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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Properties

Bid deadline set for Dec. 11. GPM Investments LLC is offering to sell its interest (leasehold or fee) in 16 properties located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia by sealed bid sale. GPM has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale. Sealed bids are required to

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Altria/ Philip Morris Raising Cigarette Prices

“We expect the tobacco stocks to react favorably tomorrow to news of this list price increase,” says a Wells Fargo analyst. Altria/ Philip Morris USA is increasing cigarette prices on its core brands by $0.07 per pack (approximately a 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton on all brands except L&M, according to a report

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Rutter’s Donates $200,000 in Scholarship Money

“Our focus is improving the lives of local children,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores will give $200,000 to 12 preschools to fund scholarship opportunities for children throughout south central Pennsylvania, the company announced this week. York County, Pa.-based Rutter’s has donated more than $404,000 to local children’s charities so far this year and over

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Pump N Pantry Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

Introduces new Web-based and mobile platform. Pump N Pantry Inc., a convenience store chain with 17 stores based in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania, now leverages the latest in marketing technology through a partnership with OpenStore by GasBuddy. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching

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E85 Sales Have Room for Growth

“Increasing the E85 station count would improve the potential for additional E85 sales and introduce additional competition to the market,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. There are opportunities to grow the E85 market—but only if E85 prices remain significantly below those of regular grade gasoline and the automobile industry continues to produce flex-fuel vehicles at

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Mango Cigarillos

Maintaining its tradition of introducing award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo flavors, Swedish Match is proud to announce Game Mango. The limited time seasonal flavor has the tropical taste of mango that enhances the natural leaf cigars to deliver a slow, smooth and sweet smoking experience. Game Mango will be available on Jan. 7 in two-for-99-cents

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Coca-Cola Debuts Life

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Co.’s first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Co.’s global commitment to provide

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OREO Churros

J&J Snack Foods Corp. is partnering with Mondelez International to introduce OREO Churros. With a crispy exterior, warm soft interior and real OREO cookie pieces in every bite, new OREO churros have a “just-baked” OREO cookie taste. This innovative new snack will be sold nationwide in the foodservice channel. The new churros made their debut

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Limited-Edition Packaging

Budweiser has upped the ante on ‘Friendsgiving’ by introducing a limited-edition, handmade wooden crate with 18 Budweisers and two pilsner glasses inside, all featuring authentic classic labels from 1918, 1933 and 1976. Only 10,000 of the wooden crates—handmade by Vintage Editions in North Carolina—will be available. Budweiser, meanwhile, will do a full conversion of 1.6

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Chocolate Dipped Fruit

DOVE Whole Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate is a combination of real fruit dipped in silky smooth DOVE Dark Chocolate. This decadent new item comes in three varieties of real, whole fruit—cranberry, cherry and blueberry—that are the top-selling fruits on the market. Two convenient sizes, a 2.83-ounce Sharing Size and six-ounce Stand-Up Pouch, satisfy both

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Kayak Snuff

Swisher International proves that oversized can still be convenient. The new Kayak Man Can was introduced nationally Oct. 20, 2014. The newly-designed packaging contains 12 regular-sized cans worth of quality moist snuff tobacco and fits perfectly in a cup holder, so customers can conveniently take it in the car, truck or boat. The Kayak Man

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Multi-Purpose Lighters

New Scripto Officially Licensed Multi-Purpose Lighters now feature the team logo and school colors of the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Florida Gators, Texas A&M Aggies and Arkansas Razorbacks. The officially licensed multi-purpose lighters bring forth style to everyday lighting activities and let fans show their team spirit. Perfect for lighting grills,

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New Flavor Launches

Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.’s mike’s HARDER is introducing a new seasonal flavor: Apple Firebomb. It combines the refreshment of a crisp apple ale with red hot cinnamon and 8% ABV. On shelves now, this is also the brand’s first flavor to appear in a series of consumer-designed, limited-edition collectible cans. The design contest for Apple

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cigarette Sales

Vuse currently leading e-cigarette category when it comes to c-store dollar share. E-cigarette c-store dollar sales sequentially accelerated to 42.4% in the period ending Oct. 25, driven by 75% unit growth, partially offset by a decline of 19% in net pricing, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) has further solidified itself

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Falling Gas Prices May Boost Holiday Spending

“Our surveys over the past two years show that gas prices clearly play a major role in consumer sentiment about the economy,” says NACS’ vice president of strategic initiatives. Declining gas prices may increase holiday spending this year—especially among men and those ages 18-34, according to a new national survey measuring consumer optimism. For the

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Daigle Oil Co. Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Local CITGO marketer ‘Fueling Good’ for Ronald McDonald House. From Nov. 7 through Nov. 9, local CITGO Marketer Daigle Oil Co. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. celebrated the grand re-opening of Daigle Oil Co.’s full-service DOC’s Place CITGO on Stillwater Ave. while giving back to local charitable organization the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor, Maine. The

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New Smyrna Speedway Extends Fuel Partnership With VP

“We are very excited to be extending our partnership with VP Racing Fuels,” says general manager of New Smyrna Speedway. Officials at New Smyrna Speedway announced a two-year agreement extending VP Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel Supplier through 2016. Under the agreement, VP will be the track’s exclusive supplier of race fuels with

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NATO Announces Board of Director Election Results

The 2015 NATO Board of Director election results have been finalized and the following individuals were elected to a two-year term: Retail Board Members Elected: Mary Szarmach (The Cigarette Store Corp./Smoker Friendly), Phil Metzinger (Brookshire Bros.), Bob Roberts (Smoke’em, Inc.), Bob Sanft (Xtramart Stores), Tony Stapleton (7-Eleven,Inc.), and Stacie Tonniges (Casey’s General Stores). Wholesale Board

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Retail Fuel Ecosystems: The Forecourt Technology Revolution is Here

By: Matteo Ciarapica, Global Solution Marketing Leader, Wayne Fueling Systems We live in the era of technology ecosystems, a term we use to describe the complex system of interdependent components that work together to enable cloud services. Purchase an iPhone, for example, and you’re connected to the entire Apple ecosystem, including operating systems, apps, Microsoft

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TravelCenters Honors Veterans

Veterans who are also truck drivers get free meals on Veterans Day. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, invites all truck drivers who are also veterans of the U.S. armed services to enjoy a complimentary meal on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at any participating

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results

Opens 25 new stores year-to-date. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept.30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three-month period ended Sept. 30, 2014, the company reported net income of $63 million, or $0.83 per

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Stripes Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Facebook promotion encourages customers to post photos of themselves or a loved one in their military uniform.             Stripes Stores Facebook fans will have an opportunity to win a Stripes $50 gift card by submitting a picture of themselves or a loved one(s) in Uniform. To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, Stripes will randomly selected

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