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Supply Push Driving U.S. Gasoline Demand Higher

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S., gasoline demand was the strongest in 2014 during the final full week of the year even though historically driving demand is greatest during the summer months, with demand during the fourth quarter averaging 90,000 bpd or 0.9% more at 9.11 million bpd than the June

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Low Gas Prices Boosting In-Store Sales

Wells Fargo outlines category gains. From soft drinks to salty snacks, c-stores closed out 2014 with gains across a number of in-store categories. Soft Drink Sales Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy—dollar sales in the U.S. c-store channel were up a solid 3.6% ( up 2.1% for prior 12 weeks) during the four-week period ending

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Mounting Pressure

As cigarette prices rise, margin stress on retailers remains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette consumption likely to continue to decline in the mid-single-digit range, pricing remains a crucial factor for retailers, and one that convenience store operators are watching with great interest. The Big Three U.S. tobacco manufacturers—Lorillard Inc., Philip Morris USA and

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Tamburro Departs Nice N Easy to Join Clifford Fuel, Duskiewicz to Retire

Following the sale of the company to CST Brands, the industry veteran and National Advisory Group (NAG) board member, will serve as general manager at the family-owned company in Dolgeville, NY.,Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Company president Fran Duskiewicz to retire January 11. By John Lofstock, Editor Changes are afoot at Nice N Easy. Peter

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VERC Enterprises Presents Grant To High School

Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton gains $500 grant funded by the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Acton with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the

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Poma Oil and Redwood Coast Petroleum Sold to Flyers Energy

Flyers Energy continues strategic acquisition push. Flyers Energy LLC has acquired the assets and business operations of both Bloomington, Calif.-based Poma Distributing Co. Inc. and Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Redwood Coast Petroleum, and related entities. These acquisitions come on the heels of Flyers’ acquisitions of California marketer Redding Oil and Nevada marketer Allied Washoe, both completed

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Turkey Hill Donates $102,000 To Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

“If it had not been for Turkey Hill Minit Markets sponsoring us over the past two years, we may not even be in existence,” says Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation chairman. Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented a donation check for over $102,000 to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation in a ceremony on Dec. 18 at the Turkey Hill

KickBack Rewards Systems to Exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s Convention & Expo

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions for retail chains of all sizes at NRF’s 104th annual conference in New York. KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, will share its industry-leading technology capabilities at the National Retail Federation’s 104th Annual Convention and Expo at the

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Kum & Go Opens Two New Stores in Will Rogers Archway

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened two new convenience stores in Vinita, Okla. These stores are located on the Will Rogers Turnpike (767 East Will Rogers Parkway) and are part of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Oasis at the Vinita interchange. The stores are part

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Illinois Starts 2015 With New E-Cig Regulations

New rules for cider sales also go into effect. Retailers in Illinois must comply with new regulations for e-cigarettes in 2015. E-cigarettes must be kept behind the counter at convenience stores, and vapor refills must be in child-proof packaging, effective Jan. 1, reported WQAD8 News. Hard ciders are also facing new rules. Apple and other

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Chevron Hosts Game Day Chef Challenge

Five regional champions put go-to game day recipes to the final test on bowl game day. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has announced the Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge grand finale cook-off—a cooking contest that launched in August giving football fans and foodies in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington the opportunity to compete for the grand prize

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IDDBA Predicts Deli Trends

“Retailers can capitalize on Millennials’ propensity to shop deli departments by keeping current with food trends and delivering an ever-changing assortment of offerings,” says IDDBA’s vice president education. Millennials are likely the most frequent customers in the deli, as it appeals to several values the generation tends to share, such as convenience, variety, the ability

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Eight Ways Americans Will Eat Cheese in 2015

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board predicts the top cheese trends for the New Year. The growth of online shopping, snacking, bold flavors, pairings, convenience foods and an ongoing trend of consumers choosing natural, artisan foods will impact the ways Americans eat cheese in 2015, according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). With American cheese consumption

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Nielsen Data Shows Solid Improvements in Energy Category

Wells Fargo weighs in on beverage category numbers. Energy drinks sales are improving, while liquid tea and sports drinks sales remain strong, a recent report by Wells Fargo Securities reported. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs)—excluding energy drinks—dollar sales were up 0.1% (up 0.5% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks

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Chevron Working To Bring Apple Pay To The Pump

No timeline on rollout despite  reports. Chevron is working with Apple to bring Apple Pay to the pump—possibly by early 2015, reported Apple Insider. The news from Apple Insider came following a Twitter post from Chevron, but Chevron later clarified via Twitter that it has no specific timeline for the pump rollout, but does plan

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Wawa Opening Stores in Palm Beach County

Wawa continues Florida expansion. Wawa has announced it will break ground on its first stores in Palm Beach County in 2016, with more details to come in late January, PalmBeachPost.com reported. The chain has not said where the stores will be located. Wawa has more than 675 stores in six states. The company has opened

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Kickoff Playoff Pandemonium

Reese’s celebrates football postseason with Ref (Jeff) Foxworthy and his Reese’s rules. The Hershey Co. announced the kickoff of Reese’s Playoff Pandemonium, a campaign designed to help fans enjoy the football playoff season. To make sure football fans understand how to ‘properly’ celebrate and entertain, the brand has created Reese’s Rules which will be delivered

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Average Gas Prices Drop Below $2 Per Gallon In Two States

The average price of gas is 30 cents lower in every state compared to one month ago. Average gas prices in two states—Missouri ($1.93) and Oklahoma ($1.98)—have dropped below $2 per gallon for the first time since 2009, according to AAA’s Dec. 29 Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average has fallen 95 days in a

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Aloha To Keep Brand Name

Following acquisition by Sunoco LP, Aloha Petroleum to retain brand name. Aloha Petroleum, the largest independent gasoline marketer and one of the largest convenience-store operators in Hawaii, will retain its brand name following its acquisition by Sunoco LP, according to a report by OPIS. OPIS noted this is different from the brand strategy Sunoco adopted

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GPM Investments Acquiring Eight One Stop Food Stores

Stores to convert to the Scotchman brand. GPM Southeast, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GPM Investments LLC, signed an agreement with Arey Oil Co. Inc., to acquire eight convenience stores with gasoline sales. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. This retail brand acquisition will add to GPM’s existing portfolio

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WatchGuard Outlines Information Security Trends In 2015

From passwords and the Internet of Everything to nation state cyber warfare and jumping mobile malware, WatchGuard helps you gain some security perspective for 2015. WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in multi-function firewalls, revealed its annual security predictions for 2015. Along with its latest predictions, which examine the likelihood of common network security prophecies next year,

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Consumer Food Trends Continue To Evolve in 2015

There’s rising evidence that consumers are shifting the meaning of convenience to include an element of freshness. Ever since the invention of the TV dinner, consumers have expressed a desire to get out of their kitchens in less time, but there is increasing evidence that convenience is being redefined and kitchens aren’t so bad after

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Breaking News: Billy Milam To Become RaceTrac President in 2015

Max Lenker says goodbye after 40 years of service to RaceTrac. RaceTrac Petroleum announced today that Billy Milam is set to take on the role of RaceTrac’s president, effective Jan. 1, 2015. “The ringing in of a new year allows us all to reminisce about the successes of our past, but more importantly, it allows

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Enmark Contest Benefits Nonprofits

Four winners to be announced in January. Enmark Stations is selecting four nonprofit organizations to benefit from the 2015 Encourage Health Series based on a Facebook contest. Any Savannah, Ga. area registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote healthy living, active lifestyles or nutritional education is encouraged to enter. To be eligible, the

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Spinx Partners With Piedmont Natural Gas

Adds compressed natural gas refueling facilities at Anderson, S.C. store. The Spinx Co. and Piedmont Natural Gas announced an agreement to add a Piedmont compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station at a Spinx convenience store location. Piedmont will lease space at an existing Spinx store located at the corner of Pearman Dairy Road and West

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