ITC Blocks
Illegal Internet Cigarette Sales

  The International Trade Commission (ITC) took action this week to stop illegally imported Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Parliament cigarettes from entering the U.S.   The ITC issued a General Exclusion Order requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to deny entry of these illegal goods, which infringe on Philip Morris USA’s (PM USA) trademarks. 


Rutter’s Awards Harley

  Rutter’s Farm Stores presented a new 2009 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 motorcycle to customer Vicki Landis of  York, Pa. this week, concluding the company’s “Fuel Up Free!” summer contest.   Landis accepted the prize at the Rutter’s store at 2125 Susquehanna Trail (at Lightner Road), Manchester Township. The bike is courtesy of Rutter’s and hot

Office Depot Supplies To Enter C-stores

  Office Depot and Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc., a supplier to the convenience store industry, have formed an exclusive partnership that will enable Office Depot supplies to be available for sale in convenience stores throughout the country.   Through this newly formed partnership, Office Depot will supply Lil’ Drug Store Products with an assortment

Dunkin’ Donuts To Open Five New Stores in Ohio

  Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with Gilligan Oil Company LLC for the development of five restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio, within the next three years.   The first location is anticipated to open in 2010 and the remainder by 2012. Dunkin’ Donuts’ development in Cincinnati is part of a steady and

Summer of Love Winner To Pay for College

  On Sept. 15, Samantha Shumake learned she had won the grand prize of $25,000 in the Sheetz “Made to Order Summer of Love Fantasy” sweepstakes, and the teenager has big plans for the award.   “I’ve got my college paid for now,” said Shumake, who turned 19 in August. “Well, some of it. This

Exxon Mobil Invests in Education Initiative

  Exxon Mobil Corporation has increased its investment in math and science education through a partnership with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space.   The Sally Ride Science Academy brought to you by ExxonMobil will encourage student interest in math and science education though curriculum augmentation, programs to make math

Barney’s Restarts Pumps, Sells Stations

  The gas pumps were working again at most Barney’s Convenience Marts in Toledo on Tuesday, after 14 Barney’s stations ran out or nearly ran out of gas Monday as the owners tried to resolve unspecified financial problems, the Toledo Blade reported.   Still, nine of the chain’s 35 stations, which sell BP brand gas,

Loaf ‘N Jug Promotion Benefits JDRF

  Loaf ‘N Jug, which operates more than 175 stores in Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico, is teaming up with vitaminwater to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).   During September, with every 20-ounce bottle of vitaminwater purchased, 10 cents will be donated to help find a

BP’s ampm Offers Breakfast Samples

After launching its new breakfast menu at the start of this month, ampm invited customers to sample its new breakfast burritos, empanadas and croissant sandwiches today from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at participating ampm stores across the U.S. while supplies lasted. Participating stores offered half-size versions of items from the new menu and handed

Kretek International Sues FDA On Flavored Cigar Issue

  Kretek International Inc., importer and distributor of Djarum clove cigars, today filed a request for declaratory judgment against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in Federal District Court in Washington, DC.   The Kretek filing comes after the FDA signaled its intention to exceed its legislative authority to regulate flavored cigarettes in order to

NATO Asks FDA For List of Legal and Banned Products

  One day after the FDA announced an immediate ban on flavored cigarettes, confusion on just what is legal and illegal to sell still abounds.   The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has issued a letter, requesting that the FDA issue a list by brand name of those flavored tobacco products that are and

FDA Clarifies Flavored Cigarette Ban

The FDA hosted a media briefing this morning and has posted documents on the FDA Web site issuing additional information regarding the ban on flavored cigarettes, authorized by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in June. According to the new documents, cigarettes containing an artificial or natural flavor

Younger Customers Less Brand Loyal

  Generational differences have contributed to a steady decline in consumer brand loyalty when purchasing gasoline, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company.   According to NPD’s Motor Fuels Index, which tracks consumer motor fuel purchasing behaviors, older consumers, those over 65, have always been more likely to limit brand choice to

Global Ethanol Sues Presta Oil

  Minneapolis-based Global Ethanol is suing Andover, Kan.-based Presta Oil, alleging the company failed to fulfill a contract to purchase ethanol, the Wichita Eagle reported.   The lawsuit states that Presta Oil neglected to pay for shipments of ethanol in 2008 valued at more than $205,000, and refused to accept seven shipments of ethanol later

First Data and RSA Provide Layered Security

  First Data, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing services, and RSA, the Security Division of EMC have teamed up to provide a new service called First Data Secure Transaction ManagementSM.   The service is engineered to enable merchants to secure payment card data and remove it from their environment while allowing

ERI Welcomes New Consultants

  Energy Recruiters (ERI) has added three new consultants to its Executive Recruiting Team.   The Bonita Springs, Fla.-based company specializes in recruitment for the petroleum industry, covering the complete supply chain from refining through retail/end user.  Its new consultants will be serving clients in the Convenience Retail and Petroleum Marketing sectors.    “Our ability

Pepsi Co. Executive To Retire

  Michael White, chief of international businesses, director and chairman at PepsiCo Inc. has announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.   During his career at Pepsi Co., White led negotiations for the company’s $7.8 billion acquisition of its two biggest independent bottlers and Pepsi Co.

Rutter’s Revamps Web site

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has updated its Web site to provide more benefits to mobile customers.   Web site visitors now can join the new Rutter’s Rewards program; download a free Rutter’s iPhone application or Rutter’s ringtone; connect to Rutter’s presences on Facebook and Twitter; sign up to receive the latest

Quick Chek Pioneers Fast Lane Program

  Quick Chek, the family-operated chain of 120 fresh food stores in New Jersey and southern New York, is installing and testing self-checkout lanes equipped with note and coin recycling capabilities at its Phillipsburg, N.J., store located at 600 New Brunswick Ave.   The chain partnered with NCR Corporation, a global technology leader in self-checkouts

Rutter’s Launches Rewards Card

  Rutter’s Farm Stores, headquartered in York, Pa., has introduced its Rutter’s Rewards card.   With the tagline “See the Icon, Buy the Product, Earn the Reward!,” Rutter’s Rewards allows customers to earn cents off gasoline every time they purchase any one of the of hundreds of everyday items bearing a special display icon. For

Climb in Crude Costs Lift Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will edge higher in most metropolitan markets this week following a bump up in wholesale costs midway through September, with the advance sparked by an increase in crude oil prices. Crude oil prices rallied to the low $70s per barrel on

7-Eleven Appoints New Logistics VP

  7-Eleven Inc. has appointed Bill Merrigan to serve as the vice president of logistics for its 6,200-store chain in the U.S. and Canada.      Merrigan, who was most recently vice president of Global Supply Chain for International Paper in Tennessee, will report to Kevin Elliott, 7-Eleven’s senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and

Sam’s Club Introduces Personalized Digital Savings

Sam’s Club has introduced paperless coupons and eValues through its Membership benefit program. Now available nationwide, eValues provides personalized savings on hundreds of items, including fresh foods, health and beauty products, office supplies as well as other goods and services available at Sam’s Club locations. The eValue benefit is included in both the Advantage and

The Pantry Appoints New Chairman

  The Pantry Inc.’s board of directors has appointed Edwin Holman, a current director, as Chairman of the Board.   Holman will succeed Peter Sodini, who is retiring from the company and Board of Directors effective Sept. 25.   The Pantry, headquartered in Cary, N.C., operates 1,677 stores in 11 states under select banners, including Kangaroo

Publix Opens New Pix C-store Store

  Publix just opened its 13th Pix gas station and convenience store in north Lakeland, Fla, 13 Central Florida News reported.   Publix Super Markets started in 1930, and is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the U.S. The chain began adding Pix c-stores in 2001, which are still being tweaked.   “We’re still