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Alon Brands Takes Load-The-Code Program To Next Level

Introduces new mobile app. Alon Brands, the Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels, has launched a new Load-the-Code mobile application (app), making it easier than ever for customers to enter to win prizes and vote to support local charitable organizations in the ALON network. Available to iPhone and Android users, the free ALON Load-the-Code

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Y-Not Launches Mobile App

With OpenStore, Y-Not now has the ability to reach customers through their own branded mobile app, individual store Web pages, mobile coupons and more. Operating 10 stores under the Y-Not Stop brand, St. Romain Oil prides itself on its commitment and service to customers. But its belief in improving its product offerings to guests makes

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Daily’s Selects NCR Software To Enhance Shopping Experience

Daily’s will enjoy faster speed and higher reliability coupled with effective marketing and foodservice options to grow their business. First Coast Energy has selected NCR’s Radiant point-of-sale (RPOS) technology solutions to improve service and reliability at its Daily’s convenience stores in Florida. Daily’s is the first Shell-branded convenience chain to select NCR RPOS following the

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First Connected E-Cig

Smokio is the first electronic cigarette that monitors a user’s vaping consumption via a mobile app.  Smokio pairs with an app to help cigarette smokers improve their health and track the benefits of going tobacco-less.  Using Bluetooth Smart, the latest Bluetooth technology that doesn’t kill your battery, the app monitors your puffs, from duration to

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Blu Tops in E-cig Sales

Lorillard remains category leader with continued strong c-store sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Lorillard Inc.’s (LO) popular blu e-cigarette continues to garner strong sales, retaining its No. 1 spot in the c-store channel. Lorillard garnered 42.0% $ share in the recent period ended June 7, according to data from Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Logic

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Car Wash & Polish

Zacar LLC, a maker of products of outstanding quality, has announced the introduction of its new “Brilliant Car Wash & Polish,” a convenient, inexpensive, single-use product that brings professional quality clean-and-shine to the marketplace. Made in the USA, with attractive, unique and attention-getting packaging, Brilliant Car Wash & Polish enables consumers to wash and polish

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Industry Mourns Passing Of MacDougall

Nice N Easy founder earned a reputation for his professionalism, honesty and humility. The convenience store industry is mourning, today, the loss of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Founder and President John MacDougall, who passed away on Saturday at age 73, following an illness. Fran Duskiewicz, senior executive vice president of Nice N Easy, has

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Kangaroo Express Announces Fourth Annual ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign

Launches ‘Roo Rides’ as part of campaign to rally support throughout the Southeast. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced the fourth annual Salute Our Troops campaign, inviting guests in its more than 1,530 Kangaroo Express convenience stores across 13 states to demonstrate united support for military personnel and their families. From the week

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Enmark Stations Raises Over $75K To Fight The Leukemia & Lymphoma

“I am so proud that we were able to reach our donation goal, and I cannot thank our customers enough,” says Enmark vice president and general manager. During the month of May, Enmark Stations, Inc. raised $76,097 by selling paper balloon icons in all 59 of its retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North

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Kwik Trip Partners With Fleet Cor

New fuel card programs expected to launch later this year. Kwik Trip Inc., based in La Crosse, Wis., has partnered with Fleet Cor Technologies to launch and manage both a Kwik Trip Extended Network Fleet Card and a Kwik Trip Universal Fleet Card. FleetCor will be responsible for marketing and sales support, customer service, credit

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Nice N Easy Founder MacDougall Passes Away

CSD’s 2009 Chain of the Year Award Winner Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes bids farewell to visionary founder and president John MacDougall. John MacDougall, founder and president of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, passed away Saturday evening at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio surrounded by family. He was 73. MacDougall founded Nice N Easy

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U.S. Consumers Better Positioned Against Global Oil Prices

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The U.S. gasoline futures market paused June 20 from an upside price onslaught amid profit taking in the ICE Brent crude futures contract, with the consolidation coinciding with a slowdown in the advance of Sunni militants in Iraq. The campaign by the Islamic State of Iraq in

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First Winner Announced In Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes

Thousands of prizes, including free coffee for a year, will be awarded. Roy Troop, of Hallam, Pa. is the summer’s first winner of free fuel for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. Four lucky customers will win free gas for a year throughout the summer promotion, which runs through August. Every customer can enter the

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FDA Extends Comment Period on Deeming Regulation

Comment period on tobacco regulations extended to Aug. 8, 2014. The Food & Drug Administration(FDA) , which has released a proposed deeming regulation that would affect cigars and other tobacco products, has agreed to extend its comment period by 30 days, to Aug. 8, the Cigar Association of America (CAA) reported. In late April, FDA

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Parker’s New Port Royal Store Opens

The almost $2 million c-store offers 12 fueling positions and beautiful tile bathrooms. Parker’s new store in Port Royal, S.C., located at 1705 Ribaut Road opened Thurs., June 19, marking the company’s 35th store in the Georgia and South Carolina area. “It’s a beautiful store, with a great Parker’s team there who are set to

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Massachusetts Approves $11 Minimum Wage

Becomes the state with the highest state minimum wage. Massachusetts has increased the minimum wage to $11, the highest state minimum wage in the nation. Lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to legislation that is set to gradually raise the minimum to $11 an hour by 2017, up from $8 today, CNN Money reported. Governor

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Employees Suing Circle K

Employees in Nevada and Arizona claim the c-store chain labeled them managers to avoid overtime pay. A group of 59 former and current Circle K employees in Nevada and Arizona are suing the convenience store chain for allegedly intentionally misclassifying them as store managers in order to prevent them from getting overtime pay, KNPR News

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NACS, United Fresh Produce Association Partner

Aim to assist c-store operators in developing their own fresh produce supply chains and in-store management. NACS and the United Fresh Produce Association announced a new partnership to significantly increase the sales of fresh produce in convenience stores. A new task force of members of both groups met during the United Fresh 2014 convention in

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Sheetz Hiring At New Burlington Plant

Positions available include chefs, truck drivers and distribution center packers. Sheetz held a job fair Wednesday to fill more than 100 positions available at its new distribution plant in Burlington, N.C., WFMY News 2 Online reported. The jobs are sure to give a much needed boost to the area. North Carolina’s unemployment rate stands at

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Kum & Go Opens Second Convenience Store in Bixby

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go has opened its second convenience store in Bixby, Okla., located at 11115 S. Memorial Road. An older Kum & Go store at this site was razed to make way for the new 5,000-square-foot store offering $1 fresh pizza slices during

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Bacon Love Grows at Foodservice Outlets

Pork bacon remains favorite among consumers, reports NPD Group. U.S. foodservice consumers are smitten by bacon and to show their love they ate some 1.1 billion servings of the “candy of meats” in the year ending April 2014, an increase in servings of 6% compared to a year ago, according to The NPD Group, a

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7-Eleven To Offer Limited-Edition Red Bull Flavor

Launch includes photo contest for a chance to win an experience with a Red Bull athlete. 7-Eleven Inc. is offering an exclusive, limited-edition Red Bull flavor this summer. The Red Bull Summer Edition will be available July and August at 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and Canada, providing the effect of Red Bull Energy Drink

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QuickChek Expands Foodservice Menu

New premium wrap collection offers opportunity for customization, signature favorites. QuickChek, with more than 130 stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has introduced two new options to its foodservice menu: Turkey Avocado Supreme and The Premium Wrap Collection. The Turkey Avocado Supreme is the latest addition to QuickChek’s Premium Sub Collection. It features

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NATSO Applauds Proposal to Increase Federal Fuel Tax

“Raising the fuel tax is long overdue, and this is the right solution for both motorists and businesses,” says NATSO president and CEO. NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is applauding a proposal by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to raise the federal fuel tax and index it to

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New PEEPS MINIS

Just Born Quality Confections has introduced new PEEPS MINIS—the biggest new product launch in the 61 year history of the PEEPS brand.The iconic PEEPS marshmallow chick, affectionately known and loved by consumers, will now be available in new snackable mini size chicks 365 days a year, making every day a holiday. The bite-sized marshmallow chicks

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