

Join the action as Hostess Brands and 20th Century Fox celebrate the May 23  theatrical release of X-Men: Days of Future Past with the Hostess X-MEN Adventure Sweepstakes—offering fans the chance to win eXtreme prizes—and the limited-time introduction of eXtreme Crème Twinkies in new Blue Raspberry and Strawberry Blast flavors. Fans can visit local retailers

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One-Of-A-Kind Beer

Heineken USA has announced the arrival of Desperados, a one-of-a-kind beer blended with tequila barrel-aged lager that delivers a uniquely refreshing and smooth taste. Crafted at the crossroads of beer and spirits techniques, Desperados is the ultimate beer for nightlife and fun, perfect for adult consumers, 21 and older, who are looking for memorable nights

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Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha is one of the most important flavors in foodservice today, and CHA! by Texas Pete brings a spicy blend of heat and sweet to any meal. Now available in seven-gram portion-control packets for restaurants, food-away-from-home operations, non-commercial accounts, drive-through and take-out operations, the sriracha sauce adds its unique flavor to almost any cuisine. TW

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Buchanan Energy Adds inOvationTV Media Program

Aims to improve consumer loyalty and store traffic with forecourt media platform. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne, A GE Business a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, has expanded its reach in the

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Rutter’s Adds Brisket, Corned Beef to Menu

New sandwich options to entice c-store customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added brisket and corned beef sandwich options to the menu, giving greater variety and originality to hungry customers across central Pennsylvania.  Corned beef and brisket join pastrami on Rutter’s Reuben menu. Customers select the meat, cheese and bread to be used on their Reuben

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TAC Energy Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to be key source of unbranded supply. TAC Energy has come aboard as a partner in VP’s retail brand program. One of the nation’s largest independent fuel wholesalers, TAC Energy has agreed to supply fuel to VP-branded retail stores in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and East Texas areas. As a major supplier, TAC will represent

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PCATS Rebrands For The Future

Name change signifies organization’s refocused mission. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Searching for a stronger identity to match its technical expertise, the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has been rebranded as Conexxus. Gray Taylor, executive director of the newly branded Conexxus, said Tuesday night that the name change signifies the refocus of the

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Smoothie Mixes

Serve better-for-you beverages and satisfy health conscious consumers with new DaVinci Gourmet natural smoothie mixes—featuring fruit and veggie blends. Made with no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, these delicious natural smoothie mixes contain up to two servings of fruit per eight-ounce drink. Choose from five fresh-picked fruit flavors, such as Very Berry, or two

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Michael Snyder Joins Server Products

Industry veteran Snyder to lead Server’s business development in the Eastern U.S. Server Products has announced the hiring of Michael Snyder as eastern regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Snyder will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Eastern region of the U.S. An 18-year veteran of the industry, Snyder most recently

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C.N. Brown Co.’s MDA Shamrock Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

CITGO marketer fights back for Mainers affected by neuromuscular diseases. C.N. Brown Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp., sponsors of the annual “Buy A Shamrock” paper mobile program to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), raised more than $103,000 to benefit children, adults and families affected by neuromuscular disease in their local communities. From mid-February through

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Blended Crémes

Appeal to customers looking for coffee-free options with decadent Big Train Blended Crèmes. These caffeine-free frappes are delicious served on their own, or top them with whipped cream for added indulgence. Offer all the robust flavor of a gourmet dessert in a cup with varieties such as creamy Vanilla Bean, rich Cookies ‘n Crème, sweet

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Land Mark Products Achieves SQF Level 2 Certification

“Food safety is our No. 1 concern, and we are proud that we’ve achieved this level of credibility,” says Land Mark Products CEO. Land Mark Products, a food manufacturer to the convenience store industry, has been awarded the Safe Quality Food Institute’s (SQF) Level 2 Certification. The SQF Certification is awarded to food manufacturers that

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Tri-State Petroleum Announces 40th Anniversary Celebration

“We are very proud to be celebrating our 40th anniversary, and to be carrying on the legacy of the business our parents founded,” says CEO. Tri-State Petroleum Corp. is celebrating 40 years of business in 2014. Tri-State Petroleum Corp. is a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia

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Chicken Dippers Newest Star of 7-Eleven Hot Foods Menu

7-Eleven adds 100% white meat pieces to address growing snack market. As meals and snacks continue to morph to interchangeable eating occasions, 7-Eleven Inc. adds another small-snack, big-value item to its hot foods line-up. Chicken Dippers are pieces of 100%, high-quality white-meat chicken with no fillers that are lightly breaded in a tasty coating and

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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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