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TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes

Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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Circle K Building Southern California Prototype

Circle K breaks ground on c-store, gas station and car wash on a 90,000 square foot property for mixed-use development. On Monday, Circle K broke ground on a new prototype in Southern California at 1450 S. Sanderson Ave. in San Jacinto, which is scheduled to open later this year. The new Circle K/ Mobile prototype

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NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling

“There’s so much at stake here for U.S. retailers and their customers that we have no choice but to pursue this case as far as possible,” says NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The National Retail Federation (NRF) told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering

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Family Express Unveils Espresso Offering

All Family Express stores to feature JAVA WAVE European Café by the end of August. Family Express has announced a revolutionary hot and iced espresso drink offering. The JAVA WAVE European Café is a premium, self-service espresso platform that offers superior quality hot and iced drinks. Each and every drink is ground on the spot

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Nielsen Announces Executive Leadership Changes

John Lewis is promoted to global president and Karen Fichuk is promoted to president, North America. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced the appointments of two executive leaders—John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president, North America. The appointments are effective immediately and both

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High

By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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Vercollone Named President of NECSA

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of an organization that is so vital to our industry,” says Vercollone. Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named president of the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA).

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Dollar Store War Heats Up

Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar. Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for Family Dollar, beating a deal Dollar Tree made last month, according to CNN Money. Dollar General has bid $78.50 per Family Dollar share, totaling $9.7 billion, topping the $74.50 per share cash and stock offer

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SUPERVALU Notifies Customers of Breach

Criminal computer intrusion occurs at owned and franchised stores. SUPERVALU INC. is alerting customers that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. This criminal intrusion may have resulted in the

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident

After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations

Love’s opens in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens two new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 14. One is located in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is located in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34. The new Love’s Travel Stops are open 24/7 and feature

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Coca-Cola Buys 16.7% Stake in Monster

Wells Fargo calls the move a huge win for both companies. By CSD Staff. Coca-Cola  and Monster announced a strategic partnership, wherein Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion in cash. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the decision and how it will help both companies leverage their strengths. “We believe

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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program

Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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Family Express Shares Details On Efficiency Retrofits

Family Express has taken a comprehensive approach to making its entire stores more efficient, saving both energy and costs. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with the most advanced technologies in lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1

As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Carolina 7-Eleven Stores Bring Cheerwine to Slurpee

7-Eleven began experimenting with local flavors earlier this year with the introduction of a Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee drink in its Michigan stores. Cheerwine, the “legendary soft drink of the South,” has been described as best served bone-chilling cold, which makes it a perfect new flavor for 7-Eleven Inc.’s iconic Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated drink. Now

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United Family Expands Guest Engagement Program

Rewards program launched in Dallas/Fort Worth now available chain-wide. The United Family announced the expansion of its Rewards program to West Texas guests of all United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations. The free program launched at all seven Dallas/Fort Worth Market Street locations in April, and offers guests a customized

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Breaking: LOGIC Captures No. 1 Position For Electronic Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced today the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand has captured the No. 1 position in the U.S. for unit share in convenience stores nationwide. Additionally, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong hold on the No. 2 rank for dollar share across the U.S.

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Details On Tri-Mart Acquisition

President Jim Schroeder weighs in on Tri-Mart’s future, following acquisition.  By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor TMC Holdings, an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry, announced yesterday that it had acquired Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. TMC noted it expects to consolidate several distributors in the

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7-Eleven Hosts Charity Golf Outing

Benefits Gridiron Greats and The BTB Foundation. 7-Eleven Midwest Franchise Owners Association (MWFOA) is hosting its annual charity golf outing, which supports three very important not-for-profits: The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, The BTB Foundation, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course

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Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces

Offer payment solutions and services and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, global provider of retail petroleum technology, and VeriFone Systems Inc., the global provider of secure electronic payment solutions, are partnering to offer next generation forecourt payment solutions and to create the largest at-pump interactive digital media network worldwide. The two

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Consumer Traffic Impacts Restaurant Unit Growth

NPD Group finds visits to total and quick service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to the same period last year.  With little growth in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants, restaurant units grew less than 1% (.8%) in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, reports The NPD Group, a global information

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TMC Holdings Acquires Tri-Mart Corp.

TMC Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. The transaction closed July 25, 2014. TMC Holdings is an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry. TMC believes there is an opportunity to consolidate several distributors in the Midwest region into a platform

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Up

Wells Fargo notes Coca-Cola Co. dollar sales help buoy the CSD category. Nielsen reported that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales were up for the first time in over a year. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales were up +0.7% (-0.7% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Aug. 2, 2014,

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