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Outages at Refineries in California to Lift State’s Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A string of outages at refineries in California during the first week of September spiked spot gasoline prices in the state with those costs to be passed through the supply chain to retail outlets, pushing pump prices there higher despite a lower trending New York Mercantile Exchange

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U.S. Gasoline Market Exits Peak Demand Season

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The session before expiring on the last business day of August, the September gasoline futures contract rallied to a $3.1095 gallon six-week high on the spot continuation chart, spurred higher by concern over U.S. military intervention in Syria in response to evidence the Syrian government used the

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KickBack Rewards Systems Kicks Off Fantasy Football Season

Cardholders can build their Fantasy Football team when using their KickBack card at participating locations and will compete against other KickBack cardholders for a chance to win two tickets to The Big Bowl Game, February 2, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium. With the start of the 2013 National Football League season, KickBack Rewards Systems is

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U.S. Gasoline Demand shows Summer Sizzle

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to a five-week low Aug. 12, but the futures contract for gasoline then gained more than 6.0cts during the week-ended Aug. 16, with the 2.1% advance supporting higher wholesale costs in a number of metropolitan markets. A decline in pass through costs

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Strongbow Holiday Retail Program Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. This fall, Strongbow is taking the lead as the catalyst for “Golden” holiday experiences by inviting men and women, 21 and older, to choose Strongbow as the brand of choice to elevate their planned

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The National Advisory Group Appoints John Lofstock as Executive Director

The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has appointed John Lofstock as Executive Director. In this role, Lofstock will oversee all of NAG’s educational content, membership, the group’s annual conference and the Young Executive Organization (YEO). Lofstock will also continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and

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Fading Summer Weighs on Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Although wholesale costs gained sharply Aug. 9 due to a late week rally by the benchmark futures contract, the trend for gasoline prices is pointed down for the rest of the summer unless some unexpected event, such as shut refining capacity, a geopolitical flare-up, or hurricane frustrate

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as July Nears End

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed with a downside bias for the week-ended Monday (7/29), pressured by a selloff in New York Mercantile Exchange Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures from a four-month registered July 19. The mostly lower wholesale costs won’t, however, translate into lower retail prices

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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).

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Limited Edition Newcastle Werewolf Returns to Stores This Fall

Newcastle Brown Ale, the leading imported ale in the U.S., today announces that it is bringing back its popular Newcastle Werewolf limited edition brew just as the heat of summer fades to the cooler days of fall. On shelves from August through October, Werewolf is a dual-character, “blood red” ale that starts smooth and mellow

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Dos Equis Unmasks 2013 Masquerade Program

Dos Equis, the fastest growing premium Mexican beer in the U.S., is unveiling the details of this fall’s Masquerade program that will hit retail and on-premise accounts beginning September 1st. Set to coincide with this fall’s entertaining season, Dos Equis Masquerade entices consumers, 21 and older, to take their Halloween celebrations to a new level

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Maverik Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2013 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

The Salt Lake City-based chain will be honored at a private gala in Atlanta during The NACS Show in October. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by a service-first mantra to satisfy their customers.

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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

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e-Swisher Bets Big with World Series of Poker Partnership

Through an exclusive two-year agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, e-Swisher has been named the Official e-Cigarette of the World Series of Poker. Taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 29 to July 15, 2013, the 2013 World Series of Poker will have a record 480 poker tables spread

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Embracing the Technology Revolution

By John Lofstock, Editor There is a rather humorous story behind Simon and Garfunkel’s song Mrs. Robinson that goes beyond the art of seduction. In the popular song, the legendary musical duo asks, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” DiMaggio, of course, needed no introduction when the

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Chicago Gas Station Owner Sentenced in Sales Tax Fraud Case

A suburban Chicago gas station owner was sentenced to a two-year prison term for underreporting Illinois sales taxes by nearly $1 million. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Department of Revenue announced that it was one of the largest gasoline sales tax fraud cases since the state started cracking down on gas station owners

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Sheetz Breaks Ground on N.C. Distribution Center

Sheetz Convenience Restaurants will break ground on its highly-anticipated new distribution and production center today in Burlington, N.C. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the site. Sheetz President and CEO, Stan Sheetz; Executive Vice President of Sheetz Distribution Services, Ray Ryan; and the new Sheetz Director of the Burlington Distribution Center, Frank Scott, will

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IRI Identifies Opportunities in the C-Store Channel

The convenience store channel has long been a destination for immediate consumption purchases. However, the channel is undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis these days. Competition is heating up as convenience stores are pitted against other channels, particularly dollar and drug channels, for share of spending. In addition, two major sources of revenue and trip

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Kangaroo Express Takes Flight to Support Salute Our Troops

The Pantry Inc., the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has named its Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Flugtag Team to test gravity’s limits on a custom-made aviation machine in honor of our military service members and their families at the first-ever National Red Bull Flugtag competition in Miami on Sept.

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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Seasoned Jerky

Just in time for summer, Jack Link’s, the leading U.S. meat snacks brand, has introduced its new Jack Link’s BBQ Pork Jerky–a great-tasting, high-protein snack that allows consumers to enjoy the smoky, tangy flavors of authentic American barbecue with a whole new level of convenience. “Summer is right around the corner, and what better way

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Canada Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Canadian police for their recent seizure of cash, an automobile and 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor, Ontario area. “The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity

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Kroger to Acquire Harris Teeter for $2.5 Billion

The Kroger Co. reached a deal yesterday to acquire regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. in a $2.5 billion deal, the latest in a string of grocery industry consolidations. The deal, approved by the boards of both companies, is expected to boost Kroger’s presence in the U.S. southeast. Competitors there include Publix and Wal-Mart Stores

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Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Three-week campaign benefits 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states. Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience store employees and customers showed their dedication to their community’s kids by raising a total of $1,237,500 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals. This year’s campaign increased 14% over

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