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Alon Brands Acquires 14 Convenience Stores From Roberts Oil

Roberts Oil Co. divests family-owned Pump-N-Save c-stores in Albuquerque to Alon Brands. Roberts Oil Co. has sold 14 family-owned Pump-N-Save convenience stores in Albuquerque, N.M. to Dallas-based Alon Brands, which has already begun converting the sites to Alon/7-Eleven stores. Customers can expect to see their favorite 7-Eleven brands, including Slurpee, Big Gulp and Big Bite

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Parker’s Hires Talent Acquisition Specialist

Adrian Gibson Sr. joins the Parker’s Convenience Store team. Parker’s has welcomed Adrian Gibson Sr. as its new talent acquisition specialist. In his new position, Gibson is responsible for recruiting, onboarding and retaining qualified job candidates at Parker’s. Gibson brings more than 13 years of human resource experience in the U.S. Army to his position

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Defining Your Retail Culture

Top Five Reasons to Attend the 2015 NAG Conference No. 3: Defining Your Retail Culture In today’s competitive convenience store industry, your corporate values and what you stand for are just as important to customers as the products you sell. How often have you considered another company’s success and immediately known that it was largely

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How American Breakfast Habits Have Evolved

Study shows time-crunched consumers want grab-and-go foods at breakfast. It’s long been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But the results of a recent national consumer poll on breakfast habits revealed that more than half of Americans do not consistently eat breakfast every day of the week, with 12% rarely

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How to Cater to Millennial Shoppers

Catering to the spontaneity of Millennial shoppers can prove to be quite the feat for grocers. The unique consumption patterns, budget constraints and spontaneous shopping habits of Millennials are having a profound impact on the food shopping landscape. According to the report, Food Shopping in America, by MSLGROUP and The Hartman Group, Millennials’ food purchase decisions

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Salty Snacks Remain An American Favorite

Healthy living trends have not deterred the majority of Americans from enjoying their favorite salty snacks. Despite the national shift toward living healthier lifestyles and the increasing availability of artisanal food products, salty snacks— such as chips, pretzels, cheese snacks and popcorn—have maintained their position as consumer favorites. According to the Packaged Facts report Salty Snacks in

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How Dunkin’ Donuts Is Wooing Customers With Pumpkin

From in-store celebrations to pumpkin flavored muffins and lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts helps customers welcome the fall season. Fall is on the horizon, and Dunkin’ Donuts is helping customers get into the mood with its famous lineup of pumpkin food and drink options, which are returning for a limited time to its locations nationwide over the

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Clark Crown Brands Introduces Rewards and Gift Card Programs

New programs to help dealers increase profitability while offering more services to convenience store customers. Clark Crown Brands LLC is launching two new initiatives for its dealers: a new Clark Crown-branded Endless Rewards MasterCard and a new Clark Crown multi-store gift card program that are sure to provide a value-added to its branded locations and

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Wawa Partners With The Philadelphia Eagles

Wawa has been named the “Official Hoagie of the Philadelphia Eagles.” Wawa Inc. is now a “proud partner” of the Philadelphia Eagles. Wawa and the Eagles have signed a multi-year agreement partnering the organizations, as well as naming Wawa the “Official Hoagie of the Philadelphia Eagles” Unique experiences will now be available to Eagles fans through promotions throughout the year that

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Target to Try Delivery

Target withholds details about new grocery-delivery service. Target Corp. has recently announced that it will soon begin testing a grocery-delivery service. This new service is being explored by a number of retailers, and Target has decided to follow suit. The planned delivery service is a logical next step for Target, after beginning the testing of curbside

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BP Blamed For Midwest Price Spike

One of the country’s largest refineries experiences difficulties, causing large fuel price increases in the Midwest. A number of states in the Midwest have experienced a recent spike in gasoline prices. The price spike is being attributed to one of the country’s largest oil refineries as it has experienced difficulties with its largest crude distillation

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How Retailers Are Combatting Organized Crime

What if organized retail theft could be quickly identified and stopped before it spreads? A single case on a man who we will call “Mr. Smith” has led the U.S. to investigate new ways to protect retailers and other agencies against organized crime. At first glance, Mr. Smith seemed like a petty shoplifter. But appearances

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Pork Gains Popularity

Pork is the fastest-growing protein in foodservice. Since 2011, pork has maintained a growth rate that has outpaced all other meats, and  according to Technomic Inc.’s 2015 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, pork’s popularity is only growing. The study showed that total pork sold through foodservice outlets reached a record 9.8 billion pounds, reflecting a volume increase

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Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer Plant Layoffs

An estimated 2,500 total layoffs to follow initial 165. The Kraft Heinz Co. has recently announced several layoffs at the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis. It has been rumored that these recent layoffs will not be the last as Kraft Heinz seeks to eliminate a number of positions as the company moves forward. According to a

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How to Cater to the Fill-In Shopper

Many customers prefer shopping at grocery stores on their fill-in trips, but there is a way to bring the fill-in shoppers to c-stores. The quick and convenient features that are the staple of today’s convenience stores make them a perfect place for consumers to shop when they need only one or two items between grocery store trips. However,

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Core-Mark Partners With Boyd Coffee Co.

Strategic partnership to help Core-Mark provide its customers with the proper tools to further drive coffee sales. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has joined Boyd Coffee Co. in order to expand its coffee and beverage-based solutions. Boyd Coffee Co. has a 115-year history in the coffee industry, which will help Core-Mark, a distributor and marketer of fresh and broad line

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TravelCenters Acquires 33 Fresh & Fast C-Stores

After 26 years in the industry MKM Oil has decided to leave its stores in the hands of a company that has the ability to take the stores to the next level. MKM Oil Co. has sold its 33 Central Illinois Fresh & Fast convenience stores to Travel Centers of America. Terry Monroe, president of American

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Convenience Valet Appoints New Board Members

Convenience Valet strategically adds two experienced members to its board. Convenience Valet’s Board of Directors has appointed two new members. The two new directors are Van Tarver and Michael Brown. Van Tarver is the former president of the Kroger Convenience Store Division. Tarver has more than 36 years of experience managing convenience stores and fuel operations.

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Samsung Pay Soon Available to Discover Cardmembers

Discover plans to give cardmembers the ability to pay with their Discover card, using their mobile phone.   Discover cardmembers will soon have the ability to use Samsung Pay to make purchases with their discover card. Samsung pay is an app available on Samsung brand mobile phones, which stores credit card information in order to offer users a

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Growth Rate of Wine Industry Decelerates

When it comes to wine, brand may play less of a role in sales than other factors. Early in the decade, the wine industry experienced strong volume growth, and the industry’s upward trajectory has continued into recent years; however, the rate of growth has decelerated. According to Technomic Inc.’s  2015 WineTAB report, total wine volume rose 1% in 2014,

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Coca-Cola Appoints New President and Chief Operating Officer

Coca-Cola faces a number of changes as 25 year company veteran retires and the company appoints a new president and chief operating officer. James Quincey has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Co. In his new position, Quincey will be responsible for all of the Company’s operating units worldwide, and he will

How To Make Better Burgers

Despite price increases and health concerns, Americans haven’t given up on this popular entrée. According to Technomic’s Burger Consumer Trend Report, the majority of consumers eat burgers at least weekly (57%). However, the report also notes areas of opportunity for innovation. As the price of beef rises and consumers become more health conscious, the burger industry must look for ways to improve

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Global Market Sees Increase in Non-GMO Products

Non-GMO foods are on the rise, and their popularity is only expected to grow. According to research from Packaged Facts, non-GMO products are rising at an alarming rate. The global food and beverage market had a market retail value of more than $5 trillion (U.S. dollars) in 2014. Of that $5 trillion, non-GMO products accounted for

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New Retail Benchmarking Report Released

Some 93% of retailers agree that Computerized Maintenance Management Systems standards would benefit the industry. A recent study from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) was conducted to better understand work order management practices and their impact on retail store maintenance operations. The study, The PRSM Association Work Order Management Practices Benchmarking Report, surveyed

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Pepsi Releases Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Consumer’s cries for better-for-you options are answered.  In response to consumer demand, Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. As consumer demand evolves, it is crucial that companies roll with the times and evolve along with consumers. Consumers have become much more health-conscious in recent years, and Pepsi Co. has heard the cries for change

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