A Great Inning

Hot Stuff Foods and Lettieri’s say they aren’t wasting any time joining forces to create a winning foodservice program. Hot Stuff Foods CEO John Fontana and Lettieri’s have announced new marketing initiatives on the companies’ newest items: Hot Stuff’s Big Stuff Pizza; Hot Stuff’s new Take & Bake Pizza; and Lettieri’s new Self-Rising Pizza. “The


Cumberland, Gulf Oil Combine HQ

Commercial real estate firm DTZ FHO Partners said it has helped Cumberland Farms and Gulf Oil LP secure new combined office space in Framingham, Mass. Cumberland Farms is currently located in Canton, Mass., while Gulf Oil is currently headquartered in Newton, Mass. The two companies will combine corporate finance, legal and human resources operations at

Texas Town Mulls Mandatory C-Store Surveillance

Police in the town of McAllen, Texas, are asking that city’s lawmakers to consider an ordinance that would require c-stores to install video surveillance systems and lock up alcoholic beverages at night, The Monitor newspaper reported. The newspaper said police Chief Victor Rodriguez is asking city leaders to consider the ordinance, which is intended to

Tillerson: ‘Innovation, Competition And Free Trade’

Security on the national and international energy and environmental fronts can be achieved through policies that support innovation, competition and free trade, Exxon Mobile Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson said during a speech this week at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Tillerson outlined the energy challenge facing America and the world,

Knoxville-area Pilot Stores Boost Smokeless Offering

Minneapolis-based Ruyan America Inc. said its Vegas E-cigar, an award-winning smokeless cigarette substitute, is now available in Pilot Food Mart stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. The Vegas E-cigar looks and feels like a premium cigar, but uses a microchip, airflow sensor, ultrasonic atomizer and nicotine-infused liquid to produce a vapor that provides its user

BP Picks New Head

BP announced that Lamar McKay has been appointed as chairman and president of BP America Inc., and he’ll also serve as BP’s chief representative in the U.S, succeeding the retiring Robert Malone. McKay is a member of the BP plc executive management team and has led the company’s special projects team since early 2008. There

Fresh & Easy Launches School Fundraising Program

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched a school fundraising program called “Shop for Schools,” where participating schools can get a $1 cash donation for every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store. Eligible schools include kindergarten through eighth-grade schools within a three-mile radius of one of Fresh & Easy’s stores in Arizona, California

Clark Enhances Image

Clark Brands said it’s implementing two enhancements to the Clark gasoline brand image as part of a comprehensive effort to continue moving the Clark brand into the next decade. The new imagining, called “Image 2010,” is being launched early this year. “Our licensees, dealers and customers believe in the value of the Clark brand,” said

Dresser Wayne Wearing Green

Fuel dispenser and technology innovator Dresser Wayne said it has reached another milestone in its ongoing plan to minimize environmental impact and incorporate more green practices into its operations around the world. The company said it received ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Austin, Texas operation from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), a third-party registrar for

Fuel Bucks Downward Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In the U.S., driving slows down in the winter after the holidays, with demand for gasoline usually the lowest in January and February. So too, are prices, with the wholesale gasoline market typically posting their annual low during one of those two months; doing so for

A Low-Cost Reloadable

Financial services company and prepaid card solutions provider nFinanSe said it has launched the industry’s lowest-cost reloadable prepaid debit card, the Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card. The product offers low fees and rich features such as the ability for immediate use, text-messaging notification of transactions and balances and free customer service. The card provides a

Revelers Ride Free

More than 10,000 residents and visitors of New York’s Westchester County braved the cold to usher in 2009 on New Year’s Eve, and Heineken USA provided free rides home to almost 10% of the crowd. Heineken USA estimated that 750 people took advantage of its annual “New Year. Safe Call.” program, which encourages responsible behavior

Dresser Wayne Expands Reach

Retail fuel dispenser and technology innovator Dresser Wayne has expanded its distributor agreement with Source North America Corporation, one of the largest distributors of equipment for convenience stores and fueling stations in the U.S. The company, which already provides Dresser Wayne products in other areas of the country, is now a Dresser Wayne distributor in

Shell Launches Savings Card

Shell Oil Products U.S. has launched its Shell Saver Card, a new payment option that will provide its customers with a more convenient way to purchase with a direct link to their checking account. The card also offers savings on fuel purchased at Shell stations. The company said it’s the first retailer to make the

Ready To LEED, Again

Kum & Go LC last month opened its second LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) convenience store in Iowa, this time in Des Moines. The new 3,400-square-foot store, which has an adjacent 1,700-square-foot tenant space available for lease, took just 92 days to build. “We’re excited to offer our second LEED store to the

Nationwide Bacon-Bits Recall Impacts 7-Eleven’s Colorado Stores

State health officials in Colorado said nearly 3,600 pounds of bacon bit products have been recalled nationwide by the production company Patrick Cudahy of Cudahy, Wis., due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. In Colorado, the bacon bit products were distributed to 7-Eleven convenience stores and smaller independent grocery stores in burritos and sandwiches. 7-Eleven

Dunkin’s New Tag: You Kin’ Do It!

Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled a new $100 million integrated advertising campaign that centers on a new rallying cry for 2009: "You Kin’ Do It!" Created by Boston, Mass.-based Hill Holliday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ said its new iteration on the popular "America Runs on Dunkin’" campaign offers encouragement and a spirit of fun during challenging times. “With

Fresh Start To A New Year

After noticing a sharp spike in sales of canned foods – particularly fruits and vegetables – at its stores in the past few months, West Coast c-store chain Fresh & Easy said it has launched a line of 98-cent produce packs to help consumers budget for fresh quality products. “It’s clear customers are trying to

Celestial Convenience

Leaders at Jordan Lutheran Church in North Carolina are promoting a gas discount at a BP station in Cary, N.C., to show people that God cares about their practical needs, too, TV station NBC 17 reported. The church will promote 50-cent-per-gallon gas at Dolphins BP on Jan. 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., NBC 17

Innovator Of The Year

The Griffin Report of Food Marketing has named Rutter’s Farm Stores as its 2008 Convenience Store Innovator of the Year. The Griffin Report (www.griffinpublishing.net) covers the food industry for supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores from Maine to Florida, and has a monthly readership of more than 50,000. Award criteria included foodservice offerings, store design, environmentally

Why Not Wi-FI?

BP North America has turned to Dayton, Ohio-based network management company HarborLink Network and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Wi-Fi services company Ruckus Wireless to offer a next-generation Wi-Fi service for free at 50 BP sites nationwide. If it’s well received, the service could be rolled out at additional BP locations, said BP Spokesman Scott Dean. Dubbed “Smart

Tesco, Wal-Mart Dig In Their Heels

It’s been more than a year since Tesco and Wal-Mart first scrawled their battle lines for a convenience-channel fight on the West Coast, and already analysts are predicting that retail Goliath Wal-Mart could have a fight on its hands. A report by Business Week said that Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores, launched in November 2007

Winnings For All

A Detroit gas station owner is discounting gas prices after one of his customers won a $1 million lottery prize last week, the Detroit Free Press reported. Kayed Bazzi, owner of a BP in Detroit, received a $2,000 commission from the Michigan State Lottery after he sold the winning ticket. One day next week, he’s

Sheetz Awards Free Gas To Ohio Resident

Sheetz Inc. awarded a Canton, Ohio man free gas for a year on Tuesday as part of a gas-giveaway promotion in its Ohio stores. The man won $2,000 worth of free gas after signing up for a My Sheetz Card. The company is awarding the prize to 17 other customers in Ohio in the coming

EZ Energy Acquires 42 Stations

EZ Energy USA Inc., the U.S. entity of Israeli-based EZ Energy Ltd., has signed a contract to acquire 42 gas stations in the U.S. and all related inventory—as well as four lots—for a reported $32.6 million. When the deal is closed, EZ Energy will own 93 stores that sell approximately 160 million gallons of gas