RaceTrac Introduces ‘Dogtoberfest’

Survey shows three in four Americans believe hot dogs are an essential part of sporting event tailgates. Roller grill fans are going to want to flock to Atlanta-based RaceTrac Convenience Stores this fall. This fall, RaceTrac is celebrating all things roller grill with its first-ever Dogtoberfest promotion including a declaration of the hot dog as

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Cumberland Farms Accepting 2018 Believe and Achieve Scholarship Applications

Convenience store chain to award $1,000 in college scholarships to 130 high school seniors. Cumberland Farms has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. This marks the 12th consecutive year the company will provide financial assistance to deserving high school seniors. The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program,

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Demand and Supply

Aside from all of the technological advancements that can be counted in the c-store-supplier relationship, clear, interpersonal communication tends to remedy most situations when a kink appears in the supply chain. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A technology-first approach often enables businesses to better meet consumer demand while growing margins and increasing productivity. In this

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Nouria Energy Corp. VP Nominated for HRLF Award

Natalya Fater nominated for inaugural award that recognizes best in class HR leaders. Nouria Energy’s vice president of human resources, Natalya Fater, is nominated for the Bob Gatti HR Leadership Excellence Award, showcasing exemplary human resource work and individuals who are role models for all HR practitioners. The inaugural award from the Human Resource Leadership

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Growth Energy Thanks House Biofuels Caucus for Supporting RFS

Proposed changes threaten growth of biofuels industry, says Growth Energy CEO. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor applauded the House of Representatives Biofuels Caucus for sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt calling on him to maintain a strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The House letter responded to recent actions at the

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Brakebush To Open Facility in Greenville, Texas

Brakebush Brothers to build a new 315,000-square-foot processing plant in Greenville’s Park West industrial park. Brakebush Brothers Inc. a 92 year-old family owned value-added processor of chicken products, after an exhaustive multi-state search, has chosen Greenville, Texas as the location for its next processing facility. Headquartered in Westfield, Wis. with operations also in Wells, Minn.

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7-Eleven Stores Roll Out New Trojan House Brand Wines

New private label wines offer high quality at an affordable price. 7-Eleven Inc. is expanding its selection of private brand wines with the launch of two quality white wines – chardonnay and pinot grigio. The world’s largest convenience retailer created the Trojan Horse brand for this new line of quality wines. Suggested retail price for

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Katie Wolfram Retires from Kroger

New leadership for Central and QFC divisions announced. The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Central division President Katie Wolfram and the promotion of Pam Matthews, currently the QFC division president, to succeed her. Suzy Monford will join the company to serve as the president of the QFC division. “We are grateful for Katie’s nearly

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Petrosoft Partners with IBM

IBM Informix Enterprise Edition selected as strategic database platform for powering fourth-generation IoT devices. Petrosoft and IBM have entered into a strategic partnership to develop its fourth-generation site integration network for the retail and downstream petroleum industries. IBM’s Informix Enterprise Edition provides an extremely powerful database to leverage the capabilities of Petrosoft’s site integration network

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Love’s Introduces New Travel Stop in Newcastle, Okla.

New store offers a Subway restaurant, fresh fruit, gourmet coffee, name-brand snacks and more. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) expands its presence in the Sooner State with the opening of a new travel stop in Newcastle, Okla., approximately 20 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The new store, located at 235 NW 24th St. (Interstate 44, Exit

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Joe Sheetz Takes the Helm as NACS Chairman

A focus on customers, culture and community helps c-stores succeed. Convenience retailer Sheetz Inc. succeeds today because of a focus on three critical areas: customers, culture and community, said Joe Sheetz, the new 2017-18 NACS Chairman, during a NACS Show general session on Friday, Oct. 20. Even with a distinct focus, growth isn’t always easy.

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Need for Food Packaging Is Clear

Packaging plays a major role in foodservice, from presentation to the customer’s perception of quality. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor In restaurants, how food looks is a key part of how much customers enjoy their meals. Why should it be different in convenience stores? While it may not be on a plate, food presentation is

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Ads on Tap at NACS

Effective advertising strategies can enable convenience retailers to get their message across. As convenience retailers become savvier in promoting their brands with advertisement, the ability if their ads are having the desired effect is a separate issue all together. That issue was the focal point of an education session Oct 19 at the NACS Show

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Engaging in Local Politics

Retailers are the last line of defense in their communities against rules and regulations at the local level. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor A session titled “Sticking it to the Local Man: All Politics is Local,” at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Chicago, outlined why retailers need to be

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Surviving Disruption

Innovation arrives from outside industries and those who turn a blind eye to pending changes can be left behind. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Hospitality Entrepreneur, Chip Conley, gave the keynote address during the Wednesday general session of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Chicago. Conley is the founder of

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PHA and NACS Tackle Healthier Convenience Retailing

PHA welcomes two new distributor partners: Harold Levinson Associates and S. Abraham & Sons. Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, and NACS, the association representing the nation’s 154,000-plus convenience stores, has announced two new cobranded

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NACS General Session Discusses Re-positioning the Convenience Store Industry

NACS is working with PHA to help convenience stores provide more visibility to healthier choices inside their stores. “We’re rebranding, refreshing and re-positioning convenience,” said NACS President and CEO Henry Armour during the NACS Show general session on Thursday, Oct. 19. This year more than 20,000 attendees from 50-plus countries are attending the NACS Show,

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CITGO Fuels Literacy During National ‘Read for the Record’ Campaign

Day-long national celebration includes visits to more than 25 elementary schools across 12 states. In partnership with Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record campaign, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is participating in a day-long celebration across 12 states on Oct. 19 to spread the joy of reading and help achieve a new reading record. Throughout the day,

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Petrosoft Introduces Petrosoft Enterprise

Provides a true enterprise resource planning and business intelligence solution to customers. Petrosoft has introduced Petrosoft Enterprise, powered by SAP Business One running on SAP HANA at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Oct. 18–20 in Chicago. Petrosoft Enterprise, which integrates the SAP Business One application with the Petrosoft cloud suite, aims to provide

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NACS Chairman Rahim Budhwani Opens General Session

Budhwani welcomed a new NACS Show partner, the National Grocers Association (NGA). “’C-store’ doesn’t just stand for convenience store—it also stands for community store,” said 2017-18 NACS Chairman Rahim Budhwani, repeating the phrase he has used more than any other during his term as NACS Chairman. Budhwani, CEO of 6040 LLC, which operates convenience stores

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Jay Ard of Coca-Cola Named Head of NACS Supplier Board

NACS welcomes seven new members to its supplier board. Jay Ard, vice president of national sales, convenience retail, at The Coca-Cola Co., has been named 2017–18 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. “Being a member of the NACS Supplier Board over the past five years has been invaluable to my overall understanding of the Industry

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BFY Ice Cream Sales Rise

Even c-store’s most indulgent category isn’t immune to consumer’s preference for healthier snacking options. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The old saying about having your cake and eating it too can be applied to a bevy of things. More and more, the same can be said for ice cream and other frozen treats touted as

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Canopy Fixture Innovation

LSI Industries is unveiling its newest LED gas station canopy fixture – the Scottsdale Vertex – at the NACS/PEI tradeshow, Oct. 18-20. LSI established its reputation over 40 years ago based largely on the strengths of its lighting innovations for gas stations and convenience stores. The new, best-in-class Scottsdale Vertex LED canopy fixture further demonstrates

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Nielsen Study: Top Performers in C-Store Channel

Wawa and Cumberland Farms are America’s top ranked c-stores, based on brand equity. Nielsen has released findings from its 2017 Store Choice Drivers Report for the Convenience Channel at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show going on in Chicago this week. Nielsen’s “2017 Store Choice Driver Report for the Convenience Channel” is a

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Payment-Powered Rewards Can Lift Sales

Mobile payments, powered by debit cards and loyalty programs, could rise by a compound annual growth rate of 80% between 2015 and 2020. A new study by ZipLine, a provider of private-label debit mobile and card payments to the convenience store industry, shows that consumers who join payment-powered loyalty programs spend more and visit more

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