TA Renovates, Reopens Porter, Ind., Site

Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America has reopened its Porter, Ind., site at Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 20 after a major renovation project, the company said. The renovated location now includes improved driver amenities such as new restrooms, nine new showers, a new game room and a renovated TV lounge. In addition, the fuel island

Exxon, General Mills Donate To Hurricane Relief

ExxonMobil donated $1.5 million for disaster relief assistance in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, while General Mills pledged $200,000 dollars for the remainder of the hurricane season. “The physical damage from Gustav’s hurricane force winds has been devastating, particularly in south Louisiana,” said Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO at ExxonMobil. “Hundreds of thousands

Green Mountain’s Boisterous Brew

Green Mountain Coffee has launched Revv coffee, a new “Extra-Bold” coffee delivering 27% more coffee and 27% more kick, the company said. The new blend is now available by the cup at all On The Run and Tiger Market convenience stores nationwide – about 1,100 locations. Revv, which expands the coffee that Green Mountain has

HP Expands POS Options

HP said it has expanded its business systems portfolio to include advanced point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the small to midsized retail market, including new business desktop PCs with enhanced performance and security and HP’s Total Care service and support. The new HP rp3000 Point of Sale (POS) solution offers small to midsized retailers functionality exceeding

Altria Acquires UST

Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement in which Altria is acquiring all outstanding shares of UST, the world’s leading moist smokeless tobacco manufacturer, the companies said. The transaction is valued at approximately $11.7 billion, which includes the assumption of approximately $1.3 billion of debt. UST shareholders will receive $69.50

Tobacco Taxes: No Means No

For the second consecutive year Congress is talking about raising cigarette taxes by as much as $6.10 a carton to fund a $35 billion expansion of the SCHIP health program. A vote could happen as early as this month. Since 2000, cigarette excise taxes have been raised 88 times increasing the cost of cigarettes, an

KAG Signs 5-Year Agreement With 7-Eleven

Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) has signed a five-year transportation agreement with 7-Eleven Inc., becoming the chain’s single-source provider of bulk fuel transportation and logistics services. KAG is North America’s largest bulk transportation and logistics provider to the petroleum and specialty products industries. The contract, signed in July, is valued at more than $300 million. "Extending

Convenience for Kids

Fresh & Easy is kicking off the new school year by offering more affordable foods for student’s lunchboxes, including all-in-one meals that sell for just $2.98 each. Consumers are looking for ways to save money as their children head back to school, but they aren’t willing to sacrifice what they are feeding their children, according

Citgo Gets 250,000 Barrels From Oil Reserve

The U.S. granted Citgo permission to pull 250,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve because of the company’s inability to secure crude in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav, The Associated Press reported. Venezuela’s government-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. said supplies to its refinery in Lake Charles, La., were cut off when the Calcasieu Ship

7-Eleven Awards Mars Snackfood U.S. ‘Retailer Initiative Award’

7-Eleven Inc. named Mars Snackfood U.S. the recipient of its Retailer Initiative Award for 2007, the company said. The annual honor recognizes a top supplier and partner who excels at supporting 7-Eleven stores in meeting their customers’ changing needs through team merchandising, demand-chain solutions, cost of goods, category management and creativity in advertising and promotional

IHOP’s OK With OJ

Five hundred IHOP restaurant locations in nine states are participating in a Florida Orange Juice Suggestive Sell Program developed specifically for IHOP by the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) as a way to increase sales and profits, the companies said. IHOP’s Suggestive Sell Program starts Oct. 6 and runs through Nov. 16, offering rewards for

Mississippi AG Eyes Up Price-Gougers

Attorney General Jim Hood is looking to clamp down on price-gouging gas station owners who he feels may be taking advantage of consumers during hurricanes, The Sun Herald in Mississippi reported. It’s against the law to take advantage of a state of emergency by hiking up prices, but Hood discovered before Gustav hit that some

Heineken USA Adds Newcastle

Heineken USA said it has assumed the rights to import, market and sell Newcastle Brown Ale in the U.S., adding one of the leading import brands to its roster. The addition to the Heineken USA portfolio serves as a platform for future growth and places the brand as one of the top national sales priorities

PCATS Teams With W. Capra

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and W. Capra Laboratories said they’ve established the PCATS interoperability Laboratory and Expanded Certification Program. PCATS signed a service agreement with Capra to provide technical assistance in developing conformance testing tools, as well as its interoperability laboratory and services for testing PCATS standards. Since 2003, PCATS technical

Profits Fall at Couche-Tard

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions’ 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, reported a 32% drop in quarterly profit, primarily the result of a sluggish U.S. economy. The company also announced Richard Fortin was stepping down as chief financial officer, effective immediately, but will become chairman of the board on Oct 12. Raymond Pare,

Retail Gasoline Prices to Turn Higher After Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Wholesale prices for gasoline moved higher across the country just ahead of Hurricane Gustav’s landfall along the southern Louisiana coastline, as fear of potential supply disruptions caused by the one-time powerful Category 4 storm triggered increased buying that pushed up values. The increase in wholesale prices will

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

A-B Creates Non-Alcoholic Subsidiary

Anheuser-Busch has established a subsidiary called 9th Street Beverages LLC, which could help the company expand its non-alcohol business, including brands such as 180 Energy, BORBA Skin Balance Water, Icelandic Glacial and Monster. The new subsidiary will focus on reaching consumers of energy drinks, high-end waters and other non-alcohol specialty beverages. “With the success of

Ricker Pushes For Changes To Sunday Sales

Jay Ricker has made his name throughout Indiana with fountain drinks – known as “Ricker pops” at his convenience stores – but the Ricker name could soon be known for something else: cold beer and alcohol on Sunday, The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind. reported. Ricker is hoping to rally Hoosiers to change Indiana’s blue

Wilson Farms Names Midstate Field Specialist

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms announced that it has promoted Jim Pinkert to perishable field specialist for the chain’s Midstate region. Pinkert began his employment with Wilson Farms in September 1988 and moved his way up from cart boy to store manager at Wilson Farms’ East Main Street location in Rochester. In his

New Mexico Sees Drop In C-Store Crimes

Crimes at convenience stores in New Mexico have dropped ever since the state imposed regulations in 2004 aimed at protecting workers in the stores, the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico reported. A state Environment Department study of convenience store crimes in six communities found slayings decreased by about 44% a year, while assaults and

C-Store X-Treme

California retailer Ed Komski is hoping his fuel stop will appeal to trucks that jump off sand dunes and kick up dirt as they rip through racetracks in the desert. Quads, motorcycles, sand rails and anything else fueled by adrenaline are welcomed, too, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. “We’re not a truck stop,” Komski told

Sign of the Times

MDI Worldwide, the inventor of WindMaster, the first dual-spring, wind-resistant curb sign, is introducing a new compact-size WindMaster curb sign that holds 22- by 28-inch posters. Small, sporty and futuristic, the Mini WindMaster is loaded with the same features and functions as its larger predecessors: rolling base for easy handling; dual springs to withstand strong

Power and Performance

To help consumers power the high-tech devices they depend on, Energizer Holdings Inc. is introducing a second lithium battery to its portable power lineup: Energizer Advanced Lithium. Presented as the gateway to lithium technology and performance, Energizer Advanced Lithium batteries, available in AA and AAA, last up to four times longer than traditional batteries. They

Better Brewing Through Technology

Brewmatic introduces the C-21 Premium Coffee Brewing System, offering user-friendly and full-featured technology for today’s c-store coffee needs. The C-21 series features an automatic intermittent brewing (AIB) system, which allows the coffee grounds to absorb water more evenly for a perfect extraction every time. A cold brew lock-out feature ensures that brewing will not begin

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