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Break Time Opens New Grindstone Parkway Location

New store features a range of foodservice offerings plus expanded tea and fountain selections. MFA Oil Co. opened a new Break Time Neighborhood Market on Grindstone Parkway, in Missouri this week. This is Break Time’s 16th store in the Columbia market and 77th store overall. The new store is in the Red Oak development across

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QuickChek Adds Self-Serve Kiosks

Partners with Xpedient to enhance foodservice ordering. QuickChek has partnered with Xpedient, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Solutions Inc., to provide self-serve kiosk software to its entire convenience store foodservice operation. A market leader in foodservice, QuickChek is a New Jersey-based convenience store chain, operating 137 retail locations throughout both New York and New Jersey.

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Frisco Corner Store Drops Gas Price For Grand Opening

Corner Store officials also present $5,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters at ribbon-cutting. For three hours on Jan. 8, a local Corner Store dropped gas prices to $1.59 per gallon, perhaps the lowest in the nation, to celebrate the opening of its newest store in Frisco, Texas at 3272 Parkwood Blvd. At a ribbon-cutting

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Toomey Accepts Senate’s “Candy Desk” Nomination

Since 1965, the Candy Desk has provided sweet enjoyment for senators on both sides of the aisle. In his continuing fight against the deficit—the candy deficit—U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Sweetest Place on Earth) has accepted the weighty responsibility of stocking the Senate’s coveted “Candy Desk.” According to the Secretary of the Senate, in every Congress

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Ron Zuehlsdorf Joins Server Products

Brings 25-years of foodservice equipment experience. Server Products has announced the hiring of Ron Zuehlsdorf as western regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Ron Zuehlsdorf will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Western region of the U.S. A 25-year veteran of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, Zuehlsdorf most recently served

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Thorntons Launches Swipe & Score Sweepstakes

Refreshing Rewards members can win big now through April 1. Now that Thorntons has officially launched Swipe & Score Sweepstakes, registered Refreshing Rewards members can swipe their card for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes, including a trip to Football’s Final Showdown. Swipe & Score Sweepstakes runs now through April 1 and

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Global Partners LP Acquires Warren Equities

Some 147 Xtra Mart Convenience Stores included in assets. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced today the successful closing on the sale of Warren Equities Inc.,which is owned by The Warren Alpert Foundation (the “Foundation”). Through Warren’s subsidiaries, Warex Terminals Corp. Inc. and Drake Petroleum Co. Inc., the company operates 147 Xtra Mart convenience stores,

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NACS Offers Guide To New Menu Labeling Rules

Provides document to help c-stores navigate new regulations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is offering a brief summary and compliance guide to help c-stores navigate the final menu-labeling regulations put forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last November, which are set to go into effect in December 2015. The rules impact

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Understanding What America Eats

How and why America snacks. Snacking has become so ubiquitously part of the U.S. dining culture that the trend has begun to blur the lines between retail and foodservice. As a result, retail and foodservice purveyors are catering to the trend with an increased number and variety of “snackable” items, according to “What America Eats:

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7-Eleven Selects New Digital Agency of Record

Partners with T3. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced T3, an independent innovation agency, as its new digital agency of record. T3 and 7-Eleven began working together in 2012 on the retailer’s award-winning app. “7-Eleven has been a great partner during the past few years we have worked with the company,” said Ben Gaddis, chief innovation officer

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Rutter’s Donates Over $793,000 To Charities In 2014

“We’re proud that all of our donations stay right here to help children and their families in the communities we serve,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s donated an additional $150,000 to seven area schools, bringing the company’s total charitable donations to more than $793,000 for the year, the company announced. In 2014, Rutter’s donated $580,000 in

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices likely driving category strength, says Wells Fargo. C-store cig dollar sales were up 4.4% (above +2.2% last period and -2.6% last year) during the recent four weeks on an increase of 3.4% in pricing and an increase of 1% equal units, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing Nielsen data. “We believe c-store unit

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Hershey Exceeds Sustainable Cocoa Goals in 2014

Company announces accelerated 50% target for certified and sustainable cocoa by end of 2015. The Hershey Co. announced that 30% of its globally sourced cocoa was independently certified and verified. This reflects an accelerated pace for achieving its goal of sourcing 100% of its cocoa supply from certified and sustainable cocoa farms by 2020. The

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Hix Joins Bauer Marketing Group

Brings 18 years of successful sales experience. Bauer Marketing Group (BMG) announced that Neal Hix has joined the Bauer Marketing Group team as a territory manager. Hix brings with him 18 years of successful sales experience, 11 of which are specific to the foodservice equipment industry. Hix will be responsible for all dealers, consultants and

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Royal Farms Expanding In Delaware Valley

Moves into Wawa’s turf. Royal Farms, a Baltimore, Md.-based c-store chain, is looking to expand in the Philadelphia metropolitan area—also known as the Delaware Valley—an area long dominated by Wawa, where Sheetz and On The Run also compete for customers, the Pennsylvania Business Journal reported. Royal Farms has 160 stores in Maryland, Delaware and eight

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Supply Push Driving U.S. Gasoline Demand Higher

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S., gasoline demand was the strongest in 2014 during the final full week of the year even though historically driving demand is greatest during the summer months, with demand during the fourth quarter averaging 90,000 bpd or 0.9% more at 9.11 million bpd than the June

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Low Gas Prices Boosting In-Store Sales

Wells Fargo outlines category gains. From soft drinks to salty snacks, c-stores closed out 2014 with gains across a number of in-store categories. Soft Drink Sales Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy—dollar sales in the U.S. c-store channel were up a solid 3.6% ( up 2.1% for prior 12 weeks) during the four-week period ending

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Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

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Tamburro Departs Nice N Easy to Join Clifford Fuel, Duskiewicz to Retire

Following the sale of the company to CST Brands, the industry veteran and National Advisory Group (NAG) board member, will serve as general manager at the family-owned company in Dolgeville, NY.,Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Company president Fran Duskiewicz to retire January 11. By John Lofstock, Editor Changes are afoot at Nice N Easy. Peter

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To High School

Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton gains $500 grant funded by the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the

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Poma Oil and Redwood Coast Petroleum Sold to Flyers Energy

Flyers Energy continues strategic acquisition push. Flyers Energy LLC has acquired the assets and business operations of both Bloomington, Calif.-based Poma Distributing Co. Inc. and Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Redwood Coast Petroleum, and related entities. These acquisitions come on the heels of Flyers’ acquisitions of California marketer Redding Oil and Nevada marketer Allied Washoe, both completed

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Turkey Hill Donates $102,000 To Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

“If it had not been for Turkey Hill Minit Markets sponsoring us over the past two years, we may not even be in existence,” says Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation chairman. Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented a donation check for over $102,000 to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation in a ceremony on Dec. 18 at the Turkey Hill

KickBack Rewards Systems to Exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s Convention & Expo

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions for retail chains of all sizes at NRF’s 104th annual conference in New York. KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, will share its industry-leading technology capabilities at the National Retail Federation’s 104th Annual Convention and Expo at the

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Kum & Go Opens Two New Stores in Will Rogers Archway

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened two new convenience stores in Vinita, Okla. These stores are located on the Will Rogers Turnpike (767 East Will Rogers Parkway) and are part of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Oasis at the Vinita interchange. The stores are part

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Illinois Starts 2015 With New E-Cig Regulations

New rules for cider sales also go into effect. Retailers in Illinois must comply with new regulations for e-cigarettes in 2015. E-cigarettes must be kept behind the counter at convenience stores, and vapor refills must be in child-proof packaging, effective Jan. 1, reported WQAD8 News. Hard ciders are also facing new rules. Apple and other

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