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AWMA Announces Twin 2013 Conferences

Holding two conferences back to back to save attendees time and travel costs. In order to save attendees time and money, in 2013, the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) is co-locating two recently launched meetings—the AWMA/C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum and the AWMA/DEF Harmonizing Assortment program. The Outlook Forum will take place June 24–25 and

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Kum & Go Opens New, Larger Store in Fountain

New store features more square footage focused on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go, L.C. debuted a new Kum & Go store in Fountain, at 8050 Fountain Mesa Road. This newly constructed store expands Kum & Go’s presence to seven stores in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and 44 locations throughout

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OCSA Applauds Support from Vaughan City Council

“We will continue to work with all municipalities that join the critical fight against contraband tobacco,” says OCSA CEO. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of the Vaughan City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The motion requests that City

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Lower Gasoline Prices Eyed for 2013

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to an 11-month low in early December as building inventories and weak demand again pressured wholesale costs, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly retail average for regular grade gasoline down in eight of the last nine weeks to $3.349 gallon. View

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Atlas Hosts Nearly 3,000 at Annual Military Holiday Party

Atlas Oil gives back to those that serve our country.  Atlas Oil Co.’s charitable arm, Atlas Cares, hosted its 6th Annual Military Base Holiday Party at Selfridge Air National Guard Base (SANGB) in Mt. Clemens, Mich. on Sunday, Dec. 9. This event is held each year to honor and recognize the men and women who

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Certified Hershey’s Bliss Chocolates Hit Shelves

Hershey’s Bliss chocolates now made with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa. As consumers across the U.S. prepare to enjoy the holiday season, The Hershey Co. has announced something to make the season a little sweeter: consumers can now buy Hershey’s Bliss chocolates made with 100% certified cocoa.   The rollout of certified Hershey’s Bliss chocolates builds on

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Mintel Finds Americans Love Cooking

“As Americans are presented with a wider variety of private label food offerings— and cheaper alternatives to purchasing the otherwise same quality goods—they will more easily be able to pursue interests in cooking at home, regardless of their respective household incomes,” says Mintel analyst. With the holidays quickly approaching, the minds of many Americans will

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Roadrunner Markets Supports Keystone Dental Care

Teams with BP Fueling Communities program to provide generous donation. Roadrunner Markets has joined with BP to donate $15,000 to Keystone Dental Care Inc. (KDC) of Johnson City, Tenn. KDC is a charity whose mission is to provide dental care to adults in need in eight Northeast Tennessee counties. “This is just a wonderful and

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Kum & Go Gives $350,000 To Des Moines Social Club

Renovated Firehouse to include an art gallery, classroom and a performance center named the Kum & Go Theater. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause and Sharon Krause along with Kum & Go presented the Des Moines Social Club (DMSC) with a $350,000 gift to renovate the former Des Moines Firehouse to promote local

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MomPopolies, Glocalism Are Key Trends in 2013

Marketers who aren’t getting ahead of the curve on fast-moving but under-the-radar developments like these might be preparing for the wrong challenges in the year ahead, Colloquy warns. Every savvy loyalty marketer has mobile marketing, social media and the fiscal cliff on the 2013 radar screen. But, according to a just-released COLLOQUY report, many are

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ETA Announces 2013 Board and Committee Leadership

Record number of committee volunteers positions ETA as the hub of activity for the next generation of payments technology. The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), the trade association of the global electronic payments industry, recently announced the election of three new members and the reelection of three current members to its board of directors. ETA also

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Proxama, SMARTRAC Form NFC Partnership

“By linking up with SMARTRAC, we are now in a position to develop and deliver large scale campaigns that will provide brands with the very latest in customer engagement techniques,” says Proxama spokesperson. Proxama, a provider of near field communications (NFC) mobile wallet and mobile marketing technology, is working with SMARTRAC N.V., a developer, manufacturer

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7-Eleven Stores Spread Joy Through Toys

Toy donors receive 7-Eleven coupons for free foods and drinks. To make sure kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital receive a toy this holiday season, approximately 110 7-Eleven Inc. stores in the greater Portland area collected new, unwrapped toys and games through Sunday, Dec. 16, in their first “Give a Smile to a Child” toy drive.

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NCA Announces Confectionery Leadership Awards

Trade customers to be honored at NCA’s 2013 State of the Industry Conference in February. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards. The awards celebrate contributions to the category by recipients through their effective business collaboration, category management best practices, and innovations in merchandising confectionery products in-store.

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Walmart, Kroger Among Hostess Bidders

As Hostess looks to sell, interested buyers vie for a piece of the pie. Hostess Brands Inc. has received bids from about 24 parties, with some interested in acquiring all assets, and others focused on its cake or breads businesses, Reuters reported. Kroger and Walmart are reportedly among those bidding for the bankrupt Twinkie and

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Fazoli’s Second Travel Center Restaurant Opens

Italian QSR chain also to debut new stand-alone prototype. Premium quick-service restaurant Fazoli’s, recently rated No. 2 overall among large national fast food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey, is continuing its expansion into travel center and convenience store locations. Franchise operator Aditi 3 Italian Fast Food LLC, headed by Chintu Patel, has opened the

Sandy Brings Out the Best and Worst in Marketers

The buildup leading up to superstorm Sandy was met by many along the East Coast with skepticism. We’ve all heard these doomsday scenarios before, but rarely has the storm matched the hype. As such, many residents ignored the warnings to fill up their gas tanks and gas cans in preparation for power outages and fuel

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Rich’s Acquires F’real Foods

“The acquisition of f’real provides us with the opportunity to enter into a completely new product category, and also establish additional inroads into the high growth convenience-store segment within Rich’s Foodservice Division,” says Rich’s COO. Rich Products Corp. has announced three important additions to its portfolio, acquiring two food companies—Goglanian Bakeries Inc. and f’real foods

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Court: Flavor and Promotion Bans To Stay

The plaintiffs argued that the ordinances resulted in an infringement of the First Amendment protection of commercial speech. Several tobacco associations and manufacturers that sought to overturn two Providence, R.I.  ordinances with a lawsuit brought before Federal District Court Judge Mary Lisi, lost their battle this week as the judge ruled in favor of the

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Retailers Exchange Ideas at the Annual NAG Conference

Educational sessions designed for convenience store executives and plenty of networking highlighted the National Advisory Group’s 2012 meeting in New Orleans.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers and suppliers converged at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans in September for four days of strategic educational sessions on burning issues facing the industry and

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Marathon Bar Unveils Game Plan

Exclusive training plans help consumers remain healthy and active during the cold months. The winter months mark the end of the outdoor training season for many active people, and the colder, shorter days can make it challenging to stay motivated and active. That’s why Mars Chocolate North America is proud to announce that its MARATHON

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Sheetz Opens 227th Store in Pennsylvania

Area residents expected to line up before dawn to be among first 50 to receive $100 gift card. Sheetz Convenience Restaurant will open its 227th store in Pennsylvania at 101 Ronda Court, in North Huntingdon, Pa. on Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. Monica Jones, from Sheetz, will be joined by North Huntingdon Township and Westmoreland

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Double The Love

New Love’s locations in Iowa and Idaho open their doors for business. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations today in Davenport, Iowa, at Interstate 80, Exit 292, and Idaho Falls, Idaho, at Interstate 15, Exit 113. Love’s in Davenport features an Arby’s restaurant and 80 truck parking spaces. Love’s in Idaho Falls features

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ARCO & ampm Launch New Franchise Development Website

Franchise owners provide video testimonials for prospective retailers.   ARCO and ampm have recently launched a new franchise development Website that is entirely redesigned. The new site is revamped to help potential franchisees progress easily and efficiently to learn more about the brands. All of this was redesigned without compromising any of the vital information

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Go Mart To Buy Kompak Chain

Go Mart acquires three stores with acquisition. Go Mart is set to acquire Parkersburg, W.Va.-based Kompak Convenience Stores, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported. The deal, which includes three stores, is scheduled to be finalized on Dec. 18. Go Mart is based in Gassaway, W.Va., and has about 100 stores in Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and

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