Archives for 2009

Westbrock Honored by NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Leon Westbrock, executive vice president and chief operating officer of energy for CHS Inc., its 2009 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Hot Ideas, Sizzling Solutions,” April 16, 2009

Clean Sweep

Mark VII Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of innovative solutions for the carwash business worldwide, said it has signed Midwest Carwash Systems as its distributor in Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and with offices and technicians in Des Moines and Omaha, Midwest Carwash Systems is owned by Darrell Winter. The company

You Are Known by the Company You Keep

The contacts and friends you make in this industry can become lifelong confidants. This one’s personal. As the saying goes, this is not my first rodeo, but amazingly I’ve come through with very few of life’s saddle sores. Now in my 40th year in the industry, I’ve worked for some amazing people, learned many valuable

Green by Design

Georgia-Pacific Professional said it received EcoLogo certification on a broad selection of the company’s tissue, towel and napkin products. This designation by the EcoLogo Program, a third party environmental certification organization, is another building block in Georgia-Pacific Professional’s Green By Design program. The facilities that manufacture Georgia-Pacific Professional’s EcoLogo certified products underwent a rigorous independent

Platinum Power

The use of additives is necessary to maintain high quality fuel operability. This is why Atlas Oil Co. created its own in-house additive–Atlas Platinum Power. Used each year from Oct. 1-March 31 for 15 years, Atlas Platinum Power provides an additive blend needed for the following weather performance benefits: * Lowers cold filter plugging point

Clark Unveils Redesigned Web Site

Clark Brands has introduced its fully redesigned Web site. The new site is a part of Clark’s Image 2010 initiative, a series of fresh programs and enhancements to existing programs all designed to lead Clark and its brands into the next decade. The enhanced Clark site, found at, features a comprehensive and user-friendly design

MillerCoors Steps Up Charity Efforts

MillerCoors said the final numbers are in and the 17th annual St. Jude MillerCoors Halloween promotion was another success. The brewer said it raised more than $4.78 million for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the October fund-raiser. Participating convenience stores, restaurants and retail outlets helped collect money for St. Jude, one

PCATS Appoints New Secretary

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) today announced that Kraig Adams, director of collaborative customer capabilities of The Coca-Cola Co. has been appointed to serve as Secretary of the PCATS Board of Directors. Adams also serves as vice-chairman of the PCATS Membership & Marketing Committee. Adams will serve out the remainder of the

Circle C Files for Bankruptcy

Circle C Food Stores, a Huntsville, Ala.-based convenience store operator, filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate. The company, which operates eight stores in the Birmingham area, cited debts of between $1 million and $10 million, and assets of less than $500,000 in a filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Decatur, Ala. The company,

Wisconsin Milks the Cash Cow

On the heels of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which increased the federal tax on tobacco 156% to $1, Wisconsin has proposed a $1 tax increase on cigarettes for the new Wisconsin State Budget. However, the timing of the tax and strategy behind what the state hopes to accomplish was blasted as irresponsible by

Kentucky Flame Out

The Louisville, Ky., Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee unanimously passed an ordinance this week that bans the sale of lighters that “are not readily identifiable as lighters.” Fire officials say they are often picked up by children. The ordinance will go before the full council at next week’s meeting and will be on the consent

Stamp of Approval

Tesoro Hawaii convenience stores soon will offer postage stamps at face value. Tesoro has enrolled 30 of its 2Go convenience stores on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Stamps to Go” program that allows Tesoro to buy stamps at face value and then requires them to sell that postage for

Off to the Races

Bristol Motor Speedway officials today announced an agreement with Fas Mart Convenience Stores naming the company as a new partner during major event weekends. NASCAR fans in town for races and the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals will be able to find Fas Mart convenience items without having to leave the BMS campgrounds. “Fas Mart is

Mark VII Launches Two New In-Bay Automatics

Mark VII Equipment Inc. announced its next generation of rollover carwash systems, the SoftWash XT and AquaJet XT. Each system leverages the best features of its predecessor while adding unique new features that drive incremental revenue, lower operating costs, increase customer satisfaction and reduce consumption of precious resources. Both have been redesigned from the ground

Fuel Trending Upward

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN After making a U-turn and moving down more than a nickel in late February, the U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline at retail outlets will again increase, pushed up by sharp gains in the wholesale market. The wholesale markets remain extremely volatile, and we could see wholesale

F.A.B. Leaps into Foodservice

F.A.B. Inc. (Frosty Acres Brands), the national foodservice purchasing cooperative for independent distributors, is stepping up its focus on fresh foods with the launch of the Up for Grabs foodservice program. The Up for Grabs program offers distributors an exclusive brand designed for the convenience channel. With a variety of premium products, specialized merchandising systems,

ShortStop Enhances Financial Services

ShortStop, a ConocoPhillips branded convenience store chain in Boulder, Colo., is expanding its current mobile gift program to include Mocapay’s mobile loyalty solution after a successful three-month mobile gift trial. ShortStop, a four-store chain that has served the Boulder community for more than 30 years, expects to launch its mobile loyalty program in the second

SCHIP Federal Tax Increase Update

The federal cigarette and tobacco tax increases signed into law in early February by President Obama will take effect on April 1, 2009. With the tax increases less than one month away, tobacco retailers should review the list of recommendations below to help prepare for these tax increases: 1. To minimize the floor stocks tax, retailers

Chevron Names John Watson Vice Chairman

Chevron Corp. said Vice Chairman Peter J. Robertson will retire from the company and its board after more than 35 years of service at the San Ramon, Calif. oil company. Robertson will be succeeded by John Watson, currently executive vice president of strategy and development. The company also named Charles A. James, currently vice president

Demographics Driving Cold, Frozen Sales

From movie promotions at 7-Eleven to new flavors, the cold and frozen category is generating some excitement despite the presence of chilly temperatures in many parts of the country. Actually, where you live may well play a large part in what customers want to see in your cold dispensers.  Mike Thornbrugh, manager of public affairs

Cody’s Goes To Kum & Go

Cody’s Convenience Stores at a Glance Headquarters: Springfield, Mo. Store Count: 37 Fuel Brand: Phillips 66 Missouri Markets: Battlefield, Bolivar, Clever, Fair Grove, Hollister, Joplin, Monett, Neosho, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, Springfield, Waynesville and Webb City. Distinctions: The Cody’s Gift Card, live bait, financial services, full-service delis and various leading foodservice concepts. It took the right

Budgets Tightened, Jobs Squeezed

As retailers big and small continue shedding jobs amid economic troubles, some convenience and petroleum brands bleed a little, some bleed a lot.  The industry is taking its share of hits in this economic tsunami, but if there’s any consolation, it’s this: Their wounds aren’t nearly as deep as those suffered in other retail channels.

Sunoco Downsizing

Sunoco Inc. said it is selling off 165 convenience stores and gas stations in the Eastern U.S.  The properties are located in selected markets in Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Philadelphia-based Sunoco operates a network of approximately 4,700 retail sites—including the APlus

Road Ranger Growing

Tough economic times mean new opportunities and Road Ranger just found one. The Rockville, Ill., convenience store chain entered into operating lease agreements for 15 Fast Break Food Mart gasoline and convenience stores in the Louisville, Ky., market. The deal increases Road Ranger’s network of travel centers and convenience stores to 88 locations in seven

Retaining Talent For The Future

The best thing about the economy being such a dog? Employers get the pick of the litter when it comes to job candidates. Worcester, Mass.-based Honey Farms Mini-Market landed an expert last month when it hired retail veteran Lisa Clement to oversee nine Honey Farm stores in the Worcester and Middlesex county markets. Just weeks