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Rutter’s Donates $230,000 in Scholarship Money

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

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Del Monte Opens Plant in Toronto

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

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NOCO Stores Dig Out From the Snow

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

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QuikTrip Challenged Over Expansion Plans

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

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Maverik Inc. Donates $5,000 To Nonprofit

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

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Hot ‘n’ Ready Grill Line

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduces burger items designed for the roller grill. Comparable in texture, color and flavor to the juicy beef patties that have made the BIG AZ sandwich line a top seller, the Cheeseburger Roller Grill and Jalapeño Cheeseburger Roller Grill links were introduced to rave reviews at the National Association of Convenience

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Coca-Cola Debuts Life

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Co.’s first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Co.’s global commitment to provide

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Stripes Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Facebook promotion encourages customers to post photos of themselves or a loved one in their military uniform.             Stripes Stores Facebook fans will have an opportunity to win a Stripes $50 gift card by submitting a picture of themselves or a loved one(s) in Uniform. To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, Stripes will randomly selected

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Survey: 77% of Executives ‘Confident’ in Basic Security Controls

Some 27% of IT professionals ‘not confident’ in the secure configuration of network devices. Tripwire Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, announced the results of an extensive survey conducted by Atomik Research on the state of foundational security controls. The survey respondents included 404 IT professionals and 302 executives from

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Tracking Today’s Retail Beverage Trends

As carbonated soft drink sales fall, figures show that energy and non-carbonated beverages, such as teas, are growing in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Consumer preferences are moving away from carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and toward beverages they perceive as healthier, such as energy drinks and non-carbonated beverages like teas, bottled water and functional

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Leiszler Oil Renovates Short Stop Forecourts

Adds inOvationTV media platform. Leiszler Oil Co. has selected Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers—equipped with the inOvationTV media program—as part of a major forecourt renovation effort at its Short Stop convenience stores and fueling sites in central and northeastern Kansas. The inOvationTV media platform is offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Systems and Gas Station TV (GSTV).

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Pilot Flying J Gives More Details On Facility Upgrades

Healthy food options, hot beverage variety and $100 million in facility upgrades to greet Pilot customers. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is launching a fresh brand identity, invigorating its commitment to improving life on the road for professional drivers. The initiative includes offering customers a

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Atlas Oil Launches Careers Website

Invests in recruiting top talent. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., a national fuel supply, logistics and services company, announced the launch of its new comprehensive recruiting Website, www.atlasoilcareers.com. The Website gives potential job candidates an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at life at Atlas Oil Co., and provides a detailed overview of everything that sets Atlas Oil

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Parker’s Raises Over $70,000 For Area Schools

Hosts 2014 Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament. The 2014 Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 28 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised $70,708 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 144 players from across the region, including a number of Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

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LOGIC Pushes Innovation with the Launch of Logic Pro Advanced Vapor Systems

The leading e-cigarette company in the U.S. introduces a proprietary technology that advances retail profitability and enhances the vaping experience for adult consumers. LOGIC Technology, the No. 1 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. according to Nielsen, today announced the launch of LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems, the most sophisticated, first-of-its-kind e-vaporizing technology ever to

KickBack Rewards Systems to Be On Display at The NACS Show

KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will be on hand as an exhibitor at the upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas to share its industry-leading technology capabilities with the convenience store, petroleum and foodservice industries. KickBack offers highly sophisticated loyalty programs and data analytics specifically

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Debit-Card Reform Helps Consumers Save Almost $18 Billion

Reform also supported 100,000 new jobs in three years. As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Congress reformed the debit-card swipe fees that banks charge merchants. The regulations have now been in effect three years. In that short time, the debit reform—known as the Durbin Amendment for the senator who introduced it—has created

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Turkey Hill Announces Sweepstakes Winners

Three second prize winners in Great Gas Giveaway take home prizes. Turkey Hill Minit Markets announced the first three winners today of Free Fuel for a Year, the second prize in the Great Gas Giveaway. The three central Pennsylvania residents are the first of eight second prize winners to be selected in the sweepstakes, which

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NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has released two corrected maps, one of state excise taxes on cigarettes in the U.S., effective Oct. 1, and one on state excise taxes on large cigars, effective Oct. 1. Additional maps showing other tobacco product tax rates can be found on NATO’s Website, www.natocentral.org.  

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New Fall Treats

Pumpkin spice, candy corn and caramel apple are the top flavors that Americans associate with the fall season, according to a recent survey, conducted from Aug.21-24 by ORC International for The Hershey Co. In fact, 34% of Americans say pumpkin spice is the leading flavor of fall, while 24% most associate the flavor of candy

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Tea for Two … and More

The demand for tea grows as more consumers seek out healthy beverages. Texas technology professional Sheryl Thompson spent about a decade drinking four 12-ounce cans of brand-name soda every day. When she wanted to lose weight, she adopted unsweetened iced tea as her beverage of choice, began eating better and exercising on a regular schedule.

Building a Winning Coalition Loyalty Program

Using the KickBack Points coalition program, Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post join a loyalty network that includes Alta Convenience Stores, Rainbow Grocery and Summit Markets in Colorado. When Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post (LJTP) were looking for a fresh way to compete with the national ‎retail brands, it turned

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Profiting With Poultry

C-store operators who put out a good quality chicken product might see their foodservice business fly higher. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor At the Arthur, Ill. location of Jack Flash Convenience Stores, chicken accounts for about 60% of foodservice sales, said John Herrmann, district supervisor for the 11-unit, Effingham, Ill.-based chain. The store also offers

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