FDA CTP Releases Educational Video

Video focuses on legal age requirements and ID checks when selling tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE), in an effort to further retailer compliance with tobacco product regulation, has produced a short educational video to support retailer training. The video focuses on


General Mills To Sustainably Source 10 Priority Ingredients By 2020

Commitment emphasizes dedication to sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship throughout the supply chain. General Mills announced a commitment to sustainably source 100% of its 10 priority ingredients by 2020. These ingredients represent 50% of General Mills’ total raw material purchases. The commitment builds on the company’s sustainability mission to conserve and protect the resources upon

Lehigh Gas Partners Finalizes Rocky Top Markets Acquisition

Rocky Top Owner is “confident that the Rocky Top brand will grow and prosper under Lehigh’s capable leadership.” Eight weeks after announcing that it entered into an asset purchase agreement with Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC, Lehigh Gas Partners LP  has completed all outstanding operational and regulatory hurdles, and has officially

New Petro Stopping Center Opens in California

The addition of a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurant is scheduled for the new location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has unveiled its newest Petro location at I-10, Exit 57 (4325 E. Guasti Rd.) in Ontario, Calif. This location was previously a TA travel center.

Petro Serve USA First To Add E15 in North Dakota

North Dakota marks the ninth state to offer E15. E15 is available for the first time in North Dakota at six Petro Serve USA locations in Bismarck, Mandan, West Fargo and Fargo. North Dakota is only the ninth state to offer E15, an economical high-performance fuel, as an option to its consumers since it was


Yuengling’s Ice Cream Returning To Shelves

David Yuengling and Rob Bohorad team to revive popular ice cream. A branch of the Yuengling family will re-launch its storied ice cream early in 2014, bringing back a cherished Pennsylvania-made product that’s been absent from store shelves and scooping stands for nearly three decades. Though the family name is one and the same, Yuengling’s


Root Beer Flavored Malt Beverage

SpinDoktor is bold new root beer flavored, malt-based beverage (8% ABV) that recently launched in the Cleveland & Akron markets in Ohio.  The beverage was created by D-Spin Beverages LLC, which was founded by Northern Ohio natives Blanton Unger and Dana Pawlicki. The beverage has a smooth root beer taste with an overtone of vanilla


Tradition You Can Taste

Wave’s expertly-crafted American blend has tradition you can taste—and Wave is honoring that craftsmanship with a new Limited Edition Pack. The Limited Edition Pack celebrates Wave’s premium tobacco quality, represented by its signature crest. This combination of taste, strength and unparalleled smoothness is created by master blenders with over a century of experience. The Limited


Fastrac Customers Save $5 Million

New members in Fastrac’s loyalty program get double discounts for 60 days. Fastrac, a local upstate New York convenience store chain, announced today that its customers have saved more than $5 million dollars in fuel discounts. Motivated by the promise of savings at the pump, Fastrac customers have racked up over $5 million in discounts

Stripes’ March of Dimes Campaign Aims To Break $3 Million Mark

Partnership with March of Dimes has huge impact on moms and babies. Beginning Sept. 30, Stripes Convenience Stores will kick off its sixth annual March of Dimes cut-out campaign, encouraging its customers to make a small donation that will have a big impact. By donating at least $1 for a March of Dimes paper cut-out


Heineken Announces “Celebrate Together” Holiday Program

“Upscale beer drives category growth during the holiday period,” says Heineken brand director. HEINEKEN USA, an upscale beer importer, has announced this year’s “Celebrate Together” holiday program scheduled to hit retail outlets beginning Nov. 1. At the center of the program, celebratory limited edition bottle labels and promotional packaging on Heineken Lager 12 packs will


Quinn Returns As 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo Chairman

2014 marks Quinn’s third year as chair of the Expo. Mars Chocolate North America announced that Tim Quinn, vice president of trade development, has agreed to chair the National Confectioners Association’s (NCA) 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo for the third year in a row. The Expo is the largest venue representing all major U.S. distribution

Young Adults, Minorities Take the Lead On Mobile Payments

Mercator Advisory Group expands research panel to 3,000 consumers in first report from 2013 CustomerMonitor Survey Series. Mercator Advisory Group is releasing the first in a series of eight reports on consumer payments and banking channels, CustomerMonitor Survey Series 2013 Insight reports, based on primary research conducted with an expanded panel of over 3,000 U.S.


Uncle Neal’s Partners With KickBack Rewards to Roll Out Loyalty Program

The 10-store Nebraska convenience store chain launched Uncle Neal’s Rewards to drive new business and reward its existing customers. Uncle Neal’s, a family-owned and -operated convenience store chain in Hastings, Nebraska, has announced the launch of a comprehensive customer loyalty program that offers customers ways to save money, earn points and get rewarded for purchases

Cumberland Gulf Group’s Petrowski Steps Down

Lily Bentas to serve as interim CEO. The Cumberland Gulf Group announced that, effective Oct. 1, Joe Petrowski will be stepping down as CEO of the Cumberland Gulf Group and moving to a new role as a strategic advisor to management and the Board of Directors. As Petrowski steps down as CEO, Lily Bentas, chairman

Rogers Petroleum Sells 17 Stores To Lehigh Gas

The outcome of the sale “exceeded our expectations,” says chairman of Rogers Petroleum Inc. Matrix Capital Markets Group announced the sale of Rogers Petroleum Inc.’s 17 company-operated convenience stores to Lehigh Gas Partners LP and Lehigh Gas – Ohio LLC.  All of Rogers’ stores are located in the Tri-Cities region of eastern Tennessee and southwestern

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Wheels Convenience Stores Partners With OpenStore

New app and Website add even more convenience for customers. Wheels Convenience, with 16 stores in Connecticut and part of the Consumers Petroleum family, launched a new Website and mobile app with OpenStore by GasBuddy this month. The new Website: http://mywheelscstores.com/Home, includes pages for each store, deals and much more. The free Wheels Convenience mobile


Seasonal Hiring Survey Predicts More Jobs Than Last Year

Increased hiring driven by strong sales forecast. It’s shaping up to be a happy holiday for job seekers looking for a seasonal job, according to the sixth-annual survey commissioned by Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers. The 2013 forecast indicates that more seasonal jobs should be available this year than

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Gasoline Futures Contract Tumbles to Nine-Month Low

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The nearest delivered New York Mercantile Exchange gasoline futures contract, known by the acronym RBOB, slide Sept. 17 to its lowest point since mid-December 2012, trading down to the mid-$2.60s before rallying a dime from a near double bottom low Sept. 18 after the Federal Reserve announced

Swipe Fee Rules Remain Pending Appeal

Merchants can breathe a sigh of relief as the ruling means fees won’t skyrocket. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s rules for debit-card swipe fees are set to stay the same while the Fed appeals U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 ruling that the Fed didn’t have the authority to set a 21-cent cap on debit-card

Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises Nearly $2.7 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Fisher House Foundation and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc. announced its third annual summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million, bringing the total to $8.4 million raised over the past three summers. From Independence Day through Labor

Kum & Go Donates $15,000 to American Red Cross

Helps communities affected by Colorado flooding. Kum & Go is joining forces with the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in Colorado. The convenience retailer is making a $15,000 donation to help people and communities affected by the recent floods. In addition to the donation, Kum & Go is working hard to

Atlas Oil Awards Grand Prize in Summer Road Rally Promotion

The promotion generated nearly 3,500 entries into the contest. Atlas Oil Co. awarded a Grand Prize of a two-year lease on a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS to Patrick Morgan of Grosse Isle, Mich. as part of the company’s 2013 Summer Road Rally Promotion Wednesday evening. The other finalists were awarded with $50 Marathon Gift Cards.

Nice N Easy Awards Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarship to Seven Students

The award is in memory a Nice N Easy store manager who passed away suddenly from cancer in 2001. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has awarded Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarships to seven local students. Established by President, Founder & CEO John MacDougall, the award is in memory of Linda Nelson, a spirited Nice N Easy


Cold & Flu Relief Display

Lil’ Drug Store Products has introduced DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu Relief Caplets from Vicks, The No. 1 Cold & Flu brand.  Procter & Gamble and Lil’ Drug Store Products’ latest floor stand/power wing display is designed to maximize incremental sales during cold/flu season, providing relief to consumers both day and night. A mix of