New Rules for Bottled Water

  The FDA is introducing stricter testing standards for the $11 billion bottled water industry. Under the new rules, companies will have to eliminate any causes of fecal contamination in water sources before they can bottle the water for sale. Manufacturers also will need to test source water for any forms of coliform, a group


7-Eleven Borrows Japanese Mascot

Domo, the popular chocolate Twinkie-like Japanese character that Target used for a Halloween promo last year, is now teaming up with 7-Eleven, Brandweek reported.   A six-week program, begining Oct. 1, will include a proprietary Domo Slurpee in Red Apple flavor, which will be sold in a still-in-development brown-flocked cup to match the creature’s coat.

Wrigley Advances Sustainability Commitment

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Chicago has received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), marking a significant achievement in the company’s commitment to global sustainability.   LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a third party accreditation system and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings.

N.J May Allow C-Store Alcohol Sales

New Jersey’s budgeting woes may provide an opportunity for grocery stores and c-stores to sell beer and wine, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported.   The proposal has been stalled in the Legislature since last year, but the promise of increased tax revenue plus a proposed tax increase in 2010 on such sales could finally sway votes

Sam’s Club Launches 100 Days of Summer

Sam’s Club, Bentonville, Ark., is supporting independent c-store owners during their busiest time of year with its launch of the “100 Days of Summer” program and a special membership offer, all designed to help c-store owners make a profit. The Sam’s Club $15 membership-a savings of $20-is available for purchase between May 22 and June

Star Scientific and R.J. Reynolds Face Off In Court

The trial in a patent infringement case involving two tobacco companies could result in the biggest patent infringement award in the history of the U.S., or it could open the door for reduced harm tobacco products, the Baltimore Herald de Paris reported.   Star Scientific Inc., Chester, Va. is suing R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Seneca Honored

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Companies has recently been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during 2008.   Seneca Companies was one of only 159 businesses, industries and government agencies in this two state region to receive an award for promoting active safety programs and reducing OSHA recordable

Lots of Food, No Gas

The 68th 7-Eleven convenience store in West Virginia officially opened this week, offering one unique distinction: it is the only 7-Eleven in the state that does not offer gas pumps, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.   “It is a small lot,” Jeffrey Kramer, CEO and manager of 85 7-Eleven stores, including some in the bordering

Responsible Drinking Campaign Takes Off

“The King” of NASCAR and the “King of Beers” are joining forces to encourage adult race fans cheering on their favorite NASCAR drivers to drink responsibly.   Richard Petty, the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR, and Anheuser-Busch announced that they are teaming up on a new Budweiser responsibility campaign aimed at reminding

Rutter’s Offers Fuel Relief

This summer, Rutter’s is sending eight lucky customers on long vacations–from gas prices.   Each of them will win free gasoline for one year as part of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ annual “Fuel Up Free!” contest, which returns from May 25 through Aug. 30. What’s more, a ninth customer will win a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle,

Cumberland Farms Opens New Headquarters

Cumberland Farms and Gulf Oil this week announced the opening of their new business support campus in Framingham, Mass. This move will enable the corporate parent, its retail convenience stores, real estate operations and Gulf Oil LP subsidiary to take better advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.   “The advantages of an efficient corporate integration

Gasoline Pumped Up Ahead of Holiday Weekend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Retail gasoline prices across the country have surged to 2009 highs in May, as wholesale markets gear up for the busy summer driving season which typically kicks off in earnest during the Memorial Day holiday.   Drivers in metropolitan regions across the United States should

Rutter’s Tees Off for Children’s Charities

With its seventh annual charity golf outing, the Rutter’s companies, York. Pa., raised $90,000 for children’s charities.   The specific charities that will benefit from this year’s event will be announced in the coming weeks.   The golf outing took place May 4-5 at Regents’ Glen Golf Course near York. It drew 256 participants, including

Clark Brands Rolls Out Gift Card Program

Clark Brands is rolling out a Gift Card Program designed specifically for small retailers. The Gift Card Program, powered by RBS WorldPay, is the product of collaboration between RBS WorldPay, who handles administration, and Clark, who is endorsing and promoting the program to its customers.   The Gift Card Program has pricing, features and benefits only available

Newman Named Chairman of NYACS

Michael F. Newman, executive vice president, NOCO Energy Corp. was recently appointed chairman of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) for a one-year term.   As chairman, Newman is the chief elected officer of NYACS and sets the tone and direction for the Association. In addition he presides over meetings of the general

Scotsman Industries Acquired by Warburg Pincus

Scotsman Industries Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill., the Enodis global ice machine business from the Manitowoc Company, has been acquired by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm.   With more than 50 years of history in the commercial ice machine and refrigeration business, Scotsman Industries Inc. will become the official name of the new

Big Box Giant Stays Strong And Steady

Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a flat quarterly profit, according to Reuters. In the current quarter, the big box company reported results that lined up with analysts’ predictions.   Last year at this time, Walmart benefited as consumers spent tax rebate stimulus money at its stores. This year, the company does not have a stimulus to

C-stores Poised for Huge Growth Through 2013

In the midst of a cavalcade of negative news about the down economy, RNCOS Inc., a research firm, offers some positive news for c-store operators. The firm found that with help from increasing motor fuel and in-store sales, the U.S. c-store industry is expected to skyrocket in growth between 2009 and 2013. In it’s newly

Dresser Wayne Upgrades Pump Security

Dresser Wayne, a provider of fuel dispensers and technologies, said its iX Pay Secure Payment retrofit kits for Dresser Wayne and Tokheim fuel dispensers are now available to industry retailers.   Certified to the most stringent level of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) requirements, the upgradeable kits help to protect motorists against

MAPCO Exits Virginia

MAPCO Express Inc, a division of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based Delek US Holding Inc., sold its 24 East Coast branded c-stores located in Central and Eastern Virginia, staying true to its plan to exit retailing in Virginia.   Of the 24 locations, 10 of the stores were acquired by WilcoHess, while the remaining stores were purchased

C-Store Clerks Strike It Big

Seven clerks from Phillips 66 in Montrose, Colo., won $2.5 million in last weekend’s lotto drawing.   The Phillips 66 clerks’ ticket was one of two to hit the $5.1 million Lotto jackpot. The workers collected their checks Monday after a customer at their c-store flew them by helicopter to the Lottery’s Pueblo headquarters. Each

Pan-Oston Renovates and Enlarges Facility

Pan-Oston Co. is expanding its Bowling Green, Ky.-based manufacturing facility to accommodate growth in self-checkout and technology products. When the renovation is complete a portion of the plant also will be used to consolidate all of metal and wood production. This new wood production area will offer state-of-the art computer controlled machinery and advanced environmental

Reward Consumers While Reinforcing Your Brand

Outsite Networks Inc., Norfolk, Va., has launched two new features for its In-Touch loyalty marketing system: Consumer Groups and Coupon Logo.   Consumer Groups allows Outsite Networks retailers to add community-focused marketing programs to loyalty program members and on behalf of local community groups. Retailer can set up custom groups of loyalty members and provide

New Jersey Cigarette Tax Backlash

New Jersey smokers soon may be faced with higher prices, as the state is proposing yet another tax increase. Analysts predict that raising taxes will aid the state’s growing budget woes.    The Center for Policy Research of New Jersey (CPR) with help from David Bishop, of Balvor LLC, a firm that researches retail industry

McLane Offers Two New Technological Advancements

McLane, a leading supply chain services company, announced two new technologies for their retail customers.   The first is the Smart Handheld for Independents (SHHi), which allows users to track order history, create orders and track upcoming distributions from a single device. The SHHi is tailored for independent grocery and convenience store retailers and provides small