Archives for 2009

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

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