CITGO Overhauling U.S. Marketing

After navigating through a tumultuous 2008 marked by a slumping economy, hurricanes, volatile fuel prices and consumer unease, CITGO Petroleum Corp. said it will roll out enhanced brand programs that will continue to grow positive awareness and increase brand strength throughout 2009. This package of initiatives and programs will allow CITGO to further enhance its


Going With the Flow

Susser Holdings Corp. will standardize Xflo fuel meters in Ovation dispensers at new Stripes LLC convenience store and retail fuel locations. The Xflo meters will help Stripes sites in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico reduce the cost of fuel lost to meter drift, a considerable expense that can be as much as tens of thousands

The Winds of Change

Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Mich., said it has completed its purchase of 57 convenience stores from BP Products North America in Chicago and it will begin supplying the sites immediately. The locations in the South Chicago Suburbs are a mix of company-owned and dealer-owned sites. Atlas will manage the sites from its South Bend, Ind.,

Cumberland Farms Partners with Aldata

Cumberland Farms Inc. reached deal with Aldata Solution Inc. to use its Apollo Web Publisher, a centralized merchandising collaboration platform for retail space planning. With approximately 1,000 outlets and 7,000 employees, Cumberland Farms will use Web Publisher to manage and distribute planograms, reports and merchandising information at each retail outlet to ensure greater levels of

Quick Chek Coffee Sales Jump

Quick Chek, the Whitehouse, N.J.-based operator of nearly 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, said today first quarter same store sales (Nov. 1 – Jan. 19) in the coffee and hot breakfast categories are up, and gaining a steady increase. Quick Chek’s coffee same store sales rose by 10%

Kum & Go Touts Benefits of Sale-Leaseback Deals

Kum & Go LLC announced several sale-leaseback deals to assist in the construction of new stores. Since the West Des Moines, Iowa-based company adopted the strategy three years ago, it has sold and leased back 45 of its 431 stores, Chief Financial Officer Craig Bergstrom said. Up to 75% of new and remodeled stores will

Mixed Results for United Refining

It was a tough first quarter for United Refining, but the Warren, Pa.-based refiner-marketer remains optimistic it will have a strong second quarter. Net sales for the three months ended November 30, 2008 were $770.5 million, a $76.9 million increase over the $693.6 million reported for the same period in 2007. The 11.1% rise in

Loyalty 360, PCATS Announce Partnership

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and Loyalty 360, the Loyalty Marketer’s Association (Loyalty 360) are partnering to help continue member development in loyalty marketing practices. PCATS petroleum marketers, convenience store owners/operators and other retail channels will benefit from Loyalty 360’s unbiased, market driven "voice of customer" focused clearinghouse and think tank for

New Ad Campaign for Heineken

Heineken USA launched a new campaign for the equity which establishes its new and dynamic overarching marketing platform–“Give Yourself a Good Name.” The campaign showcases subtle ways in which consumers decide to “give themselves a good name” through their actions, their words and their choices. Effective immediately, Give Yourself a Good Name will lead all

Gasoline Pump Prices on the Rise

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN After some mixed pricing for wholesale gasoline prices earlier this month, the trend is again pointed higher, as a reduction in gasoline output by oil refineries works to tighten the supply-demand balance. After reporting negative margins from late October through the end of December 2008, oil

Handee Marts Recognized For Ethics Leadership

7-Eleven licensee Handee Marts Inc. has been named a finalist in the small company category for the Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award. Finalists for the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards are chosen through nomination and overall reputation and are evaluated on criteria such as demonstration of executive commitment to business ethics, clear communication of ethical

FDA: Peanut Butter Investigation Ongoing

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to postpone their consumption of commercially prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products, as well as institutionally served peanut butter, in light of an ongoing investigation into a Salmonella outbreak. Identification of the actual products subject to recall is continuing, so the FDA is currently urging consumers to

Kraft Boosts Functional Focus

Kraft Foods Global Inc. is pushing innovation for functional foods by way of a research and licensing partnership with Minneapolis-based Medisyn Technologies Inc., reported. Medisyn specializes in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and animal health products. The two companies began partnering on research in December 2008, reported. The partnership could trigger faster and less-costly development of

Counterfeit Money Entering Circulation Increasing Significantly

Tobacco Payouts Continue

Facing an increase in tobacco taxes from the looming SCHIP bill, General Tobacco (GT) said it has made an advance payment deposit of $10 million to the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) that is due April 15th, 2009. The payment comes as part of its commitment to the multi-state agreement by tobacco companies setting forth strict

Reid Petroleum Grows, Optimizes

Reid Petroleum has opened a new Crosby’s convenience store in Ransomville, N.Y., the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal reported, while it was also announced that Reid Petroleum has selected FuelQuest to optimize its fuel management systems. The new Crosby’s store is the 31st one to be opened by Reid Stores Inc., a division of the Reid

Giant Food Stores To Open C-Stores

Carlisle, Pa.-based supermarket chain Giant Food Stores Inc. is planning to enter the convenience store world by opening two c-stores in the Lancaster, Pa., area, reported. The company’s supermarkets include all the standard supermarket fare, but it also sells fuel at some sites. The retailer told, however, that its Lancaster County customers can’t

Kellogg Pulls Peanut Butter Crackers

Kellogg Company said it has taken the precautionary measure of putting a hold on Austin- and Keebler-branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers, and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich Crackers. The FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the

A Senior Selling Point?

A research study conducted by Finnish researchers shows that midlife coffee drinking can decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life, the Web site reported. The study was conducted at the University of Kuopio in Finland in collaboration with a research group in Sweden and the National Public Health Institute in

API: U.S. Petroleum Demand Lowest In 5 Years

Total U.S. demand for petroleum in 2008 shrank to its lowest levels in the last five years due to the combined effects of higher prices early in the year and a weakening economy as the year progressed, the American Petroleum Institute reported in its Monthly Statistical Report. U.S. petroleum deliveries fell 6% for 2008 –

Coca-Cola Opens World’s Largest Recycling Plant

The Coca-Cola Company and United Resource Recovery Corporation (URRC) have announced the grand opening of the world’s largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant, located in Spartanburg, S.C. As part of the opening-day celebration, Coca-Cola announced the launch of a multi-million dollar marketing effort to support recycling, called “Give it Back.” “Today we turn our commitments into

Regal Retail

Retailers Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Krispy Kreme are among those who are tailoring ad campaigns and product specials to coincide with Inauguration-Day celebrations. Coffee giant Starbucks has teamed with HandsOn Network to launch the “I’m In!” campaign, an initiative to encourage participation in President-elect Obama’s call for national service. Participating Starbucks stores across the nation

York’s Truly, Rutter’s

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores is teaming up with the nonprofit Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) to send Valentine’s Day boxes to soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Rutter’s and SOAR plan to send approximately 50 boxes overseas. Each box contains enough goodies to treat a military unit of 15 to 20 people, which means

Fresh & Easy Hiring 200

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said it’s planning to create 200 jobs in the next two months as the company continues expanding in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. The new jobs would add to nearly 3,000 that Fresh & Easy created in 2008. Fresh & Easy said it’s aiming to recruit staff from local neighborhoods

NATO Issues a Call to Action

In an urgent message to Congress and President-Elect Barack Obama, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) and two other national wholesale trade associations (AWMA and The Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors) have taken out an ad warning of “economic disaster” for state economies and American jobs should tobacco taxes be raised to fund the