Casey’s Responds To Bid Extension

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has responded to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s recent extension of its non-binding, unsolicited $36 per share tender offer. The company also commented on Couche-Tard’s statement that only 9,792,196 shares of Casey’s common stock, which represent approximately 19.2% of Casey’s issued and outstanding shares, have tendered into the offer. “The low number of

TA Prepares Drivers For CSA 2010

This week, TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) announced the industry’s only comprehensive set of initiatives to help drivers adapt to the new, important safety and inspection standards, commonly referred to as “CSA 2010”, at all TA Truck Service and Petro:Lube locations. A comprehensive set of industry leading manuals about CSA 2010, produced by J.J. Keller,

TravelCenters of America Adds Low-Cal Meals

This month, TravelCenters of America (TA) Executive Chef Thomas Straub has introduced four flavorful and fit-friendly menu items to the TA full service restaurants. Introduced under the banner of “Stay Fit with Flavor” these meals only have 600 calories, perfect for health conscious consumers. The items include: Shrimp Stir Fry, Chicken Stir Fry, a Grilled

BP Stops Oil Leak

BP finally stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday – 85 days and 184 million gallons after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, the Associate Press reported. Now begins a 48 hour wait to see if the capped-off well holds or blows a leak, as engineers monitor

CVF Invests $4.25 Million in Anabi Oil Corp.

As Anabi Oil Corp. moves to buy certain Shell-branded gasoline properties and related wholesale distribution rights in Northern and Southern California, The Central Valley Fund (CVF) and its co-investor, San Diego-based Huntington Capital, have partnered to support the acquisition. CVF, a private investment fund focused on middle market Central Valley companies, has announced an $8.5M

Evolution Fuels Prepares For Dallas

Evolution Fuels Inc. has begun the permitting process to construct its first flagship fuel station in Dallas. The station location is in the heart of the Dallas metropolis, immediately adjacent to the upscale Park Cities neighborhood, and is set to serve as the first “marquee” location for the company’s planned rollout of its branded stations.

Congress Passes ECO-Gift Card Act

Congress has passed the ECO-Gift CARD Act (H.R. 5502), which will avoid the destruction of more than 100 million plastic cards and ensure consumer access to these popular gifts during the busy holiday shopping season, The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) reported.   The act extends the Aug. 22, 2010 gift card implementation deadline,

Couche-Tard Reports Strong Fourth Quarter, Fiscal 2010

Recent financial reports from Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. might make it harder for Casey’s General Stores Inc. to convince shareholders to look the other way on Couche-Tard’s  bid to buy Casey’s for $36 per U.S. share. Couche-Tard, owner of Mac’s corner store in Canada and Circle K in the U.S., surpassed financial expectations for its

Family Express Partners With GasBuddy

Family Express, is devlving into the social and mobile marketing arena through a relationship with GasBuddy Retail Solutions’ OpenStore platform. This innovative program complements the recently launched F.E. PERKS Loyalty program by linking it with GasBuddy databases. Customers who join the free F.E. PERKS program enjoy numerous benefits: in addition to receiving immediate cents off

Couche-Tard Extends Offer for Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores still has more time to consider Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s  tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Casey’s General Stores Inc. for $36.00 per share in cash. The offer, which previously had been scheduled to expire at midnight EST on July 9, has been extended by Couche-Tard,

Van Holten’s Announces New Hire

Waterloo, Wis.-based snack food manufacturer, Van Holten’s, welcomes Jon Florin as its new marketing manager.   Florin joins Van Holten’s with an extensive background in marketing and in the retail food business with his most recent position being marketing director at Madison Media Institute. Florin is now responsible for formulating and executing marketing strategies to help support and

Flying J Loses Beer License

A Flying J truck stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., has lost its alcohol license after it was caught selling alcohol to minors four times in the last five years, Keloland TV reported.  The Sioux Falls City Council decided Monday night not to renew the store’s beer license.  “I know of many other businesses down here

Seneca Cos. Receives Safety Award

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Cos. has been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during the 2009 calendar year. The company offers multiple divisions to handle Petroleum construction, remodels and service, as well as environmental clean-up, remediation and the use of potentially dangerous machinery for industrial cleaning, hydroblasting

Tornados Flavor Challenge Hits Facebook

Social networking is an increasingly popular way to get customers enthusiastic for your product. Ruiz Foods’ Tornados announced its Facebook-based promotion “Flavor Challenge 2.0” this month, in which the brand’s 130,000 plus fans can submit flavor ideas in eight different categories. The top flavor in each category wins a year’s supply of Tornados and a

Deepwater Drilling Moratorium Overturned

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled last week that the Obama administration could not impose a six-month moratorium on Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling, according to the New York Times.   A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the administration did not prove “irreparable injury” is likely if the moratorium is not

NASCAR Sweepstakes Kicks Off

Mobil 1, the official motor oil of NASCAR and O’Reilly Auto Parts, the official auto parts store of NASCAR are joining forces to give racing fans a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas during the Sprint Cup Champions Week. A total of four grand prize winners will win a trip for two to

BlackBerry Adds Rutter’s Coupon App

Rutter’s Farm Stores has introduced a free app for BlackBerry smart phones, complementing the Rutter’s iPhone app introduced last year. Both apps are available as free downloads from www.rutters.com. The iPhone app also is available from the Apple App Store; and the BlackBerry app will be available from BlackBerry App World within a couple of

NASCAR Sweepstakes Kicks Off

Mobil 1, the official motor oil of NASCAR and O’Reilly Auto Parts, the official auto parts store of NASCAR are joining forces to give racing fans a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas during the Sprint Cup Champions Week. A total of four grand prize winners will win a trip for two to

Gasoline Prices Again Headed Higher

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale costs for gasoline are again moving higher across the country after a steep sell-off in late June into early July, with sharp gains realized during the first full week of July putting prices on either side of levels seen in late June. The increase in wholesale

Financial Reform Tops Congressional To Do List

Congress is scheduled to be back in session starting Monday, and the first task on the agenda for the Senate is voting on the financial reform bill that contains the crucial interchange amendment put forth by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL). Last Wednesday, June 30, the House voted on the financial bill package, passing it by

XYIENCE Launches Sweepstakes

XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is giving mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a chance to host a UFC viewing party in their hometown with legendary UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva. The winner of XYIENCE’s “Bring Wanderlei to Your Hometown” sweepstakes, which kicked off July 1 and runs

Flying J To Emerge From Bankruptcy

A U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware has confirmed Flying J’s plan to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy, repaying its creditors in cash plus interest, Truckinginfo.com reported. Flying J filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in December 2008, and since that time has been working to restructure. It officially merged retail operations with Pilot Travel

Thorntons Celebrates Freedom Day

Thorntons has announced that Sunday, July 11 is its FREEdom Day Celebration, and customers can go to any neighborhood Thorntons, and receive a free fountain or coffee drink. Thorntons’ fountain drinks are made with 100% filtered water to ensure a crisp clean tasting beverage, while its signature coffee is made with handpicked 100% Arabica beans. Customers

Smucker’s Gets ACF Seal of Approval

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has recognized the quality of The J.M. Smucker Co.’s Crisco Professional, Jif, Smucker’s JJP, Smucker’s PlateScapers and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk lines, awarding them the ACF Seal of Approval. Presented by the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs, the seal is designated to products that meet the criteria set

Wal-Mart Discounts Soda

At Chicago area Wal-Mart stores, shoppers are finding Coke cases at a special price: 24 cans for $5, the Chicago Tribune reported. The 20 cents per can price demonstrates Wal-Mart’s purchasing power, and is less than good news for the beverage industry, where after higher bottling prices and 10 years of stagnant pricing beverage companies

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