Canines in Convenience

7-Eleven Inc. said it has added four cuddly, collectible critters to its in-store products as a way to benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment center St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 7-Eleven has been one of the original retail partners with the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving campaign. The four collectibles include

Atlas Oil Unveils i-Zoom Promo

Atlas Oil Company has announced its Free i-Zoom Promotion for Indiana’s Toll Roads, which will take place from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, 2008. The Taylor, Mich.-based company recently purchased 23 BP sites in Indiana, as well as 57 sites in the Chicago market. The Indiana Toll Road promotion will have Indiana Toll Road cash-lane

A Year Later, Fresh & Easy Hits 100 Sites

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market opened its 100th store this week, just a year after officially launching its presence on the West Coast of the U.S. The expansion watermark was timed with less celebratory news, however, as CEO Tim Mason told UK media outlet The Times of London that Tesco – Fresh & Easy’s parent

PCI Compliance: Practical Application for Convenience Retailers

Data breaches, hefty fines and bad publicity are just three of the concerns retailers should have when it comes to PCI compliance. But many retailers still don’t understand what PCI compliance is and what’s required of them. To address this important, timely issue, Convenience Store Decisions and Fiscal Systems have launched the PCI Compliance Webcast

A-B Shareholders Approve InBev Merger

In a special session today in New Jersey, a majority of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. shareholders voted to approve the proposed combination of InBev and Anheuser-Busch. Closing of the transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals. A closing date has not yet been announced, but both InBev and Anheuser-Busch continue to expect that they will complete the

Fuel Price War Triggers Trouble

The manager of a Valero gas station in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., was indicted this week for allegedly plotting to blow up a rival Mobil station, the Times Herald-Record in New York reported. The newspaper said a Sullivan County grand jury indicted the manager – Manhar Patel, 34, of Fallsburg, N.Y. – for trying to hire

MoneyGram Service Added To 2,250 7-Eleven ATMs

Global payment services company MoneyGram International and ATM provider Cardtronics said MoneyGram’s services will now be offered through 2,250 7-Eleven ATMs. MoneyGram’s money transfer and ExpressPayment urgent bill payment services will roll out at the advanced-function ATMs at 7-Eleven before the end of this year, according to Business Wire. As part of the multi-year agreement,

Fuel Falling Fast

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices continued to slump in markets across the U.S. during the first week of November, with gasoline in most large metropolitan markets now $1 or more a gallon cheaper than a year ago at this time. Elsewhere, wholesale markets are roughly 90cts or more

Tyson Launches Crustano Cafe

Tyson Food Service is expanding its branded food offering with the launch of Crustano’s Café. The brand offers a wide variety of quality menu items and offers a full delivery system that provides foodservice equipment, branding and merchandising materials and packaging. Ongoing support from Tyson Food Service, such as limited-time-offer promotional ideas and new menuing

Cumberland’s Coffee Free on Fridays

Cumberland Farms’ new Farmhouse Blend coffee – rolling out to Cumberland stores after six months of research, testing and blend-tasting – is being offered free to customers every Friday through Dec. 5, the company said. The chain’s Farmhouse Blend is a medium roast with a smooth, harmonious flavor. While customers can get a free cup

Love’s Raises $760K For Children’s Nonprofit

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores said it raised $760,000 during its annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, an 84% increase from the $415,000 raised in 2007 and the highest total in the 10-year history of the campaign. Since beginning its affiliation with Children’s Miracle Network in 1998, Love’s and its customers have raised more

Nexon, 7-Eleven Play Well Together

Multiplayer online (MMO) game company Nexon America and 7-Eleven Inc. have kicked off the “Where You Play for Free” Slurpee drink campaign in the U.S. to introduce and promote the world of free-to-play online games. The promotion runs through Dec. 31 in more than 5,600 participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. The program includes four

Wine Sales Sparkle On Election Day

Fresh & Easy said its sparkling wine sales more than doubled for Election Day last week, including the company’s 11 different bottles of sparkling wines, five of which are specially selected for Fresh & Easy. The best-selling bubbly for Election Day was the Fresh & Easy Montcadi Cava which retails for under $7. Seven of

Mag Ranks ampm 29th Among Top 200 Franchises

Franchise Times magazine has ranked the ampm franchise number 29 on its list of Top 200 franchise systems, a 10-point jump over the company’s rank last year. The ampm c-store brand was the only one owned by an integrated oil and gas company to make the list. The Franchise Times singled out ampm for special

PCATS Outlining POS, Back Office Goals

The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) said today that the Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Interface Standards Committee will meet at the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference in January to complete PCATS-NAXML POS/Back Office Interface Version 4.0. The conference will be held Jan. 26, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. >“At the 2009 PCATS Annual Conference, our

Udderly Interactive

For years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has proudly described itself as the place “Where milk comes from.” This notion will be the central theme of a new interactive Rutter’s Dairy exhibit planned for the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York, Pa., the company said. The exhibit will open in two phases, the first beginning

CITGO Refinery Recognized For Environmental Awareness

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) presented its annual OSPRA Award to CITGO Refining and Chemicals, a CITGO Petroleum Corporation refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Clean Gulf Conference in San Antonio, Texas The OSPRA Award was established by the GLO to recognize organizations that have excelled in their efforts to comply with the

Domino’s Pizza Chooses Pan-Oston For 2007 Partner Award

Domino’s Pizza named Pan-Oston the winner of its prestigious Partner Award for 2007, the companies said. Domino’s “ESP” program (“Excellence through Supplier Partnerships”) is a supply-chain management program that develops relationships though a 360-degree performance evaluation process that promotes communication and continuous improvement between Domino’s and suppliers. Pan-Oston designs and manufactures counter systems and décor

Pepsi Bottling To Distribute Muscle Milk

Pepsi Bottling Group has signed an agreement with CytoSport Inc. to distribute Muscle Milk, a protein-enhanced functional beverage. The agreement will give Pepsi Bottling a license to distribute the ready-to-drink line of Muscle Milk and Muscle Milk Light in its territories in the U.S. and Canada. The agreement is effective immediately, so Pepsi Bottling will

How Low Can it Go?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale prices for regular grade gasoline in large metropolitan markets across the country are below year-ago values, with retail prices in many of these markets now also falling under what their prices at the pump were last year. The remaining retail markets that are still holding

Wilson Farms, Reid Petroleum Launch E85

New York convenience store chain Wilson Farms and fuel supplier Reid Petroleum will mark an environmental milestone on Nov. 6 as they launch Buffalo’s first E85 fuel station at a Wilson Farms store in North Tonawanda. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the occasion, which will include comments from Wilson Farms CEO and President Paul Nanula

Rutter’s Store Opening Comes With $3K Donation

C-store operator Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $3,000 to three charitable organizations near its convenience store in Swartara Township to commemorate the store’s Oct. 10 opening. “Part of our responsibility as a company is to give back to the communities that support Rutter’s,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’re proud

Wawa, Food Banks Partner for Hunger Campaign

Wawa Inc. said it’s holding its ninth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run Nov. 3 though Nov. 30 at all 570 Wawa stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The Check Out Hunger Campaign is an annual in-store fundraising campaign that allows Wawa customers to

BP’s Midwest Shuffle

Petroleum suppliers and c-store operators Ricker Oil Co., of Anderson, Ind., and Atlas Oil Co., of Taylor, Mich., were the big winners last month as part of BP’s plan to sell off its Midwest retail assets.  Ricker Oil President Jay Ricker, who owns and operates 29 Ricker’s Convenience Stores throughout Indiana, said he more than

Certified Oil Begins Reimaging

Recognizing a need to update its retail image, offer an expanded array of products and services and attract more women, Certified Oil has launched a multimillion-dollar redesign of its convenience store and petroleum network. The company also said it is developing a prototype design for a new brand of Certified convenience stores. The reimaging project

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