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VERC Enterprises Receives Franciscan Leadership Award

VERC Enterprises is honored for their commitment to hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cardinal Cushing Centers recently honored Leo and Paul Vercollone, President and Vice President respectively of VERC Enterprises, with the Franciscan Leadership Award. VERC Enterprises is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Cardinal

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Online Grocery Shopping is On the Rise

Consumers seeking one-stop-shops and online grocers in order to limit time spent grocery shopping weekly. According to a survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers performed by Door to Door Organics, a  natural and organic online grocer, U.S. online grocery shoppers are increasing the amount of grocery shopping they do online. The survey collected the responses of

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Love’s Debuts First Location Along Interstate 85, Alabama

Love’s first location along Interstate 85 in Shorter, Ala. provides a number of amenities to drivers. On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business in Shorter, Ala. along Interstate 85. This new travel stop provides a place for drivers to rest as well as a number of driver services and food

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7-Eleven Expands Premium Brands

7-Eleven is raising the bar for on-the-go foods with new variety and premium ingredients for the health-conscious customer. With its two premium lines, 7-Eleven is raising the bar for product quality and variety. The company is making an effort to ensure that the quality of its brands, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart, are exceeding that

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Ten Innovative Sandwich and Salad Trends

Customer innovation is leaving the traditional salad and sandwich behind and the replacements are to die for. There comes a time when the traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich or a plain old salad are just too boring, and to many consumers, that time is now. People everywhere are experimenting and finding new ways to spice things

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Holmes Oil Co. Named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year

Outstanding service leads to recognition and honors. Holmes Oil Co., a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based retailer that operates 25 locations under the brand Cruizers Convenience Marketplace, was recently named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year. This honor is awarded by the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers (NCPCM) association to honor a NCPCM member company for outstanding community service, leadership

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Starbucks Launches Frappuccino Flavor Competition

Starbucks uses healthy competition to ignite customer enthusiasm. The Frappuccino has been a customer favorite since Starbucks introduced it 20 years ago, and since then the drink has never been the same. This month Starbucks introduced six new Frappuccino flavors. Customers’ love of Frappuccino is expected to drive sales as fans are invited to vote

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Kraft, Atkins and Kellogg’s Master the Art of Innovation

What are brands like Kraft, Kellogg’s and Atkins doing to make the list of this year’s innovators? Of the 3,522 new products launched in 2015, 12 achieved the criteria to be called “Breakthrough.” Lessons from the 2015 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winners feature best practices from winning brands – with seven specific case studies that roadmap

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American Coalition for Ethanol Testifies for Renewable Fuel Standards

American Ethanol Coalition testifies to promote innovation and clean air. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will have over 100 representatives from different companies testify before officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, June 25, 2015. These representatives will be testifying to maintain strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending targets as intended by congress during

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Cumberland Farms Youth Scholarship Program Surpasses $1 Million Mark

Cumberland Farms awards 130 worthy students scholarships to attend college for the ninth year in a row, bringing total giving to over $1 million. Nine years after Cumberland Farms began its impactful Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, it has now provided more than $1 million in financial assistance to over 1,000 bright, young individuals. On

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Enmarket Raises Over 90K to Support Light The Night Walk

Generous customers help enmarket raise thousands for a worthy cause. Thanks to the enormous generosity of its customers, enmarket was able to raise $90,234 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. Throughout the month of May, enmarket’s 63 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina raised money to support the LLS mission to cure

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MFA Oil Co. Charity Golf Outing Raises $76,000

First annual charity event attracts generous guests to support Operation Homefront. Through its first Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert, MFA Oil Co. has raised over $76,000 to support Operation Homefront. This farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, Mo. held its first annual charity event on June 1 at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia,

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NATSO Opposes Tolling of Existing Interstates

NATSO has mixed feelings about the Senate proposed highway plan. Members of a Senate committee have taken the first steps towards a long-term plan for our nation’s highways, and NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, has commended their efforts; however they have also raised some concerns about the plan. A provision in the

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Mars Inc. Expansion Provides 175 Job Openings

New product launch provides opportunity for expansion and creates new job opportunities. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Mars Chocolate North America, two business units of Mars Inc., will soon be expanding their presence in Georgia. This expansion will create a total of 175 full-time manufacturing jobs. These jobs will be permanent, high-wage positions. Wrigley is

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Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice Join Forces

A successful trial store leads Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice to strike a partnership. Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are joining forces and opening nine co-branded stores. This union will allow guests to purchase Bruegger’s authentic New York-style bagels and Jamba Juice’s better-for-you specialty beverages at one convenient location. These new stores will soon be opening

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Hunt Brothers Pizza’s Exmark Sweepstakes Awards $36K in Prizes

A unique sweepstakes drives sales and rewards lucky customers for their purchases. Hunt Brothers Pizza’s first sweepstakes in partnership with Exmark was a huge success. By connecting purchases to contest entries, Hunt Brother’s Pizza was able to drive sales while offering a unique experience to customers. At the conclusion of the sweepstakes, Hunt Brothers Pizza

Drive-Through: The Future of Convenience?

A demand for efficiency calls for innovation and Farm Stores is rising to the challenge. Farm Stores is partnering with SG Blocks to roll out a new and innovative store design. Today’s consumers demand efficiency and that is exactly what Farm Stores and SG Blocks are going to give them. A new drive-through store design

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FDA Discovers Contaminants in 7-Eleven And Other Bottled Water

E-coli causing bacteria evokes recall of 7-Eleven and other bottled water brands. A recall has been issued for all water bottled by Niagara Bottling, including the 7-Eleven brand, from June 10-18 2015. On June 10, a strand of E-coli causing bacteria was discovered in one of Niagara Bottling’s spring water sources, reported Yahoo Health. After

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QuikTrip Makes the Cut for the 100 Best Places to Work

What makes a business one of the best workplaces for Millennials? When looking at a list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, one would expect to find places like Google and other IT firms, but the 2015 list of these top 100 workplaces included a convenience store. QuikTrip Corp., a privately-owned convenience store made the

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7-Eleven Wins Trademark Battle

New Salem convenience store infringes upon 7-Eleven trademark, and 7-Eleven fights back. Less than a month after pressing charges against a New Salem food mart, 7-Eleven has won the battle over trademark infringement. On Monday, June 22, 2015, Judge John Jones III ruled that the Super 7 Food Mart’s signage was too similar to that

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The Confederate Flag is Coming Down

In order to avoid offending customers, businesses decide to remove Confederate flag merchandise. After the longstanding debate over the message sent by displaying the Confederate flag, Walmart Super Store and Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Sears and Kmart, have announced that they will no longer offer the Confederate flag for sale. Not only will these stores

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Consumers Demand Menu Transparency and Healthy Options

Consumers demand healthier food options, but what exactly do they mean by “healthier?” Consumer demand is driving producers to be more transparent when it comes to food. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of certain foods and the dangers of others. This increased awareness is causing consumers to desire to know what

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What Would You Like to Drink With That?

What to drink is a decision consumers must make daily, but what will they choose? Choosing a beverage is something that is done constantly in everyday life. Whether it’s deciding to drink water or a sports drink during a workout, or choosing between coffee and tea to start the morning, everyone is accustomed to making such non-alcoholic beverage

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Loss Prevention and IT Are Not Seeing Eye to Eye

A disconnect between IT and LP may pose a problem in store security. A study performed by the IHL Group, “The Great Disconnect Between LP and IT,” illustrates the differences between how LP (Loss Prevention) and IT teams prioritize. The research identifies the differing priorities, as well as the obstacles that must be overcome in

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Top Five Triggers for More Transactions

The secret to driving sales and increasing business is not a secret at all. By Kevin Miller, Senior Marketing Manager, Tyson Convenience Foodservice Speed of service is a growing factor in our time-starved society as more consumers operate on a time crunch, and convenience stores are best equipped to meet on-the-go consumer needs. In addition

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