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U.S. Gasoline Average Just Shy of $4 Per Gallon

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The national gasoline average for regular grade provided by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is rapidly approaching $4 gallon, reaching $3.941 gallon on April 2, which was the tenth consecutive weekly increase in the average. Moreover, the average has increased in 14 of the last 15

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Thorntons Celebrates Earth Day

Customers have a chance to win free flex-fuel for a year. Thorntons has rolled out its Flex-Fuel Earth Day Promotion, where customers who drive flex-fuel vehicles can enter for a chance to win FREE Flex-Fuel for a Year. Of Thorntons’ 166 gasoline and c-store locations in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee, currently 63 offer

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Chevron Nominates Moorman For Board of Directors

Board nominees to be considered for election at Annual Meeting of Shareholders in May. Chevron Corp. has announced that Charles W. “Wick” Moorman has been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Moorman will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s Annual

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AAA Fuel Gauge Report Shows Gas Price Volatility

Prices at the pump climb in Massachusetts and Hawaii, but drivers in Michigan and Chicago see minor relief over last week’s prices.   The national average for gasoline sits at $3.93 per gallon as of April 8, with some states seeing small dips in price this week and others facing price climbs, according to AAA’s Fuel

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Fresh & Easy Offers Pink Slime Swap Meat

Customers swap meat purchased at other retail stores for ground beef from Fresh & Easy that they can trust to be pink slime free. Customers disturbed about the rampant use of pink slime, which has been making headlines recently, were invited to swap ground beef bought from other retailers at Fresh & Easy’s “Pink Slime

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Advansys Technology

Hobart’s Advansys is the most advanced warewashing system to date. Advansys technology includes innovations that save operators time and money, make the equipment easier to maintain and service, and improve productivity. The first product available in the Advansys line is Hobart’s new Advansys Ventless Door Type Warewasher. It is a recipient of the 2010 National

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Sheets Welcomes Chris Paul

Sheets Brand Energy Strips has announced the addition of four-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul to its roster of brand partners. Paul joins a premier group of athletes and entertainers, including LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Drake and Pitbull in the effort to help spearhead the brand’s marketing, advertising and promotional initiatives. As part of the partnership,

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Finding the Right Foodservice Equipment

To be a winner in the foodservice arena, break out of the convenience store box and take some equipment cues from quick-service, fast casual and white tablecloth restaurants. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. No one understands the pain of working in a cramped space better than a food truck operator, said Larry Miller, president of

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Dispensing Variety and Value

When it comes to dispensed beverages, customers are still looking for new and unique products that provide them with instant gratification. By John Lofstock, Editor. Dispensed cold and frozen beverages are proving to be not just popular year-round products—sales are strong and getting stronger as summer approaches—but excellent tools for driving traffic through promotions and

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Capturing Lunch and Dinner Customers

When it comes to foodservice, convenience store operators must develop the expertise to make smart choices and deliver winning mealtime solutions. By John Lofstock, Editor People need food, and convenience stores need people to like their food, which is why keeping lunch and dinner menus fresh, new and exciting is so important. The food itself

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Wawa Supports JOBS Act

“Wawa’s ability to grow and expand has a direct, positive impact on the communities in which we operate,” says Wawa CEO. Wawa participated in the White House ceremony to sign the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS Act), bipartisan legislation that will reduce the regulatory burdens on small businesses, enhancing their ability to grow and create

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FIN Electronic Cigarettes Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign

“With these ads, we definitely want to evoke memories of a time when smokers were not literally kicked to the curb,” says chief branding officer for Finiti Branding Group. FIN Electronic Cigarettes has launched a brand awareness campaign with full page ads in Rolling Stone magazine. The campaign features a series of full-page print advertisements

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Peter Sheahan To Speak At NACS Opening Session

Acclaimed global thought leader Peter Sheahan has been named as an Opening General Session speaker for the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas. Sheahan will speak during the NACS Show Opening General Session on Oct. 8. He is founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, a global consultancy that works with some of

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Walgreens March Sales Decrease 4.3%

Walgreens had March sales of $6.02 billion, a decrease of 4.3% from $6.29 billion for the same month in fiscal 2011. Total front-end sales increased 2.5% compared with the same month in 2011, while comparable store front-end sales increased 1.2%. Customer traffic in comparable stores decreased 1% while basket size increased 2.2%. “We continued to

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Pork & Queso Triangles

McCain Foods has introduced Pork & Queso Triangles as part of its new Taste Travelers product line. Taste Travelers make global flavors more accessible than ever. Each item is sized to fit multiple menu price points, which makes them perfect for today’s profitable menu applications like small plates and bar menus. Pork & Queso Triangles

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Bill Recycling Unit

The G60 bill recycling unit by Fujitsu is a real game-changer in the OEM channel when it comes to currency deposits, withdrawals and counterfeit detection in a small package. Built to Fujitsu’s exacting standards, there is finally true reliability in a smaller recycling unit. With four recycle cassettes, one deposit box and one loading cassette,

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Cumberland Farms Stores Testing Smartphone Payment App

Several Cumberland Farms stores in Massachusetts are offering customers the option to pay at the pump by using a smartphone app. Cumberland Farms has partnered with PayPal for the pilot program, the first of its kind, The Taunton (Mass.) Gazette reported. The SmartPay app lets customers start the pump from a mobile phone and process

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MACS To Offer Shopkick In Washington D.C. Stores

MACS becomes one of the first c-store chains in the U.S. to pioneer shopkick technology. As an ExxonMobil partner, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS) has announced its Washington, D.C. stores will now offer shopkick Inc.’s loyalty program. MACS is one of the first convenience store chains in the country to join the ranks of major retailers

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners With Minor League Baseball Teams

Hunt Brothers Pizza to be official pizza of five Minor League Baseball teams. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the official pizza provider for five Minor League Baseball teams for the 2012 season. In addition to renewing its partnership with the Lexington Legends, Gwinnett Braves and Jackson Generals, the company has added new partnerships

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Grab-and-Go Snack Cups

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced new grab-and-go 12-ounce snack cups, the newest version of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of products. These easy open and close snack cups lock in freshness, extend shelf life and are available with either flat or dome lids. These new clamshell containers, which are designed to fit most automobile cup

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New Lemonade Combinations

Once trumpeted as the drink of summer, lemonade is flexing its versatility and causing stores to clear shelf space and take notice year round. Single-serving lemonade sales are up more than 11% in the past year. MADE Drinks Co.’s original MADE Lemonade has been on the market for almost a year. Now the company is

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Landmark Selects Gilbarco’s Applause TV with Outcast

Exclusive forecourt media solution for up to 300 Houston area sites. Houston based Landmark Industries, operator of Timewise convenience stores, has selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause TV with Outcast as the exclusive digital forecourt media solution for 300 company operated and dealer sites. Gilbarco and Outcast Media were first to market with the award-winning Applause TV,

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Newcastle Brown Ale Launches New Advertising Campaign

Campaign Aims to be 100% honest, stay true to brand’s heritage. Newcastle Brown Ale today announced a new, national advertising campaign titled “No Bollocks.” The campaign marks the first time Newcastle has invested in national TV ads, created by the brand’s new agency of record, Droga5. Shot on location in Newcastle, England, the ads examine

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Empire Gas to Pays More than $500,000 to Settle Wage Dispute

Empire Gas, which operates 14 gas stations in Riverhead, N.Y., and its owners, will pay $544,900 in back wages and interest to 35 employees to settle a lawsuit brought against the firm by the U.S. Department of Labor. The suit was based on an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found violations

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