Thorntons Holds Job Fair

Thorntons is expanding its coffee program and is now filling new positions created by its coffee initiative. Thorntons is launching a new coffee program, company-wide, starting in the Louisville/Southern Indiana Market, and plans to add up to 160 new jobs over the next year to support its new coffee program. Thorntons will be accepting applications

Innovative New Heineken Can Offers Distinct Feel, Contemporary Look

Heineken, the No. 1 selling European Lager in the U.S., announced the launch of their new can packaging beginning in February. Heineken’s upscale and visually appealing new look – and unique, tactile feel – elevates the overall appeal of the package and reinforces the high quality and great brewing tradition of the nation’s premier beer

Casey’s Looks To Buy City Block In South Dakota

Planned site would include a sit down area for foodservice and a modern appearance. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has plans to purchase a long-vacant lot on East 10th in Sioux Falls, S.D., allowing it to develop a convenience store and gas station that could span an acre, Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported. Communication Service for

Quick Chek Launches N.J. Devils Sweepstakes

The grand prize includes free Quick Chek coffee for one year and tickets to a N.J. Devils game. Celebrating its fourth year as the official coffee of the New Jersey Devils, Quick Chek, the premier chain of more than 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has launched its “Win A

Shell Market Tests Nitrogen Enriched Diesel

New branded diesel helps protect engines, can reduce fuel consumption in heavy duty fleets, Shell reports. Shell Oil Products US today is testing Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel, extending the company’s “Nitrogen Enriched” advanced cleaning system to diesel. The fuel has been proven to reduce fuel consumption in an extensive test of heavy-duty vehicles and is

TA Nashville Location Reopens After 2010 Floods

Once ravaged by floods, the newly renovated Nashville site now includes upgraded amenities, including a driver’s lounge. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is reopening its travel center located on 111 North First Street in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2011. The site, conveniently located at Exit 48 off of Interstate 24 was closed in May 2010

Tedeschi Opens Store in Stoughton

Customers visiting the new location can enjoy free coffee with breakfast sandwich purchase for a limited time. Tedeschi Food Shops has opened its newest store located at 987 Central Street in Stoughton, Mass., near the intersection of Route 138. The interior of this store boasts the company’s latest design, colors, and graphics along with state-of-the-art

BP to Divest ARCO Brand

BP says it plans to focus future downstream investment in the U.S. on further improving and upgrading its more advantaged refining and marketing networks in the country. BP is repositioning its refining and marketing (R&M) business in the U.S. and divesting two of its US refineries, in a move that will halve BP’s U.S. refining

Atlas Oil Expands Sales Team

Atlas to focus on business development and emerging markets as it looks to expand its footprint. Atlas Oil Co. has expanded its sales team, adding five sales representatives to focus on business development and emerging markets. Bob Kenyon, executive vice president, sales and business development, announced the appointments of McKenzie Egender, regional sales team leader,

Sara Lee Divides Into Two Companies

Sara Lee’s North American Retail and North American Foodservice businesses are expected to be one entity while its International Beverage and Bakery businesses and North American beverage business are set to comprise another. Sara Lee Corp. is dividing into two separate publicly traded companies, in a move planned for completion in early 2012, after the

The Customer is King

“The customer is always right.”  “Our customers come first.”  “We value our customers.” Blah, blah, blah… Sure we have all read retailer mission statements about how they value their customers, but how many truly take these words to heart?  For most companies, their mission statement and promise of “the best customer experience” is just words

Innovation And Leadership In 2011

Click on an image to enlarge or click here to download as on PDF file. As we enter the New Year, I am excited about the many opportunities the Swedish Match portfolio will offer our valued customers and consumers. Swedish Match takes pride in being the industry leader when it comes to innovation and bringing

U.S. Gasoline Prices Climb Amid Egyptian Uprising

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline price watchers should expect prices at the pump to again nudge higher in closing out January, pushed up by a surge in oil valuations in wholesale trading on Jan. 28 sparked by unrest in Egypt. The rally reversed what would have been a decline in

Chevron Shows Its Pricing Power

BP maintains second highest market share after Shell despite oil spill crisis. Chevron used 2010 to restructure, exiting states on the edge of its marketing area, but it nonetheless exhibited more pricing power than any other brand, according to a just release OPIS report. The OPIS Retail Year in Review & 2011 Profit Outlook found

Sunoco To Continue With Separation of SunCoke

Settlement with ArcelorMittal resolves lawsuit on Coke pricing litigation. Sunoco Inc. is moving forward with the planned separation of SunCoke Energy after reaching an agreement with ArcelorMittal that resolves the lawsuit concerning coke pricing for the Jewell facility. Additional information regarding the planned separation of SunCoke Energy from Sunoco will be discussed on the previously

CITGO Expands With 42 Stations

“When we decided to convert these new locations, we wanted a partner who had refining might,” said president of C.N. Brown Co. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Maine-based fuel distributor C.N. Brown Co. have converted 42 locally owned gas stations across Maine and New Hampshire to the CITGO brand. The move extends the company’s 20-year partnership

Love’s Announces 2011 Capital Expenditure Plans

Love’s plans to spend $230 million making enhancements to current locations and building new sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, a national operator of travel centers and convenience stores based in Oklahoma City, has planned capital expenditures of $230 million for calendar year 2011. The majority of this amount, $180 million, is scheduled to

Swipe Fee Fight Continues

NACS urges retailers to join it on Capital Hill to show support for the Durbin Amendment that regulates interchange fees. With a new Congress in session, the rule regulating interchange fees runs the risk of being overturned, and NACS is urging retailers to show their government the issue remains important to them. The Dodd-Frank Wall

Irving Oil Welcomes New Retailer To Its Team

“We are pleased to partner with family-owned businesses as we grow the Irving brand across Rhode Island and New England,” said Irving Oil spokesperson. An Irving filling station located at 1325 Wampanoag Trail in Riverside, R.I.,  has a new owner: Peter Vaserman, who recently renovated the location and plans to make additional upgrades in the

Restaurant Spending Remains Low

Limited-time offers, small portion size options and kids-eat-free promotions, are key to increasing traffic for foodservice providers. Consumers are still watching their discretionary spending—in fact, 60% of restaurant-goers report that the recession has changed the way their family spends money. Unfortunately for foodservice operators, relief is still a ways off, as latest research from Mintel

JEWEL-OSCO President Retiring

Brian Huff is scheduled to take on the position of president effective Feb. 7. JEWEL-OSCO, a SUPERVALU INC.-owned company, has announced that Keith Nielsen, JEWEL-OSCO president, is retiring, effective at the end of the fiscal year (Feb. 28, 2011). “I am very proud of the work we’ve accomplished at JEWEL-OSCO during my tenure as president,

Technomic to Hosts Introductory C-Store Foodservice Seminar

Convenience stores are unique to other foodservice outlets, presenting special challenges to c-store management and suppliers of food, equipment and disposable products. To help executives quickly get up to speed, Technomic is offering a special half-day C-Store Foodservice 101 seminar. Program highlights include: * Foodservice industry overview. * Top-line issues and concerns of c-store foodservice.

Bosselman Boss Shops Opens Six New Shops

New sites include five former Q Fix Truck Service locations. The Bosselman Family of Companies and Bosselman Boss Shops are opening six new Boss Shop locations: five former Q Fix Truck Service Shops with locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana, and a former Flying J Shop location in Smithton, Pa. The Q Fix organization offers

CITGO Adds ULSD Unit At Corpus Christi Refinery

The ULSD initiative allows CITGO to contribute to a cleaner environment. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a 42,500 BPD unit to produce Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery. With the completion of this unit, which has been in operation since December, CITGO is now capable

7-Eleven Makes List of Top Military Friendly Employers

Military veteran’s franchise program earns 7-Eleven recognition. 7-Eleven Inc. has been named one of the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, a list published annually by G.I. Jobs magazine.  7-Eleven was the only food retailer included and, among all retailers on the list, ranked third. “The company prides itself on a diverse work force and its

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