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Duchess Shoppe Sponsors Ohio State Men’s Basketball Game

One lucky contestant wins free gas for a year. Englefield Oil Co.’s Duchess Shoppe has been a sponsor of the Ohio State Men’s Basketball team for the past few years. Fans who attend the games can see the Duchess name flying high on the LED signs, get a Duchess t-shirt or coupon and enjoy the

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KIND Sues Clif Bar For Alleged Trademark Infringement

Lawsuit is focused on redesigned Clif MOJO bars that KIND says mimic KIND’s distinctive look. Late last week, KIND filed a lawsuit against Clif Bar in federal court in Manhattan seeking to prevent Clif from releasing its Clif MOJO snack bars in packaging, which mimics the unique and distinctive packaging of KIND bars. In addition

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Victory and FIN Merge To Create Large Independent ECIG Co.

Combines sales depth of FIN and supply chain capabilities of Victory to capture significant cost and revenue synergies. Victory Electronic Cigarettes Corp. (ECIG), and FIN Branding Group announced an agreement to merge their two companies and create one of the leading electronic cigarettes companies in the world. The companies have signed a definitive agreement and

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Sidestepping Foodservice Mistakes

Mastering the basics and knowing what to expect can help you avoid a foodservice disaster. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Foodservice continues to be a shining star in convenience stores, so expanding your food options should be on the menu in 2014—if you have the traffic. Lunch and dinner solutions can be added to c-stores

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Maverik Rolls Out Mobile Payment At The Pump

Wayne fuel dispensers with Isis improve customer experience at CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year Award Winner, Maverik. Wayne, a GE Business, and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, announced it is working with Isis, the joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Verizon Wireless, to introduce mobile payments

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Sales Tax: Wrong Answer

By Tony Huppert, , CEO, Team Oil Inc. Every few years a presidential candidate, governor or other tax engineer has the vision that by increasing sales tax the government’s tax needs will be met. They call it a fair tax or some other name for the replacement for income tax or property tax. The issue

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Merchant, Financial Trade Associations Form Cybersecurity Partnership

“We are committed to working together to ensure customer personal and financial information is secure and protected,” says CEO of Financial Services Roundtable. Leading trade associations representing the merchant and financial services industries announced a new cybersecurity partnership. The partnership will focus on exploring paths to increased information sharing, better card security technology, and maintaining

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Couche-Tard Corrects Erroneous News Story

The convenience store giant notes it did not acquire stores from Grupo Modelo. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that it was brought to its attention that an information disseminated through electronic media by a third party financial news service erroneously reported that Couche-Tard had entered into an agreement with Grupo Modelo to acquire 878 stores operated

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CITGO Donates To Brainy Camps Association

The subsidiary of Children’s National Health Systems receives CITGO gift cards to transport volunteers and campers with chronic health conditions. Brainy Camps Association (BCA), a subsidiary of Children’s National Health Systems, is one of nine Fueling Good Project winners to be awarded with $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. BCA Founder and Director Sandy Cushner-Weinstein, and

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C-Stores Win With Fresh, Quality Prepared Foods

Technomic finds roughly one-third of consumers who visit convenience stores for fresh-food items purchase them at least once a week from convenience stores. More convenience stores are concentrating on providing a greater variety of fresh, high-quality foods, and competition is mounting as stores strive to compete with fast-food restaurants. Technomic’s Convenience Store Market Intelligence Report

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Survey Finds 63% of Americans OK With E-Cig Use In Their Personal Space

First U.S. study of its kind finds majority approve of ‘vaping’ at sporting events. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) say they would not be bothered by someone using an electronic cigarette in close proximity, according to data in the 2014 American E-Cigarette Etiquette Survey conducted by Harris Interactive. The telephone survey of 1,011 adults, commissioned

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Better-for-You Trend Drives Double-Digit Growth of Snack Bars

“Snack bars meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer who is looking for a convenient, nutritious snack or meal replacement,” says vice president, NPD SupplyTrack. Convenient, portable, and often better-for-you, snack bars’ broad appeal as a snack or meal replacement has made this compact edible a double-digit growth category across foodservice channels, reported The NPD

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Newcastle Launches Unofficial Underdog Program

Program leverages 2014 March Madness college basketball tournament season. Newcastle Brown Ale is setting the stage for increased sales during the 2014 college basketball tournament season with retail and on-premise programming that celebrates the underdog.newcastle Newcastle’s Unofficial Beer of the Underdog program elements encourage adult fans everywhere to cheer on their favorite underdog team for

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NATO Fights FDA Commercials Depicting C-Stores Selling Cigarettes To Minors

NATO urges FDA to focus campaigns toward “social sources” that provide cigarettes to under-aged smokers. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb. 7, requesting that the agency immediately remove two commercials from the agency’s “The Real Cost” television commercial campaign, that it

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PPA Unveils 2014 Training Schedule

New this year is North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certification. The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) Technical Training Center has introduced its 2014 Training Schedule.   The PPA holds classes from mid-March to mid-October across Pennsylvania, drawing from the Pennsylvania/Ohio/Maryland/Delaware/Virginia/New York and New Jersey areas.  The topics include a wide range of subjects from Basic Electric,

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MacNeil Wash Systems Introduces New Regional Sales Manager

Matt Nall to spearhead Southeast U.S. sales. MacNeil Wash Systems, a provider of conveyor car wash engineering now supported by its parent company Ryko Solutions, has announced that Matt Nall has joined its sales team as Southeastern U.S. regional sales manager where he will be responsible for supporting MacNeil’s distributor and sales network. Nall has

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Texas Star and CITGO Reward Non-Profit Business

Non-profit receives CITGO gift cards to help it serve foster children in the region. On Jan. 29, representatives from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local CITGO Marketer Texas Star awarded the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. The non-profit was a Fueling Good Project winner for its work improving

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CHS Invests $20 Million To Strengthen Fuels Supply, Distribution

“The projects we’ve completed already have contributed to strong Cenex-branded fuel growth for our customers in the northern tier region,” says CHS executive vice president. CHS Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company and parent company of Cenex, is investing an additional $20 million in 2014 to strengthen refined fuels

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Futures Market Positions Retail Gasoline for Price Advance

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration reported a modest 0.3cts dip in its national average for regular grade gasoline for the week-ended Feb. 3 to a $3.292 gallon seven-week low while four days later the gasoline futures contract rallied to a five-week high and US crude prices topped $100

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CITGO Lemont Refinery Makes Holidays Brighter

CITGO employees adopt 16 families in Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas Program. The CITGO Lemont Refinery spread holiday cheer with its participation in the Village of Romeoville’s sixth annual Operation Christmas program in December. CITGO employees “adopted”16 local families in need, providing gifts and monetary support to ensure these families had a brighter holiday.  “We

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Sweets & Snacks Expo Expects Largest Global Participation

More than 23 countries will exhibit at the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. The 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, continues to expand its status as a global resource for products, innovations and insights. The Expo, to be held May 20-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, promises to be the

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Dunkin’ Donuts Opens Stores In Greater Baltimore-Washington, D.C. Area

“We believe that these existing franchise partners with years of experience in our brand will help become an important part of the local communities they serve,” says Dunkin’ spokesperson. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with five existing franchise groups to develop 22 new restaurants throughout the Greater Baltimore/Washington,

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United Supermarkets Opens United Express In Amarillo

The 34th & Soncy site also is set to welcome new United Supermarkets store soon. United Supermarkets LLC opened its newest freestanding United Express convenience store Wednesday, Jan. 29 near the site of its next new store, at 34th and Soncy in Amarillo. The 2,400 square-foot store is located east of the company’s newest United

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BP Rolls Out Plan To Be No. 1 U.S. Fuels Marketer East of Rockies

“We are confident we have a winning brand proposition that will make BP the No. 1  brand across our footprint,” says BP spokesperson. BP this week rolled out its plans to be the number one fuels brand east of the Rockies at the biennial BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA) Convention and Business Expo. High quality

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CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program Warms Families

The program, now in its ninth year, has helped more than 1.8 million people since 2005. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Citizens Energy Corp. have launched the ninth annual CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program. The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, the only of its kind in the U.S., has donated more than 235 million gallons of heating oil

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