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Tobacco-Less Buzz From Nicotine

Altria releases a new smoking product that contains no tobacco. U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. moved into uncharted territory this week as it released the Verve: a tobacco-less nicotine product. The maker of Marlboro plans to launch a non-dissolving, lozenge-shaped nicotine disc called Verve in the next several days. It’s the latest advance by

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Latest In Cup Dispensing

San Jamar-Chef Revival offers Wireworks, its latest line of cup and lid dispensers. Wireworks dispensers are ideal for any countertop application. The simple, adjustable design dispenses paper, plastic and foam cups between eight and 44 ounces (236 to 1,301 ml), and suction cup feet to keep the unit securely in place. Wireworks features one-at-a-time cup

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Family Express Improves Inventory Management With Retalix

Retalix software helps Family Express reduce tobacco order sizes, and increase monthly inventory turnover. Family Express of Valparaiso, Ind. improved its inventory management operations by deploying Retalix Ltd.’s Demand-Driven Replenishment solution across its convenience stores in Northwestern Indiana. Family Express reduced its tobacco order size by 21%, while increasing its average monthly inventory turnover per

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Small Preparation Refrigerators

Hoshizaki America introduces its Commercial Series Sandwich and Mega Top Prep Refrigerators. The new preparation refrigerators offer quality performance, which will sale convenience store operators money in operation costs. The stainless steel refrigerators have front-breathing air flow, which is great for tight spaces, advanced air flow system to maintain safe temperatures and all parts last

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Real-Time Upgrades With Telvent

  Telvent GIT, S.A., a leading real-time IT solutions and information provider, announced the release of its DTN Guardian3 Terminal Automation Solution. It offers new information management functionalities and security features that reflect industry-specified capabilities. It is effective in optimizing real-world oil and gas terminal operations for North American customers. Upgrades to the DTN Guardian3 Terminal

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Advancing Car Wash Technologies

  Mark VII Equipment Inc., U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, announced two new products at The Car Wash Show in Las Vegas. SoftLine MT leverages Mark VII tunnel technology to a 35-foot rollover bay with a mini-tunnel that can wash as many as 50 cars per hour. It includes an integrated presoak system, wheel

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The Economy Cuts Both Ways on Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices continue to decline as a host of bearish issues arise, while talks this week with Iran and the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany offer the prospect of further easing in the likelihood from this year’s greatest threat

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Maverik Launching Smartphone Payments

Maverik convenience stores is one of 30 merchants that plans to use the NFC payment system this summer. This summer, customers in Salt Lake City, Utah and Austin, Texas will be able to buy products at convenience stores with a wave of their smartphones instead of handing over cash or a credit card to a

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Future Of Sunoco Gas Stations

Changes ahead for Sunoco with definitive merger agreement with Energy Transfer Partners Energy Transfer Partners, a Texas pipeline company, has received many calls about Sunoco’s gas stations since the merger was announced April 30, Martin Salinas Jr., the company’s chief financial officer, told analysts this May. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, bought Sunocoo

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2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo Sets New Records

2013 show floor is already 85% sold out. The 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, held May 8–10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, featured the biggest show floor in the history of the event, attracting new companies, top customers and product innovation. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO, hosted a

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7-Eleven Reports Growth From 2011 Onward

 7-Eleven doubles its numbers from 2003 to 46,000 total  stores  After breaking both international and domestic store growth records last year, 7-Eleven Inc. plans to have even more growth in 2012.  Last year, the chain added more than 4,600 stores throughout the world. About 600 of these stores were built, acquired or transitioned from another

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Veeder-Root Acquires Catlow Assets

Veeder-Root acquired the assets of Catlow Inc., based in Tipp City, Ohio.  Catlow is a manufacturer of petroleum dispensing equipment, serving the global market with a broad range of nozzles, swivels, breakaways and other hanging hardware components. Catlow’s customers include large regional retailers in North America, Petroleum Equipment Industry (PEI) distributors and commercial and industrial

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Gas Sales Still High While Consumers Cut Spending Levels

Recent surveys show that Americans still want to buy gasoline, though they are cutting spending levels in other retail areas. Empathica Inc., a global provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions to more than 200 of the world’s respected brands, announced Thursday that its Consumer Insights Panel survey of 6,500 U.S. consumers found that consumers

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Gold Medal Cereal

Kellogg’s is creating excitement toward the London 2012 Olympic Games with its Cereal-in-a-Cup packages. The packages don’t just promote the 2012 Olympic Games; consumers can be a part of it with the U.S. Olympic Instant Win Game on the packages. The promotion’s grand prize is a trip for four to the U.S. Olympic Training Center

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New Cheddar Design

Kellogg’s Convenience Team changed its packaging for its Cheez-It Snack Mixes to better reflect the product and better market the snack crackers to convenience store consumers. Although the packaging changed, Cheez-It fans can expect the same flavor from the snack. Cheez-It snacks are the No. 1 cracker brand in convenience stores, driving more than 39%

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Small Shopper Concentrations Drive Product Launch Success

Findings from a new Catalina report underscore the importance of reaching and motivating the right customers when introducing new products. A new report published by Catalina, a provider of precise consumer-driven marketing, finds that only a tiny fraction of shoppers determine the success of new Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) product launches. The report explores the

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Safeway Launches “Just for U” Digital Savings

Safeway’s Just for U digital savings is an easy-to-use online and mobile savings tool that offers a fast and convenient way to save money through relevant coupons and personalized offers. To make grocery shopping easier and provide great savings, Safeway has launched the Just for U program in the company’s Oregon and Washington divisions. Just

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ABC Cracks Down on Illegal Sales in Virginia

Reports find that about one in every eight stores in Virginia sells tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers.   The Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) now has a program to see if alcohol and tobacco retailers follow the law when it comes to selling to underage buyers. The state conducted more than 9,700 underage

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CITGO Backs Social Development in Hillcrest Community

CITGO invests $1.5 million to support local non-profit organizations that will improve job development, education, health and environment. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery plan to invest $1.5 million in the Hillcrest, Texas Community to give aid to non-profit organizations that support the neighborhood.  CITGO executives greeted the community on May 17

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Team Oil Promotes Higher Education

Team Oil presents scholarships to five high school seniors. Team Oil Inc. President Eric Huppert and his wife, Michele, have given five $1,000 scholarships to high school students on May 16 at the Spring Valley High School Awards Night. High school recipients included Corey Schlosser, Bailey Bednarek, Kiernan Schlegel, Laura Robey and Austin Jacobson. Team

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IPCA Limits Violence In Its C-Stores

Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has partnered with OSHA. The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (IPCA) is hoping to limit violent injuries and fatalities at convenience stores throughout the state. IPCA has signed an agreement with the Indiana Department of Labor to promote this specific effort. The Indiana Department of Labor

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Hoshizaki Hosts Wounded Warriors Project Golf Tournament

Event raises $20,000 for injured service men and women. For the second consecutive year, Hoshizaki America Inc. hosted a scramble golf event benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project: an organization that raises aid for severely injured service men and women. The event was held on Friday, May 11 at White Water Country Club, Fayetteville, Ga. More

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2012 Farm Bill Hearing Excludes Sugar Reform Discussion

“We are disappointed that the Agriculture Committee denied our request to testify at either of the commodity hearings,” says NCA president. The House Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities & Risk Management finished two days of Farm Bill hearings today with no mention of the outdated and costly U.S. sugar program.  The National Confectioners

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MAPCO Express Adds Odysii Suggestive Selling Platform

“Every transaction represents a new opportunity to create an optimal shopping experience for our customers,” says president of MAPCO Express.  MAPCO Express has partnered with Odysii Inc., a global provider of marketing intelligence software solutions for one-on-one marketing and suggestive selling at the point-of-purchase. MAPCO is using Odysii’s suggestive selling platform to take suggestive selling

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Love’s Travels To Davenport, Iowa

Love’s to open a “state-of-the-art” travel stop in Davenport, making it the third Love’s store in Iowa, says Greg Love. Loves is building a new convenience store and fast food restaurant in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northwest Davenport. Love’s Travel Stops will build the new facility in the industrial park on Northwest Boulevard,

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