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How to be a winner
02 May, 2006

Past winners of the Forecourt Trader of the Year awards obviously know a thing or two about running a service station business. But they also know how to enter awards - and get themselves noticed.

Lodge's logic
02 May, 2006

Rusdene Services is a good example of an independent petrol retailing business that has operated successfully for many years, and - with the continued management ethos - looks set to continue to do so.

Eden's daily data record
02 May, 2006

Advanced wet-stock management service provider, Edensure, has launched a '500 times-a-day' campaign to promote its ES3 service, which records forecourt data around 500 times a day. The company is also challenging the rest of the industry to fall in line with the high data reconciliation standards it has set.

Atlantis award
02 May, 2006

Car wash company Atlantis International has been awarded UK Vehicle Cleaning Specialist 2006 accreditation by the Institute of Transport Management.

Wipe out grafitti
02 May, 2006

Graffiti control specialist, Graffiti Hotline, has launched a new, low-cost, portable, DIY kit for safe and simple removal of graffiti written with spray paint or marker pens.

Candy campaign
02 May, 2006

Bendicks' Werther's Original brand has been rejuvenated, with new-look packs, new point-of-sale material and new product formats.

Out pop new lines
02 May, 2006

Healthier snacks brand Snack-a-Jacks has some new additions to its range. The Quaker brand has experienced strong growth over the past two years, as consumers have increasingly sought 'better for you' options. Available now, new Snack-a-Jacks Popcorn comes in sweet butter toffee and savoury lightly salted flavours, with each pack containing less than 10% fat.

Grabbing some snack sales
02 May, 2006

Grampian Country Food Group has launched the first in a range of quality meat snacking products under the Grabits brand. Aimed at young men on the move, Grabits Chicken on a Stick is an individually wrapped skewer of ready-to-eat chicken breast chunks. It is available in three flavours - original, nice & spicy and Chinese - and comes in display-ready packaging to ensure maximum standout in the chiller cabinet.

Gantry shake up
02 May, 2006

The tobacco companies have once again been busy, bringing some new products and innovative new pack designs to the cigarette gantry.

Moving into forecourts
02 May, 2006

Specialist cleaning products company Cleans UK is looking to move into the forecourt sector. Already sold in Homebase and Tesco, its product range includes a leather cleaner and rejuvenator kit, which is ideal for use on car upholstery and motorcycle leathers, as well as a new leather dye repair kit for damaged surfaces. Company boss Paul Rylatt also runs a valeting business and says it is always better to use a product developed solely for cleaning leather instead of an all-purpose product.

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?