Archives for October 2008

Worsley Expands with TNS

Worsley Operating Corp. is extending its broadband network to cover the Lil Cricket brand it acquired earlier this year, after signing a new deal with Transaction Network Services. The new deal builds on the success Worsley has achieved with TNS’ FusionPoint solution since switching to broadband just two years ago. Based in Wilmington, N.C., Worsley

Fresh & Easy Adds 11 Stores in Arizona

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said it has announced the locations of an additional 11 Fresh & Easy markets in Arizona. The convenience chain, a spinoff of UK-based Tesco, has 26 stores operating in that state, with another store scheduled to open Nov. 13. All 11 of the newly announced sites are in Phoenix and

Cumberland Assists Food Drive

Canton, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is partnering with the 4-H organization in that state for a food drive to benefit food pantries, the Boston Globe reported. The food drive will run through Nov.15, allowing residents to drop off non-perishable food at any of the 190 Cumberland Farms stores in Massachusetts, the Globe reported. The 4-H members

Altria Revenues Up

Altria Group Inc. said its third-quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were up 15% versus the third quarter last year ($0.46 versus $0.40), while net revenues increased 5% to reach $5.2 billion. The company’s operating income increased 8.8% to $1.3 billion, primarily driven by higher operating companies income and lower general corporate expenses.

Commonwealth Bolstering Sales Force

Kentucky-based Commonwealth Brands Inc. has announced plans to “significantly expand” its U.S. sales force. A wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based Imperial Tobacco Group, Commonwealth is currently the fourth-largest cigarette and fine-cut tobacco manufacturer in the U.S. The announcement comes 18 months after Imperial acquired Commonwealth, and follows the introduction of several new brands to the

Children of the Corn?

A new survey by Mintel researchers indicates that health trends are beginning to impact awareness, and the “eat fresh” concept may be making headway with today’s youth. Indeed, the survey suggests adolescent’s food perceptions and actual eating habits may not be as dire as many adults thought. Asked why they eat what they eat, Mintel

Food-purchase Quantity, Quality Taking A Hit

A new survey by Princeton, N.J.-based Opinion Research Corp. said 67% of people polled nationwide feel that food prices have increased significantly in the last year, and 58% say they’ve had to make cuts to food purchases as a result, the Atlanta Business Journal reported. The New Jersey firm conducted the survey for Minnesota-based Hormel

Slashing The Price To Zero

"We never thought this day would come," said Tony Jacobs, vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper. "But now that it’s here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us." Dr Pepper is aiming to give free soda coupons to every American when the new Guns N’ Roses album is released on Nov.

ICA Names New Executive Director

The International Carwash Association (ICA) Board of Directors said Associate Executive Director Eric Wulf will assume the role of Executive Director and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2009. Wulf succeeds Mark Thorsby who served as executive director of the organization for more than 15 years. “We are thrilled to see Eric take the reigns of the

Capital Oil & Gas Acquires 16 Sites

Florida-based Capital Oil & Gas said its senior management has agreed to acquire and lease 16 retail locations, including retail gasoline stations that have convenience stores and fast-food operations. The decisions jives with the company’s overall strategy to become a key retailer for consumer-related petroleum products, such as the “lucrative ancillary consumer services” found in

ConocoPhillips Profits Rise

Houston, Texas-based ConocoPhillips posted a 41% profit increase to exceed analyst estimates after gains in petroleum prices made up for a drop in production, Bloomberg news reported. ConocoPhillips said its third-quarter net income of $5.19 billion, or $3.39 per share, compared to $3.67 billion ($2.23 per share) in the same quarter last year. Revenues were

Hot Stuff Foods Unveils ‘Store of the Future’

Hot Stuff Foods unveiled its Store of the Future at the 2008 NACS Show in Chicago this past month, a program offering an entirely new food-solutions initiative. It’s designed to provide multiple food solutions, or “touch points,” for increased convenience and store profitability, says Neal Hollingsworth, Hot Stuff’s executive vice president of marketing. “The six-point

Atlas Oil Named a “Top Workplace”

Atlas Oil Co., a c-store and petroleum marketer and distributor in 17 states, is standing tall after being voted by the Detroit Free Press as one of the newspaper’s top employers in the Detroit market. The 2008 “Top Workplace” list identifies the leading workplaces based upon employee opinions. Atlas emerged as one of the standouts

Fuel Falling Fast

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices across the U.S. continue to move lower at the fastest rate in history, with consumers in many parts of the country already pulling up to pumps showing gasoline below $3 gallon. The national average is poised to break below $3 gallon, which would be

Spicing Up Roller Grill

Lettieri’s customers are finding out that less can mean more–more roller grill space, more customer choices and more profit potential–that’s because Lettieri’s has added a smaller (6-inch) version of its popular Stuffed Bread Stix to the menu. The new six-inch Stuffed Bread Stix allows more facings on a roller grill, thus maximizing space and allowing

IBWA Announces Industry Awards

Leaders in the bottled water industry were recognized by the International Bottled Water Association at the organization’s 2008 IBWA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas this month. IBWA recognized its 2008 Award recipients for Route Salesperson of the Year, Plant Manager of the Year and Director’s Awards and Environmental Stewardship. New this year was

Spicing Up Roller Grill

Lettieri’s customers are finding out that less can mean more–more roller grill space, more customer choices and more profit potential–that’s because Lettieri’s has added a smaller (6-inch) version of its popular Stuffed Bread Stix to the menu. The new six-inch Stuffed Bread Stix allows more facings on a roller grill, thus maximizing space and allowing

A Twist On The Menu

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores is in the midst of record growth for new stores, but it’s seeing new changes inside existing stores as well. The family-owned company said it has augmented its foodservice offerings by adding a few local favorites to the menu: warm butter pretzels and funnel cakes. “We’re constantly looking for new

Kansas Cigarette Wholesaler Charged In $25M Fraud

The owner of a Kansas wholesale tobacco company and his business associates have been charged in a 43-count federal indictment for a scheme to avoid paying taxes on cigarettes that cost the state of Oklahoma and Indian tribes $25 million in tax revenue, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Kansas District. The investigation was

Dunkin’ Donuts: We beat Starbucks In Independent Taste Test

An independent taste test of coffee drinkers in ten major U.S. markets shows a significant majority of participants prefer Dunkin’ Donuts coffee over Starbucks, according to the Dunkin’ Donuts Web site. A&G Research Inc. – under the counsel of claims test advisor Al Ossip – conducted the taste test in May and June in Atlanta,

Texas Communities Grapple With Gas-Station Skimming

Star Community Newspapers in Plano, Texas, reported that police this past month started receiving reports of a national scam hitting the city: thieves snagging PIN codes and accessing fast cash. Jerry Minton, Plano forgery and fraud detective, told Star Community Newspapers that 45 cases are currently being investigated. The scam has affected people nationwide, too,

Mars Launches Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling

Mars Inc. said it has become the first confectionery company in the U.S. to voluntarily implement Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) nutrition labeling on all of its chocolate, non-chocolate confectionery and other food products. The company said all of its packages will be redesigned to feature new graphics on the front and back of packages, offering

Wisconsin C-store Rewards E85 Customers

A United Cooperative Cenex store in Poynette, Wis., is giving free gift cards to 85 customers who purchase at least 8.5 gallons of E85 fuel on Oct. 25. The company said the giveaway is part of a statewide initiative to recognize “ethanol’s positive affect on Wisconsin’s economy, the air we breathe, and reducing our dependence

ConocoPhillips, Penn State Award Prize For Energy Innovation

ConocoPhillips and Penn State have awarded the first ConocoPhillips Energy Prize to David A. Gonzales II to further develop the “Layered MagWheel,” a new technology that provides magnetic acceleration and frictionless braking for vehicles and ultimately increases energy conversion and efficiency. 

 This year marks the inaugural year of the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize, which recognizes

C-store Owner Faces 10 Years To Life For Ephedrine Sales

A jury in Cherokee County, Ga., has found a convenience store owner guilty of supplying precursor chemicals that could be used to make methamphetamine, according to newspapers and the district attorney in that area. Patricia Ramsey Jenkins, 59, of Collinsville, was found guilty on 10 felony counts of supplying chemicals with the knowledge that they