Couche-Tard Announces Share Repurchase Program

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced that The Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its share repurchase program. The company is now authorized to repurchase up to 2,685,335 Class A multiple voting shares (representing 5 % of the 53,706,712 Class A multiple voting shares issued and outstanding) and 11,621,801 Class B subordinate voting shares (representing 10 % of the 116,218,014

Shrink Decreases 6.8% in U.S

Global retail theft totaled $107.3 billion in 2010, representing a 5.6% decrease from the prior year (6.8% in the U.S.), according to the fourth annual edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer. Click here to view the entire study. The study, sponsored by an independent grant from Checkpoint Systems, monitored the costs of shrink (loss

7-Eleven Announces Access 45 Campaign

7-Eleven Inc.’s Slurpee Nation members currently have a chance to win a new prize each day from two of the biggest videogame publishers-Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and Ubisoft. 7-Eleven stores’ latest national campaign is called Access 45 and coincides with the upcoming releases of major game titles – Medal of Honor, EA SPORTS MMA and

Coinstar Inc. Announces Employee Promotions

Coinstar Inc., a provider of automated retail, has appointed Mary Leonard to chief performance officer and member of the Coinstar executive management team. Leonard previously served as senior vice president of operations for redbox, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Reporting to Gregg Kaplan, president and chief operating officer of Coinstar Inc., Leonard will replace retiring

Georgia Customers To Save at the Pump

The Kroger Co., and Shell are expanding their joint rewards program to give metro Atlanta and Northern Georgia area customers the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Oct.25, every time Kroger customers in the

Chevron Launches We Agree Campaign

Chevron Corp. has launched a new global advertising campaign titled “We Agree,” but a hoax group is attempting to ruin the company’s thunder. The campaign by Chevron highlights the common ground Chevron shares with people around the world on key energy issues.  It also describes the actions the company takes in producing energy responsibly and

Nice N Easy’s Duskiewicz Honored

Fran Duskiewicz, the senior executive vice president at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and a 25-year veteran employee of the company, has been honored twice by the convenience store industry this past month. Duskiewicz, who has been a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Research Committee for five years, has now been

SSA Pledges $500,000 To New Hospital

Speedway SuperAmerica (SSA) has provided a major boost to the capital campaign for the new Springfield Regional Medical Center with a $500,000 commitment over the next five years. The $250 million hospital project remains on budget and ahead of schedule for its projected opening of January 2012. The new facility is a 254-bed full-service hospital

Wawa Celebrates National Car Care Month

AAA Mid-Atlantic and Wawa are continuing their partnership to benefit motorists. Throughout October, AAA Mid-Atlantic is giving it away for free during National Car Care Month, and offering motorists a free 40-Point Car Care check-up at more than 20 Car Care events around the auto club’s territory. Seven of those events are scheduled at Wawa

NCA Announces New Board

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the recent election of three new NCA officers, as well as several members to the Board of Trustees and Executive Board. Mitchell Goetze, executive vice-president & COO of Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc., has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees. He succeeds Michael Gilmore of the Ferrara

Shop ’n Save Acquires Rinderer’s Drug Stores

SHOP ‘N SAVE, a grocery and drug retailer serving the St. Louis metropolitan area and Springfield, Ill., is expanding its network of pharmacies with the purchase of Rinderer’s Drug Stores Inc., a family-owned company that has served the metro area for generations. The sale involves all six Rinderer’s stores. Next month, three of the locations

New Krispy Kreme Branded Packaging

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. is introducing new branded packaging in convenience, mass merchant and grocery stores. Package upgrades, new signature products and improved display graphics are part of the company’s broader efforts to enhance and grow its presence in these locations. Packaging upgrades include: Adding enhanced graphics to increase shelf impact and visual appeal; improved

Georgia-Pacific Revamps Web Site

Georgia-Pacific Professional has launched an updated environmental section of its Web site that outlines the company’s sustainability initiatives. The site, http://www.gppro.com/sustainability, highlights the company’s Green by Design platform, a designation for products that are environmentally and socially responsible as well as economically sound. The refreshed site makes it easy to learn facts about the sustainable

Cardtronics Announces New Organizational Structure

Cardtronics Inc., a non-bank owner of ATMs, has announced a series of organizational changes designed to better align the company’s management structure with its key business and strategic initiatives. Effective immediately, the Cardtronic’s operations will be separated into two business units – “Network and Financial Services” and “ATM Services.” Rick Updyke will assume the role

Animal Sanctuary Wins Free Fuel

The Ark Animal Sanctuary in Houlton, Maine is the winner of a year’s supply of quality CITGO fuel and a case of CITGO motor oil from the Fueling Good program, presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp. This non-profit, no-kill animal sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing lost, injured and unwanted pets and connecting them with loving families

Kum & Go Debuts Go Kup

Kum & Go’s “Name Our Cup” Contest winner has been announced. Brad Gerndt of Nevada, Iowa won for his entry name Go Kup. “We are excited to have a name for our 32-ounce fountain cups—Go Kup,” said Kevin Krause, senior vice president of Kum & Go, which operates more than 435 convenience stores in 11

Tri-State Petroleum Welcomes New HR Director

Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, has hired an experienced human resources professional to lead HR initiatives for the company’s 215-plus employees. David Denham brings more than 25 years of high-level experience as a human resources director to his new position.

Sunoco To Supply NASCAR With E-15 Fuel

Sunoco Inc. is supplying the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) with a new high-performance fuel for the 2011 season. The new fuel-known as Sunoco Green E15—is a 15% ethanol blend that will be used in NASCAR’s three national touring series. “Since 2004, Sunoco has produced and delivered to NASCAR the world’s best

Retail Gasoline Prices to Ease off Five-Month High

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline prices across the U.S. moved lower during the second full week of October, halting a march higher in gasoline costs that started in September. The decline in wholesale gasoline costs will pressure retail gasoline prices that have been moving sharply higher during a time

Heineken Launches ‘The Holidays Start Here’ Retail Program

Heineken, the No. 1 selling European import beer in the U.S., unveiled the details of its ‘The Holidays Start Here’ retail program. ‘The Holidays Start Here’ invites consumers, through a custom Heineken Party Planner iPhone and Android app, to eliminate the guesswork from planning or attending the ultimate holiday party. The program will run in

Walgreens Announces Share Repurchase Program

The board of directors of Walgreen Co. has authorized a new $1 billion share repurchase program, which will expire at the end of 2012. The board also declared a regular quarterly dividend of 17.5 cents per share, a 27.3% increase over the year-ago dividend. The dividend is payable Dec. 11, 2010, to shareholders of record

Shell Educates Customers Through Gas Giveaway Promotion

Shell is continuing its efforts to educate consumers about the benefits of using high quality gasolines in their vehicles by giving away thousands of gallons of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines to drivers coast-to-coast today, Friday, Oct. 15. To ensure consumers have a firsthand opportunity to learn about and try Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines for themselves,

West N.Y. Quick Chek Celebrates Five Years

Quick Chek, which operates 125 food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, has announced its West New York, N.J., store located at 5100 Kenned Blvd., will celebrate its five year anniversary, Sunday, Oct. 24. Opening its doors for business Oct. 24, 2005, West New York Quick Chek is currently managed by Store

Convenience TV To Roll Out At 75 More Stores

Convenience TV Inc. has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Black Hat Distributing Co. LLC to have them sign 75 additional locations in Greater Los Angeles. If successful, adding these additional 75 installations will bring the total number of locations to 103 in the Los Angeles area. “We have projected that 100 or more locations

NACS Cautions Retailers On E15

Retailers should exercise extreme caution when considering whether to sell E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to authorize the use of E15 in vehicles manufactured in model year 2007 and later, said the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). NACS represents the convenience and petroleum retailing industry,

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