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Commissary Sales Gaining Momentum

While commissary products are growing in popularity at c-stores, not all retailers are at the same level. Luckily, options abound in ways to integrate commissary products for all quartiles. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Commissaries and a centralized distribution system are becoming more popular across all foodservice segments in both convenience stores and supermarkets as

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Valero Acquires Two Fuel Terminals

The ownership and operation of these facilities is expected to allow Valero to grow its wholesale marketing presence in eastern Kentucky. Valero Terminalling and Distribution Co., a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., has successfully completed the acquisition of Chevron USA Inc.’s Louisville and Lexington, Ky. product terminals for an undisclosed amount, company officials announced. Valero

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7-Eleven Makes Buying Greyhound Tickets Easy

“We continue to seek innovative ways to serve our guests and are looking forward to the potential growth of this type of service when we expand the program to our other stores in the U.S.,”says 7-Eleven spokesperson. Greyhound and 7-Eleven Inc. are providing customers a more convenient way to purchase Greyhound tickets. Now customers can

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Save Mart, Infineon Raceway Extend Partnership

“Our sponsorship continues to build strong brand recognition and provide great value to our loyal supplier partners and shoppers,” says Save Mart CEO. Save Mart Supermarkets has signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway, track officials announced today. The partnership continues the raceway’s long-standing relationship

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Walgreens Rolls Out New Web Pickup Service

More than 480 stores in Chicago and surrounding suburbs to offer new service, with curbside delivery coming soon to select locations. Walgreens has combined the convenience of online shopping with its neighborhood stores, introducing its new Web Pickup service at locations throughout the Chicago area. Chicago is the first full market rollout for Web Pickup,

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Driving Snacks Sales

While private label products are improving, quality and value remain critical components for all snacking options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor “Yes, but…” That’s the all-too-common answer to the question of whether or not price promotions can drive snack sales in convenience stores. Yes, in a lousy economy people look for and respond to savings.

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Gourmet Popcorn

Oogie’s Snacks, makers of Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn, launched new Kettle Corn flavors at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in May. Oogie’s Popcorn is best known for its savory pre-popped popcorn flavors made with distinctive cheese and spices. Now the two new Kettle Corn flavors— Orginal and Sticks & Stonez—are set to start shipping in August.

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Chocolate Crème Filled Cookies

Meiji announces its Hello Panda Chocolate Crème filled cookies are now available in a 28-count vend pack, perfect convenience store counters. Each 0.75-ounce bag of cookies features one of four bag designs, including tennis, rugby/football, table tennis and soccer designs that feature the Meiji Panda playing each sport. Great for hot weather, the product does

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Energy Sales Soaring

While there may have been some concerns about the growth of shots and full-size cans, analysts report the category has never been stronger. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Brent Howard isn’t just a retailer of energy drinks and shots. He’s a user. Division manager for Sun Pacific Energy in Kennewick, Wash., Howard has seen the

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Shock Top Gets Canned

Shock Top Belgian White is now available for the first time in aluminum cans. The bright, eye-catching orange can, with corresponding orange pull tab, is being sold nationwide in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans. Shock Top continues to increase in popularity year after year with a 24% growth in 2010 alone. Shock Top Belgian White is

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A Sheet of Energy

Pure Brands LLC, a holding company that creates, acquires and markets proprietary consumer products, has launched an energy delivery system called Sheets Energy Strips, which is being marketed as “the new way to do energy.” The co-founders, NBA All-Star LeBron James and marketing experts Warren Struhl, Jesse Itzler and Maverick Carter, are tapping into the

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EZ Trip Supports U.S. Soldiers and Their Families

“We here at EZ Energy understand that for those military families who have loved ones deployed in the theater of war, supporting their soldier(s) is the most important thing in their lives…and that support is constant – 24/7,” says EZ Energy spokesperson. Convenience retailer EZ Energy USA Inc. has teamed up with Support U.S. Armed

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NACS Releases 2010 State of the Industry Report

Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.4%in 2010, reaching a record $190.4 billion. NACS has released the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2010 Data, the industry’s premier benchmarking tool and most comprehensive collection of firm-level, store-level and category data and trends based on the convenience and petroleum marketing industry’s 2010 performance. Compiling and analyzing

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EZ Energy Announces New Hires

From chief financial officer to marketing category manager and support center assistant, EZ Energy introduces new faces to its team. EZ Energy is welcoming a number of new employees, including Michael Paull as vice president & chief financial officer. During his 21+ years of corporate finance and accounting experience, Paull has worked in multiple industries

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Police Ticket Good Kids with Slurpee Coupons

“Kids love it because they love Slurpee drinks.  Police officers love it because it gives them a reason to approach youngsters in a non-authoritative role and build positive relationships,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. To foster friendly relationships with local law enforcement and encourage good behavior, 7-Eleven Inc. is giving one million “FREE Slurpee” coupons to police

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NACS Show Retailer Panel Announced

Speedway LLC President Tony Kenney and Valero Energy Corp. President Gary Arthur have been announced as panelists for the NACS Show General Session panel “A Tale of Two Retailers.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Petrowski, CEO of Cumberland Farm Group of Cos. The Oct. 3 session, presented by NACS Magazine, is part

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Considerations for Selling a Distressed Business

By Domenic Rinaldi, Chicagoland Sunbelt. In a perfect world, businesses would only be sold when they are healthy and attractive to buyers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and trying to market a business as an appealing acquisition while the business is in decline can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible. Here are some

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EZ Trip To Offer Fresh Doughnuts

EZ Energy Partners with Aunt Mary Ann Donuts to provide improved fresh bakery offering to hungry customers. EZ Energy USA Inc. has introduced a new freshly delivered bakery program. Doughnuts and other baked goods will now be delivered to its Easy Trip stores fresh every morning. These items are expected to provide an improvement in

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Petro Stopping Center Re-Opens in Salina

TravelCenters buys back and re-introduces former franchise location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, today announced it has completed its planned acquisition and opening of the newest Petro travel center at Exit 252 off I-70 in Salina, Kan. “We were very happy to have the chance to buy this location and

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7-Eleven Offers Retro Treats

Building on the theme of the Super 8 Movie, 7-Eleven is offering Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops and a space-age Slurpee cup. Fans who want a real-life taste of 1970s small-town life as shown in Paramount Pictures’ Super 8 can head to 7-Eleven stores this month for Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops, special Slurpee cups and delicious

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Kirk Legislation Threatens Highway Businesses

“This legislation does nothing more than grant state governments a monopoly directly on the interstate shoulder or median,” says CEO of NATSO. A bill unveiled this week threatens thousands of businesses operating at the exits along the nation’s Interstate Highway System, jeopardizing the jobs of more than two million Americans, a coalition of highway businesses

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Foodservice Equipment Opens Doors for C-Stores

More and more operators are embracing bakery production and merchandising challenges to create fresh-baked opportunities. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. With tobacco sales in decline and gasoline prices volatile, convenience stores are looking to other categories to draw more customers and improve profitability. Foodservice in its varied forms—from simply hot coffee and frozen beverages to

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Peanut Butter Swirl

Ice cream consumers now can combine their love for sweet chocolate, peanut butter and savory peanuts with the new DOVEBAR Peanut Butter Swirl Ice Cream with Milk Chocolate. The fusion of peanut butter with chocolate has long been a favorite, and with new DOVEBAR Peanut Butter Swirl with Milk Chocolate, consumers can “Crack into an

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Mansfield Oil Opens First Operations Center in Canada

“The opening of Mansfield’s Calgary office is a response to our current customers’ needs as well as an opportunity to serve new customers in the Canadian market,” says Mansfield Oil president. Mansfield Oil Co. has opened a new marketing office and regional operations center in Calgary. “We’re excited to announce the opening of our first

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Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” says Kroger president. The Kroger Co. has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, showing it continues to meet annual sustainability benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30% since 2000. “Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate

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