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Del Monte Fresh ‘Find Your Inner Chef’ Contest

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Dos Equis Unmasks 2013 Masquerade Program

Dos Equis, the fastest growing premium Mexican beer in the U.S., is unveiling the details of this fall’s Masquerade program that will hit retail and on-premise accounts beginning September 1st. Set to coincide with this fall’s entertaining season, Dos Equis Masquerade entices consumers, 21 and older, to take their Halloween celebrations to a new level

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Maverik Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2013 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

The Salt Lake City-based chain will be honored at a private gala in Atlanta during The NACS Show in October. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by a service-first mantra to satisfy their customers.

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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

Ryko Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Jesse Wurth joins Ryko Solutions. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest provider of car wash equipment, cleaning solutions and technical service, has appointed Jesse Wurth as chief financial officer, responsible for the direction of all corporate accounting and financial functions, including the recently acquired operations of MacNeil Wash Systems in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Wurth joins

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e-Swisher Bets Big with World Series of Poker Partnership

Through an exclusive two-year agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, e-Swisher has been named the Official e-Cigarette of the World Series of Poker. Taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 29 to July 15, 2013, the 2013 World Series of Poker will have a record 480 poker tables spread

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Chicago Gas Station Owner Sentenced in Sales Tax Fraud Case

A suburban Chicago gas station owner was sentenced to a two-year prison term for underreporting Illinois sales taxes by nearly $1 million. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Department of Revenue announced that it was one of the largest gasoline sales tax fraud cases since the state started cracking down on gas station owners

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Shell Reaches Deal to Reduce Pollution at Houston Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S.

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The 2014 NATSO Show Heads to Nashville

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, announced that its 2014 show, scheduled to be held Jan. 25-29, 2014, will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The NATSO Show is the premier gathering place for the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators

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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Seasoned Jerky

Just in time for summer, Jack Link’s, the leading U.S. meat snacks brand, has introduced its new Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Jerky–a great-tasting, high-protein snack that allows consumers to enjoy the smoky, tangy flavors of authentic American barbecue with a whole new level of convenience. “Summer is right around the corner, and what better way

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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

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C-Store Chains Battling in Baltimore

Competition among convenience store chains in the Baltimore area has heated up as retailers vie to win over consumers by redefining and expanding “convenience.” The ultra competitive market features heavyweight chains such as Royal Farms, along with Pennsylvania’s Wawa, High’s of Baltimore and 7-Eleven. All of the chains are rushing to build new stores, remodel

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ExxonMobil Launches Smart Card Promotion

‘Get Smart and Save’ promo runs through September 30. Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi Retail Services are giving new Smart Card cardholders more ways to “Get Smart and Save” this summer. New ExxonMobil Smart Card cardholders who apply by September 30 will enjoy a limited time offer of 18-cent-per-gallon rebates on qualifying purchases for

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Boneless Chicken Options Help Deli Retailers Capitalize on Foodservice Trends

Now available to grocery and deli retailers nationwide, Tyson Simply Fried Boneless Fried Chicken provides deli shoppers with the same home-style fried chicken taste they’re familiar with, helping retailers capture shopper attention with on-trend chicken concepts that increase impulse purchases. In a recent report from Technomic, it was found that 58 percent of consumers surveyed

BP Joins ‘Top Tier’ Detergent Gasoline Program

BP announced that it has joined the automotive industry’s TOP TIER program for gasoline detergency standards. Although all three BP-branded gasoline grades treated with the company’s proprietary Invigorate additive have always exceeded the TOP TIER standard for detergency, the company formally joined the program on June 24th. “We are committed to providing our branded marketers

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Rutter’s Enhances its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores, operator of nearly 60 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, has introduced an Alaskan Cod sandwich along with several other tasty selections to its inventive and award-winning menu. The Alaskan cod is a whole muscle fish patty with a light panko breading. Customers can choose to top their fish sandwich with the any of

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The Force is Strong with QuikTrip

New Market Force study anoints QT the top rated c-store chain for cleanliness, friendliness and food quality. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. QuikTrip, with 662 stores in 11 states, was voted the most popular convenience store chain, according to a new study by Market Force Information, beating out 7,600 study participants. Convenience store chains Wawa,

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Embracing Energy Efficient Solutions

Whether it’s installing LED lighting or partnering with a local utility, retailers have a wide assortment of new opportunities to maximize efficiencies for less. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.Adding energy efficient features to convenience stores has numerous benefits from power bill and maintenance savings to the ability to market to today’s more eco-conscious consumer. If

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Jack’s Market Joins KickBack Rewards Coalition in Colorado

Chain’s primary coalition partner will be Pester Marketing, which operates 51 Alta Convenience Stores, many of which are partnered with Conoco and Phillips 66 fuel brands. As retailers look to drive traffic to the convenience store, an effective rewards program can help tilt the playing field in their favor. Loyalty programs are increasingly influencing where

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Brand Positioning – A Focus On Clarity

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Who are we? That is a question I hear all the time from companies that are trying to better communicate to their customers. All too often, companies have grown in spite of the fact of not really knowing whom they are or what they

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Driving New Business

By John Lofstock, Editor. Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes are providing smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. But these battery-operated devices serve as much more than a nicotine delivery system, they are serving as a shot in the arm for an entire industry. E-cigarettes

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Twinkies, Other Hostess Snacks Returning to Shelves

Company drops DSD model and will ship directly to warehouses in an effort to reach more c-stores. Twinkies will be back on shelves by July 15 after its predecessor company went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with unions last year. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster

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E-Cigarettes Come of Age

With Big Tobacco now in the game, electronic tobacco products are poised to take an enormous leap forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While some view electronic cigarettes as a threat to the cigarette industry, others see them as a lifeboat of sorts, providing smokers who don’t want to or can’t smoke cigarettes anymore—for a

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SmartServe Blend In Cup

Hamilton Beach Commercial has introduced the SmartServe Blend In Cup, model BIC2000. Designed with high-volume quick-serve locations in mind, the BIC2000 is the most efficient way to deliver blended drinks to customers. It allows for zero waste of ingredients, minimizes labor, avoids the use of cumbersome blender jars, and provides great drink consistency. Additionally, the

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