Are You Prepared for the Healthcare Challenge?

Quality employees and customer service are the backbone of the convenience store and petroleum industry. All you have to do is observe how top quartile companies treat and respect their personnel to understand what kind of asset frontline employees can be to a successful company. It’s no accident that these operators are outperforming their competitors

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Manufacturing Gains Boost Crude, Gasoline Contracts

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric RBOB gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved higher with the West Texas Intermediate crude contract in trading on the first day of December following the Thanksgiving Day weekend, with the upside lent support from an unexpected expansion in manufacturing activity in the U.S.

Charity Oil Warms Hearts and Homes in New York and Pennsylvania

Local CITGO Marketer M. Spiegel & Sons Oil Corp. partners with organizations to “Fuel Good.” CITGO Marketer Robert Spiegel believes in giving back to his local community and in the great power of family. These personal beliefs combined with his family’s expertise in the petroleum industry led to the creation of Charity Oil, a non-profit

Weigel’s Gives Back

Annual Weigel’s Family Christmas event set for Dec. 7. Weigel’s Farm Stores, Inc., operator of 62 dairy and convenience stores, is hosting its annual Weigel’s Family Christmas to spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children in Knoxville, Tenn. The stores represent state of the art convenience retailing, offering pay-at-the-pump gasoline, competitive pricing and unconditionally guaranteed products.

Kangaroo Express Challenges Customers To Create ROOcipes

When buying ingredients for ROOcipes, customers can also find last minute stocking stuffers at their local Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express is challenging store guests to make festive holiday recipes—called ROOcipes—using candy, snacks and other treats found only at their neighborhood Kangaroo Express store. Inexpensive and fun to make, ROOcipes are a perfect holiday party host

Heartland Offers Payment Tips

Heartland offers advice to customers shopping with credit or debit this season. This holiday shopping season, Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payment processors, highlights the top five payments challenges affecting consumers and businesses. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), sales during this year’s traditional holiday shopping season in November and December

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local students as year one fundraising target is set at $400,000.  Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a new program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes is beginning its first in-store fundraising campaign, inviting

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Ambitious college students have until Dec. 15 to apply. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its 11-state service area that less than two weeks remain to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. The Dec. 15, 2013 application deadline is right around the corner, and the convenience store retailer is

Couche-Tard Announces Q2 Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues were up 4.5% in the U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, including net earnings of $229.8 million, up 26.8%. Excluding the non-recurring items, net earnings would have been approximately $249.0 million compared with $171.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase

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BPI Seeks Nominations For Best Practice Awards

Innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who are positively impacting their organizations to be recognized.   Best Practice Institute is calling for nominations for its 2014 Best Practice Awards. Entries and nominations are being accepted for four honors: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner, Best Practice CEO, Best Practice Thought Leader and Best Practice Company Founder. Multiple winners

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New Conveyor Oven

Middleby Marshall has introduced the new PS360G conveyor oven with WOW! 2 technology. The new oven is designed for operators who want to replace their existing PS360/350 ovens with the same size bake chamber and updated cooking technologies. Upgrading from the PS360/350 oven to the new PS360G allows operators to cook 30% faster than standard

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Twice the Fun

WARHEADS is doubling down on kid’s love of sour with WARHEADS Sour Dippin’ Pucker Packs.  These dextrose dip n’ lick packets are the only sour version on the market, and are sure to bring the fun back to the category. Each packet brings twice the sour and twice the fun with a sour and flavored

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Pipes and Tobaccos

Arango Cigar Co., national distributor of a wide variety of tobacco products and related accessories, is now offering the entire product line of 19 Rattray’s Epicurean Pipe Tobaccos.  All are hand-blended and packed in 100-gram tins, with five also offered in 50-gram tins.  Additionally, 14 blends are available in 17.5-ounce bags.  “Our best-selling Rattray’s tobaccos

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Gourmet Brownies

Barry’s Gourmet Brownies is slated to be featured in one of the most coveted media spots available—prime time on QVC, airing on Dec. 11.  Barry’s Gourmet Brownies produces pre-packaged brownies, brownie bites in a cup and fresh-baked brownie sheets for a wide variety of retail markets as well as travel, entertainment venues and restaurants. Consumers

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Best in Class Food Machines

Hobart received top rankings from in the 2013 Best in Class Survey conducted by Foodservice Equipment and Supplies magazine. Hobart received the top ranking in the floor mixer and electric slicer categories of the 2013 Foodservice Equipment and Supplies survey of foodservice consultants, dealers and operators. “We are honored that these two products are ranked

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Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup

New Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup offers a hot and wholesome portable breakfast option that meets the needs of the growing lifestyle performance consumer segment. Made with a blend of whole grains, oats, wheat, barley and quinoa, Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup has the wholesome, recognizable ingredients that provide the positive nutrition lifestyle performance consumers

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Limited Edition Cigarillo

Swisher introduces its first Swisher Sweets limited edition cigarillo, Swisher Sweets Sticky Sweets. The cigar is unmistakably Swisher Sweets with a unique flavor—sweet caramel fused with juicy peach—and an equally pleasant aroma. Sticky Sweets comes in a resealable, two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Additional limited flavors are expected throughout 2014. This flavor of

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New Breakfast Experience

Hillshire Brands Co. has introduced Jimmy Dean Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links. Add a new twist to grab-n-go breakfast sales with the new Maple Breakfast Sausage Roller Grill Links from Jimmy Dean, the No. 1 brand in breakfast sausage, (SymphonyIRI, Dollar Share for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 8, 2013).  Perfectly sized for a

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Ready-To-Drink Horchata

Rosa’s Horchata LLC has launched the first shelf-stable, premium-quality, branded Horchata throughout Chicagoland and Northern Illinois. This delicious milk and rice-based beverage, which is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, is a staple of the Hispanic/Mexican-American household, and can now be enjoyed with the convenience of a single-serve, ready-to-drink, shelf-stable offering. Horchata is an authentic and

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FIN Branding Group Promotes Two Regional Directors of Sales

“Both Kevin and Doug have an excellent track record within our company and each brings a unique point of view to this role,” says CEO of FIN Branding Group. FIN Branding Group, one of the fastest growing names in electronic cigarettes, has promoted two individuals—Kevin Klyczek and Doug MacLeod—to the roles of regional director of

Living Essentials Launches 5-hour Energy Helps Amazing People Program

Program recognizes people who strive to make others’ lives better. Living Essentials LLC, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, announced the national launch of the “5-hour ENERGY Helps Amazing People program,” which recognizes outstanding people who, despite their own challenges, give their time and energy to make the lives of others better. Those who are

Pilot Flying J Settlement Approved

Settlement of $84.9 million to end class action lawsuit. A federal judge in Arkansas has approved an $84.9 million class action settlement of fraud claims against Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Online reported. The settlement breakdown: • $56.5 million to pay trucking companies the fuel rebates and discounts they were allegedly shorted •  $9.75 million in

Wells Fargo Hosts E-Cig Forum

Big opportunities exist for electronic cigarettes. Wells Fargo Securities hosted its Inaugural E-Cig Forum in New York City on Nov. 21. The conference gathered e-cig industry leaders, public health and regulatory experts and investors. “We came away with an even greater conviction that e-cigs will be a game changer and will eventually be margin enhancing

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Maverik Installs Emerson XJ Unit To Increase Efficiency

Unit withstands 147-degree temperatures in rooftop application test. Maverik Convenience Stores installed Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.’s Copeland Scroll Outdoor Condensing Unit (XJ) to aid efficiency in an extreme application. When Maverik was seeking a new outdoor condensing unit that met energy efficiency requirements and low decibel levels for its existing refrigerant, the c-store chain turned

The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100 Years

Gulf Refining Co. opened the nation’s first drive-up service station in Pittsburgh on Dec. 1, 1913. While fueling stations existed before 1913 — after all, Karl Benz is credited with inventing the first gasoline-powered automobile in 1885 — fueling was far from convenient a century ago. Early fueling sites were a patchwork collection of pharmacies

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