Thorntons Celebrates Freedom Day

Thorntons has announced that Sunday, July 11 is its FREEdom Day Celebration, and customers can go to any neighborhood Thorntons, and receive a free fountain or coffee drink. Thorntons’ fountain drinks are made with 100% filtered water to ensure a crisp clean tasting beverage, while its signature coffee is made with handpicked 100% Arabica beans. Customers

Smucker’s Gets ACF Seal of Approval

The American Culinary Federation (ACF) has recognized the quality of The J.M. Smucker Co.’s Crisco Professional, Jif, Smucker’s JJP, Smucker’s PlateScapers and Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk lines, awarding them the ACF Seal of Approval. Presented by the nation’s largest organization of professional chefs, the seal is designated to products that meet the criteria set

Wal-Mart Discounts Soda

At Chicago area Wal-Mart stores, shoppers are finding Coke cases at a special price: 24 cans for $5, the Chicago Tribune reported. The 20 cents per can price demonstrates Wal-Mart’s purchasing power, and is less than good news for the beverage industry, where after higher bottling prices and 10 years of stagnant pricing beverage companies

BP Offers $30,000 To Atlas Oil

After receiving a recent $30,000 rebate from BP Corp., Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. is considering investing in capital improvements and image building for its network of BP gas station retailers affected by customer boycotts, following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Crain’s Detroit Business reported. Atlas is a fuel distributor to about 70 BP

TPE 2011 Expecting Strong Attendance

Building on the success of the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2010, the Tobacco Plus Expo slated for March 2-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center is attracting a record level of early interest from both exhibitors and attendees. “A full 10 months out we already have commitments from the majority of last year’s exhibitors, as

7-Eleven’s Slurpee-bration

7-Eleven Inc. is preparing for 7-Eleven Day on July 11-the day when the world’s first convenience chain celebrates its birthday. The year 2010 marks 83 years since the company was founded in Dallas. Participating 7-Eleven stores across America and Canada will serve five million free Slurpee frozen carbonated beverages in special birthday cups on Sunday

Shell Sweepstakes Kicks Off

For the second year in a row, Shell V-Power “Fuel My Passion” Contest and Sweepstakes is rewarding vehicle lovers for sharing their passion for their rides.   Consumers who enter have a chance to win one of the five category grand prizes including free Shell V-Power for a year or a $500 Shell Gift Card.

Krispy Kreme Debuts In Wake Forest, N.C.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. opened its newest Neighborhood Shop in Wake Forest, N.C., this morning, Wednesday, July 7, at 6 a.m. The 2,000-square-foot Neighborhood shop includes a drive-thru and features Krispy Kreme’s unique product offerings, which include its signature hot Original Glazed doughnuts and other unique doughnut varieties; signature coffees and espresso drinks; and Krispy

More Details on Quarles Sale

7-Eleven Inc. has closed on an agreement to purchase 14 gasoline locations in Virginia from Quarles Petroleum Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va.  The stores will be re-branded as 7-Eleven operations, and these sites will continue to sell Shell gasoline. Financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed. The locations are part of a 20-store divestiture

Couche-Tard’s Bid Gains Appeal

A recent drop in the S&P 500 might help Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard’s hostile US$1.9-billion ($36 per share) bid for Casey’s General Stores look like a more attractive option, an industry analyst told the Winnipeg Free Press. Martin Landry of Desjardins Securities told the paper that the 14% premium offered by Couche-Tard has increased in appeal

Quarles Petroleum Divests 20 Stores

Fredericksburg-based Quarles Petroleum’s food and convenience stores recently announced the sale of 13 stores to 7-Eleven. Six other locations, including the Opal truck stop on U.S. 29, were also recently sold to unidentified independent dealers, the Culpeper, Va., Star Exponent reported. “Quarles has decided to transition the operation of our Food Store 
locations to new

The Battle Begins

Twelve from a field of 906 home-grown rock and popular bands have been named the most deserving performers and will compete in this year’s 7-Eleven and Slurpee Battle of the Bands (BOTB) contest that kicks off July 11 (7-Eleven stores’ recognized birthday). Starting this Sunday, the musical groups will begin showcasing their talents and competing

Second Rutter’s Gas Winner Announced

From left, Beth Himmelright, Rutter’s fleet sales representative; contest winner Joe Kopp; and Robert Perkins, Rutter’s director of marketing.    As an insurance salesman, Joe Kopp of Fairview Township, York County, Pa., can appreciate this kind of coverage. As the second winner in Rutter’s Farm Stores’ “Fuel Up Free!” contest, his gasoline purchases are covered

Walgreens Tests Fresh Food

Walgreens is venturing into convenience store territory as it begins to conduct a test of chilled foods at 12 of its stores this fall, feeling out its ability to thrive in the growing fresh foods market, the Wall Street Journal reported. Walgreen spokeswoman Tiffani Washington confirmed the test noting the fresh food initiative could help

Four Puffin Stops Head To Auction

JJManning Auctioneers is selling four “Puffin Stop” Gas Stations / Convenience Stores in Maine. The stores will be auctioned off individually on Thursday, July 15, 2010. The Terms of Sale include a 10% deposit of which $20,000 Per Property must be presented in cash, certified or bank check at the auction. The remainder of the

Pilot Flying J Gets Down To Business

Just two days after Pilot won Federal Trade Commission approval to acquire rival Flying Jay on Wednesday, the company, now called Pilot Flying J, isn’t wasting anytime getting busy with acquisitions, divestments and restaurant plans. As of today, Pilot Flying J-an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas in 43 states

Shareholder Sues Casey’s

One day after Casey’s General Stores Inc. received a letter from shareholder ClearBridge Advisors urging Casey’s to participate in talks with Couche-Tard, another shareholder is suing the company for neglecting stockholder interests, the Des Moines Register reported. West Des Moines, Iowa attorney J. Barton Goplerud sued Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s on Tuesday on behalf of veterinarian

Pilot And Flying J Complete Merger

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday gave final approval to Flying J to merge its travel plaza business with Pilot Travel Centers, Truckinginfo.com reported. The merger, effective July 1, is expected to help Flying J emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and create an entity of more than 550 interstate travel centers and travel plazas

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes Sponsors Autism Speaks

Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes presented Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, with a donation of $19,800 before the start of the Autism Speaks 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held annually at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Hershey’s Milk & Milkshakes, a new line of single-serve milk

House Passes Swipe Fee Reform Bill

Last night, Wednesday, June 30, the House voted on the financial bill package, passing it by a vote of 237-192, with the swipe fee amendment intact, NACS reported. The bill was not without changes though. Earlier this week the Conference committee working on the financial services overhaul met again to alter aspects of the bill

Savings Oil Teams With Cardtronics

Savings Oil Co. and Cardtronics Inc. have joined to provide ATM services to customers at 47 convenience stores owned by Savings Oil. Under the multi-year agreement, Savings Oil will own the ATM equipment while Cardtronics will provide ATM management services. Cardtronics plans to operate the ATMs through its own high-availability processing platform and provide ATM

Beer Brats

Sara Lee Foodservice has introduced its Hillshire Farm Miller High Life Beer Brats made with real Miller High Life beer for grilling enthusiastic c-store customers. The first nationally distributed bratwurst of its kind, the premium sausage product leverages two powerful brands—delivering value that will allow operators to increase margins. Cooking bratwurst in beer is a

Frozen Beverages by Jolly Rancher

YoCream introduces new tropical tremor flavors under its Jolly Rancher Frozen Beverage brand: Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Mango, Fruit Punch and Sour Green Apple. The exciting new beverages are boldly flavored, less sweet, a little tart and intensely colored. Available for frozen, carbonated and noncarbonated applications, the syrups are packaged in shelf stable bags with a

Spooktacular Treats

Plan ahead for Halloween. PEEPS are dressing up in chocolate for upcoming holidays like Halloween. PEEPS Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins offer orange marshmallow on the inside and are drenched in milk or dark chocolate on the outside. Research indicates that consumers love PEEPS combined with chocolate. Just Born’s complete Halloween lineup includes PEEPS Chocolate Covered

War Games Lighters

DjEEP has introduced War Games, its newest full color design series, available now and throughout the balance of 2010. The new War Games lighters will replace the DjEEP Freedom Series, which has been in the market since 2003. The new designs are done in a more combat-oriented color pallet to reflect the reality of America’s

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