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July

Asda 'rollback' on fuel rocks indies
01 July, 2007

Retailers are reeling from the latest fuel price cuts at Asda and Tesco. At the end of last month Asda 'rolled back' the price of both

Here we go again
01 July, 2007

A new prime minister, a new cabinet - will there be anything positive to come out of it for petrol retailers? Doubtful, seems to be the general thrust of opinion. And, as if to confirm that some things never change, almost within hours, certain supermarkets were taking the lead in announcing fuel price cuts. Oh no, comes the collective groan from the industry. Here we go again.

Q&A - Iain Watkins
01 July, 2007

Imperial Tobacco's trade communications manager answers questions on the smoking ban...

Taking a fresh approach
01 July, 2007

Independent forecourt operators have become the target of management teams at Londis and Budgens following an extensive review of the positioning of both brands.

Hand in glove
01 July, 2007

The Car Wash Campaign Group got under way in London with its first meeting last month, with independent retailer David Charman at its helm as chairman. But the organisation fundamental to its formation was the Association of Convenience Stores, which is headed up by James Lowman, who took over as chief executive just six months ago.

Smartly does it
01 July, 2007

As margins on fuel are driven further down, and the forecourt sector becomes increasingly competitive, operators are always looking for ways to cut costs - and maintenance is often the first casualty.

Bag this
01 July, 2007

How much do you think the sweet and savoury snacks market is worth in the UK? One billion pounds perhaps? Or even two? If those were your answers, then you're way off because according to AC Nielsen, the biscuits, bagged snacks, snack cakes and snack confectionery market was worth a whopping £6.7bn in 2006 and is growing at a rate of 1.4%. Biggest growth comes from cakes up 4.9% and bagged snacks such as crisps, up 3.5%.

Sweetness & light
01 July, 2007

Less fat, less sugar and more fruit juice. That basically sums up what's going on in the sugar confectionery market. So we have Maynards Wine Gums Light with 50% less sugar than the standard line, and Haribo Lite, which is a selection of fruit-flavoured, fruit-shaped gums which have 30% fewer calories and 40% less sugar than standard gums. You can see why manufacturers are keen to jump on the healthy bandwagon when you look at Mintel statistics that state sales of healthier confectionery products have grown by 40% since 2001, and are now worth around £400m.

Healthier focus for the Wild Bean Café
01 July, 2007

Wild Bean Café has given its food and drink a major facelift to tempt shoppers with cheaper and more healthy fare.

Wash group premiere
01 July, 2007

The first meeting of the Car Wash Campaign Group took place last month in London, during which the nuts and bolts of setting up the group and membership criteria were discussed.

Following a deal agreed with Harvest Energy, do you think it will be good to see the Total brand returning to UK forecourts?