Retail Gasoline Prices to Continue Downtrend in Early July

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Through June 20, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported the sixth weekly decline in the U.S. average retail gasoline price, with lower wholesale costs through the week-ended June 24 set to extend that trend for a seventh week. Moreover, a release of emergency oil reserves announced

Million-Dollar Lottery Ticket Sold at Rutter’s

A $20 instant scratch-off ticket for the Million Dollar Cash Fever game resulted in a big prize for a lucky Rutter’s customer. A winning million-dollar ticket was sold at Rutter’s Farm Store No. 4 in Wrightsville, Pa. Its winner claimed the prize for the ticket, which was purchased in early June, at the Pennsylvania Lottery

Assessment On Impact of Menthol Cigarettes Expected in July

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA’s TPSAC to submit a report and recommendation on the impact of menthol cigarettes on public health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to submit its draft independent review of the science related to the impact of menthol in cigarettes on public health

CITGO Helps Reinvigorate Detroit Neighborhood

Upgrades and enhancements to locally-owned CITGO stations part of ongoing investment in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and Detroit-area fuel suppliers are proud to launch a partnership with the Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA), a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and promoting the Eight Mile corridor. The ongoing efforts aim to use the assistance of

Carney Joins The Pantry’s Executive Leadership Team

Former senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Borders Group, brings 25 years of experience to The Pantry. The Pantry Inc. has announced that Thomas Carney is joining its executive leadership team as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Carney joins The Pantry from Borders Group Inc. In his new role at

CDCG Helps Small Stores Go Fresh

C-stores in the Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady, N.Y., area are getting a helping hand in providing fresh produce to customers thanks to Capital District Community Gardens (CDCG), a private non-profit community service organization and the group behind the Veggie Mobile,  a produce truck that sells  fruits and vegetables in food deserts. So far the c-store

Valero Acquires Two Fuel Terminals

The ownership and operation of these facilities is expected to allow Valero to grow its wholesale marketing presence in eastern Kentucky. Valero Terminalling and Distribution Co., a subsidiary of Valero Energy Corp., has successfully completed the acquisition of Chevron USA Inc.’s Louisville and Lexington, Ky. product terminals for an undisclosed amount, company officials announced. Valero

7-Eleven Makes Buying Greyhound Tickets Easy

“We continue to seek innovative ways to serve our guests and are looking forward to the potential growth of this type of service when we expand the program to our other stores in the U.S.,”says 7-Eleven spokesperson. Greyhound and 7-Eleven Inc. are providing customers a more convenient way to purchase Greyhound tickets. Now customers can

Save Mart, Infineon Raceway Extend Partnership

“Our sponsorship continues to build strong brand recognition and provide great value to our loyal supplier partners and shoppers,” says Save Mart CEO. Save Mart Supermarkets has signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway, track officials announced today. The partnership continues the raceway’s long-standing relationship

Walgreens Rolls Out New Web Pickup Service

More than 480 stores in Chicago and surrounding suburbs to offer new service, with curbside delivery coming soon to select locations. Walgreens has combined the convenience of online shopping with its neighborhood stores, introducing its new Web Pickup service at locations throughout the Chicago area. Chicago is the first full market rollout for Web Pickup,

EZ Trip Supports U.S. Soldiers and Their Families

“We here at EZ Energy understand that for those military families who have loved ones deployed in the theater of war, supporting their soldier(s) is the most important thing in their lives…and that support is constant – 24/7,” says EZ Energy spokesperson. Convenience retailer EZ Energy USA Inc. has teamed up with Support U.S. Armed

NACS Releases 2010 State of the Industry Report

Convenience store in-store sales grew 4.4%in 2010, reaching a record $190.4 billion. NACS has released the NACS State of the Industry Report of 2010 Data, the industry’s premier benchmarking tool and most comprehensive collection of firm-level, store-level and category data and trends based on the convenience and petroleum marketing industry’s 2010 performance. Compiling and analyzing

EZ Energy Announces New Hires

From chief financial officer to marketing category manager and support center assistant, EZ Energy introduces new faces to its team. EZ Energy is welcoming a number of new employees, including Michael Paull as vice president & chief financial officer. During his 21+ years of corporate finance and accounting experience, Paull has worked in multiple industries

Police Ticket Good Kids with Slurpee Coupons

“Kids love it because they love Slurpee drinks.  Police officers love it because it gives them a reason to approach youngsters in a non-authoritative role and build positive relationships,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. To foster friendly relationships with local law enforcement and encourage good behavior, 7-Eleven Inc. is giving one million “FREE Slurpee” coupons to police

NACS Show Retailer Panel Announced

Speedway LLC President Tony Kenney and Valero Energy Corp. President Gary Arthur have been announced as panelists for the NACS Show General Session panel “A Tale of Two Retailers.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Joe Petrowski, CEO of Cumberland Farm Group of Cos. The Oct. 3 session, presented by NACS Magazine, is part

EZ Trip To Offer Fresh Doughnuts

EZ Energy Partners with Aunt Mary Ann Donuts to provide improved fresh bakery offering to hungry customers. EZ Energy USA Inc. has introduced a new freshly delivered bakery program. Doughnuts and other baked goods will now be delivered to its Easy Trip stores fresh every morning. These items are expected to provide an improvement in

Petro Stopping Center Re-Opens in Salina

TravelCenters buys back and re-introduces former franchise location. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, today announced it has completed its planned acquisition and opening of the newest Petro travel center at Exit 252 off I-70 in Salina, Kan. “We were very happy to have the chance to buy this location and

7-Eleven Offers Retro Treats

Building on the theme of the Super 8 Movie, 7-Eleven is offering Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops and a space-age Slurpee cup. Fans who want a real-life taste of 1970s small-town life as shown in Paramount Pictures’ Super 8 can head to 7-Eleven stores this month for Rocket Poppeteers frozen pops, special Slurpee cups and delicious

Kirk Legislation Threatens Highway Businesses

“This legislation does nothing more than grant state governments a monopoly directly on the interstate shoulder or median,” says CEO of NATSO. A bill unveiled this week threatens thousands of businesses operating at the exits along the nation’s Interstate Highway System, jeopardizing the jobs of more than two million Americans, a coalition of highway businesses

Mansfield Oil Opens First Operations Center in Canada

“The opening of Mansfield’s Calgary office is a response to our current customers’ needs as well as an opportunity to serve new customers in the Canadian market,” says Mansfield Oil president. Mansfield Oil Co. has opened a new marketing office and regional operations center in Calgary. “We’re excited to announce the opening of our first

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” says Kroger president. The Kroger Co. has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, showing it continues to meet annual sustainability benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30% since 2000. “Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate

Knudsen Joins DNA Distributors

“His vast tobacco industry knowledge combined with his consulting experience uniquely qualifies him for this important and demanding role,” says DNA Distributors president. DNA Distributors, the makers of Cigalectric Electronic Cigarettes has hired Kraig Knudsen as vice president of business development. In this role, Knudsen will be responsible for all aspects of market penetration and

Gift Card Trends

First Data study finds closed-loop cards popular but open-loop growing, and virtual gift cards are on the horizon. As the U.S. gift card market matures, understanding consumer demand and trends can help gift card-issuing merchants and retailers create or adjust their strategy. In fact, First Data, a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, recently

Whole Gasoline Costs continue Lower as Market Frets over Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Initially moving up and reaching a two-week high on June 15, New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB gasoline futures reversed course and tumbled to a nearly one-month low on June 17, setting the stage for retail gasoline prices to continue moving lower. NYMEX RBOB futures serve as

FDA Reveals Final Cigarette Warning Labels

The new graphic health warnings must appear on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads by September 2012. This morning FDA announced the nine cigarette health warnings required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and in every cigarette advertisement. This bold measure is aimed at making sure that every American understands

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