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August

Looking good
03 August, 2009

When Top 50 independent fuel retailer - Motor Fuel Group (MFG) -decided to redevelop the shops on two of its newly-acquired sites, the decision to assign them to Palmer & Harvey's (P&H's) new Mace symbol package was a no-brainer. "We have a long-standing association with P&H, but in particular a close working relationship with the company's account manager Julian Howitt," explains MFG's joint managing director Sharad Raja, known to everyone as Raj. "He was a key reason we decided to go to Mace on both sites, and while it's still early days, we are very pleased with the results so far."

Going solo
03 August, 2009

A symbol group is often the favoured way to get support from experts while you get to grips with the convenience store trade, but it's not the only way. Adhering to certain processes or fulfilling particular volume and ranging requirements might not be your idea of independent trading. Indeed it might make the freedom to trade how you wish without the constraints of a fascia seem more appealing.

Euro Garages does coffee deal with JJ Beano's
03 August, 2009

JJ Beano's has negotiated a new contract to provide its gourmet coffee and convenience foods machines to Lancashire retailer Euro Garages - number four in the Forecourt Trader Top 50 indies listing - as well as to Roadchef and First Motorway Services.

Dresser Wayne at BP
03 August, 2009

Dresser Wayne has signed a three year deal with BP to continue as its primary supplier for fuel dispensers at its forecourts in Europe and North America. Neil H Thomas, Dresser Wayne global president, said: "The new agreement builds on a long and successful relationship. BP is known for its innovative and performance-driven approach."

Xmo Strata bags prize
03 August, 2009

Xmo Strata has won the Health, Work and Wellbeing Award for small business in the South of England, in the National Business Awards Regional Programme.

Two more from Tchibo
03 August, 2009

Tchibo Coffee International is launching two new fully automated hot drink machines into the UK market. The company says the stylish machines are a continuation of the Coffea range which was launched in 2000.

What a Lotto work
03 August, 2009

Camelot is introducing new-look playstations, scratchcard dispenser fascias and external signage across its network of more than 27,500 National Lottery retail outlets.

Mints on the decline but strong ones are popular
03 August, 2009

Researchers at Mintel are warning that the UK mint market is cooling off. According to the company's latest report on the market, the mint sector has declined by as much as 8% during the past five years - falling from £204m in 2004 to just £187m in 2009.

CCE gives it a shot
03 August, 2009

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has launched new Relentless Shots. Providing the same amount of energy as 250ml of regular Relentless, CCE says each 50ml Shot contains 80mg of caffeine as well as vitamins B6 and B12.

Kit Kat's music break
03 August, 2009

Nestlé Confectionery is launching a new on-pack promotion called Music Break - the third and final of its three significant Kit Kat promotions this year. It aims to further boost sales for Kit Kat with 35 million free music downloads up for grabs. A big media campaign will include new TV advertising from September. The promotion coincides with the launch of Kit Kat Chunky Caramel, and together they will be supported by £10m of media investment - part of the £24m being spent on Kit Kat this year. The latest developments follow a very successful year for the Kit Kat brand, which has seen sales jump 17% (Nielsen CV total market 52 w/e May 16, 2009), out-performing the total confectionery market. Kit Kat Chunky Milk is also performing "exceptionally well".

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?