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BP Pays $13 Million In Settlement With U.S. Department Of Labor

BP plans to resolve all of the citations issued to it by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration by the end of the year. BP Products North America Inc. agreed to abate safety violations and pay $13,027,000 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for penalties. OSHA and BP Products

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On-The-Road Exercise

Truckers, commuters and professional drivers spend countless hours in their vehicles. DFX Sports & Fitness’ wants to help long-distance drivers improve their health with the new Sports Pro Gyro exerciser. The gyro, about the size of a tennis ball, puts on 30 pounds of torque force when used. It helps with grip strength, coordination and

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Swisher Offers New E-Cig Line

Swisher Sweets introduces its e-cig products to c-store retailers. Swisher Sweets entered the electronic cigarette and cigar business this summer season. The company plans to begin selling its line of e-cigs on Aug. 1 this year, giving consumers an alternative way to smoke Swisher’s products. Murphy Oil, Hess and several other major c-store retailers plan

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Aloha Petroleum Releases New EV Fast Chargers

Aloha Petroleum adds new fast chargers for electric vehicles at three of its locations. Aloha Island Mart and Shell gas stations unveiled new ways to fuel with new electric vehicle fast chargers at their Hawaii gas stations. AeroVironment’s electric vehicle DC fast chargers are now offered at three locations across Hawaii: Aloha Island Mart Kahala,

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Pilot Flying J Invest In Deluxe Showers

Pilot Travel Centers wants to remodel 75% of its shower facilities over the next 18 months to give professional drivers a better store experience. Pilot Travel Centers LLC announced the company plans to invest $49 million to remodel and upgrade its network of showers for professional drivers. Pilot made plans to upgrade all of the

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RaceTrac Accepts Fleet Cards From U.S. Bank Voyager Network

Fleet drivers enjoy expanded convenience at RaceTrac c-stores as it accepts Voyager network cards. RaceTrac Petroleum announced a deal with U.S. Bank that allows fleet drivers with Voyager network cards to make fuel purchases at one of 330-plus RaceTrac locations. RaceTrac now accepts U.S. Bank Fleet Cards and other Voyager network cards because of the

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Sheldon Good & Company Auctions C-Stores And Gas Station Sites

A total of 31 retail sites in New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania are up for auction this summer. Sheldon Good & Company, a Racebook Portfolio Company and real estate auctioneer, announced an auction to sell a portfolio of 31 commercial real estate sites, all of which are gas stations, c-stores or development sites throughout New

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Meat Snacks Are Getting Hot

Major manufacturers are betting on bolder flavor profiles and textures to help appeal to adventurous and sophisticated palates, and health-conscious lifestyles. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor There is nothing timid about Generations X or Y, especially when it involves their taste buds. And when it comes to flavors, the bigger, bolder, hotter and spicier the

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MACS To Be Exclusive Circle K Developer in Mid-Atlantic Region

Company-owned stores to begin conversion to the Circle K brand starting this August. Richmond, Va.-based Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest convenience store networks and fuel distributors in the mid-Atlantic region, announced today a new retail branding strategy that positions MACS as the exclusive developer for the Circle K brand in four regions:

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Dual Flame Lighter

Scripto makes advances in the lighter category as it releases the new, innovative 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter for c-store retailers. The product features two flames in one lighter. With the switch of a button, consumers can choose to light a standard flame or a wind resistant flame, allowing more flexibility for all occasions. The

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Retail Study Finds Store Brands Thrive In U.S. Market

Store-brands still prove to be highly popular with U.S. consumers when compared with brand-name products. A study released by Accenture finds that two-thirds of U.S. shoppers surveyed admitted that their grocery carts were half full of store-brand products. Some admitted to Accenture that they even increased their purchase of store-brand products in recent years as

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What Do Your Floors Say About Your Store?

Convenience store operators pushing a foodservice program must be committed to store cleanliness and sanitation. By Michael Schaffer, Contributing Editor If there is anything retailers and convenience store owners have learned from the economic downturn, it’s that they must do everything they can to welcome their customers and keep them loyal. And it can all

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CITGO Helps U.S. Families Conserve Energy

Close to 50,000 families in U.S. cities will save energy this summer through CITGO’s lighting program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. launched the third-edition of its CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program, which will provide 500,000 energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) to households in 17 U.S. cities. The program launched in 2008 as a pilot program, and has

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Bazzi Oil Fuels Academic Futures

Bazzi Oil and CITGO support five students in their journey to continuing education. CITGO-marketer Bazzi Oil invited 800 community members to an awards ceremony this June to honor five high school students who will each receive $500 scholarships for continuing education. Destiny Harris, Briana Pannell, Mae Mova, Channel Wilkerson and Roselyn Wtson, all seniors at

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Gilligan Oil Introduces New Manager Of Business Development

Gilligan’s new manager of business development has years of experience in the c-store industry. Neal McDermott joined the Gilligan Oil Wholesale Fuel Team this summer as its new manager of business development. McDermott has been in the c-store industry for more than 30 years, working for BP and Lehigh companies. He has a solid background

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Parker’s Rewards Customer With Monster Guitar

Parkers presents a Monster electric guitar to a 50-year-old customer for participating in its latest text contest. Parkers, a c-store located in Savannah, Ga., awarded a local customer with a Monster electric guitar as a part of its June Text Contest. Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parkers, presented Pooler, Ga., local Gregg Geiger with

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Hobart Recognized As Outstanding Supplier Of Year

Hobart received recognition as Auntie Anne’s Inc.’s Outstanding Supplier of the Year for its customer service and product quality. Hobart supplies the HL200 20-quart Legacy Mixer for Auntie Anne’s retail locations. The mixer features ergonomic advancements to improve foodservice operations, productivity and labor efficiency. It offers a swing-out bowl to add and remove ingredients from

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2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Thirteen leaders in the confection industry are inducted to the Candy Hall of Fame this fall. Information on the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., is now available online.  The following are inductees for the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame: Jim Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System Pierson Clair, Brown & Haley

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Mars Celebrates National Ice Cream Day With Six Flags

Mars Chocolate North America promotes its ice cream products at 11 Six Flags parks across the U.S. for National Ice Cream Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced its exclusive partnership with Six Flags Entertainment Corp. to help consumers celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 15. Guests who visit select Six Flags parks on National

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High’s Teams With PriceAdvantage

High’s Dairy Stores rolls out a new fuel price management solution at its c-stores. High’s of Baltimore Inc. chose PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management system, for its High’s Dairy Stores across Maryland. PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, will also help the company feed prices to their electronic price signs, VeriFone Sapphire POS and fuel

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RYO Machine Regulation Takes Effect

Commercial RYO machine operators must comply with the new rules effective immediately. On Friday, July 6, President Barack Obama signed the transportation bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, into law. The bill included a provision that defines commercial RYO machine operators as tobacco manufacturers under federal law.  This means

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Hunt Brothers Launches Fan Photo Contest

“This photo contest is a fun way to celebrate the loyal fans of both NASCAR and Hunt Brothers Pizza by letting them use their creativity and enthusiasm to prove they are the ultimate fan,” says Hunt Brothers spokesperson. Just in time for the exciting summer stretch of NASCAR racing, Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched the

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Combating C-Store Theft

Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When times get hard, thieves get industrious and innovative. The response by convenience store operators must be twofold: extensive background checks on potential employees to weed out

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Training for UST Operators In Illinois

TAIT is offering the first online training solution for Class A & B UST operators in the State of Illinois to meet the state-mandated deadline of Aug. 8, 2012.  The online training is self-paced, meaning attendees can pause the training, and later restart the training in the same place.  The training is approximately four hours

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Englefield Oil Wins CSD’s 2012 Makeover Contest

By John Lofstock, Editor Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. In fact, one of the biggest differences between top convenience

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