Obama To Sign FDA Bill at Rose Garden Event

  President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law today, giving the FDA unprecedented authority to regulate tobacco, the Associated Press reported.   An event is scheduled today in the Rose Garden where Obama is scheduled to sign the bill, which allows the FDA to reduce


Outcast and PumpTop TV Form Partnership

  Outcast (formerly Fuelcast), Santa Monica, Calif., and AdtekMedia (owner of PumpTop TV), Irvine, Calif., both leaders in the digital out-of-home industry, are launching a new joint venture to create the nation’s largest at-the-pump digital network.    The consolidated venture creates a national network with more than 12,600 high-definition large screens in 15 of the

Big Tobacco May Benefit from FDA Ruling

    The new FDA bill, which passed both houses and is expected to be signed into law soon, could benefit big tobacco companies, MarketWatch reported.    Altria’s Philip Morris USA lobbied heavily for many aspects of the law and could solidify its place as the market leader with new rules that could hurt the

Gulf Oil Teams with Power Management Co.

  Gulf Oil L.P. has selected Power Management Co., which serves more than 8,000 customers throughout the continental U.S., as its preferred vendor for electricity and natural gas procurement for more than 1,400 gasoline retail centers in the Gulf Branded network.   In current economic times, operators not only need to increase revenue streams, but

Jack in the Box Sells Quick Stuff Stores

  Jack in the Box Inc. is selling 55 of its 61 Quick Stuff convenience stores and gas stations, and said it plans to sell the rest of the chain by the end of this fiscal year, Reuters reported.   San Diego-based Jack in the Box operates about 2,600 quick-service and fast-casual restaurants under the

Rutter’s Introduces Kids Meal

Rutter’s Farm Stores has been playing with its food, all in anticipation of the launch of its $2.99 kids meal.   Now available in 36 Rutter’s stores that offer touchscreen ordering, the kids meal features a choice of a grilled cheese sandwich, four-piece chicken nuggets or regular hot dog.   The side-dish options are a

Dunkin’ Donuts Grows Franchisee in Dayton

  Dunkin’ Donuts, Canton, Mass., has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Giant Oil Inc, Tampa Bay, Fla., and will develop of 12 restaurants in Dayton, Ohio.   The first unit will open in 2011, and the rest will open for business within the next five years.   In addition to the 12 units

RJ Reynolds Wins Court Battle with Star Scientific

  In the court battle between RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Star Scientific, a federal jury decided Tuesday RJ Reynolds did not infringe on two patents claimed by Star Scientific for a tobacco-curing method.   Following the ruling, Star Scientific shares lost nearly 80% of their value in late trading, the Associated Press reported.  

Local C-store Encourages Local Graffiti Artists

  If you can’t beat them, you might as well join them.   That’s just what Molly and Dale Willis did when they got fed up with kids “tagging” the sides of their Edmonton, Calif. c-store with graffiti. To retaliate they called in local graffiti artists to paint the walls and windows of Molly’s Mini

Georgians Campaign for Sunday Beer Sales

  Two-thirds of consumers in Georgia want the right to vote on allowing stores to sell beer, wine and booze on Sunday, according to a recent poll, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.   While a free-market Republican caucus that includes several state Senate leaders supports the Sunday vote, and grocery and convenience stores say customers, many

Walmart’s name added to Marketside

  Walmart Stores Inc. is attaching its name to Marketside, the small convenience-size grocery stores it began operating last year. The Phoenix-area stores are now being called Marketside by Walmart.   Walmart rebranded its U.S. stores under the Walmart name last year, complete with a new logo that includes a yellow sunburst.     Caren

Cumberland Farms Fights Cancer With Coffee

  Cumberland Farms, Framingham, Mass., is joining the fight against childhood cancer, one cup of coffee at a time.   At a recent event at Children’s Hospital Boston, Ari Haseotes, president of the New England c-store chain pledged the chain’s support, and announced that in July the company will donate five cents per cup of

World Juice 2009 to Discuss Trends, Opportunities

  One of the most noticeable effects of the recession has been a drop in consumption of pure fruit juices as consumers on a budget switch to soft drinks and fruit beverages with less than 100% fruit juice.   As a result, the prices for apple and orange juice concentrates have fallen to levels not

Two 7-Eleven Stores Pay EPA Fines

  Two 7-Eleven c-stores were cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for alleged violations regarding underground fuel storage containers, JusticeNewsFlash.com reported Wednesday.   The two stores, one in Pittsburg and one in Cranberry Township, Pa., are both operated by Handee Marts Inc., which is working with EPA officials to correct the violations filed

No Beer for Sheetz

  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of preventing a Sheetz c-store from selling beer solely for off-premises consumption.     The Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania (MBDA), Harrisburg, Pa., welcomed the ruling.   “We see today’s ruling as a vote of confidence in the alcoholic beverage regulation and distribution system as

Price Chopper and Sunoco Offer ’Fuel AdvantEdge’

  Price Chopper, Schenectady, N.Y., has introduced ‘Fuel AdvantEdge’ in partnership with more than 70 local Sunoco stations that discount gasoline as a reward for grocery store purchases.   The Golub Corp., which operates 119 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, has long offered the Price Chopper

ADT Solutions Help Prevent Retail Losses

  ADT Security Services, Boca Raton, Fla., has come out with new products and services aimed at helping retailers combat retail theft and better manage their businesses.   According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the tough economy has led to an increase in retail theft and shoplifting in many areas. Retailers facing

Wawa Draws Attention to Credit Surcharges for Fuel

   Wawa, Inc. launched a No-Surcharge advertising campaign earlier this month, in an effort to educate customers about fees that many retailers charge when customers purchase fuel with credit cards.    The practice is to post a fuel price that seems low, but when the transaction is paid for with credit, several cents per gallon

ExxonMobil Personal Card Offers $2,000 Daily Giveaway

  Citi is offering ExxonMobil card holders the chance to get even more from their card when they make purchases at Exxon or Mobil stations across the country this month.    Every day through June 30, Citi will be awarding a $2,000 cash prize-the equivalent of a year’s worth of free gas-to one lucky ExxonMobil

House Passes FDA Bill

    On Friday, the House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a bill giving the FDA authority over tobacco regulation, just one day after the Senate approved the bill by a 79 to 17 vote, the Associated Press reported.   The House approved the bill by 307 to 97  and it now heads

Kum & Go Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Summer Giveaway

  Starting in June, Kum & Go is offering its customers the chance to win more than $100,000 this summer as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.   Kum & Go’s summer celebration includes its “Summer of ’59” promotion, during which the company will award 59 lucky customers a $1,000 Kum & Go gift card

7-Eleven Introduces 2nd Web site

  A month after launching a Web site for franchisees, 7-Eleven Inc. has added a second Web site-http://bcp.7-Eleven.com-for retailers looking to convert their existing retail outlets to the 7-Eleven brand and system through its Business Conversion Program (BCP).   Both new sites can be reached from the company’s corporate Web site by selecting the “franchising”

Wawa Hosts 2nd Annual Hoagiefest

  Following the success of last year’s Hoagiefest, Wawa is rolling out the campaign for the second year in a row.   Wawa, which operates 570 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia., will be hosting four Hoagiefest events this summer in Philadelphia, Ocean City, Md., Virginia Beach and Egg Harbor Township, N.J.   These

Fuel on the Rise

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   A surge in retail gasoline prices across the country’s major metropolitan markets will continue through the end of June, as climbing wholesale costs work through the supply chain to the gas pump.   Wholesale gasoline prices increased in nearly all metropolitan markets through the middle

Emerson’s Technology Conference Offers Retail Solutions

In an effort to help c-store retailers save money on operating costs, Emerson’s Technology in Action Conference (TAC) is the only conference that presents solutions to many of the problems that are challenging convenience store, supermarket and foodservice operators today. Through a series of online Webcasts, attendees will gain a better perspective of the energy