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Business Planning, Part II

By John Matthews, Founder, Gray Cat Enterprises Recently, I had a terrific session with one of my clients on business planning.  I have written articles before on the importance of business planning, but this session resonated with me. What was reinforced to me during our meeting is that no matter how you approach business planning,

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“If It Were Your Money…….”

By John Matthews, Founder, Gray Cat Enterprises. Back in my twenties, I worked for a growing pizza chain, Little Caesar Enterprises, with a career that spanned nearly a decade. Little Caesars, at the time I joined was a 1,300-store, $700 million company and over the first five years of my stint there, had grown to

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Young’s Food Stores Awards $12,500 Grant

Tuomey Foundation receives a monetary boost through the BP Fueling Communities Program. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of Young’s Food Stores, has presented a $12,500 grant to the Tuomey Foundation through the BP Fueling Communities Program for the second year in a row. Young’s, in partnership with BP, has given a total of $25,000 to

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Obama Administration Grants Final Approval For Sale Of E15

“The public has a right to choose between imported oil and home-grown energy and today’s action by the EPA advances that goal,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Obama administration has given final approval for the sale of E15 ethanol blends under the waiver conditions set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Southwest Farm Press reported. 

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Coalition Urges Senators To Reform U.S. Sugar Program

Vote on Amendment No. 2433 to the 2012 Farm Bill expected today. In advance of the Senate’s consideration of amendments to the 2012 Farm Bill today, the Coalition for Sugar Reform released the following statement urging Senators to support Amendment NO. 2433. “Last week’s narrow 50-46 defeat of the Shaheen sugar amendment is evidence that

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Restaurant Chains Challenging Retailers On Price

Technomic is updating its 2007 landmark study of the Retailer Meal Solutions segment to fit changing trends. Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers’ share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what’s for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win

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Quik Stop, Hunt Bros. Kick Off Kentucky Race Weekend

Event to include free pizza and autograph session with NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick. Hunt Brothers Pizza is kicking the Kentucky race weekend into high gear with free pizza, remote control racecar driving and an autograph session with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Mini-Wheelin’ with Kevin Harvick event June 28 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Cenex, Cabela’s Launch $10,000 Summer Gas Giveaway

One lucky winner each day to receive a $100 Cenex Gift Card. The Cenex and Cabela’s brands have teamed up to launch a $10,000 Summer Gas Giveaway. Every Cabela’s CLUB Visa cardholder that shops at Cenex convenience stores from June 1 through Sept. 8, 2012, will be automatically entered to win free fuel. “We’re giving

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Volta Oil To Manage Fuel Pricing with PriceAdvantage

“PriceAdvantage offered all the features and functions we needed to take control of our fuel pricing by improving our processes with greater efficiency,” says president of Volta Oil. Volta Oil has selected PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management solution, to automate its fuel pricing for its 16 company-owned stores on the East Coast. According to Peter

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Pilot Flying J Opens 300th Restaurant

Another 23 restaurants are scheduled to open by the end of 2012. Pilot Flying J celebrated its 300th company-owned and operated restaurant with the opening of a Huddle House in its new Pilot Travel Center location in Anna, Texas, on June 11. The company historically has been a leader in adding restaurants to its network

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Mapco Express, Sunny Sky Products Partner

The Original Slushie Co. to be Mapco’s frozen un-carbonated beverage provider, starting in summer 2012. This summer, Mapco Express Inc. is set to carry The Original Slushie Co. frozen un-carbonated beverage (FUB) product through Sunny Sky Products, a manufacturer and distributor of specialty-dispensed beverages.   In a collaborative venture with Mapco, the new partnership entails

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Romney Raves About Wawa

Mitt Romney talks hoagies and touchscreens in Pennsylvania. Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney, while on the campaign trail, visited a Wawa convenience store and polled the crowd at the Cornwall Iron Furnace, in Cornwall, Pa., about where they buy their sandwiches. The question touched on a local state divide: Wawa or Sheetz, Yahoo News reported.

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Valero Grows In Southeast

The Pantry Inc. converting 168 stores. Valero’s 2012 advertising theme is “Keeping America Moving,” and thanks to a new branding agreement with The Pantry Inc., based in Cary, N.C., Valero will be keeping more and more Americans moving throughout the Southeast.  Under the new agreement, 143 properties will convert to a newly created Valero and

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BP Community Scholarship Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

More than $2.5 million in scholarships have been awarded since the program’s inception. Over the past 25 years, New York and New Jersey area BP station owners have provided over $2.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,700 promising students. This year, 185 local BP station owners will present a BP Fueling Communities grant donation

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Walgreens Hosts Summit On Disability Employment

Walgreens’ new goal is to fill 20% of its distribution center jobs with people with disabilities. Top-level executives from more than a dozen major U.S. companies joined with government officials to launch a nationwide public-private sector initiative to advance employment of people with disabilities. The companies and officials plan to work together to achieve common

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Highlighting Weak Demand, EIA Lowers Price Expectations

by Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration (EIA) chopped 19 cents off the previous average it expected for U.S. gasoline prices this summer to a new $3.60 gallon estimate, while anticipating this year’s average for regular grade gasoline at $3.56 gallon and $3.51 gallon in 2013. That compares with

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Casey’s Prospers With Pizza Program

Pizza sales are up at Casey’s thanks to the expansion of its pizza delivery service. Casey’s General Stores Inc. noted a 16.8% jump in same-store sales for its prepared food and fountain line when it reported its earnings results earlier this week. The expansion of the Casey’s pizza delivery program played a big factor in

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Propel Works With Eco-Energy For Renewable Fuel Supply

Propel Fuels can focus on its “core mission of fueling progress” more often by working with Eco-Energy as its main supplier of fuel. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, announced it entered an exclusive supply agreement with Eco-Energy, a distributor of renewable fuels, to reach the company’s E85 demand

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Jiffy Mart Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“The $9,000 total was an 87.5% increase over the 2011 total of $4,800, and our highest fundraising effort to date,” says Jiffy Mart spokesperson. During the month of May, Jiffy Mart locations in Carroll County, Md. participated in a campaign to “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is their fifth

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Hershey’s Employs Veterans On Its Team

The Hershey’s Company is making stronger efforts to offer both benefits and jobs to U.S. veterans. The Hershey Company launched a new Veteran’s Business Resource Group (BRG) to expand outreach to veterans and veteran organizations as jobs in the market are scarce, and unemployment rates heighten. The veteran’s BRG plans to serve and support veterans

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Low Sodium Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, a trusted brand of jams, jellies and preserves, expands its line of peanut butter products to offer a low-sodium option. Smucker’s peanut butter is offered in convenient control packages, and now, guests at restaurants and c-stores can choose to use a low-sodium peanut butter package that has the same flavor and quality as regular

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Greek Frozen Yogurt

One year after acquiring YoCream International, The Dannon Co. has launched YoCream Greek Frozen Yogurt soft serve mix. The nutritional benefits of fresh Greek yogurt with its calcium and high protein content are widely recognized, and frozen yogurt is perceived as a better-for-you alternative to other dessert and snack options. As the popularity of Greek

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Margaritas are getting a fresh twist this summer with the national launch of Bud Light Lime Lime-a-Rita, the latest addition to the growing Bud Light portfolio. Blending the flavor of an authentic margarita with a refreshing splash of Bud Light Lime, Lime-a-Rita is an 8% ABV (a 6% ABV version is available in Maine, Mississippi,

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7-Eleven Acquires 23 Texas Stores

7-Eleven completes a transaction with Strasburger Enterprises, acquiring 23 stores across the Texas market. 7-Eleven Inc. completed a transaction with Strasburger Enterprises Inc. to acquire 23 c-store locations in Texas. Strasburger Enterprises Inc. stores, operated primarily under the brand name of Quix, are located across North and Central Texas. This acquisition brings the total number

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TA Honors Military For Independence Day

TravelCenters of America serves free, home-cook style meals to veterans who served the nation on July 4. TravelCenters of America (TA) wants to invite veterans and active duty military to enjoy a free meal on Independence Day, July 4 at participating TA ad Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurants. The company plans to honor the men

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