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CAA: No Fast Movement Expected on Rockefeller CHIP Bill

Unlikely that CHIP bill will pass in 2014, CAA says. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) introduced yesterday the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014, a bill that would extend CHIP through 2019, The Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. CAA has been preparing for CHIP legislation, and noted it does not believe Rockefeller’s

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Tea Time at 7-Eleven

Retailer introduces fresh-brewed iced tea in 3,000 stores. 7-Eleven Inc. is brewing something fresh this summer to quench the thirst of Big Gulp fans. The convenience retailer is introducing fresh-brewed iced tea, available in either sweetened or unsweetened flavors, at more than 3,000 participating 7-Eleven stores. Stores where the fresh-brewed iced tea is available are

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O’Brien’s II General Store Offers “Freaky Friday” to Benefit Baseball Team

Local CITGO retailer is ‘Fueling Good’ for Portsmouth Little League.             Local Portsmouth, N.H. CITGO Retailer O’Brien’s II General Store and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are giving back to the local Portsmouth Little League with a “Freaky Friday” promotion. From June to September, five cents of every gallon of gas pumped at O’Brien’s II General Store

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Keurig and SUBWAY Announce Hot Beverage Partnership

Keurig brewers help SUBWAY franchisees simplify operations. Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and the SUBWAY restaurant chain have announced a partnership to bring Keurig’s single serve brewers to thousands of the restaurant brand’s North American locations. The Keurig K150 brewer expands the restaurants’ hot beverage options, providing freshly brewed coffee on demand. Currently, more than half

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VMR’s Brands Now In More Than 50,000 Retail Locations

Leading online electronic cigarette manufacturer grows globally in brick-and-mortar c-store locations. VMR Products has announced traditional retail growth into 50,000-plus locations worldwide. This achievement was made just one year after bringing the company’s flagship online brand V2 to convenience store locations. The milestone, which signals the fastest growth rate in the industry for a Web-first

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First Data Releases May 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

May consumer spending shows healthy year-over-year growth. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for May 1-30, 2014, compared to May 2-31, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four

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President “E Star” Award Recipient

Vitamix, a supplier of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, was presented with the President’s “E Star” Award for Exports by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Awards for Excellence in Exporting are the highest recognition that any U.S. company may receive for making

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Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Bake’ n Joy has introduced Lemon Blueberry as the newest flavor in its line of PanFree Predeposited 18-ounce Loaf Cake Batters. As part of the FreshBakes (freezer to oven) line of predeposited muffin, loaf and cake batters, these 18-ounce loaves go directly on a sheet pan for hassle–free cycle baking. All Bake’n Joy’s FreshBakes predeposited

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Analysts Weigh In On Casey’s Q4 Results

The company is unlikely to roll off its assets into an MLP structure anytime soon. Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s fiscal Q4 2014 results beat expectations. The convenience store chain reported diluted earnings per share of $0.59 for the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended April 30, 2014 compared to $0.60 for the same period a

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Casey’s Names Terry Handley President

“Terry has demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout his tenure at Casey’s,” says Casey’s chairman and CEO. Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s Board of Directors has elected Terry Handley to serve as president of the company, effective immediately. Handley will continue to serve in the role as chief operating officer. “Terry has demonstrated tremendous leadership throughout his tenure

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Kum & Go Headquarters Estimated To Cost $92 Million

Kum & Go is transferring its headquarters to downtown Des Moines. Kum & Go aims to move its headquarters from West Des Moines to downtown, and is applying for more than $8.5 million in state tax incentives to help finance the move, according to The Des Moines Register. A Des Moines City Council document show

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Ryko Acquiring National Carwash Solutions

Combined expertise strengthens comprehensive carwash program. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, is set to acquire National Carwash Solutions, L.P. (NCS), the largest independent carwash service organization in North America. The transaction is expected to close within the next 30 days. NCS, a respected and innovative service

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Quarles Welcomes U.S. Bank Voyager Network Cards

Some 125 unattended Mid-Atlantic fueling stations now accepting cards on U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network. Commercial fuel station operator Quarles Petroleum and U.S. Bank have reached an agreement that gives holders of the U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Card, or any of the bank’s Voyager Network fleet partners, access to 125 Quarles unattended card-lock stations in Virginia,

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Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Smokeless tobacco remains a robust category amid growing e-cigarette performers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales continue to lead the other-tobacco-products (OTP) category ahead of cigars and e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco represents a major opportunity for convenience stores going forward. With cigarette volume declining in c-stores and vape shops stealing business with electronic nicotine devices,

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Training Key to Boosting Accessory Sales

Though the category offers high margins and caters to loyal customers, tobacco accessories often go unnoticed by store employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Lighters, rolling papers and e-cigarette accessories offer convenience stores the opportunity to upsell customers at the counter. Unfortunately, the large majority of convenience store employees get little to no training when

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Poultry Consumption Soars

With commodity prices of beef and other non-poultry proteins on the rise and consumers wanting healthful choices and variety, chicken continues to grow as a foodservice favorite among c-store operators and their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor 7-Eleven announced in April that it was beefing up its chicken offerings with the addition of lightly-

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Writing Instruments For Kids

BIC has introduced its brand new line of products, BIC Kids, the first and only line of writing instruments designed specifically for children who are learning to write. BIC Kids was developed with a team of teachers, engineers and kids in an effort to help young children strengthen their writing skills and engage in the

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A Tribute To Dad

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. My dad passed away when I was 11 years old. There are a number of memories I have that have stayed with me my whole life. I thought I would share a few. I remember being picked on in school because Dad had John Deere tractors and my

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Gas’d Up Demand But Prices Tapping Brakes

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand in the U.S., which refers to product supplied from the primary market, dropped 206,000 bpd to 9.104 million bpd during the week-ended May 30, according to the Energy Information Administration, with the week profiled, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend

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Love’s Expands Its Offerings With Love’s Financial

Love’s now provides financial solutions for professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has introduced Love’s Financial, becoming the only travel stop company to offer factoring solutions to professional drivers. Love’s newest service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring with Love’s gives

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CHS Welcomes Tweten

Darin Tweten brings more than 14 years of experience to his role with Cenex. Effective May 26, 2014 Darin Tweten joined CHS, an energy, grains and foods company, as part of the Retail Specialist program. This program supports its Cenex brand by successfully assisting store owners and operators in improving their operations’ financial performance. Tweten

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VP Racing Fuels Expands Financing Program

Program to assist gas stations, c-stores, and race fuel dealers fund conversion costs and equipment purchases. VP Racing Fuels has announced its partnership with Allied Brand Services LLC (ABS), a specialty finance platform to provide funding in support of imaging and conversion costs incurred by gas station and convenience store Dealers that partner with VP

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Customer Engagement Top Goal For Retailers

Within five years, 75% of retailers plan to identify customers when they walk in the store, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2014 CRM/Unified Commerce Benchmark Survey. Unified Commerce is the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing that provides a seamless experience in the store, on the Web or anywhere customers choose to shop. The

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Put A Twist In Your Summer

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Summer Twist. Don’t miss out on this sweet lemon-mango taste. Now shipping to stores Swisher Sweets Summer Twist comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Summer Twist will be available in “2 for 99¢”and “Save on 2” options. This edition

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Innovative Product Nominee

GIANTS Snacks Inc. is one of the proud nominees for the 2014 Most Innovative New Product Award. The company attended Chicago’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in May and received the nomination for its newest Sunflower Seed flavor, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. GIANTS Snacks Inc. has partnered with Huy Fung Foods to bring you the Original

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