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2014 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

NATO Executive Director Tom Briant provides insights and analysis on the latest tobacco legislative activity and FDA regulatory actions. By John Lofstock, Editor It has been another tough year for the tobacco industry as legislators at the local, state and federal levels have targeted both tax increases and new smoking regulations on all forms of

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Why The Electronic Cigarette is a Tobacco Product

The battle against the FDA has gone on for many years and it’s not over, especially with e-cigs at the forefront. By Thomas Kiklas, Co-Founder, TVECA Recently, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) was asked to participate at VapeWorld in Chicago. During a roundtable question and answer period there was great confusion as to

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Choosing the Right Foodservice Partner

Want to avoid the deep end of the proprietary food pool? A co-branded relationship with a QSR can keep your operation flowing smoothly. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, quality foodservice is a key ingredient in profitable convenience store operations. Just how key? Foodservice accounted for 18% of total c-store sales in 2013, which also

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Regulators Chew on Cigars

While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Tackling Adversity

A positive attitude can help c-store employees thrive in the face of any obstacle. By Jim Callahan I recently came across a thought provoking and very astute quotation that captivated my attention, and since I have this great forum provided by Convenience Store Decisions, I thought I would share it because it relates as much

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand

Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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Employing a Special Workforce

In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

Embracing Safer Tobacco Products

Great strides have been made within the past five years to introduce new tobacco products that would, from my perspective, reduce harm when compared with traditional cigarettes. So despite all the naysayers and anti-tobacco crusaders—who care less about the health of smokers and more about their own agendas—safer tobacco products are a reality that convenience store

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Rutter’s Honored As International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Alain Bouchard, president and CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year. The sixth annual International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence at the global level, were presented June 4, at a gala in conjunction with this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe. This year’s

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage To $15

The measure is set to take place gradually over several years. Seattle is raising the minimum wage to $15, following a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council Monday. “Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages” and address the “widening gap between the rich and the poor,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen was

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Jiffy Mart Helps the Boys and Girls Club Kids of Westminster

A charity autograph signing event featuring Marshal Yanda of the World Champion Baltimore Football team was held on April 3, 2014 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Md. ​ Baltimore Ravens football fans filled up the Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on April 3 to see the three Time All Pro

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California Approves Bill Requiring Warning Labels For Sugary Beverages

Bill heads to the state Assembly. The California Senate has passed a bill that would require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, Reuters reported. The bill passed on Thursday, May 29, by a 21-13 vote, and next heads to the state Assembly. If passed, Governor Jerry Brown would

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Smoker Friendly Welcomes New CIO

David Kittle to manage and expand the information technology systems team. The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly are welcoming a new employee: Chief Information Officer David Kittle. Kittle comes to The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly with 20 years of experience in the information technology and information systems industry. He graduated from Metropolitan

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Short-term Peak for U.S. Gasoline Prices Near

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Last reported at $3.674 gallon on Memorial Day, the U.S. average price for all formulas of regular grade gasoline surveyed by the Energy Information Administration looks to be near a short-time peak, with retail gasoline prices set to ease in June before again reasserting themselves to the

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Medical Specialists Appeal To WHO On Tobacco Harm Reduction

Look to make tobacco harm reduction a higher priority through noncombustible nicotine delivery, including e-cig and vapor products. Last week, more than 50 leading scientists from 15 countries signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to reconsider the WHO’s intention to classify e-cigarettes essentially the

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Total U.S. Restaurant Visits Dip in First Quarter

NPD Group finds double-digit servings growth for hot chocolate, hot tea and frozen coffee. The downside and upside for the U.S. restaurant industry in the first quarter of 2014 was that total restaurant visits dipped but delivery and other areas got a boost from cold weather, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic

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Love’s Offers Tips For National Tire Safety Week

From monitoring air pressure to maintaining valve caps, drivers can keep tires working longer. Love’s Truck Tire Care experts are offering tips on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition in honor of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tire Safety Week June 1-7, 2014, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA)

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Are Your Lighting Project Timelines Stealing From Your Project Savings?

By John Loheit, director, marketing and customer incentives, EMC LLC. It was about a year ago that you realized the challenges in reading the manifests and inventory paperwork in the stocking aisles. Error rates had been increasing, and you’re sure it’s because your staff hasn’t been able to see what they’re doing. The decision you

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One Million In Donations

Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet has supported Coffee Kids projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, DaVinci Gourmet presented a check to Coffee Kids at the 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event in Seattle. Coffee Kids is an international non-profit organization that works

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New Brand Look and Feel

With 60 successful years of providing great-tasting chicken, delicious grab-and-go foods and proven pressure fryers to the foodservice industry, Broaster Co. is celebrating a milestone in 2014 with a strategic, renovated brand launch. The revitalized brands feature an updated look and feel for all promotional collateral, including new packaging and POS materials, three new Websites

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Platform for Mobile Wallet Providers

InComm has launched InComm Mobile Platform (IMP) for mobile wallet providers and merchants. IMP integrates with multiple platforms to provide a full-breadth of capabilities required to process mobile payments made using prepaid cards at retail POS. The platform also enables InComm to develop and host mobile applications for merchants and partners. Canadian communications and media

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Fill Your Summer

Corona Extra is introducing its first ever bilingual and multicultural summer campaign called “Fill Your Summer.” Throughout the summer (from May 6 – Sept. 8, 2014) season, Corona, the beer synonymous with summer, will help consumers fill their summer to truly make it memorable. The platform is built around a single idea relevant to BOTH

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Star Wars Jelly Beans

The Force is strong with Jelly Belly Candy Co. with the debut of the new Star Wars collection. The collection contains three one-ounce bags and a 2.8-ounce gift-ready Grab & Go bag. Each bag is filled with a special Galaxy Mix of Jelly Belly beans— seven flavors with a special finish that sparkle like the

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Dried Fruit

Stoneridge Orchards, dried fruit experts and the consumer brand of Royal Ridge Fruits, have introduced a wide variety of new products, ranging from dried fruits lightly dipped in rich, premium dark chocolate or smooth and creamy Greek yogurt, to the company’s signature Montmorency Tart Cherries, exclusively flavored with all-natural Tajin, the top seasoning blend sold

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“Hangry Moments” Campaign

Jack Link’s has debuted its new national brand campaign, “Hangry Moments,” which brings to life how “hangry” feelings demand protein-packed Jack Link’s Jerky. In each spot, the lead character’s intense hunger comes in the form of a wild animal—a wolf, puma and eagle—that literally emerges from his or her stomach, personifying the “hangry” feelings that

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