The House of Representatives Approves Transportation Reform Act

NATSO supports the House’s approval of the STRRA, but has some concerns about proposed tolling pilot program. The House of Representatives has approved a long-term plan for the nation’s highways, and NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is commending the House’s efforts. However, the trade association expressed concern with a provision of the House Surface


Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

Core-Mark optimistic as third quarter results reveal company gains in the last quarter. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released the financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015.   “Core-Mark is having a very good year driven by significant market share gains and continued success in our core strategies. We remain focused on infrastructure investments to

Anheuser-Busch Announces Management Changes

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch moves team members to new positions. Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has announced organizational changes that will be put into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. David Almeida has been named to a global special project, reporting to ABI Global CEO Carlos Brito. Almeida came to the North American organization as vice president of finance after

Delek US Releases Third Quarter Financial Results

Delek US officials continue to evaluate growth opportunities, while their financial position remains conservative. Delek US Holdings Inc. has released financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015. Delek US reported a third quarter net income of $18.7 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, versus net income of $72.5 million, or $1.22 per diluted share,

Empire Petroleum and Patriot Capital Form Exclusive Partnership

Empire Petroleum looks to Patriot Capital to help meet aggressive growth objectives. Empire Petroleum Partners has entered into a strategic financing solution with Atlanta-based Patriot Capital. Empire retailers, whose brands include Shell, Sunoco, BP, Chevron, Texaco, Valero, Gulf, Marathon, ExxonMobil and Phillips 66 – may turn to Patriot to access enhanced financing options to upgrade

CST Brands Considers Strategic Options For California Stores

Wells Fargo weighs in on CST Brands’ acquisition of Flash Foods. On the heels of its agreement to acquire Flash Foods, CST Brands announced it is exploring strategic options for the company’s California network, comprised of 76 stores, to enhance shareholder value, including, among others, a potential tax-efficient like-kind exchange for properties proposed to be

Renewable Fuel Standard Effects Foodservice Chains

The RFS is projected to have a negative impact on the foodservice industry, which will effect both restaurant owners and consumers. The National Council of Chain Restaurants has asked Congress to repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). A Wendy’s restaurant franchisee spoke on behalf of the Council and informed Congress that the mandate to mix

Will Recent Study Impact Meat Consumption?

Will consumers cease to consume food products that are linked to cancer? A recent study from World Health Organization has revealed a link between processed and red meat consumption and cancer. These results have raised the question as to whether consumers will reduce their intake of these foods? If history repeats itself, the study will have little impact

7-Eleven Hosts Name Your Own Price Day

7-Eleven is helping to feed America through its Name Your Own Price program. On Saturday, Nov. 7, 7-Eleven will host a Name Your Own Price day to combat hunger across the country. According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, for one day only, 7-Eleven will be donating 100% of the proceeds from Slurpee beverage sales

Menu-Labeling Compliance May Be Possible for C-Stores

A House subcommittee has voted to advance legislation to aid in c-stores’ efforts to comply with new menu-labeling laws. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee has voted to advance menu-labeling legislation that would make it possible for c-store owners to comply.  The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) praised the subcommittee because this legislation would result in

7-Eleven Throws a Winter Beach Party

7-Eleven Canada is inviting its customers to chill with a Slurpee, in their bathing suits, this November. 7-Eleven Canada is bringing back summer with a one day national Slurpee Beach Party on Saturday, Nov. 7 (the reverse of 7-Eleven’s 7/11 birthday). Slurpee fanatics will have the chance to show their commitment to Slurpee, if they are brave

CrossAmerica Divests Fuels Businesses

The company sells its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses to multiple buyers. CrossAmerica Partners LP has successfully sold its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses that were formerly operated by wholly-owned subsidiary, Petroleum Marketers Inc. (PMI) to multiple buyers. Reliable Tank Line, LLC, a

Details On CST Brands’ Acquisition Agreement With Flash Foods

The purchase would mark the largest network acquisition for CST Brands. CST Brands Inc., a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 fuel and convenience retailer, has entered into an exclusivity agreement to finalize the terms of the definitive agreement for CST to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Flash Foods Inc. and certain related entities in

VP Racing Fuels Cobra Jet

VP Racing Fuels has been named as the official fuel supplier for Ford’s limited edition 2016 Cobra Jet. VP Racing Fuels has been selected as the Official Fuel Supplier for Ford Motor Company’s 2016 Cobra Jet. The Cobra Jet was recently introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, marking the continued evolution of

Starbucks Holiday Beverages Return

Starbucks has brought back its holiday beverages along with festive red cups. Starbucks has kicked off the holiday season with its seasonal espresso beverages in their festive red holiday cups. These holiday beverages have been officially reintroduced to stores in the U.S. and Canada. Holiday favorites such as Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha will

Brewer Merger Deadline Extended, Again

The third extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch to agree upon terms of possible takeover deal. Another extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev in their attempt to reach an agreement on the terms of a possible takeover deal. According to a report from The New York Times, the two companies

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Seasoned businessman, John Stewart, has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Manitowoc Foodservice as the company prepares for new opportunities. Effective Nov. 9, John Stewart will be the new chief financial officer for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “John is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of experience in the food and

Are Pump Prices Heading Back Up?

The national average price of gas ends its three-week decline, AAA reports. After 22 straight days of sliding downward, gas prices grew for two straight days to $2.19 per gallon, according to AAA’s Nov. 2 report. Despite the increase, gas prices remain at the lowest price since 2004, and prices are a whopping 80 cents

C-Stores Celebrate National Sandwich Day

Hungry customers find sandwich promotions in honor of Sandwich Day. Tuesday, Nov. 3 marked National Sandwich Day, and convenience stores and QSRs alike celebrated with promotions and Facebook posts touting the holiday and reminding customers to stop in for a bite. Among c-stores celebrating the day, Daily’s Convenience Stores posted a promotion on Facebook that

Ricker’s Launches Reduced Emission Fuel

Partners with GreenPrint to help customers reduce tailpipe emissions. Ricker’s has teamed up with GreenPrint LLC to introduce a Reduced Emissions Fuel Program across its 32 c-stores in Indianapolis. GreenPrint already has launched its reduced emission gasoline in Atlanta with BP and New Mexico with Alon 7-Eleven. The turnkey sustainability program reduces consumers’ tailpipe emissions

Town Star Holdings Acquires Five RaceTrac Stores

The newly-acquired Orlando area c-stores mark the second acquisition for the company. Town Star Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Junonia Capital LLC of Fort Myers, Fla. has acquired five convenience stores from RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. of Atlanta. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the buyer in connection with arranging

Can Today’s Planning Systems Handle Omni-channel Demands?

Retailers look to upgrade merchandising systems. Current retail planning systems are out-of-date and don’t effectively address today’s requirements for an omni-channel planning environment, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2015 Merchandise Planning Benchmark Survey. Many retailers are using planning applications designed for old retail business models with a large percentage of these systems installed in the

How to Make Room For Beverages

With CSDs seeking to reclaim ground in the packaged beverage category, teas, energy and craft products are eying new opportunity in the convenience channel. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Current lower pump prices are bringing more shoppers inside the store and the pack- aged beverage category is benefiting. However, that ice-cold beverage may be

Buhler Named PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Board Chairman

Robert Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away last month. The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has named Robert Buhler, president of Open Pantry Food Marts Inc., as its new chairman of the Board of Directors. Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away on Oct. 14, 2015. Formerly, Buhler served as vice chairman of the Board. “We

TravelCenters Announces Christmas Sweepstakes

UltraONE Driver Rewards program members have the chance to win daily prizes. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season with its “Believe and You May Receive” sweepstakes for its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program Members. From Nov. 1- 30, 2015, UltraONE