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Atlas Oil Names New Executive Vice President Of Retail Operations

Atlas Oil chooses James Fiene to serve on its company’s executive team. Atlas Oil named James Fiene as its new executive vice president of retail operations, and a member on the company’s senior leadership team. Fiene served as the chief operating officer for Open Pantry since 2003. During his time at Open Pantry, Fiene transformed

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Pantry Donates To Campaign Through Facebook ‘Likes’

The Pantry Inc. encourages guests to “Like” the Kangaroo Express Facebook page as each “Like” donates a dollar to the USO of North Carolina. The Pantry Inc. announced it plans to donate $1 to the USO of North Carolina for every “Like” received on the Kangaroo Express Facebook page from Aug. 6 through Aug. 17

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CITGO Freedom Oil Celebrates Its 10th Year In Business

Freedom Oil celebrates its 10th anniversary by offering a month-long rewards program to its loyal customer base. Freedom Oil, a Warsaw, Ind.-based CITGO Marketer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by offering loyal customers with its Freedom Rewards Program. Customers can earn cents-off-per-gallon rewards based on store purchases marked at Freedom Express locations through Aug. 31.

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Pilot Flying J Announces Plans For New Stores

Pilot Flying J is working on opening two new stores in Virginia and Michigan. Pilot Flying J plans to open two new stores in August. New stores include a location in Harrisonburg, Va., which opens on Aug. 13, and a Port Huron, Mich., location, which opens on Aug. 20. The new locations will feature gas

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Reichel Foods Inc. Recalls Products From C-Stores

A foodservice company recalls a limited number of its snack and lunch products to protect consumers from possible Lysteria cases. Reichel Foods Inc., a healthy snack food company based in Minnesota, issued a voluntary recall for a variety of its products. NACS released a report that said several of the company’s products have the potential

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BP Presents Grant To New York-Area PAL Chapters

“We are thrilled to support our neighborhood PAL chapters to help fuel the future of local youth,” says Joseph Choi, Queens, N.Y., BP gas station owner. BP station owners of New York and New Jersey plan to present a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $55,500 to four local Police Athletic League (PAL) chapters on

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Speedway Donates $1 Million To Children’s Hospital Foundation

Speedway helps a Tri-State-area children’s hospital through a million-dollar donation. Speedway LLC pledged to raise $1 million throughout the next three years for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. The million dollars is expected to go toward the purchase of two new “Just For Kids” transport vehicles for the pediatric transport team at Kosair Children’s Hospital, and

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Propel Fuels Participates In CO2 Reduction Effort

“The early success of Propel’s CarbonOffset program is strong evidence that consumers are ready and willing to support clean energy, especially if the cost and benefits are clear,” says Eric Carlson, president of Carbonfund.org. Propel Fuels, a leading retailer of renewable fuels, is now the first company to let consumers offset their driving emissions at

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Pantry, TA Release Financial Results

Both The Pantry Inc. and TravelCenters of America release their third and second quarter financial results, respectively. The Pantry Inc. and TravelCenters of America (TA) report their financial results through the end of June for this year. Pantry Inc. reported its net income was $14.8 million or $0.65 per share. This compares to net income

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More Smokers Turn To E-Cigarettes

E-cigs “are growing in popularity . . . no question about that,” says Chad Maynard, spokesman for ElectronicCigarette.net on the category. Electronic cigarettes might not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, but recent studies posted in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that many smokers are turning the the product for that reason. Smokers

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Amazon Installs Lockers In Grocery And Convenience Store Chains In San Francisco

C-stores launch Amazon Locker program in their stores to give consumers a more secure delivery program. Convenience stores are adding Amazon.com web lockers in the San Francisco area. Amazon.com has been expanding its Locker system after testing services in c-stores in the Seattle, NYC, London and the Virginia-area. The addition of the Northern California locker

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Grab Wraps

Fernando’s Fine Mexican Food is pleased to present its new Grab Wraps, a unique addition to convenience store foodservice offerings. Grab Wraps are fully cooked, hand-rolled and stuffed tortillas for c-store customers. They require no additional on-site preparation, and are developed to work seamlessly with equipment such as roller grills or hot cases. New Grab

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Thorntons Joins Growing Ranks of C-Store Chains to Oppose the Proposed Visa, MasterCard Settlement

Thorntons Inc. today joined the growing list of convenience store retailers to blast the proposed settlement of longstanding antitrust litigation between retailers and the credit card industry. In a statement to the media, the Louisville, Ky. chain said, “The proposed settlement, announced on July 13th, does not make meaningful changes to the broken credit card

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Ethanol Industry Touts Lower Gas Prices with New “Open Road” Ads

Following on the success of its long-running “Right Here, Right Now” ads, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is debuting a new ad which focuses on ethanol’s ability to lower gas prices at the pump and offer consumers relief in a difficult economy. The “Open Road” campaign is the first of its kind, focusing on ethanol

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Gasoline Prices in Uptrend Through Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices made sharp gains in late July, early August, and there’s more upside left in the cash market, which will filter through to retail outlets across the U.S. Absent a steep selloff, retail gasoline prices are poised to move higher in most U.S. metropolitan

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Core-Mark Reports Quarterly Cash Dividend

Core-Mark Holding Company Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the c-store retail industry in North America, announced its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per common share. The dividend is payable on Sept. 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of the close

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Food Sales Make Up For High Gas Prices In Today’s C-Store Market

“Food is the future of (the c-store) industry,” says Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president to The Gazette, an Eastern Iowa newspaper. Food sales accounted for 16.9% of a record $195 billion of in-store sales at convenience stores in 2011, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which means many c-store chains have been

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Kroger Expected To Build Gas Station In Michigan

Kroger aims to clean up a Michigan township by adding new business to the area. Kroger is expected to open a new gas station by the end of 2012 on a property it owns in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., according to Ann Arbor digital media company news. The new gas station will measure nearly one acre on a

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CITGO Improves Safety Rates In 2011

CITGO earns awards and recognition for its increased safety rates in 2011. CITGO Petroleum Corp. saw significant improvements in its refining safety performance in 2011 with both its total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate falling to about half of what they were the previous year. CITGO excelled in

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Ben & Jerry’s Listens For Boston Tweets

Ben & Jerry’s delivers its ice cream based on Twitter requests to Boston customers this August. Ben & Jerry’s plans to deliver its sweet treats to customers in Boston via Tweets on Twitter this month. From Aug. 6 to Aug. 31, the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck will tour Boston, stopping at local businesses, nonprofits

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New Jerky Tastes

Golden Island Jerky Co., a leading producer of jerky products based in Southern California, plans to launch six new flavors of jerky, made in America and inspired by flavors from around the world. Golden Island’s latest flavors include the following: hickory black pepper (beef), chili lime (beef), mandarin orange (beef), teriyaki (pork), grilled barbecue (pork)

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Mr. Zip Convenience Stores Acquired

The Mr. Zip convenience store chain, operator of 16 stores along the I-75 corridor between Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., was acquired today by Textron Energy, a subsidiary of Classic Star Group of Ft. Worth, Texas. Terms of the deal, which includes the 16 stores and a wholesale fuels business, were not disclosed. Classic Star Group

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Pilot Flying J CEO Buys Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns announce Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J CEO, as the new team owner today to locals. Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam officially bought the Cleveland Browns National Football League (NFL) team for $1 billion in a deal that and will be announced by the team owner at a press conference at 1 p.m.

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French Vanilla And Caramel Bar

Milky Way Brand French Vanilla and Caramel Bar combines caramel, French vanilla-flavored nougat and milk chocolate for a unique sensation. The new offering expands the brand’s reach, and invites c-store retailers to test a new flavor from a well-known brand. It’s the brand’s first new flavor offering in three years. The new Milky Way will

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The Pantry Announces Early Results Of Tender Offer

The Pantry Inc. announced early results of its offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2014 and solicitation of consents from holders of the notes to effect certain proposed amendments to the indenture governing the notes. As of 5 p.m. EST on Aug. 2, $198,856,000 in aggregate principal

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