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Weight Concerns “Weigh” on C-Store Shoppers’ Minds

“C-store shoppers want better-for-you foods that help them achieve their weight management goals, but also taste great, are affordable, and easy to eat on-the-go,” explains a consumer insights researcher at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. As convenience stores look to meet the diverse needs of its customers, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Aite Group Report Shows POS EMV Evolution

Merchants who delay in upgrading to EMV chip will be exposed to US$1.1 billion in counterfeit credit card fraud losses. By the end of 2015, approximately 59% of U.S. point-of-sale (POS) locations will be chip-capable, said Aite Group. This finding and others are included in an upcoming Aite Group research report, “EMVelocity: Outlook for POS

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Fran Duskiewicz Joins Convenience Store Decisions

The industry veteran will serve as a featured columnist for Convenience Store Decisions magazine and a content adviser for the National Advisory Group (NAG). Fran Duskiewicz, the venerable industry veteran who helped grow Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes into a retail powerhouse and guided the chain through its sale to CST Brands following the death

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Kentucky Gas Station Faces Legislation

After the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its own gas station last summer, a Kentucky senator has now sponsored a bill to determine how fair the enterprise is to surrounding businesses. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kentucky Sen. Chris Girdler (R-Somerset), on Feb. 6, filed a bill that would require government entities to conduct a

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Mutual Oil Co. Sells Dealer And Transportation Business

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Mutual. Mutual Oil Co. Inc. has successfully sold its branded, contract dealer business, comprised of over 150 dealer supply contracts, structured agreements and transportation fleet. The dealer supply contracts and structured agreements have been sold to an undisclosed purchaser. Mutual’s transportation business, comprised

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New Love’s Locations Offering CNG For 99 Cents

CNG now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle. Love’s Fast-Fill CNG is now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle between Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The recent opening of Love’s first fast-fill CNG location in San Antonio connects the third market to Love’s existing CNG network in the Texas

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Saving Energy for Generations to Come

Developing revolutionary coffee equipment solutions for more than 25 years, FETCO is setting all-new standards with state-of-the-art, energy-conscious equipment construction, resulting in lower overall energy costs from 44–62%, according to an independent energy-savings study by Trace Laboratories. How does FETCO equipment save up to 62% in energy costs? By designing and building coffee brewing equipment

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New CFO and VPs Named At Pro Food Systems

“To continuously scale up a rapidly growing company, we must have the right people in place to take us to the next level” says CEO of Pro Food Systems. Pro Food Systems, best known for its flagship brand Champs Chicken, continued the company’s remarkable growth streak in 2014. Pro Food Systems was founded in 1998

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Wawa Presents Environmental Community Service Award

$10,000 in honorariums to be awarded in 2015 region‐wide search spearheaded by Wawa, 6abc and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP. The Environmental Community Service Award, presented by Wawa, 6abc, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF), celebrates a decade of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The

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IDDBA Releases On-Demand Webinar on Millennial Shoppers

Explores the evolving U.S. shopper of fresh perimeter categories. Changing American demographics and evolving food culture are affecting how we live, shop and eat. While baby boomers account for a large share of shoppers and dollars, it is Millennial shoppers who are at the forefront of the New American Appetite. IDDBA’s latest study, “Engaging the

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To Sanborn Elementary School

ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program funds $500 grant. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Sanborn Elementary School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation and Global Partners

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Consumer Optimism Holds—But Concerns Loom

The prolonged period of lower gas prices may have changed consumers’ perceptions about what they consider to be “high prices.” After a week of rising gas prices, a majority of consumers think that the good times of falling gas prices are over. Almost six in ten consumers (58%) say gas prices will be higher in

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Server Products Earns “Extreme Customer Service” Award

Honored at Foodservice Supply Summit. At the Diversified Foodservice Supply Summit in January, Server Products was honored to accept the “Extreme Customer Service” award. Diversified Foodservice Supply is the parent company of multiple brands focused on the distribution of foodservice parts, supplies, equipment and accessories. Diversified’s portfolio of brands serve some of the top restaurant

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Wawa Launches Remodel Program

Plans to renovate legacy stores. Wawa Inc. has launched the Wawa Remodel Program, an initiative in which the company will embark on a massive effort to remodel older, legacy stores to reflect Wawa’s latest store design and foodservice offering. Throughout 2015, Wawa will remodel 40 existing stores—the most remodels to happen in one year ever

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The Pantry Sets Date To Vote On Couche-Tard Merger

Meeting set for March 10. The Pantry Inc. has scheduled a special meeting of The Pantry stockholders for March 10, 2015 to consider and vote upon the previously announced proposed merger with a U.S. subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. The special meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Eastern Time at the Springhill Inn and

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Cigar Industry Remembers Tony Barone

Life celebration set for Feb. 14. Tony Barone, an industry giant and friend to many, died this week after a brief battle with cancer. Barone’s passing comes less than two years after he retired from Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. after a long and illustrious career. The family will hold a “life celebration” for Barone on Saturday, Feb.

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Mintel Outlines Food And Drink Trends

From clean eating to the changing definition of ‘value,’ Mintel reveals 2015 consumer trends. Mintel, a global market intelligence agency has released the five key trends set to impact the U.S. food and drink market in 2015. Utilizing research, data and trends from across Mintel’s extensive product portfolio and expert analysis from Director of Innovation

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Pacific Convenience & Fuels Launches Loyalty Program

The 300-store chain with units in five states partners with KickBack Points to drive new business and reward its existing customers. As a national leader in rewards programs and loyalty solutions, KickBack Points delivers business intelligence that makes retail operators smarter, more profitable and helps to elevate their entire organization to learn how to anticipate

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Energy Category Growth Remains Strong

Red Bull reclaims leadership position, according to Wells Fargo. The energy category had solid dollar sales growth of 9.3%, driven by continued solid results from Monster and Red Bull, reported Wells Fargo Securities, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ended Jan. 17, 2015. Monster generated solid 10.4% dollar sales growth (+9.7% for 12 weeks),

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February Brings Gas Price Increases

Gas prices on the rise after dropping to lowest levels since 2009, according to AAA. U.S. average gas prices have increased seven days in a row for a total of two cents per gallon, AAA reported on Feb. 2. The up tick comes after gas prices had fallen for a record 123 consecutive days to

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Newest Austin-Area Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to Dailey Middle School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in the Austin area with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday. The store is located off of Texas 130 just south of Manor at 12200 FM 969. At a ribbon-cutting, Kim Lubel, president and

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RaceTrac Celebrates Frozen Yogurt Day

Today only, customers can enjoy free frozen yogurt during select times. RaceTrac is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day, today, Feb. 6, with free Swirl World frozen yogurt for customers! RaceTrac customers who visit a story today between 4p.m. and 7p.m. can get up to $4 worth of frozen yogurt free of charge—no coupon needed, the

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Hispanic-, Asian-American Population, Spending Power on the Rise

Hispanic Americans to have $1.5 trillion in buying power by 2015, according to IDDBA. Hispanic- and Asian-American consumers are growing demographics with considerable spending power, providing new sales opportunities to food retailers. This trend is evidenced by findings in “What’s in Store 2015,” the 29th edition of the annual food industry and consumer trends publication

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Banks Still Refuse To Embrace Chip And PIN

Despite support from lawmakers, Banking Association executive claims customers prefer less secure cards. In a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce hearing on data breaches yesterday, Senator Amy Klobuchar made the case for chip and PIN payment card technology, which would provide customers with the highest level of data protection known today. In the face of

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Sheetz Adding E15 in North Carolina

Provides alternative fuel option to customers. Sheetz Convenience Stores plans to offer an E15 fueling option to its North Carolina customers. The company will begin to install the new E15 fuel option in early 2015 and by spring of 2016 installation should be completed at 60 stores in North Carolina. E15 is a combination of

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