Couche-Tard Acquires Topaz Energy Group

The acquisition of Topaz plays a major role in Couche-Tard’s global expansion. As a part of a previously announced deal, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has finalized its acquisition of Topaz Energy Group Ltd. in Ireland. The transaction, which was announced in December, has received the appropriate regulatory approvals and all final closing requirements have been completed.


ExxonMobil Smart Card Savings

ExxonMobil has introduced one of the most rewarding offers on a branded fuel credit card.   ExxonMobil Smart Card users will now enjoy six cents in savings per gallon of gas purchased at Exxon- or Mobil-branded station. The savings have no minimum purchase requirements, and no maximum savings cap. “The six cents per gallon discount

Gulf Racing Fuels Chosen as Official Fuel of MSR Houston

Gulf specialty fuels helped Gulf Racing Fuels to earn the title of the Official Fuel of MSR Houston. MSR Houston Race Track has selected Gulf Racing Fuels as the track’s Official Fuel. MSR Houston Race Track, a private membership country club race track in Houston, will now offer the new Gulf ethanol-free gasolines – EPA

VP Racing Appoints New Director of Supply

VP Racing Fuels chooses a creative professional to improve company supply chain management. Jeff Mitchell has been named the new director of supply for VP Racing Fuels Inc. In his new position, Mitchell will be responsible for the procurement of materials for all VP divisions and supply chain management. Mitchell will work from the company’s

Reed Oil Co. Chooses to Operate with ADD Systems Software

After contemplating a change in technology partners, Reed Oil Co. has chosen to stay with ADD Systems. Reed Oil Co. Inc. has selected Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems) as the company’s technology partner for the future. New Castle, Pa.-based Reed Oil Co. currently utilizes ADD Systems software across multiple business units including heating oil,

How Consumer Views On Weight Are Changing

Americans today are becoming more willing to accept their weight status and to take responsibility for their weight. “Weight Management & Healthy Living 2015,” the latest report from The Hartman Group, has revealed that society today is much more accepting of being overweight than society was in the 1950s, when modern dieting culture began. Most

The NRA and NRAEF Have Elected New Officers

The NRA and NRAEF have chosen foodservice veterans to lead their boards. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) have elected new officers to its Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week in Palm Beach,

Why Health Trends Could Mean Trouble for Sweet Baked Goods

As consumers become increasingly health conscious, retailers will need to work extra hard to drive sales of pre-packaged bakery items. Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends, a report from Packaged Facts, has revealed that, even though Americans love to indulge in sweet baked goods, as Americans continue to eat and snack healthier, many are searching

VERC Invests in the Future of the Community

VERC supports local Plymouth, Mass. elementary school through a grant. Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. with a grant for $500. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of

Child-Proofing Electronic Cigarettes

Washington is cracking down on the safety standards for the expanding electronic cigarette market. In an effort to prevent children from swallowing liquid nicotine, President Obama has signed legislation which has created new packaging standards for electronic cigarettes. According to a report from The Hill, the recently passed Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act requires manufacturers

Love’s Opens Fifth Kansas Location

Love’s expands its presence in Kansas to provide a safe stopping place for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has provided drivers a new place to rest and access driver services at the intersection of U.S. Highway 400/50 and North Big Lowe Road. “Love’s has an ongoing commitment to expand in areas where professional drivers need more

Rite Aid Customers Can Earn Bonus Plenti Points

Rite Aid is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus Plenti points on over 14,000 products. Rite Aid has launched its “Pig Point Event,” giving its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at During Rite Aid’s

The NCA Recognizes Industry Leaders

Two confectionery industry professionals are being recognized as leaders for their expertise and commitment. Julie Bierman and Jennifer Dilts are being honored by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) for their contributions to the confectionery category through their knowledge, wisdom, expertise and commitment. These two individuals have been selected to receive 2016 Confectionery Leadership Awards, which

Dole Launches New U.S. Website

Dole’s new Website perfectly highlights Dole Packaged Foods’ healthy and nutritious products. Dole Packaged Foods LLC has launched its new mobile and desktop friendly U.S. Website: Dole’s new Website features a new design and new navigation elements, including enhanced recipe and product search capabilities, along with easily navigated visual product usage ideas right on

IDDBA Reveals Emerging Technology and Consumer Trends

As the market continues to evolve, the traditional brick-and-mortar store joins forces with technology channels to enhance the shopping experience. Research from What’s in Store 2016 from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that food retailers are venturing into the world of omnichannel marketing.  Ecommerce, mobile, social, catalog and physical stores are being integrated

Spark Industries Signs Global Licensing Agreement with Fontem Ventures

Spark Industries now has unlimited access to patented Fontem vapor technology. Spark Industries LLC and Fontem Ventures have signed a Global Licensing Agreement which will allow Spark, maker of Cig2o e-cigarettes and Vapage vapor products, the use of vapor technology related patents controlled by Fontem in the U.S. and internationally. Spark is one of a few,

Pilot Flying J Opens Three New Travel Centers

Full amenities are now being offered by three brand new Pilot Travel Centers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of three new Pilot Travel Centers. The three centers are located in Marion, N.C., Schulenburg, Texas and Whitecourt, Alberta (Canada). All three locations offer full amenities for area residents and the traveling public, while adding

Gulf Welcomes Veteran Jay Davis To Leadership Team

Davis to manage supply and trading operations in new position. Gulf Oil, LP, has appointed Jay Davis as a new team leader for oil supply and trading. Jay Davis, a former senior director of fuels supply and transportation at 7-Eleven, Citgo and Wawa, brings over 20 years of energy industry experience to Gulf Oil, as

22nd Century Introduces RED SUN Website

New Website aims to communicate RED SUN’s values including: Authenticity, Independence, Boldness and an Unconventional attitude. 22nd Century Group Inc. has introduced a remastered RED SUN Website to communicates the brand’s new Extremely Nicotine message. Underpinning the Website – and the brand itself – is RED SUN’s mission: “To give smokers the BOLDEST, most

TravelCenters Opens Burger King Restaurant In Atlanta

New quick-service restaurant to offer breakfast and salad options in addition to burgers and chicken sandwiches. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), recently opened a new freestanding Burger King restaurant located at I-285 Exit 12 (3195 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway), in Atlanta. The new freestanding Burger King will serve the high-quality, great-tasting, and affordable food that

How U.S. Convenience Stores Are Growing

NACS and Nielsen outline c-store growth in 2015. The c-store industry is almost twice as big as it was 30 years ago and overall store count continued to expand in 2015. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of Dec. 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according

Altria Releases Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Business Results

Altria experienced significant growth in 2015, and the company expects to continue growing in the new year. The fourth-quarter and full-year business results for Altria Group Inc. have been released. Along with these results, Altria has also provided guidance for 2016 full-year adjusted diluted EPS. “In 2015, Altria delivered yet another year of excellent business

Murphy USA and Walmart Adjust Relationship Terms

Walmart to have opportunity to develop a proprietary gasoline program at the supercenters that are not being supplied by Murphy USA. A shift in direction of the company’s relationship with Walmart will allow Murphy USA Inc. greater flexibility to develop sites independently. With this shift, the Board of Directors has authorized a strategic allocation of

Jack Flash Stores Opens New Location

A new Jack Flash Stores location offers a wide range of amenities to travelers along I55. Farmersville, Ill. is now home to the newest Jack Flash Stores location. The new store is located on I55 at the Farmersville exit. The store is open 24/7. It is a great stop for any traveler; from the business

Bill Weigel Receives Younger Entrepreneur Award

Weigel’s chairman has been recognized for his contributions to both the industry and the country. Bill Weigel, chairman of Weigel’s convenience store chain, was awarded the Younger Entrepreneur Award at the annual Tennessee Veterans Business Association (TVBA) dinner on Jan. 25. The Younger Entrepreneur Award is a prestigious accolade presented to three long-standing business-holding veterans