New Jersey Ups Smoking Age

Effective Nov. 1, smokers must be 21 to purchase tobacco products in the state. New Jersey has become the third state to decide to increase its legal smoking age to 21, following in the footsteps of Hawaii and California. According to a report by CNN, Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill Friday, officially moving the

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Why They Don’t Show Up for the Interview

Don’t forget your sales pitch when you plan your pre-screening interview questions. by Mel Kleiman, founder, Humetrics Below is the telephone pre-screen list one of my clients uses for frontline, hourly employees. Now, if you were the applicant and someone called you, asked you all those questions, and then invited you to come in for

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Atlas Upgrades Website, Logo with Focus on Fueling Innovation

Atlas unveils logo and ‘Fueling Innovation’ icon that represent Atlas’ 30-year evolution into an extensive nationwide energy network. Atlas Oil is updating its look, introducing a new website and logo, it also confirms its committed to fueling innovation through new technology and strategic nationwide partnerships. “Atlas is excited to remain a catalyst in the much-needed

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Home Service Oil Raises $85,000 for MDA

Buddy Bass Tournament and in-store shamrock sales raise funds for an important cause. Home Service Oil Co.’s annual Buddy Bass Tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) took place on May 6. A combination of shamrock sales in Express Mart Convenience Stores and event sponsors raised approximately $85,000 total for the MDA. “Thanks also

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Rutter’s Hosts Grand Opening for 68th Store

Donates more than $63,000 to benefit local charities in Blair County. Rutter’s celebrated the grand opening of its newest convenience store in Duncansville, Pa. on Thursday, July 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the event, Rutter’s donated more than $63,000 to seven different charitable organizations in the Duncansville/Altoona, Pa. area. The following organizations received

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Casey’s

The Des Moines, Iowa convenience retailer plans to increase the company’s pace of acquisitions, roll out a broader digital platform and reduce operating expenses in the coming fiscal year. Bonnie Herzog, managing director–beverage, household & personal care, tobacco and c-stores for Wells Fargo Securities LLC, came away from Casey’s General Stores’ Investor Day meetings in

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Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos

White Owl continues to expand upon the award-winning Limited Edition FoilFresh franchise to now include Strawberry Kiwi. The complementary flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy kiwis are paired perfectly for a fresh new flavor twist. White Owl Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos are bursting with a delicious, fruity flavor and are now in season for a limited

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May-June 2017 Comparisons

Top seven items continue their reign for second month. By Bill Scott I was somewhat shocked when I first loaded the results from my research for May and June. Looking at the table, I first thought I had mistakenly loaded the same file from May to accumulate the June figures, as there were no changes

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Shareholders Clear Way for BAT’s RAI Acquisition

RAI shareholders approve three proposals to move merger forward. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) announced that its shareholders have given their approval for the company’s acquisition by British American Tobacco p.l.c.’s (BAT). The transaction is expected to close on or about July 25, 2017, and once completed the merged company will be the world’s largest publicly-traded

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NATSO Applauds Proposed Extension of Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit

Trade groups, including NACS also support the proposal’s five-year phase out. NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, along with the Advanced Biofuels Association, National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA), Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), have commended Representatives

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Rhodes C-Stores Launches Internship Program

Two college students join the Rhodes 101 Stops c-store team for the summer. Rhodes 101 Stops has launched a new internship program. This June, the company announced that two college students— Haleigh Knapp and Christina Niedbalski —would join the Rhodes team during the summer. According to a report in The Southeast Missourian, the interns will

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Gas Prices Set to Hit Record Highs for the Year

Consumers can find gas for $2.25 or less at 57% of gas stations across the U.S. but prices are expected to move upward. Pump prices are set to grow over the coming weeks, with the summer national gas price expected to increase by at least 10 cents. According to a report by AAA, prices could

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Retailers Say Border Tax Falls on Consumers

Congress should focus on income tax reform, not BAT, according to the National Retail Federation. The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to reject a proposed border adjustment tax that would drive up the price of imported merchandise, saying the measure would force consumers to pay the cost of lowering taxes for large corporations. “The

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GPM Acquires Jiffy Stop Food Marts

Boasting a 1,100-store portfolio, GPM Investments has strengthened its operational footprint in Missouri. GPM Investments LLC has acquired seven Jiffy Stop Food Marts locations. The acquisition will further develop GPM’s footprint in the Midwest. Jiffy Stop’s president, Wayne Compton, said he will miss the excitement and challenges of the convenience store industry but after nearly

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Visa Launches ‘Visa Cashless Challenge’

Visa outlines net benefits for merchants that reduce dependency on cash transactions. Visa Inc. has a deal for small merchants willing to consider eliminating cash transactions. Aiming to create a culture where cash is no longer king, the program will give merchants increased ability to accept all forms of global digital payments. Visa will be

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Wawa Rolls Out Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Wawa Cold Brew uses a small-batch process using triple-filtered water and low temperature extraction. Wawa has introduced Cold Brew coffee at all stores chain-wide as part of Wawa’s hand-crafted specialty beverage program. Available in two flavors of traditional black or sweet cream and both 16-ounce and 24-ounce sizes, Wawa Cold Brew incorporates a slow steeping

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Chevron Adds More Cleaning Power in Gasoline

Chevron with Techron and Texaco with Techron help clean deposits left by low quality gas. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced that Chevron with Techron and Texaco with Techron gasolines now have even more cleaning power in every grade, every gallon. So, when it comes to build-up clean up, all

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Kwik Trip Acquires PDQ Food Stores

PDQ Food Stores fits Kwik Trip’s growth strategy for Wisconsin. Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wis., is acquiring the assets of PDQ Food Stores. PDQ is an employee-owned company based in Middleton. Its assets include 34 company-operated convenience stores located in southeastern Wisconsin. This acquisition allows Kwik Trip to expand its presence in

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PFSbrands Introduces New Hire and Promotion

Looks to assist retail partners with planning and start-up. The foodservice company, PFSbrands has filled two new positions— vice president of project management and national director of store planning and design. “Our company is experiencing record levels of growth in the number of new branded locations onboarding this year,” said PFSbrands CEO Shawn Burcham. “So,

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Churro Bites

J&J Snack Foods Corp. has launched Pillsbury Churro Bites. The bite-sized, traditionally Spanish treats, combined with a household name like Pillsbury are sure to cause a stir in the mainstream retail industry. For consumers looking to enjoy churros at home, Pillsbury Churro Bites are the perfect versatile dessert for anytime of day. Served up with

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Raw & Quinoa Bars

“Clean eating” is the new gold standard in today’s snack category. Pereg Natural Foods has answered the call, offering ready-to-eat snack bars that satisfy the sweet tooth with only simple, nutritious, all-organic ingredients. With no refined sugar or corn syrup, Pereg Raw Bars and Pereg Quinoa Bars pack a burst of flavor—and no more than

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Wine On The Go

Backpack Wine offers a unique combo of great-tasting, quality wine in a rebellious and fresh manner and brings the convenience and accessibility of a can, along with the great taste and higher quality that people who enjoy wine appreciate. Backpack Wine’s Snappy White is a Washington State Riesling based blend with a touch of sweetness

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New Menthol Cigarette

As part of its commitment to offering smoking pleasure for adult smokers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s Newport brand is now making its Newport Platinum styles available nationally. Newport Platinum styles offer adult smokers a fresh take on Newport cigarettes with a refreshingly smooth menthol taste that is different from the traditional Newport family. Newport Platinum will

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Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $75 Million With SmartPay

SmartPay Check-Link users save 10 cents on each gallon of gas. Cumberland Farms’ customers have saved a total of $75 Million through its SmartPay program since its launch in January 2013. Available as both a payment card and a mobile payment app, the program is free to join and free to use. SmartPay Check-Link users

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Electronic Vehicle Growth Limited Through 2025

Through 2025, vehicles powered by liquid fuels to account for more than 96% of vehicles on the road in the U.S. While car companies and even countries have recently pledged to go all-in on electric vehicles (EV), market conditions will make it difficult for EVs to gain 2% share of vehicles on the road by

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