Citgo Gets 250,000 Barrels From Oil Reserve

The U.S. granted Citgo permission to pull 250,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because of the company’s inability to secure crude in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, The Associated Press reported. Venezuela’s government-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. said supplies to its refinery in Lake Charles, La., were cut off when the Calcasieu Ship

7-Eleven Awards Mars Snackfood U.S. ‘Retailer Initiative Award’

7-Eleven Inc. named Mars Snackfood U.S. the recipient of its Retailer Initiative Award for 2007, the company said. The annual honor recognizes a top supplier and partner who excels at supporting 7-Eleven stores in meeting their customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods, category management and creativity in advertising and promotional

IHOP’s OK With OJ

Five hundred IHOP restaurant locations in nine states are participating in a Florida Orange Juice Suggestive Sell Program developed specifically for IHOP by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) as a way to increase sales and profits, the companies said. IHOP’s Suggestive Sell Program starts Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 16, offering rewards for

Mississippi AG Eyes Up Price-Gougers

Attorney General Jim Hood is looking to clamp down on price-gouging gas station owners who he feels may be taking advantage of consumers during hurricanes, The Sun Herald in Mississippi reported. It’s against the law to take advantage of a state of emergency by hiking up prices, but Hood discovered before Gustav hit that some

Heineken USA Adds Newcastle

Heineken USA said it has assumed the rights to import, market and sell Newcastle Brown Ale in the U.S., adding one of the leading import brands to its roster. The addition to the Heineken USA portfolio serves as a platform for future growth and places the brand as one of the top national sales priorities

PCATS Teams With W. Capra

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and W. Capra Laboratories said they’ve established the PCATS interoperability Laboratory and Expanded Certification Program. PCATS signed a service agreement with Capra to provide technical assistance in developing conformance testing tools, as well as its interoperability laboratory and services for testing PCATS standards. Since 2003, PCATS technical

Profits Fall at Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reported a 32% drop in quarterly profit, primarily the result of a sluggish U.S. economy. The company also announced Richard Fortin was stepping down as chief financial officer, effective immediately, but will become chairman of the board on Oct 12. Raymond Pare,

Retail Gasoline Prices to Turn Higher After Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Wholesale prices for gasoline moved higher across the country just ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along the southern Louisiana coastline, as fear of potential supply disruptions caused by the one-time powerful Category 4 storm triggered increased buying that pushed up values. The increase in wholesale prices will

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

A-B Creates Non-Alcoholic Subsidiary

Anheuser-Busch has established a subsidiary called 9th Street Beverages LLC, which could help the company expand its non-alcohol business, including brands such as 180 Energy, BORBA Skin Balance Water, Icelandic Glacial and Monster. The new subsidiary will focus on reaching consumers of energy drinks, high-end waters and other non-alcohol specialty beverages. “With the success of

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

Wilson Farms Names Midstate Field Specialist

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms announced that it has promoted Jim Pinkert to perishable field specialist for the chain’s Midstate region. Pinkert began his employment with Wilson Farms in September 1988 and moved his way up from cart boy to store manager at Wilson Farms’ East Main Street location in Rochester. In his

New Mexico Sees Drop In C-Store Crimes

Crimes at convenience stores in New Mexico have dropped ever since the state imposed regulations in 2004 aimed at protecting workers in the stores, the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico reported. A state Environment Department study of convenience store crimes in six communities found slayings decreased by about 44% a year, while assaults and

C-Store X-Treme

California retailer Ed Komski is hoping his fuel stop will appeal to trucks that jump off sand dunes and kick up dirt as they rip through racetracks in the desert. Quads, motorcycles, sand rails and anything else fueled by adrenaline are welcomed, too, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. “We’re not a truck stop,” Komski told

Talent Management

Embracing the differences that minority candidates offer can help stores attract new customers.   I recently received a thin, white letter with the logo of my employer on it. While I have received many letters and packages from my employer, the thinnest of them all is, for me, the most important of them all. That’s

Bad Times Make for Good Habits

  Making the tough choices on employees and operations can be difficult, but well worth it in the end.     I read a great quote attributed to John Foster Dulles, the Secretary of State under President Eisenhower, which said, “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem, but whether it is

Sign of the Times

MDI Worldwide, the inventor of WindMaster, the first dual-spring, wind-resistant curb sign, is introducing a new compact-size WindMaster curb sign that holds 22- by 28-inch posters. Small, sporty and futuristic, the Mini WindMaster is loaded with the same features and functions as its larger predecessors: rolling base for easy handling; dual springs to withstand strong

Power and Performance

To help consumers power the high-tech devices they depend on, Energizer Holdings Inc. is introducing a second lithium battery to its portable power lineup: Energizer Advanced Lithium. Presented as the gateway to lithium technology and performance, Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, available in AA and AAA, last up to four times longer than traditional batteries. They

Better Brewing Through Technology

Brewmatic introduces the C-21 Premium Coffee Brewing System, offering user-friendly and full-featured technology for today’s c-store coffee needs. The C-21 series features an automatic intermittent brewing (AIB) system, which allows the coffee grounds to absorb water more evenly for a perfect extraction every time. A cold brew lock-out feature ensures that brewing will not begin

Taylor-Made FCBs

Taylor Co., a business unit of Carrier Corp., introduces Slushosity—a new merchandising program developed to help operators capitalize on the ever-growing frozen carbonated beverage (FCB) market. Taylor’s frozen carbonated beverage machines now have graphics that are as "cool" as the refreshing frozen beverages they dispense. These new, bright and exciting graphics create a sizzle that

Quick Cooking

Motion Technology Inc., the manufacturer of AutoFry and Multi Chef, announced the introduction of its new Multi Chef 7500PC high-speed oven. Multi-Chef’s patented rotary air impingement technology prepares a wide variety of foods in a fraction of the time of traditional convection ovens without the use of a microwave. The Multi-Chef 7500 is the latest

The Sweet Life

Most consumers can only dream of drinks and foods that are naturally sweetened, contain zero calories and also taste great. Now PepsiCo and Whole Earth Sweetener Co. are making that vision a reality. The two companies are partnering to introduce a breakthrough, zero-calorie, all-natural sweetener from the stevia plant called PureVia and it will debut

Signature Desserts and Entrees

The Signature Touch Topping Warmer from Server Products keeps syrups and sauces at the ideal serving temperature. The stylish unit makes it easy to add flair to entrees, desserts and coffee drinks. The warmer includes three 16-ounce plastic bottles and features a pre-calibrated adjustable thermostat for safe and efficient heating. The Signature Touch features a

Bib Appeal

Napkleen, a developer of disposable clothing protectors, has received two U.S. patents for its super-absorbent, disposable bib, which is placed on the shirt as a unique and dignified way to protect clothing from spills. A cost-effective alternative to napkins or bibs, Napkleen’s disposable product has an adhesive backing that adheres to any type of cloth

Serve the Underserved

Coinstar E-Payment Services offers complete Pay As You Go solutions designed for your shoppers. We offer products your customers want and sell year-round, from national and regional prepaid wireless programs to long distance and financial services including Prepaid MasterCard and Visa debit gift cards. Our flexible technology options including point-of-sale activation (POSA) terminals, POS integration

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