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CITGO-Venezuela Launches Eighth Annual Heating Oil Program

Program has benefited more than 1.7 million people since its inception. The eighth edition of the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program will launch for the 2012-2013 season at the Night of Peace Shelter in Windsor Mill, Md., this coming Thursday, Jan. 31. The charitable program, which has benefitted more than 1.7 million people since its inception,

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Cenex Tanks of Thanks Program Rewards Good Deeds

More than $130,000 in free fuel awarded to people who are making a difference in their communities. Cenex—the CHS Energy brand—has announced that the Tanks of Thanks program rewarded more than 2,600 people with nearly $132,000 in free fuel in 2012. This month kicks off the second year of the program, which recognizes and rewards

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VP Racing Partners With Western States Petroleum

“The program will serve to ramp up an already-strong relationship in which we’ve come to value Western States’ dedicated staff as they guide retail customers in race fuel selection,” says VP Racing president. VP Racing Fuels, Inc. has introduced Western States Petroleum (WSP) as the latest addition to the roster of partners in its retail

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Pike Research Forecasts Rise in Natural Gas Vehicles

Nearly one million natural gas trucks and buses will be sold from 2012 to 2019. Because trucks and buses use significant amounts of fuel and tend to emit high levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs), diesel and natural gas (NG) vehicles are increasingly attractive options in these commercial markets. At the same time, the rebounding construction

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BP Banned From New Federal Contracts

EPA suspends BP and its affiliates due to 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, following plea agreement. The U.S. government has banned BP Plc from taking new federal contracts over its “lack of business integrity” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Reuters reported. The suspension, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), follows BP’s Nov. 15

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VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery

First U.S. lottery ticket receipt printed at gas dispenser in Greater Minneapolis area in November. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced the first U.S. lottery ticket sale at the fuel pump was printed at a Greater Minneapolis area convenience store and gas station in November. Lottery sales at the pump and other self-service locations represent a

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Jones & Frank Markets Vendgogh’s Gas Island Vending

Strategic partnership helps bring cold drinks to gas-only customers.   Vendgogh, the provider of Gas Island Vending Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Jones & Frank (J&F). J&F is a solution integrator to convenience stores in 16 states along the entire Eastern seaboard, and a Gilbarco distributor, which plans to market, install and

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Renewable Fuel Standard To Cost Chain Restaurants Billions

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has released a new, comprehensive report on the impact of federal ethanol policies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), on the chain restaurant industry, commodity prices and the food supply chain. The 32-page report, which can

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Stripes Partners with Apache Corp.

Natural gas fueling to be available at west Texas locations. Stripes LLC, a subsidiary of Susser Holdings Corp., is partnering with Apache Corporation to add natural gas fueling dispensers at selected Stripes convenience store locations. Initially, compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability will be available at two Stripes locations in the Midland, Texas area. “Adding

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McShan Florist Gains CNG Dispenser

 Wayne Technology helps site owners take advantage of fleet fuel savings. Wayne has announced the first installation of its CNG (compressed natural gas) dispenser with in-dispenser payment capabilities (i.e. pay-at-the-pump). The Austin, Texas-manufactured dispenser is installed at a McShan florist site in Dallas, Texas, which is a CNG Texas brand fueling station. In addition to

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NCCR Speaks Out On EPA’s RFS Waiver Decision

NCCR executive director notes RFS is a flawed law that unfairly distorts the market at the expense of  chain restaurants, consumers and everyone else involved in the food supply chain. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) expressed its disappointment over Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard

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Chevron And Safeway Craft An Ideal Partnership

In any loyalty program, simplicity is crucial to customer adoption. Chevron and the Vons division of Safeway Inc. have partnered to offer a joint Reward Points loyalty program. Customers who earn gas rewards by shopping with their VonsClub Card at Vons stores or a ValuePlus Card at Pavilions stores now can spend their rewards of

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U.S. To Achieve Record Oil Production

Energy Department forecasts U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, including biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year. According to the Associated Press, U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the U.S. could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and new drilling methods,

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Casey's, Hy-Vee Join Forces For Fuel Savings Program

With the typical household spending nearly $350 per month on gas, Casey’s and Hy-Vee team to offer some price relief.   Casey’s General Stores has partnered with Hy-Vee Inc. to launch a program that will allow customers to save $2 or more per gallon on gasoline purchases at all Hy-Vee and Casey’s stores. The new

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Chevron, Safeway Team For Fuel Rewards Program

Customers can now make shopping for groceries count at the pump. Chevron and Safeway Inc. have partnered to offer a joint Reward Points loyalty program. Customers who earn Gas Rewards by shopping with their VonsClub Card at Vons stores and their ValuePlus Card at Pavilions stores will now be able to use their Rewards for

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Controlling Fuel Volatility

With gasoline prices again soaring, convenience store and petroleum retailers are investing in software solutions that can help them manage the business more effectively. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Convenience store operators are feeling the pinch from skyrocketing gas prices, which makes fuel inventory controls even more critical in helping retailers reduce costs and bolster

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide as Supply Tightness Eases

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were lower in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the final full week of October, pressured by rebuilding gasoline supply as refinery processing ramps up after a series of unexpected outages had propelled gasoline costs sharply higher. The total domestic gasoline inventory

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs on the Decline

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN It’s mid-October and wholesale gasoline costs are on a downtrend, with the decline delayed based on gasoline’s seasonal tendency to begin moving lower after Labor Day as holiday travel cuts vehicle miles traveled. Gasoline prices are also coming down from lofty heights not usually experienced this time

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Parker’s Rolls Back PumpPal Gas Price

As a holiday gift to customers, PumpPal members get a 10-cent club price discount. Parker’s has officially rolled back gas prices for PumpPal members by 10 cents at all 27 Parker’s locations in Georgia and South Carolina through the end of the year as a special thank you to customers. The 10-cent club price discount

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AAA Fuel Gauge Report Shows Gas Price Volatility

Prices at the pump climb in Massachusetts and Hawaii, but drivers in Michigan and Chicago see minor relief over last week’s prices.   The national average for gasoline sits at $3.93 per gallon as of April 8, with some states seeing small dips in price this week and others facing price climbs, according to AAA’s Fuel

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Maintaining Compliance with Fuel Tank Standards

Out of sight, out of mind could land convenience store and gas station owners in serious trouble if they neglect their underground storage tanks (USTs) any longer. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With fines for leaks on the rise, regulations for tank compliance data retention getting longer and reporting frequencies increasing, the time has come

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Effectively Managing the Fuel Market

As gasoline prices trend upward, retailers are struggling to stay competitive on price while protecting their margin. By John Lofstock, Editor. The cost of fuel has been roaring up and down like a rollercoaster, and so has the risk to retailers when purchasing fuel in large quantities. Fortunes can be made by accurately predicting which

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Instant Rewards for Fuel Customers

With gas prices again on the rise, consumers are pumped about loyalty programs that offer discounts on gasoline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Today’s competitive retailing environment makes it tough to attract and keep customers, so convenience stores are turning to loyalty programs that allow the faithful to earn points as they shop and redeem

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Martin Eagle Oil’s Fuel Management System Saves The Day

After someone tampers with a gas pump, the SIMMONS ClearView system alerts Martin Eagle Oil to the problem in time to avoid a huge loss of fuel inventory. Denton, Texas-based Martin Eagle Oil saved thousands of dollars in potential fuel loss this month all because it had the foresight to install the SIMMONS ClearView continuous

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Valero Acquires Two Fuel Terminals

The ownership and operation of these facilities is expected to allow Valero to grow its wholesale marketing presence in eastern Kentucky. Valero Terminalling and Distribution Co., a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., has successfully completed the acquisition of Chevron USA Inc.’s Louisville and Lexington, Ky. product terminals for an undisclosed amount, company officials announced. Valero

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