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Yellow means value
27 February, 2009

Golden Virginia Yellow is a new value-for-money addition to the popular handrolling tobacco range. It comes in 12.5g, 25g and 50g packs with recommended retail prices of £2.73, £5.35 and £10.59 respectively.

The sky's the limit
27 February, 2009

Walkers is launching Red Sky potato chips into the premium sharing category. The company says they offer "the best of nature" as they are made from 100% natural ingredients.

Berry good news
27 February, 2009

Juiced energy berry is the latest addition to Coca-Cola Enterprises' (CCE's) Relentless range. It contains 50% juice including strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant. It joins the existing origin, juiced energy tropical and inferno flavours and comes in a 500ml can. Relentless will be backed by a £6m marketing spend during the year.

The pleasure zone
27 February, 2009

An on-pack promotion on Magnum, which starts next month, will give consumers the chance to 'Win a Magnum Pleasure Card'. Each Pleasure Card is a prepaid MasterCard loaded with money (from £10 to £1,000) which winners can spend on whatever they want. There are over £1m-worth of Pleasure Cards available with 25 cards to be won every hour in April, May and June.

Harvesting rewards
27 February, 2009

Ocean Spray is launching new advertising creatives this month across a variety of media as part of an ongoing £15m-plus total brand support package. It has also unveiled its biggest trade support programme to further develop its independent retail channels - The Ocean Spray Harvest Club. Promoted under the strapline 'Rewarding you for stocking Ocean Spray' the free-to-join scheme enables members to swap 'berry points' for branded POS, merchandise and gifts including digital cameras and iPods.

On-the-road training
27 February, 2009

Westomatic Vending Services is inviting retailers to attend a series of workshops around the UK to learn more about its products. Each workshop is divided into two dedicated zones, technical and sales, to enable bespoke training.

Easy cleaning service
27 February, 2009

Xmo Strata has launched a specialised sign valeting service which uses purpose-built VW Crafter vehicles carrying their own water tanks, cold pressure washers and hoses, lighting and a full health. The company says the £30,000 vehicles have one key advantage: they allow operators to clean hard-to-reach areas without the need for ladders, access equipment, or the need to be near a water tap.

New products galore
27 February, 2009

WashTec is launching a raft of car washing equipment including a new roll-over car wash, jet wash range, turbo vacuum, and air and water tower. According to Dawn Frazer, WashTec marketing manager, improved features and services include better wheel washing, better drying and a deeper shine.

Dresser Wayne goes high tech with new lines
27 February, 2009

Dresser Wayne is bringing two new hi-tech products to the market this spring which it says are both aimed at UK independents.

An irreverant view from the network
27 February, 2009

It's a funny old world, Saint Greavesie used to say, and if he was talking about petrol retailing he was dead right. How things have changed round in the past 10 years, especially with regard to the almost total switch over to Platt's deals.

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