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Kum & Go Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Customers invited to donate $1 in-store to help select site for first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go has launched a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, a global nonprofit that creates affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. The Kum & Go initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and consumer fundraising, is

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NACS Chairman Brad Call Addresses NCA State of the Industry Conference

NACS Chairman Brad Call notes the c-store and candy industries must work together to change the conversation around consumption and exercise in relation to the obesity epidemic ahead of future regulations. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor/News & Online The National Confectioners (NCA) State of the Industry 2014 Conference kicked off in Miami, Fla. on Sunday,

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Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.

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The Pantry Fights Back

Urges stockholders to support value-enhancing changes.  The Pantry Inc. sent the following letter to stockholders in response to arguments made by the dissident stockholder group led by JCP Investment Management LLC in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders: Dear Fellow Stockholder, At The Pantry’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014,

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NRA Announces 2014 FABI Award Recipients

New type of pepper, beef bacon, gluten-free flour and vegan fishless filets are among food and beverage innovations to be showcased at National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association (NRA)  announced the recipients of the Food and Beverage Innovations (FABI) Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage innovations that will make a

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Rutter’s Adds Crab Cake Sliders to Menu

Soft pretzel bites are also new on the snack menu. Just in time for the Lenten season, Rutter’s Farm Stores has added another seafood option to the menu, crab cake sliders. The Maryland-style crab cakes are fried to perfection and can be ordered in quantities of 1, 3, 6 or 12. Rutter’s Rewards of up

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Obama Budget Proposes Federal Tobacco Tax Rate Increases

2015 proposal mirrors President Obama’s 2014 proposal, which Congress did not pass. President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 federal budget includes a 94 cents per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax rate and a proportionate 93% increase in all other tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Each of these

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Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Vaping still allowed in lounges, e-cigarette stores and for film and theatrical purposes. Los Angeles has moved to ban public use of electronic cigarettes, following in the footsteps of New York, Chicago and Boston The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs

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Del Monte Expands its Tomato and Vegetable Program

Acquires approximately 2,620 acres of land in south Florida. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced that one of its North America subsidiaries acquired approximately 2,620 acres of agricultural production land located Northwest of Palm Beach, Fla. “The land on the east side of Lake Okeechobee is ideally located and has an ample water supply

Bear Aggression Triggers Bull Reaction in Oil Prices

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The weekend invasion of Ukraine by Russia has spiked global crude oil prices, hiking the geopolitical risk premium in crude values while the Obama administration has asked European countries to cut their oil and gas contracts with Russia, and to instead source crude from Africa, the Middle East

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General Mills Study Identifies How C-stores Can Better Connect

“Using digital channels to connect with convenience store shoppers can help build loyalty and drive traffic,” notes consumer insights manager at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. Shoppers actively use digital media to seek out information from retailers, yet convenience stores lag behind competing channels in digital connections. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Georgia Oil

Deal marks second acquisition since January for Empire. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 59 dealer supply agreements and certain real estate and leasehold assets from Georgia Oil Holdings. The acquisition further solidifies Empire’s presence in the Southeastern United States and in the Atlanta market in particular. Additionally, the transaction expands Empire’s existing

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What, There’s No App For That?

By David Hochman. With additional reporting by William Brucella Read any trade publication or Website that covers the retail industry and you’ll read about apps. A lot. Apps that let shoppers to select and purchase products all through their phones, all the while, providing a dynamic platform for stores and chains to engage more directly

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Core-Mark Announces Record Annual Sales of $9.7 Billion

Fourth quarter non-cigarette sales growth over 18%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.  “We had a very good year in 2013. Our core strategies are

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Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Partner

“We both have the ambition to expand in the U.S. market and the Royal Agio portfolio compliments the Drew Estate brand portfolio perfectly,” says CEO of Royal Agio Cigars. Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1, 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell and distribute

Do you have a handle on your Food Service Category?

Since 1995, DataMax has assisted retailers in effectively managing Food Service offerings, thus, resulting in increased profits and efficiencies. By utilizing Envoy’s Recipe Management functions, we are able to provide retailers the tools to significantly impact the profitability of Food Service by creating products and managing margins down to each ingredient making up the product. 

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Improving Store Support & Revenue with Proactive Support Methodology

Increasing store services/equipment availability at a lower cost of staff-time, money & stress Create a better customer experience and increase profitability at your convenience stores the way the most successful companies do: by combining the capabilities of new technology with enhancements in the way your employees work. Friendly staff is the first touch point for

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Minimum Wage And Politicians

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. It amazes me how economists are called upon by the politicians for insight on raising the minimum wage.  The very people that are known for deadlock and ongoing partisan politics are calling on educated, figure-toting, research experts to give insight on the raising of the minimum wage and

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The Pantry Responds To Dissident Group Assertions

The company says that erroneous information was published by Glass Lewis and Dissident Group. The Pantry Inc. has responded to a report issued by Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC (“Glass Lewis”) on Feb. 27, 2014 in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014, as well as to a press

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Speedway Donates Over $60 Million To Children’s Miracle Network

Fundraising for the Charity totaled $7.6 Million in 2013. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC (Speedway) contributed $7,663,759 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, boosting the company’s total fundraising to more than $60 million since 1991. Donations in 2013 were up 18% over the previous year and benefitted 20

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Vaporin Partners With C-Store Distributors

National distribution agreement through Checkstand Program brings Vaporin products to convenience stores. Vaporin Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and e-liquids used for the delivery of nicotine, non-nicotine and cannabis-based products, announced an agreement with C-Store Distributors (C-Store) through their Checkstand Program for national distribution of the company’s electronic cigarettes, vaporizers

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5-hour ENERGY Sponsors Mexican Soccer Star

Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, announced the sponsorship of Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, marking the company’s first major advertising campaign focused exclusively on Hispanic consumers.  Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team, is a top scorer in the CONCACAF Champions League and was the 2013 CONCACAF

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Bill Aims to “Protect Children” From E-Cigarettes

Those in favor of the bill call e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to smoking cigarettes. Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that aims to ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to

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Duchess Shoppes To Partner With Red Cross In March

“Everyday Heroes” invites customer contributions. Englefield Oil Co.’s Duchess Shoppes, a full-service convenience store chain, is inviting customers to honor Everyday Heroes with a donation to the American Red Cross this March. Beginning Saturday, March 1, customers will be able to purchase a Red Cross icon for $1 at any of the chain’s 123 stores

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