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Sheetz Continues North Carolina Expansion

Debuts new c-store in Elkin. Sheetz Convenience Restaurants has opened a new location in Elkin, Surry County, N.C. at 401 CC Camp Road. The store opened in January, brining the total of Sheetz stores in the state to 60,  a milestone that is expected to quickly advance later in 2014. “We are committed to opening

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Study Shows Mobile Payment Acceptance Growing

Study finds that consumers and merchants have moved from asking “why use mobile payments?” to asking “which mobile payment option should be used?” MasterCard and PRIME Research have released the second annual global MasterCard Mobile Payments Study, which tracked more than 13 million social media comments across Twitter, Facebook, online blogs and forums around the

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XYIENCE Launches Power to Win Team Ambassador Program

XYIENCE looks for athletes and fitness influencers to join its inaugural ambassador program. XYIENCE, a sports nutrition brand and maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, is looking for athletes and fitness influencers in select metropolitan areas to be part of its inaugural Power to Win Team. Applicants who are over the

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Birdsong Joins NACS Staff as Political Relations Director

Dana Langley Birdsong has joined NACS as its political relations director. Birdsong comes to NACS after several years of running her own consulting business working with former members of Congress, federal candidates and nonprofits on fund-raising and grassroots initiatives. Prior to consulting she was director for advocacy, grassroots & political action committee development at the

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Pipeline Versus Rail

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. In the discussion of the Keystone pipeline, many people think I’m against it because I ask questions.  In this “for or against” society, I have controversy surrounding me all the time because I ask questions.  I’m afraid to rely on what the “fors” say about the ones “against”

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Atlas Oil Transitions Earth Market Operations To Dealers

Atlas continues to maintain ownership of the c-store brand it debuted a year ago. Atlas Oil announced that it has transitioned operations of its Earth Market convenience stores to dealers at the end of January. The Earth Market c-store chain debuted less than a year ago—on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, and expanded to include

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Fueling Good Project Helps Pennsylvania Mobile Library

Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library receives CITGO Gift to broaden reach in rural areas. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced the Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library (CCTL) of Pennsylvania as one of nine winners of the 2014 CITGO Fueling Good Project. CITGO will provide $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to CCTL Director/Librarian,

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Roadrunner Adds Wayne Ovation Dispensers With inOvationTV

“It helps differentiate our sites and dramatically improves the fueling experience for our customers,” says president of Mountain Empire Oil. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne, A GE Business, and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), continues to add new geographic

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Jack Link’s To Acquire Unilever Meat Snack Business

Sale is set to close at the end of March. Jack Link’s has announced plans to purchase Unilever’s meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand (UK and Ireland). The sale is expected to close by the end of March. Terms of the deal were

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Core-Mark Announces Q4 And Year-End 2013 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday Feb. 27, 2014 for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013 and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing (800) 588-4973 using the code 36474323.

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The Pantry Urges Stockholders to Vote for Its Nine Director Nominees

The Pantry advises stockholders to ignore dissident group looking to replace some nominees. The Pantry Inc. announced that it has mailed definitive proxy materials in connection with its 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, in which it urged stockholders to vote for its nine “highly qualified and experienced director nominees.” The 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders

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JEI Inc. And CITGO Recognize Local Charity

Colors for a Cause-Louisiana receives CITGO gift cards for Fueling Good in the Community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has named Colors for a Cause-Louisiana as a winner of this year’s Fueling Good Project. On Feb. 13, representatives from the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery and local CITGO Marketer, JEI Inc., awarded $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to

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Majority of Primary Grocery Shoppers Won’t Pay More for Non-GMO

Half of specialty store shoppers are willing to pay extra for non-GMO products, NPD Group finds. The labeling of genetically-modified (GMO) foods is at the center of debate across the country, but the decision to buy or not buy non-GMO foods often is based on price, according to The NPD Group, a global information company.

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NACS Publishes Latest Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040

Report gives fuels retailers more insight into market direction. Gasoline will remain the dominant fuel powering light duty vehicles through 2040, but consumption will drop 24% and market share will shrink 14% as fuel efficiency improves and alternative fuels—led by diesel fuel—increase their penetration into the market, according to a new report released by the

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CSD’s 2014 Foodservice Study

Retailers recognize that an effective foodservice program helps position them as a destination for on-the-go consumers. But new research shows that these programs are vital for creating competitive points of differentiation in today’s hyper-competitive environment. By John Lofstock, Editor, and Joshua Tahan, Study Hall Research The U.S. foodservice industry generated an estimated $660 billion in

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BIC Flicktacular

The BIC Lighter Flicktacular program is continuing into 2014, providing an exciting way for the brand and retailers to engage with loyal BIC Lighter consumers. From Oct. 21, 2013 through Nov. 20, 2013, BIC Lighter Facebook fans were given the opportunity to vote on their favorite lighter designs from various series. The winning designs will

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FastLane Customer Wins KickBack’s Annual Grand Prize Giveaway

Jesse Beckmann, of Winfield, Mo., earns a $15,000 shopping spree for using his KickBack Points card at participating convenience stores. Just weeks after announcing its Fantasy Football grand prize giveaway, which included a trip to the NFL’s Big Game in New Jersey, KickBack Points has announced Jesse Beckmann, of Winfield, Mo., as its 2013 Grand

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ACSI Shows Customer Satisfaction At Retail

Customer satisfaction with Internet dips. Customer satisfaction improves for a third consecutive year for retail, according to a report released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The retail sector overall gains 1.7% to an ACSI benchmark of 77.9, boosted by higher customer satisfaction with specialty retail stores, supermarkets, drug stores and gasoline service stations.

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Eby-Brown Welcomes New Corporate Foodservice Manager

Mathew Mandeltort, formerly with Technomic brings 25 years of experience to his new role.  Eby-Brown Company, LLC announces the addition of former Technomic Inc. consultant, Mathew Mandeltort, as the newly created corporate foodservice manager. In this role, Mandeltort will focus on current and future retailer foodservice needs, utilizing leading edge foodservice category data, analytics and

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MasterCard to Use HCE for NFC-Based Mobile Payments

Enables consumers to make contactless payments from their NFC-enabled phones. MasterCard has announced that it plans to publish a specification that leverages Host Card Emulation (HCE) for secure near field communication (NFC) payment transactions. The approach will enable consumers to easily use their MasterCard-branded cards on their NFC-enabled phones to make contactless payments. Today, there

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California Proposes Sugary Beverage Warning Labels

Bottles of soda and sugar juice drinks could be required to carry warning labels as soon as July 2015. California state lawmakers and medical experts have proposed a state law that would require sugary drinks sold in the state to carry health warning labels similar to those required on packs of cigarettes, the Los Angeles

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IDDBA Brings Free Online Food Safety Training To Retailers

“Food safety is perhaps the most important training topic for food handlers,” says IDDBA’s vice president of education. The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association (IDDBA) has launched training.iddba.org, a free online training Website. Primarily aimed at supermarket dairy, deli, bakery, and prepared foods associates, the site offers training in both English and Spanish. Training is free and

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Equipped for Foodservice Success

After the recession-fueled hesitancy of the last couple of years, some retailers are once again investing in new foodservice equipment to add new items, boost sales of existing ones and streamline operations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When FriendShip Food Stores, based in Fremont, Ohio, decided to add frozen yogurt to the foodservice offerings at

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Winning Over Foodservice Customers

Fresh ingredients, a great presentation and knowledgeable employees will help convenience store retailers grow their foodservice sales.  By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Competition is getting tougher in the foodservice arena. Convenience stores and QSRs now go after the same targeted demographic: households with incomes below $50,000, according to Bloomberg Industries, a business research organization. That

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Lower Annual Trend for U.S. Gasoline Prices Reaffirmed

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The Energy Information Administration tweaked its latest forecast for retail gasoline prices in the U.S., adjusting lower its projection for the 2014 national average on expectations U.S. refiners would encounter reduced acquisition costs for crude oil this year. In its latest Short-term Energy Outlook, released Feb. 11,

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