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TA Opens Two New Full-Service Travel Centers

TA adds two more travel centers in the Michigan-area this week. TravelCenters of America LLC opened two new TA-branded locations on June 25 at Tekonsha and Battle Creek, Mich. The addition of the two new stations brings the total number of TA full-service travel centers to 240. The new Tekonsha location includes all of the

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RYO Amendment In Congressional Bill

The House and Senate Conference Committee version of the transportation bill containing the RYO amendment must be voted on by both the full House and the full Senate this week. A new RYO machine amendment has been included in a Congressional transportation bill, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The U.S. House and

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NCR Silver Helps Small Businesses To Compete

New POS solutions from NCR Corp. help smaller business owners connect with customers and sell products from anywhere. The NCR Corp. released NCR Silver to give small businesses a hand at running businesses and connecting with customers. NCR Silver is available for download at www.ncrsilver.com or on the Apple App Store for $79 a month.

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Ontario Fights Contraband Cigarettes

“Cigarette butt studies conducted in London, Ontario show the consumption of contraband cigarettes at 20% and at local high schools, as many as 35% of cigarettes smoked by youth were illegal,” says CEO of OCSA. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the London

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Unilever Launches Hardest-Working Food Campaign

Facebook group to feature practical hands-on advice, tips and insights to reduce cost, improve taste and cut waste. Hard work goes hand in hand with a professional kitchen. That’s why Unilever Food Solutions—a global foodservice businesses—is launching a campaign to recognize America’s hardest-working dishes, which stand the test of time and form the backbone of

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers Presentation Available

cciPanel gives retailers and marketers the scoop on what are today’s tobacco buying trends. Management Science Associates (MSA), Paradigm Sample and Convenience Store Decisions teamed to present a free Webcast Thursday afternoon to discuss the habits of tobacco consumers at U.S. c-stores. The Webcast will be archived and available for all people at csdecisions.com later

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

“The Court’s decision to keep in place employer mandates will place significant burdens on nearly 40% of our industry and put these businesses at a substantial competitive disadvantage,” says NACS chairman. The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law Thursday, June 28, 2012, MSNBC Online reported. The ruling allows the government to

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Weigel’s Celebrates 60th Store Opening

Weigel’s hosts grand opening celebrations at its newest, Knoxville, Tenn. store. Weigel’s, a family-owned dairy in East Tennessee, opened its 60th full-service convenience store in West Knoxville, Tenn.-area on June 8 at the corner of Choto Road and Northshore Drive. Bill Weigel, chairman and CEO, said he decided to build the store after receiving requests

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7-Eleven Offers PayPal Prepaid MasterCard

“We are expanding our current offering of alternative financial services because we see an increased demand for this type of product in our stores,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. As part of its retail expansion plans, NetSpend Holdings Inc., a provider of general-purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid debit cards and related financial services, announced that the PayPal Prepaid

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Study Shows Traditional Grocery Changing

A Jefferies-AlixPartners study shows food-at-home spending to jump by $50 billion a year for Millennials  and decrease by up to $15 billion annually for Baby Boomers by 2020. Jefferies, a global investment bank, and AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm, have announced the findings of their new joint study, Trouble in Aisle 5, which finds

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Alon Brands Supports Military Recovery Funds

John West, vice president of marketing, said Alon Brands is “honored” to support military family members in a new community project. Alon Brands, Dallas-based supplier and marketer of fuels and the largest licensee of 7-Eleven in North America, announced its support of the new Marine Recovery Fund (MRF). MRF aims to support both service personnel and

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Vapor Corp. Files Patent Application For Soft Padded Electronic Cigarette Cartridge

“We believe the soft padded electronic cartridge is the most significant innovation to e-cigarettes, since their invention and introduction to the U.S. marketplace,” says CEO of Vapor. Vapor Corp., a U.S. based electronic cigarette company, filed a non-provisional patent for a “Padded Cartridge For An Electronic Cigarette Apparatus” on June 5, 2012. The patent was

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Lou Maiellano Joins CSD’s Tobacco Webcast

Management Science Associates (MSA) and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are teaming up to offer a free Webcast tomorrow that will examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate

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7-Eleven Launches Operation Chill

7-Eleven and local police reward kids for good behavior with Slurpee coupons. 7-Eleven and local police team up this summer in Operation Chill where police will cite kids and teens who have good behavior, and reward them with a “Free Slurpee” coupon. The c-store retailer plans to distribute 1 million coupons to more than 600

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Lone Star Installs Gas Island Vending

Vendgogh’s vending system allows customers to purchase cold drinks at the pump. Douglass Distributing Retail Co. is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at their Lone Star Food Store No. 50 in Sherman, Texas—the first installation of its kind in the state of Texas.  Vendgogh’s patented, UL-approved vending systems integrates seamlessly with

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SAS Founder Turns 100

Abe Abraham, chairman of S. Abraham & Sons Inc., celebrates his 100th birthday this summer. S. Abraham & Sons Inc. (SAS) announced that its chairman, Abe Abraham, plans to celebrate his 100th birthday on Aug. 21. SAS was started by Abe’s father, Sleyman, as a small retail candy and “five and dime” store in the

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Red Cross Names Wawa 2012 Citizen of the Year

“Few organizations help us fulfill the American Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering like Wawa, led by Howard Stoeckel,” says CEO of American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania. The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) Chapter  honored Wawa’s CEO, Howard Stoeckel, with the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award during its 30th annual

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Heineken USA Celebrates With ‘Beers Of Mexico’

Heineken USA offers c-store retailers with its limited edition “Beers of Mexico” pack for the summer season. Heineken USA starts its summer celebrations as it releases its “Beers of Mexico” variety pack. “Beers of Mexico” 12 and 24 packs contain equal quantities of Dos Equis Lager, Dos Equis Ambar, Tecate and Sol. The limited edition

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Promotions At Par-Way Tryson

Par-Way Tryson, manufacturer of Vegalene Food Release sprays, announced promotions and role expansions in its sales and marketing divisions. The following changes were made to the company’s management team: Brad Channing is its new chief business development officer, Gary Everson is its new chief foodservice sales officer, Ginny Bales is its director of marketing and Judy Rogowski

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New Turkey Meat Snacks

Appealing to growing demand for lean meat snacks that are delicious and better for you, Old Wisconsin has introduced two new turkey meat snack products. Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Slices and Old Wisconsin Turkey Summer Sausage feature the authentic, hardwood-smoked flavoring the brand is famous for, but with less fat and calories than traditional meat

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Outstanding Mayo

Hellmann’s Light, Real and Extra Heavy Mayonnaise products earned the Master Chef’s Seal of Excellence. The company out-performed competitors in almost all of the 3,760 evaluations and tests conducted by certified master chefs. A couple things that they looked at were the products’ performance in a foodservice environment and sensory properties. All three of Hellmann’s

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Sour Coolers Candy

WARHEADS is cooling off the summer heat with a new product: WARHEADS Sour Coolers. WARHEADS Sour Coolers are a pressed dextrose tablet with sour flavor and a key differentiator —a unique cooling effect. This convenient, small format roll pack contains 24 pieces in five assorted flavors:cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon, green apple and lemon. Consumer market

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Vendor Management

By John Matthews, founder, Gray Cat Enterprises. Aligning your vendors to a common business vision is a daunting task. In many cases, vendors for retail outlets number in the hundreds, if not thousands. How is it expected of the retailer to manage all of them? The key is to take control and focus the vendors

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Rutter’s Celebrates Grand Opening

Donates to Loganville, Pa. charities. Rutter’s Farm Stores celebrated the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its 57th convenience store on June 20, and marked the occasion by donating $1000 to four local charities. The Loganville Fire Co., the Goodwill Fire Co., Jacobus Lions Ambulance Club and the Jacobus, Loganville and Springfield (JLS) Recreation

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Murphy USA, Skyline Products Complete 3-Year Project

Murphy USA updates its signage at nearly half of its locations with the help of Skyline Products. Murphy USA and Skyline Products Electronic Price Displays completed a three-year project to replace all of Murphy’s older electronic canopy price signs at more than 500 locations.  Murphy chose to partner with Skyline for the project because of

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