NYC Council Bans Vaping in Public Places

E-cigarettes forced to adhere to the same smoking bans as traditional cigarettes. The New York City (NYC) Council passed major health and environmental regulations on Thursday, Dec. 19, forcing e-cigarettes to follow the public smoking rules that apply to e-cigarettes and banning plastic-foam foodservice containers, the New York Times reported. The proposal to include e-cigarettes

Rutter’s Ends the Year With Recognition Ceremony

Toy drive collects 200 toys for Salvation Army of York and Mont Alto Fire Co. Rutter’s manager and guests of honor gathered together to round out another year of dedication and hard work with a ceremony to recognize the employees of the year. Most of the evening was dedicated to celebrating and rewarding the excellent

Incom Direct Announces New Fee Structure For Credit Card Transactions

Flat fee above actual costs enables merchants to reduce one of their largest variable expenses. Incom Direct, a national broker and specialized provider of credit card transaction and related services for merchants and other businesses, has instituted a fully transparent, flat fee above actual costs pricing program for credit card transactions. Credit card transaction costs,

Epay, PayPal Collaborate To Offer Digital Gift Codes

“We look forward to extending our relationship with PayPal to include more digital gift card brands in more countries in the coming months,” says president of Euronet Worldwide Inc. epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a global prepaid product provider, distribution network and payments processor, has announced the availability of epay-provided digital gift

RGIS and Retail Control Group Announce Partnership

Companies combine resources to provide expert physical inventory and shrink reduction best practices. RGIS LLC, the market leader in physical inventory services, and Retail Control Group (RCG), the industry’s leading store operations and shrink control consultancy, announced a new partnership to provide profit improvement services to the retail industry. For more than 25 years, the

Target Rocked By Credit Card Breach

Retail giant breached over Black Friday weekend. Target Corp. has confirmed a data breach that may have affected about 40 million customer credit card and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, which included Black Friday weekend, one of the biggest shopping times of the year. The breach occurred on a national level

TravelCenters Completes Minit Mart Purchase

The 31 locations are set to keep the same convenience store banner post acquisition. TravelCenters of America LLC has closed on its purchase of 31 Minit Mart convenience stores with gas stations for $67.9 million, the Associated Press reported. This week the company noted that it plans to continue operating the stores under the “Minit

Hershey To Acquire Majority Share of Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Co.

“The agreement between Hershey and Shanghai Golden Monkey is a win for both companies,” says CEO of The Hershey Co. The Hershey Co. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hershey Netherlands B.V., has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of the iconic Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co. Ltd. (SGM), a privately held confectionery company

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Pro Reps To Represent Server Products In Southern California

“I am confident this new strategic business relationship will create value for all our customers in Southern California,” says Server Products’ director of sales & marketing. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Pro Reps will be Server Products’ professional representation to the foodservice industry in Southern California. With 12 outside sales people and 10 more support staff

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Newcastle Introduces Limited-Edition Cabbie Black Ale

Company also launches Taxi Magic partnership to promote responsible alcohol consumption. Just in time for the holidays, Newcastle is introducing a new limited-edition brew that will have fans calling for a Cabbie in more ways than one. Beginning this month, beer drinkers can hail a Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale in bars and liquor stores nationwide.

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7-Eleven Introduces Gifts For Millennials

From toys to tech, 7-Eleven targets Gen Y gift givers and receivers with pop culture, gadgets, games and gift cards. The holidays are full of surprises, and 7-Eleven stores’ variety of gift options this season is a pleasant one. To appeal to Gen Y, or millennial-age, (born between 1980 and 2000) shoppers, the retailer’s selection

Susser Announces $150 Million Increase In Revolving Credit Facility

“This increase provides added capacity as we plan for future growth,” says CEO of Susser Petroleum Partners. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP), a wholesale distributor of motor fuels, announced that it increased the aggregate lender commitments under its revolving credit facility by $150 million to a total of $400 million.  SUSP retains the ability to

BP Completes Commissioning of Whiting Refinery Units

Commissioning of new, state-of-the-art coker marks final major milestone in refinery upgrading project. BP has announced that all of the major new units associated with the Whiting modernization project have been successfully brought on stream.  The start-up of the new 102,000 barrel per day coker in mid-November marked the last major milestone of the multi-year,

Private Label, National Brands Have Opportunity For Mutual Growth

New IRI report shows private label and national brands each showing areas of strength. About one year ago, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) predicted that private label in the U.S. had hit a proverbial glass ceiling. This prediction has proven true, at least at the macro level, according to the latest IRI Times & Trends, “Private

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Diminished Upside Price Pressure for Gasoline Expected in 2014

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell to a one-month spot low Dec. 13 at $2.6152 gallon, pressured on building supply and weakening demand. NYMEX RBOB futures values are benchmarked against in the spot gasoline market and guides suppliers

French Court Deals Potential Blow To E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette outlets could be forced to close if the ruling stands. A French court ruled Monday that tobacconists should have the exclusive right to sell electronic cigarettes and are subject to the same ban on advertising as tobacco products—a decision that disrupts the burgeoning e-cigarette industry and could set a precedent for other countries to

Twelve C-Store/Gas Stations For Sale In Texas

SDI Petroleum partners with NRC to divest properties in sealed bid sale. SDI Petroleum LLC selling 12 convenience store/gas stations in Texas through a sealed bid sale. The convenience stores are being sold without a c-store brand, but with a fuel brand  and may be sold with or without fuel supply. The bid deadline is

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Experian Study Shows Email Volume Growing

Email volume increased nearly 13% Q3 2013. Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight and targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, showed that overall email volume increased 12.7% in Q3 2013 versus Q3 2012, according to the Experian Marketing Services 2013 Q3 Email Benchmark Report. The cross-channel marketing leader also found that

M&M’S Introduces Online Series Starring Funnyman David Koechner

‘The Search for the One’ helps plant the seed for M&M’S ‘Year of Peanut’ in 2014. Mars Chocolate North America has unveiled a humorous new online content series starring beloved actor and comedian David Koechner, who rhapsodizes, analyzes and agonizes over peanuts in truly original fashion. Directed by Tim K of Gifted Youth, Funny or

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Budweiser Rings In The Holidays With Musical Buds

Budweiser recently released a YouTube video in celebration of the holiday season: Musical Buds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm4bDNQOdhw&feature=youtu.be . Budweiser’s take on Jingle Bells was made with actual sounds from Budweiser bottles—and for the next version, Budweiser is asking fans to submit their own musical notes through Vine and Twitter, tagging their videos with #MusicalBuds.  Those who submit

NRF Reacts To Swipe Fee Settlement Approval

“The settlement permanently ties the hands of thousands of businesses who wanted nothing to do with this misguided case, and a decision to approve it violates established law and common sense,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation noted its disappointment after U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson, on Friday, Dec. 13, approved an estimated

Consumers Petroleum Raises Over $114,000 For MDA

CITGO Marketer Hosts 20th annual MDA Golf Tournament. Local CITGO Marketer Consumers Petroleum raised more than $114,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) at its 20th Annual MDA Golf Tournament. Consumers Petroleum was joined by 54 generous vendors and 110 golfers at the Great River Golf Club on Oct. 1, 2013, all of whom came

Wells Fargo Offers Predictions After FDA Webinar

“We continue to be bullish on the long-term opportunities of e-cigs,” notes Wells Fargo Securities. During FDA Webinar “20 Years Later—Returning to FDA to Regulate Tobacco,” featuring Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) reminded listeners of the FDA’s 3 key priorities: menthol, substantial equivalence and deeming regulations on non-combustible tobacco

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. Showcasing VUSE At 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

“We said from day one that VUSE was a game changer, and initial feedback from Colorado is that adult tobacco consumers agree,” says president of RJR Vapor Co. R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is set to showcase its innovative VUSE Digital Vapor Cigarette to a global audience at the 2014 international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running

InOvationTV Media Available In Wayne Ovation Dispensers

Wayne and GSTV expand integration of video at the pump nationwide. Gas Station TV (GSTV) and Wayne, A GE Business and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, announced a new agreement that expands the availability of the inOvationTV media platform and its GSTV-exclusive TV content to any gas retailer nationwide, regardless of

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