LOGIC E-Cigs Continues Steady Growth

Seizes top four SKUs and nine of Top 12 SKUs in the U.S. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of Nielsen’s latest Item Rank Report, indicating LOGIC continues to outperform competitors in sales per point distribution. The total U.S. Nielsen Item Rank Report, based on sales from convenience stores nationwide, reports

The Pantry Completes Refinancing Of Its Term Loan

The Pantry Inc. announced that it has completed the refinancing of its senior secured 2019 Term Loan. At the company’s current leverage ratio, the $253 million Term Loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 375 basis points with a LIBOR floor of 100 basis points, compared to LIBOR plus 450 basis points with a LIBOR

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Strongbow Holiday Retail Program Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. This fall, Strongbow is taking the lead as the catalyst for “Golden” holiday experiences by inviting men and women, 21 and older, to choose Strongbow as the brand of choice to elevate their planned

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Martin Eagle Aims to Contain Rising Operating Costs

Using a new monitoring system, the Texas chain is saving time, energy and reducing the spoilage costs that can arise from damaged cold vault compressors. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Martin Eagle Oil Co. knows first hand the financial and general frustrations convenience store operators can feel after losing a freezer full of products due

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New Pack Design

Export ‘A’ revealed an updated, sleeker pack design that will enhance your super premium category. Artfully crafted for a natural smooth taste since 1928, Export ‘A’ is the choice for adult smoking connoisseurs. Made from premium Virginia leaf tobacco, the blend achieves the best balance of taste, strength, and smoothness…with no added flavors. In its

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Rutter’s No. 1 On Top York, Pa. Private Companies List

The c-store chain is also among the fastest growing central Pennsylvania companies. Rutter’s Farm Stores has reclaimed the top spot on the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal’s 2013 list of Top 100 Private Companies in York County, Pa., surging up from No. 2 on the list just one year ago. Rutter’s also climbed to No. 2

CITGO Petroleum and Warex Terminals to Roll Back the Pump

During customer appreciation days in New York, local CITGO marketer to take five cents off per gallon. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer Warex Terminals Corp. are giving back to their customers with a series of 26 customer appreciation days from Aug. 15 through Oct. 13 at locations across New York. Customers will receive

FDA Seeks Retail Inspectors

A call for private inspectors shows FDA aims to conduct inspections in the nine states that don’t have a contract with FDA to check up on retailers. This week, the FDA began soliciting proposals from private contractors to conduct retail tobacco inspections in Alaska, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and

NCASEF Announces 2014 National Convention in Orlando

Conference set for July at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has announced that its 39th National Convention and Trade Show will be held July 12 – 16, 2014 in Orlando, Fla. at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. This past July, 62 major sponsors and more

The Hershey Co. Names Mary Kay Haben To Board of Directors

The Hershey Co. has appointed Mary Kay Haben to its Board of Directors, effective Aug. 9, 2013. “Mary Kay is a seasoned leader who brings a great wealth of relevant food and confectionery experience to her role as a member of the Hershey board,” said James Nevels, chairman of the Board of Directors. “She is

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DILL-ICIOUS Popcorn

Van Holten’s, a packaged pickle producer, has launched Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn. The innovative new snack combines bold dill pickle seasoning with the classic taste of popcorn to create a cutting edge snack experience. Van Holten’s is the first in the U.S. to produce a ready-to-eat dill pickle-flavored popcorn and distribute it on a

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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Store

The new Statesboro, Ga. store is Parker’s 31st location. Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art location in Statesboro, Ga. on Aug. 13, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen and Keely Fennell and Garrett Nevil with the Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon at the new

NRF Welcomes Judge’s New Debit Swipe Rule Demand

The Fed has 60 days to decide whether to appeal the ruling by Judge Leon. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed a federal judge’s insistence that the Federal Reserve move quickly on issuing new regulations to reduce debit card swipe fees paid by retailers and consumers. “We’re very pleased to see the court light a

FDA Issues 10,000th Tobacco Retailer Warning Letter

Four warning letters issued for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco that was labeled as “pipe tobacco.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued its 10,000th tobacco retailer warning letter for noncompliance with tobacco rules. To ensure compliance with the law, FDA works to prevent youth access to tobacco products and the influence of marketing

Brian Legried Named to Energy Leadership Role

CHS appoints new vice president, Refined Fuels Sales and Energy Services. CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, has named Brian Legried to the position of vice president, Refined Fuels Sales and Energy Services. In this new position Legried will provide strategic leadership and direction for the

Ryko Welcomes New SVP of Sales and Marketing

David Wingert brings 15-years of leadership experience to Ryko Solutions.  Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest provider of car wash equipment, cleaning solutions, and technical services, announced that David Wingert has joined the organization in the new role of senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. He will be tasked with sustaining the company’s double-digit revenue

Card Spending Growth Solid in July

First Data releases July 2013 SpendTrend Analysis. First Data Corp., a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for July 2-30, 2013 compared to July 3-31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.

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The National Advisory Group Appoints John Lofstock as Executive Director

The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has appointed John Lofstock as Executive Director. In this role, Lofstock will oversee all of NAG’s educational content, membership, the group’s annual conference and the Young Executive Organization (YEO). Lofstock will also continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and

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Dust Containment Bag

Polaris Vending Inc. has launched the patent-pending COILPOD dust containment bag, which is an environmentally-friendly solution for the indoor cleaning of self-contained condenser coil units in refrigerated or freezer merchandiser display cases containing food, beverages, drugs or other items. These units are contained in retail food and beverage outlets of all types. A person desiring

GPM Investments Acquires Hurst Harvey Oil

GPM Investments has successfully acquired Kilmarnock, Va.-based Hurst Harvey Oil, Inc., according to Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Hurst Harvey is a petroleum marketing and convenience store company. The company’s retail units trade as Get & Zip and are located on the Northern Neck and Upper Peninsula communities in Virginia. The Hurst Harvey stores offer

Pep-Up Inc. Acquires Bagwell Oil Co.

Pep-Up Inc. has successfully acquired Bagwell Oil Co. Inc. of Onancock, Va., announced Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Bagwell and its affiliated companies have been engaged in multiple downstream fuels businesses including convenience store and motor fuels retailing for over 95 years. In 2006, Matrix first sold the company’s retail convenience store business. When it

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Owner of TimeSaver Food Stores Passes Away

Jones was a past chairman of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Randall “Randy” Akins Jones, 62, industry veteran and owner of TimeSaver Food Stores, passed away Aug. 10, 2013 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville after a long fight with leukemia. Born

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Empire Petroleum Partners Enhances Senior Leadership Team

Appoints Hank Heithaus as CEO and David Potter as chief financial officer. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has named Henry (Hank) Heithaus, CEO and David Potter, chief financial officer, signaling the next steps in Empire’s strategy to further develop its current markets and increase its national footprint in the fuel distribution industry. “The addition of these

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Rutter’s Honored with Army Reserve Employer Support Award

Flexible scheduling for military personnel helps the chain’s employees serve their country and their customers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Rutter’s Farm Stores’ Joel Workinger, a dairy transportation supervisor, and Todd Rutter, president of Rutter’s Dairy, were recognized last month with the Army Reserve Employer Support Award. Tom Rayburn, a delivery driver for Rutter’s Dairy

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Bite-sized Candies

Jolly Rancher and Twizzlers candies are now available in bite-sized, unwrapped, soft versions for convenient, mess-free snacking-on-the-go. The candies come in three varieties: Jolly Rancher Soft Chewy Bites, Jolly Rancher Sours Chewy Bites and Twizzlers Filled Fruity Bites.  All varieties are available in 10-ounce re-sealable pouches (SRP $2.99 – $3.29) at mass, grocery, and drug

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