Core-Mark Acquires Forrest City Grocery

“Strategically, this merger enables us to increase our infrastructure into the very important Southeastern U.S. market,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has closed its previously announced acquisition of Forrest City Grocery Company (FCGC). The final purchase price

7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Continue to Climb

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The average price for retail gasoline in the U.S. is holding near a 33-month high, and is up more than $1.00 compared with the same week in 2010, and there’s still more upside as we move into May. According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. retail

TA Launches UltraChef Million Point Recipe Contest

TravelCenters of America and Petro restaurants plan to feature winning recipes submitted by customers. TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers have announced the UltraChef One Million Point Recipe Challenge. Professional drivers are encouraged to enter for their chance to earn fortune and fame. Any UltraONE driver rewards program member can submit comfort food

Kroger Helps Flood Victims

Kroger gives both cash and in-kind support, including food to local food banks, in addition to matching customer donations collected at registers. The Kroger Co. is committing $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to assist storm and flood relief efforts in communities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and other affected areas in the

Kwik Trip Inc. Rolls Out SPIN

SPIN back office conversion technology by Solutran lowers depository fees, speeds funds availability for Kwik Trip. Kwik Trip Inc., which operates 415 locations in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, has completed its rollout of SPIN, Solutran Inc.’s POS and Imaging Network solution for electronic check conversion. Following SPIN implementation, Kwik Trip has reported lower depository fees,

Sunflower Debuts Enhanced Website

New online interactive tools and resources are expected to draw shoppers. Sunflower Farmers Market has launched a newly enhanced consumer Website www.sfmarkets.com/ in partnership with the Grocery Shopping Network (GSN). Based in Phoenix, Ariz.- Sunflower operates 33 retail locations in six states, including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and soon to be 34

Tom Thumb Wins CSD Extreme Makeover Contest

Florida chain will receive a complete brand audit, consulting services and an updating marketing strategy from Integrate and Convevo Partners. By Greg Ehrlich and John Lofstock One of the biggest differences between top convenience store operators and the rest of the industry is the strength of their brands and their clarity of purpose. Over the

New Petro Stopping Center Opens in Texas

“We feel confident that the service and amenities being offered here, which are part of Petro’s strong ‘Voted Best’ legacy, will make drivers and motorists happy and keep them coming back,” says CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has announced the opening of the newest Petro full-service travel center at

7-Eleven Rolls Out The Hangover Part II Promotion

Collectable cups, a mobile scavenger hunt and a $3 coffee and breakfast sandwich combo are just some of the things 7-Eleven has planned to celebrate the movie launch. 7-Eleven is helping customers celebrate The Hangover Part II movie launch with “morning-after” specials, exclusive Super Big Gulp collectable cups, and a trip to Las Vegas for

ExxonMobil Speedpass Customers Awarded Gas Savings

Free promotion available to those who register between May 2 and June 30, 2011. To express appreciation to customers and to give branded wholesalers another way to enhance customer loyalty, ExxonMobil is offering 15 cents off per gallon of fuel purchased with a registered Speedpass account. Starting with registration on May 2, 2011, customers can

CITGO Supports Child Literacy

Funding will help Bess The Book Bus meet its goal of donating 100,000 books in nationwide tour. CITGO Petroleum Corp. continues its support of Tampa, Fla.-based mobile literacy outreach, and past Fueling Good winner, Bess the Book Bus with a sponsorship of its “2011 Success in Sight Tour.” Bess the Book Bus will visit more

Kum & Go Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross

Arkansas residents impacted by recent tornadoes will benefit from the donation. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause  announced that a $10,000 contribution has been made to the American Red Cross and will be directed toward helping Arkansas residents, after tornadoes touched down in the South leaving damage in their wake. According to Krause,

Valero Sets Record For MDA Campaign

Stores raise $2.28 million, an increase of more than 15% from last year. Valero Corner Stores raised a record $2.28 million in its 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign. The amount represents an increase of more than 15% from last year’s campaign, and is the first time in the Valero campaign’s 25-year history that

Kroger Announces New Hire

New external corporate communications director joins the Kroger team. The Kroger Co. welcomes Keith Dailey as director of external corporate communications. In his new role, Dailey will be responsible for national media corporate communications, and will serve as the company’s spokesperson. Dailey served as communications director and was senior staff member for former Ohio Governor

Positive Outlook For Foodservice Packaging

Convenience stores are listed as one of the top five market segments survey respondents consider to have strong potential growth for packaging in 2011. The results of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI)’s “Foodservice Packaging Industry Surveys” indicates a growing enthusiasm within the industry for 2011. The annual surveys gauge the state of the industry among

ExxonMobil Donates To Promote Education

A total of 77 educational institutions are set to receive funds from program that matches employee donations 3:1. Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $38 million to 924 educational institutions across the U.S. through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2010 Educational Matching Gift Program, including more than $7.6 Million to local Texas institutions. ExxonMobil

Walgreens to Acquire 10 Carle RxExpress Pharmacies

“We are pleased to maintain convenient access to high quality pharmacy, health and wellness services for Carle RxExpress patients across east central Illinois,” says Walgreens spokesperson. Walgreen Co. is acquiring the assets of 10 Carle RxExpress pharmacies in east central Illinois from The Carle Foundation, an Urbana, Ill.-based not-for-profit parent company of an integrated network

7-Eleven Acquires Wilson Farms

Deal covering 188 stores significantly boosts the chain’s presence in western New York. 7-Eleven, Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase Wilson Farms, a Buffalo-based convenience store chain with 188 outlets in New York state, with an expected closing in the second quarter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The addition of Wilson Farms

Thorntons Partners With Make-A-Wish Foundation

“We have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers in regards to this program, and we are thrilled to serve as a vehicle for our customers to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” says Thorntons CEO. Louisville, Ky.-based Thorntons has partnered with the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, and beginning on Wednesday,

Calcasieu Women’s Shelter Wins Fueling Good Prize

Year’s supply of CITGO gas will aid shelter in protecting women and their children from violence. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has named the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter of Lake Charles, La., the latest Fueling Good Grand Prize winner in the CITGO Fueling Good program. In recognition of its work providing shelter, support, and counseling to victims of

Cosby Oil Joins U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program

“Our drivers appreciate the near-universal acceptance of the Voyager card,” says Cosby Oil CEO. Cosby Oil’s locations in Texas are joining U.S. Bank’s Channel Partner Program. U.S. Bank is a provider of universal fleet fueling and maintenance cards and owner of the Voyager merchant processing network. The Cosby Fuels card will now be accepted at

Wegmans Chooses Cardtronics for ATMs

Some 86 ATMs are scheduled to enter Wegmans 77 locations this summer. New York State-based  Wegmans Food Markets has selected Cardtronics as the exclusive provider of ATM services to its entire chain of 77 supermarkets located in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland. Installation of Cardtronics-owned ATMs has already begun, with full-deployment of

Pemmican Donates More Than $50,000 in Beef Jerky

April 1 beef jerky promotion aids Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger program. Marfood USA Inc. has donated more than $50,000 in Pemmican Beef Jerky to Safari Club International Foundation’s Sportsmen Against Hunger Program. On April 1, Pemmican Beef Jerky gave away one free bag of beef jerky every 20.11 seconds to kick off

TA’s TruckSmart App Now Available for Android

“The app is one part of our ‘full-service advantage’ offering; it can be used by drivers to make more efficient stops and optimize their business,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has released the Android version of its TruckSmart mobile application. This new platform for the company’s smartphone app helps professional drivers access

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