Fresh & Easy Debuts Kids Product Line

Fresh & Easy is celebrating the opening of three new Fresh & Easy stores in San Diego County and the launch of fresh&easy Goodness, a range of nutritious products designed specifically for kids. Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason was joined by Region IX Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Herb

McLane Introduces Two New Grocery Programs

McLane, a supply chain services company, has debuted its new Grab & Go Hot Foods program and its new Grab & Go Gourmet Pastry program. Grow Sales With Hot FoodMcLane’s Grab & Go Hot Foods program addresses the growing demand for hot prepared foods at a fair price and includes an array of products and

Tyson Chicken Featured at National Food Conference

An example of Tyson Foods’ commitment to the advancement of child nutrition was featured at the 2010 National Food Policy Conference, hosted by the Consumer Federation of America in cooperation with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Tyson Wokin’ Orange All-in-One Entree (Fully-Cooked Dark Meat Strips with Spicy Orange Sauce) was part of the meal served during

Flash Market Adds Pizza Inn Franchise

Convenience store chain Flash Market has added Pizza Inn’s traditional and specialty pizzas for takeout or delivery in Lebanon, Tenn., as part of a franchise agreement. The newest Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location opened at 1051 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, and similar Pizza Inn locations are planned for select Flash Market stores throughout Arkansas and Tennessee.

Reduce Costs With Fuel Management Solution

Fuel management solution providers OPW Fuel Management Systems, a business unit of OPW, and FuelQuest Inc., are partnering to offer an end-to-end, centralized fuel network management solution. Fuel operators can now enjoy the benefits of proactive tank monitoring integrated with fuel management automation software and services to reduce fuel costs, lower working capital requirements, and

CSD Exclusive: WPMCA Hails Legislative Victory

By Jennifer Badeau, WPMCA Director of Regulatory Affairs The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) is pleased with its recent legal victory: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act is constitutional. The decision marks the 10th time an appellate court has ruled in favor of keeping the law

Outsite Partners with Catalina

Norfolk, Va.-based Outsite Networks, a loyalty solutions provider for the c-store industry, and Catalina Marketing, a provider of precision marketing and shopper-focused media, have partnered to develop a c-store network that brings manufacturer-sponsored coupons to c-store consumers. The partnership leverages Catalina Marketing’s understanding of how purchase behavior can be used to design and execute successful

Cumberland Farms Selling 61 Stores

Cumberland Farms Inc. is selling 61 convenience store properties through a structured sale process to be managed by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Cumberland owns the real estate at all of the sites and leases them to third party tenants under triple net lease agreements. These tenants operate independent convenience stores and other retail businesses

Kroger, Union Reach Agreement

Associates of Kroger’s Columbus Division, an affiliate of The Kroger Co., have ratified an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75. The agreement covers approximately 3,000 associates in Toledo and Northwest Ohio working in 26 stores and 12 fuel centers. Stores are located in the metropolitan Toledo, Ohio area and Findlay, Fremont, Tiffin,

ExxonMobil Aids Communities In Developing Countries

Exxon Mobil Corp. pledged $1 million at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to invest in the expansion of high impact, sustainable technologies that advance women economically in the developing world. The program is expected to directly benefit more than 13,500 people, with indirect benefits reaching more than 475,000 people in the next two years. The

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

Pipe Versus RYO Tobacco

The Pipe Tobacco Council, a trade organization of pipe tobacco manufacturers, has responded to the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) previously published request for comments to distinguish between pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco for federal excise tax purposes based on the physical characteristics of the two tobacco products. The deadline for

West Virginia: RYO Machines Violate Law

The West Virginia Department of Revenue has issued Administrative Notice No. 10-26,  which rules that allowing customers to use roll-your-own cigarette machines inside retail stores is now considered to be the illegal manufacturing and selling of unstamped cigarettes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The notice went on to call large RYO machines

Couche-Tard To Casey’s: Reveal Terms of 7-Eleven Bid

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. challenges Casey’s to announce any developments relating to 7-Eleven’s non-binding preliminary bid on Sept. 2, ahead of the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for Sept. 23. “We believe that disclosure of 7-Eleven’s preliminary, non-binding indication of interest is yet another attempt to obfuscate the choices that have been presented to the

Fresh & Easy Debuts GreenChill Certified Stores

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is opening its second GreenChill certified store at Oceanside Blvd. and College Blvd. in Oceanside, Calif., on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, Fresh & Easy opened its first GreenChill store in Rosemead, Calif., which was also the first grocery store in Southern California to utilize a CO2 refrigeration unit. Fresh &

Dispensed Beverage Sales Show Promise

Cold and frozen beverages continue to be a mainstay of the convenience store offering—something consumers expect, enjoy, and increasingly want to tailor to their own individual tastes. Others have noticed. McDonald’s, for example, is making smoothies and other cold beverages part of its strategy for expanding its beverage offerings. Beginning in March, the burger giant

Couche-Tard Would Increase Offer

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is again appealing to Casey’s shareholders ahead of this week’s annual shareholders meeting set for Sept. 23. It urged shareholders to consider the following when voting: “7-Eleven has not made a formal offer to acquire Casey’s. Unlike Couche-Tard’s $38.50 per share fully-financed cash premium offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares

Kroger Donates $3 Million For Breast Cancer Awareness

In partnership with key suppliers, The Kroger Co. has committed $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work. Kroger’s annual breast cancer campaign, “Giving Hope a Hand,” again will feature associates from across the company who are breast cancer survivors. This

Sunoco Shifts Focus To C-Stores

Lynn Elsenhans, Sunoco’s CEO, told analysts she hopes to expand the company’s profitable retail business by ramping up its convenience-store offerings, Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “An area of opportunity for us to unlock even more value out of our real estate is by changing our mind-set from a fuels retailer that also sells some convenience items,

Wal-Mart To Enter C-Store Market

Wal-Mart is entering the convenience store market starting with large cities, such as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit, the Financial Times reported. The big box chain is reportedly has been looking at smaller-format sites between 20,000-50,000 square feet this summer. The company expects to outline its business plans later this year, Bill Simon, Wal-Mart’s CEO

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Tumble with Pipeline Restart

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN A relatively quick return, just over a week, in pipeline deliveries on Energy Partners, L.P.’s Lakehead system after it was shut on Sept. 9 due to a leak pressured wholesale gasoline costs through today, especially in the Midwest. Enbridge was forced to shut a key pipeline

Thorntons Reopens Evansville Store

Thorntons celebrated the grand re-opening of its existing store location at 2401 Morgan Ave. Evansville, Ind., on Sept. 16, 2010. With the addition of this location, Thorntons will operate 161 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers can look forward to a clean and friendly environment with high quality foods, such as fresh

United Supermarkets Donates To Food Bank

Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets and its guests donated an additional $28,614 and 8,338 pounds of food to South Plains Food Bank during the company’s recent mini food drive at its 10 stores in Lubbock County. Following the public announcement in early August that the food bank was facing a critical shortage of food, United responded

TA/Petro Offers New Fleet Cards

TravelCenters of America (TA)/Petro Stopping Centers has teamed with Fuelman Network, a division of FleetCor Technologies LLC, to introduce Fuelman and CFN FleetWide fleet cards at all participating TA/Petro locations. “The inclusion of more than 225 of the nation’s top travel plazas into our acceptance program considerably strengthens Fuelman and CFN FleetWide cardholders’ access to

Love’s Fundraises For Children’s Hospitals

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores are asking customers to purchase a $1, $5 or $25 Miracle Balloon icon to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network, a children’s charity that raises funds for more than 170 pediatric hospitals. The fundraiser runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 30, and customers are encouraged to participate in a variety of

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