Shell To Sell Downstream Businesses in Finland, Sweden

Shell has agreed to sell the majority of its refining and marketing businesses in Finland and Sweden to Keele Oy. The terms of the transaction, which are subject to regulatory approvals, include Shell’s retail business, including some 340 service stations in Sweden and some 225 in Finland, as well as its commercial road transport (CRT)

Irving Oil Station Opens in Winooski

The Handy family has opened the first Irving Oil gas station at 401 Main Street in Winooski, Vt., expanding the regional brand to the community. “Our family has owned and operated convenience stores in Vermont and New Hampshire since the 1970’s,” said Charlie Handy. “We have been impressed by Irving’s cleanly, well-lit, efficient stores and

Kroger Announces Employee Promotion

The Kroger Co. has promoted Jeffrey Burt to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement. Burt previously served as vice president of Deli/Bakery Merchandising and Procurement for the company, a position he has held since 2004.  Prior to that, Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle. Burt began his

Rutter’s Opens New Store

York, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened its newest location, bringing some 40 permanent jobs to a 24-hour store at 1455 York Road, Monroe Township, Cumberland County. The store is at the junction of routes 74 (York Road) and 174 (Boiling Springs Road). Rutter’s has opened three Cumberland County stores-the others are in Shippensburg and

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Slide into Late October

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs slid across the country’s major metropolitan markets ahead of the final week of October, falling amid a year-on-year supply surplus and tepid demand. The decline has been limited however, displaying uncommon contra-seasonal strength despite the weak state of fundamentals, propped up by a

Lettieri’s Rolls Out New Product Lines

  Lettieri’s introduces new Stufferz. Lettieri’s is rolling out new additions to its foodservice line. It recently introduced new Stufferz-mini loaves of bread stuffed with meats and cheeses-and has also extended its Stuffed Bread Stix line, creating several new flavors plus a blend of unique bread dough for each filling recipe. “In addition to providing

USDA To Help Fund E-15 Blender Pumps

On Oct. 21, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA plans to allocate existing funds to assist the installation of 10,000 blender pumps across the country within the next five years, Ethanol Producer magazine reported. The initiative was one of many put forth by the USDA to further support the development, production and

Chevron Helps School District With Energy Efficiency

Chevron Energy Solutions and the Huntington Beach City School District have announced the groundbreaking for an energy efficiency and solar project, which is expected to save the district more than $15 million over the life of the project. The project is the first energy efficiency and solar project at an elementary school district in Orange

Market District Opens In Ohio

Inspired by the open-air markets of Europe and a passion for food, Giant Eagle Inc. opened its Kingsdale Market District food store-a 132,000 square-foot culinary, dining and shopping destination, on Oct. 14, in Columbus. The Kingsdale Market District, the fourth for the multi-format food retailer and first in Ohio, delivers central Ohio residents with a

QuikTrip Selling Five Stores

Tulsa-based QuikTrip is selling its five Springfield, Mo.-based convenience stores, The Springfield, Mo. News Ledger reported. QuikTrip is focusing its efforts on very large metropolitan markets, and Springfield no longer fits the company’s plans, noted spokesman Mike Thornbrugh. “It’s accurate that the stores ultimately will be sold,” he told the News Ledger. “But there is

BP Partners With Telvent

BP has selected Telvent DTN TABS, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, to manage U.S. credit limits and monitor production allocations. DTN TABS terminal automation system authorizes or denies fuel loads based on pre-defined controls, which reduces the risk of credit losses or inventory depletion. By monitoring real-time load data from its terminals, BP

ExxonMobil Honors Hispanic Students

This fall, ExxonMobil, in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, is recognizing Hispanic high school students around the country for achievements in engineering and mathematics through the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.7 million to the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in the 10 years the company has sponsored the awards. ExxonMobil’s grants

Xyience, Serra Extend Partnership

Xyience is extending  its relationship with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Matt Serra. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion has been a brand ambassador for Xyience, the maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, since May 2009. “Matt Serra is not only an exceptional athlete, but he’s proven to be 

Couche-Tard Announces Share Repurchase Program

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that The Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its share repurchase program. The company is now authorized to repurchase up to 2,685,335 Class A multiple voting shares (representing 5 % of the 53,706,712 Class A multiple voting shares issued and outstanding) and 11,621,801 Class B subordinate voting shares (representing 10 % of the 116,218,014

Shrink Decreases 6.8% in U.S

Global retail theft totaled $107.3 billion in 2010, representing a 5.6% decrease from the prior year (6.8% in the U.S.), according to the fourth annual edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer. Click here to view the entire study. The study, sponsored by an independent grant from Checkpoint Systems, monitored the costs of shrink (loss

7-Eleven Announces Access 45 Campaign

7-Eleven Inc.’s Slurpee Nation members currently have a chance to win a new prize each day from two of the biggest videogame publishers-Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and Ubisoft. 7-Eleven stores’ latest national campaign is called Access 45 and coincides with the upcoming releases of major game titles – Medal of Honor, EA SPORTS MMA and

Coinstar Inc. Announces Employee Promotions

Coinstar Inc., a provider of automated retail, has appointed Mary Leonard to chief performance officer and member of the Coinstar executive management team. Leonard previously served as senior vice president of operations for redbox, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Reporting to Gregg Kaplan, president and chief operating officer of Coinstar Inc., Leonard will replace retiring

Georgia Customers To Save at the Pump

The Kroger Co., and Shell are expanding their joint rewards program to give metro Atlanta and Northern Georgia area customers the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Oct.25, every time Kroger customers in the

Chevron Launches We Agree Campaign

Chevron Corp. has launched a new global advertising campaign titled “We Agree,” but a hoax group is attempting to ruin the company’s thunder. The campaign by Chevron highlights the common ground Chevron shares with people around the world on key energy issues.  It also describes the actions the company takes in producing energy responsibly and

Nice N Easy’s Duskiewicz Honored

Fran Duskiewicz, the senior executive vice president at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and a 25-year veteran employee of the company, has been honored twice by the convenience store industry this past month. Duskiewicz, who has been a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Research Committee for five years, has now been

SSA Pledges $500,000 To New Hospital

Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA) has provided a major boost to the capital campaign for the new Springfield Regional Medical Center with a $500,000 commitment over the next five years. The $250 million hospital project remains on budget and ahead of schedule for its projected opening of January 2012. The new facility is a 254-bed full-service hospital

Wawa Celebrates National Car Care Month

AAA Mid-Atlantic and Wawa are continuing their partnership to benefit motorists. Throughout October, AAA Mid-Atlantic is giving it away for free during National Car Care Month, and offering motorists a free 40-Point Car Care check-up at more than 20 Car Care events around the auto club’s territory. Seven of those events are scheduled at Wawa

NCA Announces New Board

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recent election of three new NCA officers, as well as several members to the Board of Trustees and Executive Board. Mitchell Goetze, executive vice-president & COO of Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc., has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds Michael Gilmore of the Ferrara

Shop ’n Save Acquires Rinderer’s Drug Stores

SHOP ‘N SAVE, a grocery and drug retailer serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and Springfield, Ill., is expanding its network of pharmacies with the purchase of Rinderer’s Drug Stores Inc., a family-owned company that has served the metro area for generations. The sale involves all six Rinderer’s stores. Next month, three of the locations

New Krispy Kreme Branded Packaging

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is introducing new branded packaging in convenience, mass merchant and grocery stores. Package upgrades, new signature products and improved display graphics are part of the company’s broader efforts to enhance and grow its presence in these locations. Packaging upgrades include: Adding enhanced graphics to increase shelf impact and visual appeal; improved

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