Tesoro Rebrands as Andeavor

The company does not plan to make the Andeavor name part of retail portfolio. Tesoro Corp. and Tesoro Logistics LP are changing their names to Andeavor and Andeavor Logistics LP, respectively, on Aug. 1, 2017. The companies also unveiled new logos and ticker symbols. “We are announcing a new name to reflect the company’s ongoing

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Marathon Petroleum Corp. Appoints Donald Templin President

Mike Hennigan to replace Templin as president of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced executive changes. Donald Templin, president of the general partner of MPLX LP, has been named president, Marathon Petroleum Corp., effective July 1. Templin joined MPC in June 2011, as senior vice president and chief financial officer before being named executive vice president,

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Cigars Reflect Healthy Profits

With more products to choose from, c-store consumers are keeping cigars at the forefront of the OTP category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cigar segment is a healthy one, but one that requires more than a passing familiarity with both regular offerings and evolving regulations. Cigars make up 27.9% of the Other Tobacco Products

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RAI Reveals Post-Acquisition Leadership Team

Debra Crew to remain as president and CEO of RAI. Reynolds American Inc. has announced its proposed leadership team after the anticipated third-quarter acquisition of RAI by British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT). Debra Crew will remain as president and CEO of RAI. Should the acquisition be successfully completed, she will report to Nicandro Durante, president

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Young Executives Organization (YEO) Builds with Habitat for Humanity

YEO Members were joined by Maverik employees in Provo, Utah to help frame a new house, build a new fence and lay thousands of pounds of concrete in team-building exercise (with photo slideshow and video below). More than 25 of the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders representing 13 convenience store chains, participated

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Wells Fargo Outlines Tobacco Sales Trends

Smokeless a “bright spot” while e-cigarette sales remain impressive. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased +1.1% during the four-week period ending May 20, 2017 (vs +0.7% for 12-weeks) as strong +5.6% pricing successfully offset weakening cigarette volume trends (-4.2% vs -3.8% for 12-weeks). “We expect adult tobacco consumer resilience to continue through the

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7-Eleven Brings Back ‘Operation Chill’

Local police officers give out free Slurpee coupons to reward kids. Children have the chance to earn free Slurpees this summer while having positive interactions with law enforcement. For the 22nd year, 7-Eleven is again teaming up with police and sheriff’s departments to distribute free Slurpee drink coupons to children and youth through its popular

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Wenzel’s Farm Unveils Brand Redesign

Packaging and point of purchase to highlight Wenzel’s Farm’s continued commitment to producing quality, healthy snacks. Wenzel’s Farm, a producer of small batch, hand-crafted and naturally hickory- smoked meat snacks has announced a complete redesign of its brand. The company, which has been producing quality Wisconsin meat products since 1949 has undergone a complete brand

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Marketing Meaty Meals

When it comes to delivering product versatility, portability and good taste, you can’t beat fresh chicken and a well-kept roller grill. Retailers and other experts reveal how these two foodservice programs enable them to satisfy customer cravings from the morning until night. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor The old adage goes that people eat with

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Will Parkland Corp. Expand in the U.S.?

Parkland could be looking at urban centers in Canada or in the Northern Plains states when it is ready for its next acquisition. Canada-based Parkland Corp. has embarked on a number of acquisitions —18 deals to be exact valued at more than $2.4 billion in the past six years. In the past year and a

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Insignia Capital Group Acquires Tillamook Country Smoker

Investment expands Insignia’s footprint in the food sector and growing meat snacks market. Insignia Capital Group has acquired Tillamook Country Smoker (TCS), a third-generation, family-owned provider of branded meat snacks based in Bay City, Ore. Several family shareholders participated in the transaction alongside Insignia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TCS manufactures and distributes

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House To Drop Efforts to Repeal Debit Reform

NRF to continue to follow the bill to completion to ensure repeal of debit reform is not included in the final legislation. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed reports that House Republican leaders plan to abandon an attempt to repeal debit card swipe fee reform that has saved retailers and their customers more than $40

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GPM Investments Acquires Seven Dunkin’ Donuts Locations

Grows portfolio in the Southeast. GPM Investments LLC has taken ownership of Broyles Hospitality, the franchisee that operates seven Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Tennessee and Virginia. This acquisition will further develop GPM’s existing portfolio in the Southeast region. “These Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are very well-established within the community and their employees have served customers with

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Pizza: Baking Bold, Authentic Offerings

Pepperoni and sausage may still reign supreme as pizza toppings, but some c-store retailers are using on-trend bolder, authentic flavors and customized combinations to pique consumer interest in their pies. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Tasty, transportable and easy on the wallet, pizza is a natural foodservice fit for convenience stores and their customers. According

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NCA Announces Product Award Winners

Hershey recognized for Best in Show. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its 2017 Most Innovative New Product Award winners. The delectable award winners – including those for Best in Show and the newly added Small Business Innovator – represent the most creative, innovative and fun products that the industry has to offer. The winners

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Core-Mark Hires New Senior VP & Chief HR Officer

Jordana Kammerud to succeed Joe Wegener, who is retiring. Core-Mark Holding Co., Inc. welcomes Jordana Kammerud as senior vice president and chief human resource officer, effective immediately. Kammerud has held executive level human resources positions at leading global companies over her career. Joe Wegener, the company’s current vice president of human resources, will retire on

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Sweets & Snacks Features Health Focus

Global confectionery companies work in cooperation with the Partnership for a Healthier America. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) at its annual Sweets & Snacks Expo May 23 – 25 in Chicago, introduced a ground-breaking new initiative to provide consumers with information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. The initiative, a commitment to

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U.S. Motorists Drive Over One Billion Miles on E-15

More than 800 retail outlets offer E15 fuels across 29 states. More Americans are using E15 – a fuel containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline – to fuel their cars, and as a result have helped the fuel reach a significant milestone. According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported

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Rutter’s Introduces 9th Beer Cave

The York, Pa. convenience store chain aims to add beer to as many of its c-store locations as possible. The Rutter’s at the corner of the Susquehanna Trail and Lightner Road in York, Pa. introduced beer sales on May 24, following a remodel to add a beer cave. Rutter’s Beer Caves are set to 29

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Parker’s Supports Effingham Public Schools

Awards $9,000 donation through Fueling the Community program. Parker’s is once again giving back to local schools. Parker’s donates a portion of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools through the Fueling the Community program. PumpPal club members can select which school will receive the proceeds from

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Designing for Success

Branding accents can help weave a holistic design concept throughout the store. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor A convenience store’s design can convey an unconscious message to customers about its values, brand and food quality. Today, many convenience store chains are remodeling to feature a modern, upscale look that showcases their brand message

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G&M Oil Co., GasBuddy Honor Military Members

Announces ‘Tank’ You for Your Service event. GasBuddy partnered with G&M Oil Co., a Southern California operator of company-owned fueling stations and convenience stores, to give away thousands of dollars worth of free fuel to GasBuddy members who are active military and veterans at a G&M location in the San Diego County, Calif. on May

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Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes Returns

Customers have the chance to win even more prizes. Rutter’s is bringing back its #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. Now, registered Rutter’s Rewards customers across Central Pennsylvania are just a scan away from winning their choice of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, Dodge Challenger RT, or Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab. Customers will also be entered

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YEO Wraps up in Salt Lake City

YEO members get a personal tour of the evolution of Maverik stores from a Country Store through to the most recent prototype. The second and final day of the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executive Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Maverik in Salt Lake City wrapped up on Thursday, May 25, 2017. YEO members gathered

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Popcorn Market Set to Grow

New products, innovative flavors to drive popcorn sales. Popcorn sales are expected to increase globally over the next four years. Technavio analysts forecast the global popcorn market to grow at a CAGR of almost 8% between 2017-2021. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global popcorn market. The major factors

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