Archives for January 2013

Atlas Oil Adds to Leadership Team

“I am excited about our growth prospects as we move into 2013 and beyond,” says Atlas CEO. Atlas Oil is beginning 2013 with a focus on strategic growth and expansion and has added two new executives to its leadership team. Both new leadership team members, Edward Shelton and Satish Kalala, have strategic growth backgrounds. “We

Customers Mixed On Starbucks’ Reusable Cup

Survey shows 57% probably won’t purchase the cup, but seven in 10 think it’s a good idea. More than a quarter of Americans (28%) have already bought or plan on purchasing one of Starbucks’ new $1 reusable coffee tumblers aimed at cutting down on paper cup waste, according to a YouGov Omnibus survey taken Jan.

U.S. Gasoline Supply Rebuilding From Fourth Quarter Lows

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric December finished with a sixth consecutive weekly increase in domestic gasoline stocks, rebuilding from a four-year low plumbed in October amid a host of unexpected refinery outages in 2012 heading into the fourth quarter, and exacerbated by the destruction and resultant infrastructure disruptions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

Record Growth For Kum & Go

In biggest-ever expansion, Kum & Go built 43 stores in 2012. It was a banner year for Kum & Go. In 2012, the privately held convenience store chain built a record 43 new stores in nine states—more than double its previous record of 21 new stores in 2009. The chain’s total reach is now 430

Mintel Announces Four Biggest Foodservice Trends

In 2013, customers to remain ingredient conscious and innovation to continue to evolve the beverage category. The restaurant industry continues to make gains and consumers are feeling more confident about spending their discretionary dollars on dining out. So, what will they be looking for this year when they sit down at their favorite eatery? Mintel

More Than 1,000 Students Apply For Cumberland Farms Scholarships

Cumberland Farms to help 130 students attend college through Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. The deadline for the Cumberland Farms Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program officially closed on Dec. 15, 2012, and the company has announced that over 1,000 students from the high school class of 2013 have applied to win these scholarships. Cumberland Farms’

The ‘King of Beers’ To Unveil Budweiser Black Crown

First TV spot to be featured during Super Bowl XLVII. It started with a bold experiment. A year ago, Budweiser asked its 12 brewmasters to envision their own unique version of one of the world’s most iconic beers. After 12 recipes, six beers brewed for national sampling, and 25,000 opinions, the experiment has resulted in

C-stores Join Mobile Futures Network

Nine start-ups to launch new mobile pilots in just 90 days. After receiving hundreds of applications, Mondelez International announced the nine start-ups selected to participate in the company’s first of its kind Mobile Futures program aimed at shaping the future of mobile marketing. The final start-up companies will have the opportunity to partner with company’s

Dos Equis Introduces Game Changer Program

Takes sports viewing to a more interesting level. Dos Equis, one of the fastest growing upscale import brands in the U.S., is taking the sports-viewing experience to a more interesting level at retail and on-premise with the debut of the Dos Equis Game Changer activation. Running January through March, Game Changer inspires adults to take

What’s Healthy?

More consumers are gravitating toward health-halo claims—such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range, according to Technomic. Consumers are becoming increasingly health-conscious, but their perceptions of what is considered healthy eating at restaurants are also changing. Contemporary definitions of health are strongly associated with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and

Hormel Foods to Acquire Iconic Skippy Peanut Butter Line

“The acquisition of the Skippy peanut butter business represents a significant opportunity for Hormel Foods,” says CEO. Hormel Foods Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever United States Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory

Mutual Oil Co. Sells 19 Gas Stations

The wholesale assets were purchased by a number of buyers, including Alliance Energy LLC, regional jobbers and individual store operators. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has announced the successful sale of 19 gas station and convenience store wholesale assets for Mutual Oil Co. Inc. The wholesale assets have been sold to multiple buyers, including Alliance

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens

New large-scale exhibitors and well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration has opened for the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 21-23, 2013, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2013 Expo is poised to be the most successful

Smoking Cessation Sales Hit $1 Billion

More Americans vow to quit in 2013, reports Mintel. New Years resolutions are sure to include “quit smoking” this year, and there are plenty of smoking cessation products on hand to help Americans quit, and according to a new report from Mintel on smoking cessation aids, people are expected to use them. Sales of smoking

CITGO Rewards 12 Fueling Good Winners

Non-profit organizations to receive $5,000 in CITGO gift cards. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is adding to its million miles of good by recognizing and rewarding the top 12 charities from the recent Fueling Good promotion.  With more than 300,000 votes cast to determine the winners, these non-profit organizations will each receive $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards

Kum & Go Offers Gas Savings

Customers can buy any two 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi, Coca-Cola or Dr Pepper products and save 10 cents a gallon on gas, up to 20 gallons. Kum & Go L.C is offering savings on gasoline purchases at its participating stores beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Customers who buy any two 20-ounce bottles of Pepsi, Coca-Cola or

7-Eleven Acquires 143 Texas Locations From C. L. Thomas

“We expect to grow to more than 700 7-Eleven stores in Texas from last year’s 342 with this and other acquisitions we’ve made in 2012,” says 7-Eleven’s chief financial officer. 7-Eleven, Inc. continues its expansion in the Lone Star state with the acqusition of 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket retail locations from C. L. Thomas

United Supermarkets Announces C-Store Additions

Remodeling effort to follow at main location in Borger, Texas. United Supermarkets is set to break ground on freestanding United Express convenience stores at its Borger and Dumas locations in Texas. The Borger project will be followed shortly by a major remodeling effort for the main store. Construction on both convenience stores will start in

Founder of Pilot Corp. Receives Hall of Fame Award

NATSO recognizes James Haslam II. James “Jim” Haslam II, founder of Pilot Corp. and chairman emeritus of Pilot Flying J, will receive the association’s Hall of Fame award at The NATSO Show in Savannah, Ga., Feb. 2-6, announced NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes

Starbucks Introduces Reusable Cup

The coffee giant aims to sell 5% of all beverages in reusable cups by 2015. Starbucks Corp. is encouraging customers to be more environmentally-friendly with the rollout of its $1 reusable plastic cup, which is available at cafes this week.   The Seattle-based coffee chain has long rewarded customers with a 10-cent discount when they

Empire Petroleum Acquires Woodfin Heating Inc.

“As our industry undergoes a considerable transition, the acquisitions of long-term distributors such as Woodfin will help Empire to continue to grow and succeed for many years to come,” says CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired the gasoline wholesale distribution assets of Woodfin Heating Inc., a Richmond, Va.-based convenience store operator and

Green Oil's Christmas Spirit

The Wyatt brothers, co-owners of the 89 year old Geo. H. Green Oil Co. of Fairburn, Ga., announced today the continued success of their annual fund raising efforts. “Despite a seriously challenged economy our great team found ways to continue our record of success raising more than $26,000 in just 27 days–an increase of 4%

Core-Mark Announces Management Promotions

“Both of these leaders have demonstrated a remarkable knowledge of and dedication to the industry,” says CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has promoted Christopher Hobson to senior vice president of marketing and William Stein to senior vice president of U.S. Distribution (East). Both promotions are effective Jan. 1, 2013. Hobson joined Core-Mark in 2000 from

5-hour ENERGY Donation Exceeds Expectations

Popularity of Pink Lemonade flavor generates $387,531.20 philanthropic donation to the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade. Due to the popularity of Pink Lemonade flavor 5-hour ENERGY and the support of 5-hour ENERGY fans, Living Essentials LLC has been able to donate $387,531.20 to the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade to fund