Minneapolis Restricts Menthol Tobacco Sales

C-stores in the city must cease menthol tobacco sales. Minneapolis is set to restrict menthol tobacco, after the Minneapolis City Council approved limiting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the ordinance adds to an existing citywide limit on flavored tobacco sales

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Gaining Operational Efficiency from BMS Insight

Enable intelligent apps with effective use of data. By Ron Chapek  As convenience stores continue to evolve to adapt to changing customer demands and infrastructure and facility requirements, operators are under increasing pressure to gain operational efficiencies. Of growing importance in this effort are the intelligent applications that allow operators to effectively use the data

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S.Abraham & Sons Introduces FreshBite Café

New program offers c-store operators the chance to provide meal solutions and snacking alternatives to customers. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) is launching FreshBite Café at its annual Foodservice Showcase, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. SAS is a wholesale distributor specializing

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What Will it Take to Remain Competitive on Fuel?

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is changing fuel economics across the country. Combined with new regulatory requirements, enhanced fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative power sources are muddying gasoline’s future and threatening trips to the convenience store. Hear from a panel of fuel industry experts only at the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville. But hurry, Early Bird

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Prepaid Cards Inspire Change

New rules could give gift card packaging a new look, while retailers consider bumping up financial services to complement the prepaid segment. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The prepaid category could be getting a makeover next spring due to new rules by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that require, among other things,

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Packaged Beverage Sales Flow

As traditional carbonated soft drink sales continue to lag, the convenience store channel is proving a hot bed for new beverage options sought by younger consumers, including healthier craft sodas and cold brew coffee. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Industry experts say Millennials are leading the escape from mass produced, over-processed and over-packaged foods with

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Despite Previous Veto, Maine Ups Smoking Age to 21

Maine joins California, Hawaii and New Jersey in increasing the tobacco purchase age. Maine will become the fourth state—following in the footsteps of California, Hawaii and New Jersey—to raise the smoking age to 21, after lawmakers overrode Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto. According to an article in The New York Times, lawmakers  passed the legislation,

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TravelCenters of America Introduces ‘Back on the Road’ Blog

Blog to offer expert advice as well as stories from the road. TravelCenters of America LLC has added a new blog called Back on the Road to its website in order to share engaging content, truck maintenance tips and advice as well as the latest in exciting news and information from TravelCenters. Not only are

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Parkland Fuel Corp. Increases Its 2017 Guidance by $55 Million

Releases Q2 results, which includes the acquisition of CST Brands. Parkland Fuel Corp. saw organic volume growth and increased same-store sales in Q2, according to its recently released financial and operating results for the three months ending June 30, 2017. Parkland is Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent marketers of fuel

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Rutter’s Expands Corporate Office to 23,000 Square Feet

The building addition will create room for 50 more office team members. As York, Pa.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s continues to grow, it’s also expanding its corporate office to include more space for team members and departments. The convenience retailer recently started construction to expand and double the size of its corporate office to 23,000

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Leadership Change at RaceTrac, Moran No Longer CEO

Allison Moran will no longer serve as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain. Allison Moran, the daughter of Carl Bolch who served as CEO of the Atlanta-based chain since 2012, is out of the top spot, but will remain on the board of directors. In a statement to Convenience Store Decisions, the company said: “As of July

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Core-Mark Introduces New, Upscale Coffee Line

Core-Mark and Boyd’s create a premium line of coffee exclusively available to Core-Mark’s customers. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is introducing its new, upscale line of coffees: Arcadia Bay Select Coffees. Core-Mark is a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. The new premium line of coffees offers

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Celebrates 10 Years of NASCAR Partnership

Introduces “throw-back” paint scheme and themed items for fans. After 10 years as a sponsor of NASCAR drivers, Hunt Brothers Pizza is participating in throwback weekend—paying tribute to its first year in NASCAR with a throwback paint scheme on the No. 41 Ford Mustang Kevin Harvick will drive during the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200

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Chevron Expands Joint Rewards Program with Albertsons

Now West Texas and New Mexico-based shoppers can save at the pump. Albertsons Cos. LLC, through its United Family division, and Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons Market stores in New Mexico, and the addition of

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McLane, Love’s Extend Partnership

McLane’s national scope allows Love’s Travel Stops to achieve its growth goals. Love’s Travel Stops and McLane Co. are renewing their service agreement. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to more than 430 Love’s stores across 41 states. With its consistent service levels, efficient operational structure and nationwide reach, McLane

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7-Eleven Adding Surcharge-Free ATMs at 8,000 C-Stores

ATM provider FCTI partners with MoneyPass. 7-Eleven is set to offer surcharge-free ATMs to convenience store customers at more than 8,000 U.S. convenience store locations, following a multi-year agreement between MoneyPass and FCTI Inc., 7-Eleven’s ATM provider. According to a reporty by CUInsight, beginning this month and continuing through Q1 of 2018, MoneyPass access will

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MoneyPass to Provide Surcharge-Free ATMs at 8,000 7-Elevens

The convenience retailer will add a new wrinkle to its financial services. Beginning August 2017, MoneyPass access will be rolled out across ATMs in approximately 8,000 7- Eleven stores nationwide. The ATM roll out is expected to continue through first quarter 2018. At the completion of the roll out, MoneyPass will have an estimated 33,000 surcharge-free ATMs

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Core-Mark To Release Q2 Earnings

Call scheduled for Aug. 8. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 for the second quarter ending June 30, 2017, and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the

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Love’s Retains McLane as Supplier

With new agreement, McLane will continue to partner with the national truck stop chain. McLane Company  Inc., has announced a renewal of its service agreement with long-time customer Love’s Travel Stops. As part of this extended agreement, McLane will continue to deliver to more than 430 Love’s stores across 41 states. With its consistent service

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BAT Applies To Sell Glo in U.S.

Plans to use “substantial equivalence claim.” British American Tobacco PLC (BAT) expects to submit an application next year to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell its tobacco heating product, Glo. According to a report by Market Watch, after BAT successfully closed its deal to buy Reynolds American, the company announced it will

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Biofuel Advocates Speak at EPA Public Hearing

Ethanol and biofuels advocates urge EPA to protect America’s choices at the pump. Biofuel advocates spoke out during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearing on proposed 2018 targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), held on Aug. 1. Supporters urged the EPA to make more ethanol and other biofuels available to consumers in next

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Cumberland Farms Supports Pediatric Care Through Fundraiser

Annual Cups for Kids campaign donates five cents per cup of iced coffee or Chill Zone beverage purchased in August at convenience store chain Cumberland Farms. Cumberland Farms has launched its 6th annual Cups for Kids fundraising campaign, a month-long fundraiser that will benefit pediatric care programs at five regional hospitals throughout the Northeast –

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ADD Systems Welcomes New Hires

Expands marketing department to keep clients and industry better informed about its solutions. Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) is welcoming two new hires to its marketing department: Brittany Cooper and Victoria Leyson. Cooper is a full-time marketing associate, while Leyson is a full-time marketing intern. The management team is excited to have two new

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Chicago Soda Tax Starts Wednesday

Judge dismisses lawsuit, allowing tax to begin. Cook County, Ill.—which includes Chicago and surrounding areas—is set to implement a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages beginning Aug. 2. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, on Friday, July 28, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the county tax as unconstitutional

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How Biodiesel Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. Why is interest in biodiesel growing among convenience store operators? In past blog posts for CSD, I’ve touched on some of the reasons, including its performance benefits, its lower emissions and the increasing number of diesel-powered vehicles. But let’s be honest. If biodiesel didn’t make economic sense, c-store

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