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DEC 2016

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | DECEMBER 2016 | Convenience Store News 19 legislative corner Voters who headed to the polls on Nov. 8 checked "yes" on ballot measures in four states that will usher in minimum-wage increases over the next few years. In Arizona, voters gave a collective thumbs-up to Proposition 206, also known as The Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative. The measure — approved by a 59 percent to 41 percent tally — will raise the state's minimum wage to $10 in 2017, and then incremen- tally to $12 by 2020. Arizona's current hourly wage is $8.05. It also creates the right to paid sick time off from employ- ment. This component of the law will go into effect July 1, 2017. Staying in the west, Colorado voters approved Amendment 70 — 54.4 percent of those at the polls voted yes. The measure raises the minimum wage from $8.31 to $9.30 per hour in 2017, and then increases it by another 90 cents each year until the wage reaches $12 in 2020. In Washington State, 59 percent of voters checked the "yes" box for The Washington Minimum Wage Increase, also known as Initiative 1433. The mea- sure increases the state's minimum wage from $9.47 to $13.50 by 2020, and man- dates that employers offer paid sick leave. This hourly wage hike was the largest one on the ballot in this year's election. Moving to the east, Maine voters sup- ported The Maine Minimum Wage Increase, also known as Question 4. The initiative will gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $12 by 2020. Maine's minimum wage now stands at $7.50. supplier tidbits n Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) rejected a $47-billion acquisition offer from British American Tobacco plc (BAT). The company deemed the offer amount too low. BAT already owns 42.2 percent of RAI. n Altria Group Inc.'s operating company John Middleton Co. will transfer its existing operations in Pennsylvania to Richmond, Va. In addition, Altria operating company U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. will transfer its current Illinois operations to a Nashville, Tenn., facility and the Altria Group manufacturing center site in Richmond. n PepsiCo Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. are the top beverage companies on the 2016 Kantar Retailer PoweRanking list at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. This marks their highest-ever historical rankings in the annual benchmarking study. n Heineken USA Inc. will launch Five Points Trading Co., a new venture aimed at incubating a range of popular global beers in the United States. Five Points Trading Co. will assume U.S. importer of record responsibility for Red Stripe, Tiger, Birra Moretti, Affligem, Murphy's Stout, Prestige, Sagres, and Mort Subite. n Talking Rain Beverage Co., maker of Sparkling Ice, teamed with DreamWorks Animation in support of the November release of the film "Trolls." Sparkling Ice kicked off an "UnconTROLLable Flavor" campaign that includes a sweepstakes, limited-edition product packaging, advertising and in- store marketing support. n Swedish Match held a grand-opening celebration for its newly expanded Owensboro Research & Development Center in Owensboro, Ky. The $3.5-mil- lion, 10,000-square-foot expansion includes a two- story manufacturing facility. Election 2016 Brings Wage Increases in Four States Washington State hike was the largest one on the ballot this year

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