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PAPCO Expands in the Mid-Atlantic

An acquisition of the Tidewater retail assets of SMO Inc. boosts PAPCO’s store count in southeastern Virginia. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. It’s been a busy fall for petroleum marketer PAPCO Inc., which acquired the Tidewater, Va. retail assets of SMO Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Wills Group in August, and remains poised for

Building Profits and Relationships

Fresh off another successful National Advisory Group (NAG) conference last month in Nashville, I would like to thank all of the attendees that joined us for two days of outstanding networking, educational sessions and information exchanges. What makes NAG so special is that it is an association driven by retailers for retailers. We are an

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Sheetz Moves Into New Era With Leadership Changes

Joe Sheetz steps into president and CEO role, as Stan Sheetz becomes chairman of the board. Joe Sheetz, executive vice president of finance and store development, formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for Sheetz Inc., beginning Oct. 1, 2013. Current Chief Executive Stan Sheetz left the presidency after 18 successful years and

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Exxon Extends Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses

As of July 2013, 88% of Fortune 500 companies included orientation in their nondiscrimination policies. Exxon Mobil Corp. is extending benefits to same-sex spouses of U.S. employees, following the June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which led to changes by the Internal Revenue Service and

Valero Launches Sweepstakes

Grand prize is a chance to win up to five years of free gas at the Valero Alamo Bowl. Customers at Valero-branded stores in the U.S. will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a trip for two with VIP access to the 2013 Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, as part of a sweepstakes

Iran Thaw, Beltway Standoff, Seasonal Feature Pressure Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonally, gasoline prices trend lower this time of year from higher summer values, albeit if the industry is not battling supply disruptions caused by a hurricane, with the peak storm season for the Atlantic Basin from late August through September. The hurricane count has been light this season

Rocky Top Acquisition Details

CSD speaks with Steve Kirkham, owner of Rocky Top Markets about the recent acquisition. Lehigh Gas Partners LP completed the acquisition of Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC in Knoxville, Tenn. last week for $36.9 million. Lehigh Gas Partners paid $10.6 million at closing for the purchase of one fee property site,

Team Oil Participates In Bike Giveaway

Kids of all ages have the chance to win a new bike. Team Oil Travel Center has announced that its Spring Valley, Wis. Dam Days Bike give away was a big success. With the no admission, no charge and no fee event, kids of all ages had the opportunity to participate.  “Team Oil has participated

Tedeschi Food Shops Rolls Out New Ciabatta Sandwich Line

Unique flavor combinations draw customers. Tedeschi Food Shops has announced its newest addition to its expanding fresh food lineup in the fresh case: five new “Signature” sandwiches on fresh Artisan Cibatta Bread. The new line boasts Chorizo and Smoked Gouda, Fire Roasted Veggie Omelet, Italian with Roasted Red Peppers, Turkey Gobbler with Gourmet Fire Roasted

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Names Winner of Hawaiian Vacation

Company’s biggest customer giveaway ever includes airfare, hotel and fun. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announce that Daniel Luscomb of Canton, Ohio is the lucky winner of a dream vacation for four to Hawaii as part of this summer’s launch of the new Hawaiian pizza. “I’ve been to 48 states, but never to Hawaii,” said Luscomb.

Former American Lung Association CEO Joins Electronic Cigarette Industry Group

Charles Connor to serve as primary liaison to public heath community. The Electronic Cigarette Industry Group Inc. (ECIG), a non-profit association of consumers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic cigarettes, announced that Charles (Chuck) Connor, former American Lung Association CEO and president, has joined the organization as a consultant. In his new role, Connor will

Digital Coupons: The Mobile Category

Q & A with Catherine Tabor, CEO, Sparkfly. By: David Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc. According to a recent post on Mashable.com, most consumers who subscribe to a mobile plan from a carrier own a smartphone. In fact, it was way back in March 2012 when the smartphone became the dominant mobile device

TravelCenters of America Introduces DIRECTV with NFL Sunday Ticket

TA and Petro Stopping Centers now offer drivers the chance to watch NFL games. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has expanded its full-service offering to professional drivers with the addition of DIRECTV service at nearly 200 TA and Petro locations. With DIRECTV, drivers can

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Del Monte Announces Gold For Gold Pineapple Promotion

Grand prize winner to receive a pound of gold. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. has launched a first-of-its-kind pineapple promotion: “Gold for Gold.” This consumer promotion encourages U.S. and Canadian grocery shoppers to enjoy Del Monte Gold Extra Sweet Pineapples and participate in the sweepstakes for a chance to win 24-carat gold bars and

FDA CTP Releases Educational Video

Video focuses on legal age requirements and ID checks when selling tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE), in an effort to further retailer compliance with tobacco product regulation, has produced a short educational video to support retailer training. The video focuses on

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General Mills To Sustainably Source 10 Priority Ingredients By 2020

Commitment emphasizes dedication to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship throughout the supply chain. General Mills announced a commitment to sustainably source 100% of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020. These ingredients represent 50% of General Mills’ total raw material purchases. The commitment builds on the company’s sustainability mission to conserve and protect the resources upon

Lehigh Gas Partners Finalizes Rocky Top Markets Acquisition

Rocky Top Owner is “confident that the Rocky Top brand will grow and prosper under Lehigh’s capable leadership.” Eight weeks after announcing that it entered into an asset purchase agreement with Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC, Lehigh Gas Partners LP  has completed all outstanding operational and regulatory hurdles, and has officially

New Petro Stopping Center Opens in California

The addition of a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurant is scheduled for the new location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has unveiled its newest Petro location at I-10, Exit 57 (4325 E. Guasti Rd.) in Ontario, Calif. This location was previously a TA travel center.

Petro Serve USA First To Add E15 in North Dakota

North Dakota marks the ninth state to offer E15. E15 is available for the first time in North Dakota at six Petro Serve USA locations in Bismarck, Mandan, West Fargo and Fargo. North Dakota is only the ninth state to offer E15, an economical high-performance fuel, as an option to its consumers since it was

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Yuengling’s Ice Cream Returning To Shelves

David Yuengling and Rob Bohorad team to revive popular ice cream. A branch of the Yuengling family will re-launch its storied ice cream early in 2014, bringing back a cherished Pennsylvania-made product that’s been absent from store shelves and scooping stands for nearly three decades. Though the family name is one and the same, Yuengling’s

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Root Beer Flavored Malt Beverage

SpinDoktor is bold new root beer flavored, malt-based beverage (8% ABV) that recently launched in the Cleveland & Akron markets in Ohio.  The beverage was created by D-Spin Beverages LLC, which was founded by Northern Ohio natives Blanton Unger and Dana Pawlicki. The beverage has a smooth root beer taste with an overtone of vanilla

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Tradition You Can Taste

Wave’s expertly-crafted American blend has tradition you can taste—and Wave is honoring that craftsmanship with a new Limited Edition Pack. The Limited Edition Pack celebrates Wave’s premium tobacco quality, represented by its signature crest. This combination of taste, strength and unparalleled smoothness is created by master blenders with over a century of experience. The Limited

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Fastrac Customers Save $5 Million

New members in Fastrac’s loyalty program get double discounts for 60 days. Fastrac, a local upstate New York convenience store chain, announced today that its customers have saved more than $5 million dollars in fuel discounts. Motivated by the promise of savings at the pump, Fastrac customers have racked up over $5 million in discounts

Stripes’ March of Dimes Campaign Aims To Break $3 Million Mark

Partnership with March of Dimes has huge impact on moms and babies. Beginning Sept. 30, Stripes Convenience Stores will kick off its sixth annual March of Dimes cut-out campaign, encouraging its customers to make a small donation that will have a big impact. By donating at least $1 for a March of Dimes paper cut-out

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Heineken Announces “Celebrate Together” Holiday Program

“Upscale beer drives category growth during the holiday period,” says Heineken brand director. HEINEKEN USA, an upscale beer importer, has announced this year’s “Celebrate Together” holiday program scheduled to hit retail outlets beginning Nov. 1. At the center of the program, celebratory limited edition bottle labels and promotional packaging on Heineken Lager 12 packs will

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