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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Higher While Futures Slide

By Brian Milne,  Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. mostly increased during the week-ended St. Patrick’s Day, with supplier postings lower in the Rockies, while the gasoline futures contract slid to its lowest point since the end of February on a decline by global and U.S.

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Love’s Debuts New Travel Stop Model

With an efficient design and a range of amenities, the new store positions Love’s for future growth. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted a new travel stop model with the opening of its new store in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385. The travel stop opened on Thursday, March 13, and offers a more efficient design

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Getty Divesting 47 Retail Properties In Eight States

NRC and Getty Realty Corp. to conduct sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) announced that it has been retained again by Getty Realty Corp. to coordinate the divestiture of 16 gasoline stations, 29 commercial and retail properties formerly used as gas stations and two industrial sites in Connecticut (3), Illinois (1),

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Snacking Presents New Ways To Drive Traffic and Sales

Today a wider range of foods—and beverages—are now viewed as snacks, according to a report by Technomic. Snack consumption is on the rise, as half of today’s consumers (51%) say that they eat snacks at least twice a day, an increase from the 48% who said the same in 2012. And about a third of

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Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America

Dannon and Del Monte also pledge to make healthy choices more accessible. On Day Two of PHA’s annual Summit, three groups announce new commitments aimed at ending the childhood obesity epidemic During the second day of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)’s Building a Healthier Future Summit, Dannon, Del Monte and Kwik Trip announced

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CST Brands Inc. Names New Board Member

“We are thrilled to add an individual with Stephen’s background to our Board,” says chairman and CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. has announced that a new member has joined its board of directors. Stephen Smith, former co-CEO of the Toronto-based restaurant chain owner and operator, Cara Operations Limited, has been elected to the

Last Chance to Take the 2014 CSD/Kleiman HR Human Resources Benchmarking Survey

In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for the new year, Convenience Store Decisions and Kleiman HR are collaborating for the 6th consecutive year to provide insight into the industry’s human resources practices. Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with human resources expert Mel Kleiman is launching a confidential online survey

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Republic Tobacco And Johnson Creek Announce “Strategic Endeavor”

“Our customers should be very pleased that Republic is stepping into the forefront of the ‘e’ category with such an outstanding producer as Johnson Creek,” notes Republic Tobacco president. Johnson Creek Enterprises LLC, makers of America’s No. 1 Smoke Juice used in e-cigarettes around the world, has announced a new strategic endeavor with Republic Tobacco,

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Workers Hit McDonald’s with Multiple Class-Action Suits

Alleging widespread wage theft, lawsuit comes as Congress examines fast-food giant’s pay practices. Workers this week filed class-action lawsuits in California, Michigan and New York claiming McDonald’s is systematically stealing employees’ wages by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other practices. The

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NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

“Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day,” says NACS president and CEO. Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as

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NCA Industry Awards Honor Dean Spangler, Katherine Clark

Spangler and Clark recognized for dedication, leadership and inspiration. During its State of the Industry Conference in Miami last week, the National Confectioners Association honored Dean Spangler, chairman of Spangler Candy Company, and Katherine Clark, vice president of Sales for Capol LLC, with its Distinguished Service and Supplier Member of the Year Awards, respectively. Spangler,

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First Data Releases February 2014 SpendTrend Analysis

Harsh winter weather continued to subdue consumer spending growth in February. First Data Corp., a global supplier of payment technology and services solutions, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1-28, 2014, compared to Feb. 1- 28, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and

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The Pantry Announces Preliminary BOD Election Results

Dissident group’s concerns fail to change stockholders’ votes. The Pantry Inc. announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the Annual Meeting of Stockholders, stockholders have voted to elect Thomas Dickson, Todd Diener, Wifred Finnegan, Kathleen Guion, Dennis Hatchell, Terry McElroy, Mark Miles, James Pappas and Joshua Schechter to

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Consumers Remain Optimistic

Economic optimism continues even as gas prices climb. Despite a sharp increase in gas prices over the past month and consumer expectations that prices will climb higher over the next 30 days, consumers continue to feel optimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer

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Technomic Releases Report On Trends in Adult Beverages

Whiskey surges as vodka slows, beer market evolves and domestics dominate wine. Declines in beer, the continued premiumization and price inflation across the industry is resulting in dollar increases and volume declines, according to Technomic’s just-released Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report: 2014 State of the Industry. Per capita consumption, volume and dollars rose for

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NCCR Fights Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

“Raising the minimum wage would result in significant job losses for the workers who are most in need of a leg-up in this time of high unemployment,” notes NCCR executive director. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) issued the following comments from Executive Director Rob Green on the hearing held this week by the

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Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame

“These retailers embraced the idea that retailers need to take control of their technology future, and work closely with suppliers to create efficient and capable enterprise systems,” says executive director of PCATS. PCATS has announced that three convenience and fuel retailing industry pioneers are being inducted into the PCATS Hall of Fame: Henry Armour, president

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Starbucks Takes App To Next Level

Digital tipping has been a top suggestion that Starbucks is now adopting. Starbucks announced upcoming enhancements to its mobile app for iPhone, which will extend the company’s leadership in mobile payment and allow customers to recognize Starbucks partners (employees) with a tip directly from the Starbucks App for iPhone. Beginning March 19, customers using Starbucks

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Speedy Q Markets Chooses PriceAdvantage

“We needed a solution that would allow us to remain competitive in markets where prices are changing multiple times a day,” notes Speedy Q president. Speedy Q Markets is now using PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuels price management solution. Speedy Q Markets uses PriceAdvantage SNAP Analytics to analyze store and market performance, including

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Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

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Prestige Packaging Named 2013 Supplier of the Year

Award from Lil’ Drug Store Products recognizes quality, value and service achievements in packaging over-the-counter health care products for top supplier to convenience retailing channel. Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a supplier of global consumer products, has named Prestige Packaging of Ft. Myers, Fla. as its 2013 Supplier of the Year.  The award recognizes

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IRI Releases 2013 New Product Pacesetters Report

Lists most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2013. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), has announced the most successful consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2013 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. With 190,000 new UPCs and 9,500 new brand launches hitting the

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Mobile Payments Customers Spend More Through Digital Channels

Survey shows concerns over security, privacy and convenience keep 80% of consumers from using mobile payments. While the ubiquity of mobile devices in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Spain has created a widespread platform for using mobile payments, a revolution is being held back because consumers do not yet find mobile payments secure, private

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CEFCO Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has announced that CEFCO Convenience Stores in 15 markets will be raising funds March 5-April 30 for vital pediatric equipment, treatments, therapy programs and charitable care to benefit local sick and injured kids. Now through April 30, CEFCO employees are

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Restaurant Breakfast Visits Grow

Lunch and dinner visits decline, reports NPD.  U.S. consumers cut back on their restaurant visits at lunch and supper in 2013, but increased their visits at breakfast for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Over 12.5 billion breakfast visits were made to U.S. foodservice outlets last year, a 3%

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