fusion oil stations to be auctioned off

Sale of 41 stores part of bankruptcy proceeding against Fusion Oil by Comerica Bank. A sealed bid auction of Fusion Oil’s assets is underway as part of a bankruptcy proceeding against the oil marketer by Comerica Bank. The sale includes 41 gas stations and convenience stores in Michigan and Ohio. Some of the stations and

supermarket shift

Wal-Mart scaling back plans to expand its grocery business. After years of deteriorating same-store sales, Wal-Mart plans to curtail spending on expansion in the U.S. The spending pullback might give other grocers and convenience stores the opportunity to reverse the trend that has seen Wal-Mart eat up local market share at their expense “It’s difficult

beer is americas beverage of choice

Anheuser-Busch’s “Here’s To Beer” campaign toasts adults’ appreciation for beer. The latest Gallup Poll shows that of the 64% of Americans who consume alcohol, beer continues to be their beverage of choice, with 40 percent choosing it over wine and hard liquor. The 2007 consumption poll was reported on Gallup’s Web site. Having maintained its

oregon to begin testing biodiesel quality

The Oregon Department of Agriculture next month plans to begin testing biodiesel sold within the Portland city limits to ensure the fuel meets quality standards. Dirty biodiesel can clog fuel filters and cause engines to run inefficiently. “It is a huge concern for the (fuel) industry right now,” Rick Wallace, senior energy analyst for the

alcohol vendors offered sales guide

Anheuser-Busch’s 2007 Drivers License Guide given to convenience stores, supermarkets and bars to help spot fake I.D.’s. A partnership between Schilling Distributing in Lafayette, La. and Anheuser-Busch is helping local bars and grocery stores keep up with changing photo I.D.’s from all 50 states. More than 1,300 copies of a 2007 Drivers License Guide has

anheuserbusch releases 2006 environmental health and safety report

Company enhances environmental achievements, improves workplace safety record. In 2006 alone, the nation’s largest brewer generated enough renewable fuel to heat more than 25,000 homes, recycled more than 27 billion cans, cut its employee injury rate by nearly half in the last five years and helped its employees lose 5,000 pounds – an amount equal

pump n munch on the upswing

Company purchases stores and switches to BP fuel. Rochester, Minn.-based Pump ‘N Munch convience stores are in the process of adding an additional four stores to its number, more than doubling its total. Kato Inc., which owns Pump ‘N Munch stations, purchased four of the Rochester BP stations. The company will convert all the stores

local 7eleven fights to stay open 247

Franchised-owned store is forced to close at midnight under new ordinance. A Rutherford, N.J.-based 7-Eleven store is fighting in court for permission to stay open 24-7. Over a month ago, a borough ordinance banned c-stores from operating between the hours of midnight and 5am. However, Nasser Nasser, owner of NOH Inc., which operates the 7-Eleven,

change is afoot at the circle k

Company revamps the look and product selection for Arizona stores. Change is on the horizon for Circle K. The Phoenix-based company is in the midst of overhauling most of its 550 Arizona stores, according to the East Valley Tribune. The stores will undergo architectural improvements, interior renovations as well as a boost in product selection,

rutters introduces 24ounce coffee

Company discontinues low-selling 12-ounce cup. Rutter’s Farm Stores is introducing its biggest coffee yet, a 24-ounce cup that from July 30 to Aug. 26 comes with an introductory price of 99 cents. Rutter’s also will continue to offer 16- and 20-ounce cups but is dropping its 12-ounce cup. “The 12-ounce cup was by far our

consumers file class action against retailers over hot fuel

Major chains like 7-Elven and Shell top off the list of defendants. The controversy over hot fuel continues as three Oklahoma City-area consumers begin seeking class-action status on a lawsuit against retailers they feel are cheating them out of money, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit is file against 13 retailers and oil companies,

circle k partners with iri

New relationship drives improved category effectiveness and retail execution for convenience channel. Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of the Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. group, has partnered with Information Resources Inc. (IRI) to begin sharing its point-of-sale (POS) data from all of its U.S.-based stores for incorporation into the new IRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service.

retailing for the future

Independent conveniencestore and gas station operator VERC Enterprises named DaveProler to the position of districtmanager, covering six of the company'slocations from Berlin, Mass. to Nashua,N.H. Proler has two years experiencefrom Greenfield, Mass.-based SandriSunoco Fuels, where he learned valuable skills as a district manager thatwould benefit him greatly in his newposition with VERC. Prior to entering

enhanced juices

Minute Maid announced a new line of 100% orange juice products withhealth benefits from added nutrients and functional ingredients. The MinuteMaid Enhanced Juice line includes new Minute Maid Multi-Vitamin andMinute Maid Active—as well as new packaging for the popular Minute MaidHeart Wise variety. Responding to the needs of the health-conscious shopper,Minute Maid Enhanced Juice line

truthful taste

Honest Tea is expanding its line withthe addition of Pomegranate White Tea with Acai. Three antioxidantrich ingredients—pomegranates,white tea and the acai berry—arecombined with less than threeteaspoons of organic cane sugarto create a delicately flavored teaperfect for the tea-lover as wellthe health-conscious consumer. Aserving of Pomegranate White Teawith Acai is 35 calories per 8 oz.serving—about half

educating the industry

If there is one thing that can be said aboutConvenience Store Decisions' 2007 FoodserviceShow it's that a great time was had by all. The educational sessions, which featured David Bishop, ofWillard Bishop; Marsha Robbins, of HAACPlus.com;John Matthews, of Gray Cat Enterprises; and MelKleiman, of Humetrics Inc., touched on many of the keypoints retailers needed to

flavor sensation

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. introduces an all new line of premium moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products designed to make the company's core brand, Copenhagen, more approachable for adult smokers. Available at retail beginning September 17, the new Cope line will feature smooth, natural tobacco tastes in three long cut varieties: Smooth Hickory, Whiskey Blend Flavor

warmer wishes

Hatco recently announced the rollout of its latest Mini-MerchandisingWarmer, the Model UGMW-1. The unit is designed to maximize valuablecounter space with durable performance and an attractive product display.The food product's optimal taste and temperature are preserved via ceramictop heat and a hard-coated, heated base. Incandescent lighting heightensthe visual appeal to customers, creating more impulse sales.

exxonmobil nice n easy honored with best in class foodservice awards

“The majority of ‘new’ ideas are simply new interpretations of old ideas,” said Louie Sheetz, vicepresident of marketing for Sheetz Inc. “Over thelast 30 years, we’ve taken advantage of opportunities like this Foodservice Show and NACS to learn from others. Alot of success in this industry is capturing an idea you’ve seen andchanging it to

fry time

MTI is proud to introduce the Autofry Model MTI10XL, the highest output ventless single basket fryeron the market today. The new model offers threelevels of power, topping off at an impressive 8.4KWof frying power. As with all Autofry models, the MTI10XL is ventless, fully-enclosed and automated. For More Information fromMTI 800-348-2976 www.autofry.com

overheard at the foodservice conference

CSD’S 2007 FooDService Showprovided outstanding educationalseminars and tradeshow exhibits forhundreds of retailers and suppliersstarving for news and information in one ofthe industry’s most profitable in-store categories. But what’s a good tradeshow withouta ton of great networking opportunities tolearn about the men and women that makethis industry run so smoothly. Here’s a sampling of the insider

sinclair oil buys five severson stores

Company intends to retain all employees for newly acquired sites. Winona, Minn.-based Severson Oil Co. plans to sell five convenience stores in Lake City, Winona and Rochester, Minn. to Sinclair Oil Corp, according to the Winona (Minn.) Daily News. The company will continue to operate its La Crosse, Wis., station and continue retailing under the

satisfying summer shoppers

The inFlux oF summer tourism isa boon for many c-store operators.That’s why adjusting merchandiseto meet vacationers’ last minute needs has proved to be a winning strategy. One area that has proved to be especially profitable is health and beauty care(HBC). Retailers report that while categorysales typically hold its own for the first partof the year,

hot cars

Scripto’s line of Hot Rodssparkwheel lighters featuresleek images of vintage Hot Rods. The 5-design line representsAmerica’s affectionfor automotive speedand style. The Hot Rod lighters are sure to spark interestamongst Hot Rodenthusiasts. Thisclassic line is offered with a choice of themed counter display or Display-ATray. The lighters have a suggested retail price of $1.19. For More

energizing the rockies

Steve EwingSuncor Energy USA Steve ewing has spent a solid 20 years working hisway through the convenience industry. As merchandising manager for Suncor Energy USA, Ewing works tocontrol categories, balance profits and grow the business of 44 Phillips 66-branded c-stores, based largely in theDenver area. Together with contract agreements to supply 150Phillips 66 gas stations

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