Anheuser-Busch Eliminates 90 Positions

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV’s U.S. division cut about 90 jobs in its sales division Thursday, including several vice presidents, some 350 other layoffs are occur in the coming months as part of the company’s restructuring, The Wall Street Journal reported. The job reductions linked to the reorganization are intended to help the world’s largest beer maker

deep To Expand Reach For Otis Spunkmeyer

Springfield, Mo.-based deep, a Marlin Network Agency has added San Leandro, California-based Otis Spunkmeyer Inc., a pioneer in the fresh-baked cookie business, and the maker of the No. 1 frozen gourmet cookie dough in the foodservice industry, to its client roster. As agency of record for Otis Spunkmeyer, deep is responsible for the company widen

Shell Changes Executive Pay

Shell is changing the way it rewards senior managers, less than a year after shareholders revolted against its executive-pay policies, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a letter to investors, Hans Wijers, chairman of Shell’s remuneration committee, said salaries paid to Chief Executive Peter Voser and Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry-who stepped into their current

Core-Mark Holdings To Offer Jamba-Branded Products

Jamba Inc. and Core-Mark Holding Company Inc. have signed a non-binding memorandum of intent to establish a relationship to offer and deliver health-oriented Jamba branded food and beverage consumer products to Core-Mark serviced convenience retail locations.  The parties aim through this collaboration to strengthen Core-Mark’s fresh and health-oriented food and beverage product offering to its

D|Fab Announces Promotions

Madison Heights, Mich.-based D|Fab (Design Fabrications Inc.), a retail design and décor manufacturing firm, has announced a number of executive promotions. Jessica Roberts, formerly vice president of Operations, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.  Jessie joined D|Fab in 1988 and has worked in various managerial capacities of operations assistance, estimating, purchasing and client services. 

BP Sponsors U.S. Olympic Teams

BP has joined the U.S. Olympic Committee’s family of sponsors as the official USOC energy partner. It will be a sponsor of the 2010 and 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams, as well as the 2011 U.S. Pan American Team. “We look forward to partnering with America’s Olympic and Paralympic teams to engage with the

Coke Zero Launches NCAA Promotion

Coke Zero has introduced its NCAA promotion and sweepstakes called “An Exclusive Ticket” at LongHorn Steakhouse. Fans can register for a chance to win “An Exclusive Ticket” to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis and experience the “Coke Zero Countdown” concert, starring Darius Rucker, along with an exclusive VIP party, and tickets to

California Station Ups Its Gas Prices to $8.87

Just what would happen if gas prices hit $9.00? Well, a station in Pasadena, Calif., found out when it upped its prices yesterday. The price of unleaded gas was listed at $8.87 a gallon at Washington Boulevard V and A Fuels station in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday and super unleaded was listed at $9.09, leaving

GM Calls For More Ethanol Fuel Stations

General Motors Co’s (GM) growing output of vehicles that can run on ethanol-gasoline blends won’t help cut polluting emissions or U.S. dependence on foreign oil until more stations begin dispensing ethanol, according to GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens, Reuters reported. Half of GM’s vehicle lineup will be able to run on a mix of 15%

Better Beer Laws Campaign Begins in Harrisburg, Pa.

Members of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) and the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council (PCSC) joined state Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) as he unveiled legislation that would make sweeping and historic changes to the state’s beer laws.   In addition to announcing its support of the beer bill, PFMA/PCSC revealed its new Web site, www.sixpacktogo.org,

NACS Introduces Teri Richman Internship Program

NACS has established an ongoing internship program honoring Teri Richman to perpetuate her passion for growing young talent, exploring new ideas and bettering the industry. The program was announced Feb. 10 at the NACS Leadership Forum in San Francisco. Richman joined NACS in 1982 as its first in-house federal lobbyist and played a critical role

7-Eleven’s Debuts New Chocolate-Covered Donuts

Joe Hermes, senior fresh foods director for baked goods at 7-Eleven tastes one of the new donuts. Joe Hermes, 7-Eleven Inc. senior fresh foods director for baked goods, has sweet memories of the German bakery just blocks away from his grandparents’ home in Louisville, Ky.  His favorite bakery treat?  Donuts with chocolate icing.  7-Eleven stores

High’s Dairy Stores’ Haiti Relief Campaign Raises Over $10,000

Hanover, Md.-based High’s of Baltimore Inc., has announced that customers of its 70 High’s Dairy Stores in Maryland and Delaware, collectively donated more than $10,000 to the company’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign.  At checkout, store associates asked customers if they would like to make a $1 donation to the campaign which was in association with the American Red Cross.  “We’re extremely proud of

PCATS Announces 2010 Board of Directors 


The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has announced the results of elections to the Board of Directors and its Officers for 2010. PCATS 
was founded in September 2003 to continue the development and maintenance of standards work initiated under the NACS Technology Standards Project. PCATS’ mission is to develop, maintain and assist members

Quick Chek Adds Single Origin Blend To Coffee Offering

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has added Nicaraguan Matagalpa, a mildy-roasted, medium-bodied coffee, which will make its debut in all store locations beginning Monday, Feb. 22. Certified organic by Quality Assurance International, this Fair Trade Certified Nicaraguan blend from the Matagalpa region

Boost in Crude Costs to Offset Pass Through Savings

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Weekly gains in the gasoline wholesale market driven by higher crude costs leading up to the Valentine’s Day weekend will interrupt the national decline in retail gasoline prices midway through February. The U.S. average price for retail gasoline prices had decreased for four consecutive weeks through the

BP Collaborates With Universities on Materials and Corrosion Research

BP has announced the launch of a major research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Manchester. BP and the universities will work together on materials and corrosion research, as it applies to oilfield applications. The initial investment from BP has been $2 million, with the company intending to match

Lykins Enterprises Files For Chapter 11

Lykins Enterprises Inc., based in Maysville, Ky., and three of its related companies filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code on Jan. 29, 2010, according to David Lykins, CEO and founder of the business, The Ledger Independent reported. Lykins Enterprises sells fuel on a wholesale basis to customers in

Kroger and Shell Kickoff Grocer Rewards Program

The Kroger Co. and Shell have teamed up to launch a customer loyalty grocer rewards program in several U.S. cities. The rewards program provides shoppers the exclusive opportunity to earn savings on fuels when using their Kroger family of brands loyalty card at their local Kroger or Ralphs stores.  Beginning on Feb. 15, Kroger and

Cody The Dog’s Gas Station Shuts Down

A chocolate Labrador named Cody, owned by BP c-store owner Karim Mansour, became well-known by fans across the country in recent months, even gaining his own Web site and facebook page. The pooch who was often seen wearing a BP shirt and name tag and popping up behind the drive through window, had been an

Chevron Embarks On New Venezuelan Venture

Chevron Corp. has announced that a group led by its Venezuelan subsidiary has been selected to negotiate its participation in a project composed of three blocks in the Orinoco Oil Belt (Faja) of eastern Venezuela. “We look forward to being part of this new opportunity that will expand development of one of the world’s largest

Victory For RaceTrac

Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum has been awarded more than $3.4 million from a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel for damages the gas station chain sustained after it invested in the Bear Stearns hedge funds that imploded in 2007, Hedgefund.net reported. The FINRA arbitration award was issued in December, but was recently announced via the

Flying J Files Reorganization Plan

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, has filed a plan of reorganization through which it would repay all senior creditors by divesting most of its assets, including its travel center and trucking operations, Reuters reported. Flying J filed for bankruptcy due to a drop in oil prices and tighter

Colorado C-stores Take Step Toward Full-Strength Beer

Colorado’s convenience-store owners won a victory this week when the state’s House Business Affairs and Labor Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow c-stores of under 5,000 feet to sell products with a higher alcoholic content than the reduced-strength beer that they now are limited to selling, Denver Business Journal. The proposal won by a

Cigarette Excise Tax, Ohio Cigarette Tax Changes Bring Higher Prices

An Ohio coalition refutes the findings of a recent report claiming that increasing Ohio’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring the state $299.7 million per year. The report released yesterday, entitled, Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States is based on national and state surveys of registered voters. “Any economist will tell you

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