N.J. Weights & Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products

The New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures recently issued a statewide ban on 19 motor oil products, bearing the brand names “Auto Club Motor Oil,” “Black Knight Motor Oil,” “Lube State Motor Oil,” “MaxiGuard MG,” “Orbit Motor Oil,” “TruStar Motor Oil,” “U.S. Economy Motor Oil” and “U.S. Spirit Motor Oil.”

Pursuant to a Stop-Use and Removal Order issued on Dec. 5 by N.J. Office of Weights and Measures Acting Superintendent Howard Pine, all New Jersey retail establishments are ordered to immediately remove the 19 banned motor oil products from their store shelves or other product displays.

“The retailers may not have known that these products are mislabeled and potentially damaging when used with the wrong vehicles,” Mr. Pine said. “Now that these facts are known, any retailer who fails to remove these products from store shelves will face a penalty far greater than the potential profits to be gained by selling these products.”

The State Office of Weights and Measures took the action after tests by a state-contracted lab revealed that each of the now-banned products failed to conform to the viscosity promised on the product label. For example, motor oils labeled 10W-40 had viscosity measures that were widely and unacceptably at variance with the universally defined characteristics of 10W-40 motor oil. According to the New Jersey weights and measures office, the products allegedly bear misleading labels that do not inform consumers about their appropriateness for specific motor vehicle engines.

“Many of these allegedly mislabeled motor oils are sold at cheap prices, thereby luring those consumers who can least afford the extra maintenance costs or early engine failure that may result from using the wrong type of motor oil,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “We are rightly removing these potentially harmful products from New Jersey’s marketplace and will penalize retailers who continue to sell them.”

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Wawa To Feature Coca-Cola Freestyle In All Locations

Wawa will become the first national retailer in the convenience retail channel to offer Coca-Cola Freestyle chainwide. Coca-Cola Freestyle is a touch-screen soda fountain that features more than 100 different Coca-Cola drink products and custom flavors. Freestyle will roll out to all Wawa stores by May 2015.

Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenses beverages by blending specific recipes of concentrated ingredients with water and sweetener right where the beverage is dispensed. Coca-Cola Freestyle can combine sparkling beverages, flavored waters, sports drinks, lemonades and teas, exclusive to Coca-Cola Freestyle. A new app lets customers create and save their favorite mixes or share them with a friend.

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Hershey Acquires Canadian Manufacturer Allan Candy Co.

The Hershey Co. completed the purchase of The Allan Candy Co., a North American manufacturer of confectionery products based in Ontario, Canada. Allan Candy is known across Canada for its confectionery brands, including Allan, Big Foot, Hot Lips and Laces. Allan Candy also is a leader in the Canadian Easter novelty chocolate segment and the Canadian Candy Cane market. More than half of Allan Candy’s current manufacturing capacity is used to make Hershey Sweets & Refreshment products such as Jolly Rancher hard candy and Lancaster caramels for North America.

“The addition of Allan Candy’s high-quality manufacturing capabilities and confectionery portfolio greatly enhances our North American business,” said Steven Schiller, Hershey senior vice president for global sweets and refreshment. “Allan has been a long-standing sweets manufacturing partner that will strengthen our sales and profit performance.”

With the purchase of Allan, Hershey will operate three confectionery manufacturing facilities in Canada, including Allan Candy’s 170,000-square-foot facility located in Granby, which is part of the acquisition. Hershey’s operations in Canada now total approximately 900 employees across the country.

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Latest Word in C-Store News...

Royal Farms, which operates 160 stores in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, plans to expand further into Delaware County in Pennsylvania.

• Framingham, Mass., voted to raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21. Framingham joins more than 30 Massachusetts communities that have instituted an age increase in the purchase of tobacco products.

• Clearette Electronic Cigarette Co. of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., has named Edward Reilly as chief executive operator and president. Mr. Reilly was chief operating officer since the company’s startup in 2012.

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