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An American Classic

Commonwealth-Altadis is reintroducing Montclair—one of America’s classic cigarette brands. “This national re-launch establishes Montclair as an exceptional value,” said Al Dejewski, senior vice president of consumer marketing. “Montclair is a premium-tasting cigarette that is reasonably priced.” Montclair was first launched in the 1960s when it was highly regarded for its innovation and use of high-quality

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EZ Cig Rechargeable E-Cigarette Kit

Kretek International Inc. has announced a new EZ Cig Rechargeable kit with battery, USB charger and a single 400-puff cartomizer equal to around two packs of cigarettes.  EZ Cig rechargebles deliver 2.1 % nicotine, about the same as tobacco cigarettes.  EZ Cig was introduced in July 2012 and has achieved strong distribution in smokeshops and

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Bakery Sales Stay Hot All Day

Keep doughnut and other bakery product displays full and fresh beyond breakfast for maximum profit potential.      By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor.When a client asked convenience store consultant Dean Dirks how he could increase his doughnut sales, Dirks gave him one simple piece of advice: “I told him to keep the display filled with

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VPS Hosts 30th Annual Auction And Golf Tourney

Fundraiser benefits Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, will host its 30th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council, on June 11-12, 2013. A dinner and auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort at

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TravelCenters Announces ‘Ultimate Platinum’ Rewards Level

Members can reach the UltraONE Platinum level by earning 20,000 points in any calendar year. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has added a new rewards level to its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program. The new ‘Ultimate Platinum’ level, the highest rewards level, rewards professional driver

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Nice N Easy Offers Summer Sweepstakes

Customers have the chance to win a new bike. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has announced the winner of its Ultimate Summer Grilling Sweepstakes: Kate Uriarte from Forestport, N.Y.  Uriarte won a prize pack from Bud Light Lime, including a combination charcoal/propane grill, smoker, thermoelectric cooler and patio set. The summer sweepstakes fun continues as

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Push Higher Early June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Spot prices for gasoline in the Chicago market spiked to better than 4-1/2 year highs in starting the first week of June before dropping back on data points showing increased processing at Midwest refineries, while wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. were mostly

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Feels Like the Real Thing

METRO Electronic Cigarettes is proud to release its new King-Size Soft-Tip Disposable E-Cigarette with the look, feel and size of the real thing, and offering menthol and traditional tobacco flavors in an assortment of colors. With METRO’s variety of packaging and display options comes a wider affordability gap. Its e-cigs are offered in disposables, as

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ALON Brands Launches Clean 13

Program spurs consumer loyalty while helping community and inspiring store cleanliness among employees. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. ALON Brands is taking its Clean Team program to the next level with a new customer contest and car giveaways. “All major oil brands are pulling back and getting rid of retail locations and turning toward refining

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Cumberland Gulf Group Announces Health Care Reform Policy

“People First” strategy results in 1,500 additional employees gaining access to comprehensive health benefits. The Cumberland Gulf Group, which includes Cumberland Farms, the highly successful 600-unit convenience store chain, and Gulf Oil, the nation’s fastest growing branded marketer of energy products, announced today that as part of its ongoing initiative to be one of the

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Slidell Oil’s Purple Cow Stores Choose PriceAdvantage

Following 30-day trial, Purple Cow Convenience Stores roll out SMART Fuel Pricing. Slidell Oil has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their 20 Purple Cow convenience stores across the Gulf Coast. Slidell Oil was looking for an advanced pricing tool to aid them in the fuel pricing process by providing

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Visits and Spending at Convenience Stores Increase

NPD report finds rewards and loyalty programs are gaining traction among major oil chain shoppers. Consumers are finding value in convenience stores as evidenced by a modest 2% gain in consumer traffic, which led to an increase of nearly 6% in dollars compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to The NPD Group,

Altria Enters E-Cigarette Market

With both Altria and R.J. Reynolds now in the e-cigarette market, c-stores can rest assured the product is here to stay. Tobacco company Altria Group Inc. is launching its first electronic cigarette. The owner of the biggest cigarette maker in the U.S., Philip Morris USA, announced the details of its NuMark subsidiary’s new product Tuesday,

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Prepare To Be SQUATCHED

Starting 2013 in a big way, Jack Link’s introduces the all-new SQUATCH brand, a bold snack stick line geared towards teens and young adults. A snack with a unique, spicy flavor and premium, category-leading Jack Link’s quality, SQUATCH is as bold as it gets. The brand’s personality and design aligns the product with elements consumers

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Freshness, Quality Key to Attracting Foodservice Customers

Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this  important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some

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Spinx Introduces Mobile Shopping Technology

Partners with NCR. Spinx Co. is set to deploy NCR ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping technology to make fueling and shopping at the chain of convenience stores easier. Spinx, which operates stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, will roll out C-Go to 57 of its stores. C-Go is a mobile shopping app, which allows shoppers

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Sodapalooza And New Value Menu Greet RaceTrac Customers

RaceTrac customers can enjoy an affordable way too off this summer with Sodapalooza beverage promotion. RaceTrac is celebrating Sodapalooza 2013, which officially kicked off in all Georgia, Florida and Texas stores and is sure to add a little ‘pop’ to everyone’s day by offering fountain (32 ounce) and frozen (16 ounce) beverages for only 69

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7-Eleven Celebrates National Iced Tea Day

All week long, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Snapple Iced Tea discounts. Today, June 10, is National Iced Tea Day, but the party for cold tea-lovers lasts through Saturday, June 15. For the next six days, guests can celebrate with free Snapple Iced Tea offers at participating 7-Eleven stores while supplies last. Each day, a mobile

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NJOY Raises $75 Million

Funding will be used for marketing, clinical trials, research and development, and international expansion. Electronic cigarette brand NJOY, whose ‘NJOY King’ is the most popular e-cigarette in America, has raised $75 million in funding, NJOY CEO Craig Weiss announced today. Investors include serial entrepreneur and investor Sean Parker; and Douglas Teitelbaum, Principal of Homewood Capital.

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Manitowoc Foodservice Breaks Ground On New Facility Project

The expanded operation is intended to enhance the service provided to foodservice customers and channel partners. Manitowoc Foodservice Ovens and Advanced Cooking broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot Ovens expansion project in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the official start of its plans to become the leading commercial ovens manufacturer in the world. When the expansion project

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New Packaging

Mrs. Freshley’s, an award-winning line of snack cakes and pastries from Flowers Foods, has unveiled a brand new look: Packaging with a bright modern design that compliments a new logo unveiled earlier this year. The updated packaging provides product descriptions and includes captivating photos on the multi-pack boxes, while the cellophane-wrapped, single-serve packs have a

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Keeping Breakfast Sales Rolling

Convenience store customers are looking for roller grill items in the morning. Are you meeting the demand? By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. One person’s lunch or dinner is another person’s breakfast, so the roller grills at Rutter’s Farm Stores run all day, every day, said Jerry Weiner, the York, Pa.-based chain’s vice president of foodservice.

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GPM Purchasing VPS’ Southeast Division

“We’re pleased that we have found a good home for our Southeastern division with GPM,” says VPS CEO. GPM Investments LLC (GPM), operator of Fas Mart/Shore Stop convenience stores, and VPS Convenience Store Group (VPS),  have entered into an agreement for the sale of VPS’s Southeast division to GPM. The VPS Southeast division consists of

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CST Brands Opens Largest Corner Store in Three Rivers

The 10,100 square-foot travel center is located in heart of Eagle Ford Shale. CST Brands hosted a grand opening today for its largest Corner Store to date and its 1,033 store in the U.S. network in Three Rivers, Texas, a bustling agricultural and oil field community in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. At

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PCI Updates Standards For Pin Transaction Security

Updates provide robust criteria for payment acceptance device vendors and testing labs. Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards published version 4.0 of the PIN Transaction Security (PTS) Point of Interaction (POI) requirements.   These requirements, along with the Hardware Security Module (HSM)

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