Archives for July 2009

FDA Takes Stand On Electronic Cigarettes

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acted to protect public health from electronic cigarettes by seeking to block importation of these products and to inform the public about the potential health risks of these products.    The FDA announced Wednesday during a press briefing that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples

Cumberland Farms Opens New Store

  Cumberland Farms has opened its newest concept store in Hudson, Mass. The brand new model is designed to make life easier for the community.    For starters, it offers an extensive foodservice menu. From a wide variety of sandwiches that can be toasted on site, to thick chocolate milkshakes, flatbread breakfast sandwiches and even

7-Eleven Grows in California

  C-store chain 7-Eleven is taking steps to lease some 600 new locations in Southern California, a move that could almost double its footprint in the area, the LA Times reported.   7-Eleven, a Dallas unit of Tokyo-based Seven & I Holdings Co., hired commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis on Thursday to begin

Sheetz Offers New Leaf Tea

  Sheetz now is carrying New Leaf Tea  in all of its c-store locations across six states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, Globe Newswire reported.   “Having been in the beverage industry for over 15 years, I have watched the innovation of Sheetz with making their stores a One Stop

Amstel Unveils Summer Retail Program

Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer in the progressive spirit of Amsterdam, announced its summer “Unlock the Taste of Amstel’s Amsterdam” program that will run in retail outlets throughout the country this summer.   “Our ‘Unlock the Taste of Amstel’s Amsterdam’ program is a great way to generate excitement among consumers and drive display

Altria Raises Outlook

  Altria Group Inc., the largest U.S. tobacco company, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday thanks to price increases and cost cuts, which offset falling U.S. cigarette volume, Reuters reported.   The parent of Marlboro cigarette maker Philip Morris USA and Copenhagen tobacco maker U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. also raised its full-year earnings forecast.

Coles Energy Switches from BP to Shell

  Coles Energy, operator of Mickey Mart, recently began switching many of its nearly 30 locations in north-central Ohio from BP stations to Shell stations, the Port Clinton News Herald reported.   “It’s definitely good news for customers,” said Jason Appel, the man in charge of vendor relations with Coles Energy Inc./Mickey Mart. He added that

Housing Slump Affects Gatorade Sales

  The far-reaching impact of the U.S. housing slump is well known, and now it’s trickling down to affect some beverage sales, Reuters reported.   PepsiCo noted that the company’s Gatorade sports drink sales had declined, while its sales of sodas and Tropicana juices featured a better-than-expected quarterly profit. This lead PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to

Titan Counter-Sues After Crescent Oil Lawsuit

Richard, Texas-based Titan Global Holdings Inc., accused of defrauding Crescent Oil, which eventually filed for bankruptcy, is fighting back, saying it was the victim of fraud, the Associated Press reported. Last week, Titan counter-sued in response to a lawsuit filed in May by Philip Near, former president of Crescent Oil Co. Inc., in Independence, Kan.

States Crack Down on Cigarette Smugglers

  With tobacco taxes sky high and citizens counting cash in a recession, cigarette smuggling is more common than ever, but states are cracking down in an effort to solve budget woes, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia are among the States that stepped up law-enforcement

Suncor Energy and Petro-Canada Merger Approved

  The Competition Bureau, an independent Canadian law enforcement agency, has approved the merger of Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company, and Petro-Canada, istock analysis reported.   As part of the agreement, the companies will maintain retail and wholesale competition in Ontario, including divesting 104 retail locations, and will enter into certain supply and

Wawa Blood Drives Help Maintain Summer Blood Supply

  This Summer, from July 14 to Aug. 31, Wawa is making a difference in the community by hosting more than 25 blood drive sites in four of its operating states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.   Wawa’s goal for this year is to raise 2,000 pints of blood and to help The American

C-store Teams With Online Poker Tournament

  Poker fans don’t have to wait for The World Series of Poker in November to get their fill of the game.   Thanks to the launch of an integrated social media application sponsorship program between ampm and Texas Hold’em Poker-a Zynga game that is the most played poker game on MySpace and Facebook-poker fanatics

Achieving Energy Efficiency

Gasoline Price Slide Reverses Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   After declining since late June, retail gasoline prices will turn higher in most of the country’s metropolitan markets, pushed up by climbing wholesale costs.   The rise at the pump will vary nationally, with markets in the upper Midwest likely to see flat to

Loophole Offers Hope for Arkansas Beer Sales

  An ordinance in Springdale, Ark., prohibits businesses, such as gas stations and grocery stores from selling alcoholic beverages. But the local Murphy Express on Sunset Avenue found a way around the system, KFSM-TV, the Fort Smith-Fayetteville Arkansas News, reported.   Murphy Express took its beer-selling request before the State Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) in

New Merger Benefits Petroleum Operators

  Two of the most dominant players in the country’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) services market are joining forces in a strategic alliance to provide petroleum operators throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. with turn-key UST compliance, repair and maintenance and construction solutions.   Austin, Texas-based Tanknology Inc, the nation’s largest provider of environmental compliance

Sheetz Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Sheetz, Altoona, Pa., which operates more than 350 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, and M&T Bank announced the grand prize winner for the Gas for a Year Sweepstakes on Tuesday.   Robert Buck of Cumberland, Md., took home the grand prize: free gas for a year. The total

Circle K To Divest 75 Stores

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will divest about 75 of its Circle K stores in the coming months.   NRC Realty Advisors LLC (NRC) is handling the proposed divestiture. The final list of properties to be divested has not been established, but is expected to include properties in various markets in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana,

New Book Explores A World Where Gas Is $20 a Gallon

  A new book by Evanston, Ill.-based engineer and journalist Christopher Steiner explores how society would respond if gas reached $20 per gallon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.   Steiner’s book,  $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better, is an optimistic look at a

AllSAFE To EPA: Deny Growth Energy E-15 Partial Waiver Request

  The Alliance for a Safe Alternative Fuels Environment (AllSAFE), Alexandria, Va., which speaks for manufacturers on fuel-related legislation representing 400 million products including motor vehicles, has voiced its official concern to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about Growth Energy’s fuel waiver application for E-15.   AllSAFE also is concerned because the EPA expanded the

Details Emerge in Flying J-Pilot Merger

  New details have surfaced regarding the Flying J merger with Pilot Travel Centers, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported Sunday.   The companies announced their intent to merge last week and Flying J filed a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware seeking a pre-merger agreement between the two privately-owned companies. Flying J filed for

Shell and Wills Group Form Joint Venture

  Motiva Enterprises LLC, which markets Shell-branded gasoline in the Eastern and Southern U.S., has entered into a joint venture with SMO Inc., an affiliate of The Wills Group Inc., a Maryland-based branded wholesaler with 300 dealer-operated stations throughout the mid-Atlantic region, BusinessWire reported.     The new entity will be called Potomac Energy Holdings

RaceTrac Offers Sale/Leaseback Program

  CB Richard Ellis’s Global Corporate Services (CBRE) unit is set to exclusively manage a sale/leaseback program for RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., which owns and operates 530 gasoline and convenience stores in 12 states, Retail Traffic reported.   In 2008, RaceTrac gas stations brought in more than $7.5 billion in annual revenues and the company now

Toledo Licensing Ordinance Revoked

  Toledo, Ohio city officials and the Midwest Retailers Association, a group of locally-owned stores,reached a tentative settlement to repeal the licensing ordinance required for Toledo convenience stores, WTVG-TV, Toledo, Ohio, reported.   Last year, c-stores in the state went to the federal court to challenge the law that required all c-stores to acquire an