bp surprises analysts

Third quarter results turn better numbers than expected. BP Plc has reported profit decline less than analysts estimated in the third quarter and said its two largest U.S. refineries are increasing production, according to Bloomberg.com. According to the report, profits excluding one-time items and changes in inventories dropped 6.4%, outgrowing analysts’ estimates for a second

treats without the tricks

Candy sales jumping with Halloween fast approaching. Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it plenty of costume-clad consumers looking for candy. According to The Nielsen Company, U.S. consumers are expected to purchase more than $2.1 billion in candy this Halloween season. The holiday generates the greatest sales volume of sweets for the entire year, with

a royal education

RBG sponsors its sixth annual scholarship program. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has revealed its sixth annual scholarship program is now open for applications. The RBG Scholarship Program is available to eligible candidates that are high school seniors or graduates who are planning to or are enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year College or

depinto speaks at 2007 nacs show

7-Eleven CEO delivers presentation on Retail Business Strategy. 7-Eleven Inc. President and CEO Joe DePinto will lead an exclusive discussion on retail and business strategies at the upcoming 2007 NACS Show. On Nov. 8, DePinto will deliver the CEO Presentation on Retail Business Strategy. DePinto first joined 7-Eleven in 2002, and has held several executive

wawa goes hormonefree

Chain brings its milk and dairy back to cleaner basics. Wawa Inc. will now only produce milk that is free of artificial growth hormones (rBST); this artificial bovine growth hormone will be eliminated from all milk that Wawa processes and sells at its 570 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. To ensure

floridas faulty gas pumps

Florida gas customers have something to worry about other than paying above the national average per gallon: malfunctioning pumps that could be siphoning even more of their hard-earned money. A recent study conducted by South Florida Sun-Sentinel found as many as 34% of the gas stations in the state have at least one pump that

bp starts streamlining

Chicago headquarters marks the first target for restructuring initiative. Last week, BP revealed that 3,300 Chicago-area employees will soon be relocated or eliminated in an effort to globally streamline the company, according to the Chicago Tribune. This move marks the end to BP’s efforts to maintain a functional regional headquarters in Chicago. The message was

potential employees line up for fresheasy

Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is receiving plenty of attention from potential workers for its Nov. 8 opening. The company has reported receiving nearly 1,000 applicants for 170 jobs for the first six Southern California, according to Los Angeles Business. Fresh & Easy has been eyed up by seasoned management as well. According to

mcdonalds close to expanding beverages

Fast-food giant looking to boost sales by as much as $1.3 billion. McDonald’s Corp. may be counting on thirsty customers to pull in new profits. Exploring what it believes could be a billion-dollar annual sales builder, the fast food giant is seriously considering expanding its U.S. beverage offerings, from specialty coffee and bottled sodas to

shell unveils nascar sponsorship

New agreement aimed at driving in-store sales. Shell is leveraging its relationship with Richard Childress Racing (RCR), Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil car in an effort to drive traffic and sales at Shell branded service stations in the United States. In the one year since the company’s announcement regarding its re-entry into the

pester names new presidentcoo

Spresser steps up to lead 1st Stop and FarmCrest stores. Pester Marketing Co., operator of 1st Stop and FarmCrest stores in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, has elected Richard Spresser president and chief operating officer. Spresser, a Kansas native, graduated from Fort Hays State University and has spent 27 years in the petroleum and convenience store

sheetz goes further in virgina

New store marks third unit in Lynchburg market. Sheetz Inc. continues to expand across the country as it opens a new 5,000-square-foot store in Lynchburg, Va. The new store is the third in Lynchburg and brings the total number of stores in the chain to 340. While the store opened to the public last night,

house fails to support schip

Cigarette smokers can breath a temporary sigh of relief. Uninsured children, not so much. In a valiant attempt, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to override President Bush’s veto of H.R. 976, a bill that would reauthorize and expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). Said bill would have provided $35 billion to fund

pay to the order of stupid

C-store robber foiled by his own pay stub. It’s by no stretch the perfect crime, but that didn’t stop Robinson Rivera from attempting it anyway. Rivera, 25, went on a c-store robbing spree in Delaware, his weapon of choice being a crudely written note demanding that the clerks give him the cash in the registers

kwik trip collects coats for kids

Program held in conjunction with Salvation Army provides warmth to the needy. Thanks to the help of Lacrosse, Wis. Kwik Trip, the Salvation Army’s annual Coats for Kids program is underway. The program collects coats for the needy. Donors drop off coats at local Kwik Trip stores, where they are then taken and distributed. Despite

sheetz promotes two into vp spots

Lorenz and Ryan make their move up the company’s executive ranks. Sheetz Inc. has promoted two long-time executives to the level of executive vice president. Mike Lorenz, vice president of petroleum supply is now the executive vice president of petroleum supply while Ray Ryan, vice president of distribution services has been promoted to executive vice

hot stuff cooks up charity

New “Warm Hearts” division focuses on philanthropy. Hot Stuff Foods has expanded in the foodservice industry over the past decade, but now it’s spreading into a new realm: charity. It started in 1996, when Hot Stuff Foods (then Orion Food Systems), spearheaded a charity golf event featuring premier players from the PGA Champions Tour to

ameristop files for bankruptcy

Petro Acquisitions Inc, the parent company of the Ameristop convenience-store chain, is preparing to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Petro, which franchises about 140 gasoline stations and convenience stores in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, was to file an order late Monday providing the schedule for Chapter 11 proceedings with Hamilton County

bp spreads ampms reach

Chain continues growing its franchised brand. BP has unveiled plans to spread its ampm franchise from the West to the East, establishing its brand in new markets throughout the country. According to the plan, stores could be popping up in Atlanta and Chicago as early as November. The chain’s BP Connnect and Wild Bean Caf

sheetz arrives in sarver pa

Grand opening kicks off with donation to local school. Sheetz Inc. is opening its new location in Sarver, Pa. The newest addition to the 339-store chain is the first in Sarver. The store will host a community grand opening celebration on Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. As part of the Oct. 18 festivities,

bp gets virtual

Company markets itself through new video game. Electronic Arts and BP have teamed up to provide a cleaner environment–in the virtual world. The video game manufacturer and the big oil company have collaborated to include climate change education within SimCity Societies, the next iteration of the city-building game. BP’s logo appears in the game as

giant oil snatches 32 bp stations

Expansions and redesigns announced for new locations. Giant Oil has unveiled plans to acquire all 32 company-owned BP service stations in the Dayton, Ohio. market by the end of the year, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Tampa-based Giant Oil Inc.–which owns gas stations and convenience stores in Florida and Ohio as well as

nacs gets a new director of special events

Thomas brought in to take care of NACS Show and more. Meredith Thomas has joined NACS as its director of meetings & special events. Thomas will be responsible for many of the activities related to the convenience and petroleum association’s events, including the NACS Show, which is one of the 50 largest annual trade shows

couchetard eyeing shell sites

Canadian company looking to take advantage of dissolving MSO program. Alimentation Couche-Tard expressed its desire to expand further into the U.S. market making a bid for some of the 2,000 stations Shell plans to sell in the coming years. “We are always interested in any asset that can become available in the U.S. that can

wagnermentzer caught on false advertising

Company makes amends with donation. After an investigation over pricing fraud, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning revealed that Wagner-Mentzer will change its advertising practices and give $20,000 to the community of North Platte. Bruning investigated three of the company’s stations in August for allegedly using deceptive trade practices. The stations were accused of attracting customers

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