Gas prices in Maine dip almost a dime since July

It’s costing Maine residents less to fill their gas tanks.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reported Monday that the average retail cost of a gallon of gas in the state has fallen 2 cents to $3.68.

That’s still 11 cents per gallon above the national average.

Prices in Maine are now more than 15 cents lower than at the same time last year and almost a dime lower than a month ago.

A company analyst said he optimistic that prices will continue to decline as the summer driving season winds down.

 

Backyard Farms announces head grower’s planned exit

Backyard Farms, which has had to destroy two crops of tomato plants this summer, said Monday that its head grower, Tim de Kok, has resigned.

The company said the resignation of de Kok had been planned and was coincidental to the recent moves to destroy one crop because of a whitefly infestation and a second crop because of weak seedling plants.

Backyard Farms said it is searching for a replacement for de Kok.

Backyard Farms has said a new crop of tomatoes won’t be in stores until early 2014. The company typically produces more than 27 million pounds of tomatoes each year in greenhouses that cover 42 acres in Madison.

 

Vets First Choice ranks 25th for fast company growth

Vets First Choice, an online veterinary products provider with headquarters in Portland, was named one of fastest growing companies in the U.S. for the second year in a row by Inc., a business magazine.

The company ranked No. 25 by Inc. this year, compared with No. 30 last year. The magazine annually ranks the 500 fastest growing companies in the country. Vets First Choice also won the distinction of being named the nation’s fastest growing business services company.

Vets First Choice works with veterinarians to fill prescriptions and provide products to pet owners.

The privately held company, which was spun off from its parent company, FetchDog, in 2011, has support centers in Kansas, Maryland and Nebraska.