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McLane Launches Foodservice Solution

McLane Kitchen approaches foodservice from the consumer’s point of view. McLane Grocery Distribution, a business unit of McLane Co. Inc., launched the McLane Kitchen for its customers in the Convenience, Grocery, Drug and Mass Market channels. McLane Kitchen is a comprehensive, customizable solution to help generate optimum sales and profits in the rapidly growing, highly

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Wawa Celebrates 51 Years

Gives away 1.5 million cups of free coffee. Wawa Inc. announced that this year and all years to come, April 16 will be known as Wawa Day, honoring the most important date in the company’s history with a variety of exciting customer-focused celebrations and donations from the Wawa Foundation. On April 16, 1964, Wawa entered

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Pump Prices Rise With Crude Costs

Slow building supply sends crude prices up, as do concerns in the Middle East. The national average price of gas jumped seven cents per gallon over the past week due to sharply rising crude oil costs, AAA reported. Domestic crude oil prices last week hit the highest prices so far this year as supplies built

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Chevron and JPMorgan Chase Sign Multi-Year Agreement

Chevron offers its customers easy, secure and private payment processing through ChaseNet. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has signed a multi-year agreement with Chase Commerce Solutions, the global payment processing, merchant acquiring business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to handle payment acceptance and processing at Chevron’s nearly 8,000 retail locations in the U.S. beginning later this year.

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Lower Gas Prices Lead Customers To Spend More On Groceries

Acosta Sales & Marketing’s New “The Why? Behind The Buy” Report Analyzes consumers’ grocery shopping decisions. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, released the 11th edition of “The Why? Behind the Buy” report, which analyzes how Americans grocery shop and what drives consumers’ purchase decisions.

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Mars Chocolate Reaches Sustainability Milestone

Partners with Farmers & Food Industry to lead production of higher quality peanuts. Mars Chocolate has met a significant benchmark in ensuring the sustainability of edible peanuts. In 2014, 51% of the peanuts used for the company’s U.S. products were high-oleic acid peanuts (HOAPs), helping the company keep pace with increasing product demand. The peanut

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Love’s Adds Location to Interstate 5

New California location features 86 truck parking spaces, seven showers and an expanded fountain drink selection. Professional drivers now have access to another Love’s Travel Stop location along Interstate 5 in California. The new Love’s in Lodi, located at Interstate 5 and State Route 12, is now open for business. The location marks the opening

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C-Store Beverage Sales Strong in Q1

Industry tailwinds continue. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently completed its Beverage Buzz survey for the first quarter of 2015, where it polls beverage retailers, representing over 15,000 convenience store (c-store) locations across the U.S. “Based on our ‘Beverage Buzz’ survey results, it appears non-alcoholic beverage trends remain very strong with +6.4% sales growth in Q1

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JET Chooses VP Racing Fuels

VP to provide on-site fuel service at Silverstone Classic. Leading UK fuel brand and official fuel partner of Silverstone Classic 2015, JET, has chosen VP Racing Fuels to provide on-site race fuel service for this year’s Silverstone Classic. This year’s event is scheduled for July 24-26 at Silverstone Circuit, site of the 2015 Formula 1

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Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays

Campaign to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing

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SOI Wraps Up In Chicago

Data shows economic climate in c-store industry is heating up and should continue for 2015. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience store industry revenue in 2014 topped $697 billion, bolstered in part by lower gas prices and demonstrating that c-store merchandising programs are resonating with customers. That was a major theme as the State of

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Healthier Food on Display at SOI

Whether they are young or old, health-conscious consumers mean opportunity for c-stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the hot topics at this year’s State of the Industry Summit, an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), is the increased emphasis on healthier food option in convenience stores. Sherry Frey,

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Convenience Stores See Strong Q1

Expect sales to heat up further in Q2. Convenience store sales were strong over the first quarter of 2015, despite harsh winter weather, and retailers are even more optimistic about second quarter sales, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Lower fuel prices, a

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Extend Cinco Celebrations and Sales

Dos Equis’ Dos De Mayo Program debuts. Dos Equis is once again inviting consumers to showcase their individuality and make one of the most anticipated party occasions of the year even bigger. This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail program is geared towards helping consumers celebrate the biggest Saturday ever with elements including National

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CDC Finds Declines in Youth Smoking As Vaping Increases

“There remains no evidence that e-cigarettes are acting as gateway products for youth,” says president of the American Vaping Association. The American Vaping Association, an advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, has reacted to the release of new 2014 survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)

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NACS SOI Conference Kicks Off

David Nelson gives the economic outlook for 2015. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Steve Loehr, vice president operations support, Kwik Trip and NACS Chairman kicked off the 2015 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) event at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, April 15. This year, some

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C-Store Industry Records Record Sales

NACS indicates that lower gas prices provided an economic boost to in-store sales in 2014. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fueled by lower gas prices and more potent foodservice programs, the nation’s convenience store industry generated $697.5 billion in revenue last year, thanks to several strong product categories. Despite lower fuel sales, c-stores experienced record

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PDI Management and Luminate Capital Partners Acquire PDI

Investment in PDI will accelerate growth opportunities in the convenience retail and foodservice industries. PDI, a leading provider of enterprise-class retail automation software systems to the convenience retail and foodservice industries, announced that the PDI management team has joined with Luminate Capital Partners to acquire PDI from McLane Co. Inc. PDI provides software, hosted solutions,

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Reducing Turnover With Better Practices

From proactive interviewing to recruiting efforts and communicating with the team, Linda McKenna-Welch took SOI attendees through ways to cut turnover. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor During the Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions at the NACS State of The Industry (SOI) Summit, Linda McKenna-Welch, principal, Employee Performance Strategies, spoke with attendees about how to set goals

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YEO Roundtable Wraps Up In Valparaiso

A store, warehouse and bakery tour conclude the two-day event. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) second annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Family Express concluded Tuesday, April 14 in Valparaiso, Ind. During the two-day Roundtable, guests had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the operations of Family Express, a world-class convenience store

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Delek US To Acquire 48% Ownership Interest in Alon USA

Agreement to increase Delek US’ asset diversity and offers future growth opportunities. Delek US Holdings Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Alon Israel Oil Company Ltd. (“Alon Israel”) to acquire approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock

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Sunoco LP Acquires Eight Pico Convenience Stores

New retail locations to be operated by Stripes. Sunoco LP has acquired eight Pico convenience stores in South Central Texas. The stores will be leased to and operated by Stripes LLC, a Texas-based retail chain owned by Sunoco LP’s parent, Energy Transfer Partners L.P. Stripes will purchase all fuel sold at the locations from Sunoco

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“Share a Coke” Campaign Returns

Offers 1,000 reasons to enjoy a Coke this summer. Coca-Cola is bringing back one of its most successful U.S. programs of all time. “Share a Coke” swept the nation last summer and, beginning this week, Coca-Cola bottles across the country will once again feature the names of millions of Americans. Back by popular demand, Coca-Cola

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YEO Roundtable Kicks Off In Valparaiso

Attendees get an inside look at convenience store chain Family Express. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) second annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Family Express kicked off on Monday April 13 in Valparaiso, Ind. During the two-day YEO Roundtable, guests had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the operations of Family Express,

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Huppert Honored With Award

At a recent Subway owner’s meeting, Eric Huppert, co-owner of Team Oil Travel Center based in Spring Valley, Wis., was surprised to receive an award. Huppert was named Best Subway Franchisee in the St. Paul region. “Congratulations Eric,” said Team Oil Travel Center CEO Tony Huppert. “I’d also like to thank our employees and customers

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