Bud Light Lime, A Peach In Convenience

Bud Light Lime was named the top-selling new product in the convenience channel in 2008 by Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Based on dollar sales for the 52-week period ending Dec. 28, 2008, of all new products introduced in the U.S. convenience channel for the year (as tracked by IRI’s AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service), Bud


Fuel Frenzy Continues

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN The steady trend higher in retail gasoline prices across the U.S. since the start of January could stall in some metropolitan markets as month-end nears. Wholesale gasoline prices across the country moved lower in most markets during the week leading up to Jan. 26 as driving

QuikTrip Makes Short Work of Top 100 List

Tulsa, Okla.-based convenience retailer QuikTrip was listed as No. 27 among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. in Fortune Magazine’s February 2009 issue. Also on the list was San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy, which ranked No. 93. In a story in the Tulsa World, QuikTrip President and CEO Chet Cadieux said

Atlas Adds Two For Fuel, One For Retail

Atlas Oil Company is growing its ranks again, both on the fuel distribution and retail management sides of its business. Don Jensen has joined Atlas as vice president of supply, while Greg Bower has joined as biofuels business development director. Both men will be based in Atlas Oil Company’s Houston, Texas, office, where they’ll interact

ExxonMobil Recommits To NASCAR

ExxonMobil said it has renewed a long-standing official partnership with NASCAR to keep its Mobil 1 motor oil and Mobil-brand lubricant products as NASCAR’s “Official Motor Oil” and “Official Lubricants.” The new agreement extends the partnership to 2012. The 2009 NASCAR season will mark the seventh consecutive season in which Mobil 1 has been the

Bob Evans Changes Management

Bob Evans Restaurants announced that President Roger Williams is retiring after nearly 42 years with the organization, and he’ll be replaced by two men who will split the head spot at the company. The transition will also entail other leadership changes, all of which will take effect early in February. Williams will stay on board

Senate Begins Debating SCHIP

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.) and Sen. John Rockefeller, (D-W.Va.) announced that the Senate plans later today to begin work on expediting the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which could have a devestating impact on tobacco sales and profits. The bill intends to retain coverage for 6.7 million enrolled children

Going Green

Crescent Oil is advancing alternative fuel infrastructure through the purchase of Dresser Wayne Ovation iX fuel dispensers and the Fusion Universal Site Controller. The fuel supplier plans to implement more than 600 new dispensers throughout its more than 150 retail locations across the Midwestern United States. As a result, the sites will be able to

Sheetz Plans Aggressive Expansion in West Virginia

Sheetz Inc. is aggressively pursuing local markets in West Virginia with plans to open seven or eight new stores in the Huntington and Charleston metro areas. The Altoona, Pa. chain has yet to open a store in West Virginia south of Weston, said Errin Hensley, real estate project manager for Sheetz. After 2010, Sheetz might

Ky. Price Gouging Inquiry Ends

Eight retail gas stations will pay the state more than $100,000 to end a gas price-gouging investigation launched in the wake of Hurricane Ike last September, state Attorney General Jack Conway said. Five of the stations are owned by Pilot Travel Centers LLC, which will pay $100,000 in the settlement. They are in Corbin, Williamsburg,

Southern Maryland Oil partners with TelaPoint

Southern Maryland Oil has selected TelaPoint’s TelaFuel Internet software Smart Replenishment module for inventory management of its transport division, which supplies fuel to their Dash-In Food Stores and other wholesale fuel customers. Southern Maryland Oil will use TelaFuel, a browser-based application suite, to improve management of fuel purchasing, replenishment, truck logistics and invoice reconciliation operations

CITGO Overhauling U.S. Marketing

After navigating through a tumultuous 2008 marked by a slumping economy, hurricanes, volatile fuel prices and consumer unease, CITGO Petroleum Corp. said it will roll out enhanced brand programs that will continue to grow positive awareness and increase brand strength throughout 2009. This package of initiatives and programs will allow CITGO to further enhance its

Going With the Flow

Susser Holdings Corp. will standardize Xflo fuel meters in Ovation dispensers at new Stripes LLC convenience store and retail fuel locations. The Xflo meters will help Stripes sites in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico reduce the cost of fuel lost to meter drift, a considerable expense that can be as much as tens of thousands

The Winds of Change

Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Mich., said it has completed its purchase of 57 convenience stores from BP Products North America in Chicago and it will begin supplying the sites immediately. The locations in the South Chicago Suburbs are a mix of company-owned and dealer-owned sites. Atlas will manage the sites from its South Bend, Ind.,

Cumberland Farms Partners with Aldata

Cumberland Farms Inc. reached deal with Aldata Solution Inc. to use its Apollo Web Publisher, a centralized merchandising collaboration platform for retail space planning. With approximately 1,000 outlets and 7,000 employees, Cumberland Farms will use Web Publisher to manage and distribute planograms, reports and merchandising information at each retail outlet to ensure greater levels of

Quick Chek Coffee Sales Jump

Quick Chek, the Whitehouse, N.J.-based operator of nearly 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, said today first quarter same store sales (Nov. 1 – Jan. 19) in the coffee and hot breakfast categories are up, and gaining a steady increase. Quick Chek’s coffee same store sales rose by 10%

Kum & Go Touts Benefits of Sale-Leaseback Deals

Kum & Go LLC announced several sale-leaseback deals to assist in the construction of new stores. Since the West Des Moines, Iowa-based company adopted the strategy three years ago, it has sold and leased back 45 of its 431 stores, Chief Financial Officer Craig Bergstrom said. Up to 75% of new and remodeled stores will

Mixed Results for United Refining

It was a tough first quarter for United Refining, but the Warren, Pa.-based refiner-marketer remains optimistic it will have a strong second quarter. Net sales for the three months ended November 30, 2008 were $770.5 million, a $76.9 million increase over the $693.6 million reported for the same period in 2007. The 11.1% rise in

Loyalty 360, PCATS Announce Partnership

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and Loyalty 360, the Loyalty Marketer’s Association (Loyalty 360) are partnering to help continue member development in loyalty marketing practices. PCATS petroleum marketers, convenience store owners/operators and other retail channels will benefit from Loyalty 360’s unbiased, market driven "voice of customer" focused clearinghouse and think tank for

New Ad Campaign for Heineken

Heineken USA launched a new campaign for the equity which establishes its new and dynamic overarching marketing platform–“Give Yourself a Good Name.” The campaign showcases subtle ways in which consumers decide to “give themselves a good name” through their actions, their words and their choices. Effective immediately, Give Yourself a Good Name will lead all

Gasoline Pump Prices on the Rise

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN After some mixed pricing for wholesale gasoline prices earlier this month, the trend is again pointed higher, as a reduction in gasoline output by oil refineries works to tighten the supply-demand balance. After reporting negative margins from late October through the end of December 2008, oil

Handee Marts Recognized For Ethics Leadership

7-Eleven licensee Handee Marts Inc. has been named a finalist in the small company category for the Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Business Ethics Award. Finalists for the Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards are chosen through nomination and overall reputation and are evaluated on criteria such as demonstration of executive commitment to business ethics, clear communication of ethical

FDA: Peanut Butter Investigation Ongoing

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to postpone their consumption of commercially prepared or manufactured peanut butter-containing products, as well as institutionally served peanut butter, in light of an ongoing investigation into a Salmonella outbreak. Identification of the actual products subject to recall is continuing, so the FDA is currently urging consumers to

Kraft Boosts Functional Focus

Kraft Foods Global Inc. is pushing innovation for functional foods by way of a research and licensing partnership with Minneapolis-based Medisyn Technologies Inc., Mediapost.com reported. Medisyn specializes in pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and animal health products. The two companies began partnering on research in December 2008, Mediapost.com reported. The partnership could trigger faster and less-costly development of

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