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Big Crude Draw, Egyptian Coup Rally Oil Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices dropped to winter levels in ushering in July, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline price average sliding to $3.496 gallon July 1, the lowest the average has been since the end of January earlier this year. It’s odd in one sense

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United Supermarkets Opens Seventh Convenience Store in Texas

United Supermarkets LLC opened the doors to its 19th freestanding convenience store, a United Express location in Dumas, Texas. The 2,400 square-foot store is the company’s seventh freestanding convenience store and second in the Texas Panhandle area. Four stores are under the United Express banner and three are still under the Taste of Market Street

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Shell Appoints Refining Chief Ben van Beurden as CEO

The Royal Dutch Shell Group has named its current refining and marketing head Ben van Beurden to become its new chief executive. Van Beurden will take the helm on Jan. 1, 2014, replacing retiring CEO Peter Voser. “Ben has deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses,” Shell

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ExxonMobil Launches Smart Card Promotion

‘Get Smart and Save’ promo runs through September 30. Exxon and Mobil retailers and Citi Retail Services are giving new Smart Card cardholders more ways to “Get Smart and Save” this summer. New ExxonMobil Smart Card cardholders who apply by September 30 will enjoy a limited time offer of 18-cent-per-gallon rebates on qualifying purchases for

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Texas Simplifies Sales Tax on Single-Sized Snacks

Texas residents will soon start paying sales tax on all single serving goods after a new law was passed out of the state legislature. Starting Sept. 1, sales tax will be due on all sales of single-sized servings including chips: * Breakfast bars, granola bars, nutrition bars, sports bars, protein bars, or yogurt bars (not

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher Partner to Sponsor the Subway Firecracker 250

Kangaroo Express and e-Swisher have joined as sponsors of the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Reed Sorenson for today’s upcoming Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The race takes place annually on July 5. “Just in time for Independence Day, Kangaroo Express is joining forces with The Motorsports Group

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Boneless Chicken Options Help Deli Retailers Capitalize on Foodservice Trends

Now available to grocery and deli retailers nationwide, Tyson Simply Fried Boneless Fried Chicken provides deli shoppers with the same home-style fried chicken taste they’re familiar with, helping retailers capture shopper attention with on-trend chicken concepts that increase impulse purchases. In a recent report from Technomic, it was found that 58 percent of consumers surveyed

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Corner Stores to Sponsor San Antonio Scorpions Soccer

Corner Stores, a division of CST Brands Inc., will be the official convenience store sponsor of the San Antonio Scorpions, a team whose proceeds benefit Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park designed for people with special needs. “We are thrilled to build a relationship with a sports organization that cares as much about our city as

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Hatco Corp. Acquires Ovention

Hatco Corp. has acquired Ovention Inc., the Dallas-based oven technology company. Ovention owns the rights to the Matchbox Oven which was recognized earlier this year by the National Restaurant Association (NRA) with a Kitchen Innovations Award. “We are very excited about the Ovention technology and its overall industry potential. The Matchbox oven is truly revolutionary

Gasoline Prices Under Pressure from Climbing Run Rates

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline futures prices posted their low for 2013 during the final week of June and the second quarter, while wholesale gasoline costs at distribution terminals were mixed in starting July 1. Overall weak demand, amply domestic supply and returning refinery capacity have converged to weigh on gasoline

NOCO Express Celebrates 80th Birthday

In-store festivities and thousands of prizes on tap for customers beginning July 15. To thank its customers for their patronage over the past 80 years, NOCO, a family owned and locally operated energy company, is celebrating its anniversary through an in-store contest. On July 15, NOCO will be launching its 80th Birthday Bash Scratch &

CITGO Launches Fueling Campaign

At the heart of CITGO is a philosophy known as Fueling Good, a corporation-wide commitment to supporting good things in the communities where CITGO operates. Fueling Good elements are the cornerstones of the company’s 2013 brand advertising campaign, which includes the following trifecta of goodness: the Fueling Good Road Trip, a Fueling Education promotion and

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Plaid Pantry Launches Smartphone App

Plaid Pantries Inc. has unveiled its first customer smartphone app, which has been deployed across its more than 100 convenience stores in Oregon and Washington to enhance the customer experience, provide greater convenience and build customer loyalty. The Beaverton, Ore.-based chain has partnered with VERGE Connect to power the new branded smartphone app, which enables

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Jiffy Mart Fundraisers Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

During the month of May, Jiffy Mart locations in Carroll County participated in a campaign to “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is their sixth year participating, and since 2008, Jiffy Mart customers and associates have raised over $35,000 for St. Jude. Customers were able to purchase a pin-up for

NATO Talks Tobacco Taxes

As of June 28, 2013, three states have enacted either cigarette and/or tobacco tax rate increases or decreases, reports the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). The new tax law changes and the respective effective dates are as follows: * Kentucky:House Bill 361 was passed and signed into law which lowers the state tax on

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Rutter’s Enhances its Foodservice Menu

Rutter’s Farm Stores, operator of nearly 60 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, has introduced an Alaskan Cod sandwich along with several other tasty selections to its inventive and award-winning menu. The Alaskan cod is a whole muscle fish patty with a light panko breading. Customers can choose to top their fish sandwich with the any of

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Jack’s Market Joins KickBack Rewards Coalition in Colorado

Chain’s primary coalition partner will be Pester Marketing, which operates 51 Alta Convenience Stores, many of which are partnered with Conoco and Phillips 66 fuel brands. As retailers look to drive traffic to the convenience store, an effective rewards program can help tilt the playing field in their favor. Loyalty programs are increasingly influencing where

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Twinkies, Other Hostess Snacks Returning to Shelves

Company drops DSD model and will ship directly to warehouses in an effort to reach more c-stores. Twinkies will be back on shelves by July 15 after its predecessor company went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with unions last year. Based on the outpouring of nostalgia sparked by its demise, Hostess is expecting a blockbuster

Crude Rallies to Nine-Month High on Mideast Worries

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Short covering underpinned a push by New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures to a $98.25-barrel nine-month high on the spot continuation chart ten minutes after the start of regular session trading Friday (6/14), with the contract settling up more than a dollar a day at $97.85 pre

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Heineken Launches Voyage Promotion

Heineken USA, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., announced the details of its legendary Voyage retail program that will hit retail outlets beginning August 1 and run through September 30. Set to coincide with the kick off of the fall sports season, Voyage entices adult consumers, 21 and older, to take their at-home

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Push Higher Early June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Spot prices for gasoline in the Chicago market spiked to better than 4-1/2 year highs in starting the first week of June before dropping back on data points showing increased processing at Midwest refineries, while wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. were mostly

Gasoline in Midwest Spikes on Supply Concern

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The final and holiday-shortened trade week in May brought about a great amount of volatility in US oil markets, which whipsawed in futures and spot trading on a multitude of concerns ranging from assessments of U.S. and global economies, Federal Reserve stimulus efforts, geopolitical tension in Africa

Wholesale Gasoline Prices Drop on Building Supply

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A mid-May price spike in Midwest gasoline cash differentials spurred by a trio of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit outages at refineries located in the region atop of refinery upgrades that have limited the production of oil products in the Midwest continues to abate, pressuring supplier “rack” postings

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Phillips 66 Marketers Conference Kicks Off in Las Vegas

Attracting Millennials, alternative fuels, fleet management and adopting a winning loyalty program among the key issues address during day one of the three-day conference. By John Lofstock, Editor Hundreds of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76-branded marketers descended on Las Vegas this week for the Phillips 66 2013 Marketing Conference & Trade Show. The theme of

National Advisory Group (NAG) Relaunches Young Executives Organization (YEO)

Ben Jatlow, vice president and general manager of High’s of Baltimore, named board chairman of the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on young and next generation executives. As the convenience store and petroleum industry continues to evolve, training the next generation leaders of tomorrow is more important than ever before. To help young

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