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VERC Enterprises Opens Newly Renovated Store

Customers will find a much larger Dunkin’ Donuts, newly-renovated restrooms and a more spacious look and feel to the store. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Massachusetts, has completed extensive renovations of its Kingston location, which has now re-opened for business. “We believe people will really like our new

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American Gas And Oil Expands CITGO Brand In Western Michigan

Local CITGO marketer hosts grand opening events to celebrate new stations. Local CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil (AGO) and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are converting 19 locally-owned gas stations across western Michigan to the CITGO brand. The conversion expands the company’s network of CITGO locations to 27, with the newly branded stations featuring fresh service

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On E-Cig Outlook

Altria takes number three spot, driven by MarkTen rollout. E-cig dollar sales declined (-12.9% in the period ending July 5, 2014), driven by net pricing decline of 13.4% and unit growth of 0.5%. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported it is optimistic that national rollouts of MarkTen and Vuse could re-ignite category growth. Average equal price

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Chevron’s Hosick Named Network Executive of Women’s Board Chair

“Her keen dedication to our mission to recruit, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry is unsurpassed,” says CEO of NEW. Elizabeth “Betsy” Hosick has been promoted from vice chair to board chair of the Network of Executive Women (NEW). Hosick, who has previously served as the NEW’s secretary and treasurer,

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Stripes Revamps Website

New site focuses on food offerings, with a big emphasis on design. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Stripes Stores has launched a new company Website, complete with colorful graphics and detailed information about its food and beverage offerings. The site debuted on July 22. New features include photos and information about Stripes Stores’ proprietary products,

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Technomic Study Shows Generational Preferences In Food

Gen Zers and Millennials tend to be more optimistic about and reliant on foodservice. Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers total about 74% of the U.S. population—and make up the bulk of today’s foodservice consumers. Technomic recently examined the needs and behaviors of each generation—including its very first look at Generation Z—to uncover

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Judge Bars FDA From Using TPSAC Menthol Report

Requires appointment of new TPSAC members. Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon has issued a decision requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to appoint new members to the Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) and prohibiting the agency from using the report prepared by the TPSAC on the impact of the use of menthol

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AATAC Partners With Smokio

New partnership supports company expansion in U.S. after significant success in Europe. Smokio, the world’s first connected electronic cigarette that synchronizes automatically with users’ smartphones, has partnered with Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC), an organization designed to build partnerships between convenience stores and manufacturers. “We are very proud to partner with AATAC to be

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The Hub Set To Open First Location This Fall

New convenience store to put heavy focus on food, aims to grow in North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. The Hub Convenience Stores, is set to open its first location—a travel center—this October in Dickinson, N.D. The Hub’s model combines a flexible format—including a travel center, truck stop and c-store prototype that can be

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More Details On Ricker Oil inOvationTV Media Expansion

Site-specific ads on inOvationTV media platform promote Ricker Pop. The inOvationTV media program, a forecourt media platform offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fueling dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, and Gas Station TV (GSTV), America’s No. 1 video network at the pump, continues its

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U.S. Restaurant Traffic Remains In The Doldrums

Spending conscious low- and middle-income consumers keep visits from growing. U.S. consumers made some 61 billion visits to restaurants in the year ending May 2014. No question that’s a lot of visits, the issue is that they have been making that same amount of visits for quite a while now and it’s still below the

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Heineken Debuts “Best Tasting Light Beer” Campaign

Campaign features Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken Light, the “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” winner at the 2013 World Beer Championships, is launching its “Best Tasting Light” campaign featuring three-time Emmy award winner and Tony award winner and host, Neil Patrick Harris. Heineken will partner with Harris to introduce consumers to the reformulated Heineken Light and

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage Outlook

Energy category seeing soft growth but Wells Fargo predicts numbers will rebound. Carbonated soft drink sales (excluding energy) were soft in the U.S. c-store channel— up only +0.2% (+0.4% for prior 12-weeks) during the four-week period ended July 5, 2014, driven by average equal price growth of +3.8%, offset by equal unit volume declines of

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Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas

Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

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Wawa To Close First Store

After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

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Speculators Unload Long Positions in Gasoline Contract

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Speculators holding positions in the U.S. gasoline contract unwound 30% of their bets that gasoline prices in the United States would increase, with the gasoline contract dropping to a 3-1/2 month low mid-July as the market looks to higher refinery runs offsetting peak seasonal demand. Nearest delivered

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Ricker Oil Co. Adds Wayne inOvationTV

New locations in Indiana to receive Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers. Ricker Oil Co., operator of 50 Ricker’s convenience stores and fueling locations in Indiana is installing new Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers, equipped with the inOvation media program—at sites currently in development in central Indiana. Ricker’s has previously installed the inOvationTV media program at a number

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Guttman Energy Sells Propane and Lubricants Division

Matrix provides merger and acquisition advisory services to Guttman. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has advised Guttman Energy Inc. on the successful sale of its Columbus, Ohio-based propane and lubricants division, doing business as Guttman Oil Co. Guttman Oil-Columbus Division sells propane and lubricants to a variety of residential, commercial and industrial customers located throughout

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Sever Products Promotes Rayburn

Rayburn to lead engineering team and product development initiatives. Server Products has announced the promotion of John Rayburn to director of engineering & product development. In the capacity of director of engineering & product development, John Rayburn will be responsible for leading Server Products’ engineering team and product development initiatives. Rayburn has been with Server

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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee

The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Rattler’s Poised For Growth

The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting a grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. Rattler’s Convenience Stores, with 11 locations in Texas, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size to accommodate today’s competitive market. The chain is

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Tesco’s CEO Clarke Replaced By Unilever Executive

Clarke exits after second profit warning in three years. Tesco has announced that its Chief Executive Philip Clarke is leaving the company in October to be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis, following a new profit warning for the U.K. retailer. Tesco said on Monday that trading in recent weeks had been more challenging than

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Corner Store Adds Spice to Summer Menu

New puff pies and whoopie pies feature kick of sriracha. Corner Store is kicking up the spice in its summer offerings and promotions, introducing sriracha sauce and a culinary twist in its new savory puff pies and sweet whoopie pies. The new Sriracha Club Puff Pie is a flaky, buttery pastry filled with piping hot

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7-Eleven Increases Franchise Incentive For Military Veterans

Recent veterans enjoy a 20% franchising-fee discount. Recognized as “military friendly” by multiple veterans’ organizations and publications, 7-Eleven Inc. is serious about growing its franchisee ranks with qualified military veterans. The world’s largest convenience retailer has increased its franchising-fee discount to 20% capped at $50,000 as an added incentive for qualified veterans who have left

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Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places

Smoking bans now also apply to electronic cigarettes. The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported. The Ohio-based city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor areas such as parks, community gardens, and within 150 feet

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