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Cenex Tank Program Assists Retailers Offering E15

Covers a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for the purpose of offering E15. CHS, an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex branded locations to meet consumer demand for an

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Burger King Acquiring Tim Hortons

Creates third largest fast food company in the world. Burger King Worldwide Inc. is set to acquire Tim Hortons Inc., in a move that Burger King executives claim is motivated by global expansion opportunities as opposed to lower tax rates in Canada. The U.S.-based Burger King made its official announcement Tuesday that it is acquiring

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KickBack Points Kicks Off a New Fantasy Football Season

For the second straight year, KickBack cardholders can build their Fantasy Football team with each purchase using their KickBack Points’ card and will compete against other cardholders for a chance to win two tickets to The Big Bowl game in Arizona. As the Pro Football League prepares to kick off the 2014 Pro season, KickBack


Parker’s Named One of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Makes list for third consecutive year. Inc. 5000 recently announced that Parker’s has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500|5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing companies for the third consecutive year. “This is a very difficult achievement for a brick and mortar business [versus an Internet-based, wholesale or technology business] and it’s astonishing that Parker’s


Snack Foods Consumed At Main Meals To Increase

Blurred lines between meal and snack foods to drive growth, says NPD Group. U.S. consumers are eating traditional snack foods, particularly snacks with a perceived health benefit, in between and at meals, and this behavior will drive the growth of snack foods eaten at main meals over next five years, reports The NPD Group, a


Susser Announces Preliminary Merger Consideration Election Results

Susser Holdings Corp. and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) announced preliminary election results by Susser common stockholders regarding their preference as to the form of merger consideration to be received in Energy Transfer Partners’ pending acquisition of Susser. As previously announced on April 28, 2014, Susser Holdings Corp. entered into an agreement and plan of


NOCO Promotes DefIlippis to General Manager, Express Division

DeFilippis brings nearly 40 years of retail industry experience to his new role at NOCO. NOCO has announced that Jim DeFilippis has been promoted to general manager of the NOCO Express division. He most recently served as the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express. “With Jim’s vast experience and knowledge of the retail

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Ryko CEO Transitions To Vice Chairman Position

“I am proud of the success we have achieved at Ryko and am excited about the solid foundation that has been built for future growth,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, announced that Steve L’Heureux has transitioned out of his role as president and


Veeder-Root Acquires FuelQuest Inc.

Purchase combines global leader in automatic tank gauging with industry’s premier fuel logistics SaaS provider. The Veeder-Root Co. has acquired FuelQuest Inc. located in Houston, Texas, FuelQuest is the recognized Software as a Service (SaaS) provider for retail and commercial fueling logistics applications. With over 15 years of experience in logistics software development and analytics,


One Last Hurrah for Peak Driving Season in U.S.?

By Brian Milne, energy editor at Schneider Electric. Recently released reports suggest stronger gasoline consumption in the United States this summer compared with preliminary data from the federal government, although a falloff in year-on-year demand from late in the second quarter is still observed. Initial reaction to the new data suggests a more bullish view

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Wawa Celebrates Florida Lottery Partnership

Adds lottery terminals in all Florida Wawa stores. Wawa Inc. announced a milestone in its Florida development—the celebration of a partnership with the Florida Lottery, which will create the addition of self-service Lottery terminals to all existing and future Wawa stores in Florida. The partnership with the Florida Lottery will be announced at Wawa’s grand

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TravelCenters Updates TruckSmart Mobile App

New features help save time for professional drivers. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, released another update to its free TruckSmart Mobile App. This update enables professional drivers to place an advance Truck Service maintenance/repair request from the app, prior to arriving at a TA

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Debuts new Kandy bandZ, developed by an elementary school student. On July 19, 2014, CITGO Marketer Consumers Petroleum and its Wheels Convenience Stores hosted a Customer Appreciation Event and new product launch at the Wheels CITGO at 2729 Tamarack Avenue in Danbury, Conn. The event, which included games, prizes and complimentary snacks, launched the sale


Couche-Tard Squashes Sinopec Acquisition Rumors

The retail giant has no current plans to invest in Sinopec. A number of media outlets have reported that Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is among a handful of companies rumored to be pursuing the acquisition of a minority stake in China’s Sinopec. Couche-Tard reported that it has no plan to invest in the Sinopec placement at


Raceway Selling 17 C-stores

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors assisting in sale of Raceway locations in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and five other states. RaceWay has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 17 convenience stores with gasoline. This includes four locations in Georgia, three each in Alabama and Florida, two each in Kentucky and

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Target’s Q2 Results Show Struggles

Pre-tax data breach expenses totaled $111 million or 11 cents a share. It’s been a rough second quarter for Target Corp., which suffered a data breach in the fourth quarter of 2013. The big box giant reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents, a decrease of 20.6% from 98 cents per share


Kwik Trip CNG Station Count Up To 28

An additional four CNG sites will open in the fall of 2014. Kwik Trip Inc., the Wis.-based chain of convenience stores, has opened its 28th compressed natural gas station. The most recently added include Davenport, Iowa, Lake Mills and Eau Claire, Wis. Kwik Trip opened its first CNG location in April of 2012 and has


Starbucks Launches Coffee Trucks on College Campuses

The coffee giant pilots new retail formats with Generation Z consumers. Starbucks is rolling out food trucks at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, Businessweek reported. The trucks will travel around campus, offering up caffeinated beverages on demand. What’s more, the trucks, operated by foodservice company


McDonald’s To Sell Packaged Coffee At Supermarkets

Partners with Kraft Foods to manufacture bags of McCafe. McDonald’s is set to sell its coffee in ground or whole bean form at supermarkets nationally by the end of 2015, New York Daily News reported. The move is aimed at upping the profile of the coffee sold at its QSRs. McDonald’s has paired with Kraft

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Breaking: Max Lenker of RaceTrac Announces Retirement

“We congratulate Max on his 40th anniversary and subsequent retirement,” says RaceTrac’s CEO. After more than 40 years of service to RaceTrac, Max Lenker has decided to retire effective Dec. 31, 2014. “Max has been one of the most instrumental individuals in RaceTrac’s growth since he joined the company in 1974,” noted Allison Moran CEO,


Analyst Weighs In On CST Brands Acquisition of Nice N Easy

CST could leverage Nice N Easy’s strength in foodservice and grocery. CST Brands Inc. announced yesterday that it is acquiring the convenience store assets, franchisor rights and associated trademarks of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor. The deal had been set in motion by


Is Uber Breaking Into The C-Store Market?

Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passagners with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington D.C. This week, the company announced


Family Dollar Rejects Dollar General Bid

Family Dollar points to antitrust regulatory considerations in declining Dollar General’s higher all cash buyout offer. Family Dollar has rejected a nearly $10 billion buyout bid from Dollar General, instead planning to proceed with its original agreement to merge with Dollar Tree, CNN reported. Family Dollar said in a statement that its board rejected the


Rutter’s Awards 3rd Grand Prize in SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

In addition to free gas for a year, customers can also win thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a year. Nicholas Thomas of Red Lion, Pa. has been selected as the third winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for


CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

 “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing