Legislation Introduced To Close Tobacco Tax Loopholes

Legislation would apply tax equity to all tobacco products, including new developments like e-cigarettes. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week in introducing the Tobacco Tax Equity Act to close loopholes in the tax code. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act would

PriceAdvantage Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Fuel pricing software company commemorates 10 years of agility. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, is celebrating 10 years of supporting fuel pricing excellence through the agile development of easy-to-use, flexible, and effective fuel pricing software. PriceAdvantage first launched in 2005 to address the daily challenges fuel marketers faced

KickBack Points to Exhibit at NATSO

Leading loyalty program provider will showcase its innovative technology solutions for truck stop operators. Travel plaza and truckstop owners are among the busiest retail operators in the country serving a mixture of truckers, businessmen and commuters heading to and from work. Attracting these customers and driving new business remains a clear goal for the travel

Murphy USA To Offer E15 and E85

Adding alternative fuels in Chicago and Houston Locations in 2015. Murphy USA Inc., a marketer of retail motor fuel products and convenience merchandise, has announced an expansion program that will bring E15 to consumers in the suburbs of Chicago and Houston in 2015. After several successful introductions of the new fuel in Iowa, Murphy USA

GPM Acquiring Midwest Division Of VPS

Upon closing, GPM would have over 800 company-operated convenience stores and dealer sites in 14 states. GPM Investments, LLC has entered into an agreement to purchase the Midwestern division of VPS Convenience Store Group LLC. This transaction adds to GPM’s acquisition of the Southeast operations of VPS in August 2013. The acquisition will include 163 company-operated

Weight Concerns “Weigh” on C-Store Shoppers’ Minds

“C-store shoppers want better-for-you foods that help them achieve their weight management goals, but also taste great, are affordable, and easy to eat on-the-go,” explains a consumer insights researcher at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. As convenience stores look to meet the diverse needs of its customers, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

Aite Group Report Shows POS EMV Evolution

Merchants who delay in upgrading to EMV chip will be exposed to US$1.1 billion in counterfeit credit card fraud losses. By the end of 2015, approximately 59% of U.S. point-of-sale (POS) locations will be chip-capable, said Aite Group. This finding and others are included in an upcoming Aite Group research report, “EMVelocity: Outlook for POS

Fran Duskiewicz Joins Convenience Store Decisions

The industry veteran will serve as a featured columnist for Convenience Store Decisions magazine and a content adviser for the National Advisory Group (NAG). Fran Duskiewicz, the venerable industry veteran who helped grow Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes into a retail powerhouse and guided the chain through its sale to CST Brands following the death

Kentucky Gas Station Faces Legislation

After the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its own gas station last summer, a Kentucky senator has now sponsored a bill to determine how fair the enterprise is to surrounding businesses. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Kentucky Sen. Chris Girdler (R-Somerset), on Feb. 6, filed a bill that would require government entities to conduct a

Mutual Oil Co. Sells Dealer And Transportation Business

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Mutual. Mutual Oil Co. Inc. has successfully sold its branded, contract dealer business, comprised of over 150 dealer supply contracts, structured agreements and transportation fleet. The dealer supply contracts and structured agreements have been sold to an undisclosed purchaser. Mutual’s transportation business, comprised

New Love’s Locations Offering CNG For 99 Cents

CNG now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle. Love’s Fast-Fill CNG is now available in all three cities of the Texas Triangle between Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. The recent opening of Love’s first fast-fill CNG location in San Antonio connects the third market to Love’s existing CNG network in the Texas

Saving Energy for Generations to Come

Developing revolutionary coffee equipment solutions for more than 25 years, FETCO is setting all-new standards with state-of-the-art, energy-conscious equipment construction, resulting in lower overall energy costs from 44–62%, according to an independent energy-savings study by Trace Laboratories. How does FETCO equipment save up to 62% in energy costs? By designing and building coffee brewing equipment

New CFO and VPs Named At Pro Food Systems

“To continuously scale up a rapidly growing company, we must have the right people in place to take us to the next level” says CEO of Pro Food Systems. Pro Food Systems, best known for its flagship brand Champs Chicken, continued the company’s remarkable growth streak in 2014. Pro Food Systems was founded in 1998

Dulce de Leche Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets’ first limited-edition cigarillos of 2015—Swisher Sweets Dulce de Leche—is delicioso. Customers will love the smooth, sweet, creamy taste; a deliciousness that will keep them coming back for more. Dulce de Leche Swisher Sweets are available to ship to participating stores nationwide beginning Feb. 2, 2015. They come in resealable two-count foil pouches with

Vegetable And Fruit Juice

Campbell Soup Co., the makers of V8, is innovating the shelf-stable juice category with the introduction of new V8 Vegetable and Fruit Juice Beverages, blends of vegetables with a touch of fruit. The new varieties Healthy Greens, Purple Power, Golden Goodness, and Carrot Mango have no added sugar or artificial ingredients, are 60 calories or

Two New IPAs

The Samuel Adams brewers have released two new brews to the Rebel IPA family: Rebel Rouser Double IPA and Rebel Rider Session IPA. These two new brews are inspired by the West Coast hops found in Rebel IPA, a West Coast-style IPA released for the first time in 2014. All brews in the Rebel IPA

Protein-Infused Water

In just a few short months, the roll-out of sugarfree trimino protein-infused water in the Midwest is beginning to resonate with its target audience: women interested in a healthy, refreshing alternative to sugary soft drinks, one that hydrates and serves as a delicious protein supplement. Nationwide, trimino is available in over 1,500 retail locations in

Special Edition Lighters

It is almost one of the most important times of year for fashion, as designers prepare to unveil their new collections…and BIC is also unveiling its new and refreshed fashion lighters. The new BIC Special Edition Black & White MiniTronic Series Lighters may be compact, but they make a bold statement! These electronic lighters with

Comfort For Your Car

Gelepads, a new market segment product, offer high margins and high volume repeat sales. Every one of your customers will want one. The Gelepad is a soft, cushy personal comfort pad made with medical quality gel and covered in a durable fabric. It provides instant relief from painful pressure points on  elbows, arms and legs

Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt

The newest flavors from Müller yogurt—Raspberry Chocolate Chip, Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip are hitting grocery shelves nationwide this month. The new flavors are a good source of protein and calcium for 210 calories or less for that “me moment” you deserve. As Europe’s most popular yogurt brand, Müller has been

Cane Sugar Fountain Program

Jones Soda Co., a premium beverage company known for its customer-designed packaging, has launched the expansion of its premium Jones Cane Sugar Soda fountain program. Developed in response to increased consumer demand for a premium alternative to the basic foodservice and QSR fountain offerings, Jones Soda has partnered with a number of customers and independent

Wawa Presents Environmental Community Service Award

$10,000 in honorariums to be awarded in 2015 region‐wide search spearheaded by Wawa, 6abc and Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP. The Environmental Community Service Award, presented by Wawa, 6abc, and the environmental law firm Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (MGKF), celebrates a decade of supporting environmental programs that improve the local community. The

IDDBA Releases On-Demand Webinar on Millennial Shoppers

Explores the evolving U.S. shopper of fresh perimeter categories. Changing American demographics and evolving food culture are affecting how we live, shop and eat. While baby boomers account for a large share of shoppers and dollars, it is Millennial shoppers who are at the forefront of the New American Appetite. IDDBA’s latest study, “Engaging the

VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To Sanborn Elementary School

ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program funds $500 grant. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Sanborn Elementary School in Andover, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corporation and Global Partners

Consumer Optimism Holds—But Concerns Loom

The prolonged period of lower gas prices may have changed consumers’ perceptions about what they consider to be “high prices.” After a week of rising gas prices, a majority of consumers think that the good times of falling gas prices are over. Almost six in ten consumers (58%) say gas prices will be higher in

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