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Nielsen Data Shows Solid Improvements in Energy Category

Wells Fargo weighs in on beverage category numbers. Energy drinks sales are improving, while liquid tea and sports drinks sales remain strong, a recent report by Wells Fargo Securities reported. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy drinks—dollar sales were up 0.1% (up 0.5% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks

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Chevron Working To Bring Apple Pay To The Pump

No timeline on rollout despite  reports. Chevron is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay to the pump—possibly by early 2015, reported Apple Insider. The news from Apple Insider came following a Twitter post from Chevron, but Chevron later clarified via Twitter that it has no specific timeline for the pump rollout, but does plan

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Wawa Opening Stores in Palm Beach County

Wawa continues Florida expansion. Wawa has announced it will break ground on its first stores in Palm Beach County in 2016, with more details to come in late January, PalmBeachPost.com reported. The chain has not said where the stores will be located. Wawa has more than 675 stores in six states. The company has opened

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Kickoff Playoff Pandemonium

Reese’s celebrates football postseason with Ref (Jeff) Foxworthy and his Reese’s rules. The Hershey Co. announced the kickoff of Reese’s Playoff Pandemonium, a campaign designed to help fans enjoy the football playoff season. To make sure football fans understand how to ‘properly’ celebrate and entertain, the brand has created Reese’s Rules which will be delivered

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Average Gas Prices Drop Below $2 Per Gallon In Two States

The average price of gas is 30 cents lower in every state compared to one month ago. Average gas prices in two states—Missouri ($1.93) and Oklahoma ($1.98)—have dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since 2009, according to AAA’s Dec. 29 Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average has fallen 95 days in a

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Aloha To Keep Brand Name

Following acquisition by Sunoco LP, Aloha Petroleum to retain brand name. Aloha Petroleum, the largest independent gasoline marketer and one of the largest convenience-store operators in Hawaii, will retain its brand name following its acquisition by Sunoco LP, according to a report by OPIS. OPIS noted this is different from the brand strategy Sunoco adopted

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GPM Investments Acquiring Eight One Stop Food Stores

Stores to convert to the Scotchman brand. GPM Southeast, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GPM Investments LLC, signed an agreement with Arey Oil Co. Inc., to acquire eight convenience stores with gasoline sales. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. This retail brand acquisition will add to GPM’s existing portfolio

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WatchGuard Outlines Information Security Trends In 2015

From passwords and the Internet of Everything to nation state cyber warfare and jumping mobile malware, WatchGuard helps you gain some security perspective for 2015. WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, revealed its annual security predictions for 2015. Along with its latest predictions, which examine the likelihood of common network security prophecies next year,

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Consumer Food Trends Continue To Evolve in 2015

There’s rising evidence that consumers are shifting the meaning of convenience to include an element of freshness. Ever since the invention of the TV dinner, consumers have expressed a desire to get out of their kitchens in less time, but there is increasing evidence that convenience is being redefined and kitchens aren’t so bad after

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Breaking News: Billy Milam To Become RaceTrac President in 2015

Max Lenker says goodbye after 40 years of service to RaceTrac. RaceTrac Petroleum announced today that Billy Milam is set to take on the role of RaceTrac’s president, effective Jan. 1, 2015. “The ringing in of a new year allows us all to reminisce about the successes of our past, but more importantly, it allows

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Enmark Contest Benefits Nonprofits

Four winners to be announced in January. Enmark Stations is selecting four nonprofit organizations to benefit from the 2015 Encourage Health Series based on a Facebook contest. Any Savannah, Ga. area registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter. To be eligible, the

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Spinx Partners With Piedmont Natural Gas

Adds compressed natural gas refueling facilities at Anderson, S.C. store. The Spinx Co. and Piedmont Natural Gas announced an agreement to add a Piedmont compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station at a Spinx convenience store location. Piedmont will lease space at an existing Spinx store located at the corner of Pearman Dairy Road and West

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Cumberland Farms Offers Free Coffee For The Holidays

C-store customers get free hot dispensed beverages when they stop into their local Cumberland Farms location at select times. On Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and the wee-hours of Jan. 1, guests can enjoy a free hot dispensed beverage, or iced coffee, according to the Sun Sentinel. From 8 a.m. to midnight on Christmas Day, stores

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Dunkin’ Donuts Adds New Menu Items for 2015

Introduces a New Year’s Twitter sweepstakes. As 2014 comes to a close, Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced two new menu items to help keep on-the-go guests running into the New Year: the Chocolate Croissant and the Tomato Mozzarella Supreme Bagel. Dunkin’ Donuts also launched a special New Year’s themed Twitter sweepstakes to help coffee lovers brew

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Holiday Shopping Results

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The holiday shopping results for this year have been mixed. Reports have been negative on the expected sales reports. My son and business partner Eric and I differ on our opinions on the sales reports. He believes the economy is doing better, so the retailers didn’t have the

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Costly Words

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I am the second youngest of 13 siblings. My father passed away when I was 11, leaving my mother to raise us. The family checkbook was titled “Steve and Carmen.” Upon the death of my father, the bank froze my mother’s checking account because of the word “and.” I

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Know Your Customers

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Knowing your customers means more than knowing what they are going to purchase when they visit your store. The ability to remember each customer’s needs is an art but, it is more important to know if the customer is a private person and doesn’t want you to notice

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Roll In Profits With Make-Your-Own Tobacco

A trend over the last year has been the continued decline in cigarette consumption and the growth in OTP. The consumers’ mindset has been that of trying new products and experimenting which has led to the use and growth of pipe tobacco consumption, cigarette rolling papers, cigarette filter tubes, and cigarette making machines. For those

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Tedeschi Donates To Life is Good Playmakers Foundation, SSYMCA

Employees give donations through Jeans for Charity. Over the years through Jeans for Charity, a program that collects donations when employees wear jeans on Fridays, Tedeschi Food Shops’ employees have contributed to local and national non-profit organizations. In the past, Tedeschi’s has donated to the Friendship Home, St. Vincent DePaul, the Women’s Place Crisis Center

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GetGo Opens 24-Hour Location in Mentor, Ohio

The new 24-hour Mentor GetGo offers a wide-ranging menu of meal options. GetGo continues to bring the best in food, fuel and convenience with the grand opening of its newest location on Dec. 18, 2014. Located at 7750 Reynolds Road in Mentor, Ohio the new store celebrated with a ribbon cutting event at 9 a.m.,

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CITGO, Flash Market, Core Mark Sponsor MDA Event

Local CITGO marketer raises $40,000 to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Dec. 4, local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc., Core Mark and CITGO Petroleum Corp. hosted the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event featuring keynote speaker Zack Arnold, director and producer of GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story, which follows the life of a

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Pilot Flying J Announces Kyle Cones as 2014 Road Warrior Winner

Professional driver and U.S. Army veteran wins $10,000. Pilot Flying J has announced that Sandia Park, New Mexico, resident and professional driver Kyle Cones is the 2014 Road Warrior winner. As the winner, Cones, a U.S. Army veteran and driver for Pride Transport, will receive a $10,000 check from Pilot Flying J. After months of

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Sheetz Debuts New Store

“We are honored to grow that existing connection with the Lancaster community,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Lancaster, Pa., to increase convenience for customers in Lancaster County. Located at 2425 Old Philadelphia Pike, the new store will give people in Lancaster a new location for great food and drinks.

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TA Opens New Location in Lincoln, Ala.

“We continue to look to add locations to the network that have the space and potential for us to offer drivers a wide variety of amenities and services,” says TravelCenters president and CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its

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Avigilon Acquires ObjectVideo’s Patent Portfolio and Licensing Program

Avigilon acquires strategic intellectual property and continues to build video analytics patent portfolio. Avigilon Corp., a global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the entire patent portfolio and the patent licensing program of ObjectVideo Inc. for cash consideration of US$80.3 million. Founded in 1998, ObjectVideo is an innovator

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