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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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Chester’s Moves Up On Top Franchise List

Entrepreneur magazine ranks Chester’s No. 134 in its 33rd Annual Franchise 500 Report. Entrepreneur magazine, recently announced that Chester’s International, LLC was once again ranked as a leading quick-service restaurant franchise, highlighted by the company’s move up to No. 134 in the magazine’s annual Franchise 500 awards. “Chester’s consistent ranking is a testament of the company’s

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Kangaroo Express Announces Collegiate Coffee Mugs

Tar Heel, Wolfpack and Blue Devil hoops fans now can show team spirit while enjoying a cup of coffee. The Pantry Inc. is now offering collegiate coffee mugs at Kangaroo Express convenience stores, allowing fans to start their day with a mug of Bean Street Coffee marked with school pride. Aligned with the start of

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Hoshizaki Ice Machines Feature QR Codes

Now customers and technicians can scan the machines’ QR codes with a smartphone to gain additional information. Hoshizaki America’s ice machines manufactured in Peachtree City, Ga., now feature a label with QR codes specific to make, model and serial number. Customers and service technicians can use their smartphone to scan the QR code for convenience.

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Freudenthal Joins Imperial Tobacco Group

Kevin Freudenthal takes helm as region director–Americas and president and CEO of Commonwealth–Altadis Inc. Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, the world’s fourth-largest tobacco company, has appointed Kevin Freudenthal as region director–Americas and president and CEO of Commonwealth–Altadis Inc. He will assume his new position on Jan. 30, 2012, succeeding Graham Bolt who has retired from the company. Freudenthal brings a wealth of experience

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Nielsen Acquires Perishables Group

With acquisition Nielsen looks to accelerate its work to integrate total-store information, providing a holistic picture of wall-to-wall activity within the store, notes CEO. Nielsen has acquired the Perishables Group Inc., an industry expert in fresh food consulting and category development. The move solidifies Nielsen’s position as the leader in total store reporting and analytics

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Delivering a Winning Pizza Program

In an effort to grow its foodservice business, Casey’s is expanding its menu to include pizza delivery. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Casey’s General Stores has sold pizza for more than a quarter century making it one of the earliest convenience store chains to do so. Now, in an effort to expand its customer base,

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Pilot Flying J Offers Free Winter Diesel Additive Program

“The goal of our winter diesel additive program is to give our customers added peace of mind and to make their winter driving experience a positive one,” says Flying J executive vice president. Pilot Flying J has announced its annual winter diesel additive program at participating Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas in

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Hunt Brothers Re-launches Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“With the peak of the football party season upon us, what better time to bring it back than for the football playoffs and the big game,” says Hunt Brothers Pizza spokesperson. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-launched its popular limited-time offer Buffalo Chicken Pizza, just in time for the football playoffs party season. This delicious offering

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Supply Chain Solutions

Brink’s has unveiled three new smart supply chain solutions, which incorporate new hardware and technology to streamline payment processing for retailers and financial institutions. 1.) Brink’s CompuSafe Check Imaging. This solution turns currency and checks into digital payment streams to give retailers accelerated access to their cash flow reducing the time for the deposit to

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Prevent Accidental Dispensing

Tomlinson Industries now offers a “safer upper assembly” for S Series Faucets. This safer upper assembly requires a three-step action to control dispensing and prevent accidental dispensing. The faucet handle must be lifted, squeezed and then pulled down to activate. Release the handle to shut off. This safety feature is now available for the S

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Bosselman Cos. Chairman Chuck Bosselman Dies

Chuck Bosselman, chairman of The Bosselman Cos., has passed away. He was 67. Bosselman lost his battle with cancer on Saturday in Grand Island, Nebraska, surrounded by his family. A leader among leaders and visionary of the company, Bosselman was a second-generation business owner. His father, Fred, founded the first Bosselman’s location in 1948. In

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Retail Gasoline Prices at Five-Week High

The U.S. retail price average for regular grade gasoline reported by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reached a five-week high at $3.299 gallon in beginning 2012, and is set to notch its third straight weekly increase amid higher wholesale costs. Several factors continue to drive gasoline prices higher despite ongoing weak demand, with preliminary EIA

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New Employment Screening Tools For NACS Members

LexisNexis program makes it easy and affordable for NACS member companies to screen employees. NACS and LexisNexis have teamed up to offer NACS member companies an affordable, user-friendly employment screening solution. The LexisNexis service is specifically designed to streamline and simplify the screening and hiring process to NACS members — both retailers and suppliers —

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Fikes Wholesale Acquires Taylor Food Mart

“This agreement truly represents a win-win for all parties involved,” says Fikes Wholesale CEO. Fikes Wholesale Inc., parent company of the 194 location CEFCO Convenience Stores Chain based in Temple, Texas, has successfully acquired the retail interests of 63 Taylor Food Mart Stores from Taylor Petroleum Co. based in Amarillo, Texas. The Taylor Food Marts

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Holiday Stationstores Renews Agreement With Revionics

“With a steep competitive landscape and a still fragile economy, there is no room for pricing errors,” says Holiday Stationstores spokesperson. Holiday Stationstores, which operates more than 450 corporately-owned and franchise convenience stores, has renewed its service agreement with Revionics due to the benefits it has obtained by leveraging Revionics’ Life Cycle Price Optimization solutions.

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Snack Fuel for Consumers

Consumers are increasingly craving better-for-you on-the-go snacks. Promotion In Motion Inc. (PIM) has the proven mix of snacks to make the sale. Better-for-you snacks include the new Juicefuls brand, Tuxedos Dark Chocolate Almonds and innovation from Welch’s Fruit Snacks. Juicefuls Juice-Filled Fruit Snacks are the first and only fruit snacks made with real fruit and

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Eight Restaurants in Des Moines

Franchise opportunities still available in Sioux City and Ottawa, Iowa, as well as in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with sister and brother franchisee team, Lori Kelderman High and Jeff Kelderman, for eight new restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa. Two restaurants are slated to open in 2013 and

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A Shot of Energy

Multi-platinum music star and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson believes that with better energy and focus you gain the power to do greater things. That’s why he created Street King, an energy shot that provides six hours of energy with 100% natural flavors. Available in Orange Mango and Grape flavors, the 2.5-ounce shot contains zero

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Salinsky Honored by SIGMA

Massachusetts retailer is the 19th operator in 53 years to receive the association’s Distinguished Marketer Award. By John Lofstock, Editor. Few people have seen the convenience store and petroleum industry evolve as has Richard Salinsky, president of Best Petroleum in Lynn, Mass. With more than 50 years of experience and dedication to the industry, Salinsky

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

While management is always on the lookout for new talent, it’s also up to employees to demonstrate that they are ready to advance to leadership positions. By Jim Callahan. As we embark on 2012, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to begin grooming team members for advancement within the company. Today’s employees are

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Luke Oil Plans To Grow in Northwest Indiana

New locations would grow Luke Oil’s portfolio of stores to 30 sites in 2012. Hobart, Ind.-based Luke Oil Co. plans to open at least five new gas stations and convenience stores in 2012, the NWI Times Online reported. New stores planned for Cedar Lake, Hobart and East would beef up Luke Oil’s portfolio of 25

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Last Chance to Take the Fifth Annual CSD/Balvor 2012 Foodservice Survey

Today is the last day to take the survey! How is foodservice performing for your company? What’s your outlook for the various foodservice categories in 2012? And what are some of the best practices for marketing the foodservice category to today’s convenience store consumers? Convenience Store Decisions in partnership with David Bishop, managing partner of

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Technomic Report Unveils Habits of Teens, Tweens

The report provides an overview of attitudes toward food preferences, dining-out behaviors with friends and family, snacking behavior, convenience-store patronage, technology usage and more. Tweens and teens influence the decision making of their friends and families, playing a large role in their dining choices. Fifty-eight percent of teens and 54% of tweens report that their

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