C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Figuring out what the future of the U.S. transportation industry holds is clear, depending on which expert you ask. Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been

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Up, Up, and Away! Gasoline Rallies into 2018

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  By Brian Milne There were only two sessions in 2017 in which nearest delivered New York Mercantile Exchange gasoline futures traded higher than where they are currently in early 2018, and those two days occurred in late August as Hurricane Harvey was ravishing the Texas

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Casey’s Reports Second Quarter Results; Opens 2000th Store

Iowa convenience chain turns strong numbers in fuel, in-store sales. Casey’s General Stores, Inc. today reported diluted earnings per share of $1.28 for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended Oct.31, 2017, compared to $1.44 per share for the same quarter a year ago. “The company surpassed the 2,000 store milestone and now has 200

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Myth Buster: Biodiesel and Cold Weather

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. A year ago at this time, I wrote a CSD column about five common biodiesel myths. Today, I want to go deeper into one that is especially timely. It’s the myth that biodiesel doesn’t work in the cold. I still hear this from people, but it simply is

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EPA Finalizes 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard RVOs

The agency also establishes biomass-based diesel volume for 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released final 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, setting the RVO for total renewable fuel at 19.29 billion gallons, including 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel, 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, and 4.29 billion

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National Average Gas Price Slides

Look for gas prices to dip lower through the end of 2017. Some 49 states are now paying less at the pump for a gallon of regular gas, as prices have been dropping for 10 days, according to AAA. On Monday, Nov. 27, the national gas price average stood at $2.51, three cents less than

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National Gas Price Average Increases

High gas demand cuts into U.S. inventories. The national average price for gas rolled in at $2.56 on Monday, Nov. 13, after increasing nine cents over 13 days. Gas demand is expected to continue its upward trajectory this November, cutting into the national gas inventory, according to a report by AAA. The Energy Information Administration

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Will Consumer Optimism Push Fuel Consumption Upward?

Thanksgiving traffic expected to grow this year. With consumer confidence hitting new heights, more drivers may be hitting the roads this holiday season. In fact, a record 93% of Americans say they will be driving the same or more this month, and they anticipate spending more over the same time period, according to the latest

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Gas Prices Slow to Recover During Active Hurricane Season

Drivers in the South see the lowest pump prices as Gulf Coast production ramps up. The impact of last month’s series of hurricanes continues to linger on gas prices, with the national average price for gas at $2.46 per gallon, 24 cents more than a year ago, but down 17 cents from the peak price

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Gas Customers Face Economic Uncertainty Following Hurricanes

Some 82% of Americans say gas prices are “much higher” (32%) or “somewhat higher” (50%) than prices were 30 days ago. Customers are feeling less optimistic regarding the state of the economy following the historic one-two punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. With gas prices rising 30

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Whitehead Oil Co. Partners with PDI

Partnership allows Whitehead to monitor and maintain all aspects of its business in one system. Whitehead Oil Co. has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Nebraska-based company licensed several PDI products, including the financial, retail, wholesale and workforce management software solutions. Whitehead Oil will also take advantage of PDI’s hosting

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GasBuddy Asks Gas Stations to Update Information During Irma

Urges Southeast gas stations to update station information to aid customers in Hurricane Irma’s path. During a press conference on Thursday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott urged state residents to consider using apps and other online resources such as Gas Buddy, among others, to help them find fuel during Hurricane Irma. A Gas Buddy spokesperson

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Shell Begins Expansion in Mexico

New gas station to feature freshly-brewed gourmet coffee, healthy fresh food and free Wi-Fi. Shell has set its sights on growing its fleet of stores in Mexico. On Sept. 5, Shell opened its first service station in Mexico, with more sites planned to start providing Mexican motorists with high-quality Shell fuels and retail services over

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The Week Harvey Ravaged the Gulf Coast Refining Center

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices. By Brian Milne  “It’s a mess down here,” an exasperated fuel distributor in Houston said a day following Harvey’s second landfall as a tropical storm in Louisiana near the Texas border, as he struggled to find fuel at the rack. “Can’t get any product,” he

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Retailers Weigh in on Ethanol at ACE Conference

Ethanol industry can help c-store retailers add E15 and higher blends. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) hosted its 30th annual conference in Omaha, Neb. last week, and for the fourth year in a row, the retailer panel was one of the highlights of the event. Charlie Bosselman, owner of Nebraska-based Bosselman Enterprises and Pump

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Gas Prices Down in the East, Up in the West

Eclipse viewers could push gas prices higher along viewing path due to high demand. Gas prices are down in the Midwest, East Coast and the South, but up on the West Coast and in Rockies states. The national average price of gas came in at $2.33 on Aug. 21, just two cents less than last

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Court Decision A Win for Renewable Fuel Producers

Court rules against EPA. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is applauding the Friday, July 28, decision of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) erred in its interpretation of its authority to waive biofuel requirements that reduced the 2014-‘16 total Renewable Volume Obligations

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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New Vehicle Technologies Face Uphill Climb

Due to the size of the existing light-duty fleet in the U.S. considerable time is needed for any new technology to reach market saturation. Market saturation of E25 capable vehicles is a long way off. In fact, it would take close to a decade for a new vehicle technology to reach market saturation, according to

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Growth Energy Responds to Hearing on Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Bill would let retailers offer E15 without restriction from June 1 to September 15. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement after the legislative hearing on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) held today by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. S. 517 was introduced in March and

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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30th Annual ACE Conference Talks Market

ACE’s 30th annual conference also features a breakout session with Bosselman Enterprises and Husker Ag and how they are growing their volume by supplying ethanol directly to retailers by passing on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) value. Retailers who want to learn the latest ethanol issues can now register for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

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Empire Petroleum Partners Buys Fuel Assets

The Dallas-based supplier to numerous convenience stores expands its southern footprint. The consignment and wholesale assets of Superior Transport Inc.’s (STi) were recently purchased by Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC. Usher Transport, Inc. acquired the transportation division assets. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Empire Petroleum is a Dallas-based company, which distributes fuel to more than

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ACE, Fuel Retailers Urge EPA For E15 RVP Relief

Extending the RVP waiver to E15 could help remove barriers for retailers. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is continuing calls, along with retailers, for the RVP waiver to be extended to E15. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-imposed low Reid vapor pressure (RVP) season has begun, which effectively bans the sale of lower-cost, higher-octane E15 until

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