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CST Brands, CrossAmerica Partners Reorganize Leadership

CST Brands’ Jeremy Bergeron to take the helm as president of CrossAmerica Partners. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced that Joe Topper, the CEO and president of CrossAmerica, has decided to retire as CEO effective Sept. 30, 2015. In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Topper will resign as president of CrossAmerica

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Wayne Fueling Systems Offers Gasoline for $1.49 Per Gallon

Wayne celebrates flagship fueling site at 7-Eleven in Round Rock with discounted fuel for first 100 guests on April 2. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, whose corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas, joins convenience retailer 7-Eleven in inviting the Central

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Kwik Chek Partners With P97 Networks

Rolls out mobile app for a more secure, convenient customer experience. Kwik Chek, which operates 39 locations across Texas and Oklahoma, is pioneering new connected, personalized experiences for its customers by partnering with P97 Networks. P97 Networks built on Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services and other Microsoft technologies to create a pair of

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General Mills Outlines Key to Winning in Snacks

“To drive traffic and leverage snack occasions throughout the day, c-stores must offer both healthier and more indulgent snacks with messaging around better-for-you snacking in the morning and towards satisfying cravings or treats later in the day,” says General Mills spokesperson. Snacking is a very important occasion for convenience store retailers, but different types of

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CDC Ads Take Aim At E-Cigs

“We believe leadership is needed—both at the FDA and in the public health community—to stem the increasingly negative messaging about the e-cig/vapor category,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. New CDC ads, which are set to begin airing Monday, March 30, depict warnings from former smokers and, for the first time ever, former e-cig users/vapers, which the

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House Takes First Step on Data Breach Notification Standard

Retailers Laud Rep. Pompeo amendment on third-party notification. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s markup of The Data Security and Breach Notification Act: “We commend the Subcommittee for moving forward

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Taco Bell Debuts Biscuit Taco

“This year is about making sure we continue to give people the food they crave in a way that’s unique to Taco Bell,” says CEO, Taco Bell Corp. It’s been one year since Taco Bell shook up morning routines and launched its innovative Breakfast menu of Burritos, all-in-one AM Crunchwraps and Cinnabon Delights. Yesterday, Thursday,

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Exploring Future Fuel Demand

Drivers are becoming younger, but it doesn’t mean they’re driving more. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the forwarding looking topics at this year’s M-PACT show in Indianapolis is how new technology is driving U.S. fuel sales. In some cases, however, technology is combining with other factors to slow fuel sales, including younger Americans

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Nielsen, RetailNext Form Strategic Relationship

“We are committed to collaborating with the best in the industry to bring impactful solutions to retailers,” says president of global retail, Nielsen. Nielsen and RetailNext, providers in retail analytics for brick-and-mortar stores, announced a strategic alliance that will bring RetailNext proprietary technology on in-store analytics to Nielsen’s retail client base, including grocery, mass, drug,

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Finke

Convenience broker and retail veteran to serve as Southwest region sales manager. Convenience Valet, a supplier of single and double dose over-the-counter (OTC) medications and convenience/travel size personal care and general merchandise, has named Mike Finke as sales manager-Southwest region. Finke brings more than 25 years of experience in the convenience retail industry and was

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VERC Enterprises Enters Plymouth Business Hall of Fame

Wins Best of Plymouth Award for 8th consecutive year. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire proudly announces receipt of the 2015 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category, an honor it has taken for eight consecutive years to qualify the company for

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EquiTrend Study Names Brands of the Year

Sheetz takes the award in the c-store category. The 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, an annual study of brands, recently released its “Brand of the Year” awards to brands that rank highest in Equity. The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three key factors—Familiarity, Quality and Consideration—that result in a Brand Equity rating for

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H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods To Merge

Combination creates unparalleled portfolio of powerful and iconic brands. H.J. Heinz Co. and The Kraft Foods Group have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co. The merger will create the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. The

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U.S. Retailers Struggling To Meet Consumer Expectations

Mobile capabilities and in-store experience fall short, Accenture study finds. U.S. retailers must move quickly to improve their operational capabilities in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience to customers who say their expectations are not being met, according to new research by Accenture. For the second consecutive year, two studies of “seamless retailing” indicate

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Storefront Crashes: Why They Occur and How to Prevent Them

By David Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. A child or even a dog left in a car with the engine running while parked at a suburban strip mall accidentally engages the transmission and sends an SUV headfirst into a convenience storefront window. After filling up, an elderly woman hits the pedal instead of

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Healthy Snack Bars

To meet consumers’ evolving preferences for nourishing snacks, the Kellogg’s Convenience team introduces new Special K Snack Bars in three unique flavors: Berry Medley, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate. All three varieties are made with appealing ingredients that consumers want, recognize and feel good about eating. With fruit, chocolate pieces, oats, rice crisps, […]

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Gluten-Free Lineup

Snyder’s-Lance Inc., maker of innovative, premium and “better for you” snacks, is adding more gluten-free products to its growing product lineup. Cape Cod is introducing gluten-free Dipping Shells packed with whole grains. Pretzel Crisps, is introducing gluten-free Minis in two flavorful varieties, Original and Salted Caramel. Eatsmart Naturals’ new Sea Salt and Lime Dipping Chips […]

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Energy Boost

What makes Rhino Rush energy shots work so well is a special blend of herbal ingredients that, when combined, maximize energy potential. Take caffeine for instance. When used alone caffeine is good for an energy boost, but lacks longevity, can cause jitters and agitation, and restricts blood flow. But when properly combined with other selective […]

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Draft Non-Alcoholic Beer

ArKay Malt Beverages, a division of ArKay Beverages, has launched the world’s first non-alcoholic craft draft beer collection. According to Jose Jaramillo, ArKay’s general manager for the USA and Europe, ArKay non-alcoholic craft beer can be sold virtually anywhere. No liquor license is required to serve the beer to the consumer. Gas stations and convenience […]

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Meat Chips

There’s a brand new snack chip hitting the marketplace revolutionizing the way consumers eat protein. Meat Chips finally gives people the protein of a smoothie or a bar, but with the salty crunch of a chip. Meat Chips is the first seasoned gluten-free tortilla chip made with real white chicken meat and ground corn. They […]

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Frozen Greek Yogurt Candy Bars

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, the pioneers of frozen Greek yogurt, is redefining the frozen dessert aisle once again. Yasso introduced two new flavors to its lineup, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Coffee Chocolate Chip, and revealed the first-ever frozen Greek yogurt candy bars, Sea Salt Caramel Candy Bar and Toffee Crunch Candy Bar. In addition […]

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Mango Habanero Salsa

Drew’s is pleased to introduce its newest creation, Organic Mango Habanero Salsa. Drew’s started with a base of traditional organic salsa made with a tasty blend of organic tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, garlic and other organic seasonings. Then they added the “Sweet”—organic mangoes. The mangoes in Drew’s Organic Mango Habanero Salsa are a nutritious […]

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Superior Squeeze Experience

In 2014, Hellmann’s discovered Americans missed out on more than 1,000 pounds of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, which was trapped inside squeeze bottles. Hellmann’s is eradicating mayo lovers’ frustrations with a new-and-improved squeeze bottle that is designed to squeeze more out with less waste, less mess and more control. The innovative new bottle comes with three main […]

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Beverage Sales Results

Nielsen data ending March 14, shows liquid teas with double-digit dollar sales growth. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding energy drinks, saw flat dollar sales (+0.3% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ending March 14, 2015, driven by equal unit pricing increases of +4.5% and equal unit volume declines of

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