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Kansas Jury: Hot Fuel Not Deceptive

Numerous class-action lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. in 26 states, the District of Columbia and Guam, alleging oil companies and fuel retailers improperly profited from the sale of hot fuel. In a victory for QuikTrip, 7-Eleven and Kum & Go—three c-store retailers in a “hot fuel” lawsuit—a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan.

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Mansfield Oil Honored As Business Technology Innovator

Mansfield’s Entinuum project works to alleviate transactional complexities in the downstream energy sector.             For the third consecutive year, Mansfield Oil Co. has been named to the 2012 InformationWeek 500, a list comprised of the most innovative users of business technology in the U.S. The annual list was revealed at a gala awards ceremony during

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Kroger Commits $3 Million for Breast Cancer Awareness

Award-winning cause marketing campaign features Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors. For the sixth consecutive year, The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, in partnership with key suppliers, has committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives across the country to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. At the end of

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Learning from Wyndham’s Data Breach

How you respond before, during and after your credit card data has been compromised will have a major impact on your chain’s ability to survive a security fiasco. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In today’s high tech world, no one is immune to a breach. This June, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued hotel dynasty

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Swisher International Names New President

Industry Veteran Ghiloni to be promoted, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Swisher International Inc. has announced the scheduled retirement of Tom Ryan, the company’s president and CEO, a position he has held since 2004. Chairman of the Swisher International board of directors, William Ziegler, announced that upon Ryan’s retirement on Dec. 31, 2012, he will be

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FDA Issues Fact Sheet On Tobacco Warnings

Six violations in 48 months could result in a $10,000 fine. The FDA has issued a one-page fact sheet titled “Overview:  Tobacco Retailer Warning Letters.” The fact sheet explains why warning letters are issued to tobacco retailers, what a retailer needs to do if a warning letter is received and what FDA tobacco regulations apply

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Beverages Booming

“Innovative operators are creating value by crafting new and unique beverages,” says Technomic spokesperson. Technomic’s Beverage Consumer Trend Report found seven out of 10 consumers (71%) now purchase beverages away from home twice a week or more often, up from 66% in 2010. As the economy stabilizes from the recession, restaurants and retail foodservice locations

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Mars Brings M&M’s To Main Street

Company to open a first-ever temporary M&M’S World store on Main Street in Hackettstown, N.J. M&M’S World is coming to Main Street, literally. Mars Chocolate North America and Mars Retail Group have announced plans to open the first-ever pilot M&M’S World store at 160 Main Street in Hackettstown, N.J. to celebrate the company’s long-term connection

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Coffee Driving Bakery Sales

To capture a greater share of the breakfast business, retailers are developing fresh bakery programs extensive enough to make their products destination-worthy in the morning and throughout the day. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Few, if any, local supermarkets or mom-and-pops in the Iowa, Minnesota or Wisconsin market areas where Kwik Trip has its 358

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Merchants Urge Congress To Reject Visa, MasterCard Claims

Merchant organizations assert the proposed settlement “is one-sided and preserves the very anti-competitive actions that were the genesis of the lawsuits.” In a letter sent to House and Senate leaders on Sept. 20, a group of associations representing merchants of all sizes across all segments of the merchant community highlighted the reasons behind the growing

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FamilyMart Aims To Double Thai Stores

Partnership with Central Retail Co. is expected to help grow the FamilyMart chain in Thailand to 3,000 locations in 10 years. Japanese convenience store operator FamilyMart Co. plans to accelerate its store openings in Thailand through a new business partnership with Central Retail Corp., MarketWatch reported. FamilyMart plans to sell its entire stake in SFM

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Relocating A Store

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. The lease is up at your existing location, and the new center down the street is happening. The thought of relocating your business is daunting—when will you find the time and will you lose customers? An important decision faces your brand—do you relocate your

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The Importance of Making a Great First Impression

Something as simple a smile and a “thank you” goes a long way in elevating the customer service experience. By Jim Callahan. The saying goes, and I so agree, that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.In the business world, when you are expected to be a leader, this is something

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Susser Soars Amid NYSE Debut

Susser expects to use the proceeds to repay its parent company for capital expenditures. Susser Petroleum Partners LP’s common units climbed as much as 16% on their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering slightly below the top end of its expected range, Reuters reported. Susser Petroleum Partners LP priced

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Circle K Adds AeroShot

“This delivery system is uniquely designed to meet the needs and expectations of Circle K’s 24/7, always-connected, on-demand energy customers,” says Circle K spokesperson. Circle K convenience stores plans to add AeroShot Energy, a new air-based energy product, to 3,100 of its stores starting in October. Following announcement of the New York Attorney General’s investigation

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VP Racing Fuels Announces New Employees

Industry Veteran Rugg to help launch new product lines. VP Racing Fuels Inc., has appointed James Rugg as business development manager-automotive, consumer products to support its growing line of consumer products. “We’re pleased to bring on someone of James’ caliber and experience,” said Dennis Stanko, VP’s director-consumer product sales. “He has a broad and diverse

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Nestlé Launches GPS-Enabled Kit-Kat

In a new contest, Nestlé to track U.K. residents via GPS in order to award them a prize. Nestlé is launching a real-life version of the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scenario in the U.K., Popular Science Online reported.   Nestlé has launched the “We Will Find You” campaign in which it hides a GPS-enabled bar

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Pemmican Beef Jerky Steps Up Web Presence

To reach more of its consumers, Marfood USA’s Pemmican Beef Jerky has updated its Website, while also finding more ways to communicate with shoppers through Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and a new blog site. Marfood USA, owner of Pemmican Brand finds it increasingly important to have open communication with its customers in order to stand out

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Poultry Powers Prepared Food Sales

Whether it’s sandwiches, wraps or wings, chicken’s versatility is driving the foodservice category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Chicken comes about as close as food can to a can’t-miss opportunity for convenience store operators. Chicken’s flexibility—and healthier perception—makes it one of the most popular products in the foodservice industry. And short of handling it unsafely,

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Seizing Control of Smokeless Tobacco

With new flavors, brand extensions and increased promotional activity, MST sales continue to post strong gains at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The smokeless tobacco category remains strong, and not just because legislators have chased consumers away from cigarettes. New products and flavors combined with competitive pricing, increased promotional activity and effective merchandising

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Joe Venezia Joins The Pantry

The Pantry appoints new senior vice president of operations. Pantry Inc. has announced that Joe Venezia is joining the executive leadership team as senior vice president of operations. Venezia joins The Pantry from TitleMax. In his new role at The Pantry, he will lead the company’s store operations and be focused on driving sales, improving

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Casey’s Donates $750,000 To MDA

Customer donations help send children to MDA Summer Camp. Casey’s General Stores Inc. with help from Casey’s customers has raised more than $750,000 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Throughout the month of August and concluding on Labor Day, Casey’s customers were asked to donate $1 or $5 to help send a child to

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Kroger Debuts Turkey Hill Market Store

The new location boosts a 75% larger footprint, plus grab-and-go favorites and more grocery items. Kroger’s Turkey Hill Minit Markets division has opened its first Turkey Hill Market, a larger version of its c-store concept, at 1621 Cobblestone Way in Marysville, Ohio. The new store is meant to represent a contemporary version of a corner

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Wawa Adds Digital Signage

New digital signs powered by ADFLOW alert customers to daypart food options and new products at Wawa stores. Wawa Inc. is incorporating digital signage into its chain of over 600 stores across the U.S., including at new locations in central Florida.   Following a successful 25-store pilot Wawa, last fall, selected ADFLOW to power its digital

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Casey’s Takes Charge

With an aggressive expansion and remodeling plan underway, Casey’s General Stores is in firm control of its future and sits atop the list of Chains to Watch in 2013. By: Erin Rigik, associate editor. Casey’s General Stores has come a long way in two years. The convenience store chain is branching into new territory, pushing

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