Gulf Oil Returns to the Bluegrass State

Gulf Oil is returning to the Bluegrass State with the initial signing of a branded distributor agreement with Southern Petroleum of Somerset, Ky. Southern will soon begin rebranding nine retail motor fuel outlets (five currently flagged Chevron) to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. This is the first time in 20 years that a Gulf Oil

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Royal Dutch Shell stops gasoline sales to Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped gasoline sales to Iran, the latest addition to a growing list of firms, including BP, that have halted supplies or decided not to enter new trade agreements under threat of future U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported. “Shell currently does not supply gasoline to Iran,” a Shell spokesman said. U.S. politicians are

Kansas Debates Higher Sin Taxes

The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee had a hearing Wednesday to hear all sides before ruling on the legislature’s proposed tax increases on cigarettes, liquor and fuel that would cover an estimated $400 million budget shortfall, the Kansas Reporter reported. Tom Palace, executive director of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas,

F’real Foods Celebrates Speed Skater

Milkshake and smoothie company, f’real foods, had plenty to cheer about at the 2010 Olympics. The company sponsored its first athlete, speed skater Jordan Malone, and cheered him on as he won a bronze medal in the men’s 5000 meter relay.  Malone had a f’real blender with him in Vancouver, and shared the company’s milkshakes,

Ricker, BP Lawsuit Settled

A dispute between Ricker Oil Co. and BP’s Indianapolis-area locations has been resolved as both companies came to an agreement this week, following a lawsuit filed by Ricker Oil last October. “BP Products North America and Ricker Oil Company are pleased to announce a joint agreement to dismiss all claims related to the ampm franchise

C-store Coming to Southwest Florida International Airport

Those traveling through Southwest Florida International Airport soon will have access to a c-store, gas station and fast food options as they arrive for their flights.   GAZ Realty Inc., a developer and operator of Super-Station and Airport Plazas, won a contract to begin the design, construction and operation of an Airport Plaza at Southwest

Walgreens Launches Pilot Program in Dallas/Fort Worth

Walgreens is launching a pilot program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to broaden its workforce and disability inclusion initiatives. The program aims to hire people with disabilities for 10% of service clerk openings at stores in the area. On average, Walgreens hires more than 1,600 service clerks a year in this area alone. “Once this

nFinanSe Announces Fee Reductions

nFinanSe Inc., a reloadable prepaid card provider, is reducing its fees to cardholders for ATM withdrawals and also for electronic bill pay transactions. The company believes that these reductions will encourage greater trial and usage of its Visa and Discover Reloadable Prepaid Cards and promote greater retention among cardholders. The company stated that it is

Retail Gasoline Climbs as Wholesale Costs Mount

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale costs for gasoline moved sharply higher during the first week of March, pushed up primarily by technical trading underpinned by bullish sentiment. Gasoline exports to Canada and Chile also supported a higher wholesale market. Higher wholesale costs are seen pushing retail gasoline prices up across

Couche-Tard Quarterly Profit Down 23%

Alimentation Couche-Tard announced today that despite rising revenue, its quarterly profit dropped 23% due to lower U.S. gasoline margins, Reuters reported. Couche-Tard, North America’s second-biggest convenience store chain, operates more than 5,400 convenience stores, with some 3,600 of those also selling gasoline. The company earned $54.8 million, or 29 cents a share, in its third-quarter,

Casey’s Earnings Increase 23%

Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported $0.34 in basic earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended Jan. 31, 2010, compared to $0.28 for the same quarter a year ago. Year to date, basic earnings per share were $1.87 versus $1.38 for the same period last year. “The acquisition environment has become more

PDI and Acumera Form Alliance To Serve C-store Industry

PDI and Acumera have entered into a joint marketing and technology development agreement to optimize the deployment and use of Acumera’s advanced managed network services. “Acumera’s network integration services connect all store systems to a secure, PCI-compliant broadband network to reduce telecommunications costs and simplify remote support,” said Dirk Heinen, CEO and co-founder of Acumera.

ExxonMobil Offers Gas Station Locator Download

ExxonMobil introduced a new feature that will allow customers to download Exxon and Mobil service station locations to their GPS devices. This feature is downloadable from the ExxonMobil Station Locator Web site, and is compatible with the leading consumer GPS devices, including Garmin, TomTom and Magellan. The site features easy to follow instructions along with

Chevron, Exxon Top Corporations for Women Businesses

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) named Chevron and Exxon Mobil Corporation among America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises for providing growth opportunities to women business owners, in February. The WBENC’s annual listing is the only national award honoring corporations for world-class programs that create level playing fields for women’s business enterprises to

Shell CEO Predicts Oil To Become More Expensive

Royal Dutch Shell’s chief executive predicted Thursday that oil will remain the dominant energy source for decades, and one that will become more difficult and thus more expensive to obtain, MarketWatch reported. Shell’s CEO Peter Voser, gave the prediction as he spoke before an audience at The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara,

Executive Vice President To Retire From Chevron

Chevron Corporation’s executive vice president, Charles A. James, will leave the company effective May 2, 2010. James, who intends to retire from the active practice of law, will join the adjunct faculty of the law school at Arizona State University and pursue other charitable ventures. This move is part of a planned transition under which

BP Looks To Future Goals

BP has outlined plans to further boost efficiency and reduce costs as it plans to improve its annual underlying pre-tax profitability by more than $3 billion over the next two to three years, the company announced in a press release. In addition, the company has extended its medium-term oil and gas production outlook, projecting that

The Nielsen Co. Reveals Generational Shopping Habits

The Nielsen Company recently analyzed the shopping habits of four key generations (Greatest Generation, Boomers, Gen X and Millennials) to understand generational differences in purchasing practices and gain insights into opportunities for CPG companies.   Results showed that the Greatest Generation consumers, shaped by the Great Depression and World War II frugality, are the most

BP’s ampm Launches Personal Size Pizza

On March 3, ampm  debuted its new personal-size pizza, adding another fresh food to its line of proprietary products. The new pizza comes in two flavors: pepperoni and four-cheese (a blend of mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheeses). The New York-style pizza will be baked fresh on-site and packaged in a box with two eye-catching

The Pantry To Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Conference

Frank G. Paci, executive vice president and chief financial officer for The Pantry Inc. will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2010 Consumer Conference in New York City, MarketWatch reported. The session featuring Paci is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 10, 2010. A live audio Webcast will be accessible through

Jamba Introduces Frozen Fruit Sorbet 



Jamba Juice Company and Oregon Ice Cream are debuting a new line of Frozen Fruit Sorbet and Frozen Fruit Sorbet & Yogurt Bars, hitting select retail freezers across the U.S. this week. 

 The frozen novelty bars are available in five delicious flavors, are all natural, made with real fruit, provide a good source of

Shell, Motiva Win In Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC in a Massachusetts case filed by independent service station owners, Bloomberg reported. The station owners filed the lawsuit saying Shell and Motiva used rent increases to try to end their franchise arrangements so the companies could usurp operation of

7-Eleven Sells 12-Asset Portfolio

A portfolio of 12 7-Eleven stores, all of which were part of small strip centers, has sold to different buyers in transactions with a combined value greater than $20 million, GlobeSt.com reported. The 12 assets in Nevada, Texas and Virginia were acquired from the locally based 7-Eleven through all-cash deals. Seller representative Mehran Foroughi, senior

Kum & Go Raises over $80,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief

Kum & Go,L.C. raised more than $80,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts since Jan. 15th. Customers who donated $1 at the registers of the more than 430 Kum & Go stores raised a majority of the money, $59,000. The remainder of the contribution was collected from donations at the company’s Store Support Center

Kum & Go Raises over $80,000 for the Red Cross Haiti Relief

Kum & Go,L.C. raised more than $80,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Efforts since Jan. 15th. Customers who donated $1 at the registers of the more than 430 Kum & Go stores raised a majority of the money, $59,000. The remainder of the contribution was collected from donations at the company’s Store Support Center

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