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NACS CAFÉ is Calling

With foodservice taking on an expanded role in convenience stores, retailers can utilize NACS CAFÉ to learn about best practices, new ideas and emerging solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor. Foodservice now accounts for nearly one in every six dollars spent inside convenience stores. Getting foodservice right is no longer just a challenge, it is absolutely

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Tamper-Resistant Sandwich Wedge Packaging

Inline Plastics Corp. introduces a new Sandwich Wedge clamshell container, the newest version of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of products. The container’s upscale design promotes more attractive product merchandising that highlights the quality of its contents. The perimeter seal design of the containers provides increased product shelf life and better protection of its contents.

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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Retail Gasoline Prices Likely to Bounce Higher on Halloween

As expected, the Energy Information Administration’s US retail gasoline price average fell during the week-ended Oct. 24 following an increase during the previous week, and has now moved lower in seven of the past eight weeks. For the final week of October, we’re likely to see an increase in the average although wholesale gasoline prices

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Cracker Barrel Adding Electric Car Chargers

“Our leadership role in the EV Project allows us to continue offering what our guests need and expect while also participating in a meaningful way in our nation’s explorations of energy independence,” says Cracker Barrel CEO. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and ECOtality, a provider of clean electric transportation and storage technologies, have unveiled the

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Sheetz Named Among Best Places to Work

“The fact that this is the 10th year in a row that our employees have rated us so highly says a lot about our culture and the spirit of teamwork and respect that exists throughout our company,” says Sheetz’ CEO. Sheetz Inc. has been named one of 2011’s Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.  

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Heineken Appoints Senior Director of Regional Marketing

Johnson brings more than 20 years of marketing and business development experience to Heineken USA’s Regional Marketing team. Heineken USA has appointed Darrell Johnson as senior director, regional marketing. In his new role, Johnson will report to Kheri Tillman, vice president of trade marketing and sales strategy, and will be responsible for leading the regional

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McDonald’s Under Storm

An example of why addressing customer complaints in the age of social media is vital to your business. In today’s social media driven world, customer service is key to positive word-of-mouth, no matter the size of your chain or the scope of the complaint. If you doubt the seriousness of addressing customer complaints in a

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Grocery Store Appearances Matter to Shoppers

Despite the additional perks a store might offer, basics such as store cleanliness and eye-catching signage most impact customer impressions. For its new research, Innovation Trends, Attitudes and Opportunities, IDDBA commissioned Datassential to explore consumer attitudes and interest in various forms of innovation. A key insight from the report is that for today’s grocery shoppers,

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Nice N Easy Debuts New Prototype

A bigger grocery section and conveyor belts at the checkout are just some of the features the new location provides. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes debuted its newest and largest prototype location in Brewerton, N.Y., this week, Syracuse.com reported. The new 6,700-square-foot store at 5565 Bartell Road comes as local residents, who were without a

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Wawa Provides Red Cross Support

Fall schedule includes more than 38 blood drives open to the public. This fall Wawa is encouraging customers to join it in helping the American Red Cross save lives by donating blood at one of the more than 38 Wawa sites hosting a blood drive. The blood drive began Oct. 3 and will continue through

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7-Eleven Spars With Huntington, N.Y.

While 7-Eleven wants a zoning law changed to accommodate its new store, Zoning Board officials insist the regulation is there for a reason. 7-Eleven is taking on Huntington, N.Y., as it fights for the right to build a new 2,600 square foot 7-Eleven in the town on 25A and Waterside. Unfortunately zoning laws are getting

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Four Wall Analysis

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. When it comes to managing a profitable operation, knowing the key financial drivers of the store is paramount. Developing a “Four-Wall Analysis” is a helpful tool to better understanding both revenue projections as well as variable and fixed expenses. Few operators take the time

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Connecting The Dots

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. You may think about your business 24/7, but chances are your customers do not. Hard to believe, right? I am a big believer that the successful businessperson is always considering how they can “connect the dots” for their customers more easily so that their

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Englefield Oil Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Three generations of exceptional leadership and a keen focus on employees help the family business reach this distinctive milestone. By: John Lofstock, Editor. To understand the history of the convenience store and petroleum industry is to understand the individual success stories that helped build our great nation. Each company has a unique story, but their

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ServSafe Food Handler Guide Now Available

“The ServSafe Food Handler Guide is a cost-effective solution for use by all convenience retailers that provide foodservice offerings,” says Dr. Nancy Caldarola, education director for NACS CAFÉ. NACS members now have access to the ServSafe Food Handler Guide, an affordable solution for in-store food safety training that easily integrates food safety into any existing

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Scotsman Donates Ice Machines to Florida Culinary Academy

“We are proud to contribute equipment to the Academy of Culinary Arts program,” says Scotsman spokesperson. Scotsman Ice Systems has unveiled three new ice machines at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Land O’ Lakes High School. The academy, which serves the Land O’ Lakes, Fla., community, received a joint donation from Scotsman, United Refrigeration

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Hess Reports Estimated Q3 Results

Hess Corp. reported net income of $298 million for the third quarter of 2011 compared with $1,154 million for the third quarter of 2010.   Key takeaways include: • Net income excluding items affecting comparability between periods was $379 million, compared with $429 million in the third quarter of 2010. • Net cash provided by operating activities was

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Cumberland Farms To Offer MoneyGram Xpress

In-lane money transfer service makes transactions easier for customers. Massachusetts-based Cumberland Farms has signed an agreement with MoneyGram International to launch the first locations of the MoneyGram Xpress service. This new in-lane money transfer service allows consumers to purchase pre-packaged money transfers in $50, $100 and $200 denominations and redeem them online or by telephone

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Merchants Get More Than $10 Million Thanks To Durbin

Heartland Payment Systems releases latest data about Durbin Amendment’s actual effects on business owners. A grand total of $11,720,068 in signature debit interchange reductions have been deposited into merchant bank accounts by Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors. Of these Durbin Dollars, restaurant merchants received $4,042,859 and lodging merchants received $513,852.

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Love’s To Open 10 New CNG Fueling Stations

Chesapeake Energy and Love’s team add CNG accessibility across Oklahoma. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City, Okla.-based and family-owned operator of 280 travel stops and convenience stores, plans to add 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at existing locations across Oklahoma. These CNG fueling stations will be located in

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Center For Tobacco Products Postpones Meeting

New meeting date will be announced soon. FDA is postponing the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory (TPSAC) meeting scheduled for Nov. 2-3, 2011. The meeting is being rescheduled because key participants were unavailable due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. A new meeting date will be announced in the Federal Register. For more information:  <http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/TobaccoProductsScientificAdvisoryCommittee/ucm276969.htm

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TA Enters New $200 Million Credit Facility

TravelCenters of America LLC has entered into a new $200 million revolving credit facility. The new facility replaces TA’s previous $100 million credit facility, which had a maturity date of Nov. 12, 2012. The maturity date of the new facility is Oct. 25, 2016. Drawings under this new credit facility will require interest payments of

Save-A-Lot

If you are looking to diversify your business portfolio, watch this video to see how Save-A-Lot’s Ownership Program will fit in with your current portfolio. Save-A-Lot is a leading hard discount retailer that specializes in selling the most common purchase items in the most common sizes.

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