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Gulf Brand Reemerges in Canada

Nostalgia and brand recognition are expected to help drive sales, as Gulf returns to Canada after 30 years. After a 30-year absence, Gulf, an iconic fuel brand, is returning to Canada, according to a report by Globe and Mail. As a part of a multi-million dollar deal in 1985, Gulf was taken over by Petro-Canada,

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Mondelēz International Collaborates with Facebook to Drive Sales

Facebook partnership drives sales through creative video marketing. Mondelēz International today, June 23, 2015, announced that it has renewed its global strategic partnership with Facebook, the world’s largest discovery platform, with a focus on creating and delivering creative video content and driving impulse snack purchasing online. Through this partnership, the companies will work together to

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American Express Loses Antitrust Lawsuit

American Express restrictions to be lifted, merchants may take advantage of newfound flexibility Credit card giant American Express has been ordered by a federal judge to cease restrictions on businesses that accept its cards. The judge ruled such restrictions were anti-competitve, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. American Express, holds a larger

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McDonald’s To Close 350 Locations

McDonald’s CEO announces new plan focused on consumer needs as the company shutters a number of locations. McDonald’s announced plans to close some 350 restaurants in the U.S., while adding only 300 restaurants worldwide, marking the first time since 1970 that the quick-serve restaurant giant is adding fewer stores than it closed, according to a

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Will Gas Prices Start To Fall?

Pump prices have hit a 2015 high, but as supply grows and crude prices dip, gas prices may drop this summer. Last week, gas prices reached a new 2015 national average high of $2.80 per gallon and then dropped a penny to $2.79 per gallon. Despite the high for the year, drivers are still saving

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What’s Driving Consumer Food Purchases?

Not all consumers value the same things when it comes to eating out. Technomic introduces seven ‘Eater Archetypes’ to tap into consumer expectations. It is crucial for the food industry operators to know what drives consumers to dine out. In order to help those in the industry to excel, Techonomic’s Consumer4Sight created the  Seven Eater Archetype

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Hawaii Becomes First State to Raise Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Increasing the age limit for purchasing tobacco products is expected to help reduce teen smoking. Hawaii has become the first state to raise the tobacco sale age to 21, but with the precedent now set, other states are expected to follow suit. Hawaii anticipates that this change will reduce smoking among young people which will,

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How To Keep Millennials in the Workplace

Millennial turnover costs convenience stores and other businesses billions, but a new survey suggests there may be ways to prevent it. Millennials (“Generation Y” ages 15-35) are now being called the “turnover generation,” because over the expanse of their careers they will hold 15-16 jobs. This turnover rate is costing businesses, like convenience stores, billions of dollars.

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TA and Petro Stopping Centers Invite Military Members to Eat Free on Independence Day

TravelCenters of America honors military members with free meals and a donation drive. All active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service are invited to partake in a complimentary meal on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2015, at any participating TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) or Petro sit-down restaurants nationwide. Independence Day meals can be received at more

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Tenet Names Hershey No. 2 Corporate Brand For Second Year

The Hershey Co. is No. 2 among the top 100 brands in the U.S. when it comes to best-in-class corporate brand equity, according to Tenet’s CoreBrand Index. This is the second consecutive year Hershey has ranked No. 2 in the index. “Our corporate brand is one of our most important assets,” said Mike Wege, chief

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Dairy Queen Rolls Out Updated Foodservice Menu

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Dairy Queen has introduced its new DQ Bakes! menu, featuring desserts, Artisan-style sandwiches and snack melts. As consumers continue to demand quality foodservice, more businesses in an array of channels are adding and improving their foodservice operations, and competing against local c-stores also trying their hand at a food

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Newcastle Launches Campaign Aimed At Light Beer Drinkers

Newcastle Brown Ale offers a chance to win an exclusive trip to London as it celebrates being the top imported and brown ale. Newcastle Brown Ale is campaigning to reach out to the drinkers of light beer. A common misconception about this brown ale is that it is heavy and bitter, but Newcastle is looking

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C-store Chain Parker’s Donates to Area Schools

Parker’s presents $5,000 check to Bulloch County Schools, as part of the Fueling the Community Program. Parker’s recently presented a $5,000 Fueling the Community check to Bulloch County Schools at its board of education meeting in Statesboro, Ga., on June 11. The donation was part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools. “I

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Jon Bratta Joins Core-Mark As Vice President of Marketing

The Pantry’s former vice president of fresh foods finds a new home at Core-Mark. Core-Mark is welcoming Jon Bratta to its executive team as vice president of marketing. Bratta will work from Core-Mark’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco, Calif. and report to Chris Hobson, senior vice president of sales and marketing. In his new role,

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Kum & Go Promotion Offers E85 for 85 Cents Per Gallon

Two Colorado convenience stores draw attention to the benefits of flex fuel. Kum & Go is enticing its customers in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado to try out E85 fuel with a special promotion at two local Kum & Go convenience stores. Kum & Go is hosting a series of promotions to draw attention

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Kangaroo Express To Offer Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup

Any size Polar Pop cup just 69 cents all year long, at Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Kangaroo Express, now part of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., is rolling out Circle K’s Polar Pop Cup, a cup made from polar foam the ensures cold beverages maintain their chill. The cup is now available year-round in any size for

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CITGO Fuels United Relay Across America

CITGO to cover fuel costs for 36 support vehicles as Special Olympics athletes carry a torch throughout the U.S. to build excitement for the Summer World Games. As the official fuel sponsor of the United Relay Across America, CITGO Petroleum Corp. employees, friends and family are joining members of the Special Olympics community in Chicago

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Cumberland Farms Celebrates Summer With Free Frozen Beverages

Convenience store customers received a free drink Friday as part of the sixth annual Free Chill Zone Day at Cumberland Farms. Summer is here! And Cumberland Farms is celebrating. On Friday, June 19, the chain kicked off its sixth annual Free Chill Zone Day. All day Friday—until Midnight, customers had the chance to swing by

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Hershey Simplifies Structure and Launches Initiative to Maximize Strategic Objectives

Announces changes to its leadership team. The Hershey Co. is rolling out a new productivity initiative as part of its ongoing efforts to drive long-term growth and margin-enhancement. The company has identified opportunities to simplify its structure and improve ways of working in order to unlock growth potential in its core confection and emerging snacks

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CITGO Helping Its Retailers With EMV Transition

CITGO assists with financial burden as convenience store retailers work to upgrade their systems. As fraud liability shifts to retailers with the rollout of Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) enabled credit cards, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is helping its retailers and marketers through the difficult transition. Attendees at a recent Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE) in

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Are Millennials Experiencing ‘Digital Overload’?

The ‘always on’ generation might need a break from ongoing mass marketing email communications. Millennials are the generation that is most likely (44% more likely) to permanently disengage with brands if they receive too many generic mass emails, according to a new study by Aimia Institute, a provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics. The

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Mobile Aids Millennial Parents In Shopping

Survey shows the different ways Millennial moms and dads use mobile while shopping. A recently commissioned study by Retale showed the differences in mobile shopping habits between Millennial moms and Millennial dads. More than 500 Millennial adult men and women (18-34 years old) across the U.S. were polled for the study. Some 85% of all

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Acumera Welcomes Vice President of Operations

Danny White hired to lead new customer deployments and network operations to support growing customer base. Danny White has joined Acumera’s executive team as vice president of operations. As the vice president of operations, While will lead the staff that manages the deployment, installation and configuration of new customer sites. According to Dirk Heinen, Acumera’s

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Heineken Announces Employee Hires and Promotions

Tara Rush promoted to SVP corporate relations, and Bridget Lasda hired as vice president of national accounts. HEINEKEN announced it has hired Bridget Lasda, former vice president of sales for the Coca-Cola Co., as vice president of national accounts, and  has promoted Tara Rush to senior vice president of corporate relations (CR). Tara Rush In

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Former Pantry VP Joins Brookwood

Brookwood welcomes Brian Trout as SVP operations for BW Gas & Convenience. Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, a real estate investment and asset management company, has welcomed Brian Trout to the firm as a senior vice president of operations for BW Gas & Convenience LLC. BW Gas & Convenience is an affiliated Brookwood entity that was

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