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Gasoline Prices Surge as N.J. Refineries Shut for Repairs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices for the week-ended Jan. 30 were sharply higher in most major metropolitan markets across the U.S. , with those costs pushed up by a string of refinery closures due to economics and unscheduled repairs. On Friday (1/27), the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB

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Senator Seeks To Expedite Keystone XL Pipeline

The proposed pipeline could bring up to four million barrels of Canadian crude oil per day by 2020. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) has introduced legislation, which would expedite the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline by granting Congress the authority to move the project forward without the President’s consent. Citing Congress’s authority enumerated in the

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C-Store Count Grows 1.2%

Today there is approximately one c-store per 2,100 U.S. residents. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 148,126 stores as of Dec. 31, 2011, a 1.2% increase (1,785 stores) from the year prior, according to the latest NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The convenience retailing industry has seen remarkable growth over the last

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Cumberland Farms Launches Pediatric Care Campaign

New corporate giving initiative allows convenience store retailers to raise funds for hospitals helping to heal children. Cumberland Farms has launched a Pediatric Care Campaign today, where the convenience store retailer will work with communities to raise much needed funds for hospitals that provide medical care to children. During this initiative, Cumberland Farms plans to

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Finiti Branding Group Hires New Senior VP of Sales

Ron Vogler joins Finiti, bringing 27  years of sales and marketing executive-level expertise. Ronald Vogler has joined The Finiti Branding Group LLC as senior vice president of sales, based in Mobile, Ala. “The hiring of Ron is foundational,” said Finiti President Russell Stone. “He’ll be a pillar to FIN setting the service and sales standard

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Altria Chairman and CEO To Retire

“Now is the time to transition leadership to people of an age to guide the company through its next phase of growth,” says Altria CEO. Altria has announced that Chairman and CEO Michael Szymanczyk, 63, has decided to retire after 23 years of distinguished service to the company, including four years as chairman and CEO

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AdvancePierre Foods, Johnsonville Sausage Form Alliance

Under partnership, AdvancePierre becomes the exclusive foodservice distributor of Johnsonville Sausage. AdvancePierre Foods and Johnsonville Sausage have formed a strategic partnership, leveraging AdvancePierre Foods’ dynamic foodservice organization and distribution system to deliver quality Johnsonville Sausage to foodservice customers across the U.S. This partnership will make AdvancePierre Foods, a supplier of value-added protein and handheld convenience

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Study Shows Website Visits Drive Brand Purchases

CPG brand Website visitors spend 37% more on the brand and 53% more on product category in retail stores. A study from Accenture, comScore Inc. and dunnhumbyUSA, aimed at helping consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers better understand the link between consumers’ usage of brand Websites and their in-store brand buying behavior, found that visitors to

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FDA’s CTP Announces Public Workshop

A Webcast of the workshop will be available, although preregistration is required. FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced a Research Program Public Workshop: Expanding the Research Base for Tobacco Product Regulation. The purpose of the public workshop is to discuss FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) research priorities across a broad array of disciplines;

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Will EMV be DOA?

Visa is encouraging retailers to move toward the EMV technology seen in Europe, but some argue by the time it’s implemented in the U.S., the technology will be outdated. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Visa this fall announced plans to speed up the migration to contact chip and contactless EMV chip credit card technology in

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Breaking News: 7-Eleven to Acquire 55 Sam’s Mart Stores

After a 24 year hiatus, 7-Eleven returns to the Charlotte, N.C. market. 7-Eleven Inc. is buying 55 Sam’s Mart stores in North and South Carolina, marking its return to the Charlotte, N.C. market after 24 years, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Dallas-based 7-Eleven previously sold its 33 stores in the Charlotte market in 1988. Although

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TA Donates More Than $212,000 to SCF

Second annual campaign results in largest donation to truckers fund. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) wrapped up its second annual ‘Band Together for SCF’ campaign with $212,538.87 in donations to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). Customers and employees of TA and Petro Stopping Centers made donations from Nov. 15 –

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TETCO Donates $206,385 To JDRF

TETCO has gifted more than $800,000 to the nonprofit since 2005. TETCO has donated $206,385  to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Central Texas Chapter, to help support the organization’s continued quest to find a cure for type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening auto immune disease. “TETCO has been such an amazing partner with JDRF

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7-Eleven Offers Healthy Eating Resolution Advice

Customers on a diet can make better-for-you food choices at their local convenience store. 7-Eleven Inc. Corporate Dietitian Patsy Ross has advice for resolution makers who find themselves often falling short of their New Years goals, and how to make healthy eating choices at their local c-store. She noted some resolution-makers try such drastic changes,

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Sheetz Debuts New Locations

New stores in West Virginia and North Carolina welcomed customers for the first time Thursday. Sheetz opened two new stores on Jan. 26. One store opened in Beckley, W.Va.—marking the second store in the area—and the other in McGee’s Crossroads near Benson, N.C., located at 13433 NC Highway 210. Doors officially open to customers Thursday

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Rutter’s Wins Top Mobile App at NRF

Blackberry, iPhone and Android users can access the Rutter’s mobile app for information on gas prices and more. Rutter’s mobile app was named the Best Mobile Application at the recent Customer Engagement Awards held during the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual convention in New York City. “It is great to have our innovation being recognized

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ALON Offers Date Night at Your Local Convenience Store

Winners arrive in a limousine to feast on roller grill items, and also get an all-expenses paid trip to a big city of their choice. More than 850 ALON convenience stores, located throughout Texas and New Mexico, have a new twist on an old (but still great) idea–Date Night. By simply texting “DATE” to the

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Kum & Go’s Chief Operating Officer To Retire

An internal and external search is being launched for a new chief operating officer. Kum & Go Chief Operating Officer Dennis Folden is retiring from the company later this summer.  According to Folden, after more than four decades at Kum & Go, he felt the timing was perfect. “I have been honored to serve Kum

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Taco Bell Tests Breakfast

Taco Bell tests a “first meal” option and an upscale “Cantina Bell” menu. Taco Bell, usually known as the go-to-place for a late night “fourth meal” craving for cheap tacos and gorditas, is rolling out “first meal” or breakfast, the Huffington Post reported. Following a five year test, Taco Bell is set to debut an

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CITGO Announces Roundtable Meetings

Marketer Roundtable Meetings to showcase new programs and programs for the company. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is convening 18 Marketer Roundtable Meetings in the New Year, each with a strong message of growth in 2012. Scattered throughout its marketing footprint, these meetings provide opportunities for marketers to hear directly from the CITGO team about new programs

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Circle K Offers FIN Electronic Cigarettes

“Our product line is a natural fit in Circle K and will cater to the increased demand for high quality, reliable electronic cigarettes from the Circle K customer base,” says Finiti Branding Group president. Circle K Stores Inc. is now offering the new FIN Electronic Cigarette in each of the convenience store chain’s eight regions. 

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Fas Mart Donates $10,000 to Local Charity

The donation, given through BP’s Fueling Communities Grant Program, supports the BackPack Program for at-need children. GPM Investments LLC, which operates the Fas Mart convenience store chain has donated $10,000 to the Central Virginia Food Bank through BP’s Fueling Communities grant program. The donations will be used to support the BackPack Program, providing at-need children

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Another Refinery Shut Down Boosts Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN While mixed, wholesale gasoline prices mostly increased in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the third week in January, setting the stage for another increase in the U.S. retail average, which increased for the fifth consecutive week through Jan. 16. The Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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RFA Pushes Ethanol Agenda

Association urges end to oil industry tax breaks in letter to President Obama. American ethanol production is creating jobs, energizing rural economies, reducing oil imports, and helping all consumers save money at the pump emphasized the Renewable Fuels Association said in a letter to President Obama as he prepares for the State of Union address

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Del Monte Fresh Fruit Fuels the Miami HEAT

Del Monte becomes the “Official Fresh Fruit of the Miami HEAT”. Del Monte Fresh Produce and the Miami HEAT has entered into a sponsorship agreement where Del Monte will be the “Official Fresh Fruit of the Miami HEAT” for the next three years. In addition to collaborating on advertising and promotional programs, Del Monte Fresh

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