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E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Accelerates Again

“We remain encouraged that category dollar sales continue to grow, driven by Big Tobacco’s national e-cig rollouts,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. All channel (mass channel + c-stores) e-cig dollar sales growth continued to accelerate sequentially to +24.1% in the period ending May 2, 2015, driven by +57.7% unit growth, partially offset by -21.3% net pricing,

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Love’s Travel Stops opens in Woodburn, Ind.

Love’s to donate $2,000 to local nonprofit. The City of Woodburn, Ind. received a little ‘Love’ during its 150th birthday celebration. The new Love’s Travel Stop, which offers residents a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more, opened for business last week. The 12,000 square-foot facility, located at U.S. Highway 24 and State

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TA& Petro Stopping Centers Restaurants Offer Free Food For Kids

This summer, with purchase of adult meal, kids eat for free. TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, invites parents to take a break from cooking all summer long. From May 15 – Sept. 7, 2015, TA Country Pride Restaurants and Petro Iron Skillet Restaurants will give

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Consumers Weigh In On Organic Labeling

Over half of U.S. consumers think organic labeling is an excuse to charge more.        Organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, but new research from Mintel reveals that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic

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Flavored Pumpkin Seeds

Shaking up the snack aisle once more, SuperSeedz, creator of gourmet, dry-roasted pumpkin seeds, is expanding its family of products with the addition of a new flavor: Maple Sugar & Sea Salt. The newest innovation is the ninth varietal offered by SuperSeedz, which recently hit another major milestone: achieving national distribution. Consumers will be able […]

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Natural Leaf Cigarillos

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane has introduced Cubero cigarillos in a new two‐pack foil pouch available in three custom‐blends—Wine, Mocha and Sweet. Masterfully blended, Cubero natural leaf cigars combine fresh flavors with subtle hints of sweetness to create uniquely modern blends for a rich and relaxing smoke. Blend No 07 (Wine) offers a sweet mixture rich […]

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Boost Hot Snack Sales

Grow foodservice hot snack sales with restaurant-style snacks and appetizers from McCain. Now featuring the NEW Fiesta Bold Chorizo Stuffed Hash Brown Patty made with savory potato, white American cheese, egg, and Chorizo in a cornflake crust seasoned …

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Mac’s Fights Crime With New Mural At Brampton Store

Community graffiti project aims to give residents ownership of their local convenience store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard in Canada, has seen continued success using a mural project to combat crime at its stores, and introduced a fifth store to the program just last week in Brampton.

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Memorial Day Travel Volume To Be Highest In 10 Years

Despite climbing gas prices, drivers expected to take to the road in record numbers during the holiday weekend. AAA predicts that automotive travel this Memorial Day holiday will be up 5.3% (33 million travelers) compared to last year’s holiday weekend, which would be the highest volume in 10 years. Increasing gas prices are apparently not

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Subway Opens 5,000th C-store Location

“All along, this growth in non-traditional areas, has allowed us to bring our product to where the customers are,” says Subway’s chief development officer. Global quick-service restaurant chain SUBWAY restaurants is celebrating its latest developmental milestone in the brand’s growth with the opening of its 5,000th convenience store and truck stop location in Lima, Peru.

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Royal Buying Group Announces Vendor of The Year

Also recognizes new product display winners. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) announced the 2014 Vendor of the Year Award at the 2015 Independent C-Store Expo on April 30. RBG provided this award to one vendor who provided outstanding programing and services to its network of retailers through new product innovation, core program information and excellent

NAC Awards Gold Medal Products CEO

The National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) has announced that Dan Kroeger; president, CEO and chairman of Gold Medal Products Co. has been named the 2015 Mickey Warner Award recipient. Kroeger will be honored on Thursday, July 23 at the NAC Membership Luncheon during The Concession & Hospitality Expo at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The Mickey

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Auto Manufacturers Support Biodiesel

Diesel vehicles are here to stay, and their forecasted growth trend is on a steady upward climb due to the tremendous fuel economy and durability that they provide to customers. By Jon Scharingson, executive director, sales and marketing, Renewable Energy Group Inc. Did you know that the automotive industry spends nearly $100 billion globally on

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Diesel Trends

In the next 10 years, more customers are expected to opt for diesel powered vehicles, creating new opportunities for the c-store industry. By Jon Scharingson, executive director, sales and marketing, Renewable Energy Group Inc. From luxury sedans to light-duty trucks, automobile manufacturers are turning to diesel to provide more fuel-efficient options for drivers. This influx

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Kum & Go Opens First Public CNG Store in Springdale

“Kum & Go has a proud tradition of being an industry leader in sustainable practices,” says CEO of Kum & Go. Kum & Go announced it will be opening its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Springdale, Ark. The station will be located at 1220 E Robinson Ave. While there are 1,540 public

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens in Baird, Texas

Love’s to donate to local nonprofits. Baird, Texas residents now have a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more. The new Love’s Travel Stop, located on Interstate 20 at U.S. Highway 283, opened for business last week. The 10,000 square foot facility is open 24 hours a day. Customers will find gourmet coffee,

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Consumer Optimism Wilts as Gas Prices Rise

Nationwide, economic optimism fell from 52% to 48%. Nearly nine in 10 consumers (85%) say that gas prices affect their feelings about the economy, according to survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Gas prices have risen roughly 50 cents per gallon since February. One in 10 consumers (10%) say that

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M&M’S Brand Turns Laughs Into Donations

Partners with U.S. Red Nose Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced that M&M’S, known for its colorful chocolate candies and equally colorful sense of humor, is kicking off a new campaign called “#MakeMLaugh” to support Red Nose Day as it debuts in the U.S. This integrated, socially driven campaign is one of many ways M&M’S

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A C-Store for All Seasons

With the means to stand out, Seasons Corner Market is separating itself from its New England competitors. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In one way, convenience stores are like suspects in a police lineup. Usually, it’s distinguishing features that make them the most noticeable. Whether it’s following the hottest foodservice trends, regaling patrons with a

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Working in This Aspirational Career

Sometimes the industry in which you work is more than just a job. By Fran Duskiewicz One of the most common questions I’ve asked people within our industry is how they got to where they are. I ask that because most of us just sort of wandered in, either because of family, or because we

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Pump It Up

Smart forecourt technology comes in various shapes and solutions and often fits any operation, depending on the retailer’s needs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Despite traditionally thin margins, fuel sales still remain the center of gravity for most convenience stores. That conception was on full display during the last few months as declining fuel prices

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No Fees Agree with Patrons

Financial service programs, including fee-free ATMs, can help boost c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From wire transfers and check cashing to money order sales, bill paying and, increasingly, no-fee ATMs, financial services continue to add convenience for consumers and more in-store sales for retailers. In fact, ATMs—especially those of the no fee variety—can

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Earning Energy Efficiency

From LED lighting upgrades to energy control systems, implementing more energy-friendly strategies can add to a c-store’s bottom line. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Changing the light bulbs doesn’t have to occur only when one burns out. Rather, by becoming more energy efficient, stores can bring energy costs down while improving the customer experience at

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7-Eleven Launches Slurpee All Access Chill

Slurpee All Access Chill Sweepstakes to award music experiences, downloads, festival tickets, sound systems, guitars. For thousands of American music lovers, 7‑Eleven stores’ iconic Slurpee drink could be the ticket to top concerts, exclusive trips to music festivals across the country, music downloads and once-in-a-lifetime music experiences including a meet-and-greet with pop star Austin Mahone.

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Atlanta Area Opens Georgia’s First Three E15 Stations

Protec Fuel’s station rollout of E15 sites to metropolitan areas includes various cities in the South and Southeast. A Marietta Gulf station celebrated with its customers Friday, May 8, while offering some of the first E15 sales in Georgia. The Gulf Quick Stop Food Store on S. Cobb, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the

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