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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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Vercollone Named President of NECSA

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of an organization that is so vital to our industry,” says Vercollone. Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named president of the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA).

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Dollar Store War Heats Up

Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar. Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for Family Dollar, beating a deal Dollar Tree made last month, according to CNN Money. Dollar General has bid $78.50 per Family Dollar share, totaling $9.7 billion, topping the $74.50 per share cash and stock offer

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SUPERVALU Notifies Customers of Breach

Criminal computer intrusion occurs at owned and franchised stores. SUPERVALU INC. is alerting customers that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. This criminal intrusion may have resulted in the

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident

After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens two new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 14. One is located in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is located in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34. The new Love’s Travel Stops are open 24/7 and feature

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Coca-Cola Buys 16.7% Stake in Monster

Wells Fargo calls the move a huge win for both companies. By CSD Staff. Coca-Cola  and Monster announced a strategic partnership, wherein Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion in cash. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the decision and how it will help both companies leverage their strengths. “We believe

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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program

Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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Improving Network Uptime

Protecting transactions, critical data transfers and/or optional visibility from outages Store networks can fail for many reasons, from severe weather to telecom breakdowns. Unfortunately, many convenience store companies suffer through those outages because customers in the store can’t make purchases with credit/debit cards. Outages can have a big impact in other areas of the business

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Family Express Shares Details On Efficiency Retrofits

Family Express has taken a comprehensive approach to making its entire stores more efficient, saving both energy and costs. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with the most advanced technologies in lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1

As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Carolina 7-Eleven Stores Bring Cheerwine to Slurpee

7-Eleven began experimenting with local flavors earlier this year with the introduction of a Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee drink in its Michigan stores. Cheerwine, the “legendary soft drink of the South,” has been described as best served bone-chilling cold, which makes it a perfect new flavor for 7-Eleven Inc.’s iconic Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated drink. Now

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United Family Expands Guest Engagement Program

Rewards program launched in Dallas/Fort Worth now available chain-wide. The United Family announced the expansion of its Rewards program to West Texas guests of all United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations. The free program launched at all seven Dallas/Fort Worth Market Street locations in April, and offers guests a customized

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Breaking: LOGIC Captures No. 1 Position For Electronic Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced today the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand has captured the No. 1 position in the U.S. for unit share in convenience stores nationwide. Additionally, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong hold on the No. 2 rank for dollar share across the U.S.

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Apple-Ahhh-Rita

The Bud Light Lime Ritas family is expanding yet again, adding fall seasonal Apple-Ahhh-Rita to shelves and on-premise across the country. Success of the Ritas family thus far has been phenomenal. Bud Light Lime Ritas was named a 2014 Breakthrough Innovation winner by Nielsen. The permanent core flavors (Straw-Ber-Rita, Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and Lime-A-Rita) are the

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Crunchy Treasures

B&G Foods Inc. has launched  two new Pirate’s Booty treasures: Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures and Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty. Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures represents a new extra crunchy snacking adventure that features fun, pirate-themed shapes in everyone’s favorite cheesy aged white cheddar flavor. Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty satisfies that sweet tooth with a delicious raspberry

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SIPP Begins National Distribution

SIPP eco beverage co. Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced a national distribution partnership with KeHE Distributors LLC, the second largest distributor of natural and gourmet food products. Distribution by KeHE will bring Sipp onto shelves in large and medium-size retail stores and markets including Fairway Markets, with locations

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Energy-Efficient Lighting

Providing similar durability and uniform illuminance as its first-generation model, GE’s new Evolve LED Canopy Light is engineered with a sleek, new look that offers easy installation and expanded lumen levels for a variety of mounting heights.The Evolve LED Canopy ECBA Light Fixture provides an energy-efficient and robust means for lighting areas with canopies. Offered

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Refreshing Iced Tea

Four refreshing flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea are now available at retail in more than 18 states across the country. Consumers can finally get their hands on all-natural Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade) flavors of the beverage made popular by “Uncle” Si Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty fame.

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New Portable Vaporizers

VMR Products, makers of V2 e-cigs, has launched a new line of vaporizers called V2 Pro. The new line of vaporizers are designed for the emerging “large-scale vapor device” category. These new multi-medium vaporizers are expected to be one of the most disruptive innovations to enter the vaporizer space. The product line is the result

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Split Sausage Links

Johnsonville announces its new Split Sausage Links for foodservice. This new product format is perfect for operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest for all dayparts. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries. Johnsonville Splits are evenly butterflied 80% through the

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Simplify Your Business

First Class Payment Systems’ Clover Station is a next-generation control system that radically simplifies your business. It helps you track inventory, manages employees, gain customer insight to build stronger, lasting customer relationships and accept payments with ease. Clover Station arrives pre-loaded with everything you need to get started. Its cloud-based software enables you to manage

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Details On Tri-Mart Acquisition

President Jim Schroeder weighs in on Tri-Mart’s future, following acquisition.  By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor TMC Holdings, an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry, announced yesterday that it had acquired Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. TMC noted it expects to consolidate several distributors in the

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7-Eleven Hosts Charity Golf Outing

Benefits Gridiron Greats and The BTB Foundation. 7-Eleven Midwest Franchise Owners Association (MWFOA) is hosting its annual charity golf outing, which supports three very important not-for-profits: The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, The BTB Foundation, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course

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