ConocoPhillips Approves Passport

ConocoPhillips has approved Passport with PA-DSS point-of-sale (POS) system software Version 8.03G for retailers on their network. Gilbarco is now shipping orders for new Passport systems and Passport upgrades for the ConocoPhillips V8.03G software. ConocoPhillips joins the extensive list of other major oil companies and networks for software applications that were previously released. Broad approval

Flying J Sells Nine Stores To Moyle Petroleum

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J (now known as FJ Management) has sold nine of its convenience stores in Utah and Idaho to Moyle Petroleum. Moyle Petroleum, which maintains its corporate offices in Rapid City, S.D., now owns and operates 35 Common Cents convenience stores in South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Of the nine stores

FDA Loses Appeal On E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not hold the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes under the drug/device provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, according to a ruling by an appeals court, which upholds a decision by a lower-court, BusinessWeek reported. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said today the FDA

Shell and Pennzoil Return to Indianapolis 500

On Dec. 2,  Shell Oil Co. and Penske Corp. unveiled their 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series car line-up along with important driver details for the 2011 season. Officials from both companies met with members of the media at the Penske-Wynn Ferrari dealership at the Wynn Las Vegas to unveil both the

Sheetz Among Virginia’s Best Places to Work

Not only is Sheetz one of the top convenience stores in Virginia to stop for food, hot coffee and fuel, it’s now been named to be one of Virginia’s best places to work. The annual competition is judged by a public/private partnership that includes the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Society for Human Resource

Slurpee Goes Mobile

7-Eleven Inc.’s famous frozen, carbonated Slurpee drink now has its own application available for iPhone and Android through iTunes and Android marketplaces. The Slurpee application makes it easy for Slurpee fans to find 7-Eleven stores to get their Slurpee fix on the road or in their own hometown. The App provides information on the nearest

Boston College Faces Nevada In Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

The first-ever Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is raising money and awareness about the issue of hunger in the U.S. The bowl celebrates the culmination of Kraft Foods’ HUDDLE TO FIGHT HUNGER program, which is the food company’s largest-ever branded initiative to fight hunger in America. The goal of the program is to donate as many

CITGO Adds SmartLink

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

CITGO Using SmartLink Services

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is now offering Heartland Payment Systems’ SmartLink network services to its marketers and retailers at nearly 6,500 CITGO-branded gas stations in the U.S. SmartLink technology consolidates multiple in-store devices onto one high-speed broadband line, enabling business owners to lower telecommunication costs, save time and resources and manage their businesses more efficiently. “Since

DEA To Regulate Smokeable Herbal Products

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at

TRO Extended On Commercial RYO Machines

Companies with RYO cigarette making machines can breath easy for a few more weeks after a judge extended the temporary retraining order (TRO) prohibiting the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) from enforcing the bureau’s recently issued rule regulating commercial RYO cigarette making machines. The restraining order, originally issued on Nov. 15,

Retailers Embrace New POS Technology

Ricker Oil, Open Pantry and Tri Star Energy Daily’s stores are adding LIFT Retail Marketing Technology’s LIFT station, a new suggestive selling point-of-sale (POS) technology that displays up-sell offers to customers based on what they are actively buying. LIFT launched the new interactive system last month at the 2010 NACS Show in Atlanta. “These convenience

Marathon Selling Minnesota Downstream Assets

Marathon Oil Corp., an integrated energy company, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Marathon Petroleum Co. LP has closed the transaction with ACON Investments LLC and TPG Capital for the sale of most of Marathon’s Minnesota downstream assets. ACON and TPG formed Northern Tier Energy LLC (Northern Tier Energy) to operate the assets as

The Pantry Completes Presto Acquisition

The Pantry Inc. has completed the previously disclosed acquisition of 47 convenience stores from Presto Convenience Stores LLC. The stores operate under the Presto trade name and are located in Kansas with three stores in Missouri. The 47 acquired stores generated revenues of approximately $194 million for the 12 months ended May 2010. The acquisition

Sunoco to Sell Toledo Refinery

Sunoco Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to sell its 170,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Toledo, Ohio to Toledo Refining Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of PBF Holding Company LLC. Sunoco plans to sell the refinery for approximately $400 million (consisting of $200 million in cash and a $200 million two-year note). In addition, the

Chevron Appoints Macfarlane General Tax Counsel

Chevron Corp. has appointed C.N. “Sandy” Macfarlane general tax counsel and an officer of the corporation. In this position, Macfarlane will direct Chevron’s tax activities. He succeeds Thomas Schuttish who has retired after 30 years with the company. “Sandy is a recognized tax professional within the broader energy tax community,” said John Watson, Chevron’s chairman

Love’s To Install 40 DEF Pumps

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores plans to install Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers at fuel islands at 40 sites during the next four months, discoverDEF.com reported. “We are installing underground storage tanks and multiple dispensers at all of our new travel stops and at many of our legacy locations. The aggressive build out of

E-Z Mart Acquires Eight Stores

Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its convenience offering in Arkansas. On Dec. 1, E-Z Mart began operating eight more stores acquired from B-B-F Oil Co., bringing E-Z Mart’s store count to 306. The new locations in Arkansas are located in Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Benton and Sheridan. “The acquisition of B-B-F Oil

Hess Introduces Online Racing Game

Hess Corp. is introducing a virtual new chapter to its 46-year-old Hess Toy Truck holiday tradition with the launch of its first-ever interactive game, the Hess Jet Game. Based on the 2010 Hess Toy Truck and Jet, the Hess Jet Game takes the Hess Toy Truck to a whole new level, providing fans with a

Getty Realty Corp. Appoints Senior Director of Acquisitions

Getty Realty Corp., a publicly traded REIT focused solely on ownership and leasing of retail motor fuel and convenience store properties, has hired Mike Ross as senior director of acquisitions. Ross has more than 15 years of origination experience at well-known industry firms including: Trustreet Properties, Merrill Lynch and FMAC. Ross will be based in

AWMA Show To Feature Expanded Exhibit Hall

The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has announced its 2011 Show will feature an expanded Expo and the addition of a dedicated Foodservice Pavilion highlighting the latest foodservice products, programs and equipment for the convenience retailing industry. The AWMA Show is scheduled for Feb. 8-10, 2011 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. “Foodservice is

Senate Passes Food Safety Law

By a vote of 73 to 25 on Tuesday, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to overhaul the nation’s food safety system, the New York Times reported. The law, which gives increased powers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), comes after instances of tainted foods, including peanut butter and spinach,

PS Food Mart Launches Food Drive

Led by the Hillsdale PS Food Mart CITGO, 27 PS Food Mart Stores in 17 communities across South Central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio rallied their customers and neighbors in support of families in need. Generous donors purchased nearly 28,000 Kellogg’s PopTarts, which were donated to 24 different food pantries, homeless shelters, after school programs and

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