M&M’S Introduces Online Series Starring Funnyman David Koechner

‘The Search for the One’ helps plant the seed for M&M’S ‘Year of Peanut’ in 2014. Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a humorous new online content series starring beloved actor and comedian David Koechner, who rhapsodizes, analyzes and agonizes over peanuts in truly original fashion. Directed by Tim K of Gifted Youth, Funny or

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Budweiser Rings In The Holidays With Musical Buds

Budweiser recently released a YouTube video in celebration of the holiday season: Musical Buds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm4bDNQOdhw&feature=youtu.be . Budweiser’s take on Jingle Bells was made with actual sounds from Budweiser bottles—and for the next version, Budweiser is asking fans to submit their own musical notes through Vine and Twitter, tagging their videos with #MusicalBuds.  Those who submit

NRF Reacts To Swipe Fee Settlement Approval

“The settlement permanently ties the hands of thousands of businesses who wanted nothing to do with this misguided case, and a decision to approve it violates established law and common sense,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation noted its disappointment after U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, on Friday, Dec. 13, approved an estimated

Consumers Petroleum Raises Over $114,000 For MDA

CITGO Marketer Hosts 20th annual MDA Golf Tournament. Local CITGO Marketer Consumers Petroleum raised more than $114,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) at its 20th Annual MDA Golf Tournament. Consumers Petroleum was joined by 54 generous vendors and 110 golfers at the Great River Golf Club on Oct. 1, 2013, all of whom came

Wells Fargo Offers Predictions After FDA Webinar

“We continue to be bullish on the long-term opportunities of e-cigs,” notes Wells Fargo Securities. During FDA Webinar “20 Years Later—Returning to FDA to Regulate Tobacco,” featuring Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) reminded listeners of the FDA’s 3 key priorities: menthol, substantial equivalence and deeming regulations on non-combustible tobacco

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. Showcasing VUSE At 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

“We said from day one that VUSE was a game changer, and initial feedback from Colorado is that adult tobacco consumers agree,” says president of RJR Vapor Co. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is set to showcase its innovative VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running

InOvationTV Media Available In Wayne Ovation Dispensers

Wayne and GSTV expand integration of video at the pump nationwide. Gas Station TV (GSTV) and Wayne, A GE Business and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, announced a new agreement that expands the availability of the inOvationTV media platform and its GSTV-exclusive TV content to any gas retailer nationwide, regardless of

Kum & Go Opens New Convenience Store in Springfield

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Springfield, Mo., at 609 E. Elm St. The new store is approximately 2,000 square feet larger than the previous store, which was razed to make way for the spacious, eco-friendly building. The

Love’s Travel Stops Partners With Truckers Against Trafficking

Company also donates $10,000 to help raise awareness. Love’s Travel Stops has announced a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness among professional truck drivers and travel stop employees to combat human trafficking in our country. Love’s also donated $10,000 to help TAT with the costs of producing

Consumers To Increase Holiday Shopping At C-Stores

More than one in five consumers plan to buy more gift cards (23%), small presents or stocking stuffers (21%) and small items like tape and batteries (22%) more often at c-stores. Harried consumers seeking to complete their holiday shopping say that they will rely more on convenience stores this year for quick snacks, stocking stuffers,

Consumer Spending Growth Slows

First Data analysis shows despite strong holiday retail sales during Thanksgiving and Black Friday, consumer spending dips. First Data Corp., a global provider of payments processing and electronic commerce solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Oct. 31, 2013 through Dec. 2, 2013 compared to Nov. 1 through Dec. 3, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store

Sheetz Jumps To No. 8 On Best Places To Work List

For the 12th straight year, Sheetz is honored on the Pennsylvania list. Sheetz Convenience Restaurants significantly improved its standing as a top employer in Pennsylvania with a move to number eight on the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania list of large companies. This is the 12th consecutive year for Sheetz to be recognized—something only

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Beverage Industry Innovation Boosts Hope

Wells Fargo Securities reports from the Beverage Digest Conference in NYC. Wells Fargo Securities reported on this week’s Beverage Digest’s Conference in New York City, which included presentations by executives at Coca-Cola Co., Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. as well as Nestle NA Waters, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), PureCycle, and

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Driving Convenience Store Foodservice Purchases

If c-stores can continue enhancing quality and service, they can pull traffic away from restaurants, notes Technomic. What do consumers look for in convenience-store foodservice? According to feedback in a recent Technomic study, the answer is more than a matter of convenience. “Due to location and speed of service, c-stores are always going to be

M&M’S World Las Vegas Celebrates World’s Largest M&M’S Candy Wall

M&M’S World installs a sweet visual treat for guests with 3-D chalk art reproduction. M&M’S World Las Vegas is celebrating the recent opening of its new candy wall—the largest M&M’S candy wall in the world—with a 3-D representation of the wall designed on the sidewalk outside the store. M&M’S World Las Vegas has partnered with

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Murphy USA Opens First Arkansas E15 Station

With the addition of the Arkansas station, there are now more than 60 stations in 12 states registered to offer E-15. Today, Dec. 11, Murphy USA opened the first E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) station in Arkansas. It is located at 2720 N. West Avenue in El Dorado. The Arkansas station is also the second

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CSA Welcomes New Vendor

CAF outdoor cleaning products are now available to Phillips 66 branded locations. Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), the Phillips 66 branded retailer buying program, continues to support independent retailers by adding CAF Environmental Solutions (CAF) as the outdoor cleaning preferred vendor. M/A/R/C Research studies show that after street price, cleanliness is the number one reason customers

Marianne Cooper To Keynote Women’s Leadership Breakfast At AWMA

Cooper acted as lead researcher for the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that sociologist and women’s work expert Marianne Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the AWMA Women’s Leadership Initiative Kickoff Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 2014 AWMA

Consumer Pessimism Lingers

Women and consumers aged 50+ are the most pessimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey. Despite relatively low gas prices, consumers still aren’t feeling great about the economy. For the fourth straight month at least three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic about economic prospects, according the latest monthly NACS

Climbing Wholesale Costs to Push Retail Gasoline Prices Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The U.S. retail average for gasoline prices is poised for an increase coming into the second week of December after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a 2.1 cents decline to $3.272 gallon in its national average for the week-ended Dec. 2 amid higher wholesale costs, especially

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Phillips 66 Launches Mobile App

The first of its kind in the energy segment in the Apple App Store, the app lets Phillips 66 customers view fuel price information on-the-go. Phillips 66 has officially launched its first enterprise app for mobile phones for the company’s fuels customers. The “BizLink for iPhone” app, first announced at Phillips 66’s Marketing Conference and

The Pantry Announces Q4 And Fiscal 2013 Results

Merchandise gross margin in fiscal 2013 increased to 34.0% compared to 33.7% a year ago. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Sept. 26, 2013. “We achieved improved operating results during the fourth quarter and are gaining momentum in merchandise sales as we move into fiscal 2014,”

Champs Chicken Launches Franchise Program

First franchise location—highlighting Champs Chicken’s best practices—opens in Missouri. Since its inception, Champs Chicken has prided itself on consistent product quality, brand recognition and retailer profitability.  After enjoying rapid growth with over 520 branded food locations in 29 states, the company has taken steps to ensure these attributes continue to thrive in all locations. Champs

TA Announces Public Offering of 5,000,000 Common Shares

Proceeds may help fund pending acquisition. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) announced that it has commenced a public offering of 5,000,000 common shares. TA expects to use the proceeds from the offering to fund its business and growth strategies and for general business purposes. Some of the net proceeds may be used to fund a

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Lukoil Partners With NCR Corp.

Speedy installation of NCR POS software and hardware in Belgium and across Central and Eastern Europe future-proofs Lukoil service station convenience stores and increases operational efficiency. Lukoil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas providers, is improving the customer experience and increasing operational efficiency by deploying NCR Corp.’s latest point of sale (POS) software

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