Archives for September 2009

BP’s ampm Offers Breakfast Samples

After launching its new breakfast menu at the start of this month, ampm invited customers to sample its new breakfast burritos, empanadas and croissant sandwiches today from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at participating ampm stores across the U.S. while supplies lasted. Participating stores offered half-size versions of items from the new menu and handed

Kretek International Sues FDA On Flavored Cigar Issue

  Kretek International Inc., importer and distributor of Djarum clove cigars, today filed a request for declaratory judgment against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in Federal District Court in Washington, DC.   The Kretek filing comes after the FDA signaled its intention to exceed its legislative authority to regulate flavored cigarettes in order to

NATO Asks FDA For List of Legal and Banned Products

  One day after the FDA announced an immediate ban on flavored cigarettes, confusion on just what is legal and illegal to sell still abounds.   The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has issued a letter, requesting that the FDA issue a list by brand name of those flavored tobacco products that are and

FDA Clarifies Flavored Cigarette Ban

The FDA hosted a media briefing this morning and has posted documents on the FDA Web site issuing additional information regarding the ban on flavored cigarettes, authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in June. According to the new documents, cigarettes containing an artificial or natural flavor

Younger Customers Less Brand Loyal

  Generational differences have contributed to a steady decline in consumer brand loyalty when purchasing gasoline, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.   According to NPD’s Motor Fuels Index, which tracks consumer motor fuel purchasing behaviors, older consumers, those over 65, have always been more likely to limit brand choice to

Global Ethanol Sues Presta Oil

  Minneapolis-based Global Ethanol is suing Andover, Kan.-based Presta Oil, alleging the company failed to fulfill a contract to purchase ethanol, the Wichita Eagle reported.   The lawsuit states that Presta Oil neglected to pay for shipments of ethanol in 2008 valued at more than $205,000, and refused to accept seven shipments of ethanol later

First Data and RSA Provide Layered Security

  First Data, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing services, and RSA, the Security Division of EMC have teamed up to provide a new service called First Data Secure Transaction ManagementSM.   The service is engineered to enable merchants to secure payment card data and remove it from their environment while allowing

ERI Welcomes New Consultants

  Energy Recruiters (ERI) has added three new consultants to its Executive Recruiting Team.   The Bonita Springs, Fla.-based company specializes in recruitment for the petroleum industry, covering the complete supply chain from refining through retail/end user.  Its new consultants will be serving clients in the Convenience Retail and Petroleum Marketing sectors.    “Our ability

Flavored Cigarettes: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff

Pepsi Co. Executive To Retire

  Michael White, chief of international businesses, director and chairman at PepsiCo Inc. has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.   During his career at Pepsi Co., White led negotiations for the company’s $7.8 billion acquisition of its two biggest independent bottlers and Pepsi Co.

Rutter’s Revamps Web site

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has updated its Web site to provide more benefits to mobile customers.   Web site visitors now can join the new Rutter’s Rewards program; download a free Rutter’s iPhone application or Rutter’s ringtone; connect to Rutter’s presences on Facebook and Twitter; sign up to receive the latest

Quick Chek Pioneers Fast Lane Program

  Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 120 fresh food stores in New Jersey and southern New York, is installing and testing self-checkout lanes equipped with note and coin recycling capabilities at its Phillipsburg, N.J., store located at 600 New Brunswick Ave.   The chain partnered with NCR Corporation, a global technology leader in self-checkouts

Rutter’s Launches Rewards Card

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has introduced its Rutter’s Rewards card.   With the tagline “See the Icon, Buy the Product, Earn the Reward!,” Rutter’s Rewards allows customers to earn cents off gasoline every time they purchase any one of the of hundreds of everyday items bearing a special display icon. For

Climb in Crude Costs Lift Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will edge higher in most metropolitan markets this week following a bump up in wholesale costs midway through September, with the advance sparked by an increase in crude oil prices. Crude oil prices rallied to the low $70s per barrel on

7-Eleven Appoints New Logistics VP

  7-Eleven Inc. has appointed Bill Merrigan to serve as the vice president of logistics for its 6,200-store chain in the U.S. and Canada.      Merrigan, who was most recently vice president of Global Supply Chain for International Paper in Tennessee, will report to Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven’s senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and

Sam’s Club Introduces Personalized Digital Savings

Sam’s Club has introduced paperless coupons and eValues through its Membership benefit program. Now available nationwide, eValues provides personalized savings on hundreds of items, including fresh foods, health and beauty products, office supplies as well as other goods and services available at Sam’s Club locations. The eValue benefit is included in both the Advantage and

The Pantry Appoints New Chairman

  The Pantry Inc.’s board of directors has appointed Edwin Holman, a current director, as Chairman of the Board.   Holman will succeed Peter Sodini, who is retiring from the company and Board of Directors effective Sept. 25.   The Pantry, headquartered in Cary, N.C., operates 1,677 stores in 11 states under select banners, including Kangaroo

Publix Opens New Pix C-store Store

  Publix just opened its 13th Pix gas station and convenience store in north Lakeland, Fla, 13 Central Florida News reported.   Publix Super Markets started in 1930, and is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the U.S. The chain began adding Pix c-stores in 2001, which are still being tweaked.   “We’re still

Oneida Indian Nation to Produce Cigarettes

  The Oneida Indian Nation’s Sav-On gas stations are about to begin selling cigarettes manufactured by the nation itself, the Syracuse, N.Y. Post-Standard reported.   The Oneida Indian Nation sells $34 million in untaxed cigarettes each year. In Oct. 2008, it purchased a cigarette manufacturing plant in Erie County for $6.6 million, two months after

Visa Fights Back With Survey

  Visa Inc. has released a survey showing consumers believe retailers benefit far more from accepting credit and debit cards than they pay in costs. The survey also finds that consumers believe merchants see card cost acceptance as a part of doing business, much like paying for utilities, such as electricity.   “The response is

Powhatan County C-store to Promote Recycling

  To make it easier for residents to recycle, two Powhatan County, Va., organizations have partnered with a local convenience store, the Powhatan Today reported.   Powhatan’s Greenback Alliance, a local coalition of business owners dedicated to promoting environmentally-friendly business practices, and the newly formed Rotary Club of Powhatan have placed a recycling container at

Sheetz Ready to Build in West Pennsboro

  In Pennsylvania, the West Pennsboro Township Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to approve a land development plan for a local Sheetz convenience store, the Sentinel reported.   The new store will measure 5,000-square-feet and will feature six gas pumps, including a diesel pump for automobile use.   Tractor trailer trucks, however, will need

Gas Prices Stable for Now

  One year ago, Indiana residents paid an average of $4.17 per gallon for gas at local gas stations, but experts say that high won’t be challenged any time soon, the Indianapolis Star reported.   Purdue University Professor Wally Tyner, a specialist in energy production and policy, told the Indianapolis Star he expects per-gallon pump

Thorntons Urges Others To Join in Funding Clean Team

  C-store chain Thorntons Inc. is encouraging other Louisville-area businesses to join it in helping to fund the Waterfront Clean Team, a group of local high school and college students responsible for keeping the park clean from May to September, the Louisville Business First reported.   Thorntons will donate $35,000 to fund the team for

KSS Launches Profit Tune-Up

  KSS Inc.’s consulting division has launched its Profit Tune-Up service.   The short-term advisory and analytics engagement is designed to help fuel retailers, wholesalers and oil marketers identify operational improvements for their fuel pricing processes, and construct optimal pricing strategies that will positively impact their fuel volumes and margins.
   The service was created