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First U.S. Coalition Loyalty Program Launches

Customers can earn points at many places including Exxon through new loyalty program. Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition program is now available to consumers online at Plenti.com and at thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hulu. Plenti, a program operated by American

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Building a Robust Sandwich Program

When it comes to foodservice, some retailers have found that well-equipped suppliers can give their sandwich offerings a lift. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Running a successful oil and gas retail business for nearly a century is a world away from operating convenience stores with foodservice operations. Just ask Bailey Lyden, vice president of retail

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Along With Sunshine, Comes Seasonal Customers

Summer’s near and so will be the demand for beer, lattes, fine wine, deli and other assorted in-store products. Are you ready for the rush? By Jim Callahan As I sit here writing this, I realize that by the time any of you choose to read this, there will remain just a few short weeks

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Holt Oil Looking Ahead

A family-grown business for three generations, Holt Oil Co. is casting a wider net in North Carolina’s coastal region. By David Bennett, Senior Editor At times, businesses are so focused on future growth they forget their ties to the community. Fayetteville, N.C.-based Holt Oil Co. doesn’t forget either community or family. In positioning the company

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Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow

There is more pressure than ever on convenience store chains to not only exceed customers’ expectations, but to stay ahead of the competition, navigate legislative issues and still be good corporate citizens in the communities they serves. This doesn’t even take into account managing operations, training and developing a strategy to grow the business. Finding

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Sunoco LP Announces New Chairman and Other Board Changes

Matthew Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser as chairman of the Board. Sunoco LP has appointed Matthew Ramsey as its new chairman of the Board. Ramsey succeeds Sam Susser, who has resigned from the Board to pursue other new business interests. Ramsey has served as a director of Sunoco LP (SUN) since August 2014, serving as chair

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Gas Prices Hit New High

Average U.S. gas prices grow 55 cents since January. The national average price of gas is $2.58 per gallon, as of April 30, marking the highest average so far this year, AAA reported. Pump prices have soared 55 cents higher since a low of $2.03 in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in

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TravelCenters of America Acquires 19 Locations

Sites expected to be rebranded as Minit Mart. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center and the Minit Mart convenience store brands has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of 19 gasoline/convenience store locations in Kansas (three) and Missouri (16) for $27 million. TravelCenters expects that the convenience

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Battery Swap Model Takes Top Prize

Fuels Institute announces winner in Future of Transportation Student Competition. A proposed battery swap model developed by University of Wisconsin students to increase the viability of electric vehicles was named the winner of the Fuels Institute’s inaugural Future of Transportation Case Competition at the Institute’s Spring Meeting in New Orleans. The University of Wisconsin team’s

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Couche-Tard Clarifies Court Filing

The Circle K Corporation filing for bankruptcy has no link to the subsidiary of Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard) is clearing up any potential rumors of a bankruptcy after it learned that a Court document dated April 24, 2015 and filed before the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Arizona pursuant to a

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Press Conference Draws Attention To Menu Labeling Bills

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act aims to reduce some menu labeling requirements. A press conference this week on Capitol Hill advocated for legislation that would scale back the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final menu labeling rules, which were released in late 2014. The bi-partisan press conference, held by U.S. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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JT Acquires Logic

Agreement gives JT a global footprint in the e-cigarette market. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has entered into an agreement to acquire Logic Technology Development LLC, one of the leading U.S. e-cigarette brands. Founded in 2010, Logic sells a full range of high quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable e-cigarettes, including the Logic Pro tank system, newly

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In-Store Beverage Sales Up

The four weeks ending April 18, 2015 see strong results across all channels. Citing Nielsen beverage “all channel” data for the four weeks ending April 18, 2015, Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported that all channel dollar sales, including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores were up for each major manufacturer. Coca-Cola dollar sales were up

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NCA Bolsters Public Affairs and Communications Operations

Welcomes new hires to the association’s staff. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), has announced two new additions to the industry association’s staff. Christopher Gindlesperger was named vice president of public affairs and communications, and VJ Mayor was appointed senior director of communications. “Christopher’s extensive experience in managing and directing

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Get-n-Go Convenience Stores Leverage PriceAdvantage

Critical real-time data, enables the South Dakota retailer to make instant, informed pricing changes. Olson Oil has chosen PriceAdvantage software to automate and accelerate fuel pricing at their 18 Get-n-Go conveniences stores throughout South Dakota. Olson Oil selected PriceAdvantage based on its confidence that the software will help them price fuel more confidently and quickly.

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Marathon Petroleum To Split Stock

Move aims to make shares more accessible for a more diverse range of investors. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is planning a two-for-one stock split after more than doubling in value since being spun off by Marathon Oil Corp. four years ago, Bloomberg reported. The company said it believes the stock split would make its shares more

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Loves Debuts New Travel Stop in Kansas

Opens its first location along Interstate 135. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its first location on Interstate 135 in McPherson, Kansas, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 56. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 100-mile stretch of interstate. The new facility offers name-brand

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Consumers Increasingly Turning to Fresh Items in Convenience Stores

Seven in 10 of those age 18-34 (70%) say that convenience stores offer food that they feel comfortable eating. Over one in three Americans (34%) say that they have purchased more snacks that are considered “healthy choices” over the past year, and they are increasingly turning to convenience stores for these healthy purchases, according to

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Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2015 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday May 7, 2015 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the code 39514933. The call may

The Rise of MLP Strategies

The battle lines are being drawn. MLP strategies begin to coalesce while sidelining traditional marketers. By Mark Radosevich Over the past year, the character of Master Limited Partnerships (MLP’s) has begun to morph from a gallon aggregation model, where the primary objective was to capture increasing amounts of wholesale fuel distribution volume, to a device

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Capturing the Fill-In Shopping Trip at C-Stores

Convenience stores offer a convenient and quick option for consumers in need of only one or two items to carry them over until their next trip to the grocery store. To help convenience stores leverage the fill-in shopping opportunity, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice conducted a survey to better understand shoppers’ attitudes and needs for

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Many Millennials Dislike Interacting With Cashiers

Study finds majority of shoppers are using self-service checkout kiosks, but seek improved process. Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting more than 3.5 million shoppers with their favorite major retailers locally, announced the results of a new commissioned study examining consumer self-service checkout adoption among brick-and-mortar retailers. The study focused on several areas of the

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Core-Mark Selects Boyd Coffee As Category Partner

Two industry leaders combine expertise to provide innovative coffee solutions for foodservice customers. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors and marketers of fresh and broad line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America now joins Boyd Coffee Co., with a 115-year history in the coffee industry, to expand

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Squeezable Applesauce

GoGo squeeZ, all-natural, 100% fruit, squeezable Applesauce recently launched its newest flavor: ApplePineapple. Made with all the goodness of real pineapple inside a convenient on-the-go pouch and consisting of only real ingredients, ApplePineapple the perfect snack for summer fun. GoGo squeeZ ApplePineapple is now available at major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of […]

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Sour Gummy Worms

WARHEADS has added sour gummy Worms to its portfolio of sour candies.“The chewy category has consistently grown 3-4 times the non-chocolate category as a whole, so we were looking at opportunities to expand our portfolio in this space,” said Andy Telatnik, director of marketing for Impact Confections. “Why a worm? Well, worm shaped gummies are […]

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