Plastic Bag War

  Environmental enthusiasts in Seattle are urging their fellow residents to vote yes on a referendum to impose a 20-cent fee on disposable bags, The Seattle Times reported.   Seattle residents annually throw away an average of 600 grocery bags per person.   To motivate customers to embrace sustainable practices and move away from using


Tanknology Becomes A Gulf Oil Preferred Vendor

  Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, the world’s largest Underground Storage Tank (UST) environmental compliance services company, has joined forces with Gulf Oil L.P. as a member of Gulf’s Preferred Vendor Program.   As a Preferred Vendor, Tanknology’s full range of UST environmental compliance services will be made available in a specialized program for Gulf’s 1,800

Oil Companies Strategize Down Under

  U.S. refiner and fuel retailer Valero Refining has been identified as a potential buyer for a stake in the New Zealand-based Marsden Point refinery as Shell and Exxon Mobil look to quit their downstream presence in the country and concentrate on exploration, The New Zealand Herald reported.   Between them, Shell and Exxon own

Aspen Beverage Group Wins Award

  Aspen Beverage Group, a San Antonio coffee roasting and beverage manufacturer has been awarded a Silliker Audit Platinum Award, the highest possible rank, for exceptional food safety and quality systems, making it the only beverage company in the U.S. to achieve the honor.   Silliker GMP / Food Safety Systems and Distribution Center Audits

QuikTrip To Pay Back Wages

  According to an agreement announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Labor, Tulsa-based QuikTrip will pay back wages to 3,819 current and former c-store employees reported.   The settlement, totaling $747,729, will compensate the workers for uncompensated overtime in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois and Missouri, where the company operates

FDA Takes Stand On Electronic Cigarettes

  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acted to protect public health from electronic cigarettes by seeking to block importation of these products and to inform the public about the potential health risks of these products.    The FDA announced Wednesday during a press briefing that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples

Cumberland Farms Opens New Store

  Cumberland Farms has opened its newest concept store in Hudson, Mass. The brand new model is designed to make life easier for the community.    For starters, it offers an extensive foodservice menu. From a wide variety of sandwiches that can be toasted on site, to thick chocolate milkshakes, flatbread breakfast sandwiches and even

7-Eleven Grows in California

  C-store chain 7-Eleven is taking steps to lease some 600 new locations in Southern California, a move that could almost double its footprint in the area, the LA Times reported.   7-Eleven, a Dallas unit of Tokyo-based Seven & I Holdings Co., hired commercial real estate broker CB Richard Ellis on Thursday to begin

Sheetz Offers New Leaf Tea

  Sheetz now is carrying New Leaf Tea  in all of its c-store locations across six states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, Globe Newswire reported.   “Having been in the beverage industry for over 15 years, I have watched the innovation of Sheetz with making their stores a One Stop

Amstel Unveils Summer Retail Program

Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer in the progressive spirit of Amsterdam, announced its summer “Unlock the Taste of Amstel’s Amsterdam” program that will run in retail outlets throughout the country this summer.   “Our ‘Unlock the Taste of Amstel’s Amsterdam’ program is a great way to generate excitement among consumers and drive display

Altria Raises Outlook

  Altria Group Inc., the largest U.S. tobacco company, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday thanks to price increases and cost cuts, which offset falling U.S. cigarette volume, Reuters reported.   The parent of Marlboro cigarette maker Philip Morris USA and Copenhagen tobacco maker U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. also raised its full-year earnings forecast.

Coles Energy Switches from BP to Shell

  Coles Energy, operator of Mickey Mart, recently began switching many of its nearly 30 locations in north-central Ohio from BP stations to Shell stations, the Port Clinton News Herald reported.   “It’s definitely good news for customers,” said Jason Appel, the man in charge of vendor relations with Coles Energy Inc./Mickey Mart. He added that

Housing Slump Affects Gatorade Sales

  The far-reaching impact of the U.S. housing slump is well known, and now it’s trickling down to affect some beverage sales, Reuters reported.   PepsiCo noted that the company’s Gatorade sports drink sales had declined, while its sales of sodas and Tropicana juices featured a better-than-expected quarterly profit. This lead PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to

Titan Counter-Sues After Crescent Oil Lawsuit

Richard, Texas-based Titan Global Holdings Inc., accused of defrauding Crescent Oil, which eventually filed for bankruptcy, is fighting back, saying it was the victim of fraud, the Associated Press reported. Last week, Titan counter-sued in response to a lawsuit filed in May by Philip Near, former president of Crescent Oil Co. Inc., in Independence, Kan.

States Crack Down on Cigarette Smugglers

  With tobacco taxes sky high and citizens counting cash in a recession, cigarette smuggling is more common than ever, but states are cracking down in an effort to solve budget woes, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island and Virginia are among the States that stepped up law-enforcement

Suncor Energy and Petro-Canada Merger Approved

  The Competition Bureau, an independent Canadian law enforcement agency, has approved the merger of Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company, and Petro-Canada, istock analysis reported.   As part of the agreement, the companies will maintain retail and wholesale competition in Ontario, including divesting 104 retail locations, and will enter into certain supply and

Wawa Blood Drives Help Maintain Summer Blood Supply

  This Summer, from July 14 to Aug. 31, Wawa is making a difference in the community by hosting more than 25 blood drive sites in four of its operating states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.   Wawa’s goal for this year is to raise 2,000 pints of blood and to help The American

C-store Teams With Online Poker Tournament

  Poker fans don’t have to wait for The World Series of Poker in November to get their fill of the game.   Thanks to the launch of an integrated social media application sponsorship program between ampm and Texas Hold’em Poker-a Zynga game that is the most played poker game on MySpace and Facebook-poker fanatics

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Gasoline Price Slide Reverses Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   After declining since late June, retail gasoline prices will turn higher in most of the country’s metropolitan markets, pushed up by climbing wholesale costs.   The rise at the pump will vary nationally, with markets in the upper Midwest likely to see flat to

Loophole Offers Hope for Arkansas Beer Sales

  An ordinance in Springdale, Ark., prohibits businesses, such as gas stations and grocery stores from selling alcoholic beverages. But the local Murphy Express on Sunset Avenue found a way around the system, KFSM-TV, the Fort Smith-Fayetteville Arkansas News, reported.   Murphy Express took its beer-selling request before the State Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) in

New Merger Benefits Petroleum Operators

  Two of the most dominant players in the country’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) services market are joining forces in a strategic alliance to provide petroleum operators throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. with turn-key UST compliance, repair and maintenance and construction solutions.   Austin, Texas-based Tanknology Inc, the nation’s largest provider of environmental compliance

Sheetz Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Sheetz, Altoona, Pa., which operates more than 350 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, and M&T Bank announced the grand prize winner for the Gas for a Year Sweepstakes on Tuesday.   Robert Buck of Cumberland, Md., took home the grand prize: free gas for a year. The total

Circle K To Divest 75 Stores

  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will divest about 75 of its Circle K stores in the coming months.   NRC Realty Advisors LLC (NRC) is handling the proposed divestiture. The final list of properties to be divested has not been established, but is expected to include properties in various markets in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana,

New Book Explores A World Where Gas Is $20 a Gallon

  A new book by Evanston, Ill.-based engineer and journalist Christopher Steiner explores how society would respond if gas reached $20 per gallon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.   Steiner’s book,  $20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better, is an optimistic look at a