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VPS Holds Annual Summer Swing Golf Tourney

Proceeds from the auction and golf tournament to benefit the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts. The VPS Convenience Store Group and the Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts are holding their 28th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tourney and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America June 7-8, 2011 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. The dinner and

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Swipe Fee Vote Pending Today

NACS is urging retailers to call their Senators in one final push before the 2p.m. EST vote. Today, June 8, at 2 p.m. EST, the Senate is set to vote on an amendment by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), which seeks to delay and effectively kill swipe fee reform. The debate ( happening now) and the

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Chevron Invests $2 Million in South Bay Schools

“Supporting STEM is a key Chevron value, and these funds are truly an investment in preparing the next generation workforce for increasingly technical careers,” says Chevron spokesperson. Chevron has completed the distribution of its 2011 “Energy for Learning” grants delivered via a yellow school bus to South Bay schools. The grants represent a significant increase

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Adding Spice to the Morning Menu

Remember those great tasting skillet breakfasts we’ve all enjoyed? Lettieri’s new Breakfast Skillet Rounds brings back that experience with these hand-held, all-in-one morning treats. Totally enrobed in “bakery-fresh” bread, each filling is reminiscent of a particular breakfast skillet recipe. At four ounces each, varieties include: Cajun Style; Western Style Omelet; Cheesy Potato, Egg and Bacon;

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Maintaining Cigarette Sales

Despite taxation and regulation, convenience store retailers remain optimistic about this lucrative category, though a potential ban on menthol products is looming. By John Lofstock, Editor. In an era in which the sports page sounds like the business page, talk of selling cigarettes inevitably sounds like political rhetoric. When c-store operators talk cigarettes these days

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Untipped Cigarillos

John Middleton’s Black & Mild is launching two premium untipped cigarillo products nationally: Classic and Sweets. Classic is for adult cigar smokers interested in a classic Black & Mild pipe tobacco taste, while Sweets is a more traditional cigarillo taste made from primarily air-cured tobaccos. Both products are available in five-packs and singles. During initial

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Tobacco Sales Rolling Along

As consumers embrace roll your own (RYO) tobacco, retailers are seeing a boost in sales of accessories such as rolling papers, cigarette tubes and rolling machines. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Smokers seeking a safe harbor from cigarette tax increases have made port in the roll your own (RYO) segment. Many have been pleasantly surprised

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Worries Over Economy Pressuring Oil Prices

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs are again moving lower, pressured in early June by worry over economic growth highlighted by an increase in the U.S. unemployment rate in May. Poor results in manufacturing and housing detailed in recent data releases have also piled onto the heightening concern over the

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Pilot Opens Two New Sites

Travel centers in Haines City, Fla., and Morgantown, W.Va., welcome customers. Pilot has opened two new travel centers with full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public. The new sites are located  at 2309 Smithtown Rd. in Morgantown, W. Va., off Interstate 79 at Exit 146, and at 35647 U.S. Highway 27 North in

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken Opens New Locations

With 132 new stores open already this year, Krispy Krunchy Chicken moves toward its goal. Krispy Krunchy Chicken opened seven new stores this week, bringing its YTD total openings to 132. “I ask each market for its (store opening) goals at the beginning of the year,” said Dan Shapiro, executive vice president of Krispy Krunchy

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New All-Stars For Charities Fruit Snack Benefits Fight for Autism

JAL Enterprises and Summit Foods team with the Darryl Strawberry Foundation Fight for Autism. JAL Enterprises, a company that creates products to support non profit organizations and Summit Foods have teamed up with the Darryl Strawberry Foundation “Fight for Autism” to introduce a new fruit snack, All-Stars for Charities Fruit Snacks. All-Stars for Charities Fruit

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Reese’s Brand and Warner Bros.’ Team for ‘Green Lantern’ Promotion

Instant-win promotion will land one lucky consumer a chance to fly like Superhero Hal Jordan. Imagine soaring at 40,000 feet, topping the speed of sound as you man a state-of-the art fighter jet. Well, now customers can score just such an experience as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, in partnership with Warner Bros. Entertainment, launches an

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TA Releases TruckSmart 2.0 Mobile App

New version includes UltraONE Rewards access and instant shower feature. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has released version 2.0 of its TruckSmart mobile application for Android and iPhone smartphone platforms. Version 2.0 continues the track record of the popular 1.0 by bringing even more first-in-the-industry features. TruckSmart 2.0 gives professional drivers the power to access

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Flourishing After the Floods

After suffering extensive water damage at its Nashville, Tenn., store, TravelCenters of America has reopened the unit with a new look and a host of modern features. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Just a year ago, the TravelCenters of America truck stop in Nashville, Tenn., fell victim to the historic flooding that ravaged Middle Tennessee

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Wake Up Your Menu With Folgers

Coffee consumption has come a long way recently, from being traditionally consumed with breakfast and dessert, to being requested during all dayparts. According to the National Coffee Association, 80% of Americans drink coffee, with more than half of the population drinking it every day. Available in a variety of flavors and foodservice-friendly packages, all Folgers

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Kellogg Expands Cereal Line

Cereal aisles in the U.S. are about to get a little bit busier with the introduction of megabrand Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal. After decades of success overseas, Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal is being launched in the U.S. with a marketing campaign— “It’s Morning Somewhere”— giving consumers the perfect excuse to enjoy the great taste and

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Valero Launches Music Promotion

Customers will get a free MP3 download with each 44-ounce fountain drink. As the excitement of summertime heats up, Valero Retail Holdings Inc. announced that its Corner Store locations are giving a gift of free music with every 44-ounce fountain drink purchase. The timing of this event is perfect for consumers, as music is a

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Rutter’s Donates to York Chapter of Make-a-Wish

Rutter’s Farm Stores presented Ann Waltman from the Greater Pennsylvania and southern West Virginia chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation with a check for $34,000 on June 3. The money will be used to grant 10 wishes to local children. “We believe in the good work of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and we’re glad to have the

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NACS Welcomes Director of Government Relations

“With her diverse experience and background in a number of issues important to NACS members, we are confident that she will be a valuable asset to our team and have an immediate, positive effect on our efforts on Capitol Hill,” says NACS vice president of government affairs. Carin Nersesian has joined NACS today as director

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Tedeschi Food Shops Hires Director of Fresh Foods

Tedeschi Food Shops today announced that it has hired Bob Goodwin to join its retail team as the company’s director of fresh foods. Goodwin will oversee all facets of food service including the commissary, TD’s Deli, fresh meat and poultry, freshly baked goods, produce and flowers, and hot and cold dispensed beverages. Having spent 42

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Doling Out Healthy Snacks

Dole Real Fruit Bites combine three healthy favorites—fruit, yogurt and whole grain oats—into one delicious taste. Each pouch has 90 or fewer calories making it the ideal portion-controlled, healthier treat. Additionally, Dole recently converted its Fruit Bowls line to all natural fruit in 100% juice. Each bowl offers a full serving of fruit in each

Applauding Industry Leaders

By: John Lofstock, Editor. “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Those words are about as chilling to convenience store retailers as Navy SEAL Team 6 is to terrorists. But this is the new reality for all marketers of tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants convenience store retailers to think otherwise.

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Five High ABV Products

Introducing a great-tasting high ABV progressive adult beverage in a 23.5-ounce can, mike’s HARDER PUNCH. Launched in the fall of 2010 in two 8% ABV great varieties, mike’s HARDER FRUIT PUNCH and mike’s HARDER MANGO PUNCH are hard-hitting flavors your customers will reach for in the cooler door. New mike’s HARDER MANGO PUNCH offers a

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FDA’s CTP Website Features New Content

FDA seeks to educate retailers with new quizzes and updated information on tobacco regulations, including in Spanish. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) has added new features to the retailer section of its Website. FDA hopes these new updates and quizzes will help educate retailers about relevant tobacco regulations and increase voluntary compliance with

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Hess Joins Forces with Quiznos

Companies plan to open more than 50 new restaurants in Florida. Hess, operator of 1,350 gas stations and convenience stores in 18 states, reached a deal with Quiznos to open more than 50 Quiznos restaurants inside Hess locations in Florida. The partnership, the largest to date in terms of Quiznos convenience locations, is a significant

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