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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Bidwell, Ohio

Love’s adds 72 parking spaces in Ohio. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens a new travel stop in Bidwell, Ohio. The new store, located at U.S. Highway 35 and Ohio State Route 850, opened for business Thursday, Feb. 19. The new Love’s adds 72 truck parking spaces to the Buckeye State. The 24/7 facility also offers

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American Gas and Oil Acquires Five Michigan Stores

Expands CITGO presence in Grand Rapids and Lansing areas with purchases from Meijer. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) converted five Grand Rapids area Meijer gas stations and convenience stores to the CITGO brand to better serve Western Michigan customers. Building on expansion efforts initiated this summer, AGO’s acquisitions of

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Many Retailers ‘Not Confident’ in Security of POS Devices

Tripwire study reveals retailers lag behind other industries on Internet of Things security. Tripwire Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, announced the results of a  study sponsored by Tripwire conducted by Atomic Research examining the impact of emerging enterprise security threats connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) in the

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Report Shows Evolution of Eating Habits

“The way our society views food has come a long way since the TV dinner heyday of the 1950s,” says senior vice president, Acosta. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has released “The Evolution of Eating Hot Topic Report.” The research report explores changes

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Hershey Names New Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Little to bring 30 years of broad financial experience and leadership to her role at Hershey. The Hershey Co. has appointed Patricia Little as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective March 16. In her role at Hershey, Little will oversee the company’s global finance organization and be a part

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CNG Station Opens in Grove, Okla.

New station marks the 89th in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s newest CNG station is now open for business. A grand opening ceremony was held at the quick-fill station in Grove, about 90 minutes northeast of Tulsa, on Feb. 19. The station, at 573 W Third St in Grove, was built by Tulsa Gas Technologies (TGT), and is

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BP Unveils Improvements To Loyalty Program

“We’re confident this new technology will provide customers with a more sophisticated and personalized experience,” says marketing director of product and offer development at BP. BP has unveiled a number of improvements to its Driver Rewards loyalty program and credit card processing technology designed to help BP-branded marketers meet consumers’ evolving payment and card security

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Graham Partners Acquires Tidel

Looks to expand Tidel’s product portfolio. Tidel, a provider of cash management systems and robbery deterrent products, announced its acquisition by an affiliate of Graham Partners, a private investment firm specializing in the advanced manufacturing and industrial technology sector. With the backing of Graham Partners, Tidel plans to accelerate growth by expanding its product portfolio,

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Sheetz Opens In Morgantown

New location to feature a fuel-free concept. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will open their new concept restaurant to the students and locals of Morgantown, W.Va. on March 3, 2015. This will be the first location for Sheetz featuring the fuel free concept with a complete focus on

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Gulf Oil Returns To Cincinnati

Partners with Lykins Energy Solutions. Gulf Oil LP and Lykins Energy Solutions, a petroleum marketer in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana announced a new partnership that brings the iconic Gulf brand back to the greater Cincinnati area for the first time in 20 years. A regional “The Legend is back!“ advertising campaign will also begin in

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Convenience Retailers Optimistic About Future Prospects

C-store retailers note gas customers are spending their savings at the pump in-store. More than four in five convenience store retailers (82%) are optimistic about their business prospects in the first three months of 2015, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The drop

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Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

By Suley Muratoglu, vice president, marketing & product management, Tetra Pak Inc. Not too long ago, grocers offered little variety in packaging sizes. Shoppers could buy soups in one of two sizes of metal cans; they grabbed milk in gallon and half-gallon jugs or quart cartons; and they reached for juices in multi-serving bottles or

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Gas Prices Continue To Climb

Only two states continue to enjoy gas prices below $2 per gallon. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased for 28 consecutive days for a total of 27 cents per gallon, which is the longest streak of rising prices since last spring, AAA reported, as of Feb. 23. Today’s national average price

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GPM Investments Donates To MDA

Raises more than $118,000 in December. For GPM Investments LLC, December was the season to give back and support those in need in a big way. GPM’s highly successful MDA “icon” selling campaign raised an astounding $118,921. Funds will help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease throughout the company’s store footprint.

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Wayne Advances Capabilities With Wayne Fusion

New hardware design delivers next-generation technology allowing for superior reliability, performance and scalability combined with accessibility and serviceability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the availability of the next evolution of its cloud-based technologies with the Wayne Fusion site

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SuperAmerica Gives Award To Land Mark Products

Named Category Partner & Vendor of the Year. Land Mark Products, a food manufacturer to the Convenience Store industry, has been awarded the 2014 Category Partner & Vendor of the Year Award from SuperAmerica. The award is given to companies that have demonstrated extraordinary performance in service to the employees and customers of the SuperAmerica

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Industry As Fuel Margins Fall

Fat fuel margins end, but Wells Fargo’s sector overweight rating continues. Although fuel margins have fallen significantly over the past several weeks, according to OPIS data for the first quarter of 2015 to date, Wells Fargo assured investors there is no cause for alarm. Wells Fargo’s analysis suggested: (1) c-store earnings are greatly influenced by

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A Peek In Consumers’ Kitchens

Consumer purchases reflect interest in fresh and more healthful options, reports NPD Group. More almond milk, Greek yogurt, quinoa, and sea salt are in America’s kitchens today than in 2011, the last time The NPD Group, a leading global information company, conducted its Kitchen Audit survey, which asks U.S. consumers to report on what appliances,

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

“The Enjoy Life brand expands our portfolio into faster growing, on-trend, ‘better-for-you’ areas,” says chief growth officer. Mondelez International has acquired Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing “free from” segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks

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Star Fuel Signs With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to leverage VP brand to make independent sites more competitive. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced that Star Fuel of Oklahoma LLC, has signed on as the latest partner in its national branding program. Based in Leawood, Kan., Star supports 275 retail sites in an operating area that encompasses Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas

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Core-Mark Announces Fourth Quarter Investor Call

Audio replay to be available for one month following the call. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014 before the market opens on Monday March 2, 2015, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be

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Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

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NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

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Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

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Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

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