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Conoco/Phillips 66 Customer Nets KickBack Points Grand Prize

Justin Gilbert, of Spokane Valley, Wash., is KickBack Points 2015 grand prize winner. The loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer wins a check for $15,000. Convenience store and petroleum marketers are always looking for innovative ways to reward their loyal customers. Thanks to a partnership with KickBack Points, one loyal Conoco and Phillips 66 customer

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GPM Investments Acquires One Stop Food Stores

Converting the eight acquired stores to the Scotchman banner. GPM Southeast, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GPM Investment, LLC, has taken ownership of eight One Stop Food Store convenience stores with gasoline sales. GPM will convert these acquired stores, which are located in North Carolina and South Carolina, to their Scotchman retail brand, which is

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Canadian C-Stores Must Improve Foodservice To Compete

Gen Zers and consumers earning less than $25K are most likely to purchase any type of food or beverage at c-stores, Technomic study finds. Consumers report that more than 75% of convenience-store foodservice occasions are either for beverages or snacks, meaning meal occasions (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) make up just one quarter. An emphasis on

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Murphy USA, Armor Safe Technologies Celebrate Nine-Year Partnership

Armor’s smart safes prove to be the best solution for long-term durability and reliability. Murphy USA has selected Armor Safe Technologies as its exclusive safe supplier citing the reliability, customer service and lower total cost of ownership of Armor’s safes at existing Murphy USA locations as the reason for choosing to sole-source from Armor. Additionally,

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TBHC Acquires Hunt Brothers Distributor

Adds more than 100 c-store customers. TBHC Delivers announced the acquisition of D&L Distributors in Jackson, Tenn. TBHC Delivers is the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers Pizza. Effective Feb. 1, TBHC Delivers will take over D&L Distributors operations. The purchase price for the acquisition was not disclosed. This adds more than 110 convenience store customers

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Unified Grocers, Giant Eagle to Keynote NFRA Conference

Conference to detail the latest in consumer and industry trends. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) will hold its 23rd Annual Executive Conference April 13-15, 2015 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. The conference provides the latest information on consumer and industry trends and features retail presentations

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Co-Branding: It’s What’s for Dinner

Just telling customers your food is fresh isn’t enough. Savvy retailers are building consumer confidence through co-branding and proprietary programs. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Who says you can’t please everyone? When it comes to foodservice, co-branding with established restaurant concepts enables the Kwik Stop stores in and around Dubuque, Iowa to cover every need

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Lower Gas Prices Helping to Drive Cigarette Category Strength

E-cig dollar sales growth tapers off but remains positive, Wells Fargo reports. Cigarette dollar sales remain solid, driven by strong pricing and positive volume, Wells Fargo Securities reported, citing recent Nielsen data. C-store cigarette dollar sales were up 3.8% (down from +4.4% last period and -1.5% last year) during the recent four weeks on +3.0%

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Quick Fuel Selects PriceAdvantage

PriceAdvantage to expedite rapid, accurate price changes at 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel, a division of Jacobus Energy, has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software for its 55 automated fueling stations. Quick Fuel has delivered some of the industry’s most progressive fuel management solutions to America’s fleets, facilities, emergency responders and businesses for more than

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Struggling Full-service Chains Must Revitalize Image

Technomic study shows latest customer behavior and how foodservice operators can respond. According to Technomic’s “Future of Foodservice: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report,” family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality, but is perceived to offer better value

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Blendtec Named Business of The Year

Recognized for overcoming adverse conditions in the face of massive growth by Utah Valley Chambre of Commerce. Blendtec, a manufacturer of commercial-grade blending equipment, was recognized for being selected as Business of the Year and Innovative Business of the Year runner-up behind Google Fiber by Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Voting took place over a

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Sunoco LP Announces 10% Increase in Quarterly Distribution

Sunoco LP’s Board of Directors of its general partner has declared a quarterly distribution for the fourth quarter of 2014 of $0.60 per unit, which corresponds to $2.40 per unit on an annualized basis. This represents a 10% increase compared to the distribution for the third quarter of 2014 and a 24% increase compared with

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Seasonal Factors Poised to Arrest U.S. Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in the primary wholesale spot market in the United States rallied on the final trading day of January on a spike by oil futures triggered by a weekly report on US rig drilling activity, an attack on the Iraq city of Kirkuk by the Islamic State,

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Corner Store Celebrates Two New Store Openings

Corner Store officials present $5,000 donation to El Dorado High School and River Valley Intermediate School. Corner Store celebrated the grand opening two new stores, one in El Paso at 2300 N. Zaragoza Road, and one in Waco at 25930 W. Highway 84, on the corner of 84 and Speegleville Rd. El Paso Ribbon Cutting

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Gas Prices Aiding Merchandise Sales

Foot traffic improving amid falling fuel prices. Wells Fargo Securities LLC found that low gas prices are allowing customers to trade up on in-store merchandise in the fourth quarter. Based on its recent “Tobacco Talk” and “Beverage Buzz” surveys, Wells Fargo said that gas prices and foot traffic were the largest positive factors impacting c-store

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Even With Lower Gas Prices, Consumers Remain Price Sensitive

Nearly three in four consumers (71%) say that the price is the most important factor in determining where they buy gas. Even with gas prices near six-year lows, U.S. consumers are still looking for the best gas prices. Three in five (63%) consumers say they would drive five minutes out of their way to save

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Now Open

The 2015 Expo features expanded and comprehensive knowledge-building sessions, the return of popular, retailer-centric learning labs and a rebranded Specialty Market, including a dedicated showcase. Registration has open for the 2015 Sweets & Snacks Expo, which is scheduled for May 19-21, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2015 Expo

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TA Opens New Location in Columbia, S.C.

“We are thrilled to add another TA location and expand our network in the capital and largest city in South Carolina,” says president and CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the opening of TA

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Casey’s To Raise Funds for Pediatric Patients

One dollar at a time, convenience stores will raise funds during February to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is raising funds to help give miracles to sick and injured kids during its second annual Miracle Balloon fundraiser, supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the month of February, Casey’s customers can purchase

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Family Dollar Stockholders Approve Dollar Tree Merger

“The Family Dollar Board of Directors and management team have worked diligently to advance the best interests of all of the company’s stockholders,” says Family Dollar chairman and CEO. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary count of the votes cast at the company’s Special Meeting of Stockholders, Family Dollar stockholders voted

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PCI SSC Outlines Payment Security Mistakes

Retailers often get these things wrong when it comes to payment security. PCI Security Standards Council has put together a list of four common areas that retailers often get wrong about payment security along with advice on how to address these common vulnerabilities. Four things retailers often get wrong about payment card security Forgetting about

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Garet Bishop and Dana Moloney Named to NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Board

The five-member YEO board of directors will help set educational sessions and roundtables specifically for the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Garet Bishop, Business Analyst, BFS Cos. in Morgantown, W.Va., and Dana Moloney, Manager of Information Technology, Warrenton

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Rutter’s Launches Limited Time Offer for the Big Game

Each Big Game Day Special can be ordered with just one touch from the Big Game Day Special button which has been added to kiosks. Just in time for the big game, Rutter’s announced a limited time offer on delicious items that pair perfectly with football from the Central PA-based retailer’s award-winning menu. The Big

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Mars Announces Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain

Partners with IBM Research on collaborative food safety platform. Scientists from IBM Research and Mars Inc. have established the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain, a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. Protecting the global food supply is a monumental public

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Hershey Acquiring KRAVE Pure Foods

“We are excited to add KRAVE jerky’s unique, chef-inspired products and be a part of this transformational category,” says Hershey’s president North America. The Hershey Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire KRAVE Pure Foods Inc., manufacturer of KRAVE jerky, an all-natural snack brand of premium jerky products. The transaction will allow Hershey to

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