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NAFEM Honors Members

Peter Nordell receives the President’s Award, while John Nackley is given the William W. Carpenter Award. Both awards were presented on Feb. 11 at the NAFEM Show in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. The President’s Award recognizes a non-elected NAFEM volunteer who has donated their time and expertise for the betterment of the association. “I’m

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The 2011 Foodservice Report

Convenience store retailers posted strong across-the-board sales gains in 2010 and expressed optimism for an even more robust 2011. Thanks to an increasingly busy lifestyle, today’s convenience store customers regard food prepared away from home as a necessity, and the industry’s top-quartile retailers have benefited handsomely from meeting the growing demand for fresh foods. For

Preparing for Higher Pump Prices

While these difficult economic times continue to peck away at customers’ disposable income, fuel prices are creeping up, which will only further erode discretionary spending. Gasoline prices nationally have increased steadily since September, rising nearly 60 cents to an average of $3.11 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to the Department of Energy at

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NAG Scholarship Enrollment is Open

As many of you know and remember from past affiliation, The National Advisory Group (NAG) is a top organization of hard-working executives from small- to medium-sized chains whose mission is to help other convenience store executives build profits and relationships. This group meets once a year to share best business practices, operational improvements and revenue-generating

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Rite Aid Raises $4.9 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

In 2010, $1 paper Miracle Balloons were sold in Rite Aid stores nationally, with the proceeds benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Drugstore chain Rite Aid has raised $4.9 million in 2010 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The money raised by Rite Aid funds life-saving medical care, research, education and outreach programs at 117 Children’s Miracle

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NAFEM Honors Industry Association Leaders

“Their efforts and dedication to the betterment of the associations they represent, and the collective hospitality industry, is truly valued,” says CEO. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has awarded 53 allied association leaders its Doctorate of Foodservice (DFS) honor. The awards were presented during ceremonies held at The The North American

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Scotsman Introduces “Luv the Nug”

Campaign connects customers via their love of nugget ice, and helps them locate places that offer Scotsman nugget ice. Ice-chewing fanatics love nugget ice, The Original Chewable Ice invented by Scotsman Ice Systems, and the company is celebrating with a new “Luv the Nug” campaign, a digital community that unites passionate ice chewers everywhere. Found

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The Pantry Reports Losses

The Pantry rolls out a new coffee program, more fresh food options and a new look for stores to help offset lower profit margins on fuel. Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. announced a loss of $12.2 million, or 54 cents per share, in its first quarter ended Dec. 30, the News and Observer reported. Last

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Sheetz Enters Star City, W.Va.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our community,” the Star City Mayor says of the new c-store. Sheetz Inc. has the all-clear from the city council of Star City, W.Va., to move forward with plans to build a new Sheetz convenience store on the corner of Monongahela Boulevard and Boyers Avenue—less than a quarter of

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“Casey’s Madness” Social Media Campaign Debuts

Digital marketing promotion aims to boost online community for the Midwestern c-store chain. Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Store has launched “Casey’s Madness,” a social marketing campaign focused on growing the brand’s online presence by engaging customers through social media channels. The campaign is a competitive contest built around creative user generated content submitted through social networks

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Consumer Credit Confidence Bounces Back

First Data’s SpendTrend analysis shows transaction growth on credit cards hit a 13-month high in January. First Data Corp., a global provider in electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of January 2011 compared to January 2010. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit,

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Teams With Kevin Harvick Inc.

The 2011 NASCAR season is quickly approaching, and Hunt Brothers® Pizza already has reason to celebrate. In a partnership with Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for two of NASCAR’s most successful and influential drivers, Kevin Harvick and Elliott Sadler. KHI was founded in 2001 by Kevin Harvick and

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Sinclair Oil Selects RackPrice From KSS Fuels

End-to-end wholesale pricing solution is expected to improve supply chain management and provide a consistent pricing process for Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Oil Corp., an oil refiner and fuel wholesaler supplying more than 2,000 Sinclair branded gas stations in 22 western and mid-continent states, has selected RackPrice from KSS Fuels for its fuel price management

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Sunoco and Sheetz Introduce Xenergy

Starting in March, energy drink Xenergy is set to appear in 818 corporate and 642 independently-owned Sunoco stores and 320 Sheetz locations. C-store chains Sheetz Inc. and Sunoco Inc. both have opted to add XYIENCE’s Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, to their stores, expanding the brand’s presence on the East Coast. Between

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NATSO Elects 2011 Chairman

Robert Berkstresser succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the NATSO board of directors. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, has named Robert Berkstresser, owner of Lee Hi Travel Plaza and White’s Travel Center, as its 2011-2012 chairman of the board. Berkstresser, who succeeds Scott Paulson as chairman of the board, has

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Mid-Atlantic Announces New Leadership Team

Five new members bring business experience that will be an asset the chain, says CEO. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), a convenience store operator in the Mid-Atlantic region and one of ExxonMobil’s largest consortiums of retailers in the U.S., has added five new members to its Leadership Team: Jim Summers, president and chief operating

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Speedway Raises $5.6 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Donation amount marks new fundraising record for Speedway. As a result of its 2010 fundraising campaign, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (Speedway) has donated $5.6 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals. This represents a new record in giving for Speedway employees, customers and vendor partners. Additionally, 2010 marks

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Jewel-Osco Partners With AHA for Heart Month

Store activities in February support ‘Go Red For Women’ campaign. JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and drug retailer, is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness and funds for the AHA’s “Go Red For Women” campaign against heart disease, the leading cause of death for American women. In February, which is also American

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Irving Oil Station Opens in Meriden, Conn.

As Irving Oil expands across the Northeast, it continues to seek partnerships with local retail operators. The recently opened a new Irving Oil service station at 978 Broad Street in Meriden, Conn., expanding the regional brand to the community. “We have always admired the Irving brand,” said Omar Hamideh. “We knew that if we ever

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Smith’s Debuts Electric Car Charging Station

New equipment allows the option of using solar panels to power the fuel station in the future. Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has opened its 37th Smith’s Express fuel station in Utah, located in the parking lot of the Smith’s store at 876 South 800 East in Salt Lake City. The fuel center is the

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Gasoline Price Advance Arrested, if Only for the Moment

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A string of successive advances in the US retail gasoline price average reported by the federal government that started in late November ended Jan. 31 with a 0.9 cents decline to $3.101 gallon. The US average, which is for regular grade gasoline and reported by the

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Improving Business-For-Sale Conditions

The nation’s business brokers closed more business-for-sale transactions in 2010 than in 2009, according to BizBuySell.com The number of closed business-for-sale transactions in the U.S., as reported by business brokers, grew 3% in 2010, according to the recent BizBuySell.com Insight Report. “Spurred on by a strong showing in the fourth quarter, the business-for-sale market showed

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Nice N Easy Store Approved For Canton, N.Y.

New c-store plans to feature prepared foods and operate 24 hours per day. After an almost year-long battle, Valentine Stores has won approval via a 4-1 vote by the Village Board of Trustees to build a Nice N Easy c-store on a former Main Street Mobil lot in Canton, N.Y., the Daily Courier-Observer. At 5,500

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MotoMart Acquires Two QuikTrip Stores

“Those two stores no longer suited our long-term needs,” QuikTrip Spokesperson says. QuikTrip stores in O’Fallon, Ill., and Cahokia, Ill.,  are set to be converted to MotoMart gas stations and convenience stores, which are owned by Belleville, Ill.-based FKG Oil Co., the Belleville News-Democrat reported. QuikTrip Spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh told the Belleville News-Democrat that while

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Gulf Oil Rolls Out eFreeze Trivia Game

Customers who opt to receive email blasts gain chances to win gas cards and other prizes. Gulf Oil is reaching customers via email, by encouraging them to sign up to receive eBlasts and participate in its new eFreeze Trivia Game for chances to win prizes. Through its eBlasts, Gulf keeps customers updated on its latest

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