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CITGO Raises Funds for ALS Reseach

CITGO partners recently sponsored a gala in honor of local resident Jane Vanden Heuvel, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.   CITGO Marketer Garrow Oil Corp. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. recently sponsored the inaugural Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Toast to Life Gala, raising $40,000 to fund ALS research. The event honored Jane Vanden Heuvel of Little

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OnCue Express Raises Big Money for St. Jude

Oklahoma c-store has raised almost $1 million for St. Jude since 2006.   OnCue Express recently surpassed its goal to raise $200,000 during the 23rd annual St. Jude Halloween Pinup promotion to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the month-long promotion, consumers joined the fight and donated $1 or more for a personalized Halloween-themed

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Rutter’s Earns 2014 Commercial Recycling Award

Known for its ecological initiatives, Rutter’s Farm Stores has recycled 400 pounds of fryer grease and 17 tons of cardboard at one store.   Rutter’s Farm Store in Mechanicsburg, PA has been named the recipient of the 2014 Commercial Recycling Award given by the Mechanicsburg Borough Council in recognition of the company’s  recycling practices.  Since

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“Vape” Chosen as Word of the Year

Vape is part of the English language and a popular word at that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.   The Oxford English Dictionary has selected “vape” as its word of the year. The dictionary defines vape as a verb meaning “to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. “A

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Vaping Group Derides Wisconsin Ban

Council looks to ban vaping in all locations in the Madison where smoking tobacco is banned.   Today, the American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted to the introduction of an ordinance by members of the Madison City Council that would ban vaping in all

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Longtime C-Store Veteran Joins Kalibrate

Gregg Budoi was CEO and president of EZ Energy when it was sold to 7-Eleven two years ago. Former EZ Energy Inc. co-founder Gregg Budoi has joined the executive management team of global fuel retail provider Kalibrate as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president. After launching EZ Energy in 2008, Budoi built the business to a chain

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Turkey Hill Launches Limited-Edition Ice Cream

Introduced Nov. 15, the nutty concoction is exclusively available  at Turkey Hill Minit Markets.   Turkey Hill Minit Markets is getting into the holiday spirit alit early with Turkey Hill Butter Almond All Natural Ice Cream, a limited batch flavor launching exclusively at Turkey Hill Minit Markets starting Saturday. Like all Turkey Hill All Natural Recipe

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New Corner Store Opens in Round Rock, Texas

CST Brands continues to up its store count in Texas as well as other parts of the U.S.   Though CST Brands Inc. is expanding its corporate footprint at a fast clip, the parent of company of Corner Store convenience stores,  still celebrates store openings big time in its home state of Texas. Corner Store recently held the grand opening celebration

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U-Stop Convenience Shops Adds Mobile Platform

U-Stop now has the ability to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages and social media. U-Stop Convenience Shops, a convenience store chain based in Lincoln, Neb., launched their new website and mobile apps with OpenStore by Gasbuddy today. After integrating OpenStore, a complete digital marketing solution provider, U-Stop now has the ability

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MAPCO Announces Thanksgiving Promotion

Lucky commuters in Hendersonville and Franklin, Tenn., will enjoy $1 off per gallon of gas Nov. 22-23.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor   Holiday travel isn’t easy, just ask the two million Tennesseans—as reported by AAA—who drove last year to spend time with friends and family. This year, MAPCO and PayPal are teaming up

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Pak-A-Sak Charity Golf Outing Reaches $200,000 Milestone

For more than two decades, Pak-A-Sak has been raising money for local communities.   The annual Pak-A-Sak benefit golf outing, better known as the James E. Peterson Memorial Golf Outing, recently topped $200,000 in charitable donations. This year’s outing raised $16,000, to bring the total to $208,000 over the 22 years the outing has been

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Technomic Sees Restaurant Unit Increases in 2014

Top 500 U.S. eateries in 2014 expected to see slight unit growth rate compared to last year.   Foodservice research firm Technomic predicts a 2.3% unit growth rate over 2013 among the top 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains. The increase is slightly higher than the 2.1% growth rate from 2012 to 2013 and much greater than the

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Corner Store Finishes 5K With $1 Million Donation

 San Antonio-based CST Brands to make run series benefiting local charities to be an annual event.   CST Brands, San Antonio-based parent company of Corner Store, recently wrapped up an eight-city 5K fun run series called the Corner Store Country Run, its first-ever fundraising event in San Antonio. The Country Run raised $1 million for

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Jiffy Mart Tackles Hunger

Jiffy Mart charity signing event features Brandon Williams. November is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart & the Greene Turtle partnered with the Shepherd’s Staff and Baltimore Football Defensive Tackle, Brandon Williams, in a canned food drive. The event took place on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Westminster Greene Turtle. Brandon

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Kangaroo Express Named Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation

Association of Fundraising Professionals Triangle Chapter recognizes Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., was named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation by the Triangle Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Executive leadership from Kangaroo Express accepted the award at AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 12 at the Prestonwood Country

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures

While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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U.S. Gasoline—Another Psychological Barrier Breached

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Refining units returning from seasonal maintenance, notably along the heavy concentration of processing capacity along the U.S. Gulf Coast, during the first week of November sparked another leg down in the gasoline futures contract traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange that broke below psychological support at $2

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Empire Petroleum Acquires 11 Sites From CST Brands

“The Lubbock acquisition presents a great opportunity for us to expand our operations further into west Texas,” says Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully closed on the acquisition of 11 former CST—Corner Store locations in the Lubbock, Texas region from CST Brands, Inc. The addition of the CST locations expands Empire’s market presence

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates Black Friday

Stores across the Southeast will keep value-seeking shoppers energized with Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. is celebrating Black Friday by offering a 16-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just 25 cents to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Any guest that visits Kangaroo

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Gulf Launches New Online Trading Platform

Gulf Online Market to go live on Nov. 19 for heating oil customers. Gulf Oil LP announced the launch of Gulf Online Market, the company’s new online trading platform. The platform, which will go live on Wednesday, Nov. 19 for Gulf’s heating oil customers, was developed to address the increasing volatility of today’s petroleum market,

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Sheetz Opens Burlington Distribution Center

“We were strategic with picking this location because of the convenient access to highway and work force; it will allow us to provide the freshest and best quality products to our friends in the south,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz cut the ceremonial red ribbon on Nov. 12, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to officially open the

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7-Eleven Announces Franchise Giveaway Contest

U.S. military veterans have the chance to win their own store. 7‑Eleven Inc. starts enlisting U.S. military veterans on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, for Operation: Take Command, the company’s first franchise giveaway contest. The winner will receive a waiver of the franchise fee, valued at up to $190,000, to franchise any of the company’s 7‑Eleven

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American Vaping Association Demands Correction From FDA Commissioner

FDA Chief accuses thousands of e-cigarette companies of marketing to kids. The American Vaping Association, anadvocate for the benefits of vaping products, such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to retract and apologize for false and slanderous comments she made in an interview published yesterday by Medscape. “These products are

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Westminster, Mass. Proposes Tobacco Sales Ban

Applause cancels public meeting. On Wednesday evening of this week, the Westminster, Mass. Board of Health scheduled a public hearing regarding a first of its kind proposal in the country that would ban the sale of all tobacco products in the town. Currently, there are seven retailers licensed to sell tobacco products in Westminster, which

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Miller Oil Foundation Gifts Nearly $30,000 To Hampton Roads Charities

A record setting 11 charities awarded grants this year. The Miller Oil Foundation (Miller’s) distributed nearly $30,000 to charities in the Hampton Roads area this fall. The Foundation’s mission is to help people help themselves and those around them through the meaningful and enthusiastic involvement of the Miller family members, and staff and supporters of

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