Coke Zero Launches NCAA Promotion

Coke Zero has introduced its NCAA promotion and sweepstakes called “An Exclusive Ticket” at LongHorn Steakhouse. Fans can register for a chance to win “An Exclusive Ticket” to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis and experience the “Coke Zero Countdown” concert, starring Darius Rucker, along with an exclusive VIP party, and tickets to

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California Station Ups Its Gas Prices to $8.87

Just what would happen if gas prices hit $9.00? Well, a station in Pasadena, Calif., found out when it upped its prices yesterday. The price of unleaded gas was listed at $8.87 a gallon at Washington Boulevard V and A Fuels station in Pasadena, Calif., on Tuesday and super unleaded was listed at $9.09, leaving

GM Calls For More Ethanol Fuel Stations

General Motors Co’s (GM) growing output of vehicles that can run on ethanol-gasoline blends won’t help cut polluting emissions or U.S. dependence on foreign oil until more stations begin dispensing ethanol, according to GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens, Reuters reported. Half of GM’s vehicle lineup will be able to run on a mix of 15%

Better Beer Laws Campaign Begins in Harrisburg, Pa.

Members of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) and the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council (PCSC) joined state Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) as he unveiled legislation that would make sweeping and historic changes to the state’s beer laws.   In addition to announcing its support of the beer bill, PFMA/PCSC revealed its new Web site, www.sixpacktogo.org,

NACS Introduces Teri Richman Internship Program

NACS has established an ongoing internship program honoring Teri Richman to perpetuate her passion for growing young talent, exploring new ideas and bettering the industry. The program was announced Feb. 10 at the NACS Leadership Forum in San Francisco. Richman joined NACS in 1982 as its first in-house federal lobbyist and played a critical role

7-Eleven’s Debuts New Chocolate-Covered Donuts

Joe Hermes, senior fresh foods director for baked goods at 7-Eleven tastes one of the new donuts. Joe Hermes, 7-Eleven Inc. senior fresh foods director for baked goods, has sweet memories of the German bakery just blocks away from his grandparents’ home in Louisville, Ky.  His favorite bakery treat?  Donuts with chocolate icing.  7-Eleven stores

High’s Dairy Stores’ Haiti Relief Campaign Raises Over $10,000

Hanover, Md.-based High’s of Baltimore Inc., has announced that customers of its 70 High’s Dairy Stores in Maryland and Delaware, collectively donated more than $10,000 to the company’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign.  At checkout, store associates asked customers if they would like to make a $1 donation to the campaign which was in association with the American Red Cross.  “We’re extremely proud of

PCATS Announces 2010 Board of Directors 


The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has announced the results of elections to the Board of Directors and its Officers for 2010. PCATS 
was founded in September 2003 to continue the development and maintenance of standards work initiated under the NACS Technology Standards Project. PCATS’ mission is to develop, maintain and assist members

Quick Chek Adds Single Origin Blend To Coffee Offering

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has added Nicaraguan Matagalpa, a mildy-roasted, medium-bodied coffee, which will make its debut in all store locations beginning Monday, Feb. 22. Certified organic by Quality Assurance International, this Fair Trade Certified Nicaraguan blend from the Matagalpa region

Boost in Crude Costs to Offset Pass Through Savings

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Weekly gains in the gasoline wholesale market driven by higher crude costs leading up to the Valentine’s Day weekend will interrupt the national decline in retail gasoline prices midway through February. The U.S. average price for retail gasoline prices had decreased for four consecutive weeks through the

BP Collaborates With Universities on Materials and Corrosion Research

BP has announced the launch of a major research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Manchester. BP and the universities will work together on materials and corrosion research, as it applies to oilfield applications. The initial investment from BP has been $2 million, with the company intending to match

Lykins Enterprises Files For Chapter 11

Lykins Enterprises Inc., based in Maysville, Ky., and three of its related companies filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy code on Jan. 29, 2010, according to David Lykins, CEO and founder of the business, The Ledger Independent reported. Lykins Enterprises sells fuel on a wholesale basis to customers in

Kroger and Shell Kickoff Grocer Rewards Program

The Kroger Co. and Shell have teamed up to launch a customer loyalty grocer rewards program in several U.S. cities. The rewards program provides shoppers the exclusive opportunity to earn savings on fuels when using their Kroger family of brands loyalty card at their local Kroger or Ralphs stores.  Beginning on Feb. 15, Kroger and

Cody The Dog’s Gas Station Shuts Down

A chocolate Labrador named Cody, owned by BP c-store owner Karim Mansour, became well-known by fans across the country in recent months, even gaining his own Web site and facebook page. The pooch who was often seen wearing a BP shirt and name tag and popping up behind the drive through window, had been an

Chevron Embarks On New Venezuelan Venture

Chevron Corp. has announced that a group led by its Venezuelan subsidiary has been selected to negotiate its participation in a project composed of three blocks in the Orinoco Oil Belt (Faja) of eastern Venezuela. “We look forward to being part of this new opportunity that will expand development of one of the world’s largest

Victory For RaceTrac

Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum has been awarded more than $3.4 million from a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel for damages the gas station chain sustained after it invested in the Bear Stearns hedge funds that imploded in 2007, Hedgefund.net reported. The FINRA arbitration award was issued in December, but was recently announced via the

Flying J Files Reorganization Plan

Ogden, Utah-based Flying J Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in December 2008, has filed a plan of reorganization through which it would repay all senior creditors by divesting most of its assets, including its travel center and trucking operations, Reuters reported. Flying J filed for bankruptcy due to a drop in oil prices and tighter

Colorado C-stores Take Step Toward Full-Strength Beer

Colorado’s convenience-store owners won a victory this week when the state’s House Business Affairs and Labor Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow c-stores of under 5,000 feet to sell products with a higher alcoholic content than the reduced-strength beer that they now are limited to selling, Denver Business Journal. The proposal won by a

Cigarette Excise Tax, Ohio Cigarette Tax Changes Bring Higher Prices

An Ohio coalition refutes the findings of a recent report claiming that increasing Ohio’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack would bring the state $299.7 million per year. The report released yesterday, entitled, Tobacco Taxes: A Win-Win-Win for Cash-Strapped States is based on national and state surveys of registered voters. “Any economist will tell you

NATO Fights New York On Proposed Ban of Flavored Tobacco

This week, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) sent a letter to all 213 members of the New York state legislature urging them to defer legislative action on Bill Number A.9482, which aims to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products in the state except for products with a tobacco, menthol, mint or

The Pantry Chooses KSS for Fuel Price Management

The Pantry Inc. has selected a suite of KSS products to provide day-to-day fuel price management and optimization at more than 1,600 retail locations in the southeastern U.S.  The Pantry will use the PriceNet, PriceNet Web, KSS Analytics, KSS Mapping and KSS Visualizer solutions.
 The Cary, N.C.-based company will implement these KSS products to enable

BP Aims To Offer Price Rollback Technology Network-wide

BP Products North America Inc. plans to be the first fuel company in the U.S. to deliver price rollback technology that awards instant cents-off-per-gallon savings at the pump to consumers throughout its BP-branded network. As of Jan. 31, more than 350 eligible sites have begun the BP-funded and managed technology deployment process with the remainder of

Del Monte’s Fresh Vending Line Debuts at Universities

Students and faculty now have healthier snack options to eat on-the-go, as Del Monte fresh fruit and vegetables are being sold in vending machines across university, college and school campuses, nationwide. The University of Notre Dame, The University of Miami and Miami-Dade College are among the first higher education institutions taking concrete steps to help

Kansas C-Stores Offer Compromise on Beer

A struggle over liquor laws in Kansas continues, the Kansas City Star reported. C-stores and grocery stores have for years sought the right to sell full-strength beer in Kansas, but liquor stores have successfully blocked the legislation. This year the grocers and convenience store owners came up with a compromise for state lawmakers-allow c-stores to

American Airlines Center Opens 7-Eleven Franchise

American Airlines Center (AAC) is in final negotiations with the Dallas-based convenience store chain to open a 7-Eleven store accessible from inside and outside the building, the Dallas Morning News reported. AAC, home to the Mavericks and Stars professional sports teams, plans to place the 7-Eleven at the arena’s northeast corner near its parking garage, could

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