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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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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

One-cent Bean Street Coffee greets customers. The Pantry Inc. is celebrating National Coffee Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to every guest at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests can shine up that penny in their pocket and stop by any Kangaroo

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7-Eleven Fights Crime in Dallas

7-Eleven donates to Safer Dallas Better Dallas, and announces a $40 million in-store, crime-fighting initiative in all of its U.S. stores. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has presented a $300,000 gift to Safer Dallas Better Dallas to fight crime in the Ross-Bennett and Five Points (Vickery Meadows) areas of Dallas. The donation is the first in Safer

Subway Recognizes Franchisee

2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year Award goes to Sequin, Texas business owner. SUBWAY restaurant chain has named Larry Gerosa of Seguin, Texas as the recipient of its 2012 Regional Franchisee of the Year award for single-unit owners from the chain’s domestic developed markets. The award was presented during the company’s recent convention held in

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The Hershey Co. Debuts New State-Of-The-Art Plant

The new 340,000 facility marks Pennsylvania’s largest manufacturing investment since Hershey built its former West Hershey plant in 1991. The Hershey Co. has opened a $300 million, state-of-the-art plant in West Hershey, Pa. to produce Hershey’s Bars and other chocolate products, including up to 70 million Hershey’s Kisses a day, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.

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Handy Dandy Stores Adds Relaxation Beverages

Thirty Handy Dandy convenience stores across Indiana are set to begin carrying KOMA UNWIND relaxation shots, as well as BeBevCo’s emerging brand: Relax 5 shots. S. Abraham and Sons Inc. is partnering with BeBevCo and is the distributor in this deal. Since announcing distribution of KOMA UNWIND throughout South Carolina Walmart stores, distributors and convenience

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Fed’s Stimulus Jolt to Underpin Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After 10 weeks with an advance the U.S. retail gasoline price average should decline, which would make it the first decrease in the national average since June. During its staircase rise, the Energy Information Administration’s weekly average has surged 49.1cts or 14.6% to a $3.847 gallon

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Rutter’s Among 50 Fastest Growing Companies

The York, Pa.-based convenience store chain moves from the No. 27 spot it held in 2011 to No. 15 among fastest growing companies. Rutter’s Farm Stores has ranked No. 15 on the 16th annual list of the 50 top businesses making significant contributions to the growth, strength and success of the central Pennsylvania economy. This

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Is Consumer Trust Eroding?

New LoyaltyOne study looks at customer attitudes toward divulging personal information. LoyaltyOne has released new loyalty findings that show when it comes to privacy, U.S. consumers are still protecting some of their personal information as much as they do their social security number. Of the 1,000 U.S. consumers that responded to a recent online survey,

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Core-Mark’s CEO To Retire

Senior vice president of resources to take the reins as CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co.’s CEO Michael Walsh plans to retire effective Jan. 18, 2013. The South San Francisco, Calif., marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions for convenience stores named Thomas Perkins as its new CEO. Perkins has worked as Core-Mark’s senior vice president of

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Omaha Seeks 7% Occupation Tax On Tobacco Products

All tobacco products from cigarettes to OTP, including e-cigarettes, and even smoking devices like pipes, would be impacted by the tobacco taxation. The Omaha, Neb. City Council is introducing an ordinance today that if adopted would require an “occupational privilege tax” on tobacco retailers equal to 7% of the gross receipts from the sale of

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Heineken Launches New Star Bottle Design

HEINEKEN USA, the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, officially announced that for the first time since 1946, Heineken has redesigned their world-class green bottle for U.S. consumers. The revamped “Star Bottle” is set to hit select New York State markets beginning mid-September, with a national roll-out slated to begin in March 2013 in on and

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Chester’s Opens In Buffalo

New York State is now home to almost 30 Chester’s Chicken locations. Chester’s has opened its latest restaurant inside Caz Mini Mart’s newly renovated convenience store located in Buffalo, N.Y. in the Riverside neighborhood. Customers can enjoy delicious hand breaded fried chicken throughout the day for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Caz Mini

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NCASEF Opposes NYC Soft Drink Ban

“Our National Coalition supports the National Restaurant Association and other organizations and associations who have raised their voices in opposition to this,” says NCASEF chairman. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, representing nearly 5,700 small businesses across the country, noted it is troubled by the decision of the New York City Board of

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Kangaroo Express Raises $3 Million For U.S. Military Families

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc.’s summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised $3.17 million, surpassing the total number of funds raised during the inaugural 2011 campaign. In celebration of the campaign’s success, military personnel, veterans, cause

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Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Rutter’s

Winning Match 6 ticket worth $1.2 million marks the 27th winning ticket sold at a Rutter’s since April 2007. A jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Match 6 Lotto ticket worth nearly $1.2 million from the Sept. 13 drawing was sold at the Rutter’s Farm Stores at 35 N. Main St., Jacobus, York County. This is the second

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JEWEL-OSCO Lauches ‘Give a Little, Feed a Lot’ Campaign

Program seeks food and monetary donations in honor of Hunger Action Month. JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is observing Hunger Action Month this September with an aggressive campaign to raise food and funds for food banks and food pantries in the retailer’s service area. The annual program, called “Give a Little, Feed a

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New Era Of Soups

Global. Bold. Gourmet. This is how Campbell’s Certified Master Chef Thomas Griffiths describes the flavorful line-up of new soups from Campbell Soup Co. Coconut, chorizo and quinoa are just a few of the striking flavors and ingredients in a new wave of Campbell’s soups. Designed for more adventurous appetites, six new Campbell’s Go soups draw

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C-Stores Honored For Electronic Business Initiatives

Buc-ee’s, Aloha, Quality Oil, Maverik, Mid-Atlantic and Holiday Stationstores among first place winners in a variety of categories. After more than 60 nominations and several weeks of deliberation, the results for PDI’s second annual Doing Business Electronically awards are in. Quality Oil Co., Maverik, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, Holiday Stationstores, and joint entrants Buc-ee’s and Aloha

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Politics Are Brewing at 7-Eleven

Fourth 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll gets underway. 7-Eleven is announcing its fourth 7-Election presidential coffee cup poll, where customers vote by buying a cup that represents their preferred candiate. In past years, millions of everyday Americans have participated in the 7-Election vote as they go about their daily routines. While many states offer early

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