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Phillips 66 Hands Out Lifetime Achievement Awards, Launches Innovative Retail Programs

Programs announced at 2013 marketing conference help branded customers compete in challenging marketplace. By John Lofstock, Editor Phillips 66 yesterday wrapped up its 2013 Marketing Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas with a flurry of new announcements and marketer awards. The Houston-based oil company, which operates the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco retail brands,

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Kum & Go Opens Its First Store in Conway

LEED-certified store focuses on sustainability, fresh food and a wide array of product options. Kum & Go has opened a new Kum & Go store in Conway, Ark. at 2050 Dave Ward Drive. This is the first Kum & Go store in Conway and the 39th store in Arkansas. In the nearly 5,000-square-foot store, customers

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7-Eleven Launches Summer Slurpee Days

Features 49-cent drinks on Memorial Day weekend. Although the first official day of summer isn’t until June 21, 7-Eleven is kicking off the Slurpee season when most people arguably go into summertime mode— Memorial Day weekend. The convenience retailer’s #Awesummer Summer Slurpee Days officially begins Memorial Day weekend—with a 49-cent medium-size Slurpee drink deal that

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The Pantry Completes Exchange Offer

The Pantry Inc. has successfully completed its offer to exchange up to $250,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 8.375% Senior Notes due 2020.  These new notes have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), for an equal aggregate principal amount of its outstanding 8.375% Senior Notes due 2020 (old notes),

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AdvancePierre Foods Donates To Replenish Food Banks

More than 175,000 servings of food to feed relief workers and to help storm victims in Moore, Okla. As Moore, Oklahoma, and the surrounding communities struggle to recover from the devastation caused by the tornado on May 20, AdvancePierre Foods—a supplier of value-added protein and handheld convenience meal items—is helping the relief efforts. This week,

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Phillips 66 Marketers Conference Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Attracting Millennials, alternative fuels, fleet management and adopting a winning loyalty program among the key issues address during day one of the three-day conference. By John Lofstock, Editor Hundreds of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76-branded marketers descended on Las Vegas this week for the Phillips 66 2013 Marketing Conference & Trade Show. The theme of

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Boris Zelmanovich Joins The Pantry

The Pantry welcomes new senior vice president, chief merchandising officer. The Pantry Inc. announced that Boris Zelmanovich is joining the executive leadership team as senior vice president and chief merchandising officer. Zelmanovich joins The Pantry from Big Lots effective June 3 and will lead merchandising. He served as vice president of merchandising strategy at Big

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Sweets And Snacks Expo Showcases 2013 Trends

Comfort, spice and little bites dominate candy and snack category trends. The 2013 Sweets and Snacks Expo, presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) took place in Chicago at McCormick Place May 21-23. The show brought together more than 15,000 manufacturers, buyers and industry leaders from 70 countries. More than 600 companies debuted treats, and

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NRF to Reject Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

Retailers who oppose the plan have until May 28 to say whether they will opt out of the money offered. The National Retail Federation announced it will formally oppose a proposed settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees charged by Visa and MasterCard, and urged retailers to carefully consider their own

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National Restaurant Association Show Debuts 2013 Trends

Flavorization and healthy foods, among show floor themes. The 2013 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show), took place Saturday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 21, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The show is the most comprehensive trade show for the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry in the U.S. and abroad. This year’s 94th annual

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Laura Graham Joins NACS as Marketing Specialist

Laura Graham has joined NACS as a marketing specialist. Graham previously worked at NACS, serving as marketing coordinator from 2011 to 2012. Most recently, she served as manager of global marketing & communications at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Earlier, Graham worked for Double Eagle Promotions & Giant Ideas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based marketing agencies. Graham

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GMCW Announces Certification

GMCW, which offers beverage and foodservice equipment,  announced the certification of its Crathco division’s Quality Management System to the ISO 9001:2008 standard. This certification is part of GMCW’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and customer service. To meet ISO 9001:2008 standards, Crathco underwent a stringent evaluation process that included quality management system development, documentation review,

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Family Express Reaches “The Cloud”

Partners with 3xLOGIC. Family Express announced that it has chosen 3xLOGIC, Inc., a developer of intelligent video solutions, as its provider of video surveillance solutions beginning May of 2013. This is another innovative way that Family Express uses technology to enhance overall operational efficiency and deliver outstanding customer service. The 3xLOGIC’s VIGIL Video Management System

Pictured are (left to right) Tim Quinn, vice president of trade development for Mars Chocolate North America and chairman of the 2013 NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo; David Tracy, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs; and Larry Graham, president of the NCA.

Mars Donates To Habitat For Humanity

Donation to help fund the construction of homes in Chicago’s south suburbs. To show appreciation to Chicago for being home to the NCA Sweets & Snacks Expo and to honor the tradition and history of the confectionery industry here, Mars Chocolate North America presented a check to Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs during the

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Hillary Rodham Clinton to Speak at the NACS Show Closing Session

“Her presentation continues our long-standing tradition of having the world’s top leaders share their insights and insider’s perspective at the NACS Show,” says NACS Vice Chairman of Convention. The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, has been named as a speaker at the NACS Show, which

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Phillips 66 Partners With OpenStore

“We are excited to align with the well-recognized GasBuddy brand,” says president of global marketing for Phillips 66. OpenStore by GasBuddy, a multi-channel digital marketing solution for convenience store chains, has partnered with Phillips 66, owner of gas station brands Phillips 66, Conoco and 76. OpenStore will be launching new Websites and mobile apps for

National Advisory Group (NAG) Relaunches Young Executives Organization (YEO)

Ben Jatlow, vice president and general manager of High’s of Baltimore, named board chairman of the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on young and next generation executives. As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. To help young

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Pump & Pantry Opens Prototype Store in Nebraska

Bosselman’s ever-expanding group of Pump & Pantry convenience stores is expanding with a store design and Cinnabon quick-service restaurant. The new store, according to The Omaha World Herald, features a traditional Pump & Pantry store, Cinnabon and a Bones’ BBQ, which prepares lunch and dinner items fresh onsite. The store also showcases the new “hometown”

FCC Outages Point to Higher Gasoline Prices in June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A trio of unexpected gasoline producing unit outages in Illinois, Wyoming, and Kansas, atop of already low supply in the Midwest spiked regional gasoline prices to start out the second half of May, and in front of Memorial Day in what is known as the kickoff to

Kids to Eat Free at TA, Petro Stopping Centers this Summer

TravelCenters of America Invites Kids to Eat Free All Summer Long at TA and Petro Stopping Centers Full-Service Restaurants TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is upping the stakes in the foodservice business. The company is inviting all kids to eat free for the summer. From May

Dunkin’ Donuts Sets its Sights on North Carolina

Dunkin’ Donuts said it is recruiting franchisees in multiple North Carolina markets, including Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington and Winston-Salem, to grow its chain of coffee shops. Currently, there are 44 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout the state. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in North Carolina is part of the company’s long-term goal to more than double its

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Flying J Brings Fresh Marketplace To Cotulla, Texas

New travel plaza marks Flying J’s 40th in Texas. Pilot Flying J recently opened a Flying J Travel Plaza in Cotulla, Texas, featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the second location of PJ Fresh Marketplace, the company’s new, fast casual dining concept. As part of Pilot Flying J’s commitment to making life better for

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Minnesota Tax Bill Impacts Cigarette Prices

Bill to raise $2.1 billion in new revenue. The Minnesota House has passed a tax bill that would include a $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase, and up the OTP tax rate to 95%, greatly impacting retailers who sell tobacco products in the state. The bill could raise revenue $2.1 billion and would also up

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California Consumers To See High Gas Prices?

Feds and State bless Tesoro purchase of BP Refinery and Arco stations. A green light that Tesoro’s purchase of BP’s big refinery in Carson complies with anti-trust laws means over time gas prices will go up in the state, Consumer Watchdog said today. The approval by the Federal Trade Commission and California Attorney General of

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NACS Consumer Fuels Survey Reveals Trends

Consumer pessimism drops, as economic confidence slowly returns. Eight-five percent of Americans taking vacations this summer will be traveling by car—and more than four in five (82%) will be stopping at convenience stores along the way, according to consumer responses captured in the May 2013 NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Besides gas purchases, 82% of vacationers

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