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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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C-Stores Place On Top 100 Global Franchises List

Subway leads the list of 100 franchises. Convenience stores 7-Eleven and Circle K were among the 2015 list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. This annual industry benchmark is one of the leading franchise ranking reports. Franchise Direct has been providing the Top 100 Global Franchises list since 2009. The ranking is based on a

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Sunoco LP, ETP Announce $816 Million Dropdown of Interest in Fuel Distribution Business

Transaction to give Sunoco greater geographic and channel diversification. Sunoco LP (SUN) and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) announced the second dropdown of a portion of ETP’s retail business to SUN. SUN has agreed to acquire from ETP Retail Holdings, an affiliate of ETP, a 31.58% equity interest in Sunoco LLC, which distributes approximately 5.3

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Dunkin’ Brands Names Clare Chief Information and Strategy Officer

“Since joining Dunkin’ Brands, (Jack Clare) has implemented numerous leading-edge technologies designed to improve the guest experience and increase franchisee profitability,” says chief financial officer. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that Jack Clare, 44, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy

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Fresh & Easy Closing 50 Stores

Exploring e-commerce system in Las Vegas, and plans to open more stores. Fresh & Easy plans to close 50 stores in three states, and is testing a new e-commerce business model, according to TheReporter.com Fresh & Easy is testing a new version of “modern convenience,” through an e-commerce system called “Click and Collect,” in Las

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GPM Begins Operation of 42 Road Ranger Stores

Convenience store banner to transition to one of GPM’s existing retail brands. GPM Investments LLC has expanded into the Midwest by taking ownership of 42 convenience stores with gasoline sales and one Subway location in Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky. GPM will initially operate these stores under the Road Ranger brand name and then transition to

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Ricker’s, Nissan Team To Fuel Electric Cars

“Whatever the future of fuel is, Ricker’s will be here to dispense it to our loyal, Hoosier customer base,” says president and CEO of Ricker Oil. Thanks to a local partnership with Ricker’s, Nissan is now bringing its “No Charge to Charge” program to Indianapolis, providing two years of no-cost, public charging to new Nissan

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NACS Public Relations Toolkit Assists Retailers

New toolkit complements media relations training program. NACS has published a new Public Relations Toolkit to help retailers launch their own publicity efforts in their communities — from how to write a press release and craft talking points to how to pitch an interview and elicit great media coverage. The 24-page NACS Public Relations Toolkit

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Skyline Products Installs RetroFit Price Signs

Retrofit kits help Northeast Coast retailer upgrade price displays easily. Skyline Products, long known for its high-quality electronic fuel price displays, announced it has begun installing Price Sign RetroFit kits in a large Northeast Coast retail fuel chain. Many of the sites have received LED RetroFit kits, while some sites require signs with Scroll technology

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