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A Cheer for Champs

Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.

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Breaking News: R.J. Reynolds Vapor Launches ‘VUSE’ Digital Vapor Cigarette

Rollout begins on July 1 in Colorado. Seizing on the business opportunity of the fast-growing e-cigarette category, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company (RJRV), a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI), is bringing its VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to retail outlets throughout Colorado. At a press conference today at Pier 59 Studios in New York City, R.J.

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In-Bay Express Mini-Tunnel Car Wash

If you’ve got an underperforming in-bay automatic, or you’re looking to build a car wash on a small piece of real estate, MacNeil’s new In-Bay Express mini-tunnel may be  the solution.  Many in-bay automatic operators are looking for new opportunities to   increase business and revenues, but their existing equipment has reached maximum capacity. The result

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Plan to Stay Safe

Cash control programs and effective employee training will help minimize theft and ensure the well being of your employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping theft at bay has always been a major concern for c-store retailers. While technology has come to the rescue in the form of safe and cash-management systems, the best way

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Kum & Go Targets ‘Snaxperts’

Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better

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Corner Store Adds to Fresh Food Lineup

New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Celebrates Growth

Expo sees fourth straight year of aggressive growth in attendance, exhibitors and square footage.  Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo hosted a sold out show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to an audience of more than 15,000 qualified industry professionals. The Expo which was held May 21–23 is billed

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Scotsman Appoints Western Regional Sales Manager

With 15 years of foodservice industry experience, Gary Schwalb joins Scotsman. Scotsman Ice Systems has announced the appointment of Gary Schwalb as regional sales manager, effective June 3. Schwalb is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Responsible for driving sales in the West, Schwalb has 15 years of experience in the foodservice industry. He

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NAG Scholarship Applications Due Tomorrow

Those eligible to apply have until Friday, June 7 to send in the application. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Scholarship applications are due tomorrow, Friday, June 7. The annual NAG Scholarship aims to help defer the cost of higher education for children of convenience store employees who work for a NAG member company. Five scholarship awards

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Cappuccino Fall Flavors

Folgers is giving cappuccino drinkers reasons to fall for the season by offering two new flavors: Caramel Macchiato and Pumpkin Spice from Folgers—the 2013 Coffee Brand of the year, according to 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend. Over 40% of consumers say their beverage preferences change with the seasons, according to the Technomic 2012 Beverage Consumer Trend

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Kocolene Shifts with the Times

As the tobacco industry evolves, the convenience store and tobacco shop operator continues to grow to meet its customers’ needs.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kocolene Marketing LLC maintains a booming tobacco business at its  Fast Max convenience stores and Smokers Host Discount tobacco stores, and is implementing a number of IT initiatives to keep

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Susser Holdings Opens Two New Stripes Stores

Expands Stripes leadership team. Susser Holdings Corp. has recently opened two new Stripes convenience stores, bringing the total number of new stores completed to eight since the beginning of the year. A sale and leaseback transaction of these two new stores was completed at the end of May for a total cost of $6.7 million.

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Cenex and Cabela’s Renew Loyalty Program

Brands renew partnership for five more years. CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, announced it has signed an agreement to secure the loyalty partnership between its Cenex brand and the Cabela’s brand for an additional five years. “At a time when other co-branded programs are declining or

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NAG Scholarship Deadline This Friday

Children of National Advisory Group members have until Friday, June 7 to apply for scholarship opportunity. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Scholarship fund helps defer the cost of higher education for children of convenience store employees who work for a  NAG member company. Applicants have until the end of this week—Friday June 7—to apply. NAG

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Corner Store Launches Summer Sweepstakes

Stores are giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day, and customers may have a chance to win up to $90,000 all season long. Participating Corner Stores across the U.S. are giving away $1,000 in Corner Store gift cards each day from June 4 to Sept. 2 in the company’s $1K-A-Day 4U Summer Sweepstakes. During

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AWMA Conferences Kick Off In June

Provides new tools to help retailers, distributors and manufacturers build sales and profits. Two consecutive conferences to be held this June by AWMA at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, La., are set to provide the answers and tools needed for c-store distributors, manufacturers and retailers to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive convenience industry. The

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Chilled Food Dispenser

Server Products—an innovative, market-driven dispensing equipment company—has introduced the new Chilled Food Dispenser. This compact unit uses energy-efficient thermoelectric technology to keep a variety of potentially hazardous foods properly chilled below 41 degrees Fahrenheit indefinitely, and dispenses accurate and consistent portions wherever needed. This chiller is ideal for dispensing dairy into coffee at the drive-thru

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QuikTrip Voted Most Popular Convenience Store

Market Force Study finds top convenience retailers excel in cleanliness, friendliness and food quality, and tend to be regional favorites. QuikTrip—the convenience store chain found largely in the Midwest and East—is where consumers prefer to stop for gas, food and other conveniences, according to a new study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in

Gasoline in Midwest Spikes on Supply Concern

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The final and holiday-shortened trade week in May brought about a great amount of volatility in US oil markets, which whipsawed in futures and spot trading on a multitude of concerns ranging from assessments of U.S. and global economies, Federal Reserve stimulus efforts, geopolitical tension in Africa

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Rutter’s Menu Delivers Favorite Flavors

Mini tacos and pastrami burger entice customers. New tastes abound on Rutter’s menu this week with the introduction of the pastrami burger melt and mini tacos. Rutter’s pastrami burger melt is 50% reuben sandwich, 50% patty melt and 100% delicious. It’s a Rutter’s burger topped with pastrami and Thousand Island dressing and the choice of

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Bennett Pump Co. Unveils New Dispensers for Alternative Fuels

Options include solutions for natural gas, hydrogen and ethanol blends and bio-diesel. Bennett Pump Co., a North American manufacturer of fuel dispensers, has announced a new comprehensive line of alternative fuel dispensers. As the retail and commercial fuel markets have begun to rapidly change and embrace alternative fuels, so has Bennett by now providing dispensing

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Cake Balls

Sweet Ballz are available in more than 5,000 7-Eleven stores across the country. The cake balls come four to a package, and make their debut featuring three flavors: Red Velvet, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. Cake balls have become a confectionary phenomenon in the past few years, and their popularity continues to grow, especially during

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Sheetz Family Charities Golf Classic Kicks Off

“This is one way our employees can truly make a difference in their own communities,” says Sheetz CEO. Former Dallas Cowboys running back, Emmitt Smith and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus are among the names that headline the 15th Annual Sheetz Family Charities “For the Kidz” Golf Classic being held at Kingsmill Resort in

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Stripes Raises $953,462 For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds to benefit 12 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes Convenience Stores is proud of their customers and employees for helping to raise $953,462 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 1-28. The campaign ran in all 558 Stripes Convenience Stores locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The record-breaking total exceeded

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BP Completes Sale of Carson Refinery

Sells southwest U.S. retail assets to Tesoro. BP has completed the previously announced sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corp. for approximately $2.4 billion as part of a plan to reshape BP’s U.S. fuels business. Cash proceeds from the sale include approximately $1.075 billion

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