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Analysts Weigh In On Casey’s Q4 Results

The company is unlikely to roll off its assets into an MLP structure anytime soon. Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal Q4 2014 results beat expectations. The convenience store chain reported diluted earnings per share of $0.59 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended April 30, 2014 compared to $0.60 for the same period a

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Casey’s Names Terry Handley President

“Terry has demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout his tenure at Casey’s,” says Casey’s chairman and CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s Board of Directors has elected Terry Handley to serve as president of the company, effective immediately. Handley will continue to serve in the role as chief operating officer. “Terry has demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout his tenure

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Kum & Go Headquarters Estimated To Cost $92 Million

Kum & Go is transferring its headquarters to downtown Des Moines. Kum & Go aims to move its headquarters from West Des Moines to downtown, and is applying for more than $8.5 million in state tax incentives to help finance the move, according to The Des Moines Register. A Des Moines City Council document show

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Ryko Acquiring National Carwash Solutions

Combined expertise strengthens comprehensive carwash program. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, is set to acquire National Carwash Solutions, L.P. (NCS), the largest independent carwash service organization in North America. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days. NCS, a respected and innovative service

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Quarles Welcomes U.S. Bank Voyager Network Cards

Some 125 unattended Mid-Atlantic fueling stations now accepting cards on U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network. Commercial fuel station operator Quarles Petroleum and U.S. Bank have reached an agreement that gives holders of the U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Card, or any of the bank’s Voyager Network fleet partners, access to 125 Quarles unattended card-lock stations in Virginia,

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Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Smokeless tobacco remains a robust category amid growing e-cigarette performers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales continue to lead the other-tobacco-products (OTP) category ahead of cigars and e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco represents a major opportunity for convenience stores going forward. With cigarette volume declining in c-stores and vape shops stealing business with electronic nicotine devices,

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Training Key to Boosting Accessory Sales

Though the category offers high margins and caters to loyal customers, tobacco accessories often go unnoticed by store employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lighters, rolling papers and e-cigarette accessories offer convenience stores the opportunity to upsell customers at the counter. Unfortunately, the large majority of convenience store employees get little to no training when

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Poultry Consumption Soars

With commodity prices of beef and other non-poultry proteins on the rise and consumers wanting healthful choices and variety, chicken continues to grow as a foodservice favorite among c-store operators and their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor 7-Eleven announced in April that it was beefing up its chicken offerings with the addition of lightly-

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Writing Instruments For Kids

BIC has introduced its brand new line of products, BIC Kids, the first and only line of writing instruments designed specifically for children who are learning to write. BIC Kids was developed with a team of teachers, engineers and kids in an effort to help young children strengthen their writing skills and engage in the

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A Tribute To Dad

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. My dad passed away when I was 11 years old. There are a number of memories I have that have stayed with me my whole life. I thought I would share a few. I remember being picked on in school because Dad had John Deere tractors and my

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Gas’d Up Demand But Prices Tapping Brakes

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand in the U.S., which refers to product supplied from the primary market, dropped 206,000 bpd to 9.104 million bpd during the week-ended May 30, according to the Energy Information Administration, with the week profiled, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend

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Love’s Expands Its Offerings With Love’s Financial

Love’s now provides financial solutions for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers. Love’s newest service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring with Love’s gives

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CHS Welcomes Tweten

Darin Tweten brings more than 14 years of experience to his role with Cenex. Effective May 26, 2014 Darin Tweten joined CHS, an energy, grains and foods company, as part of the Retail Specialist program. This program supports its Cenex brand by successfully assisting store owners and operators in improving their operations’ financial performance. Tweten

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VP Racing Fuels Expands Financing Program

Program to assist gas stations, c-stores, and race fuel dealers fund conversion costs and equipment purchases. VP Racing Fuels has announced its partnership with Allied Brand Services LLC (ABS), a specialty finance platform to provide funding in support of imaging and conversion costs incurred by gas station and convenience store Dealers that partner with VP

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Customer Engagement Top Goal For Retailers

Within five years, 75% of retailers plan to identify customers when they walk in the store, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2014 CRM/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey. Unified Commerce is the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop. The

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Put A Twist In Your Summer

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Summer Twist. Don’t miss out on this sweet lemon-mango taste. Now shipping to stores Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “2 for 99¢”and “Save on 2” options. This edition

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Innovative Product Nominee

GIANTS Snacks Inc. is one of the proud nominees for the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Award. The company attended Chicago’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in May and received the nomination for its newest Sunflower Seed flavor, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. GIANTS Snacks Inc. has partnered with Huy Fung Foods to bring you the Original

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First-Of-Its-Kind Brewing System

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has introduced the first-of-its-kind, commercial-grade Keurig BOLT Carafe Brewing System, which is UL-approved for commercial use and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified for foodservice environments. The Keurig BOLT offers users the ability to brew a 64-ounce pot of coffee in approximately two minutes, bringing the innovation, speed, efficiency and quality that

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All-Natural Coconut Chips

BARE, creators of delicious “Snacks Gone Simple,” announced two new varieties of All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips: Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Bliss. Crafted from sweet and fragrant Nam Hom coconuts grown exclusively in Thailand’s Central Plains, the new All-Natural Crunchy Coconut Chips are toasted to perfection, and lightly flavored to satisfy sweet cravings with a

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BIG AZ Line Expansion

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) is introducing the BIG AZ Angus Cheddar Cheeseburger and BIG AZ Chicken Bacon Cheddar Club to its BIG AZ line, one of the top brands in the sandwich market. A Total Unduplicated Reach and Frequency (TURF) analysis of Big AZ target consumers indicated that both a premium Angus version of the BIG

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GasMart Expands CITGO Brand

Adds 15 stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. New CITGO Marketer GasMart USA recently completed the conversion of 15 locally-owned gas stations across Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana to the CITGO brand. The Centennial image and fresh service options are now available for fuel and convenience store customers following a Grand Opening June 2-6. “We are

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Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years

“This innovation not only changed fueling, but the concept of self-serve that we know today,” says NACS spokesperson. Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling—and even retail as a whole— when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colo., to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service

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50 Years of Sun, Surfing and Slurpee Drinks

Smyrna 7-Eleven store celebrates half-century in business. When the first 7-Eleven store in New Smyrna Beach (NSB) opened June 1, 1964, bananas were nine cents a pound, ice cream was 69 cents a half-gallon, and the grand-opening specials included a six-pack of bottled beer for 89 cents. Franchisee Michelle Simpson invited NSB residents and tourists

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Dollar General To Open Stores in Three New States

Major retailer to expand to 43 states by adding presence in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. Dollar General has announced plans to expand its nationwide presence into three new states within the next year, increasing the company’s presence to 43 states across the country. The major discount retailer will begin construction on stores in Maine

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NCA Names Most Innovative New Products

Some 45 new confectionery and snack products across nine categories named Most Innovative New Products by the National Confectioners Association. During the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago, Ill., the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 45 Most Innovative New Product Award nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of

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