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Sheetz Opens In Morgantown

New location to feature a fuel-free concept. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will open their new concept restaurant to the students and locals of Morgantown, W.Va. on March 3, 2015. This will be the first location for Sheetz featuring the fuel free concept with a complete focus on

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Gulf Oil Returns To Cincinnati

Partners with Lykins Energy Solutions. Gulf Oil LP and Lykins Energy Solutions, a petroleum marketer in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana announced a new partnership that brings the iconic Gulf brand back to the greater Cincinnati area for the first time in 20 years. A regional “The Legend is back!“ advertising campaign will also begin in

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Convenience Retailers Optimistic About Future Prospects

C-store retailers note gas customers are spending their savings at the pump in-store. More than four in five convenience store retailers (82%) are optimistic about their business prospects in the first three months of 2015, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The drop

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Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

By Suley Muratoglu, vice president, marketing & product management, Tetra Pak Inc. Not too long ago, grocers offered little variety in packaging sizes. Shoppers could buy soups in one of two sizes of metal cans; they grabbed milk in gallon and half-gallon jugs or quart cartons; and they reached for juices in multi-serving bottles or

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Gas Prices Continue To Climb

Only two states continue to enjoy gas prices below $2 per gallon. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has increased for 28 consecutive days for a total of 27 cents per gallon, which is the longest streak of rising prices since last spring, AAA reported, as of Feb. 23. Today’s national average price

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GPM Investments Donates To MDA

Raises more than $118,000 in December. For GPM Investments LLC, December was the season to give back and support those in need in a big way. GPM’s highly successful MDA “icon” selling campaign raised an astounding $118,921. Funds will help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease throughout the company’s store footprint.

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Wayne Advances Capabilities With Wayne Fusion

New hardware design delivers next-generation technology allowing for superior reliability, performance and scalability combined with accessibility and serviceability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the availability of the next evolution of its cloud-based technologies with the Wayne Fusion site

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SuperAmerica Gives Award To Land Mark Products

Named Category Partner & Vendor of the Year. Land Mark Products, a food manufacturer to the Convenience Store industry, has been awarded the 2014 Category Partner & Vendor of the Year Award from SuperAmerica. The award is given to companies that have demonstrated extraordinary performance in service to the employees and customers of the SuperAmerica

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Industry As Fuel Margins Fall

Fat fuel margins end, but Wells Fargo’s sector overweight rating continues. Although fuel margins have fallen significantly over the past several weeks, according to OPIS data for the first quarter of 2015 to date, Wells Fargo assured investors there is no cause for alarm. Wells Fargo’s analysis suggested: (1) c-store earnings are greatly influenced by

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A Peek In Consumers’ Kitchens

Consumer purchases reflect interest in fresh and more healthful options, reports NPD Group. More almond milk, Greek yogurt, quinoa, and sea salt are in America’s kitchens today than in 2011, the last time The NPD Group, a leading global information company, conducted its Kitchen Audit survey, which asks U.S. consumers to report on what appliances,

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

“The Enjoy Life brand expands our portfolio into faster growing, on-trend, ‘better-for-you’ areas,” says chief growth officer. Mondelez International has acquired Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing “free from” segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks

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Star Fuel Signs With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to leverage VP brand to make independent sites more competitive. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced that Star Fuel of Oklahoma LLC, has signed on as the latest partner in its national branding program. Based in Leawood, Kan., Star supports 275 retail sites in an operating area that encompasses Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas

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Core-Mark Announces Fourth Quarter Investor Call

Audio replay to be available for one month following the call. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014 before the market opens on Monday March 2, 2015, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be

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Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

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NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

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Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

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Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

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AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

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Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

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Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

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Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

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Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

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Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

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Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

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