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Crystal Light On the Go Packets

Add to your bottled water purchases with top-selling1 CRYSTAL LIGHT On the Go, a natural add-on for active water drinkers. With bottled water servings growing away from home, don’t miss out on the opportunity to offer customers more flavorful hydration with just 5 calories per serving. Offered in a variety of on-trend flavors, your customers

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Keeping Candy Relevant

Tim Cote might not be a candy traditionalist, but he knows how to make confections appealing to Plaid Pantry customers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The traditional approach to selling candy is going the way of Root Beer Barrels and Charleston Chews. Retailers who are satisfied with a few racks of the normal candy offerings

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Winning at Word of Mouth

Keeping customers engaged on social media can drive WOM and increase traffic at the store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media is crucial for staying top of mind for customers and driving word-of-mouth (WOM) advertising for your chain, which many customers today trust more than traditional marketing. Cindy Morrison, social media strategist with social

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Reinventing Open Pantry

Longtime employees assume control of the daily operations of Open Pantry stores, while CEO Buhler provides financial backing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After 17 years as president and CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., Robert Buhler at the beginning of the year turned the corporate reins over to his longtime, right-hand

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Kum & Go, Habitat for Humanity Expand Partnership

Customer fundraising in April will help select site for company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go and Habitat for Humanity announced an expansion of their partnership, launching a national campaign that will feature a corporate donation and in-store fundraising during the month of April. Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help select a community

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U.S. Oil Expands Distribution and Supply Footprint

 Acquires Wisconsin Terminal. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture Inc., has acquired a Milwaukee area terminal from Marathon Petroleum Corp., based in Findlay, Ohio. The terminal, located at 9125 North 107th Street will add 530,000 barrels of capacity to the U.S. Oil network and will expand its distribution network

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Overtime Expansion Would Harm Retail Careers, Says NRF

NRF survey shows overtime expansion proposal would hollow out middle management. An Obama administration proposal to expand overtime and redefine what it means to be a restaurant or retail manager will likely harm mangers’ career paths and undermine the quality of customer service they are able to provide, according to a new survey conducted for

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America Picks Top Military Veterans In 7-Eleven Contest

Top three finalists move to final competition for Franchise Fee-Free 7-Eleven Store. The public, friends and relatives of 10 military veterans competing for a 7-Eleven store somewhere in the U.S., cast more than 30,000 votes in the company’s national Operation: Take Command competition that ended Sunday night with the selection of the top three vote-getters.

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EMV Deadline Leads POS Trends

Mobile payment technology and going paperless will impact point-of-sale (POS) and back office trends in 2015. But, the big focus this year for convenience stores is the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline to become compliant with EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip technology. U.S. retailers are expected to spend more than $8 billion on POS devices,

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E-Cig Sales Re-Accelerate

Cigarette dollar sales up 2%. E-cigs dollar sales growth across all channels (mass + c-stores) re-accelerated sequentially to +9.6% in the period ending March 21, 2015, driven by +40.5% unit growth, partially offset by -22% net pricing, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC, quoting the latest Nielsen data. “Though e-cig year-over-year pricing has been negative for

R-Store To Launch Free Mobile App

“We are ecstatic to share this with our customers,” says CEO of R-Store. R-Store, operated by Riiser Energy, has launched a new mobile app. The R-Stores are taking a new approach to convenience by creating a free app for their on-the-go customers. Simply by downloading the new app customers will receive a coupon for a

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Nice N Easy Celebrates 35 Years

Opened in 1980 by the late John MacDougall, the company has grown to more than 78 corporate and franchise stores. Yesterday, April 1, marked the 35th Anniversary of convenience store chain Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. “We would like to thank our dedicated employees, business partners and most of all our loyal customers for making

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Bilbrey Elected Chairman of The Hershey Co.

“It is a privilege and honor to succeed Jim as chairman,” says Bilbrey. The Hershey Co. announced that its Board of Directors has elected John Bilbrey as chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Co., effective immediately. Bilbrey will continue to be president and CEO of the global confectionery company, a role he

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United Oil Partners With KickBack Points

Retailer rolls the loyalty program out to 91 of its more than 125 convenience stores across Southern California. Loyalty programs were once value-added perks. Today, consumers not only expect them, but they also demand good deals from the retail stores they shop at regularly. To meet the needs of its growing customer base, United Oil

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Sheetz Responds To Top EquiTrend Ranking

“We are able to succeed because we have outstanding employees with a commitment to Total Customer Focus and our Sheetz culture,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz Inc. has been recognized as consumers’ most-trusted convenience-store brand according to the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. For the first time Sheetz, a family-owned and operated convenience chain, received the

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CSD, Energy Drink Sales Soften

“With retail gas prices rising, we believe in-store sales were negatively impacted across all categories,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. Total carbonated soft drink (CSD) excluding energy drinks, dollar sales in the U.S. convenience store channel were down -1.4% (+1.5% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ending March 14, 2015, reported Wells Fargo Securities quoting

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RILA Reacts To President’s Resolution Veto

‘Ambush Election’ Bill survives as President Obama vetoes resolution. President Barack Obama vetoed a resolution yesterday put forth by Republicans that would have ended a labor board rule finalized in December that is set to go into effect this month. The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) rule in question shortens the length of time in

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Mintel Examines Chocolate Category

Chocolate innovation has increased, with new product launches growing 18% between 2013-2014. Chocolate confectionery sales grew 24% over a five-year period from 2009-2014 to reach $21 billion in the U.S., the world’s largest chocolate market. However, the pace of growth slowed in 2014, following a pattern that has evolved over the past few measurement periods,

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Alternative Fuels Expanding Market

The Fuels Institute predicts that E85 sales will increase from 196 million gallons in 2013 to between 400 million and 4.4 billion gallons in 2023. Today, between 2,685 and 3,349 retail fuel stations in the U.S. sell E85 flex fuel, according to the Fuels Institute report, “E85 A Market Performance Analysis and Forecast.” The report

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Gas Prices Plateau

If a nuclear deal is reached with Iran this week, oil prices could further dip, with pump prices to potentially follow. On Monday, March 30, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rang in at $2.42 per gallon—only two cents more than one month ago but $1.13 less than the same date last year.

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Payment Card Surcharge Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

California law ruled “an unconstitutional restriction on plaintiffs’ freedom of speech.” A new law passed in California that bans payment-card surcharges was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last week, reported Pymnts.com In 2014 California businesses sued the state, claiming their First Amendment rights were being violated. They claimed a law banning surcharges restricted retailers’

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Survey Points to Confidence in Foodservice Packaging Industry

Optimism reigns despite economic and environmental challenges. Industry growth and sales in 2014 has led the foodservice packaging industry to forecast even greater optimism for 2015 than last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). Now in its 16th year, the annual State of the Industry Survey included input

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TravelCenters Announces 2015 “Citizen Driver” Award Recipients

“Citizen Driver is a way to recognize the best of the best in the truck driving community,” says CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients during the Citizen Driver ceremony at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking

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CST Brands, CrossAmerica Partners Reorganize Leadership

CST Brands’ Jeremy Bergeron to take the helm as president of CrossAmerica Partners. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced that Joe Topper, the CEO and president of CrossAmerica, has decided to retire as CEO effective Sept. 30, 2015. In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Topper will resign as president of CrossAmerica

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Wayne Fueling Systems Offers Gasoline for $1.49 Per Gallon

Wayne celebrates flagship fueling site at 7-Eleven in Round Rock with discounted fuel for first 100 guests on April 2. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, whose corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas, joins convenience retailer 7-Eleven in inviting the Central

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