ExxonMobil Donates $7.9 Million for Education

ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $7.9 million to a total of 83 educational institutions across Texas through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2009 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors made 1,718 individual contributions totaling over $2.3 million to institutions of higher education across Texas. ExxonMobil Foundation matched those donations with

Gulf Oil Enters Virginia

Gulf Oil signaled its return to Virginia this month by announcing a branded distributor partnership with Milo C. Cockerham Inc. Cockerham plans to begin rebranding several former Chevron motor fuel outlets in southwest Virginia to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. This is the first time since 1986 that a Gulf Oil branded gas station will

Tobacco Companies Fight Display Ban In Britain

Britain’s three biggest tobacco companies are fighting for the right to display their products, asking for a judicial review of the Government’s upcoming ban on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores, Brand Republic reported. Britain’s Health Act 2009 requires all cigarettes, cigars, pipe and rolling tobacco products to be hidden from

Valero Reports Q1 Results

In the first quarter of 2010, Valero Energy Corp. reported a loss of $101 million from continuing operations (or $0.18 per share) compared to the first quarter of 2009 gain from continuing operations of $364 million ($0.70 per share). The first quarter 2010 operating loss was $32 million, versus first quarter 2009 operating gain of

Kum & Go Raises $95,000 For JDRF

Kum & Go L.C. collected $95,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during its 2010 sneaker campaign.  In March, customers at Kum & Go stores were asked if they would like to purchase a paper sneaker for $1 to support JDRF. Customers donated more than $85,000 and Kum & Go added to the total contribution.

Free Iced Coffee

Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is rolling out a new iced coffee offering made from its Farmhouse Blend coffee recipe, the Boston Globe reported. In response to customer demand, Cumberland Farms’ medium roast now is available chilled. The chain’s stores are installing iced-coffee equipment for the first time to accommodate the new offering. The chain has

Interchange Debate Reaches Georgia Committee

The issue of interchange fees found an audience at the Georgia House Banks and Banking Committee, which listened to testimony last week on HB 1456-a bill that deals with the subject of interchange fees.   Often late session bills are buried in subcommittees, but significantly Committee Chairman James Mills, who co-sponsored the bill, allowed the

API Presents CITGO With Safety Award

The American Petroleum Institute (API) awarded CITGO Petroleum Corp. an Occupational Safety Performance Award for 2009, during the 61st Annual Pipeline Conference in New Orleans.  “As a company committed to the highest standards in safety, CITGO is honored to receive this prestigious award. The people of CITGO are also deeply committed to caring for our communities, our

Utah Gas Prices Surge

Gas prices are on the rise in Utah where the average price for a gallon of gas on Thursday was $3.10, Rolayne Fairclough, spokeswoman for AAA Utah told South Utah’s The Spectrum. With only Hawaii, Alaska and California posting higher prices that makes Utah’s gas prices the fourth highest in the nation. This is a

Quick Chek Honored As Best Place To Work

New Jersey business journal NJBiz recognized Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, as one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, during an award ceremony on April 22. The weekly business journal’s Best Places to Work survey and award program was

Raceway To Pay $4 Million In Back Wages

Following a ruling in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Raceway Petroleum and its owner Nicholas Kambitsis must pay $3.9 million in unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages to more than 700 former and current employees, predominantly gas attendants. Raceway Petroleum Inc., a Piscataway company with gas stations located throughout Central and Southern N.J.,

C-store Foodservice 101

Those new to the c-store foodservice channel can get up to speed with a one-day program in Chicago this June that covers important essentials from operator challenges and consumer priorities, to hot concepts and competitive issues. Conducted by experts from foodservice industry consultants Technomic, this program aims to jumpstart retailer efforts to tap opportunities in

Shell Expands Motorsports Presence

Shell Oil Co. and Penske Corp. have announced a multi-year cross business alliance set to begin during the 2011 NASCAR racing season. Under the alliance, Shell and Pennzoil plan to expand their motorsports presence with a primary sponsorship with 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Kurt Busch and the No. 22 car, as well as

Add Security At The Pump

The PCI Security Standards Council has certified Dresser Wayne fuel dispensers featuring the iDPOS in-dispenser point-of-sale application as Data Security Standard (DSS) compliant. “Dresser Wayne was the first to achieve PCI EPP 2.0 compliance and we are now the first to achieve PCI DSS certification at the fuel dispenser,” said Tim Weston, payment systems product

Casey’s Debuts on Fortune 500

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores has made its first appearance in the Fortune 500 list, the Des Moines Register reported today. The c-store chain debuts at No. 485 on Fortune magazine’s annual ranking of the country’s 500 largest corporations by revenue. The list is in the May 3 edition, which is hitting mailboxes now. Bill

Energy North To Buy Clipper Mart

Energy North placed a winning bid of $9.27 million, plus the value of the stores’ inventory to acquire M.W. Sewall’s 11 Clipper Mart stores, outbidding Cumberland Farms Inc.’s $8.5 million offer, The Times Record reported.  Other qualified bidders at Tuesday’s auction included H.A. Mapes Inc., Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC and TD Bank. Two other qualified

Could A Value-Added Tax Be Next?

President Barack Obama in an interview with CNBC Wednesday noted the possibility of a new value-added tax (VAT) is still on the table, although White House spokesmen insist it’s no longer being considered, the Associated Press reported.  A VAT is normal in many European countries, which tax the value added at each stage of production

Rutter’s Debuts Flavored Milk

Rutter’s Dairy has introduced Rutter’s-branded vanilla and strawberry milk pints to the consumer market. For years, the two flavors were available only as part of Rutter’s school milk program. The new pints – sold in plastic bottles – are the first new flavors of milk introduced by Rutter’s in a few years. Previously, Rutter’s had

United Way Honors Kum & Go

Kum & Go L.C., received the 2010 Organization Give Award at the 2010 LIVE UNITED Recognition Luncheon.  Kum & Go has been an active participant in the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual fundraising campaigns.  “We were very excited and honored to receive the 2010 Organization Give Award from the United Way of Central Iowa

Kum & Go Donates $8,000

Kum & Go L.C. has donated $8,000 to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS)-collected through the c-store chain’s Fuel Your School Program. Kum & Go contributed three cents from every gallon of gas sold on April 8 at 41 Springfield area locations to the organization, which supports the Springfield Public Schools. The check was

Salty Foods Under Fire

Public health experts from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday to force food makers to gradually decrease the amount of sodium in products. The 1.5 teaspoons of sodium Americans consumer daily-most of which comes from processed foods-is more than double the amount they require for positive health

Coke Plans New Distribution

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. is testing a new method of delivering beverages to 7-Eleven stores in Southern California, using Costco Wholesale Corp. as an intermediary, Reuters reported. Currently, under Coke’s direct-store delivery model, beverages are sent from the bottling facility to a warehouse and then to a distribution center, which distributes the drinks to individual stores.

Budweiser Honors America’s Troops

With the help of nearly 3,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Budweiser announced a partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) early this week to honor America’s Armed Forces through the “Proud to Serve Those Who Serve” program. As part of the program, Budweiser and its wholesalers will donate $250,000 in May and June

Rite Aid Debuts New Rewards Program

Drugstore chain Rite Aid seeks to drive customer loyalty with its new wellness+ customer rewards program that provides members with free health and wellness benefits, as well as shopping discounts and special prices. The program will be supported by a national television, radio, circular and digital advertising campaign. The free Rite Aid wellness+ rewards card

Casey’s Uses Poison Pill Defense

Canadian c-store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard is calling on Casey’s General Stores to discuss its bid, as the Iowa-based chain moves to instead thwart the hostile acquisition, the Globe and Mail reported. “A meeting would be more productive than putting roadblocks, like a poison pill, in the path of our compelling proposal,” Couche-Tard said in a statement.

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