Archives for April 2013

Hoodia Infused Gum

Desert Labs’ Snack Less chewing gum is the first in a new series of products powered by Hoodia Parviflora, the only Hoodia designated SAFE for human consumption. Snack Less chewing gum is infused with Hoodia Parviflora to give dieters control over snacking and food cravings. Hoodia has long been linked to appetite control, creating the

Under FBI Investigation Haslam Outlines Steps To Fix Fraud

Pilot Flying J’s CEO hires chief compliance officer, starts electronic rebate payments, restructures team and begins its own field audit, among other steps. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has released a statement regarding the ongoing FBI and IRS investigation into the Pilot Flying J travel plaza business

V2 Cigs and National Tobacco Co. Announce Partnership

NTC and V2 Cigs expect to expand distribution to no less than 30,000 additional retail locations this year alone. V2 Cigs, America’s largest volume online retailer of electronic cigarettes, announced today a strategic partnership with National Tobacco Co. (NTC), distributor of the iconic Zig-Zag and Beech-Nut brands. The two companies have joined forces in the

Storms Spike Wholesale Gasoline Costs in Midwest

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Just as worry demand for oil would be less than previously projected amid expectations for sluggish global economic growth led to a widespread selloff that dropped gasoline futures to their lowest point since mid-January, wholesale costs in the Midwest surged on storm-triggered supply disruptions. Reformulated blendstock gasoline

Kum & Go Gift Funds Funds Stock Market Video Wall

A $300,000 gift from Kum & Go and the Krause Gentle Foundation helps Tippie College of Business provide live financial information to students. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa recently unveiled a new stock market video wall, funded by a $300,000 donation from Kum & Go and the Krause

Retailers Gain Mobile Insights At RAMP Show

The RAMP Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit (known as the Retail RAMP Show) drew a number of retailers and mobile technology companies to St. Charles, Ill., April 15-17, as it delivered an in depth look at emerging payment models and platforms, including merchant coalitions and the growing number of mobile wallet options now

Breakthrough In Countertop Foodservice

Looking for a revolutionary new way to provide a full array of restaurant-quality foods in a compact, countertop accelerated-cooking oven? Look into Ovention’s award-winning new Matchbox oven. An acclaimed highlight at the 2012 NACS Show and a 2013 honoree in the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Innovations Awards program, the UL-listed ventless Matchbox does the work

7-Eleven Selling 139 C-Store Properties

Properties in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin are scheduled for a sealed-bid auction. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 139 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores, 83 of which are located in Texas, 31 in Florida, 11 in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, five in

CITGO Introduces TriCLEAN Gasoline

Fueling Good gets better with custom-blended fuel.     Maximizing engine performance and drivability are two key benefits of an enhanced gasoline recently introduced by CITGO Petroleum Corp.   Known as TriCLEAN gasoline, this custom blend includes more nitrogen cleaning agents to keep vital engine parts clean for a smoother running engine that maximizes mileage

The Car Wash Show 2013 Opens In Vegas

The Car Wash Show 2013, the world’s largest car wash convention and trade show, opens today, Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Presented by the International Carwash Association, The Car Wash Show 2013 is expected to draw thousands of car wash professionals from around the country and

Grocery Prices Growing in 2013

Consumer Spending Analysis from The Food Institute, shows food cost trends to impact consumers this year.   Feeding a family of four at home will cost about $4 more each week this year than in 2012, according to The Food Institute. Meanwhile, away-from-home food spending is projected to rise about $2.40 each week.   Nearly

Tedeschi Food Shops Urges Support for The One Fund Boston

Four of the chain’s nearly 200 stores remain closed due to the ongoing manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. Separately, 7-Eleven tells CSD that despite media reports one of its stores was not robbed by the suspects early this morning. By John Lofstock, Editor As the nation continues to mourn the senseless terrorist attack on

Getty Selling 40 Gas Stations, 70 Retail Properties

The majority of the sites are located in New York and New Jersey. Getty Realty Corp. is directing a sealed bid sale through NRC Realty & Capital Advisors of 40 gas stations sold without supply agreements and 70 commercial and retail properties that are former gas stations being sold without tanks. The properties are located

Pilot Flying J’s Haslam Responds To Rebate Allegations

An FBI affidavit alleges that Haslam knew about rebate fraud. Following the raid of Pilot Flying J headquarters by the FBI and IRS Monday, which was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims Pilot Flying J failed to pay rebates to trucking customers, the FBI filed an affidavit Thursday that noted Pilot Flying J

Team Oil Celebrates Subway Franchise Success

With one year under its belt, Subway franchise is going strong. Eric Huppert, Subway Franchise Owner at the Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was happy and proud to accept the “Certificate of Award for Best Restaurant Opening in the Midwest Region” when he and Head of Operations Carrie Vanasse, attended the owners

Coffee Customers Choose Taste Over Convenience

Harris Poll finds 71% of 18-35-year-olds purchase coffee or tea beverages.   At a time when Starbucks can be found on practically every corner, have Americans chosen convenience as the deciding factor in where they get their caffeine jolt? Not according to a recent Harris Poll that suggests consumers—particularly Millennials —may have become somewhat of

Team Oil Controller Helps Children With Hair Loss

Charity donates free wigs to children with help of donations. Tina Smeby, controller of Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., has donated her hair to the charity Children With Hair Loss (CWHL) for the 4th time. CWHL is an organization that takes human hair donated by caring individuals and makes wig for children

Budweiser Debuts World’s Most Unique Beer Can

Bowtie-shaped can set to appear on May 6. This spring Budweiser will introduce a striking and original new beer can—a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo. Beer lovers can see for themselves the new bowtie-shaped can when it becomes available in a special eight-pack on store shelves nationwide beginning May 6. “This

The Hershey Co. To Enhance Nutrition Labeling

Front-of-pack nutrition labels scheduled for second half of 2013. The Hershey Co. has announced plans to bring an enhanced food labeling system to its U.S. product portfolio. Hershey will provide front-of-pack nutrition information to make it simple and easy for consumers to make choices about the role of confection in their lifestyle. Hershey will begin

Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ Returns

New TV and online commercials debut. The legendary beard and smoking jacket are back, as Dos Equis announced the launch of its 2013 creative advertising campaign featuring the “Most Interesting Man in the World.” The advertising icon will be featured in new spots set to run nationally via television and online, all of which ending

Bawls Continues Expansion

“Our success is due to the role our distribution partners play in growing our brand’s presence nationwide,” says CEO. Bawls Acquisition, maker of the BAWLS Guarana super-caffeinated line of sodas, has announced its continued expansion of product distribution nationwide. In late 2012, Tennessee Crown of Chattanooga began distribution of BAWLS Guarana strengthening the presence of

7-Eleven, IRI Launch Category Management Solution

Creates a “Single Version of the Truth” between 7-Eleven and manufacturer partners. 7-Eleven Inc. and Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a global provider of innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and over-the-counter healthcare companies, have launched 7-Exchange Next Generation solution. This new solution will help ensure 7-Eleven and subscribing manufacturer partners work from a “single

CITGO, ClassWish Launch Fueling Education Promotion

Registration opens for teachers to win $1,000 in school supplies. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched its Fueling Education Promotion, a new program with ClassWish that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. From April 15 through July 7, 2013, K-12 public school teachers can

Susser Provides First Quarter 2013 Operating Results

Earnings conference call set for May 8. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP today provided partial operating results for the first quarter of 2013.  Susser Holdings expects to report:     • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4.2%.     • Retail average per-store fuel volume growth of approximately 4.1%. New Locations Update Susser Holdings opened

Gorny To Join PMA’s Science and Technology Team

Most recently, Gorny was senior advisor for the Office of Food Safety at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Produce Marketing Association (PMA) welcomes Dr. Jim Gorny in the new position of vice president of food safety and technology, effective May 1. In his role, he will strengthen PMA’s initiatives to build member value