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VP Racing Fuels Announces New Employees

Industry Veteran Rugg to help launch new product lines. VP Racing Fuels Inc., has appointed James Rugg as business development manager-automotive, consumer products to support its growing line of consumer products. “We’re pleased to bring on someone of James’ caliber and experience,” said Dennis Stanko, VP’s director-consumer product sales. “He has a broad and diverse

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Core-Mark’s CEO To Retire

Senior vice president of resources to take the reins as CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co.’s CEO Michael Walsh plans to retire effective Jan. 18, 2013. The South San Francisco, Calif., marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions for convenience stores named Thomas Perkins as its new CEO. Perkins has worked as Core-Mark’s senior vice president of

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Atlas Oil Names New Executive Vice President Of Retail Operations

Atlas Oil chooses James Fiene to serve on its company’s executive team. Atlas Oil named James Fiene as its new executive vice president of retail operations, and a member on the company’s senior leadership team. Fiene served as the chief operating officer for Open Pantry since 2003. During his time at Open Pantry, Fiene transformed

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Hess Elects New Director To Its Board

A former U.S. senator joins the Hess board of directors team. Hess Corporation announced the election of former Sen. Sam Nunn to its board of directors. Nunn served as Georgia’s senator for 24 years (1972 to 1996), and was a chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and served on

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Sheetz President Recognized By Nation’s Restaurant News

“It takes vision and confidence in your strategy” to be a Golden Chain Award winner, says Randall Friedman of Nation’s Restaurant News. Sheetz President and CEO Stan Sheetz has been honored and named a 2012 Golden Chain Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News for demonstrating overall business performance and growth. Sheetz will be presented the

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Gilligan Oil Introduces New Manager Of Business Development

Gilligan’s new manager of business development has years of experience in the c-store industry. Neal McDermott joined the Gilligan Oil Wholesale Fuel Team this summer as its new manager of business development. McDermott has been in the c-store industry for more than 30 years, working for BP and Lehigh companies. He has a solid background

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Chevron Nominates Moorman For Board of Directors

Board nominees to be considered for election at Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May. Chevron Corp. has announced that Charles W. “Wick” Moorman has been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Moorman will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s Annual

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Karl Goodhouse, CEO of Clark Brands, Passes Away

Karl Goodhouse, founder and chief executive of Clark Brands LLC has died at age 57 after a brief battle with cancer. As president and CEO, Goodhouse was responsible for the overall direction of Clark Brands over the last eight years. He took on the duties of guiding all sales and marketing efforts for Clark as

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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Weigel’s Announces New Director of Real Estate

Chris Ooten joins the Weigel’s team. Weigel’s has hired Chris Ooten as its new director of real estate to expand Weigel’s retail footprint through new store site acquisition and the selling and leasing of company-owned property. “With a solid background in commercial development, Chris is poised to help expand and take Weigel’s to the next

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Half Century Man

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Feb. 11 was a milepost of sorts – I turned 50! As I enter the second half of my life [sic], I look back at the first 50 years with a great sense of pride and exuberance.  I have been blessed with the opportunities

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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R.J. Reynolds Launches Get Engaged

R.J. Reynolds delivers on its pledge to its retail partners with a powerful new online tool: Get Engaged. R.J. Reynolds has launched Get Engaged, a new feature on EngageRJRT.com, the online resource for R.J. Reynolds’ retail partners. Get Engaged was created as a research and learning platform intended to provide retailers with shopper insights and

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NACS CAFÉ Helps Identify Foodservice Solutions

Certified foodservice managers have shown that they are competent and disciplined, and they tend to display outstanding human resources management skills. By Dr. Nancy Caldarola, Education Director, NACS CAFÉ Foodservice has taken a prominent place in convenience stores. This segment has grown from a humble cup of coffee to a wide array of fresh sandwiches,

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Sunoco Reports Preliminary Q4 2011 Pretax Results

Retail Marketing earned $40 million pretax in the current quarter versus $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sunoco Inc. has reported a net pretax loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $660 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 versus pretax income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $119 million for the fourth quarter of

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C-Store Count Grows 1.2%

Today there is approximately one c-store per 2,100 U.S. residents. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 148,126 stores as of Dec. 31, 2011, a 1.2% increase (1,785 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The convenience retailing industry has seen remarkable growth over the last

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Driving Foodservice Profitability

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. When consumers think of convenience store food, roller grill hot dogs are top of mind. Roller grills have developed a mixed reputation over the years, but they remain a staple of c-store foodservice programs

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Bosselman Cos. Chairman Chuck Bosselman Dies

Chuck Bosselman, chairman of The Bosselman Cos., has passed away. He was 67. Bosselman lost his battle with cancer on Saturday in Grand Island, Nebraska, surrounded by his family. A leader among leaders and visionary of the company, Bosselman was a second-generation business owner. His father, Fred, founded the first Bosselman’s location in 1948. In

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Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

While management is always on the lookout for new talent, it’s also up to employees to demonstrate that they are ready to advance to leadership positions. By Jim Callahan. As we embark on 2012, it’s time to start considering how you’re going to begin grooming team members for advancement within the company. Today’s employees are

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Seibert’s Donates to BP’s ‘Fueling Communities’ Program

This past June, Seibert’s fueling stations was able to donate over $6,000 to the Richmond Mayor’s Youth Academy, giving the education and youth-based program more support for mentoring and training local children for post-secondary education or vocation. Now, with the support of BP’s “Fueling Communities” Program, the Richmond, Va.-based fuel wholesale, service station, towing and

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Ryan Harris

“Not only will (Harris) bring a dedicated focus on building relationships with our customers, but he will also be a great category leader within the Health and Beauty Care segment,” says Convenience Valet spokesperson. Convenience Valet welcomes Ryan Harris as the regional sales manager—west.  Harris is now responsible for sales and business development with convenience

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Retail Gasoline Prices Extend Lower Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN On Monday (12/12), the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the fourth consecutive weekly decline in its regular grade gasoline average, which fell 1.6 cents from the prior week to $3.274 gallon. That’s a nearly 10-month low in the average, although its 10% higher than during the

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Gasoline Costs Pointed Up on EU Action, Geopolitical Risk

For the week through Dec. 5 U.S. wholesale gasoline costs mostly increased, while activity in the European Union coupled with heightened rhetoric from Iran are seen pushing gasoline prices even higher. Additionally, Sunoco Inc. announced Dec. 1 that it was beginning to idle the main process units at it Marcus Hook refinery near Philadelphia, Pa.,

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Building the Business with a Quality Team

Cindy Fitzgibbons, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Stop’nGo of Medina Inc. A relative newcomer to convenience store industry, but no stranger to the world of operations management, Cindy Fitzgibbons has climbed the ranks since joining Stop’nGo of Medina Inc. in 2010. In her current position as general manager and chief operating officer at Stop’nGo

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Turn Higher

After tumbling to a nine-month low of $3.368 gallon on Nov. 21, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average is positioned to increase following higher wholesale costs during the final full week of November. Wholesale gasoline costs were under renewed pressure in front of Thanksgiving Day on weak demand and heightened concern over

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