Archives for July 2009

Newcastle Launches Summer Ale

Newcastle Importers, exclusive importer of Newcastle Brown Ale, America’s No. 1 imported ale, announces the launch of Newcastle Summer Ale, a limited release seasonal offering created to offer consumers a new refreshing blend from Newcastle and on-premise accounts the opportunity to grow their import sales during the summer’s warmer months.   Summer Ale will debut

Residents Fight to Keep White Hen Pantry

  Folks in Newburyport, Mass., love their White Hen Pantry, so much so, more than 2,000 customers have signed a petition asking that the local c-store be allowed to stay, Eagle Tribune Publishing Co. reported.   The White Hen in question, located about four blocks from Market Square, serves as a market for thousands of

Free Beverage Displays for C-stores

  As part of the Sam’s Club 100 Days of Summer commitment to help independent  c-store owners make a profit, Gatorade is providing free equipment with bulk purchases of Gatorade.    Using the equipment, products can be organized into a secondary product display, which serves as an attractive attention-grabber for customers.   Through May 1,

Speedway Named Best Gas Brand

  Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, headquartered in Enon, Ohio, has been named the top gasoline brand in the 2009 EquiTrend Brand Study conducted by Harris Interactive, the Springfield News-Sun reported.   The annual online study measured 1,120 brands across 39 categories. The survey data was based on categories, such as  familiarity, quality, brand expectations and trust.

Kris Falkner Leads Server Products

  Server Products, Richfield, Wis., a manufacturer of foodservice dispensing and merchandising equipment, recently appointed Kris Falkner to the position of president.   Kris is the third generation of the founding family to run the company. Server was founded by her grandfather, the late Al Wickesberg, and most recently led for many years by her

Chevron Announces New Vice President

  Chevron Corp., San Ramon, Calif., has appointed R. Hewitt Pate as vice president and general counsel effective Aug. 3. Pate, 47, will succeed and report to Chevron’s current general counsel, Charles James, who was named executive vice president earlier this year.   As Chevron’s chief legal officer, Pate will direct the company’s worldwide legal

7-Eleven and Pepsi Max Sponsor WWE Event

  Pepsi Max and 7-Eleven stores are sponsoring World Wresting Entertainment’s Aug. 23 pay-per-view SummerSlam event, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Brandweek reported.   Surrounding the event, 7-Eleven will launch a four-week nationwide storefront branding campaign beginning July 31 and running throughout August at more than 5,400 locations.  

Magellan Buys Bankrupt Longhorn’s Assets

  Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., Tulsa, Okla., has been approved to purchase almost all assets of Longhorn Partners Pipeline L.P. by the bankruptcy court. The closing date was set for yesterday, July 29.   Longhorn Partners Pipeline is a 700-mile common carrier pipeline system that transports refined petroleum products from Houston to El Paso, Texas.

Sheetz Looks To Technology To Support Growth

  Sheetz has deployed Pentaho Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition and Teradata Data Mart Appliance from Pentaho Corp., a commerical open source alternative for business intelligence. The application serves users across multiple departments, providing self-service access to corporate data to drive company performance, EarthTimes reported.   Altoona-Penn.- based Sheetz Inc. operates 350 c-stores across Pennsylvania,

Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co. Launches 16-Ounce Cans

  Denver-based Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co. is now distributing Go Fast 16-ounce cans in the Kansas City region. For the past four years,  Go Fast Regular and Go Fast Light have been available in 8.4-ounce and 11.9-ounce cans. Strong sales and demand, has inspired Central States Beverage to expand the Go Fast beverage

5-Hour Energy To Introduce New Flavor

  Sitting atop the growing liquid energy shot category by a substantial margin, 5-Hour Energy seeks to continue its category dominance with the introduction of its newest flavor, Grape, in late September.   Founded in 2004, 5-Hour Energy is a 2-ounce energy shot that provides hours of energy with no crash* or jitters through a

Pumping Up Fuel Sales

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Gasoline pump prices will head higher during the final week of July, driven by double digit gains in most wholesale metropolitan markets that were again pulled up by renewed optimism over the economy.   Wholesale gasoline costs accelerated higher last week on second quarter corporate earnings Responds to FDA Stance

  Following a recent news release issued by the FDA stating its stance on electronic cigarette products, has released its response.   It asserts the agency only tested two different brands. What many e-cigarette users say is important about these brands is that they are made by the two manufacturers currently suing the FDA

Supervalu Sells 36 Stores

  Supervalu Inc. is reducing its fiscal 2010 outlook and has sold the majority of its Albertsons stores in Utah to Salt Lake City-based Associated Food Stores Inc., St. Louis Business Journal reported.   Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu, the parent company of the St. Louis-based Save-A-Lot and Shop ‘n Save  grocery chains, reported net earnings

BP Navigates Choppy Economy

  At the end of June, BP’s production had increased 4%–the equivalent of more than 4 million barrels of oil–in three months, compared to the same period in 2008.   In addition, the $2 billion reduction in cash costs the company predicted for 2009 has already been exceeded and a further $1 billion saving is

French Fry Vending Pending

  Companies have tried for years to create a french fry vending machine with little success, until now. Fry Manufacturing’s co-owners, Mike Ruggiero and Jeff Fuller from Laurel, Del., have succeeded, and the state of Delaware is helping them try to prove it, the Delmarva Media Group reported.    Late in Delaware’s budget process last

Summer Employees: More than Just Convenience

New Stuffed Sandwiches

  Hot Stuff Foods, Sioux Falls, S.D., has rolled out Hot Stuffed Sandwiches for busy on-the-go consumers.      “Our new Hot Stuffed Sandwiches are fully loaded with fresh made ingredients using hand pinched live dough,” said John Barber, chief customer officer for Hot Stuff Foods. “Each Hot Stuffed Sandwich is fully enrobed for convenient

Kum and Go Offers Tulsa Discount Gas

  In Tulsa, Okla., on Monday morning, motorists discovered gas prices were only $1.59 a gallon at the Kum & Go store at 11296 East 71st Street in Tulsa,, a Tulsa news site, reported.   Kum & Go, which owns 400 c-stores in 12 states, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week and offering discount

Kwik Shop Contemplates Adding Pharmacy

  C-store customers may be able to pick up their prescription with their morning coffee in the near future.   Kwik Shop, the c-store chain owned by Kroger, is considering adding pharmacies to its stores, the Wichita Eagle News reported.   The key word, however, is considering.     “I think that sounds interesting,” said Kwik

Plastic Bag War

  Environmental enthusiasts in Seattle are urging their fellow residents to vote yes on a referendum to impose a 20-cent fee on disposable bags, The Seattle Times reported.   Seattle residents annually throw away an average of 600 grocery bags per person.   To motivate customers to embrace sustainable practices and move away from using

Tanknology Becomes A Gulf Oil Preferred Vendor

  Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, the world’s largest Underground Storage Tank (UST) environmental compliance services company, has joined forces with Gulf Oil L.P. as a member of Gulf’s Preferred Vendor Program.   As a Preferred Vendor, Tanknology’s full range of UST environmental compliance services will be made available in a specialized program for Gulf’s 1,800

Oil Companies Strategize Down Under

  U.S. refiner and fuel retailer Valero Refining has been identified as a potential buyer for a stake in the New Zealand-based Marsden Point refinery as Shell and Exxon Mobil look to quit their downstream presence in the country and concentrate on exploration, The New Zealand Herald reported.   Between them, Shell and Exxon own

Aspen Beverage Group Wins Award

  Aspen Beverage Group, a San Antonio coffee roasting and beverage manufacturer has been awarded a Silliker Audit Platinum Award, the highest possible rank, for exceptional food safety and quality systems, making it the only beverage company in the U.S. to achieve the honor.   Silliker GMP / Food Safety Systems and Distribution Center Audits

QuikTrip To Pay Back Wages

  According to an agreement announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor, Tulsa-based QuikTrip will pay back wages to 3,819 current and former c-store employees reported.   The settlement, totaling $747,729, will compensate the workers for uncompensated overtime in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois and Missouri, where the company operates