JET Chooses VP Racing Fuels

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VP to provide on-site fuel service at Silverstone Classic. Leading UK fuel brand and official fuel partner of Silverstone Classic 2015, JET, has chosen VP Racing Fuels to provide on-site race fuel service for this year’s Silverstone Classic. This year’s event is scheduled for July 24-26 at Silverstone Circuit, site of the 2015 Formula 1

Enmark Stations Announces Full-Service Fridays

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Campaign to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Enmark Stations will hold Full-Service Fridays across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). A Full-Service Friday allows customers to pull into the Enmark Store, where members of the Enmark management team will be pumping gas, wiping windows and handing

SOI Wraps Up In Chicago

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Data shows economic climate in c-store industry is heating up and should continue for 2015. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience store industry revenue in 2014 topped $697 billion, bolstered in part by lower gas prices and demonstrating that c-store merchandising programs are resonating with customers. That was a major theme as the State of

Healthier Food on Display at SOI

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Whether they are young or old, health-conscious consumers mean opportunity for c-stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the hot topics at this year’s State of the Industry Summit, an annual conference hosted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), is the increased emphasis on healthier food option in convenience stores. Sherry Frey,

Convenience Stores See Strong Q1

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Expect sales to heat up further in Q2. Convenience store sales were strong over the first quarter of 2015, despite harsh winter weather, and retailers are even more optimistic about second quarter sales, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Lower fuel prices, a

Extend Cinco Celebrations and Sales

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Dos Equis’ Dos De Mayo Program debuts. Dos Equis is once again inviting consumers to showcase their individuality and make one of the most anticipated party occasions of the year even bigger. This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail program is geared towards helping consumers celebrate the biggest Saturday ever with elements including National

CDC Finds Declines in Youth Smoking As Vaping Increases

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“There remains no evidence that e-cigarettes are acting as gateway products for youth,” says president of the American Vaping Association. The American Vaping Association, an advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, has reacted to the release of new 2014 survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)

NACS SOI Conference Kicks Off

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David Nelson gives the economic outlook for 2015. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Steve Loehr, vice president operations support, Kwik Trip and NACS Chairman kicked off the 2015 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry (SOI) event at the Lowes Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Chicago on Wednesday, April 15. This year, some

C-Store Industry Records Record Sales

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NACS indicates that lower gas prices provided an economic boost to in-store sales in 2014. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fueled by lower gas prices and more potent foodservice programs, the nation’s convenience store industry generated $697.5 billion in revenue last year, thanks to several strong product categories. Despite lower fuel sales, c-stores experienced record

PDI Management and Luminate Capital Partners Acquire PDI

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Investment in PDI will accelerate growth opportunities in the convenience retail and foodservice industries. PDI, a leading provider of enterprise-class retail automation software systems to the convenience retail and foodservice industries, announced that the PDI management team has joined with Luminate Capital Partners to acquire PDI from McLane Co. Inc. PDI provides software, hosted solutions,

Reducing Turnover With Better Practices

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From proactive interviewing to recruiting efforts and communicating with the team, Linda McKenna-Welch took SOI attendees through ways to cut turnover. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor During the Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions at the NACS State of The Industry (SOI) Summit, Linda McKenna-Welch, principal, Employee Performance Strategies, spoke with attendees about how to set goals

YEO Roundtable Wraps Up In Valparaiso

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A store, warehouse and bakery tour conclude the two-day event. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) second annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Family Express concluded Tuesday, April 14 in Valparaiso, Ind. During the two-day Roundtable, guests had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the operations of Family Express, a world-class convenience store

Delek US To Acquire 48% Ownership Interest in Alon USA

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Agreement to increase Delek US’ asset diversity and offers future growth opportunities. Delek US Holdings Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Alon Israel Oil Company Ltd. (“Alon Israel”) to acquire approximately 33.7 million shares, or approximately 48% of the outstanding shares, of Alon USA Energy Inc. common stock

Sunoco LP Acquires Eight Pico Convenience Stores

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New retail locations to be operated by Stripes. Sunoco LP has acquired eight Pico convenience stores in South Central Texas. The stores will be leased to and operated by Stripes LLC, a Texas-based retail chain owned by Sunoco LP’s parent, Energy Transfer Partners L.P. Stripes will purchase all fuel sold at the locations from Sunoco

“Share a Coke” Campaign Returns

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Offers 1,000 reasons to enjoy a Coke this summer. Coca-Cola is bringing back one of its most successful U.S. programs of all time. “Share a Coke” swept the nation last summer and, beginning this week, Coca-Cola bottles across the country will once again feature the names of millions of Americans. Back by popular demand, Coca-Cola

YEO Roundtable Kicks Off In Valparaiso

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Attendees get an inside look at convenience store chain Family Express. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) second annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Family Express kicked off on Monday April 13 in Valparaiso, Ind. During the two-day YEO Roundtable, guests had the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the operations of Family Express,

Huppert Honored With Award

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At a recent Subway owner’s meeting, Eric Huppert, co-owner of Team Oil Travel Center based in Spring Valley, Wis., was surprised to receive an award. Huppert was named Best Subway Franchisee in the St. Paul region. “Congratulations Eric,” said Team Oil Travel Center CEO Tony Huppert. “I’d also like to thank our employees and customers

Getty Realty Corp. Selling 33 Properties

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Commercial properties and gas stations available in seven states through sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) announced today that it has been retained again by Getty Realty Corp. to coordinate the divestiture of six operating and non-operating gasoline stations and 27 commercial and retail properties in Connecticut (6), Maine (4), Massachusetts

Eby-Brown Honored

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Named One of Northern Tier Retails’ Strategic Partners of The Year Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., was awarded one of Northern Tier Retail’s Strategic Partner of the Year awards. Northern Tier Retailer, a petroleum convenience store operator with 260 corporate & franchise locations in Wisconsin

Shell Becomes Largest Independent Producer of LNG

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Acquisition of BC Group Plc marks biggest oil-and-gas deal in 20 years. Royal Dutch Shell has acquired of smaller British rival BG Group Plc for about USD 70 billion to create the world’s largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Business Standard reported. The deal, the first major acquisition since oil prices began to

Circle K Sponsoring North Carolina Festival

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Following The Pantry acquisition agreement, Circle K to sponsor Speed Street festival in Charlotte. Circle K, which is acquiring Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry, is set to sponsor the North Carolina festival Speed Street, which begins next month, The Charlotte Observer reported. Speed Street, which is presented by Coca Cola, is now in its 21st year

Par Petroleum To Introduce New Hawaii Branding Strategy

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Plans to communicated and executed in the coming months. Par Petroleum Corp., owner of Hawaii’s largest oil refinery, plans to unveil a new branding strategy in the next 2-3 months, according to Pacific Business News. In 2013, Houston-based Par Petroleum’s subsidiary, Hawaii Independent Energy, closed on its purchase of the former Tesoro Corp.’s Hawaii refinery

Sunoco LP Expands Revolving Credit Facility to $1.5 Billion

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Sunoco LP announced that it has amended its existing revolving credit facility and expanded aggregate credit commitments from $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion. The facility with a syndicate of banks matures in September 2019. The expansion will provide the Partnership with additional financing flexibility and liquidity to fund future growth capital expenditures. The Partnership has

Single-Serve Popped Corn

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G.H. Cretors’ Organic Popped Corn is now available in single-serve portions at convenience stores nationwide. With the launch of this new 70-calorie product, G.H. Cretors once again proves itself as the perfect “better-for-you” snack option for adults and kids alike. Available in two flavors—Simply Salted and Extra Virgin Olive Oil—these individual .46-ounce treats are ideal […]

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Red Berries and Ginger Flavors

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Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders has launched two new flavors, Strongbow Red Berries and Strongbow Ginger, as part of a brand new variety pack launch. The variety pack, which also features Strongbow Gold Apple and Strongbow Honey, includes three bottles of each flavor and is sold nationally, available year-round. With refreshment at its core, Strongbow Red […]

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