First Female to Lead OPMCA

  The Board of Directors of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (OPMCA) has named Jennifer Breech Rhoads as the new president and CEO of the organization, effective Sept. 21.   OPMCA is a statewide advocacy group of 500 independent businesses, which own and operate more than 4,000 gas stations and convenience stores


Sunshine Rises in Kansas City

  One company’s bankruptcy troubles is leading to another company’s expansion in Kansas City.   After Crescent Oil Co. filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, Sunshine Energy LLC  quickly positioned itself for growth, acquiring most of the fallen company’s assets for $11 million on Sept. 4.   Sunshine currently operates about 65 c-stores in Kansas

Consumers Respond to 7-Eleven’s Petition Drive

  7-Eleven Inc. franchisees and store operators have collected more than 1.6 million signatures in the “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” petition drive.    The company said it believes that total marks the largest number of signatures ever collected for a public policy issue on record, and called it an overwhelming referendum for Congressional action.

Love’s Names Scholarship Recipients

  Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has awarded six employees and four dependents of employees scholarships through the Learning with Love’s Scholarship program.   This the first year the company has offered this type of benefit, which is administered in partnership with the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.   “We’re proud to assist our employees

ITC Blocks
Illegal Internet Cigarette Sales

  The International Trade Commission (ITC) took action this week to stop illegally imported Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament cigarettes from entering the U.S.   The ITC issued a General Exclusion Order requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deny entry of these illegal goods, which infringe on Philip Morris USA’s (PM USA) trademarks. 

Rutter’s Awards Harley

  Rutter’s Farm Stores presented a new 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle to customer Vicki Landis of  York, Pa. this week, concluding the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” summer contest.   Landis accepted the prize at the Rutter’s store at 2125 Susquehanna Trail (at Lightner Road), Manchester Township. The bike is courtesy of Rutter’s and hot

Office Depot Supplies To Enter C-stores

  Office Depot and Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a supplier to the convenience store industry, have formed an exclusive partnership that will enable Office Depot supplies to be available for sale in convenience stores throughout the country.   Through this newly formed partnership, Office Depot will supply Lil’ Drug Store Products with an assortment

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open Five New Stores in Ohio

  Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Gilligan Oil Company LLC for the development of five restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, within the next three years.   The first location is anticipated to open in 2010 and the remainder by 2012. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Cincinnati is part of a steady and

Summer of Love Winner To Pay for College

  On Sept. 15, Samantha Shumake learned she had won the grand prize of $25,000 in the Sheetz “Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy” sweepstakes, and the teenager has big plans for the award.   “I’ve got my college paid for now,” said Shumake, who turned 19 in August. “Well, some of it. This

Exxon Mobil Invests in Education Initiative

  Exxon Mobil Corporation has increased its investment in math and science education through a partnership with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space.   The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will encourage student interest in math and science education though curriculum augmentation, programs to make math

Barney’s Restarts Pumps, Sells Stations

  The gas pumps were working again at most Barney’s Convenience Marts in Toledo on Tuesday, after 14 Barney’s stations ran out or nearly ran out of gas Monday as the owners tried to resolve unspecified financial problems, the Toledo Blade reported.   Still, nine of the chain’s 35 stations, which sell BP brand gas,

Loaf ‘N Jug Promotion Benefits JDRF

  Loaf ‘N Jug, which operates more than 175 stores in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico, is teaming up with vitaminwater to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).   During September, with every 20-ounce bottle of vitaminwater purchased, 10 cents will be donated to help find a

BP’s ampm Offers Breakfast Samples

After launching its new breakfast menu at the start of this month, ampm invited customers to sample its new breakfast burritos, empanadas and croissant sandwiches today from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at participating ampm stores across the U.S. while supplies lasted. Participating stores offered half-size versions of items from the new menu and handed

Kretek International Sues FDA On Flavored Cigar Issue

  Kretek International Inc., importer and distributor of Djarum clove cigars, today filed a request for declaratory judgment against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in Federal District Court in Washington, DC.   The Kretek filing comes after the FDA signaled its intention to exceed its legislative authority to regulate flavored cigarettes in order to

NATO Asks FDA For List of Legal and Banned Products

  One day after the FDA announced an immediate ban on flavored cigarettes, confusion on just what is legal and illegal to sell still abounds.   The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has issued a letter, requesting that the FDA issue a list by brand name of those flavored tobacco products that are and

FDA Clarifies Flavored Cigarette Ban

The FDA hosted a media briefing this morning and has posted documents on the FDA Web site issuing additional information regarding the ban on flavored cigarettes, authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in June. According to the new documents, cigarettes containing an artificial or natural flavor

Younger Customers Less Brand Loyal

  Generational differences have contributed to a steady decline in consumer brand loyalty when purchasing gasoline, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.   According to NPD’s Motor Fuels Index, which tracks consumer motor fuel purchasing behaviors, older consumers, those over 65, have always been more likely to limit brand choice to

Global Ethanol Sues Presta Oil

  Minneapolis-based Global Ethanol is suing Andover, Kan.-based Presta Oil, alleging the company failed to fulfill a contract to purchase ethanol, the Wichita Eagle reported.   The lawsuit states that Presta Oil neglected to pay for shipments of ethanol in 2008 valued at more than $205,000, and refused to accept seven shipments of ethanol later

First Data and RSA Provide Layered Security

  First Data, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing services, and RSA, the Security Division of EMC have teamed up to provide a new service called First Data Secure Transaction ManagementSM.   The service is engineered to enable merchants to secure payment card data and remove it from their environment while allowing

ERI Welcomes New Consultants

  Energy Recruiters (ERI) has added three new consultants to its Executive Recruiting Team.   The Bonita Springs, Fla.-based company specializes in recruitment for the petroleum industry, covering the complete supply chain from refining through retail/end user.  Its new consultants will be serving clients in the Convenience Retail and Petroleum Marketing sectors.    “Our ability

Flavored Cigarettes: Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff

Pepsi Co. Executive To Retire

  Michael White, chief of international businesses, director and chairman at PepsiCo Inc. has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.   During his career at Pepsi Co., White led negotiations for the company’s $7.8 billion acquisition of its two biggest independent bottlers and Pepsi Co.

Rutter’s Revamps Web site

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has updated its Web site to provide more benefits to mobile customers.   Web site visitors now can join the new Rutter’s Rewards program; download a free Rutter’s iPhone application or Rutter’s ringtone; connect to Rutter’s presences on Facebook and Twitter; sign up to receive the latest

Quick Chek Pioneers Fast Lane Program

  Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 120 fresh food stores in New Jersey and southern New York, is installing and testing self-checkout lanes equipped with note and coin recycling capabilities at its Phillipsburg, N.J., store located at 600 New Brunswick Ave.   The chain partnered with NCR Corporation, a global technology leader in self-checkouts

Rutter’s Launches Rewards Card

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has introduced its Rutter’s Rewards card.   With the tagline “See the Icon, Buy the Product, Earn the Reward!,” Rutter’s Rewards allows customers to earn cents off gasoline every time they purchase any one of the of hundreds of everyday items bearing a special display icon. For