Tony Huppert

It’s Called Retail

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The controversy over who charges sales tax and who doesn’t charge sales tax fascinates me, i.e., sales tax collected by brick and mortar, versus online, and in-state online, versus out of state, etc. The solution is simple, the 5th Amendment tells us: “No private property can be taken

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Energy For The Outdoorsman

Solvi Acquisition, parent company of Strut & Rut Energy shot announced that the energy filled, pomegranate-flavored, cozy shot designed for the outdoorsman will now be available for sale on Amazon. This new partnership with the eCommerce giant is a move toward offering customers an easy and convenient place to purchase the product, that until now

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Bag-in-Box

As carbonated soft drinks sales continue to decline, many operators are seeking new opportunities to increase beverage profits while providing patrons with the refreshing drinks they want. With 90% aided brand awareness (according to Aided, IPSOS Brand Health Tracker, Year End 2013), CRYSTAL LIGHT Bag-in-Box can easily help operators regain their cold beverage sales. In

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New Line Extensions

KIND has introduced two new flavors to its KIND Nuts & Spices line: Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only five grams of sugar (or less)—and nothing artificial. They are further proof that you can naturally lower the sugar

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PCATS Rebrands For The Future

Name change signifies organization’s refocused mission. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Searching for a stronger identity to match its technical expertise, the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has been rebranded as Conexxus. Gray Taylor, executive director of the newly branded Conexxus, said Tuesday night that the name change signifies the refocus of the

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Mobile Commerce Gets A Workout

The Conexxus (formerly PCATS) mobile committee works on developing standards streamlining mobile transactions. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Even before the former Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) rebranded as itself as Conexxus, its Mobile committee was living to the group’s new motto: Solve Forward. Tuesday’s Mobile workshop was one of a half-dozen working

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Wells Fargo Expects Lorillard, Reynolds American Inc. Combination

Puts chances of acquisition at 80% probability. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported this week that it continues to anticipate that Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) will acquire Lorillard (LO). “We increasingly believe the chances are high (80% probability) RAI could acquire LO, and based on our updated acquisition analysis, RAI could pay up to $80/share for

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Nuts For Nut Clusters

St. Louis snack food brand What-A-Ya Nuts?! cracked into the market with four great-tasting nut cluster varieties for people who want to “Snack in Sanity.” Available in savory and sweet varieties, What-A-Ya Nuts?! provides snackers with rich, yet surprisingly subtle flavors and a signature crunch. The combination of shape, texture and taste creates a unique

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Knapp Oil Celebrates Its Roots

Local CITGO marketer thanks the community for nearly 10 years of support. Local CITGO Marketer Knapp Oil Co. Inc. celebrated its roots in southern Illinois with a grand opening and a series of Customer Appreciation Days at three of its Knapp CITGO locations. Approximately 6,000 customers helped the company open a new station in Harrisburg,

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IRI MarketPulse Survey Shows Jump in Consumer Confidence

Consumers feeling more positive about household finances. After a rocky end to 2013, consumer confidence increased dramatically in Q1 2014, according to IRI’s latest MarketPulse survey. All age groups across the board are reporting a sunnier outlook, especially Millennials, who are showing their greatest uptick in confidence, even though they’ve been one of the most

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Single-Cup Coffees

Boyd’s Coffee is launching a new generation of single-cup coffees for brewers that accept K-Cup portion packs. The cups’ soft mesh filter offers the same convenience as other single cups, only with significantly less packaging than the traditional rigid-side format. The mesh filter also enables coffee drinkers to experience the fresh-roasted coffee’s aroma; now single-cup coffee drinkers can

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Smoothie Mixes

Serve better-for-you beverages and satisfy health conscious consumers with new DaVinci Gourmet natural smoothie mixes—featuring fruit and veggie blends. Made with no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, these delicious natural smoothie mixes contain up to two servings of fruit per eight-ounce drink. Choose from five fresh-picked fruit flavors, such as Very Berry, or two

Woodchuck

Summer Brews

Woodchuck Hard Cider has released two new products, which represent the craft cider makers’ commitment to both innovation and its passionate fan base. Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint is the most recent cider to be released in the Cellar Series line. Mint is handcrafted from fresh Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples. The twist turns up

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Gasoline Prices Tugged Higher on Ukraine

Analysts worry the crisis in Ukraine will worsen, potentially threatening oil and gas supply from Russia to Europe, rallying Brent crude oil. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures values surged to a high last seen in July 2013 on April 24 before dropping back while the U.S. retail average has now

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Fruit Sales Soar At Mark’s Food Market

What began as a pilot program has become a big business for owner David Rizek. Mark’s Food Market in Greenville, N.C., is doing a big business with fruits and vegetables, following a pilot program that began three years ago. The pilot program was part of the Pitt County Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, which began in

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Minit Mart Donates Nearly $43,000 to MDA

Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits from convenience store Shamrock fundraiser. Minit Mart, with store locations in Kentucky and Tennessee, raised $42,900 in donations from its customers and employees for MDA during its annual shamrock fundraising campaign. “The Minit Mart customers and dedicated employees make this annual campaign a resounding success each year,” shared Tom O’Brien, president

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Michael Snyder Joins Server Products

Industry veteran Snyder to lead Server’s business development in the Eastern U.S. Server Products has announced the hiring of Michael Snyder as eastern regional sales manager. In the capacity of sales manager, Snyder will lead Server’s business development initiatives in the Eastern region of the U.S. An 18-year veteran of the industry, Snyder most recently

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Destination ‘Seattle’

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Spring Valley High School Ocean Science Team and coaches, representing the five-state Midwest, departed from the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis. Monday April 28, 2014, at 4 a.m. As regional winners of the Sturgeon Bowl in Milwaukee, earlier this spring, they will be representing the

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Energy Transfer Partners to Acquire Susser Holdings

“The combination with Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco is the right next step for Susser Holdings and delivers significant value for Susser Holdings shareholders,” says Susser CEO. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total

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Hess Expands Use of Kalibrate Technologies’ Pricing System

Rolling-out PriceNet system to recently acquired WilcoHess locations. Hess has extended the use of Kalibrate’s PriceNet fuels pricing system to include the recently acquired WilcoHess sites. Hess originally purchased PriceNet in 2010 and has subsequently partnered with Kalibrate to assist with strategic definition and location decisions. Hess plans to use PriceNet to price at all

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Fast-Casual Restaurants Show Faster-Than-Average Growth

Made-for-you appeal driving success. The fast-casual segment continues to lead growth within the restaurant industry. With an 11% increase in 2013 sales and nearly 8% increase in units, fast-casual concepts among Technomic’s 2014 Top 500 Chain Restaurants comprise many of the fastest-growing restaurant chains. At the same time, leaders Panera Bread, Chipotle Mexican Grill and

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PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Battle Muscular Dystrophy in Virginia

CITGO marketer helps 14th Annual MDA Jersey Auction surpass fundraising goal. Local CITGO Marketer PAPCO Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. raised nearly $70,000 during the 14th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Jersey Auction. Following a Norfolk Admirals’ hockey game at Scope Arena on March 22, PAPCO, CITGO and the Admirals American Hockey League Team auctioned

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NJOY Welcomes Proposed FDA Regulations for E-Cigs

Company will continue to engage the FDA and consumers throughout regulatory process. NJOY, the country’s leading independent manufacturer of electronic cigarettes, welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) issuance of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes. “We have long supported FDA regulation of electronic cigarettes, and believe that the issuance of today’s proposed regulations is

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Smoker Friendly To Open Accessories Chain Glass Werx

Targets cannabis users with new tobacco accessories line. Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly is preparing to move aggressively into cannabis accessories after 23 years of primarily serving the tobacco market, with the introduction of 10 new Glass Werx tobacco accessories stores this year the Denver Post reported. Glass Werx plans to sell a variety of pipes,

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Car Wash Efficiency

MacNeil Wash Systems, a supplier to the tunnel car wash industry, announced the assignment of US Patent No. 8,621,707 for its new PowerLock. PowerLock is a lightweight energy saving air valve that allows dryers to operate continuously while preventing air flow between vehicles and minimize peak load charges, resulting in increased energy efficiency and a

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