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Kroger Commits $3 Million for Breast Cancer Awareness

Award-winning cause marketing campaign features Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors. For the sixth consecutive year, The Kroger Co. Family of Stores, in partnership with key suppliers, has committed $3 million in donations for local breast cancer initiatives across the country to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. At the end of

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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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FOAC Charity Golf Outing Benefits Chicago-Area Nonprofits

7-Eleven Franchise Owners of Chicagoland invites its team and the public to help out in its annual charity golf outing to support two local nonprofits. 7-Eleven Franchise Owners of Chicagoland (FOAC) wants to fundraise for two local nonprofits by hosting a charity golf outing on Aug 22 at the Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Ill.

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AWMA Summit & Business Exchange Expecting Record Attendance

“We are up 11% in distributor company participation and 17% in manufacturer company participation,” says AWMA president. The AWMA Summit & Business Exchange (ABX), to be held Sept. 10-13 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Amelia Island, Fla., is on pace to set new attendance records as convenience distributors and suppliers prepare for the annual conference

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Mars Celebrates National Ice Cream Day With Six Flags

Mars Chocolate North America promotes its ice cream products at 11 Six Flags parks across the U.S. for National Ice Cream Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced its exclusive partnership with Six Flags Entertainment Corp. to help consumers celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 15. Guests who visit select Six Flags parks on National

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Ryko Solutions Drives Into Summer

Revenue building enhancements, such as changes to SoftGloss MAXX, Radius, Pulse and Conveyor, increase wash counts and trim costs for car wash operators. Ryko Solutions Inc., a full spectrum car wash equipment, chemicals and service supplier in North America, is ready for a summer of increased wash counts, reduced costs, and more profitable car washes

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Ice Cream Truck Tour Celebrates Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

Milky Way kicks off summer season with ice cream bars for retailers and fans. This summer, the Milky Way brand introduced Milky Way Chocolate Ice Cream Bars, and plans to celebrate by featuring a special edition Milky Way chocolate ice cream truck. “The ice cream truck tour will help us bring the popular Milky Way

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Pan-Oston Receives Domino’s Pizza Teamwork Award

In 90 days Pan-Oston engineered, manufactured and delivered new image counters to six Domino’s stores. Pan-Oston was awarded the Domino’s Pizza Teamwork Award for 2011 at its annual Supplier Summit. By receiving this award Domino’s Pizza recognizes Pan-Oston for its outstanding teamwork and execution of the New Image Counters it engineered, manufactured and delivered within

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Bob Marley For Breakfast At Fresh & Easy

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market serves and sells new, organic coffee from Marley Coffee at an affordable price Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a 197-store grocery retailer serving California, Arizona and Nevada, announced it partnered with Marley Coffee to offer an organic blend to consumers. Marley Coffee is sustainably grown, ethnically farmed and artisan roasted

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Hoshizaki Lends Hands In Georgia Fundraising Events

Hoshizaki America Inc. serves communities by supporting several local and national benefit organizations. Hoshizaki America supported two main fundraisers to help out local communities throughout Georgia. In March, Hoshizaki had 54 supporters help walk in Georgia’s Breast Cancer 1-Day Walk in Peachtree City, Ga. The company’s supporters who walked in the event raised a total

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Mars Buys Nearly 90,000 Metric Tons of Certified Cocoa in 2012

Mars meets 2011 milestone of 10% of total cocoa purchases certified while on track to buy over 20% certified cocoa in 2012. Mars Chocolate has made significant progress in just three years towards fulfilling its 2009 pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020. The company stated that it had

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Headache Medicine

Lil’ Drug Store Products, a leading Health and Beauty Care (HBC) supplier, offers new Headache Relief 4 ct. to c-store retailers, a new addition to the Lil’ Drug Brand. The headache medicine features ingredients comparable to Excedrin for relief that consumers trust with the added value of a private label and reliable supply from Lil’

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Orion Food Systems Announces Promotion

Watkins says he plans to take Orion Food Systems to the “next level of foodservice success.” Hank Suerth, CEO of Orion Food Systems, announced Steve Watkins, chief financial officer, has been promoted to president of Orion Food Systems. Watkins has been a member of the Orion team for 25 years. He said he plans to

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc.’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share.  The dividend is payable on June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 25, 2012. Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the

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Sheetz Announces 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards

Three supplier partners recognized by Sheetz for outstanding service. Sheetz Inc. has announced the recipients of its 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards presented for superior service and dedication to advancing the success of the company and its stores. The awards were presented during the Sheetz Marketplace recognition dinner held Sunday, March 18, in Hershey, Pa.

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HOVENSA Closes Refinery

CITGO outlines plans to replace supply. HOVENSA has announced the permanent closure of its refinery located in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, a joint venture between Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and Hess Corp.  CITGO has a supply off-take agreement with HOVENSA and has developed plans to replace this supply.  These well-defined plans are designed

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Aldata Appoints Simrell President and CEO

Bertrand Sciard, president and CEO of Aldata since August 2007, will continue to act as a member of the Board of Directors. Aldata, a global supplier of retail and distribution optimization software, has appointed Roy Simrell as the company’s president and CEO. Simrell has 25 years of broad experience in retail technology, software development and

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Thorntons Donates To Santa’s Workshop Program

Thorntons partners with the Red Cross to provide 100 bicycles and 3,500 care packages to soldiers and their families. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Thorntons Inc. and the American Red Cross joined forces to show their appreciation for the awe-inspiring sacrifice of the soldiers of Fort Knox, Ky. As part of Thorntons Humanitarian Day event, 300

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Alon Brands Announces New Trade Name

New marketplace identity positions Alon Brands for the next generation. Alon Brands, the Dallas-based supplier and marketer of fuels and the largest licensee of 7-Eleven in the U.S., is changing the company’s trade name and associated brand mark from FINA to ALON. In a process that will occur during the next 10 months, the company

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Updating the State of the Industry

NACS Chairman Jeff Miller discusses card fees, fuel and the future of convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. in Virginia, wears many hats. He is an oilman, an industry advocate and a leader.   For the past year, he has also been the chairman of NACS, which could

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Negotiating for the Best Cost of Goods

Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. A plaque in Ray Johnson’s

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Earhart Announces Retirement

Handee Marts’ 30-year veteran to retire on June 30, 2012. Bruce Earhart, vice president of marketing for Handee Marts Inc. a domestic licensee of 7-Eleven, announced his retirement effective on June 30, 2012  to pursue other interests. At the time of his retirement Earhart will have served Handee Marts for 30 years with increasing levels

Independent C-store Retailers To Convene At Expo

The annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo), hosted by Royal Buying Group Inc., is coming to Illinois this spring. This year’s expo will feature a trade show floor and meeting space, networking and educational seminars on various topics intended to help all convenience store operators. Speakers will include nationally recognized industry experts, supplier representatives, and a very

Turning a Foodservice Profit

C-store operators looking to grow their foodservice programs just may be overlooking, or at least underestimating, one of the best tools at their disposal: the humble roller grill. As in-store menus have expanded to include fresh foods and entrees, the time-honored roller grill has quietly continued to please customers and bolster bottom lines thanks to

Creating Supply Chain Efficiencies

Getting products to stores more efficiently is now a major focus for all major retailers and distributors. Better distribution means lower costs and higher margins—both items high on c-store owners’ agendas these days—when customers are clutching their wallets more tightly than they have in years. “There are two ways to make money: increase prices or

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