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Delivering Freshness

Flavorful and healthy are what American consumers are craving, and expect to get it whether it’s made-to-order or grab-and-go. Some retailers explain how they use fresh and—increasingly—ethnic products to satisfy customers’ expectations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a recent survey by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), almost two in three Americans (64%)

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Net Income of $14 Million

In the first quarter of 2015, CST Brands sees net income increase of 27%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Three Months Results “Led by a strong U.S. fuel margin along with

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Six Mr. Gas Stores Divested in Tennessee

“Although we devoted our hearts and soul to the successful operation of our stores and were very proud of them, we realized that the future of our company rested in the wholesale side of our business,” says president of McNutt Oil. PetroActive Real Estate Services LLC announced the successful retail chain divestiture of M G

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Sunoco LP Announces 1Q 2015 Financial and Operating Results

Gallons sold increases 40% versus 1Q 2014 volume. Sunoco LP (SUN) announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and provided an update on recent developments. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $43.7 million as compared to adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 to $15.7 million. Distributable cash flow for the

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Five Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of Food

As generations change and age so too, food needs shift. Sluggish restaurant traffic growth and stalled sales in the center aisles at grocery stores are evidence that U.S. consumers’ eating behaviors are evolving. The growing influence of Hispanics, Millennials going through life stages, aging boomers, smaller households, and the need for fresh and non-processed foods

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Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Sales increased 6.6% to $2.5 billion. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “Core-Mark’s first quarter results gives us a solid start for 2015. I am very pleased

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Retail Network Design for Operational Value & Security

The past several years have seen great improvements in automation for convenience stores to improve staff efficiency and lower costs…fuel and accounting automation are two great examples. Recent security issues such as the Target breach and the TLS350 security vulnerability are great reminders that blind adoption of new technologies or capabilities could very well create

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U.S. Auto Sales and Gasoline Demand

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric April marked another month of gangbuster light-vehicle auto sales in the United States, with dealers moving out an annualized seasonally adjusted 16.4 million units according to WardsAuto, the most for an April since 2005. Analysts credit low gasoline prices and borrowing costs for robust auto sales, which were

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Cenex Zip Trip Launches Smartphone App

Partners with Verge Retail Connect. Cenex Zip Trip, a chain of 70 convenience/gas stores across Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, has launched its first customer smartphone app using the Verge Retail Connect platform. Connect provides retailers with the ability to positively interact with customers, and forms the foundational framework for

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Gas-Mart Closes Sale of 19 Kansas City Locations

Appoints John Tittle as new CEO. GasMart USA Inc. (GasMart) announced today that, effective April 27, 2015, it sold its 19 stores in the greater Kansas, Mo. area. The transaction, in addition to two other sales currently under contract, concludes a six-month sale process conducted by GasMart in its efforts to restructure its balance sheet

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Study Reveals How Consumers React to ‘The Store of the Future’

Survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that “cool” features help shoppers discover relevant products, information and get through the store; “creepy” ones identify, target and track. RichRelevance released a new study, “Creepy or Cool,” that reveals consumer attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience. The study finds that shoppers think it is

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MFA Oil Co. Purchases Fuel Supply Agreements

Purchase includes 30 supplier contracts with dealers. MFA Oil Co. has purchased, through its subsidiary American Petroleum Marketers LLC (APM), a portion of the dealer fuel supply agreements owned by Sunshine Fuels LLC and Sunshine Energy LLC. The purchase includes 30 supplier contracts of dealers in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. These stores will continue to

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Cased Pencils

BIC Consumer Products USA has introduced BIC Xtra-Fun, the only No. 2 pencil with two-toned color barrels in the U.S. market. The new Xtra-Fun pencil offers high quality and durability, and its bright colors are designed to help inspire students to write. Features of the BIC Xtra-Fun pencil include two-toned color barrels, which makes writing […]

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Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino

Give your guests an escape from the rush of the day with White Chocolate Caramel featuring Kraft Caramels from General Foods International. Launched in 2014, this treat is a decadent combination of rich chocolate and the creamy, sweet caramel flavor expected from Kraft Caramels. Your customers will love the on-trend flavor of this delectable offering. […]

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, the newest pizza to join the company’s list of deliciously daring limited time offers. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is now available to order at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations nationally, while supplies last. Made with Hunt Brothers Pizza’s original rising fresh crust, the new Chicken Bacon […]

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Chocolate Caramels

The Hershey Co. has launched new Hershey’s Caramels, the perfect marriage of delicious Hershey’s chocolate with smooth, creamy caramel that makes every day feel a little fancy. Made with sea salt, molasses and fresh dairy butter, each bite of Hershey’s Caramels caramel provides a silky, smooth texture and flavor. The caramel pieces are enrobed with […]

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Next Generation Canopy Light

International Light Technologies (ILT), a designer, manufacturer and distributor of LED-based lighting products, has introduced CanopyLight-13K, the next generation of its popular gas pump canopy LED retrofit light fixtures. All ILT CanopyLight LED retrofit fixtures are easy-to-install, cost-competitive replacements for existing energy-inefficient, high maintenance metal halide fixtures in gas pump canopies. ILT CanopyLight-13K LED Retrofit […]

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SFATA Conference Takeaways

E-cigarette/nicotine debate needs to be re-focused. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Conference outside of Chicago, “headlined” by Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Encouragingly, Director Zeller underscored the importance of ‘opening up the dialogue’ across various stakeholders in the nicotine space, suggesting to us

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C-stores See Double-Digit Growth in Pizza Category

Growth demonstrates channel’s rapidly expanding foodservice footprint. Lots of pizza dough went through the doors of convenience stores and lots of pizza servings went out the doors. Cases of pizza crust and dough shipped to convenience stores from broadline foodservice distributors increased by 27% and servings of pizza ordered by convenience store customers increased by

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Wayne Fueling Systems Teams With Ascentium Capital

Now offering financing on Wayne equipment, services and start-up costs for retailers in the U.S. WayneFueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has joined forces with Ascentium Capital to offer c-store and fuel retail customers innovative equipment finance options for Wayne products, technologies

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MacDougall Memorial Minute to Precede NYACS Trade Show

This year’s NYACS trade show to welcome more than 150 exhibits. The New York Association of Convenience Stores will observe 60 seconds of silence to remember convenience store icon John MacDougall at the start of its 29th annual Trade Show next Thursday, May 14, at the Oncenter in Syracuse N.Y. The “MacDougall Memorial Minute” will

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7-Eleven Awards C-Stores To Top Three Contestants

All three military veteran finalists selected as winners. 7-Eleven Inc. hit a triple in Operation: Take Command, the contest to award a U.S. military veteran a 7-Eleven store. Although one finalist was expected to emerge in the last round of the competition, all three finalists were selected as winners. Active-duty Active Duty U.S. Army Captain

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Rutter’s Raises Thousands for Local Children

Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised a record-setting $135,000 to benefit Central Pennsylvania children’s charities at the 13th annual golf outing held this week at Out Door Country Club in York, Pa., the company announced this week. The annual event has raised more than $1.4 million for children’s charities in Central Pennsylvania since its beginning in 2003,

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Pro Food Systems Launches New Equipment Division

New equipment division dedicated to the needs of supermarkets and c-stores. Pro Food Systems has launched a new division solely focused on the specific needs for foodservice equipment in supermarkets and convenient stores. While Pro Food Systems (also known as PFSbrands) has long experienced excellent success in the equipment market segment, the new division further

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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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