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March

Greengate system cuts energy costs for Susie
02 March, 2010

The Simon Smith Group has been trialling a system by Greengate Energy aimed at cutting energy bills at its Monmouth site. The 3M Plan works by measuring energy consumption and setting realistic parameters for each energy-consuming device on site. This is controlled via Greengate's wireless energy management system.

WashTec renewal
02 March, 2010

BP has renewed its contract with WashTec to maintain its complete fleet of rollover washes on its company-owned sites. Commenting on behalf of BP, UK maintenance manager Mark Rogers said: "Over the course of the next three years we look forward to working with WashTec on our service approach to minimise the calls to site, improve machine reliability, and ultimately contribute towards increased sales in our car wash estate."

Go online for Ceccato
02 March, 2010

European Wash Systems, the UK partner of Ceccato, has launched a new website.

New Wilcomatic deal
02 March, 2010

Wilcomatic has been awarded the maintenance of all Euro Garages' WashTec, Christ and Ceccato car washes.

Clean up with Kärcher
02 March, 2010

Kärcher Vehicle Wash, the car wash equipment division of Kärcher UK, has launched a new online chemical store.

Warburtons target snack market with zany range
02 March, 2010

Leading baker Warburtons has launched a portfolio of premium snacks as it targets a new market sector. Scheduled for launch on March 15, the range will consist of two snacking products ChippidyDooDaa pitta chips and Snackadoodle wholegrain snacks. The baked Pitta Chips are for snacking and dipping, and come in four flavours and two pack sizes.

All's Fair at Cadbury
02 March, 2010

Nearly a year after Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM)became Fairtrade certified in the UK and Ireland, the company has announced that Cadbury Dairy Millk Buttons will now carry the Fairtrade logo. CDM is also celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight (ending March 7) with the release of its first album 'Big Swap Songs' which includes an exclusive track by chart-topping artist Paolo Nutini, as well as five other UK chart hits, all covered by Ghanaian group, The Big Ghana band. The release has been created as a free 'thank you' to anyone who swaps to Fairtrade products as a result of Fairtrade fortnight.

McVitie's sat fat flash
02 March, 2010

McVitie's is returning to TV screens nationwide to drive consumer awareness of the further 50% reduction in saturated fat that came into effect across the McVitie's Digestives, HobNobs and Rich Tea standard biscuits in December. The six-week £1.3m campaign runs across a mixture of terrestrial and Sky channels. Sarah Heynen, marketing director, sweet biscuits at UBUK, says: "McVitie's is the nation's favourite biscuit brand, worth more than £231m, and is expected to become even more popular now the saturated fat has been reduced by a further 50% across the McVitie's portfolio without compromising on taste. A big flash on-pack communicates the reduction."

World Cup powers up
02 March, 2010

Powerade has launched its 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign with a new TV commercial featuring England star Wayne Rooney, highlighting the role the isotonic sports drink will play as the on-pitch hydration partner for every team at this summer's tournament. It will be the only drink hydrating all 736 players from 32 countries before, during and after all 64 games. The new commercial sees a shirt-less Wayne Rooney fuelled by water, in a one-on-one skills and endurance duel.

Phileas Fogg in focus
02 March, 2010

Phileas Fogg is the subject of a first-quarter £2m marketing campaign which includes new pack designs and a new TV advertisement which expands on the 2009 theme of highlighting the authenticity of the Phileas Fogg ingredients and how they are sourced. The new pack design will use more colour to help consumers distinguish between different flavours in the range. Helen Warren-Piper, marketing director of bagged snacks at UBUK, says: "Since its relaunch last year, Phileas Fogg has had a significant impact on growing the premium bagged snacks segment, which is up 7% year-on-year."

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?