Two Beverage, Cigarette Analysts To Speak At Oct. 30 NECSA Event

This year’s New England Convenience Store Assn. (NECSA) annual meeting, on Thursday, Oct. 30, will feature category updates from a nationally recognized expert and a presentation on the concept of sustainability. The event will be held at the Hilton Boston Dedham Hotel in Dedham, Mass.

Bonnie Herzog, managing director and senior tobacco, beverage and convenience store analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, and Mike Elmer, director of capabilities for Coca-Cola Bottling Co., will be the featured speakers at the event. Ms. Herzog will discuss the current trends in the beverage and tobacco and e-cigarette sectors of the convenience store market with an emphasis on the New England region. Mr. Elmer will be presenting an overview of Coca-Cola’s sustainability initiatives and corporate commitment to responsible marketing, The day’s events begin at 11 a.m. with registration followed by the NECSA Annual Meeting at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., a 1-1:45 p.m. presentation by Ms. Herzog and 2 p.m. presentation by Mr. Elmer. The event will conclude with a cocktail reception from 3-4 p.m.

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Retailers Invited To ‘Building Blocks’ Forum Dec. 3 In Tarrytown, N.Y.

Timely education is the focus of the second annual “Building Blocks for Today’s Neighborhood Retailers” taking place Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Presented by the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) it’s a one-day laboratory of learning, networking and product sourcing for retailers from the Hudson Valley, Metro New York, western Connecticut and surrounding areas.

“In today’s regulatory and competitive environment, success is really hard for neighborhood retailers to achieve — especially in New York State,” said NYACS President Jim Calvin. “This forum provides practical knowledge, resources and key contacts you can use to build your business.”

“Building Blocks” will offer 10 free workshops for owners, operators and managers of convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, bodegas, newsstands, smoke shops, truck stops, college stores and other retail formats. These one-hour workshops will be presented during two time blocks — 2 to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. In between, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., retail attendees will browse tabletop exhibits by leading suppliers and service providers and enter drawings every 10 minutes for cash prizes totaling $1,000. Workshop titles include: “Surviving a Sales Tax Audit,” “Robbery Deterrence & Safety: Protecting Your People and Your Business,” “How EMV Card Processing Will Impact Independent Retailers,” “Maximizing Your Lottery Sales Program,” “Retail Entrepreneurship 101,” “Understanding the Rapidly Changing Vaping Category” and “Your Gas Station and the New Petroleum Bulk Storage Regs.” Admission for retailers is free, but pre-registration is requested. For workshop descriptions, directions and to pre-register, call 800-336-9227 or visit nyacs.org.

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San Francisco To Require Carbon Labels At Gas Stations

The California cities of San Francisco and Berkeley will require a new “carbon label” on the gas nozzle. San Francisco and Berkeley both passed legislation requiring gas station owners to put “climate change warning labels” on all gas pump nozzles. Labels will be required in those two cities beginning March 1, 2015, and stations that don’t comply risk fines of $100 to $500.

The labels say how much carbon dioxide is emitted for every gallon of gas burned. “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that a typical passenger vehicle burning one gallon of fuel produces on average almost 20 pounds of tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2), which the EPA has determined is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change. This is a message from the city and county of San Francisco.”

Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) President Catherine Reheis-Boyd has described the rule as a violation of gas station owners’ First Amendment rights, as she noted the government can’t force a business to state information unless it prevents consumer deception.

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Jerry Weiner, vice president of food service at Rutter’s, was presented a special plaque by the National Assn. of Convenience Stores for his 40-plus years of service to the industry.

• Sheetz customers can once again buy a six-pack of beer in Shippensburg, Pa. On Oct. 17, the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas upheld the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s decision to grant Sheetz the license at the Shippensburg store.

• Gulf Oil LP announced the formation of the Pink Ribbon Gift Card, a new initiative that will generate up to $25,000 a year in increased assistance for the fight against breast cancer. For every gift card purchased valued at $50 or more, Gulf will make a $1 donation to the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program.

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