Slot Machines Enter Ohio Gas Stations

Eight Spee-D-Foods gas stations in Akron and Canton, Ohio are a new type of slot machine, where customers win based on skill, the Associated Press reported. The machines are marketed by Flanders, N.J. -based Reel Vegas Slots, which devised the game by converting real slot machines from Atlantic City. While traditional slots use computer chips

Consumer Trends To Watch In 2010

The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released “What’s In Store 2010″, a trends report that reveals which consumer shopping trends will have the most impact in the next five years. According to the report, the demand for low prices, health and wellbeing, convenience, sustainability, and food safety and quality are the trends to

Diet Coke Unveils New Packaging, Heart Health Message

For the third consecutive year, Diet Coke is partnering with Klum and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in a national heart health awareness campaign called The Heart Truth. To bring heart health into the spotlight during February, American Heart Month, Diet Coke will distribute special limited-edition packaging in support of the campaign.

Shell to Cut 1,000 Jobs After Fourth Quarter Decline

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is planning new, deeper cuts to its oil refining and retail operations after downstream weakness caused a 75% decline in fourth-quarter profits to $1.18 billion, Reuters reported. According to CEO Peter Voser, in 2010 the company plans $1 billion in cost cuts and 1,000 job cuts, mainly to come from the

Valero Renewables Acquires Jefferson Ethanol Plant

Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation has closed on the purchase of an ethanol plant from Renew Energy. The plant, located near Jefferson, Wis., has an annual production capacity of 110 million gallons. Valero paid $72 million for the plant. The purchase gives Valero Renewables a

Kroger Opens Smith’s Express C-store in Utah

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store at 1974 S. 1100 East in Sugar House, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.   A second location at 873 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City is set to open this month. Both

Gaming Purchases Just Got Easier

7-Eleven Inc., the world’s largest convenience store chain, and Kwedit Inc., a provider of alternative payment systems, are making it easier for millions of online gamers to buy virtual goods in a game-changing “Play Now. Pay Later.” plan, announced today.   Americans who do not have credit or debit cards or who prefer to pay

CVS Enters Memphis Market

CVS/pharmacy has opened its first store in the city of Memphis. “We are pleased to be opening stores in Memphis and expanding our presence in the state of Tennessee,” said Larry Merlo, president of CVS/pharmacy. “Our mission at CVS is to make pharmacy solutions effective and easy for our customers, so we look forward to

Evolution Fuels Acquires Second Kansas Fuel Station

Evolution Fuels Inc. has executed a second lease agreement with J&J Developments Inc. (J&J) for a fuel station located in Topeka, Kan.  This is the second station of what Evolution Fuels expects will be a series of locations leased from J&J. The station is located on a prime intersection of Topeka that experiences an average

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Extend Decline

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline costs in metropolitan wholesale markets across the U.S. are posting between a nickel and dime declines to start February compared with week prior pricing, as the market continues to slump after financially traded gasoline contracts spiked to a 15-month high in early January. The early year

Healthful Food Choices A National Issue

 In his FY 2011 budget proposal, President Barack Obama addressed the need for bringing healthy food options to underserved communities by calling for more than $400 million in investments in new and expanded supermarkets, farmers markets and other food stores. The public-private grant and loan program would dramatically reduce the roughly 23 million Americans who

Zippo Acquires Ronson Corp. Assets

Bradford, Pa-based  Zippo Manufacturing Company has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of Ronson Consumer Products Corporation of Woodbridge, N.J., and Ronson Corporation of Canada Ltd.; and certain related assets of Ronson Corporation. Zippo is one of the world’s most widely recognized brands, best known for its iconic refillable windproof lighter. The

Hunt Brothers Sponsors Elliott Sadler for NASCAR Season

The 2010 NASCAR season isn’t underway just yet, but Hunt Brothers Pizza is already celebrating a huge win: the company just inked a deal to sponsor veteran driver Elliott Sadler in both the Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series. This is Hunt Brothers Pizza’s second year as the primary sponsor of a NASCAR

Alon Named Stalking Horse Bidder for Bakersfield Refinery

  Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc. has been selected as the stalking horse bidder for the Bakersfield, Calif., refinery from Big West of California LLC, a subsidiary of Flying J Inc.   Completion of the acquisition is subject to an auction process, bankruptcy court approval and customary regulatory approval. The Bakersfield refinery is located in

C.K. Smith Exiting Gasoline Business

  Fuel supplier C.K. Smith and Co. Inc., which closed 23 Irving gas stations last month in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, said yesterday its decision was part of a strategy to exit the gasoline business, but will not affect its heating oil and propane services business in Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Telegram reported. “Today, C.K.

The Pantry Inc. Posts First Quarter Loss

  The Pantry Inc. has reported a wider-than-expected first-quarter loss, due to below-average fuel and grocery margins, Reuters reported. For the first quarter ended Dec. 24, the company posted a net loss of $26.1 million, or $1.17 a share, compared with a profit of $38.5 million, or $1.73 a share, last year. Excluding 90 cents

Thorntons Adds E-85 To New Albany Store

  Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons Inc. has added E-85 fuel to its store at 2250 State Street in New Albany, Ind., Business First of Louisville. It is the ninth Thorntons store to carry the alcohol-based fuel, which is 85% ethanol and 15% petroleum. Thorntons has four stores in Illinois, two in Indiana, two in Kentucky and

Arkansas Court Sides With General Tobacco

  An Arkansas Court has denied the Arkansas Attorney General’s motion to remove General Tobacco’s cigarette brands from the directory of approved brands to sell in that state and ordered the Arkansas Attorney General to arbitrate the dispute ordered in 2006, holding that General Tobacco’s cigarette brands may continue to be sold lawfully in Arkansas.  Since

Customers Stock Up For The Super Bowl

  A recent survey by The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company, found that nine out of 10 households plan to watch Super Bowl XLIV at home or at a friend’s or relative’s house instead of watching it from a restaurant or bar. And for their home viewing, only 5% of households expect

DePinto Goes Undercover

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc.’s Joe DePinto is starring on CBS’ new reality show Undercover Boss, later this February and is appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show to talk about what he discovered walking in his employees’ shoes, the Dallas Morning News reported. The show reveals the impact of decisions made at the corporate level, defining problems

Walgreens Announces Community Corner Program

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is introducing a new Community Corner program designed to highlight the successes of minority-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind supplier diversity initiative is designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens will recognize these vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, coupon booklets,

7-Eleven Debuts Cup With A Cause

  7-Eleven, Inc. aims to donate more than $2 million to charities as it launches its charity-focused coffee campaign this month: “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”   Throughout 2010, 7-Eleven will introduce limited-edition 20-ounce coffee cups designed by entertainment and sports celebrities to be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Proceeds from cups sold will benefit

Wayne Oil Co. Chooses KSS to Manage Fuel Pricing

  Wayne Oil Co. of Goldsboro, N.C., has chosen KSS Inc. and its PriceNet and PriceNet Web systems to automate and optimize fuel price management at the chain’s 13 locations across the Southeastern U.S. John Strickland Jr., president of Wayne Oil, says his company purchased PriceNet and PriceNet Web to help him boost his control

Set Your Sights on Loyalty

Catalina Marketing and Outsite Networks have partnered to bring brand-sponsored loyalty offerings to convenience stores. Catalina Marketing, the innovator and leader in consumer-focused marketing, delivers compelling and relevant in-store promotions. The marketing company partners with grocery, drug, mass and convenience retailers to provide the best money-saving incentives for your customers. Catalina offers 25 years of

Pricing on Demand

KSS Inc. has introduced RackPrice SaaS, a hosted version of the company’s fuel price management software for fuel wholesalers. The new system gives fuel suppliers the option to benefit from a comprehensive, automated fuel price management capability via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, where the application—and accompanying customer database and information–resides and is managed by KSS

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