Chevron Donates To Local Public Schools

Over the past three weeks, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion has encouraged East Bay, Calif., drivers to help earn up to $1 million in funds for their neighborhood public schools. To participate customers simply have to fill up their gas tank at participating Chevron stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties between Sept. 1 and

Is Couche-Tard Out?

After Casey’s shareholders rejected Couche-Tard’s nominees for the board of directors last week, and instead reelected its standing board, analysts are weighing in on whether or not Couche-Tard is out of the game and whether 7-Eleven will come through with a bid. U.S. billionaire and hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, founder of SAC Capital Advisors

Remote Monitoring

Milton, Del.-based Wilson Baker Inc. has installed Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Wisdom Intelligent Device Management (IDM) Systems at two of its seven sites. The systems help the company remotely monitor coolers, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and other devices to manage energy consumption, overall operations costs, and proactively address potential problems before they impact profitability. “Wisdom provides a

Retail Gasoline Set to Dip from One-Month High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. retail gasoline price average should dip from a one-month high, as wholesale gasoline prices at distribution terminals in major metropolitan markets eased slightly during the final full week of September. Wholesale spot prices did increase early last week, slumped midway through the week, while again

Kroger, Shell Expand Fuel Rewards

The Kroger Co. and Shell are continuing the expansion of their fuel rewards loyalty program that provides shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card or other Kroger family of stores loyalty cards to earn points that can be redeemed for fuel discounts at participating Shell stations. Originally launched in

SUPERVALU Aims To Reduce Emissions

SUPERVALU INC., through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plans to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10% by the end of 2012 with a baseline year of 2007. SUPERVALU’s initiative is comparable in scope to eliminating the electricity use of more than 352,000 average U.S. homes for one year. This partnership makes

Gilbarco, Outcast Team For Interactive Merchandising

Gilbarco and Outcast Media have partnered, pairing a global provider of fueling technology with a digital content provider. With Applause TV with Outcast, Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause Media System now supports third party national advertising, news and entertainment content on the large color screens embedded within the gas pump, along with consumer interaction and on-demand coupons

Mansfield Oil Named Top Technology Innovator

Mansfield Oil Co., an independent supplier of refined fuels, ethanol and diesel exhaust fluid nationwide, has been selected as the top technology innovator in the Energy and Utilities industry in this year’s Information Week 500. The 2010 awards and overall rankings were revealed last week at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500

Master-Bilt Adds New Sales Groups

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems for over 70 years, has appointed two new sales representative groups. Cimenet USA LLC will cover Mexico and Wyllie Marketing will focus on the New England area consisting of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, effective immediately. Based in Weymouth, Mass., Wyllie Marketing has represented a

Breaking News: Shareholders Reelect Casey’s Board

Casey’s General Stores Inc. today announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor, shareholders have reelected by a wide margin all eight of the company’s incumbent directors to Casey’s Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting held earlier today, Sept. 23. The incumbent directors include: Diane C. Bridgewater, Johnny

Fresh & Easy Debuts Kids Product Line

Fresh & Easy is celebrating the opening of three new Fresh & Easy stores in San Diego County and the launch of fresh&easy Goodness, a range of nutritious products designed specifically for kids. Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason was joined by Region IX Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Herb

McLane Introduces Two New Grocery Programs

McLane, a supply chain services company, has debuted its new Grab & Go Hot Foods program and its new Grab & Go Gourmet Pastry program. Grow Sales With Hot FoodMcLane’s Grab & Go Hot Foods program addresses the growing demand for hot prepared foods at a fair price and includes an array of products and

Tyson Chicken Featured at National Food Conference

An example of Tyson Foods’ commitment to the advancement of child nutrition was featured at the 2010 National Food Policy Conference, hosted by the Consumer Federation of America in cooperation with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Tyson Wokin’ Orange All-in-One Entree (Fully-Cooked Dark Meat Strips with Spicy Orange Sauce) was part of the meal served during

Flash Market Adds Pizza Inn Franchise

Convenience store chain Flash Market has added Pizza Inn’s traditional and specialty pizzas for takeout or delivery in Lebanon, Tenn., as part of a franchise agreement. The newest Pizza Inn delivery/carryout location opened at 1051 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, and similar Pizza Inn locations are planned for select Flash Market stores throughout Arkansas and Tennessee.

Reduce Costs With Fuel Management Solution

Fuel management solution providers OPW Fuel Management Systems, a business unit of OPW, and FuelQuest Inc., are partnering to offer an end-to-end, centralized fuel network management solution. Fuel operators can now enjoy the benefits of proactive tank monitoring integrated with fuel management automation software and services to reduce fuel costs, lower working capital requirements, and

CSD Exclusive: WPMCA Hails Legislative Victory

By Jennifer Badeau, WPMCA Director of Regulatory Affairs The Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) is pleased with its recent legal victory: The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s Unfair Sales Act is constitutional. The decision marks the 10th time an appellate court has ruled in favor of keeping the law

Outsite Partners with Catalina

Norfolk, Va.-based Outsite Networks, a loyalty solutions provider for the c-store industry, and Catalina Marketing, a provider of precision marketing and shopper-focused media, have partnered to develop a c-store network that brings manufacturer-sponsored coupons to c-store consumers. The partnership leverages Catalina Marketing’s understanding of how purchase behavior can be used to design and execute successful

Cumberland Farms Selling 61 Stores

Cumberland Farms Inc. is selling 61 convenience store properties through a structured sale process to be managed by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Cumberland owns the real estate at all of the sites and leases them to third party tenants under triple net lease agreements. These tenants operate independent convenience stores and other retail businesses

Kroger, Union Reach Agreement

Associates of Kroger’s Columbus Division, an affiliate of The Kroger Co., have ratified an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75. The agreement covers approximately 3,000 associates in Toledo and Northwest Ohio working in 26 stores and 12 fuel centers. Stores are located in the metropolitan Toledo, Ohio area and Findlay, Fremont, Tiffin,

ExxonMobil Aids Communities In Developing Countries

Exxon Mobil Corp. pledged $1 million at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to invest in the expansion of high impact, sustainable technologies that advance women economically in the developing world. The program is expected to directly benefit more than 13,500 people, with indirect benefits reaching more than 475,000 people in the next two years. The

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

Pipe Versus RYO Tobacco

The Pipe Tobacco Council, a trade organization of pipe tobacco manufacturers, has responded to the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) previously published request for comments to distinguish between pipe tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco for federal excise tax purposes based on the physical characteristics of the two tobacco products. The deadline for

West Virginia: RYO Machines Violate Law

The West Virginia Department of Revenue has issued Administrative Notice No. 10-26,  which rules that allowing customers to use roll-your-own cigarette machines inside retail stores is now considered to be the illegal manufacturing and selling of unstamped cigarettes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The notice went on to call large RYO machines

Couche-Tard To Casey’s: Reveal Terms of 7-Eleven Bid

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. challenges Casey’s to announce any developments relating to 7-Eleven’s non-binding preliminary bid on Sept. 2, ahead of the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for Sept. 23. “We believe that disclosure of 7-Eleven’s preliminary, non-binding indication of interest is yet another attempt to obfuscate the choices that have been presented to the

Fresh & Easy Debuts GreenChill Certified Stores

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is opening its second GreenChill certified store at Oceanside Blvd. and College Blvd. in Oceanside, Calif., on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, Fresh & Easy opened its first GreenChill store in Rosemead, Calif., which was also the first grocery store in Southern California to utilize a CO2 refrigeration unit. Fresh &