Archives for October 2012

Murphy Oil Corp. Plans Murphy USA Spinoff

“Separating these two businesses will allow each to unlock its own potential for growth,” says chairman of the board. Murphy Oil Corp.’s Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin off to its stockholders its U.S. downstream subsidiary, Murphy Oil USA Inc., into an independent and separately traded company. The corporation has also authorized

EZ Energy Supports Community To End

EZ Energy continues its support of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund with a $30,000 donation. In the final hours before EZ Energy’s sale, the management team remained true to its core values of supporting their communities with a significant charitable contribution. “Even as we prepare to sell substantially all our assets and we transition to

Heineken President Makes “40 Under 40!” List

Dolf van den Brink is the first beer industry member to be make the list. HEINEKEN USA’s President and CEO Dolf van den Brink has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40!” The annual list of business leaders under 40 years old celebrates some of the most influential contributors in technology, media,

Coca-Cola Co. VP To Speak At SupplySide West

Ronald Lewis to speak on the evolution and growth strategy of The Coca-Cola Co., and how procurement helps fulfill company goals. Ronald Lewis, vice president, procurement and chief procurement officer for the Coca-Cola Co. is scheduled as the featured speaker for SupplySide West 2012 Global Expo and Conference, which is scheduled for Nov. 5-9 at

Day’n Night Bites Expands Distribution and C-Store Services

Sandwich and Pizza producer, Day’n Night Bites, is expanding its distribution and sales force to the convenience store industry. Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM) was appointed Oct. 1 as sales agent with the Day’n Night Bites brand, leveraging ASM’s excellent broker relationships to continue the brand’s exceptional success. “I am extremely excited about our new

Wholesale Gasoline Costs on the Decline

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN It’s mid-October and wholesale gasoline costs are on a downtrend, with the decline delayed based on gasoline’s seasonal tendency to begin moving lower after Labor Day as holiday travel cuts vehicle miles traveled. Gasoline prices are also coming down from lofty heights not usually experienced this time

FDA Strikes Again In Graphic Warning Label Battle

The agency has requested a hearing before all eight judges on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is fighting back after a three judge panel with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, on Aug. 24, barred the FDA’s

Travel Centers Of America Dominates Driver Satisfaction Survey

TA and Petro Shopping Centers get high marks from customers in “Voted Best” survey. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, has announced the results of the sixth annual “Voted Best” survey. The independent survey conducted during September 2012, by Overdrive magazine, garnered driver feedback on truck stop

7-Eleven Acquires EZ Energy And Handee Marts

“These two acquisitions provide 7-Eleven with an excellent opportunity to have a strong presence immediately in both the Cleveland and Pittsburgh areas,” says 7-Eleven executive vice president. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced two acquisitions, expanding its U.S. store portfolio. The company has closed deals with EZ Energy USA, Inc. to purchase 67 retail locations in the

Finding Your Niche in the Hispanic Market

Specifying your target customer in the diverse Hispanic demographic can help food sales soar at retail. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The first rule of marketing for the average Hispanic consumer is understanding that there is no such thing as the average Hispanic consumer. The Hispanic consumer spans a diverse demographic composed of many niche

Opportunities Abound in Candy

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping shelves full of customers’ favorite candy, gum and mint brands may seem like an obvious practice for convenience store category mangers. However, controlling out-of-stocks continues to be the top challenge for c-stores managing

Consumers Focus On Healthful Foods

IDDBA’s “What’s in Store” report shows customers are looking to eat healthier and are shopping more, but they are also buying less on each trip. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consumers are buying less food on each trip to the store, making value that includes healthy choices the crux of their shopping ethos, according to “What’s

Pipe Tobacco With Legs

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane has introduced PIPA, a product that will make it easier than ever for cigarette and cigar smokers to explore the world of pipe tobacco.  Each package comes with 1.5 ounces of Vanilla Cavendish pipe tobacco, a free corn cob pipe, a free sticker, and a free ‘Pipe Smoking 101’ instruction booklet—all

Casey's Famous People Contest Celebrates Winner

Ray Sorensen wins hometown pizza party and a $5,000 grand prize check. After a three-month search for the best local celebrities, Casey’s General Stores Inc. recently announced Ray Sorensen II of Greenfield, Iowa, as the winner of the Casey’s Famous People Contest. Celebrated as The Freedom Rock Artist, Sorensen is a local celebrity known for

Phillips 66 Co. Customer Wins Gas For Life

For the sixth year in a row, Phillips 66 Co. held an annual sweepstakes at more than 3,500 participating Phillips 66, 76, and Conoco gas stations. Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco gas station chains have announced that Maria Brown from Glendale, Calif. Has won gas for life by filling up with TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline

Savvy Shoppers Pay Less To Fill-Up At Shell

As consumers look for more value, the new Fuel Rewards Network program offers ways to save big on fuel. Loyalty rewards programs have evolved over the years and so have consumers’ expectations to get value through their everyday purchases, including those purchases made online. According to a national survey sponsored by Shell, nine out of

Del Monte Bananas Join Community Events

Participants in the Miami Paddle Challenge were in for a unique surprise when they were joined by five giant, paddling Del Monte bananas. Del Monte Fresh Produce participated in two charity events on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, hosted by Miami Children’s Hospital and other partners, including Publix, Hyundai and Total Bank. Brand ambassadors in Del

Banana Halloween Costume Giveaway

Del Monte Fresh Produce has launched a “Banana Halloween Costume Giveaway.” The Facebook sweepstakes began Oct. 8 and ends Oct. 18. Many consumers have made eating healthy an important part of their lifestyle. In order to promote this growing trend, even during times where traditional candy is the treat of choice, Del Monte has decided

Susser Holdings Provides Q3 Operating Results

Susser expects to build 28-35 retail sites in 2013. Susser Holdings Corp. has released partial operating results for the third quarter of 2012. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012, Susser expects to report:    • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 5.8% year-over-year, compared to growth of 7.4% for the year-earlier period.     •

Customers Demanding Healthier Pizza

The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail Report reveals that enhancing the overall healthfulness of your pizza offering can drive sales. has released a new market research report titled The Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail. Data from a Packaged Facts August 2012 survey shows that 97% of U.S. adults

NACS Announces 2012-13 NACS Executive Committee Officers

David Carpenter takes the helm as chairman of the board. NACS announced the election of its 2012-13 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas, which ran through Oct. 10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Dave Carpenter, president and CEO of West Des Moines-based J.D. Carpenter Companies

Portfolio Of Circle K Stores In Oklahoma Seeks New Property-Owner

Circle K to continue to lease and operate stores at the locations.  A property-owner is divesting a portfolio of 42 sites, on which Circle K leases stores, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The real estate portfolio is listed for sale with an asking price of $60 million. All 42 properties are leased to Circle K on

Giant Eagle Locking Up Low Prices

Giant Eagle helps families plan budgets for the holiday season by announcing price locks on hundreds of popular items. Multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle Inc. is helping families better manage their grocery budgets by locking low prices through the holidays on hundreds of the items customers purchase most. Even if costs go up,

NACS Recognizes 2012 Scholarship Winners

NACS established the scholarship program in 1999 in memory of Jim Yates, founder of E-Z Mart Stores Inc. and 1992-1993 NACS chairman. NACS scholarship winners were recognized during a reception in their honor on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the NACS Show. The NACS Scholarship Program, created in memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson, recognizes

Shoppers Report Cautious Optimism

“We anticipate many shoppers across all segments will continue to practice prudent shopping patterns, such as buying on deal, choosing store brands over national brands and researching offers online,” says SymphonyIRI spokesperson. Just over one quarter of shoppers (27%) anticipate they will be financially better off a year from now, up from a dismal 22%