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7-Eleven Gives Away Free MiO

Customers get a chance to try MiO liquid water enhancer for free. 7-Eleven Inc. gave away a free bottles of MiO Energy Black Cherry Liquid Water Enhancer last week, a fitting promotion for the largest retailer of single-serve bottled water. The free 1.08-ounce full-sized bottle of MiO Energy Black Cherry (regularly priced at $3.99) was

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PFMA Praises the Passage of HB 790

Urges Senate to support convenient adult beverage sales. The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA), the state’s advocate for food retailers, praised the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for voting to pass House Bill 790 in support of reforming Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales system. “We are very pleased that House members voted in favor of moving Pennsylvania forward

Gaskins Joins Rutter’s as Chief Engagement Officer

By John Lofstock, Editor Following the retirement of its long-time Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy, Rutter’s Farm Stores has hired industry veteran Derek Gaskins as chief engagement officer, CSD has learned. Gaskins has an extensive background in marketing for both retail and consumer packaged goods companies, and spent two years as the vice president of

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BP Wins U.S. Olympic Committee Award

Recognized for its commitment to U.S. Paralympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee has recognized BP’s commitment to U.S. Paralympics with its Paralympic Amazing Impact Award, an honor given annually to organizations that raise awareness and support for the U.S. Paralympic Movement. “The 2013 winners of our Paralympic Amazing Awards are delivering in the areas of grassroots

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U.S. Diesel Car Registrations Up 24%

Total car market registrations increase just 2.7% since 2010.   Clean diesel car registrations increased by 24.3%  in the U.S. from 2010 through 2012 following similar trends of double-digit diesel car sale increases throughout the country, according to new data compiled for the Diesel Technology Forum. The national registration information was compiled by R.L. Polk

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Rutter’s Children’s Charities Tees Up 11th Annual Golf Outing

Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chambersburg Hospital to benefit. Golfers tee off today at the Outdoor County Club in York, Pa. at the 11th annual golf outing to benefit Rutter’s Children’s Charities. The two-day event, the proceeds from which total over $1 million since its beginning in 2002, brings together suppliers from across the country to support the

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Is Your UST Equipment E-15 Compatible?

EPA launches Web portal to identify E-15 compatible UST equipment. To make it easier for tank owners to access information on the compatibility of underground storage tank system components with E-15, the EPA has set up a new online resource where equipment manufacturer certifications, UL listings, and other compatibility information are posted and made available

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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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Chamber of Commerce Suggests Gas Tax Increase

More fuel efficient vehicles and high gas prices are impacting gas demand, spurring the talks on taxes. This week, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Testifying before the Committee: Robert Poole, Reason Foundation; Richard Geddes, Cornell University; and Janet Kavinoky with the U.S. Chamber of

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Rutter’s Adds Rotisserie Chicken

Original and spicy chicken in quarters and halves heat up the Rutter’s menu. Rotisserie chicken is the newest addition to the national award-winning menu at Rutter’s Farm Stores, the central Pennsylvania chain announced this week. Rutter’s tender chicken is offered in both quarters and halves. The quarters will be available in breast and wing combinations

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Be Featured at The Tech EVENT

Convenience store retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at Booth 401 at The Tech EVENT from May 6-10 in Dallas. It’s crucial that convenience store retailers take a step back now and look at what is coming down the pipeline with loyalty solutions

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Altria To Debut Electronic Cigarette

Altria Group Inc., the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., is getting into the e-cig business. The company announced that its subsidiary Nu Mark is planning to introduce an electronic cigarette in the second half of 2013, Bloomberg reported. The electronic cigarette will be sold in an undisclosed market. As demand traditional cigarette sales

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TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New acquisition in Wells, Nev. to feature Iron Skillet brand restaurant and a fully-stocked travel store.   TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of a travel center in Wells, Nevada, to the Petro Stopping Centers brand. Petro Wells is

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Family Dollar Partners With TAS

Improves data visibility and collaboration with enterprise market knowledge solution.    Family Dollar, a dollar store channel business, is seeing a wide variety of benefits from the deployment of TAS Unity, an enterprise market knowledge system specifically designed for retail real estate from Trade Area Systems (TAS) Inc. Since the TAS system went fully operational

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Scotsman Donates To ALFLC

Charity helps military veterans transition to civilian life through foodservice equipment repair industry career training. On behalf of global ice machine and dispenser manufacturer, Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman Industries has donated $10,000 dollars to A Legacy For Learning Corp. (ALFLC). The organization works with military veterans to provide scholarship-funded training for career placement within the Foodservice Equipment

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Introducing the newest addition to the Otis Spunkmeyer Supreme muffin line—delicious Carrot Cake muffin. Made with real carrots, coconut oat streusel and bursts of cinnamon, this muffin lives up to the decadent standards of the Otis Spunkmeyer Supreme name. The tulip-style cup and abundant crown create a distinct, upscale treat—available in the 4 ounce size

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New Caffeine Free Coke Zero

This summer, when Coke Zero fans want to pop the top on their favorite beverage, they no longer need to consult the hands of the clock. Featuring real Coke taste and zero calories, the brand is now being made available in an option without caffeine. The launch of Caffeine Free Coke Zero is part of

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Jiffy Mart Teams Up To Aid Carroll County Food Sunday

The Jiffy Mart team presented Carroll County Food Sunday with funds totaling $4,400. Baltimore Football fans were out in full force on April 18 to see their long snapper, Morgan Cox, punter, Sam Koch and kicker, Justin Tucker at the Jiffy Mart “SNAP.HOLD.KICK.” Charity autograph signing event. The event was held at the Westminster Greene

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Industry Experts Slated For AWMA C-Metrics Outlook Forum

A lineup of four of the convenience industry’s foremost experts will discuss trends, reveal current data and offer projections for the future in Category Close-Up sessions at the AWMA C-Metrics Convenience Industry Outlook Forum, to be held June 24-25 in New Orleans. The Forum is the first of two back-to-back programs that are intended to

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Thorsby Inducted Into Car Wash Hall of Fame

International Carwash Association honors past executive director. Mark Thorsby has been inducted into the Car Wash Hall of Fame by the International Carwash Association (ICA). He receives this honor — the professional car wash industry’s highest honor — in recognition of his immense impact on the profession. The award was presented on April 23 by

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Del Monte Launches Find Your Inner Chef Contest

Customers encouraged to create recipes using Del Monte fruits and vegetables. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is set to hold its first ever “Find Your Inner Chef” contest. The contest launched April 15 and runs through June 15, 2013. The “Find Your Inner Chef” contest encourages consumers to submit their own favorite recipe, using

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Hoodia Infused Gum

Desert Labs’ Snack Less chewing gum is the first in a new series of products powered by Hoodia Parviflora, the only Hoodia designated SAFE for human consumption. Snack Less chewing gum is infused with Hoodia Parviflora to give dieters control over snacking and food cravings. Hoodia has long been linked to appetite control, creating the

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Under FBI Investigation Haslam Outlines Steps To Fix Fraud

Pilot Flying J’s CEO hires chief compliance officer, starts electronic rebate payments, restructures team and begins its own field audit, among other steps. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has released a statement regarding the ongoing FBI and IRS investigation into the Pilot Flying J travel plaza business

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V2 Cigs and National Tobacco Co. Announce Partnership

NTC and V2 Cigs expect to expand distribution to no less than 30,000 additional retail locations this year alone. V2 Cigs, America’s largest volume online retailer of electronic cigarettes, announced today a strategic partnership with National Tobacco Co. (NTC), distributor of the iconic Zig-Zag and Beech-Nut brands. The two companies have joined forces in the

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Storms Spike Wholesale Gasoline Costs in Midwest

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Just as worry demand for oil would be less than previously projected amid expectations for sluggish global economic growth led to a widespread selloff that dropped gasoline futures to their lowest point since mid-January, wholesale costs in the Midwest surged on storm-triggered supply disruptions. Reformulated blendstock gasoline

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