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Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Jonesboro, Ark.

New Love’s Travel Stop provides a new place for drivers to stop in Jonesboro, Ark. Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business on July 2, 2015, providing drivers a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more along U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro, Ark. The 24-hour facility is more than 9,000 square feet and adds

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FDA Desires Public Input on Proposed Regulations

FDA considers applying regulations to liquid nicotine and other tobacco products. Although the topic is still up for debate, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concerns about liquid nicotine exposure, especially to children and infants. The FDA has researched the effects of accidental nicotine exposure, but they are looking for more information. According to

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Flavored Tobacco Could See Tax Increase in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Senate looks to raise flavored cigar tax in an effort to limit youth tobacco use. According to a report by The Boston Globe, the Senate of Massachusetts is pressing to increase the tax on flavored cigars, flavored smoking tobacco and flavored “blunt wraps” from 40% to a whopping 210%, in an attempt to reduce

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Wawa Celebrates Hoagie Day With Five Ton Hoagie

Wawa honors our troops with the 23rd annual Hoagie Day. Wawa Hoagie Day is back, as part of its sixth year as title sponsor of Wawa Welcome America!. This year, in addition to the customary patriotism, the event included special appearances by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network and Restaurant Impossible, along with

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TA and Petro Shopping Centers Introduce Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer

TravelCenters of America LLC is getting customers excited for summer with its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer promotion. To kick off the summer, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is launching its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer Travel Store promotion. This promotion will include nostalgic merchandise, throwback pricing and a prize sweepstakes

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What Are Beer Customers Demanding?

Health-consciousness has lead to a decline in consumers who prefer beer with high alcohol content, but the production of such beverages has increased. As health awareness and concern about binge drinking drives sales of low and non-ABV beers among consumers, it would seem counter-intuitive that innovation in strongly alcoholic beers is rising. However, research from Mintel shows that

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Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Bevier, Mo.

New Love’s Travel Stop brings convenience to the community of Bevier, Mo. Bringing nearly 30 new jobs to Bevier, Mo., the new Love’s Travel Stop opened July 2, 2015 at Missouri Route O and Hickory Street. This travel stop offers a new place for residents to purchase fuel, meals, snacks and more. The new 24/7

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Poultry Battles for Share of Stomach

Is poultry losing the battle for menu space to other healthful alternatives?   Due to the flexibility that poultry offers, as well as its lower price relative to beef, poultry has remained a popular menu choice for operators; however, vegetarian, vegan and seafood options have been on the rise. In order to retain poultry’s position on the

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Clean Label Products Become the Norm

Consumer demand for transparency leads to a rise in clean label products. According to Innova Market Insights data, clean label has become more of a standard in the food industry with over 20% of U.S. products tracked in 2014 featuring a clean label positioning, up from 17% in 2013. Significant rises in the use of

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Pizza Lovers in America

A national study discovers that four generations of American adults are now consumers of pizza, but not all pizza is created equal. To understand how today’s customers are changing the marketplace, Smart Flour Foods and the Center for Generational Kinetics conducted a national study titled “Pizza Lovers in America 2015: Unexpected Findings From a Generational

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As Fourth of July Approaches, Gas Prices Dip

Alaska passes California as the most expensive state for gas. Even with gas prices climbing this year, drivers will pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend than they have in five years. Average pump prices are 90 cents per gallon less than prices at this time last year,

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Mondelēz, D.E Master Combine Coffee Businesses

Together the combined companies form Jacobs Douwe Egberts. Mondelēz International Inc. and D.E Master Blenders 1753 B.V. have combined coffee businesses, including Mondelēz International’s coffee portfolio in France, to create JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE), which is expected to boast annual revenues of more than €5 billion. Upon closing, Mondelēz International received cash of approximately €3.8

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7-Eleven Partners With Postmates in Delivery Service

7-Eleven is keeping up with consumers and their fast paced living with a new delivery service. In partnership with San Francisco-based technology company, Postmates, 7-Eleven is now offering delivery services to customers. This is taking 7-Eleven’s old mantra, “give customers what they want, when and where they want it,” one giant step forward. Select stores in San Francisco and

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CST Brands & CrossAmerica Close Dropdown Transactions

Dropdown transactions close between CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners LP and CrossAmerica acquires One Stop convenience stores. The dropdown transactions between CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have closed. The acquisitions of the real property associated with 29 new to industry stores (NTIs) and an additional 12.5% interest in CST Fuel Supply LP for

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The J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Price Decreases

Sustained market declines leads to price decreases from producers. The green coffee futures market has been in decline for quite some time, and coffee producers are responding to this trend. The J. M. Smucker Co. has decreased the list price for the majority of its packaged coffee products sold in the U.S., primarily consisting of

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Kraft Foods GroupShareholders Vote in Favor of Merger

New merger will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. With 98% of votes casted in favor of the transaction, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has approved the previously announced merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. The 98% represented more than 69% of all outstanding Kraft shares; therefore, the way has been cleared

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Kroger Announces President’s Retirement

Kroger’s president retires after 40 years; successor has yet to be named. After 40 years with the company, Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, has retired. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in

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Chevron Introduces New Fuel Credits Program

Chevron offers new rewards program for Visa cardholders to save at the pump. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Synchrony Financial (SYF) have introduced the new Techron Advantage Fuel Credits Program for customers. Just in time for peak driving season, both new and existing personal private label and dual-branded Visa cardholders can earn additional Fuel Credits on

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PCI Updates Standard for Point-to-Point Encryption

Security standards for payment card data are being updated in order to increase the security of customer data. An update has been made to one of the eight security standards implemented by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). This update is expected to simplify the development and use of Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions that make stolen payment

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Fuel Taxes Increase in Six States

Six states raise fuel levy to fund transportation projects to make up for federal deficits. According to the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), in an effort to replace federal transportation funding, six states will be raising the tax on fuel purchases. This tax increase goes into effect today, July

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Convenience Stores Sales On the Rise

Convenience store retailers expect strong sales in the third quarter of 2015. According to the results of a retail sentiment survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices, which drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015, are expected to continue

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How to Attract Millennials With Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

Millennials are more open-minded about fee-based rewards programs than the general population. Some Americans find the idea of paying a fee to join a customer loyalty program off-putting, but there are a great deal of Americans who would be willing to pay a fee in order to join such loyalty programs, specifically Millennials. According to a LoyaltyOne

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New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

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How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

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Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

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