subway honors franchisee of the year

The Subway restaurant chain has named three franchisees as the recipients of its Franchisee of the Year awards during the company’s recent convention in Orlando, Fla. This year’s awards were presented to Savana and Jennifer Som of British Columbia, Canada; Jean-Claude Demanne of France; and Ines Banse of Germany. “The franchisee is the heart and

president bush vetoes chipra

As expected, new tobacco tax shot down. After being approved by both the House and Senate, the bill calling for a federal excise tax of 61 cents per pack for cigarettes has been vetoed by President Bush. The tax, which would fund the $35 billion Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), has been in

chevron finds the courage to fight breast cancer

Newest addition to the collectible “Car” family line is unveiled. Chevron has introduced the newest addition to The Chevron Cars family, Courage, the seventh special edition Chevron Car created to help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. All net proceeds of the sale of Courage will be donated to the Susan G. Komen

gilbarco releases patents

PCATS members receive intellectual property regarding XML. Gilbarco Inc. will make two key patents available by non-enforcement to the industry for implementations of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) Open Site Architecture (OSA), contained in the PCATS Fueling Point Specification. The Gilbarco patents are U.S. Patent Numbers 6,571,201 and 6,820,041 filed in August

irving oil expands in new england

Foodstop acquisition adds five stores to the chain in New Hampshire and Vermont. Irving Oil is adding five new locations to its ever-popular retail network by purchasing the operating assets of five Foodstop Inc. stores in the Upper Valley area. The stores are located in Andover, Hanover and West Lebanon, N.H., and in Hartford and

an expanding empire

Isal Amlat subsidiary gains 21 new U.S. stores. Empire Petroleum Holdings LLC, subsidiary of Isal Amlat Investment Ltd, has purchased 50% of 19 gas stations in the U.S. and long-term leasing rights to two more for $23.5 million, according to Globes Online. Eighteen of the properties operate in Virginia with the rest in Tennessee. All

agenda set for csds beverage webcast

The beverage business is booming thanks to the ongoing innovation offered by energy drinks, bottled water and FCBs. Convenience Store Decisions, as part of its ongoing Online Roundtable Webcast series, will present “Beverage Trends and How to Capitalize at Retail,” sponsored by Tetley Harris Food Group. The Webcast will take place Wednesday, Oct. 17 at

worsley prototypes open for business

Newly launched stores offers services unique to other stores within the chain. The Worsley companies have opened two new locations utilizing a brand new prototype design. These locations opened in Wilmington, N.C., where the chain is based, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The company operate 142 locations in North and South Carolina under the banners of

solo hires scott to get creative

Flatware manufacturer brings on new firm to help with marketing efforts. Solo Cup Co., manufacturer of disposable foodservice products, has appointed Scott Advertising as its creative agency of record for its foodservice marketing and advertising following an extensive agency review. “Solo is stepping up its efforts to support its products and brand with a full

csd media kit

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Chevrons New Ad Campaign Comes Under Fire

Consumer group attacks oil company over politics. After Chevron’s recent launch of its new “Human Energy” ad campaign, The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) and its OilWatchdog.org project have called on Chevron CEO David O’Reilly to “immediately sever Chevron’s ties to Myanmar’s brutal government and personally speak out against its violent suppression of

7eleven coffee gets defensive

New Fusion line extension offers health benefits to drinkers. 7-Eleven believes that the best defense is a good offense, which has led to the launch of its new Fusion Defense coffee, a brew with herbal extracts, in anticipation of this year’s cold and flu season. Available this fall, Fusion Defense is infused with echinacea, ginseng

valero refinery gives back to local area

Company offers $50,000 grant and more to N.J. community. Valero, through its Paulsboro, N.J. refinery, has donated $50,000 to the local Paulsboro High School during the company’s annual “Report to the Community.” The donation comes in recognition of the oil company’s 90 years of success and fellowship in the community, according to Gloucester (N.J.) County

loves adds 6 million in expansions

Store reopens with more pumps, parking and foodservice. Love’s Country Store is introducing its new $6 million expansion to the town of Tumcumcari, N.M. The new expansion doubled the store’s diesel lanes to eight and upped the gasoline lanes to six, according to the Quay County Sun. “The new location opened without any major delays,”

chevron taps into human energy

New advertising campaign launched this week. Chevron Corp. launched a new integrated global advertising campaign this week aimed at engaging people in today’s energy issues and highlighting the steps Chevron is taking to bring more energy supplies to the global marketplace. The campaign, called the “Power of Human Energy,” launched on television in the U.S.

kroger goes pink

New product campaign raises money for breast cancer. Pink tags will be on display throughout The Kroger Co.’s stores again this year as the retailer partners with vendors and suppliers to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Beginning this weekend, pink tags can be found on shelves in Kroger stores across the country

senate supports schip

Bill being prepared for the President, who has promised to veto. In a vote of 67-29, the Senate passed reauthorization legislation for the $35 billion State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) after it was passed by the House two days earlier with a vote of 265-159. The legislation is now en route to the President’s

hardy flowers comes into bloom

Company is growing fast in the c-store market. The Hardy Flower Co. has spent 2007 in the growing process. The company has ramped up its Hardy Flowers retail outlets from six to 24 during the past twelve months. The company’s flowers are featured in c-stores in Eastern Massachusetts, including the Boston area, the North Shore,

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gilbarco releases passport version 6

Major oil brands step up for upgrades. Gilbarco has released to production Passport Version 6 software for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Sunoco and Valero-branded retailers, as well as independently branded retailers who use the Concord BuyPass network. Passport Version 6 has been validated for compliance with Visa’s Payment Application Best Practices (PABP). The point of sale (POS)

tesco distribution model requires several hundred us locations

New center costs will lead UK chain to plan more stores, analysts suggest. During a conference in London organized by Piper Jaffray Cos., Tesco revealed that it must open “several hundred” U.S. stores to cover the expenses of opening its vast distribution center near Los Angeles, according to Bloomberg.com. “We need a substantial number of

philip morris takes retailers to court

105 vendors being sued over counterfeit cigarettes. Philip Morris USA has filed suit against 105 New Jersey and New York retailers on charges of selling counterfeit versions of Marlboro brand cigarettes. The cigarette maker accuses retailers of all varieties–delis, grocers and convenience stores–of selling cigarettes resembling popular Philip Morris USA products. The company has filed

keeping stores centered

New Willard Bishop study suggests that center of a store can be the most profitable area. New, smaller banners and greater focus on fresh foods will reduce the size of traditional grocery stores and directly impact variety and space in center of the store, according to a new study by Willard Bishop LLC, an industry

rutters concludes the fuel up for free

Fourth winner awarded free gas for three years in giveaway. Thanks to Rutter’s Farm Stores “Fuel Up For Free” giveaway, Steve Slyder is taking his family on a vacation to West Virginia in October, and he’ll definitely be stopping at a few units of the York, Pa.-based chain on his way out of town. Slyder

the pantrys preliminary 2007 numbers poor

Weaker margins, bleak outcome may lead to restructuring. The Pantry Inc. expects its gasoline gross margin and earnings per share for the fiscal year–ending Sept. 27, 2007–to be below its previous targets. Based on preliminary data, the company expects its retail gasoline gross margin for the fourth fiscal quarter to be between 10 cents and

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