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The Pantry Sets Date To Vote On Couche-Tard Merger

Meeting set for March 10. The Pantry Inc. has scheduled a special meeting of The Pantry stockholders for March 10, 2015 to consider and vote upon the previously announced proposed merger with a U.S. subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. The special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the Springhill Inn and

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Cigar Industry Remembers Tony Barone

Life celebration set for Feb. 14. Tony Barone, an industry giant and friend to many, died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. after a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, Feb.

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Mintel Outlines Food And Drink Trends

From clean eating to the changing definition of ‘value,’ Mintel reveals 2015 consumer trends. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has released the five key trends set to impact the U.S. food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data and trends from across Mintel’s extensive product portfolio and expert analysis from Director of Innovation

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Pacific Convenience & Fuels Launches Loyalty Program

The 300-store chain with units in five states partners with KickBack Points to drive new business and reward its existing customers. As a national leader in rewards programs and loyalty solutions, KickBack Points delivers business intelligence that makes retail operators smarter, more profitable and helps to elevate their entire organization to learn how to anticipate

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Energy Category Growth Remains Strong

Red Bull reclaims leadership position, according to Wells Fargo. The energy category had solid dollar sales growth of 9.3%, driven by continued solid results from Monster and Red Bull, reported Wells Fargo Securities, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ended Jan. 17, 2015. Monster generated solid 10.4% dollar sales growth (+9.7% for 12 weeks),

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February Brings Gas Price Increases

Gas prices on the rise after dropping to lowest levels since 2009, according to AAA. U.S. average gas prices have increased seven days in a row for a total of two cents per gallon, AAA reported on Feb. 2. The up tick comes after gas prices had fallen for a record 123 consecutive days to

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Newest Austin-Area Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Dailey Middle School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in the Austin area with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The store is located off of Texas 130 just south of Manor at 12200 FM 969. At a ribbon-cutting, Kim Lubel, president and

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RaceTrac Celebrates Frozen Yogurt Day

Today only, customers can enjoy free frozen yogurt during select times. RaceTrac is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day, today, Feb. 6, with free Swirl World frozen yogurt for customers! RaceTrac customers who visit a story today between 4p.m. and 7p.m. can get up to $4 worth of frozen yogurt free of charge—no coupon needed, the

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Hispanic-, Asian-American Population, Spending Power on the Rise

Hispanic Americans to have $1.5 trillion in buying power by 2015, according to IDDBA. Hispanic- and Asian-American consumers are growing demographics with considerable spending power, providing new sales opportunities to food retailers. This trend is evidenced by findings in “What’s in Store 2015,” the 29th edition of the annual food industry and consumer trends publication

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Banks Still Refuse To Embrace Chip And PIN

Despite support from lawmakers, Banking Association executive claims customers prefer less secure cards. In a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce hearing on data breaches yesterday, Senator Amy Klobuchar made the case for chip and PIN payment card technology, which would provide customers with the highest level of data protection known today. In the face of

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Sheetz Adding E15 in North Carolina

Provides alternative fuel option to customers. Sheetz Convenience Stores plans to offer an E15 fueling option to its North Carolina customers. The company will begin to install the new E15 fuel option in early 2015 and by spring of 2016 installation should be completed at 60 stores in North Carolina. E15 is a combination of

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IRI MarketPlus Survey Finds 2015 Holds Promise

Overall shopper sentiment surged in 2014, but was largely flat in Q4 2014 compared with Q3 2014. Decreasing unemployment rates, falling gas prices and an improving housing market bolstered the U.S. economy in 2014. However, wages are lagging behind, which is causing consumers to remain concerned about their economic future and cautious about their spending

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Jiffy Mart Donates To Carroll County Hospital Center

Funds to benefit breast cancer patients in the community. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil Inc., recently donated $4,000 to the Center for Breast Health on Jan. 19 to benefit breast cancer patients at Carroll Hospital Center. Employees from Jiffy Mart locations throughout Carroll County presented a check to Brenda Frazier, Carroll

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Cumberland Farms Rewards Snow Plow Drivers

Offers free coffee during recent blizzard. Leading convenience, gasoline, and coffee retailer, Cumberland Farms offered free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to any municipal, state or private plow driver working to clear the public roads until noon on Jan. 28, as a thank you during the recent snow storm. Drivers were able to stop by

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Sheetz To Open Second Campus Concept Store

New model features a beer cave but no gas pumps. Sheetz is planning to open a new store at 129 S. Pugh St. in downtown State College, Pa. Set to open in August of this year, the store will feature a beer cave but no gas pumps, Centre Daily Times reported. Renovations on the 5,000-square-foot

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Conoco/Phillips 66 Customer Nets KickBack Points Grand Prize

Justin Gilbert, of Spokane Valley, Wash., is KickBack Points 2015 grand prize winner. The loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer wins a check for $15,000. Convenience store and petroleum marketers are always looking for innovative ways to reward their loyal customers. Thanks to a partnership with KickBack Points, one loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer

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GPM Investments Acquires One Stop Food Stores

Converting the eight acquired stores to the Scotchman banner. GPM Southeast, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GPM Investment, LLC, has taken ownership of eight One Stop Food Store convenience stores with gasoline sales. GPM will convert these acquired stores, which are located in North Carolina and South Carolina, to their Scotchman retail brand, which is

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Canadian C-Stores Must Improve Foodservice To Compete

Gen Zers and consumers earning less than $25K are most likely to purchase any type of food or beverage at c-stores, Technomic study finds. Consumers report that more than 75% of convenience-store foodservice occasions are either for beverages or snacks, meaning meal occasions (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) make up just one quarter. An emphasis on

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Murphy USA, Armor Safe Technologies Celebrate Nine-Year Partnership

Armor’s smart safes prove to be the best solution for long-term durability and reliability. Murphy USA has selected Armor Safe Technologies as its exclusive safe supplier citing the reliability, customer service and lower total cost of ownership of Armor’s safes at existing Murphy USA locations as the reason for choosing to sole-source from Armor. Additionally,

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TBHC Acquires Hunt Brothers Distributor

Adds more than 100 c-store customers. TBHC Delivers announced the acquisition of D&L Distributors in Jackson, Tenn. TBHC Delivers is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Effective Feb. 1, TBHC Delivers will take over D&L Distributors operations. The purchase price for the acquisition was not disclosed. This adds more than 110 convenience store customers

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Unified Grocers, Giant Eagle to Keynote NFRA Conference

Conference to detail the latest in consumer and industry trends. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) will hold its 23rd Annual Executive Conference April 13-15, 2015 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. The conference provides the latest information on consumer and industry trends and features retail presentations

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Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

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Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

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Quick Fuel Selects PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage to expedite rapid, accurate price changes at 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel, a division of Jacobus Energy, has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software for its 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel has delivered some of the industry’s most progressive fuel management solutions to America’s fleets, facilities, emergency responders and businesses for more than

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Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

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