Lifeway Foods Donates to Haiti

Lifeway Foods Inc., makers of the probiotic dairy beverage called Kefir, will donate 5% of the proceeds from all Lifeway and Helios brand Kefir and ProBugs product sales in the U.S. generated through shipments during February to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of Haitian relief efforts. The effort strives to provide life-saving supplies

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Independent C-store Retailers To Convene At Expo

The annual Independent C-Store Expo (I-C-Expo), hosted by Royal Buying Group Inc., is coming to Illinois this spring. This year’s expo will feature a trade show floor and meeting space, networking and educational seminars on various topics intended to help all convenience store operators. Speakers will include nationally recognized industry experts, supplier representatives, and a very

Jeffrey Newman Joins Boyd Coffee As President And CEO

Boyd Coffee Company, a family owned and operated purveyor of fine coffee, tea, food products and coffee brewing equipment nationwide, has appointed Jeffrey Newman as the company’s president and CEO. David Boyd and Dick Boyd will remain as owners and Co-Chairmen for Boyd Coffee Company. Newman started as president and CEO on Jan. 11. “We

Are Electric Cars The Future?

At the 2010 Washington Auto Show this week, an array of sleek electric cars—both concepts and production models will be presented. But amid all the buzz about fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness, decision makers should bear in mind two issues that will curb demand for these innovative vehicles: the cost and technological limitations of their

CITGO To Send 120 Tons of Aid To Haiti

 CITGO Petroleum Corporation, and its charitable organization the Simón Bolívar Foundation, have started shipping 120 tons of humanitarian aid to Port-Au-Prince, in coordination with the Embassies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Haiti in the U.S. This effort complements the contributions of the Venezuelan people through their government, led by President

Daniele International Recalls 1,240,000 Pounds of Sausage

 Daniele International Inc., an establishment with operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, R.I., is recalling about 1,240,000 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami/salame, in commerce and potentially available to customers in retail locations because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Gasoline Pump Prices to Continue Decline

Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices across the United States will continue to decline, as the impact of tumbling wholesale costs pull pump prices lower. Since posting a 15-month high in early January, wholesale gasoline costs are down nearly 9%, while retail prices have just inched lower. That lag in the

Register Now for IRI’s 2010 Retail Summit

Innovation will differentiate the winners from the losers in this crowded retail marketplace. IRI’s Summit 2010 will enable retailers to identify innovative ways to use valuable insights to drive profitability and growth in the current economy, how to understand and predict shopper behavior across channels and geographies and learn best practices for profitable pricing and

Hot Stuff Rolling Out New Chorizo Products

Hot Stuff Foods is meeting the growing demand for on-the go foodservice that also satisfies ’round-the-clock’ breakfast and Hispanic taste trends. The company has announced the launch of two new Chorizo products–an eight-inch taco and a 10-inch burrito. Both items are stuffed with traditional Chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, and Jalapeno Salsa – all wrapped

Casey’s Breaks Ground On New Site

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has begun construction on a new location that is set to open by this summer in Neosho, Mo., between Cash Country and Price Cutter on the Neosho Boulevard, Neosho Daily News reported. Casey’s, which operates 1,474 corporate sites, is in the process of rolling out a new store format, which will

Gas Prices in Maryland Up 20 Cents Per Gallon

Oil prices experienced a rare dropped this week, causing gas prices to decline about one cent per gallon, Maryland’s NBC25 News reported. Meanwhile, gas prices in Maryland are up about 20 cents compared to last month. Retailers report that fluctuating gas prices have prompted some drivers to decrease their mileage and, regardless of frustrated customers, retailers

Love’s Opens Store in Tulare, Calif.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has opened a new travel stop in Tulare, Calif., The new site is located at 2700 S. Blackstone Street, or (Paige/Blackstone) State Route 99, exit 85. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., this Thursday, Jan. 28, in partnership with the Tulare Chamber

Alon President To Present At Energy Summit

Alon USA Energy Inc. will be presenting at the 2010 Credit Suisse Energy Summit Conference in Vail, Colo. on Feb. 1–5. Jeff Morris, Alon’s president and CEO is scheduled to present on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 11:10 a.m. Mountain Time. A live broadcast of the presentation will be available online in the Investor Relations section

Susser Holdings Provides Fourth Quarter and 2009 Results

Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corporation said it expects to report a same-store merchandise sales decline of about 1.2% for the fourth quarter of 2009 and growth of about 3.3% for the full year. Retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to decline by 5.9% versus the fourth quarter of last year, but on a

NOCO Express Announces Free Gas Sweepstakes

M&T Bank and NOCO Express are offering western New Yorkers a chance to win Free Gas for one year, along with four additional prizes of $100 NOCO gift cards awarded each month. The sweepstakes runs Jan. 15 to March 31. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about April 15.  M&T Bank

CVS/pharmacy Enters St. Louis Market

CVS/pharmacy has entered the St. Louis market, opening four stores in the past week-two in St. Louis, one in Olivette and one in Ellisville. The chain will open a fifth location in Ballwin in the fall. In total, the five stores will bring about 125 new jobs to the St. Louis community this year. “We

NACS Past President Sam Jacobsen Passes Away

Sam Jacobsen, one of the early leaders who helped expand the role of NACS after its founding in 1961, and its 1971-1972 president, died Monday at his home in Madison, Wisconsin at age 84, NACS reported. “Sam’s contribution to our association and our industry goes far beyond his tenure as president,” said NACS president and

Kroger Joins Haiti Relief Efforts

The Kroger Co. announced that donations from customers and associates are expected to exceed $1 million to support the American Red Cross’ Haitian relief efforts. In addition, The Kroger Co. Foundation has donated $250,000. Kroger customers and associates have already contributed more than $600,000 through local collection points set up last week. All funds collected

CVS/pharmacy Delivers More Rewards

CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare rewards program is paying off for customers. Cardholders received a combined total of more than $1.9 billion in savings and rewards throughout 2009 by using their ExtraCare card each time they shopped at CVS/pharmacy or online at CVS.com. “In 2009, Americans continued to cut costs and look for new ways to help stretch

The NY Coalition and CFF Speak Out on Proposed Sin Taxes

New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes, a coalition formed in opposition to taxes on food and beverage products, today announced its disappointment in Governor Paterson’s proposal to place a tax on sugar sweetened beverages of 12 cents per 12-ounce can. This tax would be 10 times higher on a 12 pack of non-alcoholic beverages, like soft

NACStech Announces Keynote Speaker

Professional comedian and motivator Don McMillan is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at NACStech, the premiere technology solutions event for the convenience and petroleum retailing industry, NACS reported. NACStech will take place May 5-7, 2010, in New Orleans. McMillan will combine his technical experience and humor during the event’s Opening General Session talk. At

Is Your Land at Risk?

The question of eminent domain may sound scary and far fetched, but as a convenience store owner your land could in fact be seized by a municipality. It happens more than you think, said noted attorney William Goldman, who works with landowners facing this threat to ensure they get what they deserve. Goldman spoke with Convenience

Irving Oil Responds to Haitian Disaster

Irving Oil, a Fort Reliance company, is partnering with the Red Cross to provide aid to the Haitian disaster relief effort. The company will donate $50,000 and has committed to match all donations collected by Irving Oil employees until the end of January. “We’re all beginning to see the devastation the earthquake has caused to this

Reay’s Ranch Raises More Than $141,000 For Arizona’s Children Association

Employees at Reay’s Ranch stores spent the last year dedicated to an important cause. In January 2009 the employees of Reay’s Ranch Investors’ Super Stop and Minit Market convenience stores and Gordon’s IGA Markets in Southern Arizona made it their goal to raise $100,000 to benefit vulnerable children and families served by Arizona’s Children Association

Coinstar Centers Accepting Donations to UNICEF for Haiti Emergency Relief

More than 15,000 Coinstar Centers have been enabled across the country to support victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake that occurred earlier this week. A special U.S. Fund for UNICEF code, 5556, has been added to Coinstar Centers in participating locations allowing individuals to help the millions of children and families struggling to survive the

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