house votes in favor of chipra

Federal excise tax on tobacco comes one step closer to becoming a reality. Yesterday evening, the House passed a bill in favor of a $35 billion reauthorization for Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). The act will be fully funded by a .61-cents-per-pack federal excise tax increase on cigarettes. The house voted 265-159 on

western convenience joins in the e85 momentum

Chain teams up with local supporters to offer biofuel options. Western Convenience Stores is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), the Colorado Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, Regional Air Quality Council and General Motors to celebrate the opening of a new E85 pump location in Thornton, Colo. The collaboration kicked off the launch of

stewarts given highest quality milk award

Cornell University study selects the company with the honor for a second time. Stewart’s Shops has won the 2007 Highest Quality Milk in New York State award with a perfect score. This is the second time in three years Stewart’s has won this award. This prestigious distinction, awarded by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science,

bp restructuring management

Recent events leave new CEO contemplating new structure. Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, is warning employees of an impending management “shake-up” in an attempt to refocus the company following a “dreadful” third quarter and a deeper reappraisal of the business after the exit of his predecessor, according to United Guardian. Hayward revealed new plans to

gas prices drop 2 cents

National average lowers, but relief may only be temporary. The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 2.03 cents in the last two weeks, but unfortunately, prices are set to move up as crude oil prices rise, according to a recent Lundberg Survey. According to the recently published report,

kennewick 7eleven becomes top slurpee seller

Washington town earns opportunity to premiere new flavor. Kennewick, Wash. has been deemed the Slurpee capital of the U.S. In August, the 7-Eleven store sold more Slurpee drinks than any other store in North America, shooting past reigning U.S. market champion Detroit and North American champion Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to take the No. 1 position

bp and shell return to the gulf

Oil companies re-man their offshore stations after threat of storm passes. BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell have both revealed that they are returning to normal operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Both companies evacuated their structures to avoid the potential threat caused by a particularly dangerous storm, according to Bloomberg News Oil and

newport goes up in price

Lorillard announces 5-cent-per-pack increase. In a recent newsletter, Citi Group Tobacco Analyst Bonnie Herzog unveiled Lorillard’s plans to increase the price of its best-selling brand, Newport, by 5 cents per pack. The news was collected from industry sources and distributed late yesterday. The decision to raise the prices follows the actions of Lorillard’s competitors, Philip

tennessee chokes outofstate cigarette sales

New law prohibits consumers to buy their over the border. Smokers in Tennessee have a new law to both fear and jeer, as the state announced that it is enforcing a two-carton limit on cigarettes purchased across state lines. The law, though it has been on the books for a while, is being revitalized. The

omega helps the ymca

Association hands over check for $77,000. West Virginia’s Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA) is showing its commitment to America’s youth with a recent donation to the YMCA’s of West Virginia on Thursday. The company handed over $77,000 to the youth organization last week. Money was raised in a variety of ways. For starters, OMEGA

michigan court affirms ruling against bulk petroleum corp

Company issued to pay $2.4 million for underground tank leakage. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) director, Steven E. Chester, revealed that the Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling against the Bulk Petroleum Corp. that requires the company to pay penalties totaling roughly $2.4 million for failing to properly clean up leaking

national restaurant association backs new bill

House representatives try to accelerate depreciation schedule to help foodservice proprietors. The National Restaurant Association is praising the introduction of a House bill aiming to address the tax code’s unfairness towards restaurants. The bill would make permanent the accelerated depreciation schedule of 15 years for both new building construction and improvements for restaurants across the

the new age of convenience

Megan Ramey created a convenience concept for worldly urbanites that is a true departure from the gas stations Bubba is used to. From the street, the MoCoMarket in Madison, Wis. looksmore like a beauty salon or a furniturestore—with its large frontwindows and minimalist, communal-stylebench seating—than a convenience store.Once inside, customers are captivatedby its bamboo floors,

terror money laundered through md cstores

U.S. indicts 39 in scheme to funnel money to al Qaeda. A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 39 people in an international money-laundering scheme using an informal currency transfer system known as hawala, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The defendants and one business face charges including money laundering, conspiracy to bribe

form and function

Organize self-serve areas and eliminatecountertop clutter and product wastewith quality dispensing equipment forcups, lids, straws, napkins, condiments and ice cream cones from ModularDispensing Systems. CombinationCabinet Dispensers are the newest lineaddition and are ideal for c-stores wherecounter space is limited, as they combinecup, lid, domed lid and straw dispensinginto one area. A variety of sizes and

homegrown convenience

Fast Phil’s is making its mark with redesigned stores, innovative card programs, consistent low prices and generous employee benefits. Reliability, a word thatall retailers strive to achievenowadays, is the first wordthat comes to mind whenFast Phil’s is mentioned to local residentsin southern North Carolina. Thechain, which has 12 stores spread outover Troutman, Mooresville, Yadkinvilleand Statesville,

ez as pie

The new EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser from San Jamar is the simple,affordable way to protect beverage lids and keep counters clean andorganized. The EZ-Fit Lid Dispenser dramatically improves the organization ofself-serve beverage countersby providing a simple,efficient solution. Two sizesare available to dispensemost cold beverage cuplids. The design requiresno adjustments or specialparts for different lid sizes.In-counter models

yogurt and then some

YoCrunch yogurt introduces two new flavors to its core line offering healthyand decadent yogurt experiences. Smooth and creamy low-fat YoCrunchVanilla yogurt is paired with crunchy Butterfinger and Strawberry-Bananais joined by 100% natural low-fat granola. All of YoCrunch’s low-fat yogurtproducts contain live and active cultures perfect for digestion and repletewith a mix of health benefits. The

quickchek expands its empire

With the opening of its first store in New York, the retailer ushers in a new era of convenience retailing. Some companies would celebratetheir 40th anniversarywith balloons and a lot of handshakes.For QuickChek, themilestone was an opportunity to show offits innovation and commitment to growingoperations. Last month, the Whitehouse Station,N.J.-based chain moved into the NewYork

blast off with freshness

Cadbury Adams USA LLC, makers of Dentyne, is launching its newestinnovation in enhanced breath freshening—Dentyne Blast. Dentyne Blastis the first liquid center chewing gum in the U.S. made with erythritol, aningredient that delivers a strong cooling effect by drawing heat away fromthe mouth and lowering its temperature. Available in two flavors, Winter Chilland Cool Lime,

water with punch

Coca-Cola launches Dasani Plus vitaminenhancedflavored water beverages. The line, withzero calories per serving, comes in three varieties,Refresh + Revive: Kiwi Strawberry Flavor has 10%of the RDI per serving of vitamins B3, B6 and B12;Cleanse + Restore: Pomegranate Blackberry Flavorcontains 10% of the RDI per serving of vitamins E,B3, B6 and B12, plus one gram of

belflower finds chemistry at davis oil

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impactful concoctions

Impact Confections announces the launch of Mike and Ike Spray and HotTamales Spray through a licensing agreement with Just Born, and with Mikeand Ike’s sweet and Hot Tamales’ spicy flavors, they are expected to boostthe growing spray category. In just 9 inches of shelf space, three differenttaste profiles are represented withthree powerful brands, Mike and

driving instore sales with fuel

Facing increased competition, Fabulous Freddy’s is investing in gas pumps with interactive merchandising displays. Fabulous Freddy’s is looking to cultivate a new baseof loyal in-store customers, and it isn’t going very farto find them. The Las Vegas-based chain is investing innext-generation interactive fuel pumps that communicatestore specials and offer valuable coupons directly totheir fuel customers

one good product

The newest “must have” in any purse or beachbag is the new Kodak HQ Maximum VersatilitySingle Use Camera. With a smaller, simple,modern design and silver-colored body, thenew HQ camera gives consumers a stylishway to get a photo when an expensive camera isn’t available.The new design, featuring a Kodak Ektanar Lens and Kodak’s800-speed film, delivers the