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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Bidwell, Ohio

Love’s adds 72 parking spaces in Ohio. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens a new travel stop in Bidwell, Ohio. The new store, located at U.S. Highway 35 and Ohio State Route 850, opened for business Thursday, Feb. 19. The new Love’s adds 72 truck parking spaces to the Buckeye State. The 24/7 facility also offers

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American Gas and Oil Acquires Five Michigan Stores

Expands CITGO presence in Grand Rapids and Lansing areas with purchases from Meijer. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) converted five Grand Rapids area Meijer gas stations and convenience stores to the CITGO brand to better serve Western Michigan customers. Building on expansion efforts initiated this summer, AGO’s acquisitions of

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Hershey Names New Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Little to bring 30 years of broad financial experience and leadership to her role at Hershey. The Hershey Co. has appointed Patricia Little as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective March 16. In her role at Hershey, Little will oversee the company’s global finance organization and be a part

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CNG Station Opens in Grove, Okla.

New station marks the 89th in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s newest CNG station is now open for business. A grand opening ceremony was held at the quick-fill station in Grove, about 90 minutes northeast of Tulsa, on Feb. 19. The station, at 573 W Third St in Grove, was built by Tulsa Gas Technologies (TGT), and is

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BP Unveils Improvements To Loyalty Program

“We’re confident this new technology will provide customers with a more sophisticated and personalized experience,” says marketing director of product and offer development at BP. BP has unveiled a number of improvements to its Driver Rewards loyalty program and credit card processing technology designed to help BP-branded marketers meet consumers’ evolving payment and card security

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Graham Partners Acquires Tidel

Looks to expand Tidel’s product portfolio. Tidel, a provider of cash management systems and robbery deterrent products, announced its acquisition by an affiliate of Graham Partners, a private investment firm specializing in the advanced manufacturing and industrial technology sector. With the backing of Graham Partners, Tidel plans to accelerate growth by expanding its product portfolio,

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Sheetz Opens In Morgantown

New location to feature a fuel-free concept. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will open their new concept restaurant to the students and locals of Morgantown, W.Va. on March 3, 2015. This will be the first location for Sheetz featuring the fuel free concept with a complete focus on

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Gulf Oil Returns To Cincinnati

Partners with Lykins Energy Solutions. Gulf Oil LP and Lykins Energy Solutions, a petroleum marketer in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana announced a new partnership that brings the iconic Gulf brand back to the greater Cincinnati area for the first time in 20 years. A regional “The Legend is back!“ advertising campaign will also begin in

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Wayne Advances Capabilities With Wayne Fusion

New hardware design delivers next-generation technology allowing for superior reliability, performance and scalability combined with accessibility and serviceability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the availability of the next evolution of its cloud-based technologies with the Wayne Fusion site

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Industry As Fuel Margins Fall

Fat fuel margins end, but Wells Fargo’s sector overweight rating continues. Although fuel margins have fallen significantly over the past several weeks, according to OPIS data for the first quarter of 2015 to date, Wells Fargo assured investors there is no cause for alarm. Wells Fargo’s analysis suggested: (1) c-store earnings are greatly influenced by

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A Peek In Consumers’ Kitchens

Consumer purchases reflect interest in fresh and more healthful options, reports NPD Group. More almond milk, Greek yogurt, quinoa, and sea salt are in America’s kitchens today than in 2011, the last time The NPD Group, a leading global information company, conducted its Kitchen Audit survey, which asks U.S. consumers to report on what appliances,

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

“The Enjoy Life brand expands our portfolio into faster growing, on-trend, ‘better-for-you’ areas,” says chief growth officer. Mondelez International has acquired Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing “free from” segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks

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Core-Mark Announces Fourth Quarter Investor Call

Audio replay to be available for one month following the call. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014 before the market opens on Monday March 2, 2015, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be

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Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

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NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

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Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

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Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

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AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

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Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

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Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

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Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

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Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

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Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

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7-Eleven Launches Limited-Time Zero Franchise Fee Initiative

Select U.S. stores to have franchise fee waived. Between now and June 30, 7-Eleven Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7-Eleven

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