Odwalla Helps Build Fruitful Future For Haiti

The ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti soon will be energized by the newest beverage from Odwalla, which plans to donate 100% of the profit from sales of its new Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid. The donation will help provide training and better market access to 25,000 mango farmers in Haiti as part of a long-term investment

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Sunoco Completes Sale of Polypropylene Business

Sunoco, Inc. has completed the previously announced sale its stock of subsidiary Sunoco Chemicals Inc., comprised of its polypropylene business, to Braskem S.A., for approximately $350 million.  “The sale demonstrates our continued progress in realigning our portfolio of assets and provides capital to redeploy for future growth in our core businesses,” said Lynn Elsenhans, chairman

Atlas Oil Offers Protection from Spring Storm Power Outages

Atlas Oil Company’s Generator Assurance Plan guarantees customers priority access to fuel and delivery during power outages. With spring’s stormy weather on its way, businesses that rely on diesel generators for emergency power can close the final gap in their disaster readiness plans by making sure they do not run out of generator fuel. In

Register Now for CSD’s Free ’Earning Green while Getting Green’ Webcast

The cost of energy has been shown to the third highest operational expense for some convenience store retailers. However, most don’t have a comprehensive program in place to minimize energy usage. Join Convenience Store Decisions for a free Webcast on April 22 as Emerson Climate Technologies will share how retailers can reduce this expense by

Jennifer Hudson Designs New ‘7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause’

Oscar and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson chose a candle to light up the side of the second celebrity-designed “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”  Hudson’s cup goes on sale today at participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and will be available through May 31 or while supplies last. Proceeds from the cup featuring Hudson’s personal

Nielsen Reveals New Retail Trip Trends

Nielsen released a list of overall shopping trends hitting the retail market. Among them, the downward trend of consumers shopping less reached a new low in February, with a 4% year-over-year decline in monthly all-outlet shopping trips. (All outlets included: supercenters, club stores, grocery stores, dollar stores, drug and mass merchandisers.) Retailers are focusing more

IDDBA Program Reimburses Retailers For Food Safety Certification

To promote food safety certification for retail dairy, deli, and bakery department employees, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) offers a Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP). The program reimburses IDDBA member retailers for food safety certification test fees (up to the published cost) for dairy, deli, and bakery employees who successfully complete the certification exam.

Master-Bilt Welcomes Ross Buel

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of  commercial refrigeration systems has appointed Ross Buel as national/chain accounts manager for foodservice sales, effective March 24. Buel brings a new dimension to Master-Bilt  and expects to help further penetrate the Master-Bilt foodservice chain business. Most recently, Buel served as general manager for the foodservice equipment division of

Sheetz Adds RedPrairie’s Execution Management Solution

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has implemented RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution at its more than 365 stores. Sheetz now has a one source tool to send all actionable communications to the right stores at the appropriate time, with the added ability to escalate issues to corporate management. “With Execution Management, our original intent was to provide our

Chevron Announces Board Nominees

Chevron Corp. announced that Senator Charles (Chuck) Hagel and John Stumpf have been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Hagel and Stumpf will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 26. If they are elected,

Pemmican Offering Free Beef Jerky

Marfood USA, recently purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky, and today the company is officially launching the new Pemmican Web site by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky for every minute-the entire day.   Simply go to www.pemmican.com anytime April 1 to enter for a chance to win. Visitors to the Web site

Breaking Down the PACT Act

Convenience store owners scored a major victory in March when the House and Senate passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act in a near unanimous vote, which forbids the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes directly to consumers. At presstime, President Obama was expected to sign the bill into law. The PACT Act aims

Kum & Go Fights Interchange Fees

Kum & Go, L.C. has collected more than 40,000 signatures from customers wanting to  control and reduce credit and debit card swipe (or interchange) fees put on customer transactions.  The signatures were collected in one month from all Kum & Go stores as part of NACS’ Fight Swipe Fees petition drive. “Kum & Go joined

FDA Issues Final Rules On Tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its final rules regarding the sale of tobacco. Retailers will need to be in compliance with these rules, which restrict the sale, distribution and use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, by June 22. The new rules include provisions that: •Prohibit sales of cigarette packages with fewer than

NATO Trade Show Gains Support

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported that key manufacturers have formally committed to its 2011 trade show and conference in Las Vegas. Supporters currently include Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco, National Tobacco Co., King Maker Marketing, Smoker Friendly International and Zippo Lighter Co. During NATO’s annual awards dinner last month,

7-Eleven Computer Hacker Sentenced

Computer hacker Albert Gonzalez, accused of one of the largest thefts of credit and debit card numbers ever reported, was sentenced to 20 years and a day in prison last Friday. Friday’s case involved stolen credit card numbers from the Scarsborough, Maine-based Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain, Dallas-based convenience store chain 7-Eleven, and Heartland Payment Systems,

Walgreens Moves Forward With Duane Reade Acquisition

Walgreen Co. has received the regulatory clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission needed to complete the acquisition of Duane Reade Holdings Inc. “We’re clear to move forward and complete the Duane Reade acquisition, which will immediately give Walgreens a leading position in the nation’s largest drugstore market,” said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson.

NACS Show To Welcome Former President George W. Bush

NACS has announced that former President George W. Bush will be the closing general session speaker for this year’s NACS Show, which will take place Oct. 5-8 at the World Congress Center in Atlanta. Bush will be the fourth U.S. president to speak at a NACS event: former President Bill Clinton served as last year’s

Gilbarco Expands Fuel Dispenser Warranty

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has upgraded the warranty on its standard fuel dispensers to cover use of ethanol content up to E15. The dispensers are currently Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved for ethanol up to E10 under the UL 87 standard. The upgraded warranty will ensure its customers are covered if the current E10 standard is broadened to

President Obama Signs PACT Act

NACS and convenience retailers are enjoying a huge win today, thanks to enactment of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), which addresses the long-standing convenience store industry concern of tax evasion via remote sellers of tobacco products. Today’s White House signing by President Barack Obama caps a 10-plus year effort by retailers to

7-Eleven Adds Stores In Salt Lake City

7-Eleven Inc. has announced a real estate partnership with NAI Corporate Real Estate Services (NAI CRES) in the Salt Lake City market to build its presence in the area and significantly add to the nearly 100 stores the company operates, franchises and licenses in the area. The convenience retail leader selected NAI as its exclusive

Vertis Communications Wins Five Certificates of Excellence

Vertis Communications has received five Certificates of Excellence from Graphic Design USA’s 2010 American Packaging Design Awards for its creative packaging designs for Hershey. In 2009, Hershey turned to Vertis to create innovative designs that would achieve consistent brand messaging for multiple products in various stages of retail availability and consumer acceptance. From ideation for

FDA Panel Looks At Menthol Cigarettes

A new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel is examining menthol cigarettes and how the government should regulate them, although most believe an outright ban is unlikely, the Associated Press reported. The committee is meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the scientific research on the public health effects of menthol cigarettes, including among children

Pemmican To Give Away Free Beef Jerky

Taylor, Mich.-based Marfood USA Inc. plans to launch its new Pemmican Web site on April 1 by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky every minute of the day. Consumers must visit www.pemmican.com on April 1 between 12:01am and 11:59pm to register for a chance to win. “We purposely chose April fool’s to

Gasoline Price Uptrend Slows

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Drivers across most major metropolitan markets in the United States should see the increase in retail prices at their local outlets freeze in the week leading up to Easter Sunday, with some markets potentially seeing a decrease at the pump. The forecast is based on a

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