Archives for March 2013

Straw-Ber-Rita Hits Shelves

Last April, Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita hit shelves, and in less than eight months, became the leading flavored malt beverage brand on the market, selling more than 500,000 barrels. The successful launch of Lime-A-Rita was second only to Bud Light’s other 2012 innovation, Bud Light Platinum, which was the No. 1 top-selling new product in

Hess And Elliot Vie For Shareholder Attention

Both Hess and Elliott send letters to shareholders urging them to support their board nominees. Hess Corp. sent a letter to all shareholders, urging them to vote for the election of the board’s nominees.  The letter accompanied its definitive proxy materials filed in connection with its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, set for May 16,

7-Eleven Introduces New Smartphone App

Retailer invites users to help develop future features. 7-Eleven Inc. is turning over the future development of its new smartphone application (app) to the public. With hopes of making U.S. consumers’ lives even more convenient, the world’s largest convenience retailer is seeking public feedback as it expands features and capabilities of its recently released app. 

NATSO Elects 2013 Chairman of the Board

Tom Heinz Elected as Chairman, NATSO Board of Directors. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, today announced that it has named Tom Heinz, President of Heinz Inc. and Coffee Cup Fuel Stops & Convenience Stores, as its 2013 Chairman of the Board. Heinz, who succeeds Darrin Flitton as Chairman of the

Del Monte Brings Healthy Twist To Spring Break

College students from around the world compete in ‘Beach Bash Dash’ obstacle course and “banana dance.” Hundreds of Spring Breakers from around the world took part in the first Del Monte Fresh “Beach Bash Dash” in Daytona Beach, Fla. The event was part of a new campaign to promote healthful eating habits among college students,

Newcastle Brown Ale Extends the No Bollocks Campaign

Newcastle Brown Ale has launched ‘No Bollocks 2013,’ a new integrated national marketing campaign intended to help retailers sell more beer. As an extension of its original No Bollocks platform launched in 2012, the new work continues Newcastle’s dedication to bollocks-free ads by celebrating honesty. At the heart of the ‘No Bollocks 2013’ campaign is

LED Lighting Solutions

LSI Industries has added five new LED solutions for a variety of interior applications: LED ASC Ascent Recessed Direct/Indirect Ambient Lighting; LED PEC Peak Efficiency Recessed Direct/Indirect Ambient Lighting; LED EG3 Enclosed & Gasketed Vaportight Lighting; LED Duetto Accent Lighting; and LED MWW Micro Wall Wash Lighting. All feature high-performance LED optical systems to delivery

Bankrupt Jump Oil Divests Stores

Some 46 gas stations are for sale, as well as other assets. Jump Oil Co. Inc., a petroleum marketing and convenience store company headquartered in Jefferson City, Mo., is selling its chain of 46 gas stations and convenience stores.  In addition, the chain is divesting one other retail location, the related dealer leases and fuel

Leased Lehigh Gas Stores Rebranded 7-Eleven

“Lehigh Gas Partners looks forward to working with 7-Eleven and is confident customers will benefit from the rebranding of these locations,” says Lehigh Gas Partners CEO. 7-Eleven Inc. is rebranding convenience stores in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties in Ohio as part of a 19-store lease from Lehigh Gas Partners LP, based in Allentown, Pa. Lehigh

Aloha Joins Mansfield's DeliveryONE Distribution Network

Aloha Petroleum becomes the exclusive provider for Air1 diesel exhaust fluid in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum of Hawaii has joined Mansfield Oil Co.’s DeliveryONE network distribution for Yara’s Air1 brand of diesel exhaust fluid. Ready to service the local market, Aloha Petroleum services Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. Diesel exhaust fluid is the key

Safeway Adds Xenergy

New retail relationship adds more than 1,400 stores to the official energy drink of the UFC’s retail roster. Safeway Inc. is adding energy drink brand Xenergy in more than 1,400 of its stores nationwide. The retailer will offer the zero-calorie and sugar-free energy drink’s best-selling flavors: Mango Guava and Cherry Lime. Consumers can expect to

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Decline Again

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Lower wholesale costs for gasoline are moving through the supply chain which should again pressure retail prices, with the Energy Information Administration (EIA) last reporting in their weekly survey through March 18 a national average for regular grade at a $3.696 gallon five-week low. The average has declined

Honey Berry Singles

The Backwoods brand of all-natural tobacco cigars is introducing what is expected to be another winner for adult tobacco consumers and retailers alike: Backwoods Honey Berry Singles. The offering, launched in c-stores in January, features convenience, freshness and all-natural tobacco. “It is the most successful natural wrapper cigar introduced in the last 30 years,” according

New Washington Pipe Tobacco

Republic Tobacco has introduced Washington Pipe Tobacco. Available in Regular, Menthol and Gold medium and large bags, the new blend is a flavorful combination of premium tobaccos with a smooth, mellow taste. With Washington, retailers can satisfy the demand for a great pipe tobacco at a revolutionary low price.  This winning combination will provide consumers

Love’s To Purchase 50 New CNG Trucks For Fuel Delivery

Love’s plans to power 12.5 % of its fuel tanker fleet with compressed natural gas. Love’s Travel Stops has agreed to purchase 50 new Freightliner Cascadia trucks with the Cummins Westport 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) engine for its fleet of fuel haulers, operating under the Gemini Transport brand. Gemini, a sister company to Love’s,

Leiszler Oil Brings VP Retail Brand To Kansas

Kansas distributor to adopt VP Racing Fuels retail brand program. Clay Center, Kan.-based Leiszler Oil Inc. has partnered with VP Racing Fuels Inc. In addition to operating 16 Short Stop Convenience stores, Leiszler Oil Inc. also provides wholesale distribution of fuels to 14 branded and 13 unbranded retail sites in central and NE Kansas. “We

Technomic Examines Customers’ Dining Preferences

“Restaurant operators are making efforts to track consumer purchasing habits and attitudes,” says Technomic’s executive vice president. Today’s consumers have seemingly endless dining options, from hundreds of restaurants, to prepared foods purchased from c-stores, or even home-cooked meals. If restaurant operators or even c-store operators with extensive foodservice want to successfully compete in this environment,

NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

Bill would limit the menu-labeling rules to food retailers that derive 50% or more of their total revenue from the sale of food. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 1249), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA),  a thoughtful approach to providing the

Former U.S. Surgeon General Joins NJOY

Dr. Richard Carmona joins NJOY’s Board of Directors. NJOY has announced that Dr. Richard Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, has been appointed a member of NJOY’s Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee. Carmona was nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as the 17th

7-Eleven Suing 7-SEVEN Stores For Trademark Infringement

The c-store behemoth wants a judge to prevent the use of the 7-SEVEN name; the numbers 7 and 11 or color combinations of red, green, orange and white as part of convenience store logos. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. has reportedly filed two federal lawsuits against 7-SEVEN stores in Bibb County, Texas, claiming trademark infringement, The Telegraph

Chevron, Safeway, Vons Partner To Offer Rewards

Joint loyalty program allows customers to save at Vons, Safeway, Chevron and Texaco. Safeway, Vons and Chevron have joined forces to offer a joint Rewards Points loyalty program in Las Vegas and Northern California. Customers who earn gas rewards by shopping with their Vons ClubCard or Safeway Club Card at Vons and Safeway stores are

Susser Completes Sale/Leaseback Transactions For $15.2 Million

Three new Stripes stores debut in March. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP announced that three new Stripes stores have opened in Texas during March.  Sale/leaseback transactions worth $15.2 million for these three stores were completed on March 21. These latest Stripes store sales by Susser Holdings to Susser Petroleum Partners bring the

E-Z Mart Improves Social and Mobile Marketing

OpenStore by GasBuddy helps E-Z Mart launch new Website. E-Z Mart Stores, with 300 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, has launched a new Website, effective March 1, 2013, after partnering with OpenStore by GasBuddy last year. The new site is fully integrated with a mobile app to create a complete experience for the

C-store Chain ampm Celebrates National Corndog Day

Customers can enjoy a corn dog and Pepsi deal this Saturday. This March 23, National Corndog Day gets off to a strong start at participating ampm convenience stores with an exclusive coupon offer for corn dog-loving customers. In collaboration with sponsors Pepsi and Foster Farms, participating ampm locations are offering a coupon, available in participating

CITGO, Sun Coast Resources Help Houston Furniture Bank

Houston-based businesses make surprise donation to local non-profit. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Houston-based CITGO Marketer, Sun Coast Resources, organized a surprise donation for the Houston Furniture Bank in honor of its commitment to “furnishing hope by making empty houses homes.” Together, the two companies presented furniture collected by Sun Coast Resources employees and $500 in