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Phillips 66 US Marketing Honored

Wins the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter 2014 Marketer of the Year Award. The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston Chapter announced the 21 companies and organizations as Best in Category winners and Phillips 66 US Marketing as the overall 2014 Marketer of the Year for Houston on Thursday night, March 5, 2015, during AMA Houston

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AAFES Works To Improve Customer Satisfaction

Names 2015 as the year of the customer. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has launched an effort to improve customer satisfaction at its stores, according to The Military Times. The move came before AAFES recently learned of its low rating in a national customer satisfaction survey. Addressing customer satisfaction is the second

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Dollar General Expands Into Three New States

Grand opening celebrations in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island expands major retailer’s presence to 43 states. This morning, Dollar General marked another significant milestone in its company growth by celebrating new store grand openings in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, expanding the major retailer’s presence to 43 states. “It’s very exciting to move into these

Retail Market for Coffee Growing in the U.S.

Increased sales of specialty beverages have increased overall revenue for coffee retailers. Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the importance of offering a quality product at a competitive price that is merchandised in an effective way that improves speed of service. Beyond those elements there are

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Kellogg Co. Named Among Top Companies For Women Executives

NAFE names Kellogg Co. among the best for women senior leadership. Kellogg is pleased today to again be named among the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). With four women on its board of directors, or 38%, and eight women holding spots on the company’s Global Leadership

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PCI Council To Host Acquirer Forum At TRANSACT15

Acquirers and processors invited to discuss payment security solutions for merchant community. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced it will convene acquirers and processors to collaborate on payment security solutions for the merchant community. The Acquirer Forum will take place on April 2 alongside TRANSACT15, the Electronic Transaction Association’s (ETA) marquee global

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AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Proposed taxes on food and beverage makers could be passed onto consumers. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety programs without

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Climb

Energy drink sales soar with help from low gas prices. Carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding energy drinks saw strong sales and improved volumes, as well as significant pricing growth, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Total CSD (excluding energy drinks) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel were up a solid +4.8% (+3.2% for prior 12-weeks)

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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Gas Prices Growing In March

AAA examines the fuel price uptick and the reasons behind climbing prices at the pump. U.S. average gas prices have increased 35 days in a row for a total of 39 cents per gallon, marking the longest consecutive streak of rising prices since February 2013, according to AAA. Gas prices are climbing due to both

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Georgia-Pacific Professional Recognized As Outstanding Supplier

“Grainger is proud to recognize Georgia-Pacific Professional for its outstanding supplier performance,” says Vice President, Global Product Management. Georgia-Pacific Professional was presented with a 2014 Partners in Performance Award as part of Grainger’s annual show in Orlando. Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, presents the

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Consumers Respond To Gas Price Changes

Purchase behavior shows how gas price changes impact consumer spending. Cardlytics measures one of the best indicators of consumer behavior: purchase behavior, including how consumer purchase behavior changes during times of high and low gas prices. The company has insights into 70% of all American purchase activity. Cardlytics used this insight to compare consumer spending

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Beers of Mexico

HEINEKEN USA has announced the return of the Beers of Mexico variety pack with limited edition offering, Dos Equis Azul—a blend of signature golden wheat lager and blue agave. Dos Equis Azul will once again join HEINEKEN USA’s outstanding Mexican beers—Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol—in one convenient Fiesta Pack. The pack will be supported

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Caramel Waffle

Honey Stinger, a manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, is introducing a new flavor to its award-winning lineup of USDA Certified Organic products: Caramel Stinger Waffles. The traditional stroopwafel, which originated in the Netherlands over 200 years ago, is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with syrup filling. In the Netherlands and

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Intelligent Lighting

Cree Inc. is reinventing intelligent lighting with the introduction of  field adjustable color temperature for SmartCast Technology-enabled CR Series LED troffers, delivering a dynamic and customizable lighting experience. The first of Cree’s industry-leading luminaires to feature instantly adjustable color temperatures, Cree’s groundbreaking SmartCast Technology combined with its TrueWhite Technology allow for superior color quality and

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Storefront Digital Signage

One way to attract customers into retail stores is to place high-bright LCD digital signage displays in storefront windows for around-the-clock selling. Zinger Digital’s Window Solutions In-a-Box, includes everything needed to install and operate window signage right out of the box. Digital signage is becoming a must in the retail industry because, displayed strategically in

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Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

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Cetane Boost for Diesel

VP Racing Fuels has announced the introduction of “Cetanium” cetane concentrate, the latest addition to its line of Madditive performance chemicals. Cetanium increases cetane up to 10 numbers for off-road racing diesel applications—the largest increase of any cetane boost on the market. Packaged in 32-ounce containers, Cetanium cleans injectors and pumps, prevents sludge and deposits

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Layered Granola Bars

In response to the growing energy bar category the Kellogg’s Convenience team is launching new Bear Naked Layered Granola Bars. Peoples’ lives are hectic and active consumers look for snacks that will help them be focused and energized. The Bear Naked brand offers an ever-growing variety of products for health-aware consumers to enjoy. New Bear

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Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices continue to help drive category strength. Cigarette dollar sales accelerated driven by solid pricing and equally strong volume, according to a recent Nielsen report. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted that c-store cigarette dollar sales were up +5.9% (up from +3.5% last period and -3.2% last year) during the recent four-weeks ending Feb.

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Weinberg Capital Group Acquires Merchant Servants LLC

Acquisition presents first new platform of 2015. Weinberg Capital Group (WCG) announced the acquisition of Melrose Park, Ill.-based Mechanical Servants LLC D/B/A Convenience Valet (CV). The company was purchased by a group of investors led by WCG from David Baum, who will remain a significant shareholder of CV and continue in his current role as

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Tomato-based Beer Mix

Tecate, the authentic Cerveza “con Caracter,” has announced the introduction of Tecate Diablo, a bold Mexican beer mix based on the traditional Michelada recipe of beer, real tomato juice, lime and spices. Diablo is Tecate’s second offering in the Michelada category and provides a spicier take on the classic drink, leveraging the growing popularity of

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Parker’s Moves Headquarters to Greek Revival Mansion

“We’ve paid attention to every detail to ensure the restoration of this treasured Savannah building respects its structural history,” says Parker’s CEO. Greg Parker, CEO of Parker’s Convenience Stores, who has an appreciation for the architecture and history of downtown Savannah, is moving the company’s Savannah headquarters to the historic Philbrick-Eastman House overlooking Chippewa Square,

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Englefield Oil Partners With IGS CNG Service Partners

Opening CNG Fueling Station in Obetz, Ohio. IGS CNG Services, in conjunction with Englefield Oil, is opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the existing Duchess convenience store, a BP fueling station at 3909 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio. The station will service a growing number of Ohio businesses and citizens

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