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D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

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Low Gasoline Prices Spur Travel

Gasoline consumption rates are climbing, but what does that mean for retail prices? By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Now that we’re in the peak driving season in the United States, early year prognostications for sharp growth in gasoline demand are under review, and preliminary data does show greater gasoline consumption as lower fuel prices

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U.S. Consumer Food Trends for Independence Day

Tradition is the key for Fourth of July foods. The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate with good food. Instantly, the world’s largest audience and consumer insights platform provider, performed a national consumer poll on Fourth of July food eating an buying preferences, and the results weren’t surprising. More than

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Rutter’s Donates to Red Cross

  Rutter’s partners with Red Cross and donates $20,000. Rutter’s Farm Store donated a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross as partner in the 2014-2015 Leadership Giving Initiative. Rutter’s has 60 locations in York, Pa. In the photo above, Alexandra Henry (R) from Rutter’s presents a check for $10,287.43  to Barb Taylor (L) of the American Red

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Federal Reserve Calls for “Chip-and-PIN” Technology

Although the chip-and-signature credit cards are more secure than those of the past, U.S. consumers are still at greater risk than those in other countries. In an attempt to increase the security of American consumers, the Federal Reserve, the system which maintains the safety and soundness of our banking system, is calling for the new chip

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Desert Fuels Partners with VP Racing Fuels

Partnership will help Desert Fuels to explore additional profit centers and reach a new group of consumers. New Mexico-based Desert Fuels is the newest distributor to partner with VP Racing Fuels, Albuquerque, N.M., in its retail branding program. Desert Fuels services more than 60 retail sites, with operations in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado and

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Protein-Packed Meat Snacks

Meat snacks are being seen in a new light and gaining a new reputation among consumers. The NPD Group, a  global information company, has found that dehydrated, salted meat snacks, like jerky, are on the rise. Although these snacks have been around for over 400 years, consumers are now looking anew at these tasty snacks

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Connecting Lawmakers with Local Communities

Congressman participates in nationwide program to connect with local community. Convenience stores play a large role in the lives of American consumers. For many, a trip to a convenience store is a daily ritual, and it is crucial that our government officials understand the value of such an important part of daily life. According to

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Snacking in the Evening

Consumers’ desire to indulge creates an opportunity to drive evening sales of prepared food items. In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Tyson Convenience Foodservice performed a new study which revealed that convenience store operators can increase sales of prepared food items by taking advantage of late afternoon and evening snacking behaviors. With the frequency of snacking on

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VERC Enterprises Receives Franciscan Leadership Award

VERC Enterprises is honored for their commitment to hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cardinal Cushing Centers recently honored Leo and Paul Vercollone, President and Vice President respectively of VERC Enterprises, with the Franciscan Leadership Award. VERC Enterprises is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Cardinal

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Online Grocery Shopping is On the Rise

Consumers seeking one-stop-shops and online grocers in order to limit time spent grocery shopping weekly. According to a survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers performed by Door to Door Organics, a  natural and organic online grocer, U.S. online grocery shoppers are increasing the amount of grocery shopping they do online. The survey collected the responses of

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Love’s Debuts First Location Along Interstate 85, Alabama

Love’s first location along Interstate 85 in Shorter, Ala. provides a number of amenities to drivers. On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business in Shorter, Ala. along Interstate 85. This new travel stop provides a place for drivers to rest as well as a number of driver services and food

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7-Eleven Expands Premium Brands

7-Eleven is raising the bar for on-the-go foods with new variety and premium ingredients for the health-conscious customer. With its two premium lines, 7-Eleven is raising the bar for product quality and variety. The company is making an effort to ensure that the quality of its brands, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart, are exceeding that

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Ten Innovative Sandwich and Salad Trends

Customer innovation is leaving the traditional salad and sandwich behind and the replacements are to die for. There comes a time when the traditional Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich or a plain old salad are just too boring, and to many consumers, that time is now. People everywhere are experimenting and finding new ways to spice things

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Holmes Oil Co. Named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year

Outstanding service leads to recognition and honors. Holmes Oil Co., a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based retailer that operates 25 locations under the brand Cruizers Convenience Marketplace, was recently named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year. This honor is awarded by the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers (NCPCM) association to honor a NCPCM member company for outstanding community service, leadership

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Starbucks Launches Frappuccino Flavor Competition

Starbucks uses healthy competition to ignite customer enthusiasm. The Frappuccino has been a customer favorite since Starbucks introduced it 20 years ago, and since then the drink has never been the same. This month Starbucks introduced six new Frappuccino flavors. Customers’ love of Frappuccino is expected to drive sales as fans are invited to vote

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Kraft, Atkins and Kellogg’s Master the Art of Innovation

What are brands like Kraft, Kellogg’s and Atkins doing to make the list of this year’s innovators? Of the 3,522 new products launched in 2015, 12 achieved the criteria to be called “Breakthrough.” Lessons from the 2015 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winners feature best practices from winning brands – with seven specific case studies that roadmap

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What Does the SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling Mean For C-stores?

A core piece of the Affordable Care Act—subsidies—have been upheld by the Supreme Court, which failed to upend the law with its ruling as many had hoped. In a ruling brought down June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 6-3 decision upheld one of the central parts of President Barack

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American Coalition for Ethanol Testifies for Renewable Fuel Standards

American Ethanol Coalition testifies to promote innovation and clean air. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will have over 100 representatives from different companies testify before officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, June 25, 2015. These representatives will be testifying to maintain strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending targets as intended by congress during

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Cumberland Farms Youth Scholarship Program Surpasses $1 Million Mark

Cumberland Farms awards 130 worthy students scholarships to attend college for the ninth year in a row, bringing total giving to over $1 million. Nine years after Cumberland Farms began its impactful Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, it has now provided more than $1 million in financial assistance to over 1,000 bright, young individuals. On

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Enmarket Raises Over 90K to Support Light The Night Walk

Generous customers help enmarket raise thousands for a worthy cause. Thanks to the enormous generosity of its customers, enmarket was able to raise $90,234 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. Throughout the month of May, enmarket’s 63 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina raised money to support the LLS mission to cure

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MFA Oil Co. Charity Golf Outing Raises $76,000

First annual charity event attracts generous guests to support Operation Homefront. Through its first Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert, MFA Oil Co. has raised over $76,000 to support Operation Homefront. This farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, Mo. held its first annual charity event on June 1 at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia,

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NATSO Opposes Tolling of Existing Interstates

NATSO has mixed feelings about the Senate proposed highway plan. Members of a Senate committee have taken the first steps towards a long-term plan for our nation’s highways, and NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, has commended their efforts; however they have also raised some concerns about the plan. A provision in the

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Mars Inc. Expansion Provides 175 Job Openings

New product launch provides opportunity for expansion and creates new job opportunities. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Mars Chocolate North America, two business units of Mars Inc., will soon be expanding their presence in Georgia. This expansion will create a total of 175 full-time manufacturing jobs. These jobs will be permanent, high-wage positions. Wrigley is

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Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice Join Forces

A successful trial store leads Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice to strike a partnership. Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are joining forces and opening nine co-branded stores. This union will allow guests to purchase Bruegger’s authentic New York-style bagels and Jamba Juice’s better-for-you specialty beverages at one convenient location. These new stores will soon be opening

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