IRI Probes Eco-Minded Minds

Chicago-based consumer research firm IRI is teaming with TNS U.S., of New York, to gain a deeper understanding of consumer attitudes and behaviors in all things green. The two companies are looking to flesh out new concepts on the green front, including a determination on which types of consumers are likely to buy green products

Fresh & Easy Streamlining Distribution Channels

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and its suppliers have streamlined their distribution models to reduce direct store deliveries, which the company says will help it save money on fuel and allow it to pass the savings to customers. The innovative, simplified distribution method will also help the environment by triggering reductions in CO2 emissions, fuel

Susser Retail Unit, Stripes LLC, Gets New Leader

Susser Holdings Corporation today named Steven DeSutter executive vice president of Susser and president and CEO of the company’s retail unit, Stripes LLC, the company said. Most recently, DeSutter was an advisor and served as interim executive vice president of operations for Quiznos, a multinational sandwich franchise with roughly 5,000 restaurants. He also held past

Fresh & Easy Looking Beyond West Coast?

In his first interview since launching Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores in California last year, Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason told the Financial Times that the chain is thriving despite recent suggestions of poor sales. Mason told the Financial Times the decision to bring in U.S. resident Jeff Adams as an operations director was

Canadian Investigators Level Charges In Price Fixing

The Competition Bureau in Canada has named 11 companies and 13 individuals in what it says has been a price-fixing scam at a number of gas stations in various Canadian markets, and three of the companies have already pleaded guilty. The agency brought criminal charges against 11 companies and 13 people tied to various Quebec

CITGO Chooses FleetCor

Global fleet card company FleetCor has been selected by CITGO Petroleum Corporation to provide fleet card processing and program management services for the company’s fuel cards. With this award, FleetCor has been awarded the last four competitive bids for major oil private label fleet card contracts. “CITGO’s global relationships provide maximum exposure to all the

Exxon’s Retail Exodus

Exxon Mobil Corp. is exiting the retail gasoline business, though 75% of its 12,000 U.S. stations are already owned by branded distributors who buy ExxonMobil’s products and pay to use the company’s name, the Associated Press reported. Irving-based Exxon, the world’s biggest publicly traded oil company, plans to sell to distributors its remaining 820 company-owned

Heating Up The C-store

UK-based grocer Tesco is looking to revamp its Fresh & Easy stores on the West Coast in hopes of fostering a "warmer" shopping environment as it readies for more openings, Retail Week reported. The company said its 61 Fresh & Easy stores in Nevada, Arizona and California will be given more color and signage, mainly

Casey’s Exceeds Expectations

ANKELEY, Iowa – Profits for c-store operator Casey’s General Stores Inc. dropped 13% in the fourth-quarter ending April 30, but its performance still defied Wall Street’s expectations, The Associated Press reported. The company reported income of $14.4 million for the three-month period, or 28 cents per share, compared with $16.6 million, or 33 cents per

Dear August, This Bid’s For You …

Belgian beer brewer InBev has offered a proposal to Anheuser-Busch Inc. to combine the two companies and form a massive global brewer. A-B acknowledged receipt of the unsolicited proposal and said its board of directors would evaluate it carefully and “pursue the course of action that is in the best interest of Anheuser-Busch’s stockholders.” InBev

Horizon Travel Plazas Files Chap. 11

Franklin, Tenn.-based Horizon Travel Plazas LLC, created in 2003 by former Mapco Express executives, has filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of Tennessee, the Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Post reported. Founded by former Mapco CEO James Alligood and Vice President of Business Development Steve Ramer,

Valero Reaches Settlement With U.S. Gov’t

Valero Refining Texas LP has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency to end allegations that the oil refiner violated the Clear Water Act two years ago, the U.S. EPA reported. The government alleged Valero spilled 3,400 barrels of oil into the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on June 1, 2006,

Wawa Teams With Minor League Baseball

Pennsylvania-based Wawa is teaming up with Minor League Baseball to offer fans of 13 mid-Atlantic teams a promotion involving on-field fun between innings, special giveaways and appearances from Wawa’s mascot, Wally Goose. The c-store chain’s partnership extends to the Aberdeen IronBirds, Atlantic City Surf, Bowie Baysox, Camden Riversharks, Delmarva Shorebirds, Lakewood BlueClaws, Lehigh Valley IronPigs,

Exxon CEO Lands Hispanic Heritage Award

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has awarded U. S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) and ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson with the Inspira Award for their leadership in education for Latinos and for inspiring a new generation of Hispanic leaders in the U.S., the organization said. The Inspira Award was created to honor Latino leaders

Utah Wholesaler Calls It A Day

Longtime wholesale jobber Jensen Oil, of Salt Lake City, Utah, is changing hands after more than half a century, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. After nearly 50 years operating as a wholesale petroleum products jobber – the past 20 as the owner of the company his stepfather, Ora Jensen, founded in 1948 – David Werrett

SABMiller, Molson Coors Brewing Appoint New Leaders

SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Co. have formed an executive team for the joint venture between Miller Brewing Co. and Coors Brewing Co., just five days after the deal was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, the companies said. London-based SABMiller and Denver-based Molson Coors agreed in October last year to merge the U.S.

7-Eleven Hulkifies The Slurpee

7-Eleven, Inc. has hulked up its stores, unveiling everything from green-colored Slurpees and Super Hero sandwiches to a renamed Incredible Gulp fountain drink and a new edition of The Incredible Hulk comic book, created by Marvel Comics and available exclusively at 7-Eleven. It’s all part of the buzz-build for the June 13 release of Universal

7-Eleven Turns To Innovative Wireless LAN Creator

Aerohive Networks, creators of the controller-less "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, said 7-Eleven has deployed its wireless LAN in its Oklahoma City corporate office and chain of convenience stores. Infoworld recently chose Aerohive as among the Top 10 high tech startup companies, primarily because of Aerohive’s innovations in creating a centrally managed wireless network

Eyeing U.S. Up

Tokyo-based FamilyMart Co. is looking to expand its upscale convenience stores after last year’s opening of its first locations in West Hollywood and Westwood, Calif.,The Los Angeles Times reported. The chain hopes to have as many as 30 of its upscale, Asian-inspired “Famima” shops in the Los Angeles area by the end of this year

Chester’s Opens Mississippi Site

Chester’s International opened its newest chicken foodservice site in Florence, Miss., this week at Southern Oil convenience store on East Main Street. The new store is a franchised location operated by Mitchell Morris, owner and operator of the Southern Oil convenience store in historic Florence. With the Chester’s addition, the c-store chain will serve lunch

Sheetz Charity Adds Roethlisberger to Lineup

The 10th annual Sheetz Family Christmas "For the Kidz" Golf Classic in Williamsburg, Va. this week is drawing big-name stars like Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, NFL greats Lawrence Taylor, Eric Dickerson, Cris Carter and LPGA pro Natalie Gulbis. The charity event, held yesterday and today at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, raises thousands of dollars

McTreading on Other Channels

In yet another move that steps on the toes of the convenience store industry, fast-food giant McDonald’s is testing the sale of bottled and canned drinks at about 150 locations. While it may be years before the plan is fully realized, McDonald’s is testing the sale of bottled and canned colas, teas, energy drinks and

IRI Leveraging New Technologies

Market research firm Information Resources Inc., of Chicago, is pushing onward to lead the marketplace in consumer research panel innovation, namely through the continued development of new techniques and technologies such as panel-based Virtual Shopping, Web-based individual usage surveys, price monitoring and more. IRI said it’s shedding new light across the four stages in the

Dew Diligence in a ‘Dewmocracy’

While Barack Obama and John McCain have months to heat up their own race, Mountain Dew is firing up a campaign of its own, the “Dewmocracy” challenge. Consumers are casting their votes in a heated three-way race for the next addition to the Mountain Dew lineup, choosing one of three brands to become a permanent

Kum & Go Awards University For Finance Finesse

Students in a University of Iowa finance class cashed in on an opportunity to show their investment skills, a feat that won the school Kum & Go’s 2008 Krause Challenge investment competition. The Krause Challenge started in 1998 when W.A. Krause, founder and chairman of West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go, provided a one-time