Casey’s General Stores takes on Ultimate Challenge

    Casey’s General Stores are set to be the primary sponsor of the Ultimate Challenge at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa.   The Ultimate Challenge will take place on Aug. 11, and will be presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. The Ultimate Challenge is sanctioned by the U.S. Auto Club.   “The USAC


LaCrosse Kwik Trip Gets Green Award

  Kwik Trip, LaCrosse, Wis.,  will be accepting Wisconsin’s Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award today for its efforts in green initiatives, NewsTalk1410 reported.    According to Corporate Communication’s Steve Wrobel, Kwik Trip is receiving the award thanks to its work on various projects, including heating and AC management, refrigeration and heat recovery systems that take

BP Appoints New Chairman

  BP has appointed a new chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, chief executive of Ericsson, the telecoms equipment marketer, Times Newspapers LTD reported.   Britain’s biggest company has spent the last year searching for a replacement for Peter Sutherland, the current chairman.   Now, Svanberg, 57 will fill Sutherland’s shoes beginning Jan. 1. He is an outsider

CITGO Ads to Feature Retailers, Fuel Marketers

    CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicked off its 2009 consumer advertising campaign in June to coincide with the start of summer driving season.    As part of the campaign,  TV, radio and billboard ads will feature real CITGO marketers and retailers from across the country, highlighting the fact that each and every one of the

Rutter’s Introduces Dinner Menu

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, York, Pa., is building on last year’s stir fry introduction by rolling out a dinner menu that includes meat loaf, pot roast and pasta-each for $5.99 or less.   “Stir fry has been a big winner for us,” said Jerry Weiner, vice president of food service, Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates

Wawa Sales Stay Strong

  Wawa’s merchandise sales grew last year, despite a down economy, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.   “We’re not up to historic averages, but we’re performing better than the vast majority of retailers,” Howard Stoeckel, Wawa’s CEO told the newspaper.   What’s helping Wawa, which has stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia triumph

Excentus Files Lawsuit Against Safeway

Excentus Corp. this week filed a lawsuit against Safeway Inc. and Safeway subsidiaries, including Blackhawk Network Inc., Blackhawk Marketing LLC and Randalls/Tom Thumb in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Abilene, alleging willful and deliberate patent infringement and the misappropriation and theft of trade secrets, among other things.  The lawsuit

Program To Help Fund Green Gas Stations

  The Central States Air Resource Agencies (CenSARA), through its Blue Skyways Collaborative, is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate a Green Gas Stations Pilot Program.   The program was created to encourage voluntary air emissions reduction in North America’s heartland, is offering The Green Gas Station Request for Projects, which

Gulf Oil Announces Summer Promotions

  This summer Gulf Oil L.P, Framingham, Mass., is offering several promotions to thank drivers, as well as to support its network of gasoline retail centers.   The company is also branching into online and social media tools, such as Facebook,to reach a new audience as it continues its growth.   The first promotion, “Making

E-Z Mart Scholarship To Award $10,000

  Ten lucky recipients will receive $1,000 each toward achieving a higher education this fall as part E-Z MART’s scholarship program.   The scholarship was created to recognize and support the Dependant Children or Dependents of Current Employees who demonstrate the desire to obtain higher education upon completing High School. It is funded by E-Z

Pan-Oston Helps Distributors Improve Estimate and Order Efficiency

  Pan-Oston, Bowling Green, Ky., has released its newest sales tool for distributor customers.   This Web-based C-Flex Order Configurator is designed to help distributor sales professionals take off and configure the exact C-Flex counter system for their customers’ convenience store, accurately price it and, when approved, automatically transmit the order to Pan-Oston.   The

Flying J Closes Seven Locations

  The oil company Flying J Inc., Ogden, Utah,  has decided to close seven of its restaurants because of poor economic conditions, the Associated Press reported.   The locations set to close include restaurants in Payson, Utah; Bessemer, Ala.; Commerce, Ga.; Lubbock, Texas; and three in Wyoming-Cokeville, Evanston and Casper. These stores will continue selling

Minimum Wage Increasing This Summer

  On July 24, the federal minimum wage will be increasing 11% to $7.25 an hour, the last in a three-step increase, CNN Money reported.    Some states’ minimum wage exceeds the federal mandated wage, and companies like Burger King Holdings Inc. and McDonald’s Corp. are likely to find it more difficult to absorb the

Making the Company Coffee Run Just Got Easier

  Dunkin’ Donuts has released a new Web site called, Dunkin’ Run, along with an iPhone application that is designed to help customers suggest and then submit group orders online, Computerworld Daily reported.   “We conceived of Dunkin’ Run as a social application that helps hard-working Americans stay slightly more productive,” said Baba Shetty, chief

Sheetz Offers New Payment Technology

  First Data, an electronic commerce and payment processing services company, is set to supply Sheetz Inc., which operates 350 c-stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina, with the GO-Tag payment technology solution.   Using the GO-Tag solution, consumers can make purchases by tapping their sticker on a contactless reader, making

New Compact Ice Machines

  Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of

New Compact Ice Machines

  Hoshizaki America Inc., Peachtree City, Ga., has introduced two new Cuber Ice Machines, the KM-260B_H and the KM-201B_H. The KM-260B_H produces up to 263 pounds of ice per 24 hours and offers 100 pounds of built-in storage. The KM-201B_H produces up to 201 pounds of ice per 24 hours and has 80 pounds of

Citgo Petroleum Launches FuelingGood

  CITGO Petroleum Corp., Houston, is rewarding local heroes who do good work in their communities with its new FuelingGood program, which launched June 1.   The program will continue through the end of the year and will reward CITGO gift cards to the people who do the most good.    To be considered for the

Obama Signs FDA Bill into Law

  President Obama has signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which had already passed in both the House and the Senate, at an event at the Rose Garden.   The new law will give the FDA the power to regulate tobacco.   President Obama, who started smoking as a teenager and has

Shell Demos Gas of The Future

  Customers at a Shell service station are the first in the world to fill their tanks with gasoline containing advanced biofuel made from wheat straw.   From June 10 to July 10, the regular gasoline purchased at a Shell service station in Ottawa, Canada will contain 10% cellulosic ethanol. The biofuel is produced locally

Wal-Mart’s ‘Unbeatable Prices’ Claim to Stay

  Wal-Mart can say its prices are unbeatable, but its annual savings claim has got to go, or so said The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD) when they were asked to review the ads by H-E-B Grocery Co. L.P., a competing food and drug retailers.   NAD, the advertising

Fuel Prices Slow Rapid Ascent

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   After nearly two months of gasoline price increases just about every day, wholesale costs moved lower last week, offering a break in the rapid ascent by pump prices for consumers. Most parts of the country saw a double-digit decline in wholesale gasoline costs in the

Tennessee C-store Chain to Offer GPS Fleet Tracking

  Pilot Corp. is set to offer GPS Fleet Tracking and Information systems to its Pilot fuel card customers.   Pilot Travel Centers LLC, which operates 304 travel centers in 40 states and Pilot Corp., which operates 41 c-stores, primarily in the Knoxville, Tenn., has entered a co-marketing agreement with PROCON Inc. to begin offering

Coupons Go Electronic

  Safeway Inc. owned stores nationwide are offering consumers cost savings through an electronic coupon service.   By logging onto AOL’s, a free, paperless electronic coupon service that links coupons directly to participating grocery store savings cards, shoppers can save at Safeway Inc.’s 1,554 stores, which are located in 22 states and the District

Police Issue “Good Behavior” Slurpee Tickets

  Kids in more than 250 cities and municipalities across the nation may look forward to their next encounter with police this summer, thanks to 7-Eleven stores’ popular Operation Chill program that rewards positive behavior with a cool treat.   Through Operation Chill, law enforcement officers from participating local police and sheriff’s departments can “ticket”