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CITGO Launches Energy Efficient Lighting Program

Pilot rolls out right as electric bills are expected to rise. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched the 2011 CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP). The initiative will provide 500,000 energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to help approximately 50,000 low-income households in 17 U.S. cities save energy and contribute to the protection of the

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Sinclair Oil Selects Daktronics

“It’s clear Sinclair Oil embraces this technology and understands its importance in promoting their brand image and adding value to its retailers,” says Daktronics spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City and Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announced the LED display manufacturer is now the petroleum distributor’s LED signage provider. Sinclair Oil Corp., which

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Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

“In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year,” says Kroger president. The Kroger Co. has released its fifth annual Sustainability Report, showing it continues to meet annual sustainability benchmarks, including reducing in-store energy consumption by 30% since 2000. “Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate

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Energy Star Partner

Hoshizaki America, known for its ice machines and energy-efficient commercial kitchen equipment, has been an active Energy Star manufacturing partner for the commercial ice machines program since 2007, and since 2009 for the commercial refrigerators and freezers and commercial dishwashers programs. Hoshizaki America is also the recipient of the 2010 Gold Dealer Design Award for

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Lighting It Right

In the ongoing quest for reducing energy costs, many operators are introducing LEDs in coolers, under canopies and even inside the store, but how do you know if an upgrade is right for your chain? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In these tough economic times, lighting upgrades could provide a bright spot on the balance

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Rutter’s Fayetteville Store Opens

“This store represents all the things we’ve been working on through the years,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores celebrated the grand opening of its newest store Tuesday, May 10, in Fayetteville, Pa., at U.S. 30 and Pa. 997, Public Opinion News reported. Rutter’s President and CEO Scott Hartman kicked off the festivities by cutting

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Energy-Efficient Tips for Controlling Costs

Choosing the right equipment  and honing maintenance procedures will help to significantly reduce energy expenses. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience stores looking to save money on operating costs should start examining their cooler and lighting expenses, in addition to the lighting inside the coolers—for simple ways to save big bucks. Canastota, N.Y.-based Nice N

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Rutter’s To Open New Fayetteville Store

The new location brings local jobs and fresh foods, and incorporates energy efficient features. A new Rutter’s Farm Store scheduled to open in early May is expected to bring 40 jobs to the Fayetteville, Pa. area, the Public Opinion News Online reported. Construction on the location began in November for the convenience store located at

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Sunflower Farmers Market Opens First California Store

“We look forward to bringing affordable, quality, healthy options – from local produce to our newly re-packaged private label line – to Roseville and the surrounding communities,” says Sunflower CEO. Sunflower Farmers Market, the full-service natural and organic grocer famous for “serious food at silly prices,” plans to open its first store in the California

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Is $4 Gallon Gasoline Coming to a Station Near You?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN For some, the unpleasant reality of $4 gallon gasoline has already occurred, namely in California, where the Energy Information Administration reported in early April an average price for regular grade gasoline at $4.057 gallon. As of April 4, the EIA pegged the average for Chicago at

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Kum & Go Leaders Receive Energy Efficiency Award

Five new Kum & Go stores expected to use 20% less energy. In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Kum & Go leaders are set to receive the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions. Trane is a global provider

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Vendgogh Debuts Next Generation Green Vending Solutions

Vendgogh LLC, a provider of integrated gas island vending solutions, has introduced its next generation “green” vending solutions aimed at creating the ultimate shopper experience for gas island customers. The new machines will include a patented, first-of-its-kind dual sided delivery system that incorporates up to four user interfaces in a single vending machine. This new

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Glass Door Merchandisers

Master-Bilt unveiled its new line of endless glass door merchandisers at the NAFEM Show. The versatile line offers refrigerated and frozen food retailers endless options in glass door merchandiser requirements. Available in two, three, four and five door models, retailers can choose the merchandiser configurations that meet their needs. The individual units come pre-wired with

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Sunoco Wins 2011 Energy Star Award

Sunoco works hard to conserve energy by selecting better materials and improving how it operates, says Sunoco CEO. Sunoco Inc. has received the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its continued efforts to protect the environment through energy efficiency. The 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award recognizes

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Manitowoc Foodservice Named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

“Manitowoc Foodservice is producing and promoting energy-efficient ENERGY STAR products that help American consumers join in the effort to increase our nation’s energy efficiency,” says EPA Spokesperson. For the second consecutive year, the (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by

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Lighting the Way to Energy Efficiency

While LEDs have helped many businesses reduce their carbon footprint, each retailer must decide if the endeavor is a worthy long-term investment. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor There’s not a business owner that wouldn’t love to save to money on utility costs while achieving energy efficiencies. LED lighting is allowing many convenience store chains to

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Courting Car Wash Customers

Strong new car sales are likely to spur more car wash trips, giving operators an opportunity to garner a strong repeat business in 2011. by, Erin Rigik, associate editor Buoyed by the likelihood of tax cut extensions and increased consumer confidence, auto sales climbed in December—great news for car wash operators as new automobile owners

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Fresh & Easy Celebrates GreenChill Certification

“We’ve worked hard to be thoughtful on the impact we have on the environment,” says CEO. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has added four more GreenChill certified stores this year, including a Gold certified store that opened this week in Oceanside, Calif. GreenChill certification is awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership

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Tedeschi Secures Low-Cost Electricity

New 36-month power contracts are netting more than $400,000 in savings for 157 Massachusetts stores. Tedeschi Food Shops has successfully secured new electricity contracts for 157 of its stores in Massachusetts, with help from World Energy Solutions Inc., an energy management services firm. Through a series of competitive auctions run on the World Energy Exchange,

Chevron Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

Chevron Corp. invested $144 million in communities around the world, adopted a human rights policy and completed major energy efficiency projects, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, The Value of Partnership, which was issued this week. “Global economic prosperity and quality of life depend on secure supplies of reliable, affordable energy,” said John

The Benefits of Going Green

An Illinois CITGO fuel marketer became the first gas station owner in the nation to receive the Green Business League award for its efforts to reduce energy and minimize its environmental footprint. Dave Welch, president of Deerfield CITGO, began his journey toward achieving a green business in June 2009, when he and a consultant started

Suncor Energy To Sell Non-Core Rosevear and Pine Creek Assets

Calgary, Alberta-based Suncor Energy has reached an agreement to sell certain natural gas properties for about $235 million (Canadian dollars), with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2010. The current production on these lands is approximately 20.5 mmcf/d of gas and 540 barrels per day of liquids. The sale includes properties known as Rosevear and

EPA Names Manitowoc Foodservice 2010 Energy Partner Of The Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Manitowoc Foodservice as a 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products. Manitowoc Foodservice’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March

Energy Efficiency Pays Off

Savvy convenience store chains are leading the charge toward more energy efficient store equipment that both respects the environment and lowers operating costs, using everything from LED lighting and state-of-the-art cooler doors to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings and clean fleet initiatives to do so.   One stellar example of this trend comes

Growth, Innovation Propel Kum & Go

It’s been an eventful five decades for Kum & Go, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Entrepreneurs W.A. Krause and T.S. Gentle founded Kum & Go in 1959 under the original name of the Hampton Oil Co., which later changed to Krause Gentle Corp. In the 1970s, the co-founders wanted a name that would

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