Global Partners LP Closes on Acquisition of Honey Farms Inc.

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Honey Farms during sale. The sale of Honey Farms Inc. to Global Partners LP has successfully closed. Headquartered in Worcester, Mass., the Iandoli family has owned Honey Farms since 1969, and the family’s retail food operations of delis and supermarkets spans back to

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Cereal Evolves Into Snacking Favorite

Some 43% of U.S. cereal consumers eat cereal as a snack at home. Cereal is evolving into a coveted snack food. While it has long maintained a seat at the kitchen table, it seems cereal may be moving beyond breakfast and even beyond the bowl. New research from Mintel reveals that more than two in

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Home Market Foods Acquires Kelly Corned Beef Co.

Known as Kelly Eisenberg, the company is known for producing and distributing the Eisenberg brand of gourmet frankfurters and sausages. Home Market Foods, a producer of high quality food products, has acquired Kelly Corned Beef Co., known as Kelly Eisenberg, of Chicago. Founded in 1929, Kelly Eisenberg is known for producing and distributing the Eisenberg

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BP Donates $50,000 To Support California Wildfire Relief

Funds to help with emergency food, health services and shelter for those impacted by the fires. The BP Foundation has given $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims and first responders dealing with the devastating wildfires in northern California. The donation will assist with the purchase of emergency food, health services and shelter

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NACS Kicks off Education Sessions

From finding workers to protecting data, c-stores face a challenging business climate. Challenges that convenience retailers face in today competitive world were explored Oct. 17 as NACS 2017 kicked off in Chicago. The message was part of the focus provided by a series of information sessions. They varied from finding good workers to protecting against

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Changes to SNAP Helps C-Stores

NACS session shares important information for retailers that participate in food program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. That net becomes a little less tangled with a new final rule, according to Eva Rigamonti, an associate at the international law firm Steptoe & Johnson

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Maintaining Ownership of Convenience

Educational sessions help retailers navigate all areas of the c-store business from foodservice to technology. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show kicked off on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with a number of educational sessions that spanned every area of running a c-store from leadership to foodservice to

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Yesway Acquisition of Mad Max Falls Through

The acquisition of nine Mad Max Convenience Stores by Yesway will not be completed, CSD has learned. Steve Magestro, co-owner and president of Mad Max Convenience Stores, based in West Bend, Wis., has told CSD that the acquisition of Mad Max by Yesway did not go through as planned. In August, it was announced that

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Tyson Foods and NACS to Donate “Truckload of Protein”

Greater Chicago Food Depository to receive 36,060 pounds of protein to help fight hunger. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) partnered to donate a truckload of protein totaling 36,060 pounds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help fight hunger in the Chicagoland area. The Food Depository will distribute the

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Red Stripe Introduces New National Sweepstakes Program

Customers have the chance to win a spring break flyaway trip to Jamaica. Red Stripe, the iconic pale lager from Jamaica, is inviting LDA+ consumers to choose Red Stripe for a shot at a spring break getaway to the brand’s island home where they can enjoy the carefree spirit that Jamaica offers all year round.

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Gulfcoast Software Solutions Awarded ‘Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Solution’

Recognized for innovation at 2017 Retail Fraud Awards. Gulfcoast Software Solutions has been awarded, with Volumatic, the Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Award at the 2017 Retail Fraud Awards. The Gulfcoast Storekeeper Virtual Retail Management suite combined with Volumatic’s CCi (CounterCache Intelligent) delivers real-time global visibility and control over cash management processes. In addition to synchronizing data

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Growth Energy Thanks Republican Governors’ Supporting the RFS

Four governors send letter to President Trump regarding RFS. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement thanking the four Republican governors who sent a letter to President Trump voicing concern over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent wavering on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter was sent by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds,

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Casey’s General Stores Donates $366,000 To Hurricane Relief Efforts

Donations went directly to the American Red Cross. Casey’s General Stores, with assistance from customers donated $366,093.76 to help those affected by recent hurricanes. This included a company match for the first $100,000 raised. Funds were provided to the American Red Cross at a presentation held at Casey’s in Ankeny on Oct. 12, 2017. “On

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TravelCenters’ Minit Mart C-Stores Adds Paytronix Rewards Platform

New loyalty platform expected to strengthen customer relationships through highly-targeted rewards and messages. TravelCenters of America LLC’s Minit Mart stores and an array of branded restaurants have added Paytronix Systems Inc., as their loyalty and guest engagement platform. Paytronix expects that the platform will strengthen customer relationships by delivering highly-targeted, relevant and timely offers, earned

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Q3 U.S Beverage Growth Soft in C-Store Channel

Wells Fargo encouraged by “pockets of improvement.” Wells Fargo Securities LLC released the results of its recent Beverage Buzz survey of beverage retailers representing over 15,000 convenience store (c-store) locations across the U.S. Wells Fargo provided the following takeaways: (1) Non-alcoholic beverage sales were up only 1.3% while alcoholic beverage sales were up 3.4%, led

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Winco Settles Lawsuit with San Jamar

San Jamar asserted that Winco infringed San Jamar’s design patent and trademark for San Jamar’s Saf-T-Grip cutting boards. San Jamar has long been recognized as an industry leader in providing premium, innovative solutions for the foodservice industry that are smarter, safer and more sanitary. In that spirit, San Jamar exercises its right to protect its’

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Profiting with General Merchandise

One customer’s purchase of a miscellaneous object is a retailer’s high-margin sale. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Products that fall outside of the cash-cow categories of tobacco, fuel and foodservice are often dismissed as nice-to-have income, but for many convenience store and travel center operators, the general merchandise category is a big boost to their

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TPE, NATO Join Forces in 2018

Three-day event creates a powerhouse destination for everything tobacco. NATO’s Industry Outlook and TPE 2018, the first big buying tradeshow of the year for the tobacco + industry, are combining their efforts in 2018 in Las Vegas. Known for offering insights on market trends and current legislation, the NATO Industry Outlook will now be co-located

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Nominate Your Next-Generation Leader to CSD’s 40 Under 40

For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions and the Young Executives Organization are collaborating on the convenience store industry’s 40 Leaders Under 40 to Watch. Nominate your your company leaders today. The National Advisory Group (NAG) and Convenience Store Decisions are proud to partner on the Young Executive Organization’s (YEO) third annual 40 Under

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Parker’s Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $100,000

Funds help support education and healthcare among other causes. Parker’s Convenience Stores announced that its 5th Annual Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 11 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised more than $100,000 to benefit education, healthcare and other important causes in coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

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Rutter’s: Creating a Menu Medley

Tapping the pulse of customer demands and maintaining a fresh menu is a full-time feat for c-stores, but Rutter’s is up to the challenge. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates 68 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, continues to fortify its position at the forefront of c-store menu innovation. Convenience Store

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Kroger Contemplates Selling C-Store Business

The giant grocer is reviewing strategic options for its $4 billion convenience division. Kroger Co. has announced its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business, including a potential sale, as part of its Restock Kroger plan. This is the result of a review of assets that are potentially of more value outside of the

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Franchise Owners Sue Parent 7-Eleven

Owners say company is not living up to its promises The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, which represents the owners of nearly 7,000 franchised locations in the United States, Thursday announced the filing of a lawsuit against its parent company, 7-Eleven Inc., because the franchisor has not fulfilled its promise of treating franchisees as

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RaceTrac Introduces Cinnabon Gooey Swirls

Celebrates one-year partnership with Cinnabon. Atlanta-based RaceTrac is continuing its partnership with Cinnabon. Texas and Florida RaceTrac locations will regularly add the Crafted by Cinnabon line to bakery cases. Cinnabon is introducing a limited-time-offer Frosting Filled Pumpkin Muffin Top to its exclusive line-up at RaceTrac, which already includes a decadent Crafted by Cinnabon Frosting Filled

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TravelCenters Donates Over $241,000 for Truckers in Need

Wraps up annual campaign for St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). TravelCenters of America LLC’s (TravelCenters) annual campaign for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) known as “Band Together for SCF,” brought in more than $241,310.58, which was presented to the SCF in the form of a check. The funds

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