FDA Considers Banning Online Sales of E-Cigarettes

The agency is also reviewing advertising standards for the products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering a possible online-sales ban of e-cigarettes, as it prepares its proposed regulations for the devices, the Wall Street Journal reported. The FDA and e-cigarette makers have had been meeting recently, allowing the e-cigarette makers the opportunity to

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Romine Oil Signs With VP Retail Branding Program

Distributor looks for competitive advantage with new image, program features. De Queen, Ark.-based Romine Oil Co. has signed on as the latest partner in VP Racing Fuels’ national branding program. “We are excited to get in on the ground floor of, what we think, is an industry changing concept,” said Larry Romine, president of Romine

Hershey Selects Global Media Planning and Buying Agency

Selection follows review process started earlier this year. The Hershey Co. has selected Universal McCann to handle its global media planning and buying activities. The decision concludes an eight-month account review process that began at the beginning of the year and included all incumbent agencies. Hershey’s global media assignment includes all paid media, including TV,

Top Trends In Commercial Building

More businesses are turning to alternative energy sources in efforts to lower utility costs. Green’s the word this year as the commercial building industry begins to see a significant move toward greater transparency, higher energy efficiency standards, increased sustainability and a more responsible use of building resources, according to Lennox Commercial, which offers products to

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Strongbow Cider Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. Retail program elements, along with a digital overlay, will foster consumer interest, drive shopper traffic and increase sales rate from September through December. At retail, a cohesive program combining a range of elements will

First Public CNG Station Opens in Casa Grande

Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. and Trillium CNG host ribbon cutting at new station. Golden Eagle Distributors Inc. and Trillium CNG hosted a green ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Casa Grande. The station is located on Golden Eagle’s property at 1000 N Jefferson. Compressed Natural

Hershey Helps Remote Peruvian Village Rebuild

Hershey funds cocoa infrastructure for indigenous community. In 2008, The Hershey Co. was introduced to a village of indigenous people tucked deep in the mountains of the Junín region of Peru. This village was using cocoa farming to rebuild its community following years of devastation by guerilla warfare. Hershey decided to support the community—San Juan

Energy And Beer Categories Show Solid Sales

The energy category posts 7.4% growth in dollar sales. A Wells Fargo Securities report noted that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales excluding energy drinks, at c-store have softened, while the energy and beer categories posted positive results. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales in the U.S. C-store channel increased 1.3% (versus +2.0% last month) during

Kum & Go Makes Inc. 5000 List For Fifth Consecutive Year

“We attribute our continued success and aggressive growth to our dedicated associates and loyal customers,” says Kum & Go President and CEO. For the fifth consecutive year, Kum & Go has been listed by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. Kum & Go ranks among the top 20

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Improve Business Intelligence

PDI continues its long tradition of accurate and powerful financial reporting with the introduction of its newest product, PDI/Excel Analytics powered by PrevisionEPM. Built on a Microsoft SQL Server database and integrated directly with PDI/Enterprise, PDI/Excel Analytics provides users with highly customizable financial and operational reporting. All of this power comes packaged in the familiar

Fed Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Fed has taken a position that will drag this out while retailers and their customers continue to pay billions of dollars in inflated fees that harm that U.S. economy,” says NRF spokesperson. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday appealed a judge’s decision to reject the agency’s cap on debit card transaction fees, Reuters reported.

Economic Pessimism Growing As Summer Ends

As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are a major reason for consumer pessimism. Nearly 6 in 10 consumers (58%) noted that they are pessimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The latest numbers are in stark contrast to early July, when consumer pessimism was at 52%—the lowest level of the

BAWLS Expands Distribution

BAWLS Guarana is expanding distribution of its products in the U.S. and abroad. Distribution of the BAWLS Guarana line of products in Canada has been recently expanded due to a rekindling relationship between the brand and a former distribution partner, Beverage World of Ontario.  The company was founded in 1999 by Stefan Kergl to be

More Savings For Fuel Rewards Network Program Members

Some 44% of Fuel Rewards Network members are new Shell customers. A special limited-time offer from Shell and the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program will give FRN Members across the country instant savings at the pump by taking a minimum of three cents off per gallon instantly on every fill-up at participating Shell-branded stations. While

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Baby Born In Earth Market Parking Lot

Coincidentally, her father also made his debut in a parking lot. A suburban Chicago girl was born in the parking lot of an Oswego, Ill. Earth Market store last weekend, almost 33 years after her father was also born in a parking lot. The six-pound, three-ounce newborn, named Hannah, arrived 10 days early and the

Dragonite Sells E-Vapor Business To ITG

Acquisition cost totals $75 million. Dragonite International Limited, and its wholly-own subsidiaries, has sold its E-Vapor Business for $75 million to Fontem Ventures B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group plc. (ITG), a global tobacco company with international strength in cigarettes and world leadership in fine cut tobacco, papers and premium cigars. Fontem Ventures

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Gluten Free Bars

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has launched into a new category of snacks with KIND Healthy Grains Bars, a line of chewy with a crunch granola bars made from five super grains mixed with tasty ingredients like pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut flakes, dark chocolate chunks and more. Each KIND Healthy Grains bar packs one full serving

Atlas Oil Named To Inc. 5000 List

Ranks No. 3,844 overall, and No. 62 in Metro Detroit. Atlas Oil Co. is once again ranked among the fastest growing private companies in the nation. Inc. Magazine just published its 2013 Annual Inc. 5000 list and Atlas is ranked No. 3,844. Within the Metro Detroit area, Atlas ranks No. 62 and in Michigan, where

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U.S. Oil To Build GAIN Clean Fueling Station

U.S. Oil aims to add 50 CNG stations in the next three years. U.S. Oil has partnered with FST Logistics to build a GAIN Clean Fuel station at the intersection of Atlas Street and Renner Road in Columbus, Ohio. The new station will provide Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to FST’s CNG truck fleet and will

Pictured from left to right: Liza Salaria, senior vice president of merchandising at Circle K Mid-Atlantic; Kathy Erhardt, director of development for Feedmore; and Lynn Lambrecht, senior vice president of human resources at Circle K Mid-Atlantic.

Circle K Mid-Atlantic Presents Grant to Central Virginia Food Bank

Partnership with BP Fueling Communities directs funds to local hunger-relief agency. In partnership with the BP Fueling Communities program, Circle K Mid-Atlantic has presented a $3,500 grant to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank for hunger relief efforts in the 31 counties and five cities the nonprofit serves. BP Fueling Communities is a philanthropic program that

Parker’s Honored by Inc. 500|5000

Named one of America’s fastest growing companies for second consecutive year. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader with 32 retail locations throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, announced that Inc. ranked the company on its annual Inc. 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. This marks the second consecutive year Parker’s has been included on this

Cumberland Farms Awards Believe and Achieve Scholarships

Convenience store retailer helps over 900 students reach their dreams since program inception. Cumberland Farms announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2013. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began seven years ago and has already provided

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Former Property Owner Celebrates Rutter’s Grand Opening

Rutter’s Farm Stores Chief Customer Officer, Derek Gaskins, had the opportunity to shakes hands with James Strickler (see photo, left), the first customer at Rutter’s newest location in Mountville, Lancaster County, Pa. Strickler’s family once owned the land on which the convenience store stands, the second Lancaster County location for the York, Pa.-based company. “On

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New Hookah Flavors, Accessories

Kretek International Inc. has announced several new additions to its lineup of Voodoo Hookah products.  Joining Voodoo traditional hookahs and new e-hookahs are a full line of 20 Shisha flavors with matching flavors in Voodoo Steam Stones.  The 20 exotic flavors are divided into four pre-packed collections of tropical and blended fruit, berries, citrus and

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United Supermarkets LLC Announces Name Change

Company to now be known as The United Family. United Supermarkets LLC announced a name change for the parent company as the result of a strategic branding initiative for the entire organization. Moving forward, United Supermarkets LLC will be known as The United Family, reflecting the company’s multiple store brands, as well as its rich

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