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Dunkin’ Donuts is Expanding Its Presence in California

Dunkin’ Donuts looks to expand its presence in the Golden State, hoping to eventually open a total of 1,000 restaurants in the long term. Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two franchise groups. This commitment includes the creation of 26 new restaurants in Fresno, Calif. and San Francisco over the next several years. The two

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Starbucks’ New Initiative to Help Economic Development

Starbucks looks to provide opportunities to youth in diverse, under-represented neighborhoods. Starbucks has announced two strategic initiatives to support economic development and social change in diverse, urban communities. These initiatives will help young people connect with meaningful employment and pathways to success. These programs correspond with the launch of the private-sector led 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to increase hiring of

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How To Help End Childhood Hunger

Restaurants are joining an initiative to ensure children have access to healthy food. Since 2008, restaurants across the U.S. have joined Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in its initiative to end childhood hunger. Since its inception, thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers have joined together and raised over $28 million to help ensure that every child

Are You Attending the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference?

Educational topics include finding your foodservice niche, using technology to drive foodservice sales, reducing swipe fees, loyalty programs and executive leadership. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels. As competition for increases across the

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Parent Petroleum and VP Racing Strike Partnership

New partnership will offer strength and diversity that was previously unavailable to non-major refiners. Parent Petroleum is the newest retail branding partner for VP Racing Fuels. This partnership will strengthen and diversify Parent Petroleum. Mark Potaczek, vice president of fuels marketing and development for Parent Petroleum said that Parent Petroleum will now have the most

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How To Make Your Roller Grill Shine

Keeping your convenience store roller grill clean and well stocked shows customers you are committed to foodservice success.   By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor C-store retailers tend to either love or hate the roller grill. Some feel it helps the overall perception of foodservice, while other feels it hurts it. But for those providing roller

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Open Pantry Executive Team Gets Pied

MS fundraising challenge has delicious end for Open Pantry leaders. Although those at Open Pantry are happy to devote their efforts to raising funds to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, the chain was given some sweet incentive to strive to fundraise even harder. Open Pantry has played a big part in the fundraising effort

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Sarah Bragg Promoted to Parker’s Development Supervisor

Anticipation for expansion leads Parker’s to promote a new development supervisor. Sarah Bragg is the new development supervisor for Parker’s. Bragg will now implement training and development strategies for Parker’s retail stores in Georgia and South Carolina. This Missouri native originally joined Parker’s in 2012 as a manager at the Ellabell, Ga. store. She previously worked as

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Team Oil Travel Center Donates to Community Cancer Fund

Spring Valley, Wis.-based Team Oil Travel Center’s CEO Tony Huppert recently present a check for $1185 dollars to Spring Valley Community Cancer Fund’s representative, Steve Hartung. The $1,185 donation was made by RV owners that park in the Team Oil Travel Center’s RV Sites. All of the donations given for parking in the RV sites as

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Convenience Valet and BPI Sports Promote Health

Convenience Valet looks to attract the health-conscious customer with a new line of sports drinks.  Convenience Valet, in partnership with BPI Sports, has introduced a new line of sports nutrition supplements for fitness enthusiasts and those looking for products that promote healthy living. “Recently a major retailer came to us looking for supplements such as whey protein,

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A New World Leader In Ice Cream Emerges

Although Americans consume the most ice cream per person than anywhere in the world, the U.S. is no longer the global leader in ice cream sales. New research from Mintel has revealed that the global ice cream market has shifted, as China has overtaken the U.S. as the worlds largest ice cream market in 2014.

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Chipotle Launches “Friend or Faux” Campaign

Chipotle uses new interactive campaign to educate customers on the ingredients used in different fast food items and offers customers a chance to win free food as an incentive to participate. With the current health trend, Chipotle Mexican Grill has designed an integrated marketing campaign. This campaign includes an interactive digital experience and invites customers

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Rutter’s Announces New Corporate Giving Programs

Customers will be given the opportunity make a real difference by voting for which charity they think Rutter’s should provide with funds.  Rutter’s is launching two new corporate giving programs to continue its financial support of local children’s charities. These two new programs are Vote with Your Dollars and Rutter’s Rewards Schools. Since 2005, Rutter’s has given over $4.45

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Sunoco Prices Public Offering of Common Units

Sunoco LP to use net proceeds from the offering to repay borrowings and for general partnership purposes.  Sunoco LP (the Partnership) has priced its registered underwritten public offering of 5,500,000 common units. The units represent limited partner interests in the Partnership, pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3, previously filed with the Securities

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Altria Updates Agreement With Philip Morris International

Altria collaborates with Philip Morris International to further commercialize the sale of electronic vapor products.   As the popularity of vapor products continues to rise, companies that provide these products are searching for ways to provide to a wider range of consumers and to progress in the industry. Altria Group Inc. is expanding its strategic

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Joint Venture Between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International Dissolves

Slow development in the snus industry leads to the end of the joint venture between Swedish Match and Philip Morris International. Swedish Match (SWMA) and Philip Morris International (PMI) have decided to dissolve their joint venture in the sale of smokeless tobacco products outside Scandinavia and the U.S. Although the venture will come to an end, the companies

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The Hershey Co. Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

Hershey rearranges leadership in order to promote company growth. Marketing veteran, Peter Horst, will join The Hershey Co. as senior vice president, chief marketing officer, beginning July 27, 2015. Horst joins Hershey from Capital One Financial Corp. where he served as senior vice president of brand marketing, and prior to that, chief marketing officer for Capital One Bank.  “Peter is

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4 Sons Saves With Lighting Upgrade

4 Sons’ lighting upgrade will save thousands while attracting business.   With the cost of electricity, it is no surprise that lighting a store can become costly, and on top of that cost comes maintenance costs, because lights don’t last forever. Maybe funding lighting for one store isn’t such a daunting task’ but for 4 Sons and

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How to Create a Look That Sells

Making profits does not only rely upon the merchandise you sell. Nothing is that simple. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern There are a number of different variables that must be taken into account when it comes to strategizing. Of course, it is important to carry products that consumers want to purchase and have a staff

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Mars Chocolate to Expand Topeka, Kan. Location

Mars is expanding to create jobs in the communities that it serves. Mars Chocolate North America has announced that it will be breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art 90,000-square-foot facility in Topeka, Kan. Mars will invest an additional $100 million in the already existing facility in Topeka, Kan. With the expansion, the company will create 70 new full-time, permanent,

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Sabine Oil & Gas Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Plummeting fuel prices push companies to seek bankruptcy protection. As global gasoline prices decline, many oil companies are finding it difficult to make ends meet. On July 15, 2015 Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has been struggling to make interest payments on its existing debt. According to Bankruptcy &

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C-Store Beverage Sales Up 6% in Second Quarter

Energy and non-carbonated drink sales drive the non-alcoholic beverage category at convenience stores. Wells Fargo Securities LLC’s most recent “Beverage Buzz” survey that polls more than 15,000 c-store locations across the nation found that non-alcoholic beverage sales climbed 6% in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the strength in the energy drinks and non-carbonated

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County Fair, CITGO Sponsor Bike Rally

Roll out new loyalty app to kick off the Roar on the Shore event. CITGO Marketer Country Fair Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are once again joining forces to support the Roar on the Shore motorbike rally, set to take place this week in Erie, Pa. This is the second year CITGO and Country Fair

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Energy Transfer Partners and Energy Transfer Equity Move Forward with Strategic Plan

Transaction agreement between ETE and ETP is expected to substantially benefit both companies. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity L.P. (ETE) have been strategically planning ways to maximize company success, struck a deal  July 15, 2015, to move in that direction. ETP and ETE have announced the exchange of 21 million ETP

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QuickChek to Launch Q Café at New Jersey Balloon Festival

QuickChek’s record-setting 23-year sponsorship of the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has been a key part of building the brand. The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning will once again be sponsored by QuickChek convenience stores. This Festival has been the company’s biggest branding event for 23 years, and QuickChek is maximizing its involvement in the

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