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February

Bigger bar none
03 February, 2006

Cadbury Trebor Bassett (CTB) is increasing the bar size of its large-block Cadbury Dairy Milk range. From this month the current 200g bar – said to be worth £140m in retail sales – will change into a new 250g size block.

Aero indulges itself
03 February, 2006

Nestlé Rowntree is targeting the indulgent confectionery consumer with the launch of Aero Chocolate Truffle. The new impulse bar takes the same slim format as Aero Caramel and combines smooth chocolatey truffle on milk chocolate Aero bubbles in a milk chocolate shell.

Cherry flavour for Diet Coke
03 February, 2006

Coca-Cola Enterprises is aiming to build on the continuing success of Diet Coke with the launch a new cherry variant. Volume sales of Diet Coke grew by 4.3% in 2005 and the brand has been increasing its appeal to men. New Diet Coke with Cherry has performed well in tests, with 75% of respondents saying they would buy it. The launch will be supported by advertising and sampling.

Mini snacks
03 February, 2006

Red Mill Snack Foods is launching a mini sausage snacking range.

Pepsi's smooth ride
03 February, 2006

PepsiCo is spending £5m on the relaunch of PJ Smoothies, which it acquired last year. This will include new-look packaging and flavours as well as a TV advertising campaign with the slogan ‘Want fruit, Drink Fruit’.

Mingles has it in the bag
03 February, 2006

Bendicks has added a new hanging bag to its Mingles range. The company says the 100g bag is the first premium mint chocolate assortment available in this format. It has performed well in consumer trials, and helped boost incremental sales of the Mingles boxed lines.

Mo'gas: An irreverent view from the network
03 February, 2006

SO HOW DID YOUR December end up then? While the High Street as a whole had a late revival, discussions with my friends seem to point to forecourts having a pretty thin time of it all. Volumes and margins were OK, and once upon a time that would have been enough to make us happy bunnies. But that was in the days when your shop sales were the froth at the top of the glass. Now it’s the other way round and from all accounts most people’s shop sales were significantly down. The cause is not hard to find. It’s those bloody hypers again. Remember when we used to sell loads of confectionery selection packs, boxed chocolates, after dinner mints etc? Then there were all those extra soft drinks and crisps. More recently, those of us who had invested in alcohol had the added bonus of those last-minute cans and bottles of wine. When the likes of Asda, Tesco et al sell at prices at or below our cost levels, it becomes impossible to compete. Who’s going to buy a box of Milk Tray for nearly £6 when you can get a 1.2kg tin of Celebrations for £5? And with larger scale purchases, like two cases of beer for £16, the scope for last-minute top-ups diminishes – our customers are awash with the stuff.

When a major car manufacturer like Ford predicts that sales of its electrified cars will outnumber petrol and diesel models by 2022, does that ring alarm bells about the possible speed of change for forecourts?