Crude Rallies to Nine-Month High on Mideast Worries

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Short covering underpinned a push by New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures to a $98.25-barrel nine-month high on the spot continuation chart ten minutes after the start of regular session trading Friday (6/14), with the contract settling up more than a dollar a day at $97.85 pre

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Heineken Launches Voyage Promotion

Heineken USA, the top-selling European import beer in the U.S., announced the details of its legendary Voyage retail program that will hit retail outlets beginning August 1 and run through September 30. Set to coincide with the kick off of the fall sports season, Voyage entices adult consumers, 21 and older, to take their at-home

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2013 COLLOQUY Census Shows Loyalty Trends

Census shows 45% growth in drug store membership, but fuel and convenience membership fell. U.S. retailers—led by department, drug and specialty stores—have captured the spotlight in the 2013 COLLOQUY Loyalty Census. Department Stores achieved 70% growth in loyalty program memberships since the 2011 COLLOQUY Census, far surpassing the 26.7% rate of growth in loyalty programs

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Core-Mark to Give Webcast Presentation

Presentation from Oppenheimer 13th Annual Consumer Conference to be available online. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that it will Webcast its presentation from the Oppenheimer Consumer Conference on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 beginning at 2:55 p.m.

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Retail Improvements with Help From Uncle Sam

The renewed American Taxpayer Act offers some key tax breaks to convenience store retailers through 2013. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor.The so-called “Fiscal Cliff” tax bill enacted last December, the American Taxpayer Relief Act, renewed important tax breaks used by some c-stores to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditures required to keep their business premises fresh and

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Emergency Power Ready

When the cost of a permanent generator is prohibitive and there is a need to restore power to critical areas, the POWERTRON Tap Box is an economical solution. You can be up and running within minutes from the time the portable generator is delivered, compared to the many hours it takes when no connection device

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7-Eleven Sues Franchisee For Fraud

Franchise operators allegedly steal hundreds of thousands in unreported transactions. 7-Eleven and TSC Lending Group have sued 7-Eleven franchisee Balraj Chopra, his wife Neelam Chopra and Chopra Holdings Inc., for allegedly committing RICO fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition and trademark infringement, noted CourtHouse News Service. 7-Eleven sought $500,000 in damages through the lawsuit, as

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CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip To Visit C-Stop CITGO

Customer appreciation and literacy event to be held at local CITGO station in Plano, Ill. The CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip is making a pit stop at the locally owned C-Stop CITGO station at 101 Waubonsee Drive in Plano, Ill. on Friday, June 14. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., community members are invited to

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Rutter’s Celebrates National Dairy Month

Fresh off its eleventh consecutive year as the winner of  Best Milk in the York Daily Record/Sunday News’  annual Best of York reader’s poll, this June, Rutter’s Dairy celebrates National Dairy Month. Central Pennsylvania’s love affair with Rutter’s milk has been a long one—92 years to be exact—beginning in 1921 when George and Bud Rutter

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NCA Announces Most Innovative New Products

Some 40 new confectionery and snack products across eight categories named Most Innovative New Products of the Year. During the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, held in Chicago in May, the National Confectioners Association (NCA) bestowed 40 Most Innovative New Product nominations to companies showcasing imaginative ideas, concepts and products in two of the fastest

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Is Your Family Fit to Run the Family Business?

For most family businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Lois Lang, Contributing Editor.Family-owned businesses remain the backbone of the convenience store industry. Many chains have been successfully passed on from

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Fresh & Easy Acquisition Pending

Locations could be converted to the Wild Oats brand. Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy U.S. retail brand may soon be acquired. Multiple reports have shown billionaire investor Ron Burkle is in talks with Tesco regarding an acquisition. Burkle would use the locations to relaunch the Wild Oats brand. Jim Keyes, the former CEO of 7-Eleven

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E-cigarette Margins To Surpass Cigarette Margins?

With big tobacco companies introducing e-cigarettes, the category could be competing with cigarette margins by 2017. New research from Wells Fargo shows via its proprietary e-cig interactive model suggests e-cigarette margins could surpass conventional cigarette margins by 2017. “Based on our in-depth analysis of the tobacco industry over the next decade, we now anticipate the

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Soda Ban Fight Continues in Appeals Court

Judges hear arguments on whether a size limit on some sugary drinks should be allowed in NYC. After a judged rejected the legitimacy of a soda ban— that looked to outlaw most sweet beverages over 16-ounces at city-licensed eateries—in March, the city has appealed. On Tuesday four justices from a state appeals court looked to

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ampm Sponsors Alianza de Futbol

Uniforms and transportation for soccer team is being provided by ampm. For the second year in a row, ampm, is sponsoring Alianza de Futbol events in California and for the first time in Arizona. “It’s an uplifting and rewarding experience to support children and young adults in the Hispanic soccer community,” said Donna Sanker, ampm

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An American Classic

Commonwealth-Altadis is reintroducing Montclair—one of America’s classic cigarette brands. “This national re-launch establishes Montclair as an exceptional value,” said Al Dejewski, senior vice president of consumer marketing. “Montclair is a premium-tasting cigarette that is reasonably priced.” Montclair was first launched in the 1960s when it was highly regarded for its innovation and use of high-quality

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EZ Cig Rechargeable E-Cigarette Kit

Kretek International Inc. has announced a new EZ Cig Rechargeable kit with battery, USB charger and a single 400-puff cartomizer equal to around two packs of cigarettes.  EZ Cig rechargebles deliver 2.1 % nicotine, about the same as tobacco cigarettes.  EZ Cig was introduced in July 2012 and has achieved strong distribution in smokeshops and

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Bakery Sales Stay Hot All Day

Keep doughnut and other bakery product displays full and fresh beyond breakfast for maximum profit potential.      By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor.When a client asked convenience store consultant Dean Dirks how he could increase his doughnut sales, Dirks gave him one simple piece of advice: “I told him to keep the display filled with

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VPS Hosts 30th Annual Auction And Golf Tourney

Fundraiser benefits Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts. VPS Convenience Store Group, operator of the Scotchman Convenience Stores, will host its 30th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament and Auction to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Cape Fear Council, on June 11-12, 2013. A dinner and auction will be held at the Holiday Inn Resort at

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TravelCenters Announces ‘Ultimate Platinum’ Rewards Level

Members can reach the UltraONE Platinum level by earning 20,000 points in any calendar year. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has added a new rewards level to its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program. The new ‘Ultimate Platinum’ level, the highest rewards level, rewards professional driver

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Nice N Easy Offers Summer Sweepstakes

Customers have the chance to win a new bike. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has announced the winner of its Ultimate Summer Grilling Sweepstakes: Kate Uriarte from Forestport, N.Y.  Uriarte won a prize pack from Bud Light Lime, including a combination charcoal/propane grill, smoker, thermoelectric cooler and patio set. The summer sweepstakes fun continues as

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Push Higher Early June

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Spot prices for gasoline in the Chicago market spiked to better than 4-1/2 year highs in starting the first week of June before dropping back on data points showing increased processing at Midwest refineries, while wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. were mostly

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Feels Like the Real Thing

METRO Electronic Cigarettes is proud to release its new King-Size Soft-Tip Disposable E-Cigarette with the look, feel and size of the real thing, and offering menthol and traditional tobacco flavors in an assortment of colors. With METRO’s variety of packaging and display options comes a wider affordability gap. Its e-cigs are offered in disposables, as

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ALON Brands Launches Clean 13

Program spurs consumer loyalty while helping community and inspiring store cleanliness among employees. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. ALON Brands is taking its Clean Team program to the next level with a new customer contest and car giveaways. “All major oil brands are pulling back and getting rid of retail locations and turning toward refining

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Cumberland Gulf Group Announces Health Care Reform Policy

“People First” strategy results in 1,500 additional employees gaining access to comprehensive health benefits. The Cumberland Gulf Group, which includes Cumberland Farms, the highly successful 600-unit convenience store chain, and Gulf Oil, the nation’s fastest growing branded marketer of energy products, announced today that as part of its ongoing initiative to be one of the

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