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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Sheetz Aids Hurricane Response

All funds collected have been donated to The American Red Cross. Sheetz is donating $150,000 to assist with disaster relief efforts following the series of recent hurricanes. Funds donated by Sheetz customers were accompanied by a lump sum donation by Sheetz. A portion of the match donation will be designated for hurricane relief in Puerto

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Four C-Stores with Car Washes for Sale

Properties are located in Pennsylvania. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) has been retained to sell four convenience stores with gas, a free-standing car wash and other associated tunnel and self-serve car wash businesses located in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and Whitehall, Pa. The owner of the businesses is Rudy’s Car Washes, which is locally

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Ricker’s Replenish Plants 20,000th Tree in Indiana

Through its partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Ricker’s Replenish has supported and participated in six community volunteer projects. Ricker’s reduced emissions program, Replenish, is proving its commitment to the local and global environment as it continues to grow. In May 2016, Ricker’s introduced the Ricker’s Replenish program with GreenPrint LLC at more than 500 pumps

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Latest in ATM Technology

From incorporating wireless technology to remote monitoring, today’s ATM technology offers more benefits for c-stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Team Oil Travel Center’s ATM is one of the Spring Valley, Wis. Store’s best profit margin items per square foot. This wasn’t the case back in 2005, when the c-store’s ATM was contracted out. “We

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Swisher International Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Peter Ghiloni, to retire as CEO. Swisher International Inc.’s President and CEO, Peter Ghiloni, plans to retire at the end of 2018 after 34 years with the Company and more than 45 years in the tobacco industry. John Miller has been appointed president of Swisher, effective Jan. 1, 2018, as part of the Company’s succession

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How Big Data Can Enhance Sustainability Initiatives

Remote monitoring enhances energy efficiency and assists in food safety efforts. By Ron Chapek, director of product management retail solutions, Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions Today, across nearly all industries, corporations are being held to higher standards for sustainable operations and the food retail industry is no different. The pressure is coming from all sides,

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7-Eleven Canada Joins Informed Dining Program

7-Eleven to include access to more information about the calories, sodium and nutrients in food sold at the convenience store. 7-Eleven Canada is working to build healthier communities by offering customers the information they need to make more informed food and beverage choices when shopping at 7-Eleven convenience stores. 7-Eleven joins the B.C. government’s Informed

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Buc-ee’s Ranks in Top Spot on GasBuddy Q3 Report Card

Kwik Trip takes the second overall spot. Texas-based Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores with 33 locations is making its first appearance on the GasBuddy Perfect Pit Stop Report Card by capturing the top spot in all six categories. GasBuddy, the only smartphone app that connects nearly 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, revealed the quarterly

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Cultivating Hispanic Foodservice

C-stores can provide a fresh look at navigating the factors of health while at the same time connecting better to Hispanic communities. By Sylvia Klinger As we face a significant amount of change in the retail industry as a population as a whole in the U.S., Hispanics aren’t exempt from these changes. More than ever,

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