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NRF Show Recap

By David Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. With so many exhibitors (over 600) displaying their wares at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference (it’s called The Big Show for a reason) earlier this month, it would be an impossible task to try to cover them all. That doesn’t stop the army of PR

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Life Choices

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Justin and Shanna Ellefson, brother and sister, decided a long time ago that working their way to pay for higher education might not be easy, but it beats the alternative. Not only does working to pay for higher education help lower their education debt, but it also teaches

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Abbreviations

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. In this new tech world we live in it is hard for an old guy like me to keep up with, everything. Text messages are sent to me with abbreviations in them that can change the meaning of the message, with an old interpretation. I have a couple

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Wawa Launches Remodel Program

Plans to renovate legacy stores. Wawa Inc. has launched the Wawa Remodel Program, an initiative in which the company will embark on a massive effort to remodel older, legacy stores to reflect Wawa’s latest store design and foodservice offering. Throughout 2015, Wawa will remodel 40 existing stores—the most remodels to happen in one year ever

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The Pantry Sets Date To Vote On Couche-Tard Merger

Meeting set for March 10. The Pantry Inc. has scheduled a special meeting of The Pantry stockholders for March 10, 2015 to consider and vote upon the previously announced proposed merger with a U.S. subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. The special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the Springhill Inn and

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Cigar Industry Remembers Tony Barone

Life celebration set for Feb. 14. Tony Barone, an industry giant and friend to many, died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. after a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, Feb.

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Mintel Outlines Food And Drink Trends

From clean eating to the changing definition of ‘value,’ Mintel reveals 2015 consumer trends. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has released the five key trends set to impact the U.S. food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data and trends from across Mintel’s extensive product portfolio and expert analysis from Director of Innovation

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Pacific Convenience & Fuels Launches Loyalty Program

The 300-store chain with units in five states partners with KickBack Points to drive new business and reward its existing customers. As a national leader in rewards programs and loyalty solutions, KickBack Points delivers business intelligence that makes retail operators smarter, more profitable and helps to elevate their entire organization to learn how to anticipate

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Energy Category Growth Remains Strong

Red Bull reclaims leadership position, according to Wells Fargo. The energy category had solid dollar sales growth of 9.3%, driven by continued solid results from Monster and Red Bull, reported Wells Fargo Securities, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ended Jan. 17, 2015. Monster generated solid 10.4% dollar sales growth (+9.7% for 12 weeks),

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February Brings Gas Price Increases

Gas prices on the rise after dropping to lowest levels since 2009, according to AAA. U.S. average gas prices have increased seven days in a row for a total of two cents per gallon, AAA reported on Feb. 2. The up tick comes after gas prices had fallen for a record 123 consecutive days to

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Newest Austin-Area Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Dailey Middle School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in the Austin area with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The store is located off of Texas 130 just south of Manor at 12200 FM 969. At a ribbon-cutting, Kim Lubel, president and

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RaceTrac Celebrates Frozen Yogurt Day

Today only, customers can enjoy free frozen yogurt during select times. RaceTrac is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day, today, Feb. 6, with free Swirl World frozen yogurt for customers! RaceTrac customers who visit a story today between 4p.m. and 7p.m. can get up to $4 worth of frozen yogurt free of charge—no coupon needed, the

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Hispanic-, Asian-American Population, Spending Power on the Rise

Hispanic Americans to have $1.5 trillion in buying power by 2015, according to IDDBA. Hispanic- and Asian-American consumers are growing demographics with considerable spending power, providing new sales opportunities to food retailers. This trend is evidenced by findings in “What’s in Store 2015,” the 29th edition of the annual food industry and consumer trends publication

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Banks Still Refuse To Embrace Chip And PIN

Despite support from lawmakers, Banking Association executive claims customers prefer less secure cards. In a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce hearing on data breaches yesterday, Senator Amy Klobuchar made the case for chip and PIN payment card technology, which would provide customers with the highest level of data protection known today. In the face of

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Sheetz Adding E15 in North Carolina

Provides alternative fuel option to customers. Sheetz Convenience Stores plans to offer an E15 fueling option to its North Carolina customers. The company will begin to install the new E15 fuel option in early 2015 and by spring of 2016 installation should be completed at 60 stores in North Carolina. E15 is a combination of

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IRI MarketPlus Survey Finds 2015 Holds Promise

Overall shopper sentiment surged in 2014, but was largely flat in Q4 2014 compared with Q3 2014. Decreasing unemployment rates, falling gas prices and an improving housing market bolstered the U.S. economy in 2014. However, wages are lagging behind, which is causing consumers to remain concerned about their economic future and cautious about their spending

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Jiffy Mart Donates To Carroll County Hospital Center

Funds to benefit breast cancer patients in the community. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil Inc., recently donated $4,000 to the Center for Breast Health on Jan. 19 to benefit breast cancer patients at Carroll Hospital Center. Employees from Jiffy Mart locations throughout Carroll County presented a check to Brenda Frazier, Carroll

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Cumberland Farms Rewards Snow Plow Drivers

Offers free coffee during recent blizzard. Leading convenience, gasoline, and coffee retailer, Cumberland Farms offered free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to any municipal, state or private plow driver working to clear the public roads until noon on Jan. 28, as a thank you during the recent snow storm. Drivers were able to stop by

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Sheetz To Open Second Campus Concept Store

New model features a beer cave but no gas pumps. Sheetz is planning to open a new store at 129 S. Pugh St. in downtown State College, Pa. Set to open in August of this year, the store will feature a beer cave but no gas pumps, Centre Daily Times reported. Renovations on the 5,000-square-foot

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Conoco/Phillips 66 Customer Nets KickBack Points Grand Prize

Justin Gilbert, of Spokane Valley, Wash., is KickBack Points 2015 grand prize winner. The loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer wins a check for $15,000. Convenience store and petroleum marketers are always looking for innovative ways to reward their loyal customers. Thanks to a partnership with KickBack Points, one loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer

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Peach Tea + Energy

Monster Energy has introduced the newest addition to its Rehab line, Monster Rehab Peach Tea + Energy. Packed with B vitamins, electrolytes and coconut water, Rehab Peach Tea + Energy packs a triple threat that quenches thirst, fires you up, and is the perfect choice after a hard day’s night. Peach tea has long been

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Clean Eating Made Simple

Protein products company Forward Foods LLC, the maker of the award-winning Detour bar, is making clean eating simple with the introduction of its new line of Detour Simple protein bars. The new line of Detour Simple bars break the protein bar mold with clean ingredients and 20 grams of protein. Detour Simple bars are certified

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Breakfast Sandwiches

Tyson Convenience Foodservice has introduced three new Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Sandwiches. Flavors include: Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage on a Biscuit; Jimmy Dean Hot & Spicy Sausage, Egg and Pepperjack Cheese on a Biscuit; and Jimmy Dean Spicy Split Smoked Sausage & Cheese on a Croissant. The Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Sandwich

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Frozen Drink Dispenser

Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, has introduced Spin Twist, the easy-to-use, one-movement slush dispenser. This simple, sleek dispenser can deliver two-flavor frozen drinks and cocktails in one swift, easy movement, making it perfect for convenience stores. Spin Twist consists of a freezer connected to two clear containers that display the

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Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt, a manufacturer of a full line of premier commercial refrigeration systems, has introduced its full line of glass door merchandisers with the next generation BMG/BLG Plus and Fusion Plus models. These new glass door merchandisers provide extensive flexibility that businesses require for growing market segments, changing floor plans and improving traffic flow. Master-Bilt’s glass

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