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Core-Mark Announces Fourth Quarter Investor Call

Audio replay to be available for one month following the call. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2014 before the market opens on Monday March 2, 2015, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be

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Meridian Hosts CEO Exchange

Meridian’s CEO Exchange live event is set to take place in Dallas on March 18-19 at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The CEO Exchange is designed for Petro owners, CEOs, and next generation owners—sons or daughters who are getting ready to take the reins. Attendees create vital networks with other marketers, engage in exchange discussions with

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NOCO Promotes DeFilippis To Vice President

With nearly 40 years of retail industry experience, DeFilippis was the director of merchandising and marketing for NOCO Express prior to his current role with the company. NOCO has promoted Jim DeFilippis to vice president. In this role, he is now a member of the company’s executive management leadership group, the first such group since

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Millennials Reach for Private Label Products

Brand trust, improved quality and product innovation among the top reasons shoppers are filling their grocery carts with private labels. Private label food products are getting some much needed attention, especially from young shoppers, according to the Private Label Foods: What’s Driving Purchase? – US, February 2015 report from market intelligence agency, Mintel. Per the

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Rutter’s Donates to PSU THON

Funds pediatric cancer research. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s donated more than $8,100 to The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, otherwise known as THON, a yearlong fundraising effort for pediatric cancer research. The money donated to THON and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital were collected from customers at each of Rutter’s

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AWMA Launches New State Government Affairs Initiative

Appoints Dirk Smith as the AWMA’s first-ever director of state government affairs. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that it has launched a new initiative to provide members with information and the ability to take action on state governmental developments that affect their businesses and the convenience distribution industry. The initiative has two key

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Fuel Rewards Program Hits Five-Million-Member Milestone

National coalition loyalty program engages members with a universal rewards currency. A landmark five million American consumers have joined the Fuel Rewards program. The nationwide loyalty program uses cents-per-gallon fuel savings as the ultimate consumer reward for making everyday purchases at participating merchants. Programs like Fuel Rewards make up a new fast-growth sector in the

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Wal-Mart Looks To Revamp Image With Better Pay, Training

Plans to invest $1 billion in its workforce’s training and salaries. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion in order to increase worker salaries and better train its hourly workers in an attempt to reshape its image from a company offering dead-end jobs to one where employees can grow, the Associated Press reported. Within the

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Nestlé Removing Artificial Flavors and Colors

“We know that candy consumers are interested in broader food trends around fewer artificial ingredients,” says president of Nestlé USA Confections & Snacks. Nestlé USA announced its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than

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Speedway Exceeds $8 Million Raised in 2014 for CMN

Speedway customers and employees raised more than $68 Million for the charity since 1991. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed more than $8 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2014, bringing the company’s total fundraising to more than $68 million since 1991. Donations in 2014 increased more than

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Nearly 300% More Retailers Plan To Deploy Mobile POS

Boston Retail Partners’ survey shows mobile technology is transforming the customer experience. According to a special report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers are focused on significantly expanding the use of mobile technology for point of sale (POS), customer engagement and payments. The BRP SPECIAL REPORT: Mobile Technology—Transforming the Customer Experience, assesses how mobile devices

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To West Middle School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps retailers invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented West Middle School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.

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Atlas Oil Launches Social Media Campaign

Promotes safe driving around big rigs. Atlas Oil Co. has launched a new safety related social media campaign called #RespectTheRig. The campaign features short videos of Atlas drivers giving safe driving tips for sharing the road with big rigs. Atlas invites other big rig drivers, trucking associations and other organizations to join the conversation at

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Hershey Moving to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

“We all want and deserve to know what’s in our food,” says Hershey’s CEO. The Hershey Co. is beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio. “As consumers, our relationship with food is changing. We spend

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IDDBA Outlines Changing Food Retail Landscape

The 77-million-strong Millennial generation and their $200 billion in buying power will outspend the boomer generation by 2018. The changing retail landscape and shifting customer demographics within the food industry provide both challenges and opportunities for the in-store dairy, deli, and bakery industries, as evidenced by findings in What’s in Store 2015, the 29th edition

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Register Now for NAG’s Second Annual Young Executives Roundtable

The convenience store industry’s young executives and leaders of tomorrow face unique challenges as they grow their businesses in the competitive convenience store market. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) was formed specifically to addresses these challenges and help the industry’s next-generation leaders identify solutions with others in their age group. Please

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Take the 2015 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics are collaborating to provide insight into the industry human resources practices. For the seventh consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey to

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7-Eleven Launches Limited-Time Zero Franchise Fee Initiative

Select U.S. stores to have franchise fee waived. Between now and June 30, 7-Eleven Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7-Eleven

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Huebsch Named Store Owner of the Quarter

Adjoining laundromat proves smart investment. Huebsch, the expert in commercial laundry efficiency, has named Raj Patel the latest recipient of its Store Owner of the Quarter award for his Speed Coin Laundry, a laundromat adjacent to his convenience store and gas station located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Mr. Patel’s success over the past 20 years is

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QuikTrip Provides Fuel Discount Through Comdata Partnership

QuikTrip offers all Comdata MasterCard Corporate Fleet Card customers a discount of three cents per gallon on all gasoline and diesel purchases. QuikTrip Corp. and Comdata Inc. have partnered to expand the reach of fuel discounts through the Comdata Fuel Consortium (CFC) network. Developed by Comdata in 2008, the CFC is a nationwide network of

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Sheetz To Celebrate 500th Store Opening

“We are thrilled to carry this momentum throughout the year with more than 30 store openings in 2015, including a new restaurant concept at WVU and Penn State,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned convenience store chains, will celebrate the opening of its 500th store on Feb. 24. All Sheetz locations

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Rutter’s Recognized as Leading Business

Tops several business lists in Central Penn Business Journal’s Book of Lists. Rutter’s Holdings, the parent company of Rutter’s Farm Stores and Rutter’s Dairy, sits atop several business lists in the 2015 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal’s annual Book of Lists, distributed this week. Rutter’s earned a No. 3 rank on the list

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Love’s Opens Travel Stop on I-69 in Indiana

Adds 95 parking spaces on Interstate 69. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Ingalls, Ind., giving professional drivers 24-hour access to a Chester’s Chicken restaurant, 52 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift merchandise, RFID cardless fueling technology, CAT

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JTI Acquires Ploom Intellectual Property Rights

“This agreement is a natural evolution of our fruitful partnership and enables both companies to concentrate independently on their areas of expertise,” says JTI’s deputy CEO. JTI has acquired from Ploom Inc. a number of patents and trademarks relating to Ploom Inc.’s devices, such as the Ploom modelOne and modelTwo and the Ploom tobacco vapor

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NATO Launches “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” Campaign

Opposes proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. NATO is launching its “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” campaign aimed at urging U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to oppose President Obama’s budget proposal to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and increase the federal excise tax rate on

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