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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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ExxonMobil Launches Mobile App Pilot In Nashville

Speedpass+ uses geo-location technology to locate and activate a pump for fueling. ExxonMobil has launched its ExxonMobil Speedpass+ Mobile Payment App pilot, effective Aug. 1, in Nashville, Tenn. at 27 locations. SpeedPass+, ExxonMobil’s mobile payment application, is designed to make paying at the pump quick and convenient.  Speedpass+ is a complement to ExxonMobil’s existing Speedpass

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Former Altria Executive to Lead LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the addition of Miguel Martin to its executive team. In his role as president, Martin will lead LOGIC Technology’s rapid growth, developing and implementing a strategic plan to accelerate LOGIC’s status as a leader in the electronic cigarette industry. “This is an exciting time for LOGIC Technology,

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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.

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e-Swisher Vapor Tour Hits the Road This Summer

Kicks off “Miami Weekend e-Scape” sweepstakes. e-Swisher takes its e-cigarettes and e-cigars on the road this summer visiting county fairs, outdoor festivals, rodeos and concerts throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida from July 27 through Sept. 28. The e-Swisher Vapor Tour will stop at key events where the e-Swisherettes will provide e-Swisher gear, coupons and samples

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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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Del Monte Fresh ‘Find Your Inner Chef’ Contest

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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

Ryko Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Jesse Wurth joins Ryko Solutions. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest provider of car wash equipment, cleaning solutions and technical service, has appointed Jesse Wurth as chief financial officer, responsible for the direction of all corporate accounting and financial functions, including the recently acquired operations of MacNeil Wash Systems in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Wurth joins

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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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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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Shell Reaches Deal to Reduce Pollution at Houston Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S.

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The 2014 NATSO Show Heads to Nashville

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, announced that its 2014 show, scheduled to be held Jan. 25-29, 2014, will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The NATSO Show is the premier gathering place for the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators

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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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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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C-Store Chains Battling in Baltimore

Competition among convenience store chains in the Baltimore area has heated up as retailers vie to win over consumers by redefining and expanding “convenience.” The ultra competitive market features heavyweight chains such as Royal Farms, along with Pennsylvania’s Wawa, High’s of Baltimore and 7-Eleven. All of the chains are rushing to build new stores, remodel

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