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Posted 3/14/2019 15:54 (#7380457 - in reply to #7379587)
Subject: RE: 105,500 Retail outlets across the US..

Central North Carolina

JonSCKs - 3/14/2019 08:25

If the ethanol industry is being so screwed over by big oil then why don't they build their own distribution complex and beat them at their own game.

There are approximately 105,500 gas stations in America. Yet just 10 companies have a hammerlock on the industry. They own over half the stations in country. Seven are branded by large oil companies, although in many cases, they do not own the businesses or their locations.


According to industry publication CSP Daily, this is the breakout:

Rank  BrandStation count  Market share
6.Circle K3,8395.24%

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is the second largest company in America and the world’s largest oil company. Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) is the third largest company in the United States. Valero Corp. (NYSE: VLO) is among the world’s largest refiners  (whom also owns a chunk of US ETHANOL plants). Sunoco L.P. (NYSE: SUN) is one of North America’s largest owners of stations and convenience stores. BP PLC (NYSE: BP) is among the world’s oil behemoths. Shell is the U.S. branch of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE: RDS-A).

It makes some sense that the largest oil companies and refineries should control the distribution of one of their most widely used products. However, the distribution does not necessarily come with ownership. Exxon Mobil sold off its Exxon and Mobil stations in 2008 and the new owners maintained the brands. Exxon decided that its skills in exploration and production did not mean it was a good operator of a retail business... but it remains the SOLE Supplier to THOSE Stations..  (read the fine print.)

$5 million per pop x 105,500 = ??  Well for a cool half a BILLION we could make a dent in this market...

I got a nickle.. how about you?

We Could buy the used EXXON ones.. although I'm pretty sure that they got strings attached.. what cha think?

These gas stations usually don't sell there own gas, they sell what is closest to their store. It is just a marketing ploy to utilize their brand awareness.

Gasoline brands get mixed during shipment

Gasoline is sold at more than 100,000 retail outlets across the nation, and many are unbranded dealers that may sell gasoline produced by different companies. Branded stations may not necessarily sell gasoline produced by the companies that own the stations. Gasoline from different refineries is often combined for shipment through pipelines, and different companies that own service stations in the same area may purchase gasoline at the same bulk storage and distribution terminal.

The only difference between gasoline at one company's fueling stations and gasoline sold by another company is the small amount of additives that some companies blend into the gasoline after it leaves the pipeline and before it gets to their fueling stations.

The two largest gasoline refineries are not oil companies. Valero and Marathon.

And Valero is the 3rd largest ethanol producer

Edited by Douglas 3/14/2019 15:58
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