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    Texas Food & Fuel Expo Returns for Second Year

    Lineup includes inspiring speakers and educational sessions to keep retailers in the know.

    SAN ANTONIO -- The second annual Texas Food & Fuel Expo -- being held through Saturday in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center & Westin Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio -- got off to another successful start earlier this week.

    The Expo -- a partnership between The Texas Grocery and Convenience Association (TGCA) and Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA), and an alliance with the Latin American Food & Beverage Expo -- was nearly sold out by Thursday, according to the event's Web site.

    The Expo offers networking opportunities, educational sessions and an exhibitor section featuring new products and services for the c-store, petroleum marketing, supermarket and grocery store industries.

    Yesterday, the keynote presentation by Jackie Pflug inspired guests with "A Survivor’s Story of Life after a Terrorist Hijacking." Then, one of two educational sessions educated attendees on managing diverse generations. The session was presented by Linda McKenna of Employee Performance Strategies.

    Networking was available through a cocktail hour yesterday at the West Inn River Oaks, where Gulf Hydrocarbon, a provider of biodiesel to the petroleum industry, was present. Other networking opportunities included a golf tournament sponsored by the Texas Spurs & TPCA political action committee (PAC) and TPCA; the PAC Five-Stand Clay Tournament, sponsored by Valero Energy Corp.; Texas Spurs Casino Party and Texas Hold'Em Tournament; and a night of music and comedy by Jimmy Travis, a multitalented performer, according to the Web site.

    Today, retailers can view the newest products from more than 333 exhibitors from noon to 4 p.m. Also, the other educational session, "Electronic Transaction Management 101," will take place at 9:30 a.m. Ken Duff of SHAZAM Inc., Cary Rabb of Wag-A-Bag, Cory Sumner of MTXEPS Inc. and Chase/Paymentech will discuss fraud prevention at gas pumps, offsetting interchange fees and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.

    Following this session will be the closing general session -- a State of the Industry report presented by Susan Combs, the Texas comptroller of public accounts.

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