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When Big Gets Eaten by Bigger

Touch the Soil News #667 (Feature Photo – a 7-Eleven store in Malaysia) Sunoco (Sun Oil Company) is a big company and has lots of gas stations – over 4,700 in 26 states. One third of them have convenience stores that Americans are used to frequenting. Sunoco’s convenience stores are called APlus, which offer hot foods, groceries and snacks. Earlier, Sunoco had announced that it had a goal of sourcing all eggs (for its convenience stores) from cage-free operations by 2025. Most of the convenience stores owned by Sunoco, 1,108 stores to be exact, have just been sold to 7-Eleven for $3.3 billion. 7-Eleven has 8,707 stores in the U.S.…

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C-Stores as a Source of Food

Touch the Soil News #629 It’s no secret, there are lots of C-Stores in America – 154,535 as of the end of 2016. C-Stores have become a fusion of grocery stores, restaurants and health snack stop. They are competing ferociously with grocery stores who are increasingly offering ready to eat foods and prepared foods for takeout. The number of C-Store outlets has increased by 63 percent over the last 30 years. In addition, there are 25 percent more C-Store locations than there are supermarkets, superstores, drug stores and dollar stores. The nation’s top 10 C-Stores are (source C-Store News): 7-Eleven                                      8,273 stores Couche-Tard (Circle K)         7,276 stores Shell…

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