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Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes

Vaping still allowed in lounges, e-cigarette stores and for film and theatrical purposes. Los Angeles has moved to ban public use of electronic cigarettes, following in the footsteps of New York, Chicago and Boston The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs

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Del Monte Expands its Tomato and Vegetable Program

Acquires approximately 2,620 acres of land in south Florida. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. announced that one of its North America subsidiaries acquired approximately 2,620 acres of agricultural production land located Northwest of Palm Beach, Fla. “The land on the east side of Lake Okeechobee is ideally located and has an ample water supply

Bear Aggression Triggers Bull Reaction in Oil Prices

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The weekend invasion of Ukraine by Russia has spiked global crude oil prices, hiking the geopolitical risk premium in crude values while the Obama administration has asked European countries to cut their oil and gas contracts with Russia, and to instead source crude from Africa, the Middle East

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General Mills Study Identifies How C-stores Can Better Connect

“Using digital channels to connect with convenience store shoppers can help build loyalty and drive traffic,” notes consumer insights manager at General Mills Convenience and Foodservice. Shoppers actively use digital media to seek out information from retailers, yet convenience stores lag behind competing channels in digital connections. General Mills Convenience & Foodservice recently conducted a

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Georgia Oil

Deal marks second acquisition since January for Empire. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 59 dealer supply agreements and certain real estate and leasehold assets from Georgia Oil Holdings. The acquisition further solidifies Empire’s presence in the Southeastern United States and in the Atlanta market in particular. Additionally, the transaction expands Empire’s existing

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What, There’s No App For That?

By David Hochman. With additional reporting by William Brucella Read any trade publication or Website that covers the retail industry and you’ll read about apps. A lot. Apps that let shoppers to select and purchase products all through their phones, all the while, providing a dynamic platform for stores and chains to engage more directly

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Potential Reynolds American Acquisition of Lorillard

Wells Fargo Securities notes a merger may be more likely. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) is rumored to be making a bid for Lorillard (LO), according to a report by the Financial Times, which noted RAI was allegedly making a bid for $60 a share. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the potential acquisition. “Though we

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Core-Mark Announces Record Annual Sales of $9.7 Billion

Fourth quarter non-cigarette sales growth over 18%. 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 financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2013.  “We had a very good year in 2013. Our core strategies are

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Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Partner

“We both have the ambition to expand in the U.S. market and the Royal Agio portfolio compliments the Drew Estate brand portfolio perfectly,” says CEO of Royal Agio Cigars. Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1, 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell and distribute

Do you have a handle on your Food Service Category?

Since 1995, DataMax has assisted retailers in effectively managing Food Service offerings, thus, resulting in increased profits and efficiencies. By utilizing Envoy’s Recipe Management functions, we are able to provide retailers the tools to significantly impact the profitability of Food Service by creating products and managing margins down to each ingredient making up the product. 

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Improving Store Support & Revenue with Proactive Support Methodology

Increasing store services/equipment availability at a lower cost of staff-time, money & stress Create a better customer experience and increase profitability at your convenience stores the way the most successful companies do: by combining the capabilities of new technology with enhancements in the way your employees work. Friendly staff is the first touch point for

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Minimum Wage And Politicians

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. It amazes me how economists are called upon by the politicians for insight on raising the minimum wage.  The very people that are known for deadlock and ongoing partisan politics are calling on educated, figure-toting, research experts to give insight on the raising of the minimum wage and

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The Pantry Responds To Dissident Group Assertions

The company says that erroneous information was published by Glass Lewis and Dissident Group. The Pantry Inc. has responded to a report issued by Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC (“Glass Lewis”) on Feb. 27, 2014 in connection with the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on March 13, 2014, as well as to a press

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Speedway Donates Over $60 Million To Children’s Miracle Network

Fundraising for the Charity totaled $7.6 Million in 2013. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC (Speedway) contributed $7,663,759 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2013, boosting the company’s total fundraising to more than $60 million since 1991. Donations in 2013 were up 18% over the previous year and benefitted 20

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Vaporin Partners With C-Store Distributors

National distribution agreement through Checkstand Program brings Vaporin products to convenience stores. Vaporin Inc., a manufacturer, distributor and marketer of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and e-liquids used for the delivery of nicotine, non-nicotine and cannabis-based products, announced an agreement with C-Store Distributors (C-Store) through their Checkstand Program for national distribution of the company’s electronic cigarettes, vaporizers

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5-hour ENERGY Sponsors Mexican Soccer Star

Living Essentials, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY shots, announced the sponsorship of Mexican soccer star Oribe Peralta, marking the company’s first major advertising campaign focused exclusively on Hispanic consumers.  Peralta, striker for the Mexican National Team and MX Santos Laguna team, is a top scorer in the CONCACAF Champions League and was the 2013 CONCACAF

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Bill Aims to “Protect Children” From E-Cigarettes

Those in favor of the bill call e-cigarettes a ‘gateway’ to smoking cigarettes. Senate Democrats introduced legislation this week that aims to ban marketing electronic cigarettes to teens, the Washington Free Beacon reported. The “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” would authorize the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to

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Duchess Shoppes To Partner With Red Cross In March

“Everyday Heroes” invites customer contributions. Englefield Oil Co.’s Duchess Shoppes, a full-service convenience store chain, is inviting customers to honor Everyday Heroes with a donation to the American Red Cross this March. Beginning Saturday, March 1, customers will be able to purchase a Red Cross icon for $1 at any of the chain’s 123 stores

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U.S. Companies Miss The Mark On Needs Of Aging Customers

Some 25% of survey respondents can’t find products geared towards their special nutritional needs, Nielsen report finds. Nielsen’s latest study, which looks at the aging consumer, found that companies completely miss the mark when it comes to engaging and catering to the needs of aging consumers. This disconnect could mean the loss of a huge

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Greencore Group Acquires Lettieri’s

“Both the Lettieri’s acquisition and the capital investment into Jacksonville deepen our manufacturing capability,” says Greencore CEO. Greencore Group plc has acquired Lettieri’s LLC. Lettieri’s is a manufacturer of food to go products for the U.S. convenience store channel. It operates from a modern, purpose-built facility in Shakopee, Minn. and employs approximately 130 staff members.

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Rezzcard And InComm Partnership Allows Rent Pay At Retail

Cashtie API enables property management companies to offer cash payment option to tenants. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, announced that Rezzcard, a New Jersey-based rent payments and mobile communications company focused on serving the needs of tenants and families in affordable housing communities, is integrating Cashtie into their payment system. The Cashtie

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Wawa And Sheetz Support Commissioning of USS Somerset

Free box lunches will feature popular items from each company’s menu. Wawa Inc. and Sheetz, two of country’s finest convenience store retailers, are teaming up to provide more than 5,000 lunches to attendees at the Commissioning Ceremony of the USS Somerset in Philadelphia on March 1. “This is an enormous enterprise that would not be

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Online Calculator Shows Instant Fountain Savings

Convenience Store Alliance now offers complete fountain package to help independent retailers save money. Phillips 66’s branded retailer buying program, Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), released an online calculator that shows savings potential on CSA’s Fountain Freedom program, a package offering independent operators chain store pricing on soda fountain syrup, carbonation solutions, equipment and financing. While

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Taco Bell To Launch Breakfast Menu

The new Waffle Taco features a waffle wrapped around a sausage patty or bacon, with scrambled eggs and cheese, served with a side of syrup. As QSRs and convenience stores up the ante in the battle for breakfast customers, Taco Bell is not to be left behind. Taco Bell is launching a national breakfast menu

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Quik-E Foods Partners With March Networks

March Networks Solution helps Quik-E Foods reduce shrink. Quik-E Foods of Lynchburg, Va. is upgrading to March Networks’ next-generation retail solution for enhanced security and loss prevention. March Networks is a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions. The March Networks solution integrates high-quality video, audio and transaction data to combat point-of-sale (POS) fraud and

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