Archives for June 2009

The Pantry Inc. Acquires 38 C-stores

  The Pantry Inc., Sanford, N.C., an independently operated c-store chain in the Southeast, announced Tuesday that it had acquired 38 convenience stores from Herndon Oil Corp., using cash in hand, according to RTT News.   When plans for the acquisition were announced previously, the agreement included 40 stores, but in the meantime, one has

Consumers Embrace Self-Service Technology

  C-store owners know North American consumers are continuing to embrace self-service technology, but a recent study is showing just how popular they’ve become.   Transactions at self-service kiosks are expected to surpass $775 billion in 2009, and could increase to more than $1.6 trillion by 2013, according to a new research study conducted by

Serve Freezer-to-Oven Fresh Baked Bread

  Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., has created the industry’s first line of fresh bread that can be taken directly from the freezer and baked in the oven, eliminating the time-consuming preparing and “proofing” process otherwise necessary to make freshly baked bread.   Rich’s proprietary Fresh ‘n Ready Classic Sandwich Breads, developed over five years

Private Label Popularity Grows

    New consumer polling data shows the majority of U.S. supermarket shoppers will continue purchasing store brand products even after the recession has come to an end.   A poll conducted this month by GfK Custom Research North America for the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA), found 91% of shoppers plan to continue buying

BP Closes Door on Alternative Energy

  After more than 10 years of working toward a carbon-constrained solutions, BP has shut its alternative energy headquarters in London, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.    BP spokesman David Nicholas told London’s Guardian about 80 staff members in the company’s alternative energy division would be relocated to the corporate head office, and spending on

Rising Retail Gasoline Prices Slow

  By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Wholesale costs for gasoline were mostly lower in the major metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the final week of June, which should slow the price increase at retail outlets.   Pass-through costs will continue to work through the supply chain from the oil

BP Sells Ground Fuel Business in Greece

  BP has agreed today to sell its ground fuels marketing business in Greece to Hellenic Petroleum for $500 million.    The deal is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed towards the end of the year with the sale of BP Hellas shares.   The sale covers the

Senators Consider Energy Bill

  President Obama urged senators to ignore “misinformation” from critics of his energy bill, which passed the House of Representatives late Friday night despite GOP predictions that it will further damage the economy, the Washington Post reported.    “We must not be prisoners of the past,” he said in his radio and Internet address. “Don’t

Despite Tax Hike, Smokes Still Cheaper In New Hampshire

    New Hampshire legislators last week said they closed a $650 million revenue gap by passing an $11.5 billion budget that includes raising the cigarette tax by 45 cents, to a total of $1.78 per pack, Seacoast Media Group reported.   Despite the tax hike, New Hampshire still offers the lowest cigarette tax in

Casey’s General Stores takes on Ultimate Challenge

    Casey’s General Stores are set to be the primary sponsor of the Ultimate Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.   The Ultimate Challenge will take place on Aug. 11, and will be presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. The Ultimate Challenge is sanctioned by the U.S. Auto Club.   “The USAC

LaCrosse Kwik Trip Gets Green Award

  Kwik Trip, LaCrosse, Wis.,  will be accepting Wisconsin’s Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award today for its efforts in green initiatives, NewsTalk1410 reported.    According to Corporate Communication’s Steve Wrobel, Kwik Trip is receiving the award thanks to its work on various projects, including heating and AC management, refrigeration and heat recovery systems that take

BP Appoints New Chairman

  BP has appointed a new chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, chief executive of Ericsson, the telecoms equipment marketer, Times Newspapers LTD reported.   Britain’s biggest company has spent the last year searching for a replacement for Peter Sutherland, the current chairman.   Now, Svanberg, 57 will fill Sutherland’s shoes beginning Jan. 1. He is an outsider

CITGO Ads to Feature Retailers, Fuel Marketers

    CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicked off its 2009 consumer advertising campaign in June to coincide with the start of summer driving season.    As part of the campaign,  TV, radio and billboard ads will feature real CITGO marketers and retailers from across the country, highlighting the fact that each and every one of the

Rutter’s Introduces Dinner Menu

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is building on last year’s stir fry introduction by rolling out a dinner menu that includes meat loaf, pot roast and pasta-each for $5.99 or less.   “Stir fry has been a big winner for us,” said Jerry Weiner, vice president of food service, Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates

Wawa Sales Stay Strong

  Wawa’s merchandise sales grew last year, despite a down economy, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.   “We’re not up to historic averages, but we’re performing better than the vast majority of retailers,” Howard Stoeckel, Wawa’s CEO told the newspaper.   What’s helping Wawa, which has stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia triumph

Excentus Files Lawsuit Against Safeway

Excentus Corp. this week filed a lawsuit against Safeway Inc. and Safeway subsidiaries, including Blackhawk Network Inc., Blackhawk Marketing LLC and Randalls/Tom Thumb in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Abilene, alleging willful and deliberate patent infringement and the misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, among other things.  The lawsuit

Program To Help Fund Green Gas Stations

  The Central States Air Resource Agencies (CenSARA), through its Blue Skyways Collaborative, is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate a Green Gas Stations Pilot Program.   The program was created to encourage voluntary air emissions reduction in North America’s heartland, is offering The Green Gas Station Request for Projects, which

Gulf Oil Announces Summer Promotions

  This summer Gulf Oil L.P, Framingham, Mass., is offering several promotions to thank drivers, as well as to support its network of gasoline retail centers.   The company is also branching into online and social media tools, such as Facebook,to reach a new audience as it continues its growth.   The first promotion, “Making

E-Z Mart Scholarship To Award $10,000

  Ten lucky recipients will receive $1,000 each toward achieving a higher education this fall as part E-Z MART’s scholarship program.   The scholarship was created to recognize and support the Dependant Children or Dependents of Current Employees who demonstrate the desire to obtain higher education upon completing High School. It is funded by E-Z

Pan-Oston Helps Distributors Improve Estimate and Order Efficiency

  Pan-Oston, Bowling Green, Ky., has released its newest sales tool for distributor customers.   This Web-based C-Flex Order Configurator is designed to help distributor sales professionals take off and configure the exact C-Flex counter system for their customers’ convenience store, accurately price it and, when approved, automatically transmit the order to Pan-Oston.   The

Flying J Closes Seven Locations

  The oil company Flying J Inc., Ogden, Utah,  has decided to close seven of its restaurants because of poor economic conditions, the Associated Press reported.   The locations set to close include restaurants in Payson, Utah; Bessemer, Ala.; Commerce, Ga.; Lubbock, Texas; and three in Wyoming-Cokeville, Evanston and Casper. These stores will continue selling

Minimum Wage Increasing This Summer

  On July 24, the federal minimum wage will be increasing 11% to $7.25 an hour, the last in a three-step increase, CNN Money reported.    Some states’ minimum wage exceeds the federal mandated wage, and companies like Burger King Holdings Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. are likely to find it more difficult to absorb the

Making the Company Coffee Run Just Got Easier

  Dunkin’ Donuts has released a new Web site called, Dunkin’ Run, along with an iPhone application that is designed to help customers suggest and then submit group orders online, Computerworld Daily reported.   “We conceived of Dunkin’ Run as a social application that helps hard-working Americans stay slightly more productive,” said Baba Shetty, chief

Sheetz Offers New Payment Technology

  First Data, an electronic commerce and payment processing services company, is set to supply Sheetz Inc., which operates 350 c-stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, with the GO-Tag payment technology solution.   Using the GO-Tag solution, consumers can make purchases by tapping their sticker on a contactless reader, making

New Compact Ice Machines

  Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of