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Getting Gum Back on Track

While it’s still an important category in convenience stores, the bubble has burst on gum sales over the past two years. The good news is manufacturers are doubling down on their efforts to grow the category with new products and better pricing. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Gum continues to prove something of an enigma

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Speedway Acquires Hess

Positions Speedway as one of the largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in the U.S. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has announced that its subsidiary, Speedway LLC, has signed a definitive agreement with Hess Corp. to acquire Hess Retail Holdings LLC. This transaction incorporates all of Hess’ retail locations, transport operations and shipper history on various

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Wells Fargo Puts RAI-LO Combination at 90% Likelihood

“Given the current market environment where both targets and acquirers are being rewarded, we continue to believe this will be a value creating transaction for both RAI and LO shareholders,” says Wells Fargo analyst. Based on news reports that came out the afternoon of May 21, noting that Reynolds American, Inc. (RAI) is in “active

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Circle K Raises More Than $1.3 Million for CMN

Three-week campaign benefits 30 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees asked customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are this spring, raising a total of $1,357,138.59 in donations for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This

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Independent C-Stores Gain CareerBuilder To Reduce Turnover

Convenience Store Alliance helps independent operators win and retain high-quality employees. In its ongoing effort to help independents compete with large chain stores, Convenience Store Alliance (CSA) has announced the addition of CareerBuilder, the nation’s largest online job site, to its arsenal of vendor programs. With employee labor as the largest c-store operating cost, CSA

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New E-Liquids For E-Vaporizers

Vapor Corp., a US-based electronic cigarette company with brands that include Krave, VaporX, Hookah Stix and Fifty-One, has launched of a new, premium line of e-liquids for electronic vaporizers and other e-vaping devices. Vapor Corp.’s new line is in direct response to the continuously growing e-cigarette / vaporizer industry nationwide. The new USA-made e-liquids are

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Harmonize Scent

Cintas restroom fragrance products are now available in matching scents to create a harmonized odor control solution in the restroom. Created to attack odor in the air and at the source, the new Harmonize Scent line is available in all Cintas restroom fragrance products, including air fresheners, urinal and toilet sanitizers and urinal screens. Made

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Soft-Serve Equipment

Less than one week after announcing its acquisition of Donper America, an established soft-serve manufacturer in the US market, Argosy Group International (AGI) has introduced its own soft-serve machine: the Argosy 8000i. The latest machine boasts state-of-the-art technology that simplifies both daily operations and routine maintenance tasks. The Argosy 8000i equipment was designed for operational

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Chocolate Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced a smoother, rich chocolate blend for its Swisher Sweets Chocolate Cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Chocolate cigarillos are available in the popular resealable foil pouches and “5-for-3” packs. The two-count resealable pouches provide adult consumers with guaranteed fresh cigars. They are available in three popular price points: 99 cents, $1.49, and non-priced “Save

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Bars For Serious Athletes

Detour has introduced Lean Muscle Bars, which are made for serious athletes interested in building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Lean Muscle Bars come in two convenient sizes, one with 32 grams of protein, 1000 mg of healthy Omega 3’s, 390 calories and just three grams of sugar; and the other with 16 grams of

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New Smart Safe

Tidel, a global supplier of cash management systems and robbery deterrent devices, has announced the TACC VI, a new addition to its TACC family of products. The TACC VI brings an innovative design, superior usability, and enhanced serviceability for the retail marketplace. The primary features of the Tidel TACC VI include: integrated tube vending functionality

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Krackel Bar Is Back

Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar, a long-time consumer favorite, is no longer just a tasty miniature candy treat. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Krackel Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice Bar is back as a full-size offering. The beloved candy bar, which has only been available in Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment bags,

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Snacks Remain A Mainstay

Salty snacks again are grabbing a lion’s share of c-store snack sales, but healthier offerings are making noise. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores represent five times their fair share when it comes to grab-and-go snacking occasions, beating out grocery stores and even discount stores, according to a 2013 study by market research firm

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Gulf Oil Raises Over $100,000 For Breast Cancer Research

Inaugural “Swing for Hope” Golf Tournament benefits American Cancer Society. Gulf Oil LP announced that the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation’s inaugural Swing for Hope Golf Charitable Tournament has raised over $100,000 for breast cancer research and awareness. The event was held on Monday, May 19 as part of Gulf’s 2014 Brand Meeting and Trade Show,

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Hallum Fuel Distributors Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Increases growth potential for VP in Southwest U.S. VP Racing Fuels announced the newest partner in its retail brand program—Hallum Fuel Distributing. Providing distribution services in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, including company-owned and operated c-stores, Hallum represents significant expansion potential for VP’s program in the southwest U.S. “Hallum Fuel Distributing is excited

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CST Divesting 117 Properties in Sealed Bid Sale

Bid deadline set for June 17. CST Brands LLC, parent company of Corner Store convenience stores,  is selling 117 properties located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming by sealed bid sale. CST has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale of the

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Core-Mark Announces Two-for-One Stock Split

“We continue to have confidence in the company’s strong financial position and believe additional liquidity is in the best interest of our shareholders,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that its Board of Directors

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Hunt Brothers Announces Primary Sponsorship of Harvick In History 300

Harvick to drive No. 5 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick and the No. 5 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for the History 300 May 24 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. “Kevin has had a really impressive season thus far, and we are

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NRA Announces Winners of Operator Innovation Awards

National Restaurant Association recognizes cutting-edge restaurant operators at gala event. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced the winners of the third annual Operator Innovation Awards. Selected by an independent panel of expert judges, the winners were recognized for their achievements in driving advancement in the foodservice industry. These cutting-edge restaurant operators were revealed live

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Sunhouse Petroleum Selects inOvationTV Media Program

Innovative technology creates opportunities to engage consumers. Sunhouse Petroleum LLC recently installed the inOvationTV media platform in Greensboro, N.C. “The oil industry is constantly evolving and at an increasingly rapid rate,” stated Shri Kamma, president, Sunhouse Petroleum LLC. “Technology creates so many new opportunities to engage with our customers. The inOvationTV media program is an

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Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co.’s Chapter 11 Plan Confirmed

Confirmation paves the way for the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Cooper-Booth Wholesale Co. (CBW), one of the top 15 largest convenience store distributors in the country, announced that its Chapter 11 Plan of reorganization has been confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Cooper-Booth Wholesale is now moving

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App Lets Freestyle Users Dispense Personal Beverage Mix

Pilot runs through June before nationwide launch later this year. Building on its legacy as a game-changing innovation, Coca-Cola Freestyle is about to make the consumer experience even more personal. Beginning this month, an enhanced “Create Your Own Mix” feature on the popular Coca-Cola Freestyle app will allow users to choose from 100+ drink options

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Higher Wholesale Gasoline Costs Working Through Supply Chain

Domestically, crude production reached a 28-year high. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The decline in U.S. retail gasoline prices through early May is set to reverse ahead of Memorial Day, frequently referenced as the start to the summer driving season and, indeed, expectations call for robust travel during the holiday weekend. The

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Bazco Oil Co. Celebrates New CITGO Location

Raises money for breast cancer awareness at station grand opening. Local CITGO Marketer Bazco Oil Co. celebrated the grand opening of its newest CITGO location in Dearborn, Mich., by raising money for breast cancer awareness and research. To celebrate, the company offered discounts of 20 cents per gallon on gasoline and, on May 3, 10

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Love’s Travel Stop Reopens in Oklahoma City

Love’s family members and employees welcome the new store four years after the previous location was destroyed by a tornado. Love’s celebrates the reopening of its travelstop in east Oklahoma City on I-40 at Exit 166, on Thursday, May 15. The previous site was destroyed by a tornado in May 2010. Four years later, Love’s

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