Massachusetts Prepares For Tobacco Tax Hike

Retailers in the state will need to mark up cigarettes as of July 31, 2013 at least an additional 25 cents per pack due to the $1 per pack tax increase because the state minimum cigarette price law requires a 25% minimum retail mark up. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has issued a notice that


Delek Logistics Acquires Tyler Storage Tanks, Product Terminal

“This transaction is expected to increase the annual EBITDA forecast provided in Delek Logistics’ IPO prospectus by approximately 21%,” says Delek Logistics CEO. Delek Logistics Partners LP and Delek US Holdings Inc. have announced that Delek Logistics has acquired, from a subsidiary of Delek US, certain storage tanks and the product terminal at Delek US’s


Consumer Confidence Tied To Gas Prices

“For the past seven months, consumer sentiment has risen or fallen along with gas prices,” says NACS Vice President of Government Relations. The news is decidedly mixed as it relates to consumer confidence about the economy. On one hand, U.S. gas consumers headed into July more optimistic than they have been all year. However, given

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Corner Store Raises $58,000 For Colorado Wildfire Victims

“We strive every day to be positive, contributing members of our Corner Store communities,” says CEO of CST Brands. Over the past four weeks, Corner Store has raised more than $58,000 for the people whose lives and homes were devastated by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history. Contributions came from customers at 155 Colorado


Burger Consumption On The Rise

New Technomic report examines factors driving more customers to eat burgers more often. Consumers are eating burgers more often than ever before, according to new research from Technomic. The overwhelming majority of consumers (95%) say they eat burgers at least once a month—and cravings are driving this high consumption. Half of consumers (49%) cite cravings


Kangaroo Express Sponsors Babe Ruth Softball Commission

Fans invited to celebrate 12U Babe Ruth World Series kick-off with Kangaroo Express on Aug. 1 Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it is the exclusive convenience store sponsor for the Babe Ruth Softball Commission in Alachua County, Fla. during its upcoming tournament games. The commission is hosting three tournament games taking place


Dunkin’ Donuts Enters Southern California

“Our continued focus on franchisee profitability and restaurant economics has made our long-awaited expansion into California possible,” says president of Dunkin’ Donuts, U.S. & Canada. Dunkin’ Donuts, has signed its first Southern California multi-unit store development agreements with four franchise groups for a total commitment of 45 new restaurants. The first standalone restaurants are expected


Hershey Announces Second Quarter Results

Updates outlook for 2013. The Hershey Co. has announced sales and earnings for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated net sales were $1,508,514,000 compared with $1,414,444,000 for the second quarter of 2012. Reported net income for the second quarter of 2013 was $159,504,000 or $0.70 per share-diluted, compared with $135,685,000 or $0.59 per


Four Charged In Major Hacking Scheme That Impacted 7-Eleven

More than 160 million stolen credit and debit card numbers were sold globally. Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a hacking organization that during the course of seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, including 7-Eleven, the Independent Record reported. More than


Bellman Oil Raises Over $41,000 To Fight Muscular Dystrophy

23rd annual MDA Golf Tournament brings in $23,000.   CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Bellman Oil helped members of the North Liberty community raise more than $23,000 for children affected by neuromuscular diseases at the 23rd Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Golf Tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Course on June 18. “We look forward to raising


C-Stores Top Source For Grab-and-Go Snacks

NPD Group reports c-stores beat out grocery stores and discount stores as a grab-and-go snack destination. Every day 28 million people in the U.S. eat a grab-and-go snack, accounting for billions of eatings each year. These buy-and-eat-within-an-hour snacks are 50% more likely to be eaten while traveling or in a car, which make convenience stores


Hoshizaki Acquires Macom

Hoshizaki America has acquired Acos Macom Industria E Commercio Ltda (Macom), founded in 1972 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Macom manufactures refrigeration, cooking and stainless fabrication. Macom has been named vendor of the year by McDonald’s and Outback in South America. Macom will be part of Hoshizaki Holdings USA, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hoshizaki


Wayne Migrates to the GE Commercial Cloud

Cloud-based services offer improved scalability, functionality and customer access. Wayne, A GE Business and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, has migrated its cloud-based application services to the GE Commercial Cloud hosting facility, improving the process communications, infrastructure scalability, and data security of Wayne products. The migration also ensures Wayne customers have


Big Tobacco Pushes Back Against Bloomberg

City bills aim to snuff out cigarette sales. Mayor Bloomberg is once again pushing for new legislation that would ban the display of tobacco products, eliminate all tobacco product coupons and promotions, ban the sale of many individual cigars, and further increase cigarette prices. And once again, instead of focusing on the issues that matter


GPM Acquiring Five Get & Zip Stores

Hurst Harvey Oil Inc. sells five BP-branded sites. GPM Investment LLC and Hurst Harvey Oil Inc., a family-owned and operated business in the Northern Neck of Virginia, have entered into an agreement for GPM Investments to purchase five GET & ZIP convenience stores, all with BP branded fuels from Hurst Harvey Oil Inc.  Hurst Harvey


Kwik Trip Cancels Ryan Braun Promotion

After Braun is suspended for the rest of the season, Kwik Trip cuts its Ryan Braun Luncheon promotion. Embattled Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was suspended Monday without pay for the rest of the Major League Baseball season (65 games) for violating its drug program, and as a result was pulled Tuesday as an endorser


The Pantry Schedules Release of Third Quarter Results

The Pantry Inc. is set to release its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at


Altria Announces Q2 Results, Expands Distribution of Marlboro NXT

In July 2013, PM USA expanded distribution of Marlboro NXT to an additional 23 states, primarily in the eastern U.S. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2013 second-quarter and first-half business results, and revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported and adjusted diluted EPS based on its performance for the first half of 2013 and


FDA Seeks Public Input On Menthol in Cigarettes

Preliminary Scientific Evaluation of Menthol vs. Non-Menthol Cigarettes report issued. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking additional information to help the agency make informed decisions about menthol in cigarettes. “Menthol cigarettes raise critical public health questions,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA is


OEC Petroleum Systems Hires O’Dell Oil Service Technicians

Acquires two bucket trucks for handling lighting systems and canopy repairs. OEC Petroleum Systems, a provider in the Southeast U.S. of fuel dispensing systems and related equipment, has added three new employees from O’Dell Oil to its team of factory-trained and certified Service Technicians. OEC Petroleum Systems (OEC PS) has provided fuel dispensing systems and


Founder Of Johnson Oil Co., Tiger Tote Passes Away

His family, friends and employees will always remember his motto – “MAKE IT HAPPEN!” John Fletcher Johnson, owner and founder of Johnson Oil Co. and Tiger Tote Food Stores passed away Saturday, July 20 at his home in Gonzales, following a lengthy illness. He was 82. Johnson was a member of the Texas Food &


U.S. Hispanics More Likely to Purchase Groceries at C-Stores

NPD report examines the c-store shopping behavior of Hispanics. U.S. Hispanics are more likely to purchase grocery foods, dairy, and bread from convenience stores (c-stores) than non-Hispanics, reports The NPD Group, a  global information company. Spanish-dominant Hispanics are more likely to make grocery item purchases at c-stores than other Hispanics, according to the NPD report

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McAllen Woman Wins A Year Of Flights In Corner Store Contest

Corner Store gave away 24 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines. Lee Ann Dupont, a 54-year-old clerk from McAllen, won a year of flights from Southwest Airlines in Corner Store’s recent Drink Up and Fly Away contest. Participating Corner Stores across the U.S. gave away a year of flights from Southwest Airlines to one grand prize


More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail average for all grades of regular gasoline has more upside despite a sharp nearly 15 cents jump in the average during the week-ended July 15 and mixed wholesale costs across the country’s major metropolitan markets for the week-ended Monday (7/22).


2013 Summer Fancy Food Show Recap

The Fancy Food Show is held every summer in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, or Javits Center (the ’12 show moved to Washington, D.C. due to renovations at the Javits Center) Thousands of food and beverage suppliers rent booth space and hand out samples of their products to the specialty food trade.