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Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

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Cetane Boost for Diesel

VP Racing Fuels has announced the introduction of “Cetanium” cetane concentrate, the latest addition to its line of Madditive performance chemicals. Cetanium increases cetane up to 10 numbers for off-road racing diesel applications—the largest increase of any cetane boost on the market. Packaged in 32-ounce containers, Cetanium cleans injectors and pumps, prevents sludge and deposits

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Layered Granola Bars

In response to the growing energy bar category the Kellogg’s Convenience team is launching new Bear Naked Layered Granola Bars. Peoples’ lives are hectic and active consumers look for snacks that will help them be focused and energized. The Bear Naked brand offers an ever-growing variety of products for health-aware consumers to enjoy. New Bear

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Is RBOB Near Its Pre-Season Rally High?

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal factors are the primary driver in lifting the gasoline futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange more than 60% from a multiyear low registered in January, and are the wind in the sails for a continued move higher in March. The forward curve, which shows the

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Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

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Combustible Cigarette Pricing And Volume Strong

Lower gas prices continue to help drive category strength. Cigarette dollar sales accelerated driven by solid pricing and equally strong volume, according to a recent Nielsen report. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted that c-store cigarette dollar sales were up +5.9% (up from +3.5% last period and -3.2% last year) during the recent four-weeks ending Feb.

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Weinberg Capital Group Acquires Merchant Servants LLC

Acquisition presents first new platform of 2015. Weinberg Capital Group (WCG) announced the acquisition of Melrose Park, Ill.-based Mechanical Servants LLC D/B/A Convenience Valet (CV). The company was purchased by a group of investors led by WCG from David Baum, who will remain a significant shareholder of CV and continue in his current role as

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Tomato-based Beer Mix

Tecate, the authentic Cerveza “con Caracter,” has announced the introduction of Tecate Diablo, a bold Mexican beer mix based on the traditional Michelada recipe of beer, real tomato juice, lime and spices. Diablo is Tecate’s second offering in the Michelada category and provides a spicier take on the classic drink, leveraging the growing popularity of

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Parker’s Moves Headquarters to Greek Revival Mansion

“We’ve paid attention to every detail to ensure the restoration of this treasured Savannah building respects its structural history,” says Parker’s CEO. Greg Parker, CEO of Parker’s Convenience Stores, who has an appreciation for the architecture and history of downtown Savannah, is moving the company’s Savannah headquarters to the historic Philbrick-Eastman House overlooking Chippewa Square,

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Englefield Oil Partners With IGS CNG Service Partners

Opening CNG Fueling Station in Obetz, Ohio. IGS CNG Services, in conjunction with Englefield Oil, is opening of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the existing Duchess convenience store, a BP fueling station at 3909 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio. The station will service a growing number of Ohio businesses and citizens

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AWMA Is Now the Convenience Distribution Association

“While the AWMA name has served us well, it has presented some challenges. Every time we go to Capitol Hill we have to explain who it is we represent,” says chairman of name change. Rob Sincavich, president of Team Sledd, Wheeling, W.Va., and the 2015 chairman of the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA), announced last

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F.L. Roberts & Co. Selects PriceAdvantage

Fuel pricing software to help the largest independent petroleum marketer in western Massachusetts leverage real-time data to make informed pricing decisions. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, announced that F.L. Roberts has selected PriceAdvantage software to help establish fuel prices at their 28 convenience stores operated under the F.L.

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Core-Mark Announces Financial Results

Food sales increased 7.2% for the fourth quarter, while total non-cigarette sales increased 5.6%, Core-Mark reports. 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 ending Dec. 31, 2014. “Core-Mark had another

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Core-Mark Completes Acquisition of Karrys Bros.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to continue providing Karrys’ customers with industry leading service they have come to expect,” 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, closed the purchase of substantially all of the

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Bidwell, Ohio

Love’s adds 72 parking spaces in Ohio. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens a new travel stop in Bidwell, Ohio. The new store, located at U.S. Highway 35 and Ohio State Route 850, opened for business Thursday, Feb. 19. The new Love’s adds 72 truck parking spaces to the Buckeye State. The 24/7 facility also offers

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American Gas and Oil Acquires Five Michigan Stores

Expands CITGO presence in Grand Rapids and Lansing areas with purchases from Meijer. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) converted five Grand Rapids area Meijer gas stations and convenience stores to the CITGO brand to better serve Western Michigan customers. Building on expansion efforts initiated this summer, AGO’s acquisitions of

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Many Retailers ‘Not Confident’ in Security of POS Devices

Tripwire study reveals retailers lag behind other industries on Internet of Things security. Tripwire Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, announced the results of a  study sponsored by Tripwire conducted by Atomic Research examining the impact of emerging enterprise security threats connected with the Internet of Things (IoT) in the

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Report Shows Evolution of Eating Habits

“The way our society views food has come a long way since the TV dinner heyday of the 1950s,” says senior vice president, Acosta. Acosta Sales & Marketing, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, has released “The Evolution of Eating Hot Topic Report.” The research report explores changes

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Hershey Names New Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Little to bring 30 years of broad financial experience and leadership to her role at Hershey. The Hershey Co. has appointed Patricia Little as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective March 16. In her role at Hershey, Little will oversee the company’s global finance organization and be a part

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CNG Station Opens in Grove, Okla.

New station marks the 89th in Oklahoma. Oklahoma’s newest CNG station is now open for business. A grand opening ceremony was held at the quick-fill station in Grove, about 90 minutes northeast of Tulsa, on Feb. 19. The station, at 573 W Third St in Grove, was built by Tulsa Gas Technologies (TGT), and is

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BP Unveils Improvements To Loyalty Program

“We’re confident this new technology will provide customers with a more sophisticated and personalized experience,” says marketing director of product and offer development at BP. BP has unveiled a number of improvements to its Driver Rewards loyalty program and credit card processing technology designed to help BP-branded marketers meet consumers’ evolving payment and card security

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Graham Partners Acquires Tidel

Looks to expand Tidel’s product portfolio. Tidel, a provider of cash management systems and robbery deterrent products, announced its acquisition by an affiliate of Graham Partners, a private investment firm specializing in the advanced manufacturing and industrial technology sector. With the backing of Graham Partners, Tidel plans to accelerate growth by expanding its product portfolio,

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Sheetz Opens In Morgantown

New location to feature a fuel-free concept. Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will open their new concept restaurant to the students and locals of Morgantown, W.Va. on March 3, 2015. This will be the first location for Sheetz featuring the fuel free concept with a complete focus on

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Gulf Oil Returns To Cincinnati

Partners with Lykins Energy Solutions. Gulf Oil LP and Lykins Energy Solutions, a petroleum marketer in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana announced a new partnership that brings the iconic Gulf brand back to the greater Cincinnati area for the first time in 20 years. A regional “The Legend is back!“ advertising campaign will also begin in

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Convenience Retailers Optimistic About Future Prospects

C-store retailers note gas customers are spending their savings at the pump in-store. More than four in five convenience store retailers (82%) are optimistic about their business prospects in the first three months of 2015, according to the results of retailer sentiment survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The drop

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