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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

USDA To Help Fund E-15 Blender Pumps

On Oct. 21, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA plans to allocate existing funds to assist the installation of 10,000 blender pumps across the country within the next five years, Ethanol Producer magazine reported. The initiative was one of many put forth by the USDA to further support the development, production and

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

Power Service Products

Power Service Products is America’s largest manufacturer of technologically advanced diesel fuel additives. Our products have been formulated to provide trouble-free winter operation as well as year-around diesel engine performance improvement from all diesel fuels, including Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel and biodiesel. New, more powerful antigels protect diesel engines from the fuel problems

Sunshine Rolls Out New Technology At 100 Sites

Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc. of Doral, Fla. is rolling out Gilbarco Encore S dispensers, Passport point-of-sale (POS) systems and Veeder-Root TLS-450 tank gauges at 100 sites. “We chose Gilbarco Veeder-Root because they are in a unique position to provide turnkey solutions at the forecourt, in-store POS and underground fuel management,” said Luis Lago, vice president

Ricker Oil Rewards Twitter Followers

Ricker Oil customers who follow the company on Twitter have a chance at winning free gasoline this week. Ricker Oil is rewarding its Twitter followers by launching Ricker’s Tweet Up Fill Up, a one-week social media promotion at convenience stores in Anderson and Indianapolis. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, five Twitter followers each day

WilcoHess Expands Gas Island Vending Initiative

WilcoHess and Vendgogh are expanding their gas island vending initiative after less than 120 days, in order to test additional stores.   The two companies have collaborated to install a patented, integrated cold drink vending solution on the gas island that expands the offerings available to gas customers. The solution enables WilcoHess customers to buy

ExxonMobil Aids Communities In Developing Countries

Exxon Mobil Corp. pledged $1 million at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to invest in the expansion of high impact, sustainable technologies that advance women economically in the developing world. The program is expected to directly benefit more than 13,500 people, with indirect benefits reaching more than 475,000 people in the next two years. The

CITGO Opens ULSD Unit at Lemont Refinery

CITGO Petroleum Corp. has completed the construction and start-up of a major processing unit to produce Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) at its Lemont, Ill., refinery. In compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, the unit is equipped with the latest technology designed to reduce, by 98%, the sulfur content of diesel transportation fuel produced at

Sunoco Shifts Focus To C-Stores

Lynn Elsenhans, Sunoco’s CEO, told analysts she hopes to expand the company’s profitable retail business by ramping up its convenience-store offerings, Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “An area of opportunity for us to unlock even more value out of our real estate is by changing our mind-set from a fuels retailer that also sells some convenience items,

Quest Oil Corp. Develops Three Phase Plan

Kerrville, Texas-based Quest Oil Corp. at the request of its shareholders and in response to numerous inquiries to the company after its acquisition of B&B Oil, has released a corporate overview on recent company developments. “Since the acquisition of B&B Oil by Quest, my team has been actively preparing inventories, replacing stock items, hiring work

Chicago Gasoline Prices Spike on Pipeline Leak

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Reduced driving demand following Labor Day typically presses gasoline prices lower in September. There have been exceptions, such as when supply disruptions caused by a hurricane occur, with September the peak period for storm activity in the Atlantic Basin. US drivers should brace for another run higher

Couche-Tard Acquires 12 Stores in Indiana

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, is set to acquire 12 stores in the Indianapolis, Ind., area from Crystal Flash Petroleum LLC, which operates under the “Crystal Flash” banner. The transaction is anticipated to close in September 2010 and is subject to standard regulatory approvals and closing conditions. According

Ehrlich Steps Down at Certified Oil

By John Lofstock, Editor When Greg Ehrlich joined Certified Oil Co. in 2006, the company set myriad of goals aimed at upgrading the brand’s retail image, redesigning the convenience stores and developing a comprehensive loyalty program. With the projects complete, Ehrlich will step away from the day-to-day operations of Columbus, Ohio-based oil company and assume

Wisconsin Reinstates Gas Markup

Despite 19 months without a minimum markup law on gasoline in Wisconsin-during which time customers enjoyed cents off per gallons and mom and pop stores continued to thrive-the law has been reinstated, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. On Friday, a federal appeals court brought Wisconsin’s minimum markup law on gasoline back from the grave, saying

The Pantry And Marathon Partner

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., operator of Kangaroo Express stores and Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC, the refining, marketing and transportation operations of Marathon Oil Corp. have announced a joint-branding fueling agreement set to take place this fall. Under the terms of the agreement, Marathon will supply fuel to more than 600 Pantry locations, with a

Gas Station TV Hits 26 Million Monthly Impressions

Gas Station TV, a national away-from-home television network delivering a one-to-one consumer viewing experience, reached 26 million monthly Nielsen-verified fueling impressions this month, at a time when traditional home broadcast television is hitting historic record low viewership. For more than two years, Gas Station TV has been delivering Nielsen Pocketpieces to the advertising community. Next

Hess Estimates Second Quarter Results

Hess Corp. has reported its estimated results for the second quarter of 2010, including a net income of $375 million compared with net income of $100 million for the second quarter of 2009. Exploration and production earnings totaled $488 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared with $215 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Gasoline Pushes Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After inching off a one-month low last week to $272.2 gallon, the U.S. retail gasoline average is poised to post its second straight weekly increase, following wholesale costs higher. The US price benchmark for gasoline, the Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures contract that trades on

Robert Dudley Promoted To CEO of BP

BP officially announced today that Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Robert Dudley effective Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. As an American, Dudley marks BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said as it reported a record quarterly $17 billion loss and set aside $32.2 billion to

BP’s Hayward To Be Replaced

BP’s Tony Hayward, whose blunders in relation handling the oil spill in the press have created an outcry, is on his way out as CEO, a U.S. government official told the Associated Press. The senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made, told the Associated Press he

Tiger Management Acquires 26 Exxon Stations

Tiger Management Groups LLC, owned by Chattanooga, Tenn. businessman Lyle Finley, has acquired 26 ExxonMobil gas stations in the Nashville area, The Tennessean reported. Finley already owns and operates 11 Exxon gas stations, and this new purchase grows his store count to 37 locations.    The purchase also puts Irving, Texas-based Exxon closer to its

BP Selling Upstream U.S. Assets To Apache

BP is selling its upstream assets in the U.S., Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp., outlined in a number of agreements this week.  The deals together total $7 billion, and comprise BP’s Permian Basin assets in Texas and south-east New Mexico in the U.S.; its Western Canadian upstream gas assets; and the Western Desert business

Sheetz Opens Haynes Street Store

Sheetz opened a new store yesterday on Haynes Street in Johnstown, Pa., but motorists will have to wait a while to service their cars at the new gas station.   The store still has to have new underground tanks installed before its gas business can be up and running, a process that is expected to

Fallout Continues After BP Stops Spill

Even as BP Corp. has announced that it had succeeded in its attempt to choke off the flow of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, gas stations with BP branded gas continue to experience backlash from consumers angry over the disaster. In Bay Minette, Ala., yesterday a BP gas station was vandalized-with angry messages

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