Daily’s Adds Purple Stuff

Daily’s Convenience Stores in Tennessee now are offering Purple Stuff Soda.  Purple Stuff Sodas is distributed by Lipman Brothers / R.S. Lipman Co. Together, the Lipman companies service restaurant and retail accounts, and function as an educational resource for both trade and consumer markets. Purple Stuff is best known as a relaxation soda. “By switching

Kangaroo Express Signs On As Speedway Sponsor

Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is scheduled to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We are excited Kangaroo Express has come on board to sponsor the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series,” said Seamus Curley, director of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We strive to provide

Sheetz Wins Beer Battle

Sheetz Inc. has once again won the right to sell beer at its Convenience Restaurant in Altoona, Pa., after this Wednesday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). “We are happy that the PLCB has decided to grant Sheetz the right to sell beer at our Altoona Convenience Restaurant,” said Stan Sheetz, president and

Pantry Shares Soar

A week ahead of The Panty Inc.’s scheduled quarterly earnings report, Analyst Mark Miller of William Blair & Co. increased his rating of the company, sending shares skyrocketing.  Shares of The Pantry rose Thursday from $1.12 to $16.45 -the highest level since October and a 31% increase this month after Miller raised his rating of the

Coca-Cola Debuts HFC-Free Vending

The next time a member of the House of Representatives reaches for a Coke, it will be from a greener vending machine. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined Dan Beard, House Chief Administrative Officer and leaders from Coca-Cola this week to unveil 35 new climate friendly Coca-Cola vending machines for the Capitol buildings including

Gasoline Prices Pushing Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country are again moving higher after the uptrend briefly stalled in several metropolitan markets with a downturn in wholesale costs. However, wholesale gasoline costs are again on the march higher, pushed up primarily by a bullish market sentiment. There

Swipe Fee Fight Mounts

Building on 7-Eleven’s successful “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” consumer petition campaign, convenience store operators joined with U.S. Representatives Peter Welch and Bill Shuster to deliver an additional two million new customer signatures collected during the NACS “Stop Unfair Swipe Fees” campaign, which is asking Congress to put an end to unfair, hidden credit and

Woodstock, Va., Council Keeps Carwash Ordinance

Woodstock, Va., is keeping its carwash regulations as is, including a rule requiring all carwashes to obtain a special-use permit.  After Sheetz looked to bypass the ordinance in order to add a carwash to its c-store in Woodstock, the Town Council’s ordinance committee had a vigorous debate between panels on the topic, and in the

ExxonMobil Donates $7.9 Million for Education

ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $7.9 million to a total of 83 educational institutions across Texas through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2009 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors made 1,718 individual contributions totaling over $2.3 million to institutions of higher education across Texas. ExxonMobil Foundation matched those donations with

Gulf Oil Enters Virginia

Gulf Oil signaled its return to Virginia this month by announcing a branded distributor partnership with Milo C. Cockerham Inc. Cockerham plans to begin rebranding several former Chevron motor fuel outlets in southwest Virginia to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. This is the first time since 1986 that a Gulf Oil branded gas station will

Tobacco Companies Fight Display Ban In Britain

Britain’s three biggest tobacco companies are fighting for the right to display their products, asking for a judicial review of the Government’s upcoming ban on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores, Brand Republic reported. Britain’s Health Act 2009 requires all cigarettes, cigars, pipe and rolling tobacco products to be hidden from

Valero Reports Q1 Results

In the first quarter of 2010, Valero Energy Corp. reported a loss of $101 million from continuing operations (or $0.18 per share) compared to the first quarter of 2009 gain from continuing operations of $364 million ($0.70 per share). The first quarter 2010 operating loss was $32 million, versus first quarter 2009 operating gain of

Kum & Go Raises $95,000 For JDRF

Kum & Go L.C. collected $95,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during its 2010 sneaker campaign.  In March, customers at Kum & Go stores were asked if they would like to purchase a paper sneaker for $1 to support JDRF. Customers donated more than $85,000 and Kum & Go added to the total contribution.

Free Iced Coffee

Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is rolling out a new iced coffee offering made from its Farmhouse Blend coffee recipe, the Boston Globe reported. In response to customer demand, Cumberland Farms’ medium roast now is available chilled. The chain’s stores are installing iced-coffee equipment for the first time to accommodate the new offering. The chain has

Interchange Debate Reaches Georgia Committee

The issue of interchange fees found an audience at the Georgia House Banks and Banking Committee, which listened to testimony last week on HB 1456-a bill that deals with the subject of interchange fees.   Often late session bills are buried in subcommittees, but significantly Committee Chairman James Mills, who co-sponsored the bill, allowed the

API Presents CITGO With Safety Award

The American Petroleum Institute (API) awarded CITGO Petroleum Corp. an Occupational Safety Performance Award for 2009, during the 61st Annual Pipeline Conference in New Orleans.  “As a company committed to the highest standards in safety, CITGO is honored to receive this prestigious award. The people of CITGO are also deeply committed to caring for our communities, our

Utah Gas Prices Surge

Gas prices are on the rise in Utah where the average price for a gallon of gas on Thursday was $3.10, Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA Utah told South Utah’s The Spectrum. With only Hawaii, Alaska and California posting higher prices that makes Utah’s gas prices the fourth highest in the nation. This is a

Quick Chek Honored As Best Place To Work

New Jersey business journal NJBiz recognized Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, during an award ceremony on April 22. The weekly business journal’s Best Places to Work survey and award program was

Raceway To Pay $4 Million In Back Wages

Following a ruling in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Raceway Petroleum and its owner Nicholas Kambitsis must pay $3.9 million in unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages to more than 700 former and current employees, predominantly gas attendants. Raceway Petroleum Inc., a Piscataway company with gas stations located throughout Central and Southern N.J.,

C-store Foodservice 101

Those new to the c-store foodservice channel can get up to speed with a one-day program in Chicago this June that covers important essentials from operator challenges and consumer priorities, to hot concepts and competitive issues. Conducted by experts from foodservice industry consultants Technomic, this program aims to jumpstart retailer efforts to tap opportunities in

Shell Expands Motorsports Presence

Shell Oil Co. and Penske Corp. have announced a multi-year cross business alliance set to begin during the 2011 NASCAR racing season. Under the alliance, Shell and Pennzoil plan to expand their motorsports presence with a primary sponsorship with 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch and the No. 22 car, as well as

Add Security At The Pump

The PCI Security Standards Council has certified Dresser Wayne fuel dispensers featuring the iDPOS in-dispenser point-of-sale application as Data Security Standard (DSS) compliant. “Dresser Wayne was the first to achieve PCI EPP 2.0 compliance and we are now the first to achieve PCI DSS certification at the fuel dispenser,” said Tim Weston, payment systems product

Casey’s Debuts on Fortune 500

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores has made its first appearance in the Fortune 500 list, the Des Moines Register reported today. The c-store chain debuts at No. 485 on Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of the country’s 500 largest corporations by revenue. The list is in the May 3 edition, which is hitting mailboxes now. Bill

Energy North To Buy Clipper Mart

Energy North placed a winning bid of $9.27 million, plus the value of the stores’ inventory to acquire M.W. Sewall’s 11 Clipper Mart stores, outbidding Cumberland Farms Inc.’s $8.5 million offer, The Times Record reported.  Other qualified bidders at Tuesday’s auction included H.A. Mapes Inc., Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC and TD Bank. Two other qualified

Could A Value-Added Tax Be Next?

President Barack Obama in an interview with CNBC Wednesday noted the possibility of a new value-added tax (VAT) is still on the table, although White House spokesmen insist it’s no longer being considered, the Associated Press reported.  A VAT is normal in many European countries, which tax the value added at each stage of production

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