Archives for 2012

Seasonal Gasoline Shift and the Bernanke Put

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The uptrend in retail gasoline prices that began at the start of July still has legs, set to advance even as the summer travel season in the U.S. comes to an end with Labor Day, and as fuel specifications for gasoline ease to lower the production

Pilot Flying J Closes Maxum Petroleum Acquisition

“I am looking forward to increasing our participation in the fuel and lubricant distribution industry serving commercial and industrial customers,” says Pilot CEO. Pilot Flying J closed its acquisition of a controlling interest in Maxum Petroleum for cash, and its contribution of Western Petroleum LLC into Maxum.  Maxum will continue to operate as an independent

CITGO Launches Fall 2012 Fueling Good Program

Registration open for charities, local heroes to win CITGO gift cards. Fueling more than one-million miles of good by assisting more than 200 charities, CITGO Petroleum Corp. is once again launching its Fueling Good program. Now in its fourth year, the Fueling Good program continues to recognize and reward local heroes making a difference in

Ethanol Offering Stability

Isaac spares oil refineries in Gulf, yet prices continued to climb over Labor Day weekend. Over Labor Day weekend millions of Americans hit the open road, but with gas prices spiking toward $4 per gallon, many elected to stay home. The oil companies blame Hurricane Isaac for causing the sudden inflation, but the increases continue

Cenex Zip Trip Stores Raise Over $31,000 For Kids

“Now every time someone makes a $1 donation in our stores, they sign a flyer that we post and we give them a free soda next time they come in,” says Cenex Zip Trip general manager. For the third year, Cenex Zip Trip stores have participated in growing The Salvation Army’s Backpacks for Kids Campaign

Anheuser-Busch Assists Isaac Relief Efforts

Helping communities cope with disasters has been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1906 when it donated to victims of the San Francisco earthquake.    Anheuser-Busch has shipped 4,312 cases of emergency drinking water—or 103,488 cans—to affected areas to support Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. The emergency water has been made available to communities and relief organizations assisting

Roadrunner Markets Takes Swings for Charity

Golf tournament raises money for area charities, including the United Way. Roadrunner Markets, with the support of its suppliers and vendors, has raised $75,000 for area charities at the 16th annual Roadrunner Markets Benefit Golf Tournament. The tournament was held Monday, Aug. 27 at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.  More than 160 players took

Pilot Flying J Celebrates Driver Appreciation

Drivers to enjoy double rewards points for the entire month of September. On Sept. 1, all 648 travel centers and travel plazas in the Pilot Flying J network will start the day with a renewed mission—to make life better for America’s drivers. The Pilot Flying J team is recognizing the month of September as Driver

NCA Accepting Nominations for 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards

NCA’s members nominate the industry’s most innovative, leadership-focused trade customers. The National Confectioners Association, in conjunction with Candy & Snack TODAY magazine, has opened the nomination period for the 2013 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which allow NCA manufacturers and brokers to recognize trade customers who not only support, but also lead the confectionery industry in innovative

Self Checkout A Service Differentiator, Survey Says

Survey shows shoppers eager for self-checkout to expand to other retail segments, including drug and convenience stores, mass merchants. A just-released survey from NCR Corp. shows that shoppers appreciate the speed and efficiency of self-checkout (SCO), recognize the choice of SCO as a customer-service differentiator and are eager to have more SCO options at retail

Chester’s Chicken Opens New Restaurant

Chester’s Chicken has opened a Chester’s restaurant inside a Q Mart convenience store at the split of Martin, Tenn. and Paris, Tenn. Chester’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Customers can enjoy tasty fried chicken throughout the day. Deliciously crispy on the outside, tender

Flavorful Juice Twists

Campbell Soup Co. is expanding its line of V8 100% vegetable juices with the addition of two new varieties: V8 100% vegetable juice Hint of Lime and V8 100% vegetable juice Hint of Black Pepper. The first new flavors added since 2003, these new juices offer twists to the savory taste of V8 100% vegetable

Sunflower Seeds

THANASI Foods LLC, a developer and supplier of branded snack foods, has  introduced BIGS Sunflower Seeds to the Canadian market. BIGS Sunflower Seeds, which launched in the U.S. in March 2009, features fire roasted, jumbo-size sunflower seeds and an award winning line-up made with North America’s favorite co-branded flavors: BIGS FRANK’S REDHOT Buffalo Wing, BIGS

Gulf Oil Opens E85 Fueling Stations

New locations expand availability of alternative, affordable and environmentally-friendly fuels across Massachusetts. In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Gulf Oil has announced the grand opening of its E85 fueling station at the Charlton East Service Plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), ready to service

Consumer Spending Up

While consumer spending suggests the economy is looking up, applications for unemployment benefits remain steady. Consumer spending had a firm start in the third quarter, rising by the most in five months and offering hope economic growth could pick up this quarter, Reuters reported. Consumer spending increased 0.4% after a flat June, according to the

Ottawa Considers ID Modifications For Minors

“A red stripe and the date that person reaches the age of majority, would…eliminate virtually 99% of the honest errors that we encounter now in our stores,” said Quickie Convenience Stores spokesperson. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), along with a coalition of Ontario health units, is asking the province to modify driver’s licenses, a

Walmart Announces Gas Rollback Sale

With gas prices rising and holidays approaching, Walmart gives customers a break on fuel costs. Walmart has announced a Great Gas Rollback promotion for customers for the end of 2012. Customers using a Walmart gift card will receive a 10-cent-per-gallon discount, while those using a Walmart MoneyCard or Walmart credit card will save 15 cents

BP ampm Exits Eastern U.S.

BP to focus on its ampm business in the western U.S. BP plans to withdraw the ampm brand from the eastern U.S., including in Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Orlando by the end of 2012. There are more than 9,500 BP branded fuel outlets in the eastern U.S, of which approximately 200 have ampm convenience

Tracking Changes In Confections

While a few big gum and mint brands have the cache—and steady sales—to merit prime display space, hordes of newcomers are trying to snare a share of this valuable retail real estate. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In its “New Product Pacesetters” report, research firm SymphonyIRI Group revealed that the gum and mint sector accounted

Local Store Marketing: The Business Traveler

By, John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Ah, the glamour of business travel. The security lines, the $8 airport beers, the ongoing game of “how much can I stuff in an overhead bin,” all for the privilege of boarding a bus with wings. Well, this week I passed a milepost of

Hurricane Isaac Causes Spike In Gas Prices

AAA predicts that prices at the pump will be the highest ever for the U.S. Labor Day holiday. Hurricane Isaac has caused the sharpest overnight spike in gas prices in the Carolinas since Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, according to AAA Carolinas. Businessweek noted that South Carolina fuel prices shot up nearly eight cents a

Florida Petroleum Acquires Evans Oil

Florida Petroleum’s $15.75 million bid beats out Great Lakes Petroleum for ownership of the company. Newly-formed Florida Petroleum has registered the winning bid for the assets of bankrupt Evans Oil and plans to keep Evans Oil’s 70 employees in southwest Florida on board following the sale, The News-Press Online reported. The auction took place last

Claims Roll In On Off-Spec Gas

BP works to help customers collect on fuel quality guarantee. BP has posted an interactive retail site list at for consumers who suspect they purchased off-specification gasoline in Indiana, Chicagoland and the Milwaukee area during the past two weeks. All gasoline now shipped from the BP Whiting Refinery and its network of storage terminals

Florida Oil Divests Orlando Stores to Circle K

Florida Oil aims to concentrate on growing its business in the Atlanta area. Orlando, Fla.-based Florida Oil Holdings LLC has sold its Orlando assets to Circle K Stores Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Florida Oil directly operated 29 retail convenience stores with gasoline located in the greater Orlando, Fla. area.  “We

Rutter’s Adds High-End Coffee Drinks to Menu

Two Rutter’s stores debut upscale coffee options, and the chain prepares to roll out the offering to additional stores by year’s end. Rutter’s Farm Stores has rolled out a new coffee menu, featuring espresso drinks, frappes, iced lattes and fruit smoothies. The state-of- the-art espresso equipment freshly grinds and freshly brews each cup to order. This,