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Hot Chai Lattes

Hot chai lattes are a winter menu staple for many coffee shops. Now with Oregon Chai, convenience stores can expand beverage offerings this season with a new flavor in its signature chai collection: Oregon Chai Spiced. Built on Oregon Chai’s popular original black tea blend, this rich, creamy drink brings an even bolder flavor with

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Tobacco-Free Smokeless Alternative

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

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Thorntons Provides $3 Million Matching Gift Toward Academic Center

New $14 million facility to be named the Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence. Thorntons, an independent gasoline and convenience chain retailer headquartered in Louisville, has provided University of Louisville Athletics with $3 million to be used as a matching gift toward the fund-raising efforts for a new academic center on the Cardinals’ campus. With $6

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BP Launches Gift Card Promotion

For a limited time, new rewards members can earn a $10 Amazon Gift Card. BP has introduced a promotion that aims to boost enrollment and participation in the BP Driver Rewards program by offering a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card to new members. Between June 29 and Nov. 4, qualifying new members can register and opt-in

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Racetrac Celebrates National Aviation Day

Brings Red Bull Air Race World Championship Experience to guests. To celebrate National Aviation Day and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6—7 at Texas Motor Speedway, the RaceTrac store in Frisco invited Dallas/Ft. Worth residents to participate in an augmented 3D virtual reality experience on Aug. 19. Guests

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Kangaroo Express Announces “Double Salute” Winner

Gainesville native wins Patriotic photo contest. Cheryl Anthony will enjoy an all-expense paid VIP stock car racing experience as part of summer-long Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced that Cheryl Anthony, a Gainesville, Fla. native, has been named the official winner of its “Double Salute” patriotic

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Economics Driving Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels, Vehicles

“The successful fuel and vehicle technology will be decided by the consumer,” says Fuels Institute Executive Director. Consumers look at alternative fuels and vehicles the same way that they look at traditional fuels: economics drives the purchasing decision. Consumers say that they consider fuel economy and the cost of the vehicle far more important than

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E-Cig Display

Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. is a custom in-store merchandising display company, which recently designed and produced a display for the e-cigarette company, Durasmoke, that has been placed in the convenience store environment. Merchandising solutions come in all sizes. This space-saving counter display provides high visibility for the DuraSmoke brand in the crowded convenience store

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TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes

Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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Circle K Building Southern California Prototype

Circle K breaks ground on c-store, gas station and car wash on a 90,000 square foot property for mixed-use development. On Monday, Circle K broke ground on a new prototype in Southern California at 1450 S. Sanderson Ave. in San Jacinto, which is scheduled to open later this year. The new Circle K/ Mobile prototype

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NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

“There’s so much at stake here for U.S. retailers and their customers that we have no choice but to pursue this case as far as possible,” says NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The National Retail Federation (NRF) told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering

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Family Express Unveils Espresso Offering

All Family Express stores to feature JAVA WAVE European Café by the end of August. Family Express has announced a revolutionary hot and iced espresso drink offering. The JAVA WAVE European Café is a premium, self-service espresso platform that offers superior quality hot and iced drinks. Each and every drink is ground on the spot

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Nielsen Announces Executive Leadership Changes

John Lewis is promoted to global president and Karen Fichuk is promoted to president, North America. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced the appointments of two executive leaders—John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president, North America. The appointments are effective immediately and both

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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Vercollone Named President of NECSA

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of an organization that is so vital to our industry,” says Vercollone. Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named president of the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA).

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Dollar Store War Heats Up

Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar. Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for Family Dollar, beating a deal Dollar Tree made last month, according to CNN Money. Dollar General has bid $78.50 per Family Dollar share, totaling $9.7 billion, topping the $74.50 per share cash and stock offer

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SUPERVALU Notifies Customers of Breach

Criminal computer intrusion occurs at owned and franchised stores. SUPERVALU INC. is alerting customers that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. This criminal intrusion may have resulted in the

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident

After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens two new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 14. One is located in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is located in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34. The new Love’s Travel Stops are open 24/7 and feature

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Coca-Cola Buys 16.7% Stake in Monster

Wells Fargo calls the move a huge win for both companies. By CSD Staff. Coca-Cola  and Monster announced a strategic partnership, wherein Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion in cash. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the decision and how it will help both companies leverage their strengths. “We believe

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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program

Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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Improving Network Uptime

Protecting transactions, critical data transfers and/or optional visibility from outages Store networks can fail for many reasons, from severe weather to telecom breakdowns. Unfortunately, many convenience store companies suffer through those outages because customers in the store can’t make purchases with credit/debit cards. Outages can have a big impact in other areas of the business

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Family Express Shares Details On Efficiency Retrofits

Family Express has taken a comprehensive approach to making its entire stores more efficient, saving both energy and costs. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with the most advanced technologies in lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1

As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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