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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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Federal Raid On 7-Eleven Franchises Continues

7-Eleven takes over two more Virginia franchises after federal inquiry. 7-Eleven Inc. has reclaimed the operations of two more Hampton Roads franchises, in Virginia Beach and Newport News, Va., after a federal inquiry into the illegal hiring of immigrant employees by franchise owners in New York and Virginia, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported. “7-Eleven Inc.

Four Strategic Lessons

By: Dave Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. In 2010, a new category in CPG emerged, one that quickly garnered the attention of the beverage, c-store and specialty food trades. The category was termed “relaxation” and it was originally positioned as a diametric opposite to the “energy” category. One-ounce plastic shot bottles with brand

Tesoro Sells Hawaii Refinery

Par Petroleum to take the reigns as deal is expected to close in third quarter.   Par Petroleum Corp. is set to acquire San Antonio-based refiner Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery, the San Antonio Express-News reported. According to the deal, Houston, Texas-based Par Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay Tesoro $75 million, plus working capital of

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Former Employee Sues McDonald’s After Being Paid Only in Prepaid Debit Cards

The interchange fee debate took an interesting turn after a former McDonald’s employee in Pennsylvania sued the hamburger chain for refusing to pay her in anything but a debit card. A detailed report by the Citizen’s Voice newspaper revealed that the Shavertown McDonald’s forces workers to be paid only one way: with a payroll debit

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Heineken Launches Voyage Promotion

Heineken USA, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., announced the details of its legendary Voyage retail program that will hit retail outlets beginning August 1 and run through September 30. Set to coincide with the kick off of the fall sports season, Voyage entices adult consumers, 21 and older, to take their at-home

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Push Higher Early June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Spot prices for gasoline in the Chicago market spiked to better than 4-1/2 year highs in starting the first week of June before dropping back on data points showing increased processing at Midwest refineries, while wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. were mostly

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Sodapalooza And New Value Menu Greet RaceTrac Customers

RaceTrac customers can enjoy an affordable way too off this summer with Sodapalooza beverage promotion. RaceTrac is celebrating Sodapalooza 2013, which officially kicked off in all Georgia, Florida and Texas stores and is sure to add a little ‘pop’ to everyone’s day by offering fountain (32 ounce) and frozen (16 ounce) beverages for only 69

Gasoline in Midwest Spikes on Supply Concern

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The final and holiday-shortened trade week in May brought about a great amount of volatility in US oil markets, which whipsawed in futures and spot trading on a multitude of concerns ranging from assessments of U.S. and global economies, Federal Reserve stimulus efforts, geopolitical tension in Africa

Wholesale Gasoline Prices Drop on Building Supply

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A mid-May price spike in Midwest gasoline cash differentials spurred by a trio of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit outages at refineries located in the region atop of refinery upgrades that have limited the production of oil products in the Midwest continues to abate, pressuring supplier “rack” postings

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Phillips 66 Hands Out Lifetime Achievement Awards, Launches Innovative Retail Programs

Programs announced at 2013 marketing conference help branded customers compete in challenging marketplace. By John Lofstock, Editor Phillips 66 yesterday wrapped up its 2013 Marketing Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas with a flurry of new announcements and marketer awards. The Houston-based oil company, which operates the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco retail brands,

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Phillips 66 Marketers Conference Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Attracting Millennials, alternative fuels, fleet management and adopting a winning loyalty program among the key issues address during day one of the three-day conference. By John Lofstock, Editor Hundreds of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76-branded marketers descended on Las Vegas this week for the Phillips 66 2013 Marketing Conference & Trade Show. The theme of

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NRF to Reject Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

Retailers who oppose the plan have until May 28 to say whether they will opt out of the money offered. The National Retail Federation announced it will formally oppose a proposed settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees charged by Visa and MasterCard, and urged retailers to carefully consider their own

Dunkin’ Donuts Sets its Sights on North Carolina

Dunkin’ Donuts said it is recruiting franchisees in multiple North Carolina markets, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, to grow its chain of coffee shops. Currently, there are 44 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout the state. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in North Carolina is part of the company’s long-term goal to more than double its

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