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90-Calorie Brownies

Convenience store retailers can indulge in more sales with new Fiber One 90-Calorie Brownies, the first baked good offering in the successful Fiber One line of products. Available in Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie, the sweet, indulgent and guilt-free treats have just 90 calories and a full five grams of fiber –

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Lawmakers Look To Repeal Durbin Swipe Fee Caps

Two U.S. House lawmakers plan to introduce a bill to repeal a Federal Reserve rule capping debit-card swipe fees, Bloomberg reported today, Oct. 12. Representatives Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, and Bill Owens, a New York Democrat, are introducing a measure later today to repeal the rule required under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, John Hadlock,

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Food Lion Stores Receive LEED Silver Certification

 Two green grocery stores in Fayetteville, N.C., recognized by U.S. Green Building Council. Two  Food Lion grocery stores in North Carolina have been awarded LEED Silver certification. Food Lion stores at 1738 Bingham Drive and 5555 Waldos Beach Road, both in Fayetteville, N.C., feature environmentally-friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including an on-site recycling center, an

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MACS Adds New Executive Leadership Positions

New leaders bring expertise in strategy, brand development and retail focus.   Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), the largest EXXONMobil fuel distributor in the region, has appointed two new members to its executive leadership team. Chad Lusk has been named chief strategy offficer, and Derek Gaskins will serve as senior vice president of marketing and merchandising.

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Retail Hiring at Highest Level Since End of Recession

October report shows retail hiring up 12.6% in September. Kronos Inc. has released the Kronos Retail Labor Index, a family of metrics and indices that characterize the current state of the demand and supply sides of the labor market within the U.S. retail sector. The analysis and write-up prepared by Macroeconomic Advisers LLC shows The

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Ricker’s and LIFT Announce Agreement

LIFT Station helps retailers effortlessly up-sell shoppers. Ricker Oil Co. and LIFT Retail Marketing Technology announced a multi-year agreement for a chain-wide rollout of LIFT’s suggestive selling solution – an award-winning point-of-sale technology that recommends upsell items to shoppers based on what the shopper is currently purchasing.  “We are excited to be installing the LIFT

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Adding a Spark to Tobacco Sales

Customized and novelty lighters offer customers an opportunity to express themselves. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. In simpler times, lighters were used chiefly as a means to an end—lighting up a cigarette, birthday candles or even restarting an oven. Today, however, with the growth of the tobacco accessories category, lighters have become an end in

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Serving Soup

Tomlinson Industries offers a variety of kettles, ideal for large or small operations and for front or back of house operations, to meet your soup service needs. The Deluxe Frontier Kettle—a top of the line soup kettle will cook, heat, hold and warm soup and other hot foods. With its old-fashioned look, this classic kettle

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Delek US Acquires Remaining Interest in Lion Oil

“We have increased flexibility with which to pursue a wider range of strategic initiatives capable of unlocking value for our shareholders,” says Delek US Holdings CEO. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, has acquired the remaining 11.7% minority equity interest in Lion Oil

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Pacific Pride, J.E. Clark II Corp. Renew Franchise Agreement

The 15-year old California franchise upgrades fueling locations. J.E. Clark II Corp. recently upgraded its facilities with new equipment and high speed diesel for commercial trucking customers and renewed its long-term franchise agreement with Pacific Pride Services LLC, a subsidiary of Wright Express Corp. The upgraded fueling facilities include a “contractors’ island” with regular gasoline

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Sheetz Adds blu Cigs

“We went with blu because they’ve clearly captured consumers’ trust, so we feel confident we’re delivering a high quality product to our faithful customers,” says Sheetz’ spokesperson. On the heels of a successful retail store launch earlier this summer, e-cigarette company blu Cigs has expanded its in-store presence via a partnership with Sheetz. Now, consumers

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Hunt Brothers Launches Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Limited-time offer pizza available now in participating stores. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has launched its newest limited-time offer Philly Cheesesteak Pizza. This new offering includes white cheddar cheese sauce, slices of beef steak, green peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese, all on Hunt Brothers Pizza’s famous original

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Sweetening Candy Sales

Avoiding common pitfalls and developing a merchandising plan can boost convenience store confectionery sales. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Keeping shelves full of customers’ favorite candy, gum and mint brands may seem like an obvious practice for convenience store category mangers. However, controlling out-of-stocks continues to be the top challenge for c-stores managing the candy

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Operational Excellence

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Managing a retail store is tough work. Between operations, merchandising, marketing and facility upkeep, retail business owners have their hands full.  Managing the details of retail is the difference between making it or not.  All too often, retail owners become lax in their operation

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Holiday Cheer Beer Promotion

Heineken has unveiled its ‘Spread Your Holiday Cheer’ retail program in plenty of time for c-stores to plan for big 2011 holiday sales. The program runs through December and includes channel specific offers and incentives (where legal) to encourage consumers to enjoy Heineken and Heineken Light, while increasing retailer profitability during the year’s most critical

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Sasnett Takes the Helm at Additech

Bo Sasnett, vice president of sales for Outsite Networks, was named today as president and CEO of Additech, a leading outsourced operator of at-the-pump interactive merchandising systems. He will assume his new role on Oct. 24, 2011 and will join Additech’s board of directors. Ralph Koehrer, Additech’s Chairman, said that after an extensive search the

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Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year

Lucy Mainor of North Kingstown, R.I., is the latest Irving Rewards customer to win gas savings. Lucy Mainor of North Kingstown, R.I., has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Mainor is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving

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Climbing Gasoline Costs to Slow Retail Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs in the majority of US metropolitan markets moved higher during the first week of the fourth quarter, with some of those increases up sharply, climbing, in part, on easing concern that the U.S. would again slide into recession. The higher costs will, however,

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FDA, NIH Announce Joint Tobacco Study

Tobacco use and risk perceptions will be reviewed during this collaboration—the first since the passing of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dairy

To drive profits in this core category, c-stores need to create a destination that showcases value, freshness and quality. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Dairy offerings have been dwindling at convenience stores in recent years as operators make space in the coolers for popular items like energy drinks and other healthful beverages. But when stores

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Master-Bilt Announces New Sales Rep Groups

New representative groups to cover sales in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, and Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, has appointed Johnson Commercial Agents and Ross Marketing as new sales representative groups. Johnson Commercial Agents will cover the territories of North Dakota, South Dakota

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Complying with Government Regulations

Whether it’s foodservice, tobacco or unionization, c-store owners must educate themselves on the changes that are taking place and respond accordingly to protect their investments. By Jim Callahan. As if we did not have enough government intervention to deal with, we are about to come face to face with an enormous increase in rules and

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Bath Time Fun

Two new products from the creators of Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath make bath and shower time colorful and fun. The Mr. Bubble Fizzy Bubble Bomb gives kids a great new cleaning option. Shaped like the Mr. Bubble character, the Original Bubble or Bubbleberry scent bath bombs provide extra-long-lasting fizz and fun in the tub. Available

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Ice Maker/Bagger/Merchandiser

Convenience stores can now make and bag up to 200 10-pound bags (1,800-2,000 pounds) of pure KOLD-DRAFT ice per day—on the premises—with KOLD-DRAFT’s new GB2060 Series ice machine, now available as part of the automatic ISB Ice Bagging System. The all-in-one ice maker/bagger/merchandiser system eliminates trucked-in ice deliveries, helps retailers increase profit margins selling their

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Cultivating Loyal C-Store Customers

An effective rewards program can drive new business and increase the average ticket ring with existing customers. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. There was a time when loyalty programs were tools used by large chains to reward customers for their daily business. But the times have changed. Convenience store operators of all sizes are now

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