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Open Pantry Executive Team Gets Pied

MS fundraising challenge has delicious end for Open Pantry leaders. Although those at Open Pantry are happy to devote their efforts to raising funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, the chain was given some sweet incentive to strive to fundraise even harder. Open Pantry has played a big part in the fundraising effort

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Sarah Bragg Promoted to Parker’s Development Supervisor

Anticipation for expansion leads Parker’s to promote a new development supervisor. Sarah Bragg is the new development supervisor for Parker’s. Bragg will now implement training and development strategies for Parker’s retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina. This Missouri native originally joined Parker’s in 2012 as a manager at the Ellabell, Ga. store. She previously worked as

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Team Oil Travel Center Donates to Community Cancer Fund

Spring Valley, Wis.-based Team Oil Travel Center’s CEO Tony Huppert recently present a check for $1185 dollars to Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund’s representative, Steve Hartung. The $1,185 donation was made by RV owners that park in the Team Oil Travel Center’s RV Sites. All of the donations given for parking in the RV sites as

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Convenience Valet and BPI Sports Promote Health

Convenience Valet looks to attract the health-conscious customer with a new line of sports drinks.  Convenience Valet, in partnership with BPI Sports, has introduced a new line of sports nutrition supplements for fitness enthusiasts and those looking for products that promote healthy living. “Recently a major retailer came to us looking for supplements such as whey protein,

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A New World Leader In Ice Cream Emerges

Although Americans consume the most ice cream per person than anywhere in the world, the U.S. is no longer the global leader in ice cream sales. New research from Mintel has revealed that the global ice cream market has shifted, as China has overtaken the U.S. as the worlds largest ice cream market in 2014.

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Chipotle Launches “Friend or Faux” Campaign

Chipotle uses new interactive campaign to educate customers on the ingredients used in different fast food items and offers customers a chance to win free food as an incentive to participate. With the current health trend, Chipotle Mexican Grill has designed an integrated marketing campaign. This campaign includes an interactive digital experience and invites customers

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A Lesson In Marketing

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. In 1957, I took a night job as a disc jockey for a local radio station. At the time, it was the first and only FM station in the town of Shreveport, La. where I grew up. My shift began at 6pm, and ended

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Rutter’s Announces New Corporate Giving Programs

Customers will be given the opportunity make a real difference by voting for which charity they think Rutter’s should provide with funds.  Rutter’s is launching two new corporate giving programs to continue its financial support of local children’s charities. These two new programs are Vote with Your Dollars and Rutter’s Rewards Schools. Since 2005, Rutter’s has given over $4.45

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Sunoco Prices Public Offering of Common Units

Sunoco LP to use net proceeds from the offering to repay borrowings and for general partnership purposes.  Sunoco LP (the Partnership) has priced its registered underwritten public offering of 5,500,000 common units. The units represent limited partner interests in the Partnership, pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, previously filed with the Securities

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Altria Updates Agreement With Philip Morris International

Altria collaborates with Philip Morris International to further commercialize the sale of electronic vapor products.   As the popularity of vapor products continues to rise, companies that provide these products are searching for ways to provide to a wider range of consumers and to progress in the industry. Altria Group Inc. is expanding its strategic

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Joint Venture Between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International Dissolves

Slow development in the snus industry leads to the end of the joint venture between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International. Swedish Match (SWMA) and Philip Morris International (PMI) have decided to dissolve their joint venture in the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the U.S. Although the venture will come to an end, the companies

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The Hershey Co. Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Hershey rearranges leadership in order to promote company growth. Marketing veteran, Peter Horst, will join The Hershey Co. as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, beginning July 27, 2015. Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corp. where he served as senior vice president of brand marketing, and prior to that, chief marketing officer for Capital One Bank.  “Peter is

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4 Sons Saves With Lighting Upgrade

4 Sons’ lighting upgrade will save thousands while attracting business.   With the cost of electricity, it is no surprise that lighting a store can become costly, and on top of that cost comes maintenance costs, because lights don’t last forever. Maybe funding lighting for one store isn’t such a daunting task’ but for 4 Sons and

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Maximize Your Message

“If a five-year-old doesn’t understand it, make a new sign.” By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. Recently, my sister went to see her eye doctor. She received the total exam, with the eye dilation, and other tests. While she was waiting to see the doctor, she decided to visit the restroom. On entering the unisex restroom

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How to Create a Look That Sells

Making profits does not only rely upon the merchandise you sell. Nothing is that simple. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern There are a number of different variables that must be taken into account when it comes to strategizing. Of course, it is important to carry products that consumers want to purchase and have a staff

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Mars Chocolate to Expand Topeka, Kan. Location

Mars is expanding to create jobs in the communities that it serves. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot facility in Topeka, Kan. Mars will invest an additional $100 million in the already existing facility in Topeka, Kan. With the expansion, the company will create 70 new full-time, permanent,

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Sabine Oil & Gas Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Plummeting fuel prices push companies to seek bankruptcy protection. As global gasoline prices decline, many oil companies are finding it difficult to make ends meet. On July 15, 2015 Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has been struggling to make interest payments on its existing debt. According to Bankruptcy &

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C-Store Beverage Sales Up 6% in Second Quarter

Energy and non-carbonated drink sales drive the non-alcoholic beverage category at convenience stores. Wells Fargo Securities LLC’s most recent “Beverage Buzz” survey that polls more than 15,000 c-store locations across the nation found that non-alcoholic beverage sales climbed 6% in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the strength in the energy drinks and non-carbonated

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County Fair, CITGO Sponsor Bike Rally

Roll out new loyalty app to kick off the Roar on the Shore event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are once again joining forces to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally, set to take place this week in Erie, Pa. This is the second year CITGO and Country Fair

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Energy Transfer Partners and Energy Transfer Equity Move Forward with Strategic Plan

Transaction agreement between ETE and ETP is expected to substantially benefit both companies. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity L.P. (ETE) have been strategically planning ways to maximize company success, struck a deal  July 15, 2015, to move in that direction. ETP and ETE have announced the exchange of 21 million ETP

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QuickChek to Launch Q Café at New Jersey Balloon Festival

QuickChek’s record-setting 23-year sponsorship of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has been a key part of building the brand. The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning will once again be sponsored by QuickChek convenience stores. This Festival has been the company’s biggest branding event for 23 years, and QuickChek is maximizing its involvement in the

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Technomic Reveals Six Foodservice Trends So Far for 2015

The restaurant industry has seen an increase in business in 2015, but new trends are on the rise and it is crucial not to fall behind. As the halfway-point of 2015 is now behind us, Technomic research experts have taken note of market forces and emerging menu trends in the foodservice industry. There is no

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BP Franchisees Claim Pricing Policies Are Hurting Business

BP franchisees say BP pricing policy allows little room for profit at discount fuel stations. Four BP West Coast Products LLC franchisees, including owners of BP and Arco gas stations and Ampm mini-marts, have filed a suit against BP for its pricing policy. BP provides fuel for a number of discount branded stations, but these brand owners

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Marketing Disruptive Technologies

Confessions of a common nerd. By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Congratulations! You’ve come up with a fantastic, new idea that will change the way the world works. You’ve built a prototype, identified your target market, studied your competition and received encouragement from your clients, family and your friends. Some

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Returns

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is returning in August 2015, and the incentives are too good to miss. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (RMCF) is returning to the Omni Interlocken Resort in August 2015. This year’s RMCF offers guests a number of incentives for attending. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is located in the heart of

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