Archives for March 2009

NOCO Promotes Two

NOCO Energy Corp. announced the promotions of Terry Messmer to director of merchandising and Pat Zelechoski to category manager within the company’s NOCO Express division. In his new role as director of merchandising for the retail group, Messmer will continue to oversee the merchandise programs for NOCO Express and the Nickel City Food Service program.

Core-Mark Ups the Ante on Freshness

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest and most valued marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience industry in North America, unveiled its new brand initiative and visual identity. This re-branding affirms Core-Mark’s commitment to its “fresh” initiatives and to the importance of this category to its customers and the industry.

Fuel Pros Aligns With PDQ

PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of touch-free vehicle wash systems, has appointed Fuel Pros Inc., as a non-exclusive distributor serving the Southern California market. Chino, Calif.-based Fuel Pros, Inc., will distribute PDQ’s full range of products, including LaserWash and Tandem RiteTouch vehicle wash systems, MaxAir dryers, Access Customer Management Systems, Wash Access Loyalty Systems (WALS),

Cumberland Farm Unveils Northeast Prototype

Life is about to get a lot easier for busy Connecticut residents with the grand opening of a new Cumberland Farms in Farmington. For those customers whose days typically include multiple stops around town for cash, a fresh sandwich, a hot coffee and a full gas tank, this flagship Cumberland Farms is a one-stop for

Cumberland Farm Unveils Northeast Prototype

Life is about to get a lot easier for busy Connecticut residents with the grand opening of a new Cumberland Farms in Farmington. For those customers whose days typically include multiple stops around town for cash, a fresh sandwich, a hot coffee and a full gas tank, this flagship Cumberland Farms is a one-stop for

Free Gas at Mystery Phillips 66 Station

Atlas Oil Co.. Kingdom Christian Center Church and WYPW Power 95.7 FM, will be giving away $15.00 worth of free gas to each of the first 200 customers at an undisclosed South Bend, Ind. Phillips 66 gas station on Sunday, March. The radio station will announce the exact location for the giveaway on-air, just minutes

Ocean Petroleum Closes on BP Deal

Ocean Petroleum, a Maryland-based jobber and store operator, has finalized its acquisition of a package of BP branded retail sites in New Jersey. “We are excited to have completed this last piece of our overall BP acquisition and look forward to the full integration of this quality block of stores into our retail business,” said

Rutter’s Enhances its Convenience Offering

Rutter’s Farm Stores are known for the high-quality and outstanding customer service. At each of its 54 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Rutter’s features a robust, extensive foodservice offering and touch-free restrooms. Even the size of the stores–about 5,300 square feet–puts them in an elite class of convenience store operators. All of this translates to an average

7-Eleven Expands Relationship with Nielsen

7-Eleven, Inc., the nation’s largest convenience retailer, signed an agreement with The Nielsen Co., enabling the research firm to serve as a source for convenience store manufacturers seeking market data aligned to 7-Eleven custom geography definitions. A leader in convenience store solutions with the most accurate, representative and reliable view of the convenience store channel,

BP Certifies Fiscal Systems

Fiscal Systems’ point-of-sale system (POS) has achieved certification with the BP Electronic Payment Server (EPS), the interface to BP’s network. The POS controls the fuel dispensers, credit card readers, in-ground tank monitors, and car wash systems. To meet the growing needs of retailers, open-architected systems such as Fiscal’s POS provide retailers with functionality and technology

Hot Stuff Foods Taps New Director of Marketing

Marie Nelson was named the director of marketing for Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Hot Stuff Foods. She will lead the marketing efforts for all Hot Stuff and Lettieri’s brands. “We are very excited to have Marie on our team,” said Hot Stuff Foods’ chief customer officer John Barber. “In her role as director of marketing, Marie

Cenex Updates Web Site

A refreshed Cenex web site ( has launched, making it easier than ever for consumers and businesses to access Cenex energy products and services. showcases the brand’s dependability, high performance, safety, helpfulness and expert local service, and invites customers and prospects to visit Cenex branded retail locations. Key changes to the site include:* Retail

Calling All Students

Aramark Higher Education has introduced a new campus convenience store concept, Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market, to its more than 600 North American college and university clients. The convenience retailing concept features all-day grab ‘n go dining options such as freshly-prepared breakfast sandwiches, burritos, wraps, sushi and salads along with fresh produce, bakery, coffee selections

Sales Boost in the Cards at 7-Eleven

Approximately 1,000 7-Eleven stores across the country will now carry the popular Chaotic Trading Card Game (TCG). Chaotic is a popular trading card game which integrates a collectible in-person card game with an online multi-player experience. Each Chaotic trading card is printed with a unique alphanumeric code that enables players to upload their personal card

Week’s Retail Gasoline Prices Mostly Higher

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan regions across the U.S. will be slightly mixed, but most local markets will see an increase during the second week of March. Consumers in the West Coast could see more price relief as supply catches up with demand, although pump prices will

Westbrock Honored by NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Leon Westbrock, executive vice president and chief operating officer of energy for CHS Inc., its 2009 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Hot Ideas, Sizzling Solutions,” April 16, 2009

Clean Sweep

Mark VII Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of innovative solutions for the carwash business worldwide, said it has signed Midwest Carwash Systems as its distributor in Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and with offices and technicians in Des Moines and Omaha, Midwest Carwash Systems is owned by Darrell Winter. The company

You Are Known by the Company You Keep

The contacts and friends you make in this industry can become lifelong confidants. This one’s personal. As the saying goes, this is not my first rodeo, but amazingly I’ve come through with very few of life’s saddle sores. Now in my 40th year in the industry, I’ve worked for some amazing people, learned many valuable

Green by Design

Georgia-Pacific Professional said it received EcoLogo certification on a broad selection of the company’s tissue, towel and napkin products. This designation by the EcoLogo Program, a third party environmental certification organization, is another building block in Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Green By Design program. The facilities that manufacture Georgia-Pacific Professional’s EcoLogo certified products underwent a rigorous independent

Platinum Power

The use of additives is necessary to maintain high quality fuel operability. This is why Atlas Oil Co. created its own in-house additive–Atlas Platinum Power. Used each year from Oct. 1-March 31 for 15 years, Atlas Platinum Power provides an additive blend needed for the following weather performance benefits: * Lowers cold filter plugging point

Clark Unveils Redesigned Web Site

Clark Brands has introduced its fully redesigned Web site. The new site is a part of Clark’s Image 2010 initiative, a series of fresh programs and enhancements to existing programs all designed to lead Clark and its brands into the next decade. The enhanced Clark site, found at, features a comprehensive and user-friendly design

MillerCoors Steps Up Charity Efforts

MillerCoors said the final numbers are in and the 17th annual St. Jude MillerCoors Halloween promotion was another success. The brewer said it raised more than $4.78 million for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the October fund-raiser. Participating convenience stores, restaurants and retail outlets helped collect money for St. Jude, one

PCATS Appoints New Secretary

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) today announced that Kraig Adams, director of collaborative customer capabilities of The Coca-Cola Co. has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the PCATS Board of Directors. Adams also serves as vice-chairman of the PCATS Membership & Marketing Committee. Adams will serve out the remainder of the

Circle C Files for Bankruptcy

Circle C Food Stores, a Huntsville, Ala.-based convenience store operator, filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate. The company, which operates eight stores in the Birmingham area, cited debts of between $1 million and $10 million, and assets of less than $500,000 in a filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Decatur, Ala. The company,

Wisconsin Milks the Cash Cow

On the heels of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which increased the federal tax on tobacco 156% to $1, Wisconsin has proposed a $1 tax increase on cigarettes for the new Wisconsin State Budget. However, the timing of the tax and strategy behind what the state hopes to accomplish was blasted as irresponsible by