Michigan Retailers Meet for Annual Spring Convention

Michigan’s Petroleum Association and the Association of Convenience Stores held its annual spring convention and trade show last week as Michigan lawmakers considered new taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, which the group opposes, WZZM13 News reported. The convention’s educational sessions covered topics ranging from the state of health care to preventing recession theft and

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Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

Clark Brands Teams With CBE

Clark Brands and CBE have partnered on a new program that will offer special pricing on VeriFone equipment to Clark branded and credit card locations. This pricing is especially attractive for retailers who are working to upgrade their Point of Sale (POS) devices and PIN pads as part of their compliance strategy. “In Clark’s continuing

Sheetz And Customers Raise 56,000 for Haiti

Sheetz and its customers are donating more than $56,000 to help victims of the Jan.12 earthquake in Haiti. During the month of February, customers gave $28,359.37 to the relief effort. Sheetz is matching that total, bringing the final figure to $56,718.74. All proceeds are going to the Red Cross. The donations were collected in special

Odwalla Launches “Campaign Against Ordinary”

Odwalla kicks off its “Campaign Against Ordinary” this month with a redesigned Odwalla Facebook page and a Coachella Music Festival ticket giveaway. Coachella, which takes place April 16-18 in Indio, Calif., is the first of three major music festivals Odwalla will be sponsoring. At the festivals, the company will feature a first-of-its-kind outdoor lounge and

Tyson Food Service Honored As IFDA Food Supplier Of The Year

For the fourth straight year, Tyson Food Service was named the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Supplier of the Year.  The company has won the award five times in the past six years. Tyson corporate executives were on-site at the opening dinner at the 2010 IFDA Partners Executive Forum to accept the award. “At Tyson

Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

CFF Attacks Proposed NYC Fast Food Zoning Policies

This week the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) fired back against New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who vowed Tuesday to pursue fast-food zoning policies in NYC’s poorer neighborhoods, following in the footsteps of cities such as Los Angeles and London. “Fast-food zoning is just the latest example of a broad agenda by NYC’s

Suncor Energy To Sell Non-Core Rosevear and Pine Creek Assets

Calgary, Alberta-based Suncor Energy has reached an agreement to sell certain natural gas properties for about $235 million (Canadian dollars), with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2010. The current production on these lands is approximately 20.5 mmcf/d of gas and 540 barrels per day of liquids. The sale includes properties known as Rosevear and

Dos Equis Launches 18 Pack In Texas

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import brand among top imports and primary driver of import category growth in the Texas food channel, is raising the stakes even higher with the introduction of the Dos Equis Lager 18 Pack. The new pack capitalizes on two key trends in the Lone Star State: the continued explosion in

Gasoline Price Gains Blossom with Spring’s Arrival

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Advancing wholesale gasoline costs midway through March were pared on the last day of winter, but consumers in most metropolitan regions across the U.S. will still see prices at the pump taking an escalator ride higher. The market is in the grips of a typical seasonal

Rutter’s Introduces Pigtails, Slice Roast Pork Au Jus

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores, which operates 55 c-stores in Pennsylvania has introduced pigtails in a cup, as well as sliced roast pork au jus and a number of other new items. The new food menu items will be offered at its 38 stores that have touch-screen ordering. An order of pigtails comprises two hot

Johnsonville Sausage Launches ’Triple Play Challenge’ Baseball Contest

Johnsonville Sausage has kicked off of its “Triple Play Challenge” contest, which allows consumers to use their baseball knowledge and skills to compete for a trip to California to see the best in baseball play this summer. “It’s time to celebrate Opening Day – both for baseball and for your grill,” said Colleen D’Souza, associate

NACS Asks EPA To Remove Stage II Requirement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations to tighten the standards controlling ozone emissions into the atmosphere could push a number of countries out of alignment with ozone standards and have strong implications for petroleum retailers, NACS reported. As it stands now, retailers in severe non-attainment designations would be required to install stationary Stage

Pepsi, Cheerwine Team Up On Fountain In The Carolinas

Now convenience stores carrying Pepsi on fountain in North Carolina and the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area can also offer Cheerwine -the unique, sparkling soft drink from Salisbury, N.C -which will be distributed by Pepsi Bottling Ventures (PBV) beginning in April. PBV’s statewide fountain distribution of Cheerwine marks a deepening distribution partnership between North Carolina’s two

Subway Introduces Breakfast Sandwiches

Subway is launching a national breakfast menu of egg and cheese sandwiches next month, Nation’s Restaurant News reported. The new breakfast sandwiches already debuted on March 1 in Canada and will be sold at more than 25,000 of Subway’s North America locations beginning April 5. The sandwich chain’s new offering comes after one of its rivals,

Real Estate and the Retail Industry

Colliers International, a global real estate services firm, issued its 2010 Retail Trends and Opportunities report showing that retail vacancies will stabilize in many markets this year, but new retail construction has virtually disappeared and lease rates have dropped 25-40% from peak levels. Challenges abound in the retail marketplace, and we’ll witness more retail failures,

Ampm Entices Customers with Free Pizza

C-store chain ampm is introducing a new, great tasting pizza in cheese and pepperoni varieties geared toward its hungry male demographic. The chain boasts that its new foodservice offering is “a whole lot rounder and a lot more manly.” At participating stores, the offering can be purchased for only $1.59 until April 27. And, on

Georgia Bill Allows Gas Price Increase In Emergency

The Georgia state Senate has passed a bill that would allow station owners to charge higher prices for gas the moment an emergency is declared, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The bill comes less than two years after Gulf hurricanes caused a run on gas, as well as price gouging. The Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs

Major Companies Commit To NATO Trade Show

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported that key manufacturers have already committed to its recently announced 2011 spring trade show in Las Vegas, including Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco and National Tobacco Co. Additionally, NATO reported that Arango Cigar Company, Carolina Tobacco, Dom Rey Cigar, Inc./Cusano Cigars, Drew Estate, Harold

Kum & Go Petition Gathers 40,000 Signatures

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 just one month from all Kum & Go stores as a part of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Chevron To Install Solar Panels

Chevron Corp. is installing 7,700 solar power panels near Bakersfield in California, which is expected to produce 740 kilowatts of electricity, the Los Angeles Times reported. The panels will power the pumps and the pipelines operated at Chevron’s Kern River oil field facility and showcase the latest photovoltaic technologies (converting sunlight to electricity) from seven

Valero Donates Equipment To Firefighters

San Antonio-based Valero Renewable Fuels is donating more than $40,000 in funds and equipment to 10 local fire departments in Midwestern communities where the company owns ethanol plants, the Boston Herald reported.  Valero owns the former VeraSun plant in Aurora, S.D.  The San Antonio, Texas-based company will also pay tuition and travel expenses for 20

Speedway SuperAmerica Raises Over $777,000 for Riley Hospital

Riley Hospital for Children has named the Riley Hospital Burn Unit in the Simon Family Tower in honor of Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA). The company raised $777,524 for Riley Hospital in 2009, extending their fundraising total for Riley Hospital to $3.2 million since 2003. The Riley Hospital Burn Unit is Indiana’s only pediatric burn center.

FDA Issues Final Rule On Tobacco

The FDA has released its final rules regarding the sale of tobacco. Retailers will need to be in compliance with these rules by June 22, 2010. Today’s action by FDA restricts the sale, distribution and use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, including provisions that:             •            Prohibits the sale of cigarettes or smokeless tobacco to

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