Refreshing Iced Tea

Four refreshing flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea are now available at retail in more than 18 states across the country. Consumers can finally get their hands on all-natural Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade) flavors of the beverage made popular by “Uncle” Si Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty fame.

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New Portable Vaporizers

VMR Products, makers of V2 e-cigs, has launched a new line of vaporizers called V2 Pro. The new line of vaporizers are designed for the emerging “large-scale vapor device” category. These new multi-medium vaporizers are expected to be one of the most disruptive innovations to enter the vaporizer space. The product line is the result

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Split Sausage Links

Johnsonville announces its new Split Sausage Links for foodservice. This new product format is perfect for operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest for all dayparts. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries. Johnsonville Splits are evenly butterflied 80% through the


Simplify Your Business

First Class Payment Systems’ Clover Station is a next-generation control system that radically simplifies your business. It helps you track inventory, manages employees, gain customer insight to build stronger, lasting customer relationships and accept payments with ease. Clover Station arrives pre-loaded with everything you need to get started. Its cloud-based software enables you to manage

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7-Eleven Hosts Charity Golf Outing

Benefits Gridiron Greats and The BTB Foundation. 7-Eleven Midwest Franchise Owners Association (MWFOA) is hosting its annual charity golf outing, which supports three very important not-for-profits: The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, The BTB Foundation, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course


Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces

Offer payment solutions and services and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, global provider of retail petroleum technology, and VeriFone Systems Inc., the global provider of secure electronic payment solutions, are partnering to offer next generation forecourt payment solutions and to create the largest at-pump interactive digital media network worldwide. The two


Consumer Traffic Impacts Restaurant Unit Growth

NPD Group finds visits to total and quick service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to the same period last year.  With little growth in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants, restaurant units grew less than 1% (.8%) in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, reports The NPD Group, a global information


TMC Holdings Acquires Tri-Mart Corp.

TMC Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. The transaction closed July 25, 2014. TMC Holdings is an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry. TMC believes there is an opportunity to consolidate several distributors in the Midwest region into a platform


Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Up

Wells Fargo notes Coca-Cola Co. dollar sales help buoy the CSD category. Nielsen reported that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales were up for the first time in over a year. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales were up +0.7% (-0.7% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Aug. 2, 2014,

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

U.S. merchandise gross profit dollars increased 5%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three month period ending June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $32


Logic Expands Into Canada

The No. 2 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. extends international distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced plans for international retail distribution in Canada. Through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster Inc., LOGIC’s line of electronic cigarettes will be brought to more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide. LOGIC holds the


Consumer Optimism Plummets in August

Only 39% of customers optimistic about the economy. Just as quickly as consumer optimism surged in July, it plummeted in August, even as gas prices fell by more than 15 cents over the past month. Less than four in 10 consumers (39%) now say that they are optimistic about the economy, a sharp decline from


Survey Reveals Shopping Habits Of Working Women

Some 46% of surveyed women reported regularly purchasing groceries on their way to or from the office or during a lunch break. One trip to the grocery store is never enough. WorkPlace Impact, a marketing company that targets consumers directly at work, found in a recent survey that working women are making frequent trips to


Wells Fargo Comments on CST-LGP Deal

Expects to see more c-store chains pursuing MLP partnerships. CST: LGP Deal – Good Things Will Come To Those Who Wait – CST’s Deal with LGP Expected To Create Long Term Value for Investors Wells Fargo Securities LLC predicts that CST’s recent deal with Lehigh Gas Partners(LGP) will create long-term value for investors, however, that


Team CITGO Cycles To Fight Multiple Sclerosis

CITGO Lemont Refinery employees participate in 33rd annual Bike MS: Tour de Farms. Team CITGO, the employee volunteer team at the CITGO Lemont Refinery, cycled between 35-200 miles to raise more than $28,000 in the 33rd Annual Bike MS: Tour De Farms Event hosted by the Greater Chicago-land Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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VP Sponsoring AMA Pro HillClimb

Named official fuel and title sponsor for the 2014 season. VP Racing Fuels has signed on as Official Fuel and Title Sponsor of the VP Racing Fuels AMA Pro Hillclimb series for the 2014 season. With the agreement, VP has been designated the exclusive trackside fuel supplier at each event. VP will make a substantial


Sheetz Fights To Sell Beer In Shippensburg

After liquor license is approved, an appeal keeps Sheetz in limbo over beer sales at its Shippensburg, Pa. location. For Sheetz customers in five other states, filling up your tank, grabbing some dinner, and taking home a six-pack of beer for later is a common occurrence. In Pennsylvania, it’s a novelty. A topic of even


CAA Submits Comments On FDA Proposed Regulations

“Our message to the FDA is that when it comes to regulating the cigar industry, fairness means flexibility,” said CAA president. Arguing for regulations that reflect “the unique character of the cigar industry,” the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the national trade association representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors, and other suppliers, has submitted comments on


Susser Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

Five new Stripes stores are opened, two locations are acquired. Susser Holdings Corp. reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2014. Results detailed below include the results of Susser Petroleum Partners LP unless otherwise noted. Same-store merchandise sales increased 4% in the second quarter of 2014, which included the Easter


APCA Announces Launch of Bay Area Chapter

With the launch of the Bay Area chapter, APCA currently has nearly 500 members. The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA), a grassroots organization formed to represent small independent gasoline and convenience stores owners, launched its Bay Area chapter late last month. Board members were pleased to see that what once was only a

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Davidson Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Helps grow VP brand in Texas and beyond. VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced Davidson Oil as the newest partner in VP’s retail branding program. Based in Amarillo, Texas, Davidson provides wholesale distribution of fuels to retail sites throughout Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma. “VP’s retail brand program has so much going for it, in


Visa Service To Help Gas Station Retailers Reduce Fraud At Pump

Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens. Visa Inc. is helping U.S. fuel retailers prevent credit and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent. While global fraud rates across the Visa payment system remain near historic lows—less than six cents for every $100


Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program

Tedeschi paves the way for fresh produce in the convenience store. Following months of research and careful planning, Tedeschi Food Shops is now offering more selection and higher quality fresh fruits and vegetables to its customers through its new Fresh Produce Program. Features of the produce program include a new ordering system and a new

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CST Brands To Acquire General Partner of Lehigh Gas Partners

Provides CST Brands with a platform for a long-term drop down strategy of its U.S. wholesale fuel supply business and newly constructed real estate into LGP. CST Brands Inc. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to purchase 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas


Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store

The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards