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7-Eleven Donates Over $40 Million to Japan Relief Effort

“We hope these generous donations by thousands of global citizens and friends of 7-Eleven can help meet some of the basic needs as the Japanese people recover in the years to come,” says 7-Eleven CEO. The 7-Eleven Inc. global convenience retailing organization raised more than $40 million in donations to assist victims devastated by the

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Tedeschi Aggressively Remodels Sites

Newly renovated locations offer an array of fresh foods. Tedeschi Food Shops recently remodeled six locations in Massachusetts, bringing the number of stores remodeled since 2010 to 24. Renovations in Dorchester, Stoughton, Millis, Franklin, Saugus and Fall River are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all store locations are remodeled and able to

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Rutter’s Rewards Second Free Fuel Winner

Contest winner credits his daily Rutter’s coffee trips with helping him nab the prize. Garry Ferree of Glen Rock, Pa., is the second winner of a year’s worth of gasoline in Rutter’s Fuel Up Free Contest. Ferree, who travels around the south central Pennsylvania area for work each week, visits a number of area Rutter’s

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Sinclair Oil Selects Daktronics

“It’s clear Sinclair Oil embraces this technology and understands its importance in promoting their brand image and adding value to its retailers,” says Daktronics spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City and Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announced the LED display manufacturer is now the petroleum distributor’s LED signage provider. Sinclair Oil Corp., which

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Heated Zone Merchandiser

The new energy-efficient Hatco Heated Zone Merchandiser safely holds hot packaged foods in a smartly-designed display that attracts customers. Energy and costs are reduced by utilizing Hatco’s new Spot On technology— instant-on overhead elements that are off until a food product is placed on the shelf, compared to other heated merchandisers that stay on full

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Dried Fruit Packaging Innovation

Mariani Dried Fruit has introduced TouchLock, a Velcro-like micro-hook closure system, which allows consumers to simply touch to lock and close their dried fruit bag. Mariani has launched the TouchLock feature on all stand-up gusseted packaging. The TouchLock packaging does not have to be perfectly aligned to seal properly, as long as the micro-hooks on

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Cultivating the Leaders of Tomorrow

Training employees to accept responsibility when they stumble will help groom the next generation of industry executives. By Jim Callahan. My wife called me one morning this week with a quote that gave us both pause to stop and think: “When you stumble, make it part of the dance.” I took some time to analyze

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NACS Reacts To 21 Cent Cap on Swipe Fees

NACS calls Fed’s final rule “an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty.” The U.S. Federal Reserve’s final rules on debit card swipe fees “is an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty to implement the law as written,” said National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith. The final rules

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Preparing for the Demand Revolution

In a world of increasingly instant gratification, what customers are demanding and how they want it is beginning to alter the way companies do business. At the 2011 Sweets & Snacks Expo, Rick Kash of The Cambridge Group and author of How Companies Win, spoke on the changing landscape that operators and manufacturers must navigate

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GSP, Kangaroo Express ‘Salute Our Troops’

“We are proud to join GSP in this campaign to provide an opportunity for our store guests to thank our military for the work and sacrifices required to protect our nation and preserve our freedom,” says senior vice president of The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. and GSP, a provider of retail services, have joined for

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Thorntons Selects Sanders\Wingo As Agency of Record

“We appreciate the team’s strategic thinking and creative approach to the assignment, especially as we look toward expansion of digital efforts,” says Thorntons’ executive vice president.  Thorntons has picked Sanders\Wingo as its agency of record. “A name like Thornton’s carries such a great amount of brand trust and loyalty, and we’re honored to be beginning

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SymphonyIRI Examines Consumer Gas Price Woes

Shoppers battered by the recession are much less willing to absorb high gas prices and increasing store prices. Just as the CPG industry was beginning to show signs of growth, a new hurdle emerged: rising gas prices. With national gas prices 40% higher on average today than a year ago, many shoppers are having difficulty

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Foodservice Cutlery

Solo Foodservice has launched a redesigned and more comprehensive cutlery offering for meal service. With its two new cutlery lines, Solo has improved the appearance, performance and value of its full cutlery solutions for on-premise and takeout meal occasions. The matching, family design of the new Impress and Reliance lines gives operators the ability to

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Sky’s The Limit at Quick Chek’s Balloon Festival

Record crowds expected at Health and Wellness Sunday to revel in music, food and fun. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Quick Chek Food Stores will kick off the 29th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, on July 29 at Solberg Airport

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VPS Convenience Store Group Plans Aggressive Expansion

Sun Capital’s c-store division is bulking up its foodservice operations and rolling out new tobacco stores across the Southeast. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With two acquisitions under its belt already this year, VPS Convenience Store Group, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., is poised for additional growth, with its eyes focused on opportunities

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Ryko Prevails in Legal Dispute

“This case was important in assuring that our rights were identified and protected, especially as it relates to the enforceability of our distributor contracts,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Manufacturing Co. Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has prevailed in its legal

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Coulson Oil Hosts Safety Training for Shell Oil Executives

For the second time this month, officials from across Shell Oil Co. are travelling to Arkansas for a comprehensive safety training seminar hosted by Coulson Oil Co. On Tuesday, June 28, Coulson Oil will lead a safety class as part of Shell’s Global HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environmental) initiative. The meeting will focus on

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Retail Gasoline Prices to Continue Downtrend in Early July

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Through June 20, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the sixth weekly decline in the U.S. average retail gasoline price, with lower wholesale costs through the week-ended June 24 set to extend that trend for a seventh week. Moreover, a release of emergency oil reserves announced

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Million-Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold at Rutter’s

A $20 instant scratch-off ticket for the Million Dollar Cash Fever game resulted in a big prize for a lucky Rutter’s customer. A winning million-dollar ticket was sold at Rutter’s Farm Store No. 4 in Wrightsville, Pa. Its winner claimed the prize for the ticket, which was purchased in early June, at the Pennsylvania Lottery

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Assessment On Impact of Menthol Cigarettes Expected in July

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA’s TPSAC to submit a report and recommendation on the impact of menthol cigarettes on public health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to submit its draft independent review of the science related to the impact of menthol in cigarettes on public health

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CITGO Helps Reinvigorate Detroit Neighborhood

Upgrades and enhancements to locally-owned CITGO stations part of ongoing investment in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Detroit-area fuel suppliers are proud to launch a partnership with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and promoting the Eight Mile corridor. The ongoing efforts aim to use the assistance of

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Carney Joins The Pantry’s Executive Leadership Team

Former senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Borders Group, brings 25 years of experience to The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Thomas Carney is joining its executive leadership team as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Carney joins The Pantry from Borders Group Inc. In his new role at

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Enhance Data Security

The Managed PCI System (MPS) Redbox is Reliant Security’s flagship security appliance, designed for merchants with multi-site retail environments, and provides broad, integrated and high-performance protection against data security threats, while simplifying and reducing the costs of PCI remediation. The MPS Redbox is an open architecture appliance designed to comprehensively address the PCI technical requirements;

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Gas Pump Marketing

VeriFone Systems Inc. has introduced PAYMEDIA for its PCI 2.0-approved Secure PumpPAY solution for pay-at-the-pump. PAYMEDIA is designed to deliver an entertaining and engaging mix of content and advertising to enhance the customer’s experience at the gas pump while generating profits for convenience operators. VNET provides consumers with a blend of news, weather and lifestyle

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CDCG Helps Small Stores Go Fresh

C-stores in the Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady, N.Y., area are getting a helping hand in providing fresh produce to customers thanks to Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG), a private non-profit community service organization and the group behind the Veggie Mobile,  a produce truck that sells  fruits and vegetables in food deserts. So far the c-store

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