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Millennials Driving Wine Comeback

“The Millennial generation offers the wine industry the kind of growth potential not seen in 30 years.”  C-store retailers can gain points with Millennials and Boomers alike by appealing to a growing love of wine that includes a trend toward flavorization. A breakout session on the wine category, presented by E&J Gallo Winery, at the

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7-Eleven Selling 143 Properties

Sealed bid sale set for June 27. 7-Eleven Inc. is selling 143 convenience stores with gas in a sealed bid sale, including in Florida (32), Ohio (10), Pennsylvania (9), Texas (83), Utah (8), and Wisconsin (1).    The company has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (“NRC”) to coordinate the offering and sale of the

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Champlain Oil Raises Money For “Project Graduation”

CITGO marketer helps high school students in Vermont and New Hampshire. Local CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co. is set to launch its “Be A Star. Buy A Star.” fundraiser to benefit the “Project Graduation” program at six local high schools. From May 1-31, seven of Champlain Oil’s CITGO Jiffy Mart locations in New Hampshire and

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NCA’s Sweets & Snacks Expo Exhibit Floor Sells Out

“Despite a 35% drop in new confectionery product releases this year, the Expo’s Most Innovative New Product Awards had a 15% increase in submissions,” says Expo Committee chairman. The 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo promises to be the largest both in show floor size and exhibitors for the third straight year. The confectionery and snack

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Study Finds Diverse Hispanic Market

New study provides insight into cultural duality and its impact on consumer behavior. “To know thy own target audience” could be the mantra of today’s successful marketing campaigns. Hispanic Millennials, GenXers and Boomer generational segments have unique consumer buying patterns. How they view the marketplace is influenced by a combination of macro-trends of their respective

Retail Gasoline Prices Poised to Advance

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Climbing wholesale gasoline costs through the week ended April 29 are set to end a downtrend in the US gasoline average reported weekly by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , which has declined for eight consecutive weeks since posting a 2013 high in late February. Wholesale costs

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Portable Cigarette Machine

Republic Tobacco has  launched the new Swift Portable 100MM Cigarette Machine. Like its name, making cigarettes is a breeze!  Portable and lightweight, it packs into a carry-on bag or suitcase without weighing down luggage.  It even fits in a glove box, keeping smokers make-your-own (M-Y-O) ready and able to inject cigarettes, even on the go.

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Wawa Introduces Customer Recycling Initiative

Chain-wide recycling bins are rolled out in time for Earth Day. Wawa Inc. announced its newest recycling initiative, rolling out just in time for Earth Day on April 22. Beginning the week of April 15, Wawa launched customer recycling bins chain-wide. The roll out of Wawa’s recycling bins started in Virginia and will continue North,

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CITGO Funds Non-Profits in South Bronx

CITGO’s Simón Bolívar Foundation serves local community.   CITGO Petroleum Corp. through its 501(c)(3) private foundation the Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc. announced the funding of nearly $1.25 million in grants for 32 South Bronx programs in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment and health to serve the local community. CITGO created the Bronx

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7-Eleven Gives Away Free MiO

Customers get a chance to try MiO liquid water enhancer for free. 7-Eleven Inc. gave away a free bottles of MiO Energy Black Cherry Liquid Water Enhancer last week, a fitting promotion for the largest retailer of single-serve bottled water. The free 1.08-ounce full-sized bottle of MiO Energy Black Cherry (regularly priced at $3.99) was

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PFMA Praises the Passage of HB 790

Urges Senate to support convenient adult beverage sales. The Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA), the state’s advocate for food retailers, praised the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for voting to pass House Bill 790 in support of reforming Pennsylvania’s alcohol sales system. “We are very pleased that House members voted in favor of moving Pennsylvania forward

Gaskins Joins Rutter’s as Chief Engagement Officer

By John Lofstock, Editor Following the retirement of its long-time Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy, Rutter’s Farm Stores has hired industry veteran Derek Gaskins as chief engagement officer, CSD has learned. Gaskins has an extensive background in marketing for both retail and consumer packaged goods companies, and spent two years as the vice president of

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BP Wins U.S. Olympic Committee Award

Recognized for its commitment to U.S. Paralympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee has recognized BP’s commitment to U.S. Paralympics with its Paralympic Amazing Impact Award, an honor given annually to organizations that raise awareness and support for the U.S. Paralympic Movement. “The 2013 winners of our Paralympic Amazing Awards are delivering in the areas of grassroots

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U.S. Diesel Car Registrations Up 24%

Total car market registrations increase just 2.7% since 2010.   Clean diesel car registrations increased by 24.3%  in the U.S. from 2010 through 2012 following similar trends of double-digit diesel car sale increases throughout the country, according to new data compiled for the Diesel Technology Forum. The national registration information was compiled by R.L. Polk

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Rutter’s Children’s Charities Tees Up 11th Annual Golf Outing

Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chambersburg Hospital to benefit. Golfers tee off today at the Outdoor County Club in York, Pa. at the 11th annual golf outing to benefit Rutter’s Children’s Charities. The two-day event, the proceeds from which total over $1 million since its beginning in 2002, brings together suppliers from across the country to support the

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Is Your UST Equipment E-15 Compatible?

EPA launches Web portal to identify E-15 compatible UST equipment. To make it easier for tank owners to access information on the compatibility of underground storage tank system components with E-15, the EPA has set up a new online resource where equipment manufacturer certifications, UL listings, and other compatibility information are posted and made available

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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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Chamber of Commerce Suggests Gas Tax Increase

More fuel efficient vehicles and high gas prices are impacting gas demand, spurring the talks on taxes. This week, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Testifying before the Committee: Robert Poole, Reason Foundation; Richard Geddes, Cornell University; and Janet Kavinoky with the U.S. Chamber of

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Rutter’s Adds Rotisserie Chicken

Original and spicy chicken in quarters and halves heat up the Rutter’s menu. Rotisserie chicken is the newest addition to the national award-winning menu at Rutter’s Farm Stores, the central Pennsylvania chain announced this week. Rutter’s tender chicken is offered in both quarters and halves. The quarters will be available in breast and wing combinations

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KickBack Rewards Systems to Be Featured at The Tech EVENT

Convenience store retailers looking to drive loyalty can learn all about KickBack’s innovative loyalty solutions by visiting the KickBack team at Booth 401 at The Tech EVENT from May 6-10 in Dallas. It’s crucial that convenience store retailers take a step back now and look at what is coming down the pipeline with loyalty solutions

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Altria To Debut Electronic Cigarette

Altria Group Inc., the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., is getting into the e-cig business. The company announced that its subsidiary Nu Mark is planning to introduce an electronic cigarette in the second half of 2013, Bloomberg reported. The electronic cigarette will be sold in an undisclosed market. As demand traditional cigarette sales

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TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New acquisition in Wells, Nev. to feature Iron Skillet brand restaurant and a fully-stocked travel store.   TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of a travel center in Wells, Nevada, to the Petro Stopping Centers brand. Petro Wells is

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Family Dollar Partners With TAS

Improves data visibility and collaboration with enterprise market knowledge solution.    Family Dollar, a dollar store channel business, is seeing a wide variety of benefits from the deployment of TAS Unity, an enterprise market knowledge system specifically designed for retail real estate from Trade Area Systems (TAS) Inc. Since the TAS system went fully operational

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Scotsman Donates To ALFLC

Charity helps military veterans transition to civilian life through foodservice equipment repair industry career training. On behalf of global ice machine and dispenser manufacturer, Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman Industries has donated $10,000 dollars to A Legacy For Learning Corp. (ALFLC). The organization works with military veterans to provide scholarship-funded training for career placement within the Foodservice Equipment

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Introducing the newest addition to the Otis Spunkmeyer Supreme muffin line—delicious Carrot Cake muffin. Made with real carrots, coconut oat streusel and bursts of cinnamon, this muffin lives up to the decadent standards of the Otis Spunkmeyer Supreme name. The tulip-style cup and abundant crown create a distinct, upscale treat—available in the 4 ounce size

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