Phillips 66 Partners with GasBuddy

GasBuddy Business Pages to assist Phillips 66 with managing critical customer-facing store information. Phillips 66 has embarked on a new partnership with GasBuddy to help it compete even more effectively. Phillips 66 selected GasBuddy Business Pages, the smartphone app company’s B2B Retailer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), to help drive excellence across more than 6,000 fuel and convenience

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Shoppers Choosing ‘Organic’ Produce

One in five consumers overall agree that organic foods are worth the extra cost. Customers don’t always opt for organic foods, but when it comes to produce, it’s a high priority. New research from Mintel reveals that half (50%) of consumers say they are most likely to purchase organic fresh produce such as fruit and

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Turkey Hill Celebrates 50 Years

Turkey Hill introduces weekly deals, limited-edition ice cream and sweepstakes prizes. Turkey Hill is celebrating its 50th anniversary with sweepstakes and deals on c-store products. Five decades ago, two business-minded brothers began brainstorming better ways to market dairy products and other quality goods without skimping on neighborly service. Not long after, in 1967, Charles and

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C.N. Brown Adds PDI as ERP Software Provider

Partnership to assist C.N. Brown in streamlining processes, eliminate manual entry and make better business decisions. C.N. Brown Company has selected PDI, a global provider of enterprise-class software solutions, as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. Based in South Paris, Maine, C.N. Brown licensed PDI’s financial, retail, wholesale and workforce management software solutions. The

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S.Abraham & Sons Launches FreshBite Café at its Annual Foodservice Showcase

FreshBite Café offers retailers new, unique concept for its customers. Abraham & Sons Inc., one of the nation’s leading wholesale distributors specializing in the food industry that services retail stores throughout the Midwest, will introduce FreshBite Café at its annual Foodservice Showcase, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Greater Columbus

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Tecate Launches “Claim Your Corner” Retail Promotion

Tecate’s primary target, Hispanic shoppers, make 6% more trips to the store versus the average beer shopper. Tecate has introduced “Claim Your Corner,” a retail promotion running July 1- Aug. 31, leading up to the championship boxing bout between the No. 1 fighter in the world, “Golden Boy” Canelo Alvarez, and his opponent, the quickly

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Cigars Fend Off Challengers

Cigars remain a popular c-store category, but like other tobacco products, are targeted by taxes, community bans and age restrictions pushed by state and local legislators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), convenience store sales of cigars totaled $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ending June 11,

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Celebrates Eighth Year

More than 2,000 customers and over 100 vendors are expected to attend. Boulder, Colo.-based tobacco retailer Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is set to take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its eighth year, has become

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Paytronix Introduces Three POS Integrations

Ability to pull data from and push it to the POS enhances the customer experience. Paytronix Systems Inc., a provider of reward program software, has expanded its rewards platform with integrations to three additional Point of Sale (POS) systems—Gilbarco Passport, NCR Radiant and Verifone Commander—the most prevalent POS solutions for convenience stores. The newly completed

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Kwik Trip Will Add PDQ Employees

The Lacrosse, Wis. convenience chain has plans to hire on PDQ workers as part of its recent acquisition. Officials from Kwik Trip Inc. want to ensure stakeholders that a recent mandatory announcement doesn’t impact the possibility of PDQ coworkers joining the Kwik Trip team. Kwik Trip, of La Crosse, Wis., this past July signed an agreement to acquire PDQ, a Middleton

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The Crave for Confections

For a category that’s always straightforward, the intricacies of non-chocolate candy are becoming more refined. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When it comes to non-chocolate candy, consumers from coast to coast look to convenience retailers to satisfy their sweet tooth. For smart c-store operators, that phenomenon means large and growing sales and profits. Health concerns

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TravelCenters Announces Q2 Financial Results

TA’s continued improvements at recently acquired c-store sites partially offset by increase in site level operating expenses. TravelCenters of America (TA) released its second quarter results for 2017. “During the second quarter of 2017 our dispute with FleetCor/Comdata increased our operating expenses by about $5.3 million in legal fees and what we believe to be

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PDQ Set to Layoff Employees

Employees are encouraged to apply with Kwik Trip, which is expected to finalize its acquisition of PDQ in October. Convenience store chain PDQ is set to lay off the majority of its 313 employees the week of Oct. 9. The announcement follows news of the chain’s acquisition by La Cross, Wis.-based Kwik Trip on July

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Core-Mark Announces Second Quarter Sales of $3.8 Billion

Total non-cigarette sales increased 7.4%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Net sales increased 3.1% to $3.8 billion for the second quarter of 2017 compared to $3.7 billion for the same period in 2016. “Core-Mark was able to generate modest sales growth in a

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CrossAmerica To Acquire Jet Pep of Alabama

Assets include 102 commission operated retail sites. CrossAmerica Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Holly Pond, Ala.-based Jet Pep Inc. for $72 million. The assets consist of 102 commission operated retail sites, including 92 fee sites, five lease sites and five independent commission accounts. The locations sold nearly

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Rutter’s, Caramel M&M’s Sponsor Kyle Busch in NASCAR Win

Busch drives to victory in car No. 18, which sported Caramel M&M’s and Rutter’s logos. Rutter’s teamed up with Mars M&M’s Caramel as proud sponsors of Kyle Busch’s latest NASCAR win at the Poconos race in the Overton’s 400 on July 30. After leading a total of 74 laps, Kyle Busch took home the trophy

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Multi Contact Grill

Hatco introduces the Multi Contact Grill. Hatco’s innovative multi-purpose grill (MCG) offers flexibility, ease of cleaning and precision cooking performance. The self-adjusting top plate makes this grill perfect for Panini as well as a wide variety of products that can be cooked on any grill. For More Information From Hatco www.hatcocorp.com

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Creamy Latte Series

JJ ROYAL COFFEE has introduced one of America’s all time favorite coffee drinks in a premium single-portion sachet that doesn’t require any expensive equipment to brew. Using Grade 1 Coffee, JJ ROYAL’s has crafted an exclusive specialty latte blend that is rich, creamy, and bold in flavor by just adding hot water. JJ ROYAL’s ready

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Broaster Co. Welcomes Joe Heinz as Vice President of Sales

Heinz brings 20 years of sales experience to the Broaster team. Broaster Co. has hired Joe Heinz as its new vice president of sales. Heinz has spent 20 years transforming the sales approach in many industries and for companies such as Dreisilker Electric Motors and Dr. Martens Airwair USA. Combining his leadership skills with the

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Minneapolis Restricts Menthol Tobacco Sales

C-stores in the city must cease menthol tobacco sales. Minneapolis is set to restrict menthol tobacco, after the Minneapolis City Council approved limiting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the ordinance adds to an existing citywide limit on flavored tobacco sales

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Gaining Operational Efficiency from BMS Insight

Enable intelligent apps with effective use of data. By Ron Chapek  As convenience stores continue to evolve to adapt to changing customer demands and infrastructure and facility requirements, operators are under increasing pressure to gain operational efficiencies. Of growing importance in this effort are the intelligent applications that allow operators to effectively use the data

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S.Abraham & Sons Introduces FreshBite Café

New program offers c-store operators the chance to provide meal solutions and snacking alternatives to customers. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) is launching FreshBite Café at its annual Foodservice Showcase, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. SAS is a wholesale distributor specializing

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What Will it Take to Remain Competitive on Fuel?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is changing fuel economics across the country. Combined with new regulatory requirements, enhanced fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative power sources are muddying gasoline’s future and threatening trips to the convenience store. Hear from a panel of fuel industry experts only at the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville. But hurry, Early Bird

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Prepaid Cards Inspire Change

New rules could give gift card packaging a new look, while retailers consider bumping up financial services to complement the prepaid segment. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The prepaid category could be getting a makeover next spring due to new rules by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that require, among other things,

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Packaged Beverage Sales Flow

As traditional carbonated soft drink sales continue to lag, the convenience store channel is proving a hot bed for new beverage options sought by younger consumers, including healthier craft sodas and cold brew coffee. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Industry experts say Millennials are leading the escape from mass produced, over-processed and over-packaged foods with

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