New York Keeps Pressure on Tobacco

Gov. David Paterson wants to snuff out cigarette sales by drastically raising fees for stores that sell them, according to the New York Daily News. Paterson’s budget office projects cigarettes and other tobacco products would be sold at 40% fewer stores if his proposal is adopted. The plan was quickly blasted by industry groups. “It

Take the CSD/Balvor Foodservice Retailer Survey

Convenience Store Decisions, in partnership with David Bishop of Balvor LLC, is launching a confidential online survey related to key issues impacting foodservice in convenience retail. Participating retailers will receive a complimentary summary of results. Otherwise, we’ll share only key findings along with additional insights during Part 1 of CSD’s FREE Foodservice Webcast Series on

Creating Snack Opportunities

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better

Georgia Doles Out Fines

More than 30 Georgia gas stations have paid fines to the state Office of Consumer Affairs over alleged price gouging in the wake of Gulf Coast hurricanes last fall. According to the Associated Press, some stations have to pay up to $10,000 in fines to the state, while others must refund money to customers who

Gulf Oil Joins Fuel Savings Network

Gulf Oil L.P. is now offering consumers the ability to lower their price of gas through a powerful new retail partner program. The program, known as Override, is easy to use. All consumers have to do is shop at such retailers as Shaw’s Supermarkets or Dunkin’ Donuts to earn a savings on fuel purchases. Shoppers

Mansfield Oil Turns Up the Heat

Mansfield Oil, a nationwide fuel provider to more than 600 convenience stores and gas stations, has selected Hot Stuff Foods, as its strategic foodservice partner. The alliance serves the growing demand for fast food within the C-store segment and provides additional support to retailers who are looking to grow their same-stores sales. “Mansfield Oil is

Retail Gasoline Prices Jumping in Midwest

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices in the Midwest are jumping in several regional locales, while making smaller advances in most metropolitan markets across the U.S. as wholesale prices climb. Local markets along the West Coast are the exception, with a slight dip in wholesale prices likely holding pump

7-Eleven Expanding Proprietary Product Line

7-Eleven Inc. is bundling two of its most popular proprietary items–the Big Bite Oscar Mayer quarter-pound hot dog and Big Gulp fountain drink–with one of its new private-label kids on the block, 7-Select chips in a $2.99 meal deal that runs through the summer. The value meal coincides with the company’s scheduled rollout of more

NOCO Promotes Two

NOCO Energy Corp. announced the promotions of Terry Messmer to director of merchandising and Pat Zelechoski to category manager within the company’s NOCO Express division. In his new role as director of merchandising for the retail group, Messmer will continue to oversee the merchandise programs for NOCO Express and the Nickel City Food Service program.

Core-Mark Ups the Ante on Freshness

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest and most valued marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience industry in North America, unveiled its new brand initiative and visual identity. This re-branding affirms Core-Mark’s commitment to its “fresh” initiatives and to the importance of this category to its customers and the industry.

Fuel Pros Aligns With PDQ

PDQ Manufacturing, Inc., a manufacturer of touch-free vehicle wash systems, has appointed Fuel Pros Inc., as a non-exclusive distributor serving the Southern California market. Chino, Calif.-based Fuel Pros, Inc., will distribute PDQ’s full range of products, including LaserWash and Tandem RiteTouch vehicle wash systems, MaxAir dryers, Access Customer Management Systems, Wash Access Loyalty Systems (WALS),

Cumberland Farm Unveils Northeast Prototype

Life is about to get a lot easier for busy Connecticut residents with the grand opening of a new Cumberland Farms in Farmington. For those customers whose days typically include multiple stops around town for cash, a fresh sandwich, a hot coffee and a full gas tank, this flagship Cumberland Farms is a one-stop for

Cumberland Farm Unveils Northeast Prototype

Life is about to get a lot easier for busy Connecticut residents with the grand opening of a new Cumberland Farms in Farmington. For those customers whose days typically include multiple stops around town for cash, a fresh sandwich, a hot coffee and a full gas tank, this flagship Cumberland Farms is a one-stop for

Free Gas at Mystery Phillips 66 Station

Atlas Oil Co.. Kingdom Christian Center Church and WYPW Power 95.7 FM, will be giving away $15.00 worth of free gas to each of the first 200 customers at an undisclosed South Bend, Ind. Phillips 66 gas station on Sunday, March. The radio station will announce the exact location for the giveaway on-air, just minutes

Ocean Petroleum Closes on BP Deal

Ocean Petroleum, a Maryland-based jobber and store operator, has finalized its acquisition of a package of BP branded retail sites in New Jersey. “We are excited to have completed this last piece of our overall BP acquisition and look forward to the full integration of this quality block of stores into our retail business,” said

Rutter’s Enhances its Convenience Offering

Rutter’s Farm Stores are known for the high-quality and outstanding customer service. At each of its 54 locations throughout Pennsylvania, Rutter’s features a robust, extensive foodservice offering and touch-free restrooms. Even the size of the stores–about 5,300 square feet–puts them in an elite class of convenience store operators. All of this translates to an average

7-Eleven Expands Relationship with Nielsen

7-Eleven, Inc., the nation’s largest convenience retailer, signed an agreement with The Nielsen Co., enabling the research firm to serve as a source for convenience store manufacturers seeking market data aligned to 7-Eleven custom geography definitions. A leader in convenience store solutions with the most accurate, representative and reliable view of the convenience store channel,

BP Certifies Fiscal Systems

Fiscal Systems’ point-of-sale system (POS) has achieved certification with the BP Electronic Payment Server (EPS), the interface to BP’s network. The POS controls the fuel dispensers, credit card readers, in-ground tank monitors, and car wash systems. To meet the growing needs of retailers, open-architected systems such as Fiscal’s POS provide retailers with functionality and technology

Hot Stuff Foods Taps New Director of Marketing

Marie Nelson was named the director of marketing for Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Hot Stuff Foods. She will lead the marketing efforts for all Hot Stuff and Lettieri’s brands. “We are very excited to have Marie on our team,” said Hot Stuff Foods’ chief customer officer John Barber. “In her role as director of marketing, Marie

Cenex Updates Web Site

A refreshed Cenex web site ( has launched, making it easier than ever for consumers and businesses to access Cenex energy products and services. showcases the brand’s dependability, high performance, safety, helpfulness and expert local service, and invites customers and prospects to visit Cenex branded retail locations. Key changes to the site include:* Retail

Calling All Students

Aramark Higher Education has introduced a new campus convenience store concept, Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) Market, to its more than 600 North American college and university clients. The convenience retailing concept features all-day grab ‘n go dining options such as freshly-prepared breakfast sandwiches, burritos, wraps, sushi and salads along with fresh produce, bakery, coffee selections

Sales Boost in the Cards at 7-Eleven

Approximately 1,000 7-Eleven stores across the country will now carry the popular Chaotic Trading Card Game (TCG). Chaotic is a popular trading card game which integrates a collectible in-person card game with an online multi-player experience. Each Chaotic trading card is printed with a unique alphanumeric code that enables players to upload their personal card

Week’s Retail Gasoline Prices Mostly Higher

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan regions across the U.S. will be slightly mixed, but most local markets will see an increase during the second week of March. Consumers in the West Coast could see more price relief as supply catches up with demand, although pump prices will

Westbrock Honored by NAMA

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named Leon Westbrock, executive vice president and chief operating officer of energy for CHS Inc., its 2009 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. This award, which is NAMA’s highest honor, will be presented at the Opening General Session of the 2009 Agri-Marketing Conference, “Hot Ideas, Sizzling Solutions,” April 16, 2009

Clean Sweep

Mark VII Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of innovative solutions for the carwash business worldwide, said it has signed Midwest Carwash Systems as its distributor in Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and with offices and technicians in Des Moines and Omaha, Midwest Carwash Systems is owned by Darrell Winter. The company