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PS Food Mart Fights Hunger In Michigan and Ohio

Local CITGO marketer hosts fifth annual Pop-Tarts fundraiser. CITGO Petroleum Corp., Folk Oil Co. and 31 PS Food Mart locations in Toledo, Ohio and across south-central Michigan have teamed up for the fifth annual PS Food Mart Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts fundraiser to support local food pantries, after school lunch programs and churches. Between now and Nov.

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Continues Partnership With Kevin Harvick

Signs on as primary sponsor of Harvick in four 2015 NASCAR races. Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, is returning to the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2015 with its sponsorship of Kevin Harvick and JR Motorsports. For the second consecutive season, Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve

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Imperial Selects Greensboro As Headquarters For New Company

“This wonderful facility is in the heart of tobacco country, near our factories and has the infrastructure to accommodate the enlarged business,” the company says. Imperial Tobacco Group has announced that it has selected Greensboro, N.C. as the location of the new company it is forming from its existing business in the U.S. and the

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Retailers Underleveraging Critical Consumer Data

New HRC Advisory report indicates need for new approach to meet challenges created by today’s digitally savvy consumers. While numerous retailers have collected years of customer data, only 9% are leveraging the information in a structured, usable way, according to HRC Advisory (HRC), a strategic retail advisory firm and unit of Hilco Global. The finding

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Maverik Adds APT Software

Licenses APT’s Test & Learn and Market Basket Analyzer software. Maverik, an innovative convenience store chain with over 250 locations, has signed an agreement to license Applied Predictive Technologies (APT) Test & Learn and Market Basket Analyzer software modules. Maverik will use APT’s software to improve their data-driven decision-making across merchandising, pricing, marketing, operations, and

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NATSO AND WPMA Partner For 2015 Conventions

“We first took advantage of this unprecedented opportunity in 2012 and found that it benefited both of our members, so we are excited to be able to recreate it again in 2015,” says NATSO president and CEO. For their 2015 annual tradeshows, NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, and the Western Petroleum

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Love’s Travel Stops to Expand CNG Network on I-40

Love’s to open a seventh fast-fill CNG location on I-40 in West Memphis, Ark. Professional drivers and motorists will soon have access to compressed natural gas (CNG) at another location along I-40. The existing Love’s Travel Stop in West Memphis, Ark., will be the seventh Love’s location along the busy interstate to have Love’s Fast-Fill

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Hershey Learn to Grow To Impact Nearly 9,000 Cocoa Farmers

Programs benefit communities connected to 27 cooperatives in six regions of Cote d’Ivoire. The Hershey Co. announced an innovative partnership with Hershey suppliers and a European sustainability agency to help thousands of farmers in Cote d’Ivoire improve productivity, raise incomes and improve communities. The partnership includes Blommer Chocolate and Olam International through their joint “GrowCocoa”

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Core-Mark Announces 2014 Investor Day

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced it will host its first Investor Day in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 9, 2014. Interested investors and research analysts should contact Milton Draper, director of investor relations, if interested in attending.

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2014 NACS Show Reaches Second-Highest Attendance

Expo size, attendance and booth sizes all increased at this year’s NACS Show. Attendance for the 2014 NACS Show increased 6.1% to reach 23,624 attendees, with 9,176 classified as buyers (retailers, grocery wholesalers and distributors). Both totals, which include Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, are the second-highest figures ever recorded for the NACS Show.

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New IRI Report Examines Ever-Changing Shopper Journey

Shoppers visiting fewer stores and choosing those they perceive as offering best value. It’s no surprise that consumers are changing how they shop, where they shop and when they shop, because they have more than 2,500 unique paths to purchase to potentially follow. Since there is no longer an “average shopper” in today’s world, IRI

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Swisher International To Acquire Drew Estate

“As a family business, they understood the culture we have created and completely supported our desire to keep our family at Drew Estate intact,” says Drew Estate Co-Founder. Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in

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Rutter’s Reopens Dover Location After Major Renovation

The 24-hour site to include an updated menu, six fueling spaces and an LED canopy. Rutter’s has completed major renovations at the store located in Dover, York County, Pa., bringing the community even more selection and variety from York’s favorite hometown convenience store chain. The new site will now be open 24 hours a day,

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Tedeschi Food Shops Introduces New Gobbler Panini

Thanksgiving sandwich is transformed for 2014. Next week, Tedeschi Food Shops is set to offer the new Gobbler Panini in select TD’s Deli locations this fall. Tedeschi’s transformed their traditional year round Thanksgiving sandwich, the Turkey Gobbler, which offers an excellent balance of your favorite holiday servings. The Gobbler Panini consists of layers of Boar’s

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Structural Changes Cutting U.S. Demand for Gasoline

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric U.S. crude production growth is the critical catalyst driving world oil prices to four year lows and into a bear market, as the rapid expansion of domestic supply pushes out imports while ramping up exports of oil products. Slowing growth in U.S. oil demand is another factor

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Gulf Introduces New Pink Ribbon Gift Card

New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Gulf Oil LP announced the Pink Ribbon Gift Card, a new initiative for the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation that will generate up to $25,000 dollars a year in increased assistance for the fight against breast cancer. For every

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White House Initiative To Require PIN On Credit Transactions

NACS, PCI SSC and NRF weigh in on BuySecure Initiative. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), on behalf of the more than 151,000 convenience stores nationwide, the PCI Security Standards Council and the National Retail Federation (NRF), all applaud President Obama’s new BuySecure Initiative instituting the use of both microchip and PIN technology in

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Younger Shoppers More Likely To Pay With Plastic

Customers reach for credit cards when transaction tops $5. When standing in the checkout line, investors’ chosen payment option largely depends on the price. The majority of all investors (56%) are more likely to use cash for any purchases under $5, but with any other purchases over $5, investors switch to plastic, according to the

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Heineken Becomes Official Beer of Major League Soccer

Beginning in 2015 Heineken will bring world-class soccer experiences and #MLSNext to American fans. Heineken announced a landmark, long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) to become the Official Beer of MLS. The partnership, which commences in January 2015, further establishes Heineken’s standing as a worldwide leader in the sport and gives the brand

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Kum & Go Plans Headquarters Design

Six firms vie to create headquarters design. Kum & Go is considering six international design firms for its proposed 120,000-square-foot headquarters along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines in what is expected to be a $92 million project, the Business Record Online reported. The c-store chain aims to make a final decision by mid-November and

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Holiday Shopping to Happen Early and Often

ICSC releases consumer spending intentions. Procrastinators be forewarned—you might be lonely this holiday shopping season. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest consumer tracking survey, about 35% of consumers have or will have started their holiday shopping by the end of October. Roughly three out of five shoppers will begin shopping by

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C-Stores Evolving Among Rising Expectations

Innovators are pushing the envelope with elevated foodservice, sleek architecture, savvy brand partnerships and more, say experts from CBX and Insight. Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, according to an Oct. 8 NACS Show presentation by Joseph Bona, president of branded environments at brand agency and

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Starbucks Unveils Reimagined In-Store and Digital Innovations

Looks to elevate customer shopping experience for holiday 2014 and beyond. Starbucks Coffee Co. unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle this week. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

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Season Sweetens Candy Sales

Will this Halloween be a trick or treat for c-store candy profits? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Confectioners, such as Hershey, Mars and Wonka, bank on holidays to boost their annual business. After all, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and Hanukkah combine to generate $7 billion in U.S. sales. Not surprisingly, Halloween accounts for

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Breaded Chicken Sandwich Steps Out of the Burger’s Shadow

Breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3% over the last four years, NPD Group reports. Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Servings

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