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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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Wayne Upgrades 480 PETRONAS Stations in Malaysia

To provide convenient payment options to consumers, PATRONAS Stations are now equipped with outdoor payment terminals. A new outdoor payment infrastructure based on Wayne iX Pay secure payment platform and Fusion forecourt platform has been designed for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) by Wayne Fueling Systems and its local partner Titan Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

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Some 178 Employers Sign Letter Endorsing New Legislation

Employers support the Common Sense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015. A letter supporting legislation aimed at providing employees and employers with more effective means for determining eligibility for Exchange tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been signed by 178 employers and trade associations. The letter has been sent to sponsors of

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Casey’s CEO to Retire

Casey’s General Store CEO to retire; meanwhile, the chain’s profits are on the rise. Robert Myers, CEO and 26-year veteran of Casey’s Convenience Store Inc., will retire in April 2016. Myers will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer, Terry Handley, who has been with the company for 34 years. According to a Nasdaq report, Myers will

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How Do Customers Feel About The Economy?

More than a quarter of consumers plan to reduce spending on items other than gasoline in the next month. Are gas prices to blame? According to a survey of U.S. fuel consumers, only 47% of Americans are currently optimistic about the economy. This minority reflects a five percentage point drop of optimistic consumers over the

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Recognition Works

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Everyone enjoys an “attaboy,” but to get the most mileage from the compliments you bestow, be specific. When people know exactly what they did and why it benefited the company, you’re more likely to see the behavior repeated. Try phrasing praise like this: “Joan, when you took it upon yourself

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Results for 2015 Fiscal Year

Acquisition of The Pantry, fiscal growth and new strategies are hoped to propel business in fiscal 2016 for Alimentation Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has released its results for the fourth quarter and the results are encouraging. For its fourth quarter, which ended April 26, 2015, Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $129.5 million, representing $0.23 per share on a diluted basis.

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How to Use Co-Branding to Attract Business and Drive Sales

Although c-stores carry their own branded products, co-branding can provide an extra push to drive business. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Many convenience stores are opting to co-brand with established restaurants in order to attract customers who would normally look elsewhere for food. Co-branding with a known brand will help win the trust of customers,

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FreshTrac Brewing Technology

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has introduced the new Curtis Alpha GT Brewing System with FreshTrac technology. This new technology is a revolutionary way to keep decanters ready to serve freshly-brewed coffee. FreshTrac includes a flashing, visual indicator to monitor the freshness of coffee right from the point of brewing. FreshTrac starts timing at the moment […]

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Almonds with a Kick

Blue Diamond Growers has introduced Sriracha Snack Almonds. The new flavor, which will be the latest addition to a family of BOLD flavors, including Wasabi & Soy Sauce, Habanero BBQ and Salt & Vinegar, brings a hot bite of chili and garlic flavor to the portfolio. With more than 25 great tasting varieties, from Whole […]

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BOCA Burgers

Kraft Foodservice has introduced BOCA Essentials Roasted Vegetable & Red Quinoa burgers and BOCA Essentials Chile Black Bean burgers. Made with authentic ingredients like black beans, quinoa, brown rice or roasted vegetables, BOCA Essentials are a good source of protein with “real food” credentials, meeting demand for nourishing, flavorful sources of alternative protein. BOCA Essentials […]

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Mega Pack Gum

Wrigley has introduced Extra Polar Ice and Extra Spearmint gum Mega Packs. These flavors will be made available in a unique, 35-stick, durable, plastic pack at the Front End beginning December 2015. The new Mega Pack holds over twice as much gum as a standard 15-stick pack, so consumers do not have to worry about […]

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Organic Keurig Coffee

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has introduced Green Mountain Coffee Organic, a new line of premium coffees that are both organic and Fair Trade Certified. This launch marks the first collection of a double certified line of Green Mountain Coffee ever available for the Keurig hot brewing system. With this new Organic line, Green Mountain Coffee […]

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Organic Beverages

Temple Turmeric has introduced Super Lights. This new line of fully-functional thirst-quenchers is designed to support a positive inflammation response with seven grams of the brand’s proprietary Hawaiian Oana Turmeric and only 40 calories per bottle. Super Lights are available in three flavors—Hibiscus Berry-Ade, Lemon Ginger-Ade and Strawberry Lemon-Ade—and will start hitting store shelves this […]

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OREO Thins

Mondelez International has introduced new OREO Thins. This new spin on the traditional childhood snack allows adults to reminisce while indulging in a lower-calorie version of this favorite snack. Following the consumer health trends, OREO Thins come with a new serving size of four cookies for 140 calories as opposed to the three Original OREO […]

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Visual Display Solutions

NEC Display Solutions of America Inc. has released the X554UNV display. This new display is ideal for indoor video wall applications in retail stores. With 55-inch tiles, an ultra-narrow bezel design of just 3.5millimeters between neighboring displays, commercial-grade brightness and Ultra HD TileMatrix support, the X554UNV delivers brilliant imagery and a 3840 x 2160 UHD […]

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How Are Pump Prices Faring?

California pump prices climb, while some Midwestern states see price declines. While the national average price of gas has only grown by fractions of a penny, some states have seen dramatic price fluctuations over the past week ending July 13, according to a report by AAA. California gas prices soared from July 6-13, rising 28

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Marathon Petroleum Acquiring MarkWest Energy

MarkWest to operate as a unit of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is purchasing MarkWest Energy Partners LP for $15.6 billion, through its pipeline unit MPLX LP, allowing it to expand into natural gas processing, according to a report by Reuters. The cash-and-stock deal will create the fourth-largest master limited partnership, valued at $21 billion. The

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