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CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

 “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing

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Authentic Mexican Flavor

Beer drinkers in the southwestern U.S. can quench their thirst for a unique, refreshing and authentic Mexican lager when Montejo arrives at bars, restaurants and at grocery and convenience stores Sept. 1. Anheuser-Busch will import Montejo—a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. The launch of Montejo marks the first

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Responsible Fast Food

Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals were created by Chef Maggie Radzwiller in response to the growing demand for plant-based meals. Radzwiller’s original recipes are prepared with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and herbs, and seasoned with original spice blends to create deliciously satisfying meals. Packaged in BPA-free microwavable jars, Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals go from the

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Bar Code Scanners

Datalogic has announced the availability of the QuickScan QBT2400 and QM2400 cordless imagers, the latest additions to the popular QuickScan 2D imager line of general purpose handheld scanners. The popularity of 2D bar codes has spread across all market segments of the data capture industry. As a result, imaging technology usage is steadily growing and

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Chicken Club Sandwiches

AdvancePierre Foods (APF), a nationally-recognized, fully-integrated producer and seller of handheld sandwiches and value-added meats, has expanded its Fast Choice sandwich line with the Grilled Chicken Club, which is now available. The new sandwich features flame-broiled chicken, topped with Monterey jack cheese and bacon ranch sauce on AdvancePierre’s famous sesame seed bun. Wrapped in a

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Werewolf Blood-Red Ale

Newcastle is resurrecting its popular Werewolf Blood-Red Ale, which was the top-selling imported limited edition in 2013. Like the nocturnal man-beast that serves as its namesake, Newcastle Werewolf has something of a split personality. Tear into a bottle or a pint and it mysteriously transforms—starting out smooth and mellow, then transforming to a bitter bite

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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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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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