Unlucky No More

An Ohio man who says he never wins anything has won free gas for a year thanks to a loyalty card promotion at a Sheetz in Akron, Ohio. John Karaiskos, of Massillon, learned of his prize about three weeks ago after his My Sheetz Card was scanned at the in-store kiosk at a store in


Delta Heads Up Remediation For 300 Sites

Delta Environmental Consultants Inc. was awarded a $138 million environmental risk transfer contract from ConocoPhillips and Pacific Convenience and Fuels LLC, the companies said. Under the terms of the contract, Delta Consultants will provide a comprehensive risk transfer solution for all pre-existing liabilities, including the remediation of existing environmental liabilities for up to 300 sites

Swedish Match, Philip Morris Collaborate

Swedish Match AB and Philip Morris International (PMI) have entered into an agreement to establish an exclusive joint venture company to commercialize Swedish Snus and other smokefree tobacco products worldwide, outside of Scandinavia and the U.S. The joint venture will use Swedish Match’s product development and manufacturing expertise in the smokefree category and PMI’s extensive

Western Refining Launches Express Rewards

El Paso, Texas-based Western Refining has launched its Express Rewards program at about 160 convenience stores it operates in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. The Express Rewards program uses a consumer RFID key tag that can be used at the pump or inside the store to reward customers with gas discounts, store products, gift cards

Pantry Profits Rise With Better Gas Margins

Sanford, N.C.-based Pantry Inc. first-quarter results show the company’s net income is up sharply from the same quarter last year, attributable to declines in oil prices and improved gross margins on gas. Total gasoline gross profit for the quarter was $130.1 million, up sharply from $56.2 million a year ago, with retail gross margin of

Couche-Tard Acquires 13 Quebec Sites

An Alimentation Couche-Tard subsidiary has signed an agreement to acquire 13 stores in Quebec from Exploitation Quali-T Inc., part of Group Therrien. The 13 stores are operated by Exploitation Quali-T under the Pétro-T brand. All the sites sell motor fuel under either the Pétro-T or Esso brands, while four sites have quick service restaurants (two

Hybrid Hunger In Casual

Independent restaurant operators are leading an emerging “kid-adult” fusion trend by promoting adult-style offerings to kids in greater numbers, according to a new report by Chicago-based research firm Technomic Inc. The new menus target kids with smaller portions of premium steaks, fresh fish, locally sourced healthy foods and bolder ethnic flavors that are usually the

2 To Play That Game

Starbucks Corp. is hoping to find some sales salvation in its own value meal variety as McDonald’s continues to make inroads with its new coffee offerings, The Associated Press reported. The coffee tug-of-war has heated up in recent months as McDonald’s began offering new, lower-priced specialty coffee drinks and Dunkin’ Donuts has been advertising value-minded

Fuel Surge

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices moved higher across the U.S. during the final week of January on concerns that supply levels would tighten because of a potential strike by as many as 24,000 union workers at U.S. oil refineries. Even before the Feb. 1 contract deadline, wholesale gasoline

Wawa Store Celebrates 10 Years

A Wawa store in Stafford, Va., doled out free gifts and recognition to loyal customers as it celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, the Stafford County Sun newspaper reported. The store’s Jan. 23 celebration was an all-day event that recognized regular customers for their loyalty and business. It was part of the Year of the

Murphy Express Kicks Off With Discount Gas

A Murphy Express store in Las Cruces, N.M., kicked off its grand opening by offering the "lowest gas prices in the state,” the Las Cruces Sun News reported. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. this past Friday and continuing for 24 hours, Patel said the station sold fuel as low as $1.39 per gallon. Patel couldn’t estimate

ExxonMobil Gives $1.5M To United Way

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that the company and 650 of its Dallas-area employees and retirees have pledged more than $1.5 million in contributions to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a part of the 2008 campaign. ExxonMobil has donated more than $8.7 million to the Dallas-area United way since 2002. In addition to providing

Broaster Boasts Promotions

The Broaster Company Inc. has announced the appointment of Jay Cipra to CEO, as well as a number of other management changes at the Beloit, Wis.-based company. For the past four years Cipra has served as president of The Broaster Company Inc., the parent entity of The Broaster Company LLC. In his new role, Cipra

An Armful of Optimism

Coffee, cigarettes, beer, technology, foodservice. Pick any one of these categories, and Handee Marts President Mike Triantafellou will approach it with unbridled enthusiasm.   Take cigarettes. Convenience-industry experts say cigarette sales in the near future could get bogged down, if not slain, by unfriendly legislation like the SCHIP bill, or by local governments that forbid

Pooling for Profitability

Think of Roady’s Truck Stops as the 350-pound lineman of the business world, a far-sighted colossus who plows path after dogged path for teammates who are trying to negotiate that riotous retail gridiron. And then, think of Roady’s President Bob Lee as the head coach, sort of the Chuck Knoll of truck stops, convenience stores,

SCHIP Passes in U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate passed the SCHIP legislation including all of the cigarette and tobacco tax rate increases by a 66-32 vote. An amendment to lower the RYO tax rate and eliminate the floor stocks tax was not offered. The bill, passed by the U.S. House early this week, now has to either go to a

Hershey: Our Peanut Butter Is Safe

The Hershey Company is reaffirming an announcement it made earlier: None of its products have been affected by the recent recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America. Hershey said Thursday it does not purchase peanut butter, peanuts or any peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is a Virginia-based

Hershey: Our Peanut Butter Is Safe

The Hershey Company is reaffirming an announcement it made earlier: None of its products have been affected by the recent recall of items produced by the Peanut Corporation of America. Hershey said Thursday it does not purchase peanut butter, peanuts or any peanut products from the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is a Virginia-based

Kentucky Gas Stations Settle Gouging Claims

The Kentucky Attorney General’s office has accepted a $107,500 settlement from eight gas stations that were accused of gas-price gouging in the wake of Hurricane Ike last September, Legalnewsline.com reported. Five stores owned by Pilot Travels Centers (located in Corbing, Williamsburg, Middlesboro, Franklin and Oak Grove) agreed to pay $100,000 as part of the settlement,

Fontana Steps Down at Hot Stuff

By John Lofstock, Editor Spending five days a week on the road for two years eventually takes a toll on even the most hardened sales executive. Citing a willingness to spend more time at home and a few weeks off to recharge his batteries, John Fontana resigned yesterday as president and CEO of Hot Stuff Foods and

McLane Leaps into Fresh Foods

The industry leading grocery distributor is taking perishable goods distribution to the next level, enabling retailers to sell the freshest products while increasing incremental sales. McLane Co. Inc. announced that its much-anticipated FRESH on the GOTM program is now available to convenience stores across the continental U.S. FRESH on the GO, which takes advantage of

NATO Urges Action on Amendment to SCHIP Bill

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) said today every NATO member, their employees and customers need to call their two U.S. Senators immediately to urge them to vote in favor of an amendment to the SCHIP bill which calls for a reduction in the tax on roll-your-own tobacco from $24.78 per pound to $2.83

7-Eleven Gets ’Fresh’

7-Eleven Inc. gets “fresh” with customers with the opening of the company’s environmentally in-tune Commissary and Combined Distribution Center (CDC) in Bohemia, N.Y. At the new mixed-use facility, unveiled in a ceremony yesterday, fresh foods will be prepared and delivered to 674 7-Eleven stores in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The 130,000-square-foot facility is

Kum & Go CFO Receives Top Award

West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go said its CFO, Craig Bergstrom, is the 2009 recipient of the Prairie Meadows CFO of the Year Award presented annually at the Des Moines Business Record Economic Forecast event. The awards recognize Central Iowa CFOs who have played a critical role in the success of their companies through

In 2008, Big Things Were Small

Less was definitely more in restaurants last year, according to Mintel Menu Insights. A look back at menus from 2008 shows that three of the year’s top trends were related to downsizing: mini food, value pricing and lighter food options, largely the result of increased nutrition labeling laws, according to Mintel Menu Insights. “2008 was