Archives for July 2009

Starbucks Tests a New Tactic

Starbucks Corp. is at it again. This time the coffee giant plans to remove its name from one of its Seattle-area stores and add alcohol to the menu, the Associated Press reported. The store will be called 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea and is set to open next week with a wine and beer offering in addition to

Minimum Bids Set for Uni-Marts Assets

  Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., Baltimore, has announced that minimum bids are now established in the Uni-Marts Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case.   The total of the minimum bids for all 207 Uni-Marts’ assets stands at $15,708,000.   Each of Uni-Marts’ 114 company-operated stores is available for sale on an individual basis and the minimum

Breaking the Cost Barrier of Trade Promotion Management


CITGO Chairman, President and CEO, Alejandro Granado, received the Helping Hand Award presented by the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council during a ceremony at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston, in recognition of the company’s efforts to help grow minority-owned businesses.   “Just a year ago, we were launching a series of supplier diversity networking

7-Eleven Proceeds with Expansion

  7-Eleven is using the weak commercial real estate market to its advantage by focusing on a major expansion plan, the New York Times reported.   The company, which operates or franchises about 5,700 stores across the U.S, announced in May it would add 200 new outlets this year, and it is proceeding with its

Circle K Sees Drop in Revenue, Boost in Profit

  Alimentation Couche-Tard, Toronto, reported a stronger quarterly profit on Tuesday, despite a steep drop in revenue. The boost in profit came mainly from higher gasoline margins and a rise in U.S. cigarette sales ahead of the April tax hike, Reuters reported.   Couche-Tard, North America’s second-biggest c-store retailer, which operates 5,400 c-stores (3,607 of

$10 Million Suit Against C-store Thrown Out

  A New York appeals court has thrown out a $10 million lawsuit against a Quickway c-store that sold a man a 12-pack of beer six minutes before he caused a high-speed collision that killed him and another driver, the New York Law Journal reported.   The accident occurred in February 2003. In 2005, the

Morton Earns Good Housekeeping Seal

  Three Morton ice melting products have received the Good Housekeeping Seal, a top-ranked consumer emblem and one of the most trusted consumer icons in the world of consumer goods.   “Receiving the Good Housekeeping Seal is a true honor for our company and a testament to the superior performance of our ice-control products,” said

St1 Energy Company Finds Forward-Thinking Partner with Dresser Wayne

Pilot to Help Flying J Soar Away from Bankruptcy Troubles

  Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Utah-based Flying J Inc. have agreed to a merger that will combine two of the country’s largest truck stop companies, the Associate Press reported.   According to a preliminary agreement announced Tuesday, Flying J’s 270 travel centers and Pilot’s more than 300 travel centers will join forces in a

Go Fast Takes On Arizona

  Go Fast Sports and Beverage Co. is now distributing its energy drinks to five Arizona c-store chains, including Express Stop, Quick Mart, 4 Sons Food Stores, Dunlap Oil and Danny’s Family Car Wash.   The company said that after only a few weeks on the shelves, Go Fast sales are close to those of

Party Pizza Boosts Business

  Hot Stuff Foods, Sioux Falls, is introducing the Big Stuff Trio-three pizzas, which when baked and put end-to-end equal the original 52-inch Big Stuff Pizza.    “Our new Hot Stuff Foods Big Stuff Trio allows our franchise partners to use their existing equipment and ingredients,” said John Barber, chief customer officer for Hot Stuff

Subway Introduces Fresh-brewed Iced Tea

  Subway has introduced the freshly brewed refreshment FUZE iced tea to its nearly 22,500 restaurants across the U.S.   FUZE is compatible with the sandwich chain’s fresh platform, which provides healthier on-the-go meals for those with busy, active lifestyles. Each FUZE tea contains natural tea antioxidants and provides 10% of recommended daily vitamins B3,

Shell Pushing Hydrogen

Shell today opens its second hydrogen filling station in the greater New York City area. With a third due to open in the area later this month and one already operating there for more than a year, this is Shell’s first cluster of hydrogen filling stations.   The station–at JFK international airport–is the result of

New Winners in Rutter’s Gas Giveaway

Rutter’s Farm Stores’ summer gas giveaway is at its half-way point, but York County residents Deb Rohrbaugh and Schirl Warner are just getting started.   Rohrbaugh, of Dallastown, and Warner, of Windsor, are the third and fourth winners–each receiving free gasoline for one year in Rutter’s “Fuel Up Free!” promotion. Rutter’s officials presented the prizes

Sweet Design

GSP Marketing Technologies, a provider of strategic marketing at the point of purchase, worked with Maverik and its candy vendors to clean-up merchandising of candy in their storefront with the development of a customized candy display.   Maverik’s category managers and marketing department collaborated with GSP Maverik’s to design large rolling bins with Maverik’s adventure-themed

NOCO Express Partners with POSA Tech

NOCO Express, the upstate New York operator of 31 convenience stores, reached a deal with POSA Tech Inc., a provider of point of sale technology and transaction processing, to roll out its EZ Pay Pump program in all c-store locations.   “The staff at POSA Tech has provided us a service that is going to

Retail Gasoline Prices on the Downturn

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Wholesale gasoline prices across the U.S. fell sharply through early July amid a shift in market sentiment that has dulled enthusiasm that a robust economic recovery was set to begin in the coming weeks, which, in turn, suggests demand for gasoline will remain tepid this

Former Chevron Chairman and CEO Dies

  Mr. Harold J. “Bill” Haynes, 83, Chevron Corp.’s former chairman of the board and CEO passed away Wednesday, July 8.   “Bill drove tremendous growth in the company and solidified its preeminent position in the industry by the time of his retirement,” said David O’Reilly, current chairman and CEO. “He left an indelible mark

Three Square Food Bank Receives Huge Donation

  Each day in Nevada, more than 200,000 people are at risk for hunger.   Tyson Foods Inc. donated 30,000 pounds of much-needed chicken, beef and pork to the Three Square Food Bank to help alleviate hunger in Las Vegas on June 1. The donation event was attended by Tyson Food Service representatives, Billy McGreevy,

Swisher International Welcomes New Employee

  Swisher International is welcoming a new employee to its team this fall.   Thomas Ryan, president and CEO of Swisher International, Jacksonville, Fla., has announced that Lee Creasman Jr. has joined the company as senior vice president of human relations, effective Sept. 1. Lee will be replacing Barry Drugg, who is retiring at the end of July.

MAPCO Express Launches Gas Giveaway

  Gas just got a lot more affordable during the summer travel season with help from Brentwood, Tenn.-based MAPCO Express Inc.   Each day this summer, the company is awarding 100 lucky customers free fuel for a year in the form of $1,200 in MAPCO Gift Cards.   The award is part of MAPCO’s Daily

7-Eleven Celebrates 82nd Birthday

  July 11 is 7-Eleven Day, and the day the world’s first convenience retailer celebrates its birthday.   This year promises to be the biggest ever, with 7-Eleven planning to give away close to 5 million free 7.11-ounce Slurpee drinks to celebrate its 82nd birthday at more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

ExxonMobil Kicks Off Smart Driving Weekend in Chicago

  Smart Driving Weekend begins this Friday with The Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy NASCAR Challenge, a special event to entertain Chicago sports fans and provide them with tips on saving fuel.   The Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy NASCAR Challenge will take place on July 10 at Soldier Field in downtown Chicago. Penske NASCAR

McDonald’s Goes Green

On Tuesday, July 14, Cary, N.C. will welcome the first “green” McDonalds in the U.S., featuring electric car recharging, Reuters reported. McDonald’s, long criticized for its environmental practices including rainforest destruction to make room for cattle ranching, is now working to prove itself as a company that values sustainability. Its new green McDonald’s building uses