Couche-Tard’s Profits Rise

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Alimentation Couche-Tard sees profits increase despite dipping sales.   Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. posted a slight decrease in sales in the second quarter while net earnings rose 24.6 per cent. The Laval, Que.-based convenience-store giant booked net profit of $286.4-million (U.S.) or 50 cents per share, up from $229.8-million or 40 cents in the like period

NACS: New FDA Menu Labeling Regs Bad for C-Stores

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NACS disapproves of the FDA menu labeling decision, saying c-stores are different from restaurants.   The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) criticized the new menu labeling rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently placed on convenience stores, grocery stores, movie theaters, and even vending machines. “The FDA has clearly gone beyond congressional intent by expanding

Beck’s Stores Go Digital

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Beck’s adopts a system that markets to customers on Facebook and Twitter.   Beck’s Stores has reached an agreement with digital marketing provider OpenStore to outfit its chain with digital network designed to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages, mobile coupons and social media that includes Facebook and Twitter. “We have recognized

Rutter’s Adds Fried Shrimp, Basket Meals to Menu

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Rutter’s is expanding its dinner offerings in time for the holidays.               What puts customers in the Thanksgiving spirit? Shrimp, of course. That and other options are now on the menu at York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Food Stores, which has added fried shrimp and meal baskets to its dinner offerings. Ten lightly breaded shrimp make each fried shrimp order a

Sheetz Honored in Virginia

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Convenience store chain recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the state. Sheetz Inc. was recently named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and

U.S. Gasoline Marketers Eye Bountiful Demand Over Thanksgiving Holiday

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Gasoline demand in the U.S. is expected to be robust over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with travel projected to reach a seven-year high on a cheerier consumer smiling as retail gasoline prices hover at a four-year low. “Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas price since

Stinker Stores Raises $54,000 for Idaho Families

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 Idaho C-store proves a valued partner in fight against hunger.     Hungry Idahoans are getting some extra help this holiday season, with Stinker Stores completing their “Stomp Out Hunger” fundraiser for 2014, raising $54,110 to help solve hunger in Idaho. From November 7-17, Stinker customers were asked if they wanted to add a donation to The

Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute

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Ricker Oil chief leads think tank at a time when alternative fuels and vehicles are at the forefront.   Jay Ricker, chairman of Anderson, Ind.-based Ricker Oil Co. was elected chairman of the Fuels Institute during the recent Fuels Institute’s Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit. Andy Viens, president of global marketing for Phillips 66 Co. in Houston, Texas, was elected

Stripes Announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday Freebie

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Stripes is celebrating Thanksgiving with tacos.   Stripes Stores and Laredo Taco Company will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday with a Free Breakfast Original Taco coupon from the Laredo Taco Company. Customers interested in the promotional offer must print the coupon from the Prize Cooler Tab located on the Stripes Stores Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stripesstores). The

Survey: 56% Prefer Mobile Pay For the Holidays

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Mobile pay options are becoming more popular among shoppers, especially Millennials.   A commissioned study examining consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payment in advance of the holiday shopping season, according to Retale,  a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with their favorite local retailers. The study focused on several key areas, including the benefits,

Rutter’s Donates $230,000 in Scholarship Money

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Carrying on a long tradition, York, Pa.-based c-store gives back to the community.   Rutter’s will donate an additional $230,000 to 10 area schools to provide tuition to eligible students, the company recently announced. The latest announcement follows Rutter’s commitment to provide $200,000 for scholarships at 12 preschools and daycare centers in south central Pennsylvania

Del Monte Opens Plant in Toronto

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Company expands its operations to service customers in Ontario and Quebec with full line of products.   Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, that opened in January this year, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The

NOCO Stores Dig Out From the Snow

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NOCO Express finds itself buried along with many other western New Yorkers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like thousands of stranded New Yorkers over the last few days, employees of NOCO Express found themselves buried to the hilt in one of the largest snowstorms to every hit the Buffalo area. In western New York, locations around Buffalo were covered with massive mounds of

Anheuser-Busch Media Event Shares Best Practices

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“Being best in craft beer also means being best in value brands—you can’t succeed by only growing one segment,” says Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of small format sales. Anheuser-Busch hosted a media event for the trade press, Wednesday Nov. 19-20 in St. Louis, to share best practices in driving beer sales, beer and food pairing concepts,

QuikTrip Challenged Over Expansion Plans

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Convenience chain in neighbors’ crosshairs over development project.   QuikTrip as a Kansas City neighborhood and the convenience store chain are going toe-to-toe over a new development plan. Worried about extra traffic and other related concerns, area neighbors filed a protest petition with the city clerk. The plans to buy the extra land and expand

Maverik Inc. Donates $5,000 To Nonprofit

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Maverik supports Idaho miracle makers this holiday season.   Maverik Inc. recently donated $5,000 to the Idaho-based Miracle League of Payette, which assists area communities. Currently, the Miracle League has more than 240 leagues in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities. The Miracle League

7‑Eleven Rolls Out Private-Label OTC Drugs

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“Just like when our customers are hungry or thirsty, if they come to our stores feeling ill, they have an immediate need they want fixed fast,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. When shoppers visit a 7‑Eleven store, they are typically on a mission—a snack if they’re hungry, a drink if they’re thirsty, fuel if their gas tank’s

CITGO Raises Funds for ALS Reseach

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CITGO partners recently sponsored a gala in honor of local resident Jane Vanden Heuvel, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.   CITGO Marketer Garrow Oil Corp. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. recently sponsored the inaugural Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Toast to Life Gala, raising $40,000 to fund ALS research. The event honored Jane Vanden Heuvel of Little

OnCue Express Raises Big Money for St. Jude

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Oklahoma c-store has raised almost $1 million for St. Jude since 2006.   OnCue Express recently surpassed its goal to raise $200,000 during the 23rd annual St. Jude Halloween Pinup promotion to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the month-long promotion, consumers joined the fight and donated $1 or more for a personalized Halloween-themed

Rutter’s Earns 2014 Commercial Recycling Award

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Known for its ecological initiatives, Rutter’s Farm Stores has recycled 400 pounds of fryer grease and 17 tons of cardboard at one store.   Rutter’s Farm Store in Mechanicsburg, PA has been named the recipient of the 2014 Commercial Recycling Award given by the Mechanicsburg Borough Council in recognition of the company’s  recycling practices.  Since

“Vape” Chosen as Word of the Year

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Vape is part of the English language and a popular word at that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.   The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “vape” as its word of the year. The dictionary defines vape as a verb meaning “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. “A

Vaping Group Derides Wisconsin Ban

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Council looks to ban vaping in all locations in the Madison where smoking tobacco is banned.   Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the introduction of an ordinance by members of the Madison City Council that would ban vaping in all

Longtime C-Store Veteran Joins Kalibrate

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Gregg Budoi was CEO and president of EZ Energy when it was sold to 7-Eleven two years ago. Former EZ Energy Inc. co-founder Gregg Budoi has joined the executive management team of global fuel retail provider Kalibrate as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president. After launching EZ Energy in 2008, Budoi built the business to a chain

Turkey Hill Launches Limited-Edition Ice Cream

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Introduced Nov. 15, the nutty concoction is exclusively available  at Turkey Hill Minit Markets.   Turkey Hill Minit Markets is getting into the holiday spirit alit early with Turkey Hill Butter Almond All Natural Ice Cream, a limited batch flavor launching exclusively at Turkey Hill Minit Markets starting Saturday. Like all Turkey Hill All Natural Recipe

New Corner Store Opens in Round Rock, Texas

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CST Brands continues to up its store count in Texas as well as other parts of the U.S.   Though CST Brands Inc. is expanding its corporate footprint at a fast clip, the parent of company of Corner Store convenience stores,  still celebrates store openings big time in its home state of Texas. Corner Store recently held the grand opening celebration

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