ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our


Flying J Files For Chapter 11

Flying J Inc. said it has filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The filing will allow Flying J and its subsidiaries “to address near-term liquidity needs brought about by the precipitous decline in oil prices coupled with the disruption in

Cumberland Coffee (and Kindness)

Canton, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is giving a free cup of coffee to customers on New Year’s Eve, as well as marking the grand opening of its newest convenience store with a $1,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club chapter in Massachusetts. The new Cumberland store is in Framingham, Mass., the same town where a

Road Ranger Workers Donate 1,000 Turkeys

Employees at Rockford, Ill.-based Road Ranger convenience stores gave up their annual Christmas party so they could spread some Christmas spirit to the less fortunate, the company said. Road Ranger said employees throughout its Midwestern stores are hearing about and witnessing the difficult times their customers and communities are facing in this struggling economy. In

Why PCI? Here’s Why …

A fired cashier at a BP gas station in Jonesboro, Ark., allegedly obtained more than 50 customer credit and debit card numbers and used at least one to buy goods, KAIT news in Arkansas reported. Police said they discovered the cards on Zach Houston, 23, after he walked into the gas station intoxicated Saturday night.

7-Eleven Inc. Sues Florida Franchisee For $5M

7-Eleven Inc. filed a federal lawsuit this week against a franchisee who the company says was "mistakenly" given nearly $5 million and won’t give it back, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chablis told the News-Journal that 7-Eleven closed the store at Clyde Morris Boulevard and Big Tree Road earlier in the week,

Rutter’s Donates $45 K To United Way

Rutter’s marked the opening of its first Carlisle-area convenience store by donating $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County to provide childcare scholarships, the company said. Rutter’s Farm Stores opened Dec. 5 in Middlesex Township in Cumberland County. The company also has a store in Shippensburg, Pa. “Rutter’s is proud to be a

ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our

PDQ Appoints Exclusive Distributor In New England

Touch-free car wash system manufacturer PDQ Manufacturing Inc. appointed New England Car Wash Equipment as an exclusive distributor to serve the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Littleton, Mass.-based New England Car Wash will distribute PDQ’s full line of products, including LaserWash and Tandem RiteTouch vehicle wash systems,

Wholesale Jump

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Retail gasoline prices along the West Coast will move higher during the holidays, climbing in front of Christmas due to a jump in wholesale prices of the fuel after gasoline production in California was unexpectedly lost in mid to late December because of mechanical problems at oil refineries. Gasoline

Rutter’s Marks Another Opening By Giving

Celebrating the opening of its first convenience store in Chambersburg, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations. “We’re proud to be a part of the Chambersburg community and to support these worthy organizations and the many good things they do,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO at Rutter’s Farm Stores. The

Some Flavor to Savor

Consumers looking for a lightly flavored, unsweetened bottled water will find it in February 2009 when Coca-Cola launches its new Dasani essence – a flavored water with a tinge of all-natural fruit flavor. According to a Nielsen study last month, the unsweetened flavored water market is growing faster than any other segment in the $11

EZ Energy USA To Acquire 42 Gas Stations

EZ Energy USA Inc., the U.S. entity of Israeli-based EZ Energy Ltd., has signed a contract to acquire 42 gas stations in the U.S. and all related inventory – as well as four lots – for a reported $32.6 million, according to McClatchy-Tribune news service. Investec Bank (UK) and a private investor will invest $7

A 7-Eleven Christmas

The 7-Eleven store on the corner may not be a mammoth mass merchandise retailer, but it offers a surprising number of time- and cost-saving gift ideas that can help calm holiday anxiety brought on by a lack of time and money. “You may not be able to do all of your holiday shopping at a

Mac’s C-stores Launch DVD Rental Kiosks

Mac’s Convenience Stores, Ontario’s largest convenience store operator, has partnered with a digital self-serve innovator to introduce DVD rental kiosks at select Mac’s stores in Canada. Signifi Solutions Inc. is a digital self-service company that offers digital entertainment solutions through cutting-edge technology. It manages a DVD placement initiative called Movie Spot DVD, which is a

Greening Up The Holidays

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched its second annual holiday card recycling program as a way to encourage customers to use Fresh & Easy stores as a place to recycle used greeting cards. Proceeds from the sale of the recycled cards will go to American Forests, a nonprofit organization that helps plant trees in

Going Once, Twice …

Exxon Mobil Corp. said this week that it’s starting the bidding process to sell the majority of its remaining company-owned gas stations on the East Cost, Dow Jones newswire reported. “Consistent with our 2008 June announcement, we began our initial bid process for the sale of the majority of our company-operated and dealer sites from

Tobacco’s Trials and Tribulations

It’s been a busy week for tobacco on the East Coast, with major developments on tobacco regulations, rulings and ruminations in the states of Maine, New York and Massachusetts. Here’s the skinny in those states: Maine The U.S. Supreme Court his week decided 5-4 to let Maine’s “light cigarette” smokers sue tobacco companies for fraudulent

Functional Frenzy?

International management consulting firm Scientia is predicting rapid growth for medicinal foods and nutraceuticals worldwide in the next few years. In a report available for free at Scientia’s Web site (www.scientiaadv.com), researchers estimate that the global functional foods category will hit $195 billion by 2012, a sizable increase from 2006 sales of $128 billion. Key

Arizona Teacher Wins $1M In Mars Contest

Phoenix resident and teacher Michelle Willis was the grand-prize winner of Mars Snackfood’s Halloween Million Contest, the company said this week. M&M’S characters visited Willis and her family at home this week to deliver an oversized check for the $1 million winnings from the online contest. Belle, the family’s Chihuahua mix, also benefited from the

MetroSplash Expands Board

Fuel-based loyalty solutions provider MetroSplash Systems Group Inc. has appointed Patrick Cummiskey to its board of directors. “We are extremely pleased to have Patrick join our board of directors,” said Steve Babick, president and CEO of MetroSplash. “His rich industry expertise in transaction processing and petroleum segments will provide invaluable guidance and direction in assisting

Redbox Heads To 7-Eleven

Redbox is spreading into 7-Eleven stores nationwide as it continues its focus on the c-store market, according to online video industry publication VideoBusiness.com. Starting this month and continuing through next year, Redbox will be installing its DVD rental machines into 2,600 7-Eleven locations nationwide, boosting its presence beyond the regional c-store giants like Maverik, Thorntons

Rutter’s Giving At Nearly $1.9M

Charitable donations by Rutter’s Farm Stores over the past six years has amounted to $1.875 million, including $475,000 in 2008, the company announced at an annual holiday banquet. While the banquet was held in honor of Rutter’s employees, the employees actually brought more than 250 toys to the event and donated them to two local

Love’s Gets Larger

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is No. 25 on the 2008 Forbes’ Magazine list of the largest private companies, a significant jump from the company’s No. 42 position last year. Love’s has consistently made the Forbes list since debuting at No. 446 in 2000. “We’re proud to once again be among the companies on

ExxonMobil Investing $1B In Clean Diesel

ExxonMobil Refining and Supply said it’s investing more than $1 billion in three refineries to increase the supply of cleaner-burning diesel by about 6 million gallons per day. The company will construct new units and modify existing facilities at refineries in Baton Rouge, La.; Baytown, Texas; and Antwerp, Belgium. “This underscores the company’s ongoing commitment