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VP Racing Fuels Branding Program Gets Rave Reviews

Retailers weigh in with their experiences. These days, the true identity of the “Mad Scientist” at VP Racing Fuels Inc., could be debated. While the persona had its origins in VP founder Steve Burns’ passion and talent for formulating performance fuels to maximize horsepower, the moniker could just as easily apply today to VP’s president,

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Consumer Optimism Falls as Gas Prices Rise

Rising gas prices are taking a toll on consumer optimism about the economy, with optimism falling to its lowest level since August 2014. Consumer optimism fell from 54% to 44%, the largest decrease in optimism in more than two years, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). In the

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Casey’s Posts Record Third Quarter

Strong inside sales and fuel margins aid growth. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $1.01 for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 ended Jan. 31, 2015, compared to $0.33 per share for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, diluted earnings per share were $3.57 compared to $2.73 a

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Save-A-Lot’s Newest Stores Focus On Fresh

Expands across eight states. Over the past month, Supervalu’s hard-discount grocery banner, Save-A-Lot, has opened 13 new stores across eight states—its latest last week in Rockford, Ill. The banner’s newest stores, according to company officials, focus on fresh, with a “commitment to bring “fresh produce, dairy and meats” to their communities. The new stores are

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Hershey Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

Hershey’s commitment to ‘Bringing Goodness to the World’ results in first ranking on 2015 Most Ethical Company List. The Hershey Co. announced that it has been recognized as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute. The Hershey Co.’s first appearance on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list underscores the company’s commitment to

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Kum & Go Launches New Brand Approach

New campaign focuses on “Where & means more.” Beginning today, Kum & Go is introducing a new campaign to bring their brand to life in-store and through advertising in the markets where they operate. The campaign will show that Kum & Go delivers more than convenience customers expect by focusing on the little extras their

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Phillips 66 US Marketing Honored

Wins the American Marketing Association Houston Chapter 2014 Marketer of the Year Award. The American Marketing Association (AMA) Houston Chapter announced the 21 companies and organizations as Best in Category winners and Phillips 66 US Marketing as the overall 2014 Marketer of the Year for Houston on Thursday night, March 5, 2015, during AMA Houston

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AAFES Works To Improve Customer Satisfaction

Names 2015 as the year of the customer. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has launched an effort to improve customer satisfaction at its stores, according to The Military Times. The move came before AAFES recently learned of its low rating in a national customer satisfaction survey. Addressing customer satisfaction is the second

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Dollar General Expands Into Three New States

Grand opening celebrations in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island expands major retailer’s presence to 43 states. This morning, Dollar General marked another significant milestone in its company growth by celebrating new store grand openings in Oregon, Maine and Rhode Island, expanding the major retailer’s presence to 43 states. “It’s very exciting to move into these

Retail Market for Coffee Growing in the U.S.

Increased sales of specialty beverages have increased overall revenue for coffee retailers. Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the importance of offering a quality product at a competitive price that is merchandised in an effective way that improves speed of service. Beyond those elements there are

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Kellogg Co. Named Among Top Companies For Women Executives

NAFE names Kellogg Co. among the best for women senior leadership. Kellogg is pleased today to again be named among the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). With four women on its board of directors, or 38%, and eight women holding spots on the company’s Global Leadership

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PCI Council To Host Acquirer Forum At TRANSACT15

Acquirers and processors invited to discuss payment security solutions for merchant community. The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) has announced it will convene acquirers and processors to collaborate on payment security solutions for the merchant community. The Acquirer Forum will take place on April 2 alongside TRANSACT15, the Electronic Transaction Association’s (ETA) marquee global

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AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

Proposed taxes on food and beverage makers could be passed onto consumers. The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food safety programs without

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Chuckles: A Family Affair

With new locations planned for Kentucky and Indiana, third-generation C.E. Taylor Oil is positioning its Chuckles convenience store chain for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When C.E. Taylor Oil Inc. was just getting started, family members who were intent on growing the business realized that while gas was the base of operations, retail

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Climb

Energy drink sales soar with help from low gas prices. Carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding energy drinks saw strong sales and improved volumes, as well as significant pricing growth, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Total CSD (excluding energy drinks) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel were up a solid +4.8% (+3.2% for prior 12-weeks)

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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Gas Prices Growing In March

AAA examines the fuel price uptick and the reasons behind climbing prices at the pump. U.S. average gas prices have increased 35 days in a row for a total of 39 cents per gallon, marking the longest consecutive streak of rising prices since February 2013, according to AAA. Gas prices are climbing due to both

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Georgia-Pacific Professional Recognized As Outstanding Supplier

“Grainger is proud to recognize Georgia-Pacific Professional for its outstanding supplier performance,” says Vice President, Global Product Management. Georgia-Pacific Professional was presented with a 2014 Partners in Performance Award as part of Grainger’s annual show in Orlando. Grainger, a broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products serving businesses and institutions, presents the

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Consumers Respond To Gas Price Changes

Purchase behavior shows how gas price changes impact consumer spending. Cardlytics measures one of the best indicators of consumer behavior: purchase behavior, including how consumer purchase behavior changes during times of high and low gas prices. The company has insights into 70% of all American purchase activity. Cardlytics used this insight to compare consumer spending

Applications Now Being Accepted for the John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship

Five $1,000 college scholarships will be awarded to employees of NAG member companies and their children. By John Lofstock, Executive Director, National Advisory Group As the founder of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, John MacDougall was a longtime supporter of the National Advisory Group (NAG). In his personal life, he was also a strong supporter

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Is RBOB Near Its Pre-Season Rally High?

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal factors are the primary driver in lifting the gasoline futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange more than 60% from a multiyear low registered in January, and are the wind in the sails for a continued move higher in March. The forward curve, which shows the

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Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices continue to help drive category strength. Cigarette dollar sales accelerated driven by solid pricing and equally strong volume, according to a recent Nielsen report. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted that c-store cigarette dollar sales were up +5.9% (up from +3.5% last period and -3.2% last year) during the recent four-weeks ending Feb.

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Weinberg Capital Group Acquires Merchant Servants LLC

Acquisition presents first new platform of 2015. Weinberg Capital Group (WCG) announced the acquisition of Melrose Park, Ill.-based Mechanical Servants LLC D/B/A Convenience Valet (CV). The company was purchased by a group of investors led by WCG from David Baum, who will remain a significant shareholder of CV and continue in his current role as

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Parker’s Moves Headquarters to Greek Revival Mansion

“We’ve paid attention to every detail to ensure the restoration of this treasured Savannah building respects its structural history,” says Parker’s CEO. Greg Parker, CEO of Parker’s Convenience Stores, who has an appreciation for the architecture and history of downtown Savannah, is moving the company’s Savannah headquarters to the historic Philbrick-Eastman House overlooking Chippewa Square,

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