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    Verasun, Kroger Open 20 E85 Stations in Texas

    The stores, based in the Dallas and Houston areas, bring the company's VE85 fueling locations to 44 throughout four states.

    CINCINNATI -- A partnership between ethanol producer VeraSun Energy Corp. and the Kroger Co. resulted in the recent opening of 20 E85 fueling locations within existing Kroger convenience stores in the Houston and Dallas markets, the alternative fuel marketer stated.

    As part of the partnership, Kroger will offer VeraSun's branded VE85 fuel -- a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline -- at the stations, the company reported.

    "We look forward to offering VE85 to our customers who have flexible fuel vehicles," Roman Williams, Kroger southwest fuel merchandiser, said in a statement. "Our Kroger fuel centers have been leaders with new fuel products and services like E85 and fuel rewards."

    These newly opened stations bring the number of VeraSun retail fueling stations to more than 140 across 13 states and the District of Columbia, the company stated. In addition, The additions bring Kroger's E85 offering to 44 locations in four states, the company stated.

    "The combination of an established Kroger brand with our emerging VE85 brand is important as we continue to expand to new markets," Bill Honnef, VeraSun senior vice president of strategic initiatives, said in a statement. "There is a growing demand for E85 in the United States as the number of flexible fuel vehicles on our roads increases, and having a partnership with a national retailer like Kroger adds tremendous value to our initiative of increasing overall E85 availability."

    VeraSun and Kroger initially partnered in August 2007 to open 20 VE85 fueling locations at the retailer's convenience stores primarily in Ohio, the company stated.

    VE85 is available at the following Texas Kroger locations:

    -- 4038 Old Denton Road, Carrollton
    -- 3939 Frankford at Midway, Dallas
    -- 7505 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving
    -- 9135 Grapevine Highway, North Richland Hills
    -- 3001 Matlock Road, Mansfield
    -- 1004 South Crowley Road, Crowley
    -- 9700 Coit Road, Plano
    -- 5190 Highway 78, Sachse
    -- 1801 South Voss Road, Houston
    -- 1705 Fry Road & Park Row, Katy
    -- 8323 Broadway, Pearland
    -- 2222 I-45 North, Conroe
    -- 17455 Spring Cypress, Cypress
    -- 12434 Tomball Parkway, Houston
    -- 3820 Atascocita Road, Humble
    -- 8500 Highway 6 North, Houston
    -- 11565 State Highway 6 South
    -- 6616 Highway 1488, Magnolia
    -- 2750 East League City Parkway, League City
    -- 6060 FM 2920 at Kuykendahl, Spring

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