June 13, 2015
KSHB reporter, Tara Hall, stopped by to talk about our innovative way to order a Sandbar Sub from our pumps!
March 20, 2015
Odometers are not standard equipment on the race cars competing in NASCAR but if they were, collectively they would surpass a momentous milestone this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR began running Sunoco Green E15 in its three top national series back in 2011 and this coming Saturday during the NASCAR XFINITY Series™ Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200 race, NASCAR will hit and surpass 7 million miles of racing, the equivalent of almost 30 trips from the earth to the moon or 281 laps around the earth!
NASCAR made the fuel change in conjunction with their NASCAR Green® Platform, the largest and most comprehensive recycling, tree planting and renewable energy programs in sports. Not only has the move to Sunoco Green E15 proven to be an environmentally beneficial decision, it’s actually boosted the performance of the race cars in all three national series – lowering emissions and increasing horsepower.
“From our initial seamless transition to Sunoco Green E15, a 15 percent American-grown, American-made ethanol racing fuel blend in Daytona in 2011 to 7 million miles reached here at Phoenix International Raceway, NASCAR has shown under the most demanding competition that E15 is safe, reliable and it works,” said Dr. Michael Lynch, Vice President, NASCAR Green Innovation and STEM Platforms. “NASCAR fans are 80 percent more likely than non-fans to support the use of ethanol blends in their own car on the street, because they understand that NASCAR and our diligent race teams did our homework from the start with thousands of miles and hours of testing.”
“NASCAR validates what a great performance fuel [E15] is,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “If you meet with the teams and talk with the owners, they have noticed only increased horsepower, higher performance, and reduced emissions without a single issue when it comes to durability and dependability.” Buis added, “This partnership has been critical in showing the American consumer that if E15 performs in the most rigorous and demanding situations in motorsports, it’s clearly a safe, high performance reliable fuel that is good for American consumers who want a choice and savings at the pump.”
“Thanks to countless miles of testing, research and collaboration with NASCAR, we were prepared to run Sunoco Green E15, a 15 percent ethanol fuel in our race cars and the transition was flawless,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “We didn’t listen to the negative rhetoric about this, we did our own homework and testing and the switching of fuels has gone fantastic. It has also been very welcomed throughout NASCAR. Since this change took place, we have seen increased horsepower from a higher-octane ethanol fuel blend and decreased emissions. In our own internal tests at RCR, we used ethanol blends up to E30 and found no issues with that fuel, either. If you need any further proof, look no further than the 7 million miles NASCAR is about to complete.”
“Drivers across the United States have a long and successful history with 10 percent ethanol blended fuel,” said Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Nebraska and National Corn Growers Association Board member. “Frankly, they like the cost savings provided by ethanol and the fact it comes from family farmers. Automotive technology has changed and so have the needs of the public. Cars made since 2001 are designed to run on E15 and NASCAR has proven to be a great way to grow consumer awareness as E15 availability grows.”
February 3, 2015
It’s always very troubling when a person touted as having a high proficiency in one area tries tackling something in which they have zero proficiency. I think this may be the situation with Debbie Carlson, a professional writer who typically pens financial articles. Two days ago TheGuardian.com published her story titled ” Energy hypocrisy: Ethanol isn’t a good fuel, but it’s not going away anytime soon.” Ms. Carlson apparently failed to investigate the subject sufficiently. (Read her entire article at http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/28/ethanol-biofuel-corn-expensive)
To be fair, if fair is the correct word to use, the genesis of Ms. Carlson’s article may not have come from an original inspiration; it may have been initiated via a solicitation from an interested subjective party. These kinds of solicitations usually come to freelance writers and speakers with suggested phrases and key points that must be addressed in the presentation. Because these solicitations often emanate from what seem like respectable middlemen and public relations companies, the freelancer often does little or no independent fact checking, choosing to just rely on the veracity of the information provided.
Given the large number of inaccurate statements in Ms. Carlson’s article, it probably wasn’t her investigative skills that were at fault.
My problem with Ms. Carlson’s article begins with the title. There are two reason for this: First, it’s untrue, ethanol is an excellent fuel. Second, she included nothing within her story to support calling ethanol a bad fuel.
August 25, 2014
TOPEKA, KAN. – The Super Kansas Cash jackpot-winning ticket worth $389,672 in Saturday night’s drawing has been claimed! A lucky Olathe resident, who asked to remain anonymous, matched all numbers on a $2 Super Kansas Cash ticket on which he picked his own winning numbers. The winning numbers were 5-7-9-20-24 Cash Ball 24.
“I’ve been picking my own numbers when playing Super Kansas Cash and Powerball since around Valentine’s Day,” said the winner. “I had kept a few fortune cookie fortunes that had lucky numbers on them, so I thought I would see just how lucky the numbers really were and have been playing them since. I was about to give up on them, but I’m very glad I didn’t.”
The thrilled winner said he didn’t realize he was holding the jackpot-winning ticket until late last night.
“I had been out of town most of the weekend and didn’t get my ticket checked until late last night,” he said. “I always look at the winning numbers on the Kansas Lottery’s website before having my tickets checked at a retailer. When I realized I had matched all the numbers on one of my Super Kansas Cash plays, I couldn’t believe it. I immediately signed the back of the ticket and had my wife verify I was looking at the numbers correctly. We were both shocked.”
The Olathe couple, who have a daughter, said they haven’t told anyone about their big win.
“We’re very private people,” said the winner. “We’ll probably only tell our daughter about our win and no one else. It’s finally starting to sink in how much we’ve won. My wife keeps pinching me because we feel like we’re in a dream.”
The happy couple was undecided how they would spend their winnings, but said there may be a new convertible sitting in their garage in the near future.
The winning ticket was purchased at Zarco 66 5, located at 15310 S. Hwy. 169 in Olathe. For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus.
For more information on games, promotions, winning numbers, and unclaimed prizes, or to join the free Kansas Lottery Players Club, visit www.kslottery.com.
July 1, 2013
Zarco USA takes its convenience stores to the next level with technological advancements and a topnotch foodservice program.
By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor.
Zarco USA Earth Friendly Fuels doesn’t consider itself just a typical convenience store chain. In today’s hypercompetitive retail environment, it has to be much more.
“We’re not in the c-store business anymore, we’re an oasis to the customer,” said Zarco USA President and CEO, Scott Zaremba. That mindset helps the eight store Lawrence, Kan.-based chain to keep growing with the times to offer customers the freshest food and the latest technology.
In the last year alone, the company has rolled out digital sign displays, added all new registers, piloted a drive-through concept, introduced touchscreen ordering kiosks and it is set to release a mobile app and introduce its first standalone Sandbar Subs location.
Growing and Growing
Zarco USA is family owned and operated, and has been for 40 years. “The atmosphere we have in our stores, even through we’re in Kansas, is based on a tropical theme, so we have palm trees out front and waterfall-like features,” Zaremba said. “When customers walk into the store our employees are wearing flowered Hawaiian shirts, which is our uniform. Customer service and interaction is priority one for us, and always will be.”
The company has been enhancing its connection with customers through its Sandbar Subs and Scooter’s coffee house programs.
Sandbar Subs is division of Zarco USA, which is featured at three of its c-store locations. It features a made-to-order menu that boasts an array of fresh sandwich options. All food is prepared on site fresh. “We don’t use a commissary for anything,” Zaremba said.
The chain also offers a Scooter’s coffeehouse franchise at three locations.
On Aug. 1, Zaremba plans to opening his first standalone Sandbar Subs in Lawrence, Kan. “We had the opportunity to go into a location that is very visible and gives us more face time with customers,” Zaremba said. “One issue we still find today is customer perception of food in a gas station. But once they try our food they love it. We’re not trying to just match up to the competition, we’re trying to exceed the customer’s expectations with our products.”
Zarco takes food very seriously. Company chefs bake all breads onsite and company foodservice employees slice all the meats and cheeses. “This is our first experience with a standalone, so we’ll move forward carefully and see how it ties together with our Zarco USA locations. That will determine how we want to proceed with the brand,” Zaremba said.
June 24, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a dilemma for drivers: Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles?
That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend of gasoline known as E15. The fuel contains 15 percent ethanol, well above the current 10 percent norm sold at most U.S. gas stations.
The higher ethanol blend is currently sold in just fewer than two dozen stations in the Midwest, but could spread to other regions as the Obama administration considers whether to require more ethanol in gasoline.
As a result, there’s a feverish lobbying campaign by both oil and ethanol interests that has spread from Congress to the White House and the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a challenge by the American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry’s chief lobbying group, to block sales of E15. The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that dismissed challenges by the oil industry group and trade associations representing food producers, restaurants and others.
Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, an ethanol industry group, hailed the decision as victory for U.S. consumer, who will now have greater choice at the pump.
“Now that the final word has been issued, I hope that oil companies will begin to work with biofuel producers to help bring new blends into the marketplace that allow for consumer choice and savings,” Buis said.
The API had argued that E15 was dangerous for older cars.
Putting fuel with up to 15 percent ethanol into older cars and trucks “could leave millions of consumers with broken down cars and high repair bills,” said Bob Greco, a senior API official who has met with the White House on ethanol issues.
The ethanol industry counters that there have been no documented cases of engine breakdowns caused by the high-ethanol blend since limited sales of E15 began last year.
June 20, 2013
By Cezary Podkul
NEW YORK (Reuters) – At a handful of gas stations in eastern Kansas, the intensifying fight between major oil refiners and the ethanol industry over the future of America’s fuel supply has found a new focus: the color of the gas hose.
Scott Zaremba, owner of Lawrence, Kansas-based Zarco USA, says he is being forced by his main fuel supplier, Phillips 66, to stop sellinggasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol, the maximum level currently allowed for use in normal car engines but higher than the 10 percent norm.
Zaremba, the first retailer in the country to sell the so-called E15 fuel, has found himself caught in a fierce market-share battle between ethanol makers and oil companies that is also being fought in the courts and in the U.S. Congress.
On April 1, Zaremba received a notice from Phillips 66, the nation’s third-largest refiner, that he could no longer sell the E15 fuel from his regular black fuel hoses, as he had been selling it since last July.
Instead, any gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol has to be served from a separate, yellow hose, according to a copy of the Phillips 66 guidelines seen by Reuters. The aim is to distinguish E15 from other Phillips 66-branded gasolines with 10 percent or less ethanol.
He has other options, but they aren’t cheap – or very feasible. For example, it would cost $100,000 to $250,000 to install new stand-alone gas pumps for E15, Zaremba said. Or he can always pay a $412,000 fee to Phillips 66 to break his marketing contract – expensive options that have so far kept him in compliance with the Phillips 66 guidelines, the only way he said he could.
Read the rest here: http://news.yahoo.com/insight-ethanol-lobby-sees-red-over-yellow-gas-075114772.html
October 15, 2012
Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco USA, Lawrence, and President of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas (PMCA) was recently elected as Regional Chairman of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA). PMAA is a national trade association representing 8000 independent U.S. petroleum marketing companies. The elections were conducted on October 7, 2012 at PMAA’s Fall Board Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zaremba will serve as a national officer for PMAA representing marketers from Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Zaremba has been a member of PMAA’s board of directors for the past three years and serves on the PMAA Motor Fuels and Convenience Store Committee.
October 13, 2012
When: Thursday, October 18 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Zarco USA at 1548 E. 23rd St., Lawrence
NASCAR Race Car on Display with Driver from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
E15 for $3.15 for cars 2001 and newer from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Two tickets to the NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Race Sunday, October 21, Kansas Speedway
- Signed NASCAR Replica Collector Car
- And MORE!
- E15 for $3.15 for cars 2001 and newer
At the pump giveaways: Koozies and stickers; E15 info
September 24, 2012
Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco USA, Lawrence, was elected president of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas (PMCA of Kansas) during the association’s 98th annual convention at The Oread Hotel, Lawrence, on September 17, 2012. Zaremba has been a member of the association’s executive committee for the past three years. He has also served on the PMCA convention committee, motor fuels and convenience store committee. At the national level Zaremba represents PMCA as a board of director for the Petroleum Marketers Association of America.
Recently, Zaremba made national news by becoming the nation’s first location to sell E15 (15 percent ethanol/85 percent gasoline) at the Zarco USA “Oasis” station at 1500 E. 23rd Street in Lawrence, KS.
The Family-owned and operated company, established in 1968 by Scott’s father, Stan Zaremba, markets refined petroleum products to farmers, small businesses and government entities throughout the Midwest. Scott has spent his entire life in the energy business. The company includes nine retail locations, has transportation and construction divisions, and owns Sandbar Subs and Hurricane Car Washes.
PMCA of Kansas is a statewide trade association representing the independent marketing segment of the petroleum industry. PMCA membership consists of nearly 300 licensed petroleum distributors, convenience store owners/operators and gasoline retailers. In addition, PMCA’s associate member category is made up of nearly 100 companies that provide programs and services to PMCA distributor and retailer members. The association, with headquarters in Topeka, provides lobbying representation, educational programs and regulatory guidance, as well as other industry-specific services and programs to member firms.
PMCA of Kansas was established in Wichita in 1914 as the Kansas Oil Men’s Association. Zarco USA Inc, evolved out of a family oil business Scott’s father, Stan started in 1968 as a wholesale fuel suppler to farmers, business and governments throughout the Midwest. Scott has spent his entire life in the energy business. Zarco USA Inc. today includes nine retail locations in four counties in Kansas along with Sandbar Subs & Hurricane Car Washes & transportation and construction divisions.. Zaremba is the 81st president of the association. He and his wife, Darby, and their 2 children reside in Lawrence.