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Colorado’s Largest Cigar Festival Gearing Up for 6th Annual Celebration

Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival will take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield Co. on Saturday, Aug. 225. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its 6th year, has become known as the premier festival of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region. Created to cater to

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California Lottery Expands Pump Program

Lotto Commission fuels more opportunity sales at c-stores. As convenience stores work harder to entice more customers to enter their locations once they’re done pumping their fuel, the California Lottery Commission is rolling out a program to make it easier for patrons to gas up and go. The California Lottery plans to expand on a

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Judge Rejects American Express Settlement

Lawyer comprises fairness of class action agreement. A U.S. judge this week rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co. and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees. The ruling was based on the assertion that a lawyer for the merchants’ compromised the fairness of the agreement. According to a Reuters report,

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Rutter’s is now bringing real potatoes to the forefront. Nothing says comfort food like loaded mashed potatoes. That’s what York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Food Stores is banking on with its new foodservice concept that uses real potatoes as the foundation, providing consumers the ability to create meals by topping with premium meats and fresh, simple ingredients.

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7-Eleven Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Operation Chill

7-Eleven encourages children to be good citizens and helps law enforcement officers to build a strong relationship with the community. 7‑Eleven, Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Operation Chill incentive program. For two decades, this program has been used to reward children for doing good. The program includes U.S. police officers “ticketing” kids with Operation

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Kum & Go Names Senior VP of Human Resources

Tennessen will fill top HR position at Kum & Go. Kum & Go has hired Krischelle Tennessen as senior vice president of human resources. In this role, she will be a member of Kum & Go’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Kyle Krause, president and CEO. Tennessen has an extensive educational background and

Find Your Solution for Reducing Credit Card Swipe Fees

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the NAG Conference #1 Boost Profitability by Reducing Swipe Fees For years, banks have made enormous profits by avoiding competition when it comes to the swipe fees that merchants pay banks on debit transactions. Rather than competing with each other over these fee rates, the banks decided to let two

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How to Maintain a Good Foodservice Reputation

Don’t lose business and ruin your foodservice reputation by accidentally sending your guests home ill. One way to really hurt your foodservice establishment’s reputation is to send your guests away with a foodborne illness. Food poisoning is a common epidemic in the U.S., and although sometimes it is unavoidable, it is often caused by carelessness

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How Low Gasoline Prices Spur Driving Demand

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric A near vertical arc forms on the 10-year chart of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its FRED economic data series, with U.S. vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in May at an all-time high of 3.08 trillion miles. That’s

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American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco

The American Beverage Association is not alone in its fight against new legislation. Legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in June resulted in some of the strongest laws in the U.S. related to beverages enhanced with sugar, and the American Beverage Association is fighting back. According to a report by the SFGate, on

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EMV Solutions for Petroleum Retailers

Petroleum retailers should act now, before liability can be incurred for fraudulent transactions. With the Payment Networks’ Liability Shift looming in the near future, retailers must take action to protect themselves. In order to avoid possible liability for fraud, retailers are seeking EMV solutions for their stores. In order to meet these needs, comprehensive and

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Chevron’s Second Annual Game Day Chef Challenge

Chevron offers fans the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in gift cards during the second annual Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. is offering a grand prize of $25,000 in Chevron gift cards to the winner of the second annual Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge. This Challenge is a cooking contest which invites contestants

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Kum & Go Announces New Larger Store Prototype

Kum & Go has big plans for future stores. Kum & Go, a convenience store chain headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, has announced a  prototype for its future stores. The new prototype will begin construction this August, and is expected to be completed by the year’s end. According to a report by The Des Moines

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Thorntons Announces Expansion of Headquarters

Thorntons will spend nearly $28 million on expansion project. Thorntons has decided to increase its presence in the Commonwealth by moving its Louisville, Ky. headquarters to a larger facility. Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the expansion and said they are happy to report that the business intends to remain in Louisville.

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TravelCenters Opens New Popeyes

TravelCenters of America opens its fourth Alabama Popeyes. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), has announced the opening of a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Lincoln, Ala. This store is located at I-20, Exit 168 (75246 Alabama Hwy. 77), in Lincoln, Ala. The new Popeyes will serve the prominent southern-style cooking that has made Popeyes famous.

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How To Deliver On Fresh Produce Offerings

When it comes to determining whether category growth would be effective, asking the right questions is key. A growing number of convenience stores are considering expanding their fresh produce offerings. A new resource has been published to help convenience stores examine what they need to consider in order to have success with a fresh produce program.

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Francois Oil Celebrates 75 Years in Belleville, Wis.

Community support and strong partners help Francois Oil achieve 75 years of service. CITGO Petroleum Corp. celebrated CITGO Marketer Francois Oil’s 75 years of service to the Belleville, Wis. on Aug. 1, by inviting the community to join the celebration with a day of food and fun at the Belleville Community Park. Open to the public, the

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U.S. Beer Industry Supports 1.75 Million Jobs

America’s favorite adult beverage serves up more than just a refreshing drink. A new study was released, during a Congressional briefing, by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) on July 28. The study was named the Beer Serves America report, and it details the industry’s complete impact on the American economy. Based on government

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North American Electrolux Team is Growing

Electrolux celebrates 10th anniversary in North America and looks back upon 10 years of growth. During its first ten years in North America, Electrolux Professional Inc’s North American team has grown, substantially. “As we look to strategically grow, we are constantly looking at expanding our team and resources by hiring the best talent out there. We

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NRF Speaks Out On ‘Ambush’ Union Elections Court Ruling

Union organizing elections timeline has “nothing to do with making elections fair,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French on a federal judge’s ruling in favor of National Labor Relations Board regulations that allow union organizing elections to be held in

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Acumera Appoints Greiner As Chief Security Officer

Tabitha Greiner to lead cybersecurity efforts. Tabitha Greiner has joined Acumera as chief security officer. Greiner is a Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) expert and will be responsible for leading all cybersecurity-focused initiatives for the business, including maintaining internal security practices and acting as an expert resource for customers and the retail community.

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U.S. Gas Price Dip Continues For Longest Period Since January

South Carolina gas $1.50 per gallon less than California gas due to regional factors. The national average price for regular unleaded gas in the U.S. declined for 12 consecutive days (July 15-27), marking the longest dip since January. Month-over-month, pump prices have moved lower in 34 states and Washington, D.C., offering relief to motorists. The

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Couche-Tard Sells Lubricants Business in Europe

Deal should close by year’s end. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Couche-Tard Luxembourg S.A.R.L., an agreement to sell its lubricants business to FUCHS PETROLUB SE (FUCHS). The sale is through a share purchase agreement, pursuant to which FUCHS would acquire 100% of all issued and outstanding shares in Statoil Fuel

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Seizure of Counterfeit Zig-Zag Products Executed

North Atlantic enforces zero tolerance policy for counterfeit goods imported into the United States. Seizure orders from the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut have been successfully executed on a number of merchants and individuals who were selling counterfeit Zig-Zag cigarette paper products. In the case, Michael Rye and Thomas Mango, Cantor Colburn

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Joint Venture will Bring Crude Oil From Texas to Louisiana

Bayou Bridge pipeline to be constructed through a three-way venture. A joint venture has been formed between Phillips 66, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. This venture was made to construct the Bayou Bridge pipeline to transport crude oil from the Phillips 66 and Sunoco Logistics terminals in Nederland, Texas, to Lake Charles, La.

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