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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Preparing Next Generation Leadership

In a family business, passing the baton of leadership from one generation to the next isn’t without hurdles, but planning ahead can smooth some bumps in the transition. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Succession planning, particularly in a family-owned business, is a crucial consideration every chain should take seriously. In the event the

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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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Bakery Drives Local Demand

Through consistency and a focus on local trends, convenience store bakery programs can create savory margins. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor When it comes to creating a successful baked goods program, inspiration is found in the most unlikely places. Just ask Ryan Krebs, director of foodservice for Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa. The

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Court Decision A Win for Renewable Fuel Producers

Court rules against EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is applauding the Friday, July 28, decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its interpretation of its authority to waive biofuel requirements that reduced the 2014-‘16 total Renewable Volume Obligations

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Thrillist Recognizes Krispy Krunchy Chicken

The premium c-store-based quick-service restaurant concept gets special attention. Krispy Krunchy Chicken was recently honored by online media giant, Thrillist, in an article titled, “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain.” Thrillist authors explained why the nationwide fast-food chain is their favorite. “Chances are you won’t find America’s best-kept fast-food secret at

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Bettering Burgers & Brats

Burgers, brats and sausages may be traditional convenience store foodservice items, but that doesn’t mean they have to play second fiddle to fancier fare. Retailers tell how they have turned what could be ‘been there, ate that’ foods into meals customers return for again and again. Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Americans eat more than 13

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Rutter’s Partners with Restaurant Technologies

Modernizes fryer oil management and overcomes labor inefficiencies. Rutter’s Farm Stores, with 68 convenience stores throughout central Pennsylvania, has partnered with Restaurant Technologies to install the automated Total Oil Management system in all 55 of its locations that offer fried-food options. Rutter’s plans to use the technology in its new stores moving forward. “The Total

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Gen Xers Responsible for 25% of All Restaurant Visits

Gen Xers enjoy dining out and are more likely than other generations to have dual income and the money to do it. While everyone is talking about boomers and Millennials, Gen Xers continue to be an important—if often overlooked—demographic. Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23% of all restaurant visits, not a significant

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Common Sense Menu Labeling Bill Clears House Committee

Bill now waits for review by the entire House of Representatives. The House Energy & Commerce Committee has passed H.R. 772, “The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” that looked to make menu-labeling requirements more flexible and possible for food providers. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported that the bill passed by a bipartisan

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FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Lowering the levels of nicotine in combustible cigarette products could adversely affect tobacco manufacturers. In a major regulatory shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday to its intention to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made the announcement. The FDA’s

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Wawa Enters Broward County, Fla.

Wawa gives away free coffee for 10 days. Wawa Inc. has entered Broward County, Fla., with two new locations, Wawa’s southernmost locations to date. On Thursday, July 27, 2017 Wawa hosted a doubleheader grand opening celebration to officially launch Wawa’s first locations in Broward County. The stores are located at: 4290 Davie Rd. Extension Davie,

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Growth Opportunities Abound Across Retail Channels

Shoppers’ path to purchase is changing. What does it mean for your business? Changes are rapidly impacting retail and the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market, as strategies shift along with consumer trends. CPG growth is anemic and marketplace competition is fierce, so winning in this environment requires a keen understanding of consumers’ evolving path to

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Kretek Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Fantasia Products

“Fantasia embodies Phillips & King’s long-standing value of quality,” says general manager of Phillips & King, a subsidiary of Kretek International Inc. Kretek International Inc., the nation’s largest importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, will expand its portfolio on Aug. 1, 2017 to become the exclusive distributor of Fantasia products in the United

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Frequency Visits at C-Stores Up in Q2

Ricker’s leads convenience stores with highest ratio of foot traffic per station. C-store visits are up and stations with a good cup of Joe are seeing even more customers, according to a recent study by Cuebiq and GasBuddy. Cuebiq, a location intelligence company with the largest, most accurate location database in the U.S. and GasBuddy,

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NAG Conference Super Save Expires Today!

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss, but the Super Saver registration rate expires today! Register now to received a deep discount off of the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales

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Retailers Urge Senate to Vote for ACA Repeal

As lawmakers duke it out on Capitol Hill, the NRF recently sent a letter explaining how retailers are impatient for relief from the Affordable Care Act. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is urging the Senate to move forward on efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare even if lawmakers have not yet agreed on the exact

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