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Hess Elects New Director To Its Board

A former U.S. senator joins the Hess board of directors team. Hess Corporation announced the election of former Sen. Sam Nunn to its board of directors. Nunn served as Georgia’s senator for 24 years (1972 to 1996), and was a chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and served on

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Tea Brewing Benchmarks

Curtis tea brewers offer c-stores with its latest innovation: a three-gallon tea brewer with a rotating cone. The TCTS10600 Tea Brewing System lets operators brew two teas in a single brewer that measures only 12.5 inches wide. In addition, it offers intuitive scroll-through programming and a large bright display to show its functions at a

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NCASEF Raises $410,000 For Nonprofits

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees donates nearly half a million to two charities.  The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) announced it raised $410,000 for two charities during its 37th National Convention and Trade Show in Honolulu last month. NCASEF raised a total of $340,000 for Hire Heroes USA, a

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Walgreens Decreases Sales In July

Walgreens experiences slightly fewer sales in July 2012 compared with July 2011. Walgreens announced a 3.7% decrease in July sales from the same month in fiscal 2011. The company reported sales of $5.59 billion in July 2012 compared with the $5.81 billion from July 2011. Compared with prior months during this calendar year, July sales

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Reynolds America Inc. Entering New Tobacco Categories

Reynolds’ is launching an NRT gum made by its Niconovum pharmaceutical subsidiary, among other products. Reynolds American Inc. is preparing, within the next six months, to delve into several categories, including vapor (likely electronic cigarettes), nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) and nicotine extract products, such as lozenges, Winston-Salem Journal reported. Reynolds also plans to launch new styles

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CITGO, Condon Oil Support Muscular Dystrophy Association This Summer

CITGO teams with Condon Oil to raise a grand total of $40,286 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in 2012. Condon Oil teamed with CITGO Petroleum Corp. and members of the Ripon, Wis., community to raise more than $30,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in 2012. The two companies teamed up for the 13th

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New Bull Dog E-Cigs

Bull Dog Wholesale released its new line of flavored e-cigarettes, offering Cherry Ice, Vanilla Cream, Jamaican Java, Seductive Kiss (strawberry chocolate), Classic Tobacco and Crisp Menthol. The new flavors are available in 500 puff disposable e-cigarettes with rechargeable refills. The disposables and the 2-pack refills have a suggested retail price of $8.99 and $9.99 respectfully,

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California C-Stores Promote New, Self-Chilled Beverage Cans

Three c-store locations on the West Coast are hosting events to promote the sale of the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy, a self-chilled beverage that doesn’t require refrigeration. A Chevron Carwash and Food Mart in Pasadena, Calif., plans to feature the new West Coast Chill Pure Energy packaged in a self-chilling beverage can at

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Ryko Solutions Completes Sale, Leaseback

Transaction frees funds for aggressive growth strategy. Ryko Solutions Inc., a full-spectrum supplier of car wash equipment, cleaning products and services support in North America has completed a sale leaseback of its 250,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Grimes, Iowa.   The move was a both a strategic part of the company’s recapitalization plan and a

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Valero Uses PriceAdvantage In 100 Stores

Valero reaches a milestone mark as it rolls out PriceAdvantage at its 100th store. Valero Corner Stores has met its first milestone by rolling out PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management program, to the 100th store in less than a month. The Corner Store brand is a network of more than 1,000 Valero company-owned fuel retail

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Par Mar Hosts Make-A-Wish Event

The Par Mar Convenience Store in Fairmont, Va. hosted an event on Aug. 1 to support the Make-A-Wish Campaign,  WBOY News 12 reported. The OMEGA and Make-A-Wish campaign are selling “Wish Stars” for $1 at convenience and grocery stores all month long, with the proceeds going to help grant wishes for sick children, such as

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Love’s Rolls Out Cardless Technology

Love’s Travel Stops tests new cardless technology at 100 locations this month. Love’s Travel Stops completed the first successful live customer transaction using RFID cardless fueling technology and Comdata’s financial processing software at its Pauls Valley, Okla., location. More than 100 Love’s locations will have cardless fueling technology available for professional drivers by the end

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Tedeschi Expands Soda Offering At Nine Stores

Tedeschi Food Shops integrates the new Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser at nine of its c-stores. Tedeschi Food Shops added the Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage dispenser at several of its Massachusetts locations. The Coca-Cola Freestyle is expected to expand Tedechi Food Shops’ beverage program for customers, giving their customers a wider variety of refreshment options. Tedeschi Food Shops

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Clean Diesel Auto Sales Increase In U.S.

More consumers are converting to clean diesel vehicles, which means more gas station operators will need to fuel these needs for cleaner fuel options. Clean diesel automobile sales in the U.S. increased by 27.5% during the first six months of 2012 alone, according to new sales information compiled by HybridCars.com and Baum and Associates. The

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Heineken Names New Vice President Of Marketing

The Heineken team congratulates one team members’ promotion to vice president of marketing this week. Heineken USA, America’s leading upscale beer importer, announced the appointment of Collin Westcott-Pitt as Heineken’s vice president of marketing. Westcott-Pitt takes his position immediately. In his new role, he plans on leading marketing for the flagship Heineken brand in the

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Weathering the Economic Storm

C-store retailers express optimism as financial conditions continue to slowly improve. by Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. While we were able to summarize the major findings of the 2012 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey earlier this year, there are a few more interesting facts to share concerning the responses to our first question: “How was the

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Valero Plans Separation of Retail Business

Company prepares to spin off fuel stations. Valero Energy Corp.’s board of directors has given the official OK for the company to sell or spin off its network of fuel stations, which could be worth as much as $2.8 billion, Businessweek reported. Spinning off the retail business is one of many moves CEO Bill Klesse

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Clean Energy Releases Report On Natural Gas News

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. releases report listing companies that signed agreements for natural gas fuel and other services with them. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. released “The Road To Natural Gas,” which lists trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations that have signed new or expanded existing agreements with Clean Energy to

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Manitowoc Introduces New 0% Financing Program

C-store operators can take part in Manitowoc Foodservice’s new financing program until the end of this year. Manitowoc Foodservice wants to give retail operators a 0% financing program for 24 months on purchases now through Dec. 14, 2012. Convenience store operators who take part in the new program can access cost-effective, innovative and energy-efficient foodservice

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Wayne Partner With Isis To Advance Mobile Commerce

“Integrating the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application will open entirely new payment, loyalty and promotional opportunities for consumers and fuel retailers,” says Paul de la Port, vice president of Wayne, on its partnership with Isis. Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Wayne agreed to provide integrated support for the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application, which allows customers to

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Country-Style Lighters

Scripto added the HillBilly Brand Licensed Pocket Lighters to its product line. The lighters are available in five assorted designs featuring fishing, patriotic, HillBilly Hottie, camouflage and a country music guitar. The lighters come in a 50-count display a-tray, 2-pack open stock and 2-pack clip strip. HillBilly Brand Pocket Lighters come with a suggested retail

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Dual-Use Lighter

Scripto releases the first 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter to the c-store market. The product features two flames in one lighter where consumers can choose between standard flame and wind resistant flame settings, which allows flexibility of use for all occasions. The 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter works great indoors and outdoors. The product is

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Gasoline Prices to Jump in Upper Midwest on Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices countrywide remain on an upward trajectory, while pump prices in the upper Midwest metropolitan markets are set to surge after operational issues cut oil refining activity. Nationwide, retail gasoline prices are set to extend July’s upside push into August after consistently declining during

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TA Acquires Travel Center In N.M.

TA adds business and fuel services for professional drivers and motorists in the southern N.M.-area. TravelCenters of America announced the acquisition and rebranding of the former Savoy Travel Center to the Petro Stopping Centers brand. The new travel center is located in Deming, N.M. The opening of this new location raises the number of full-service

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Pink Cookies Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Otis Spunkmeyer is ready to offer its limited-edition Pink Cookie to consumers this August through October, which helps draw attention to breast cancer awarness. The company has donated more than $200,000 since 2010 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support the fight against breast cancer through the sales of its Pink Cookies. The

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