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TA Opens New Location in Columbia, S.C.

“We are thrilled to add another TA location and expand our network in the capital and largest city in South Carolina,” says president and CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the opening of TA

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Casey’s To Raise Funds for Pediatric Patients

One dollar at a time, convenience stores will raise funds during February to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is raising funds to help give miracles to sick and injured kids during its second annual Miracle Balloon fundraiser, supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the month of February, Casey’s customers can purchase

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Family Dollar Stockholders Approve Dollar Tree Merger

“The Family Dollar Board of Directors and management team have worked diligently to advance the best interests of all of the company’s stockholders,” says Family Dollar chairman and CEO. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary count of the votes cast at the company’s Special Meeting of Stockholders, Family Dollar stockholders voted

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PCI SSC Outlines Payment Security Mistakes

Retailers often get these things wrong when it comes to payment security. PCI Security Standards Council has put together a list of four common areas that retailers often get wrong about payment security along with advice on how to address these common vulnerabilities. Four things retailers often get wrong about payment card security Forgetting about

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Garet Bishop and Dana Moloney Named to NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Board

The five-member YEO board of directors will help set educational sessions and roundtables specifically for the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Garet Bishop, Business Analyst, BFS Cos. in Morgantown, W.Va., and Dana Moloney, Manager of Information Technology, Warrenton

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Rutter’s Launches Limited Time Offer for the Big Game

Each Big Game Day Special can be ordered with just one touch from the Big Game Day Special button which has been added to kiosks. Just in time for the big game, Rutter’s announced a limited time offer on delicious items that pair perfectly with football from the Central PA-based retailer’s award-winning menu. The Big

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Mars Announces Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

Partners with IBM Research on collaborative food safety platform. Scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public

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Hershey Acquiring KRAVE Pure Foods

“We are excited to add KRAVE jerky’s unique, chef-inspired products and be a part of this transformational category,” says Hershey’s president North America. The Hershey Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, an all-natural snack brand of premium jerky products. The transaction will allow Hershey to

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Pan-Oston Earns Contract with Academy Sports + Outdoors

Providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Pan-Oston has won a contract as a lane provider for the booming Academy Sports + Outdoors retailer. The manufacturing company, located in Bowling Green, Ky., will be providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Academy Ltd. operates over 185 stores in 15 states. The Texas-based company continues to add new

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FastLane Convenience Store Customer in Missouri Earns Super Grand Prize

Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., wins KickBack Points’ Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Arizona, roundtrip airfare and hotel. Loyalty has its rewards, and for Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., her loyalty has earned her a trip to Arizona for the Big Game between the Seattle Seahawks and

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Jiffy Mart Donates To Library Program

Encourages kids to read through its participation in Battle of the Books program. Carroll County Public Library (CCPL) received 1,500 Subway Read a Book certificates and 1,500 coupon sheets, featuring eight Subway coupons, from Jiffy Mart of Westminster, Md. Read a Book certificates award readers a Subway Fresh Fit Kids meal. These items will be

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Corner Store Celebrates Newest Store Opening in Killeen

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Ellison High School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Killeen on Tuesday with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The store is located at 3900 Trimmier Road. At a ribbon-cutting, Dave Mock, regional vice president for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented Rico

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Mountain Express Adding E15 Fuel In Atlanta

Mountain Express, Protec Fuel, First in Georgia to offer E15 ethanol. Offering the first E15 in Georgia, Mountain Express convenience stores, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the 88-octane E15 at two stations in the Atlanta metro area. E15 ethanol blend can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular

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Brakebush Brothers Celebrates 90 Years

Brakebush Brothers is a world-class supplier of further-processed chicken for foodservice. A family-owned company, Brakebush looks forward to celebrating their 90th Anniversary with community-wide celebrations throughout 2015. Founded in 1925 by brothers Bill and Otto Brakebush, the company began as an egg distributor to the greater Wisconsin and Chicago areas, and operated out of a

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As Gas Prices Decline, American Consumer Confidence Goes Up

Nielsen shows how low gas prices are impacting consumer spending. With gas prices down 31% since June, 2014 and oil prices around $85 a barrel, tumbling rapidly to its lowest levels in several years, American Consumer Confidence has improved dramatically, going up 12% points year over year, Nielsen reported. For Q4, while overall consumer confidence

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BP Debuts New Ad Campaign For BP Gasoline With Invigorate

New ads showcase the humor in everyday travel situations to deliver a quality fuel message to motorists. BP announced the debut of a new advertising campaign for BP gasoline with Invigorate. “We’re continuing to invest in advertising as a way to attract consumers to fill up at BP gas stations,” said Jo Brecknock, director of

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Restaurant Burgers Had A Banner Year in 2014

Higher beef prices incent casual dining restaurants to add more burgers and consumers to choose burgers over beef entrees, NPD reports. Against tough competition from other sandwiches and flat to declining restaurant traffic, burgers ordered at U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets had a banner year in 2014, finds foodservice market research from The NPD Group,

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Lynco Products Announces New Hire

Ross Haynes brings 20 years of experience to new role. Lynco Products announced that Ross Haynes has joined Lynco in a newly created position as vice president of new business development and member of the executive team. Haynes will have oversight of the strategic direction and expansion of new business. With over 20 years of

Irwin Lipstein Passes Away

After working his way to the top, Lipstein felt he was the “luckiest man alive.” Irwin Lipstein, who dedicated his career to the wholesale candy and tobacco industry, passed away on Jan. 13 at the age of 87. Lipstein was a man driven to succeed. At one time, recounted his family, he worked four jobs

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Wawa Launches New Mobile App and Wawa Rewards Program

Offers customers a new way to connect, save and pay. Wawa Inc. has launched two exciting new initiatives—the Wawa Mobile App and Wawa Rewards program. The Wawa mobile app, which features the Wawa Rewards program on its platform, is now available for free through the App Store for Apple devices and through Google Play for

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Cumberland Farms SmartPay Program Saves Customers $20 Million

SmartPay Check-Link users save 10 cents per gallon of gas. Cumberland Farms has announced that its SmartPay Check-Link payment program has saved customers $20 million on gas since its launch in January 2013. Available as both a card and a mobile payment app, the SmartPay Check-Link program has also experienced significant user growth with a

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Parker’s Presents $10,000 Check to Beaufort County School District

Donation part of Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $10,000 Fueling the Community check to Beaufort County School District. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools, was officially presented at the Beaufort County Board of Education meeting on Jan. 20. “We’re deeply committed to giving back

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SAS Sets Theme for 2015 Trade Show

Show opens Feb. 26 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Celebrates the Stars of Convenience Retailing” is the theme for the 2015 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., is the site of the 29th annual show, will feature over

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Rutter’s Teams With SOAR for 10th Year

“We are proud to lend our support to this worthy cause,” says Rutter’s chief consumer officer. For the 10th year, volunteers from Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) packed Valentine’s Day goodie boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad. The boxes are filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and magazines donated by

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CHS and Cenex Retailers Award Free Fuel for a Year

Tanks of Thanks program recognizes 10 individuals for making a difference in their communities. In every community across the country, there are people selflessly taking the time to help others. It is the small and often random acts of kindness that can make a difference in a community and in the lives of the people

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