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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

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7-Eleven Celebrates Birthday With Slurpees

Festivities include party favors, new flavors, free Slurpee drinks and a Slurpee dance. 7-Eleven Inc. choreographed a super-cool celebration to mark its 86th birthday Thursday, July 11 (that’s 7/11, btw), better known by fans of its popular frozen drink as Free Slurpee Day. Customers enjoyed free small Slurpee drinks—that’s a full 12 ounces, almost double

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Kelley’s Market Stores Adds OpenStore

Kelley’s Markets, owned by the Kelley Williamson Co. of Rockford, Ill., has launched a new branded Kelley’s Market Website and free mobile app. The Website officially rolled out earlier and the free Kelley’s Market mobile app is worth the download. The app showcases updated gas prices, locations, in-store promotions and more. Customers send feedback from

Ryko Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Jesse Wurth joins Ryko Solutions. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest provider of car wash equipment, cleaning solutions and technical service, has appointed Jesse Wurth as chief financial officer, responsible for the direction of all corporate accounting and financial functions, including the recently acquired operations of MacNeil Wash Systems in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Wurth joins

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Hershey Hosts Cocoa Summit

Aims to restore cocoa farming in Mexico. The Hershey Co. Summit is bringing together farmers, researchers, industry and government to improve livelihoods of small-scale cocoa farmers. A little more than a year after announcing an innovative initiative to restore Mexico’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry, The Hershey Co. and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA

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e-Swisher Bets Big with World Series of Poker Partnership

Through an exclusive two-year agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, e-Swisher has been named the Official e-Cigarette of the World Series of Poker. Taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 29 to July 15, 2013, the 2013 World Series of Poker will have a record 480 poker tables spread

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Embracing the Technology Revolution

By John Lofstock, Editor There is a rather humorous story behind Simon and Garfunkel’s song Mrs. Robinson that goes beyond the art of seduction. In the popular song, the legendary musical duo asks, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” DiMaggio, of course, needed no introduction when the

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Chicago Gas Station Owner Sentenced in Sales Tax Fraud Case

A suburban Chicago gas station owner was sentenced to a two-year prison term for underreporting Illinois sales taxes by nearly $1 million. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Department of Revenue announced that it was one of the largest gasoline sales tax fraud cases since the state started cracking down on gas station owners

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Shell Reaches Deal to Reduce Pollution at Houston Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S.

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The 2014 NATSO Show Heads to Nashville

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, announced that its 2014 show, scheduled to be held Jan. 25-29, 2014, will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The NATSO Show is the premier gathering place for the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators

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Sheetz Breaks Ground on N.C. Distribution Center

Sheetz Convenience Restaurants will break ground on its highly-anticipated new distribution and production center today in Burlington, N.C. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the site. Sheetz President and CEO, Stan Sheetz; Executive Vice President of Sheetz Distribution Services, Ray Ryan; and the new Sheetz Director of the Burlington Distribution Center, Frank Scott, will

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IRI Identifies Opportunities in the C-Store Channel

The convenience store channel has long been a destination for immediate consumption purchases. However, the channel is undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis these days. Competition is heating up as convenience stores are pitted against other channels, particularly dollar and drug channels, for share of spending. In addition, two major sources of revenue and trip

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Kangaroo Express Takes Flight to Support Salute Our Troops

The Pantry Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has named its Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Flugtag Team to test gravity’s limits on a custom-made aviation machine in honor of our military service members and their families at the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag competition in Miami on Sept.

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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Seasoned Jerky

Just in time for summer, Jack Link’s, the leading U.S. meat snacks brand, has introduced its new Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Jerky–a great-tasting, high-protein snack that allows consumers to enjoy the smoky, tangy flavors of authentic American barbecue with a whole new level of convenience. “Summer is right around the corner, and what better way

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Canada Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Canadian police for their recent seizure of cash, an automobile and 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor, Ontario area. “The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity

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Kroger to Acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion

The Kroger Co. reached a deal yesterday to acquire regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to boost Kroger’s presence in the U.S. southeast. Competitors there include Publix and Wal-Mart Stores

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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

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Connecticut Investing in Electric Vehicle Stations

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation are making $200,000 available to install charging stations hoping to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year. Funding will be awarded to proposals that provide the most matching money, are most accessible to the

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Big Crude Draw, Egyptian Coup Rally Oil Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices dropped to winter levels in ushering in July, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline price average sliding to $3.496 gallon July 1, the lowest the average has been since the end of January earlier this year. It’s odd in one sense

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Parker’s Promo to Award Free Gas for a Year

The chain will randomly select one lucky winner each day in July from cars displaying the “I Love Parker’s” bumper sticker. Daily winners will be awarded a $50 Parker’s gas card. One lucky grand prize winner will be selected at the end of July to win free gas for a year at Parker’s. Winning license

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United Supermarkets Opens Seventh Convenience Store in Texas

United Supermarkets LLC opened the doors to its 19th freestanding convenience store, a United Express location in Dumas, Texas. The 2,400 square-foot store is the company’s seventh freestanding convenience store and second in the Texas Panhandle area. Four stores are under the United Express banner and three are still under the Taste of Market Street

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21st Century Smoke Launches Soft Tip E-Cig

21st Century Smoke’s Soft Tip Disposable Electronic Cigarette is designed to more closely replicate the look and feel of a traditional cigarette to enhance the smoking experience, but without the additives found in cigarettes. 21st Century Smoke continues to offer both regular and menthol flavors with 2% nicotine by volume without the flame, ash, smoke

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Game Introduces its Newest Mild Offering of Red

Game by Garcia y Vega proudly announces the latest innovation in cigarillos, FoilFresh Red. Cigarillo lovers will enjoy the light mild taste of this natural leaf cigar. Small natural leaf is the fastest growing segment in the cigar category. This latest offering is yet another response to consumer demand from Game. Game Red is a

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Shell Appoints Refining Chief Ben van Beurden as CEO

The Royal Dutch Shell Group has named its current refining and marketing head Ben van Beurden to become its new chief executive. Van Beurden will take the helm on Jan. 1, 2014, replacing retiring CEO Peter Voser. “Ben has deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses,” Shell

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