Dissolvable Tobacco Products Under Attack

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that GlaxoSmithKline PLC has asked the FDA to remove dissolvable smokeless tobacco products from the market until companies that manufacture the products demonstrate to the FDA that the marketing of such products is appropriate for the protection of the public health, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO)

Manitowoc Foodservice Releases Sustainability Report

New Port Richey, Fla.-based Manitowoc Foodservice in conjunction with its parent company, The Manitowoc Co. has released its first Corporate Sustainability Report. In a press release today, the company discussed notable portions of the report: At Manitowoc Foodservice we believe it is our mission to be a responsible manufacturer, industry leader, and employer, not only

Menthol Ban Could Fuel Black Market

The FDA is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes in the U.S., a move some fear could have unintended consequences, such as a skyrocketing black market for the products. “What we’re currently facing in the U.S. is the (potential) banning of a currently legal product. We’re very concerned that would create an immediate black market

Flat Holiday Sales Ahead?

As U.S. consumer confidence cautiously edges upward, The Nielsen Co. predicts consumer holiday spending to closely reflect 2009 spending with flat dollar sales at approximately $89 billion, and flat to declining unit sales, down .15%. “As we approach the holiday season, consumer confidence is up slightly, but below pre-recession levels,” said James Russo, vice president,

Sunshine Rolls Out New Technology At 100 Sites

Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc. of Doral, Fla. is rolling out Gilbarco Encore S dispensers, Passport point-of-sale (POS) systems and Veeder-Root TLS-450 tank gauges at 100 sites. “We chose Gilbarco Veeder-Root because they are in a unique position to provide turnkey solutions at the forecourt, in-store POS and underground fuel management,” said Luis Lago, vice president

MAPCO Launches Gas Giveaway

MAPCO Express Inc., an independent convenience store chain with more than 400 neighborhood retail locations throughout the southeastern U.S., has announced its upcoming $1.10 Gas Giveaway promotion. On Oct. 10, 2010, for 110 minutes, MAPCO Express plans to sell gasoline for only $1.10 per gallon at five selected secret MAPCO locations throughout its service area. 

Thorntons Celebrates Store Openings In Illinois

Thorntons recently celebrated the grand opening of its two newest store locations in the Chicago suburbs. On Sept. 21, the company opened a store located at 28937 West IL Route 120 in Lakemoor, Ill., and on Sept. 28, Thorntons opened a location at 110 West Devon Ave. in Wood Dale, Ill. With the addition of

Shell Announces Growth In Upstream Americas

Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) has reconfirmed strong momentum in its businesses in the Americas. Shell’s oil & gas production in the region could reach one million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2014, an increase of  40% on current levels, subject to the pace of investment, which could be $40 billion for the

ConocoPhillips Adds Nucleus POS System

ConocoPhillips has approved the Nucleus point-of-sale (POS) system from Dresser Wayne, a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, for implementation at Conoco, 76, and Phillips 66 fuel sites across the U.S. ConocoPhillips-branded sites can now benefit from the Nucleus POS system’s touch-screen interface, simple usability and advanced merchandising features. “The Nucleus POS system is

Ricker Oil Rewards Twitter Followers

Ricker Oil customers who follow the company on Twitter have a chance at winning free gasoline this week. Ricker Oil is rewarding its Twitter followers by launching Ricker’s Tweet Up Fill Up, a one-week social media promotion at convenience stores in Anderson and Indianapolis. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, five Twitter followers each day

Dos Equis Reveals 2010 Halloween Program

Playing off the hugely popular Most Interesting Man campaign and a successful 2009 fall program, Dos Equis is again revealing what it has up its sleeve this Halloween with the 2010 Most Interesting Tricks program. Dos Equis Most Interesting Tricks invites consumers (21+) to cultivate the art of illusion and challenge friends and fellow Halloween

F.L. Roberts Adds Web-based Training

F.L. Roberts has launched a new partnership to bring online training services through Ready Training Inc. (RTO) and Targeted Solutions to their employees.   “We understand the importance of delivering quality training for our employees. By utilizing the industry knowledge of Targeted Solutions and RTO’s Web-based training technology, we can ramp-up our efforts in providing

WilcoHess Expands Gas Island Vending Initiative

WilcoHess and Vendgogh are expanding their gas island vending initiative after less than 120 days, in order to test additional stores.   The two companies have collaborated to install a patented, integrated cold drink vending solution on the gas island that expands the offerings available to gas customers. The solution enables WilcoHess customers to buy

NRC Arranges $46 Million Financing For GPM

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC (NRC) has arranged a $46 million senior secured credit facility for GPM Investments LLC (GPM) through an affiliate of Bayside Capital Inc.   The Bayside facility will replace existing loans as well as provide additional operating capital.  GPM is owner of the Fas Mart and Shore Stop chain of

Family Express Adds Mobile App

Customers can download the Family Express mobile applications for Android, Blackberry or iPhone and link their F.E. Perks account to their device. This option allows Family Express customers an easy, quick alternative to grabbing their wallet or digging through their purse. “Offering our customers a digital alternative to a traditional plastic card makes their transaction

Chevron Donates To Local Public Schools

Over the past three weeks, Chevron’s Fuel Your School promotion has encouraged East Bay, Calif., drivers to help earn up to $1 million in funds for their neighborhood public schools. To participate customers simply have to fill up their gas tank at participating Chevron stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties between Sept. 1 and

Is Couche-Tard Out?

After Casey’s shareholders rejected Couche-Tard’s nominees for the board of directors last week, and instead reelected its standing board, analysts are weighing in on whether or not Couche-Tard is out of the game and whether 7-Eleven will come through with a bid. U.S. billionaire and hedge fund manager Steven Cohen, founder of SAC Capital Advisors

Remote Monitoring

Milton, Del.-based Wilson Baker Inc. has installed Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Wisdom Intelligent Device Management (IDM) Systems at two of its seven sites. The systems help the company remotely monitor coolers, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and other devices to manage energy consumption, overall operations costs, and proactively address potential problems before they impact profitability. “Wisdom provides a

Retail Gasoline Set to Dip from One-Month High

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. retail gasoline price average should dip from a one-month high, as wholesale gasoline prices at distribution terminals in major metropolitan markets eased slightly during the final full week of September. Wholesale spot prices did increase early last week, slumped midway through the week, while again

Kroger, Shell Expand Fuel Rewards

The Kroger Co. and Shell are continuing the expansion of their fuel rewards loyalty program that provides shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card or other Kroger family of stores loyalty cards to earn points that can be redeemed for fuel discounts at participating Shell stations. Originally launched in

SUPERVALU Aims To Reduce Emissions

SUPERVALU INC., through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), plans to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 10% by the end of 2012 with a baseline year of 2007. SUPERVALU’s initiative is comparable in scope to eliminating the electricity use of more than 352,000 average U.S. homes for one year. This partnership makes

Gilbarco, Outcast Team For Interactive Merchandising

Gilbarco and Outcast Media have partnered, pairing a global provider of fueling technology with a digital content provider. With Applause TV with Outcast, Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause Media System now supports third party national advertising, news and entertainment content on the large color screens embedded within the gas pump, along with consumer interaction and on-demand coupons

Mansfield Oil Named Top Technology Innovator

Mansfield Oil Co., an independent supplier of refined fuels, ethanol and diesel exhaust fluid nationwide, has been selected as the top technology innovator in the Energy and Utilities industry in this year’s Information Week 500. The 2010 awards and overall rankings were revealed last week at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500

Master-Bilt Adds New Sales Groups

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems for over 70 years, has appointed two new sales representative groups. Cimenet USA LLC will cover Mexico and Wyllie Marketing will focus on the New England area consisting of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, effective immediately. Based in Weymouth, Mass., Wyllie Marketing has represented a

Breaking News: Shareholders Reelect Casey’s Board

Casey’s General Stores Inc. today announced that, based on a preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor, shareholders have reelected by a wide margin all eight of the company’s incumbent directors to Casey’s Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting held earlier today, Sept. 23. The incumbent directors include: Diane C. Bridgewater, Johnny

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