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Sites for sore eyes
13 January, 2009

While all around property prices are crashing, there's one sector where demand is still outstripping supply and prices are holding up quite well. That is, of course, the forecourt sector and while buyers are not prepared to pay 'silly money' for sites any more, they're willing to pay a realistic amount. Mark Frostick, associate at motor trade and roadside at Rapleys, says yes, values have dropped but adds: "I think prices would have come down anyway - they went as high as they were ever going to get. We're definitely at much more sensible levels now." He also reports quite a lot of interest in the market. "Twelve to 18 months ago we were getting 20 bids per site. Now we're down to six to 12 bids per site but that's still very good."

Going underground
13 January, 2009

PetroTechnik has introduced a range of new products designed to make its UPP underground pipework system easier to install and use, including an electrofusion chamber.

Nescafé goes large with latest offer
13 January, 2009

Nestlé Professional has launched its new Go Large coffee offering aimed at increasing retailer profits.

Coke on the web
13 January, 2009

Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) has launched a bespoke off-trade website -

Keeping your cool
13 January, 2009

Searle Manufacturing Company says it has tailored its new ME range of air-cooled condensers to include the high-performance and cost-competitive options needed by c-stores.

Extra goes minty
13 January, 2009

Wrigley has launched a new premium mint aimed at younger shoppers.

Low-cal biscuit bars
13 January, 2009

Nestlé Confectionery has relaunched some of its popular chocolate biscuit bars with a 99-calorie content. Blue Riband, Breakaway, Toffee Crisp and Drifter all now have a new pack design featuring a '99 calories' flash on the front to communicate the change to shoppers.

Price freeze on share bags
13 January, 2009

Specialist confectionery cash and carry company Hancocks has announced a price fix on its entire share bag range for 2009.

Win big with Mars
13 January, 2009

Mars is giving retailers the chance to win £1,000-worth of free stock.

Roses' flower power
13 January, 2009

Cadbury Roses is celebrating its 70th birthday with a packaging redesign. Cadbury says the new look brings a contemporary feel to the iconic brand and is designed to appeal to younger consumers while not alienating core, loyal purchasers. It is meant to make the product look like an informal wrapped gift. The Roses brand name is given its own place on pack via a gift card on the front, aimed at improving the product's gift appeal and shelf stand out.

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