Forecourt Trader
One-stop management

Brulines Fuel Solutions has launched a one-stop-shop wetstock management service addressing the three core issues of fuel loss, margin control and asset management.

The Cornish pasty's love child makes its debut

Ginsters is launching the Cornish Bara a product that's been labelled the 'love child' of the sandwich and the pasty.

Pastilles turn sour

This month Nestlé is launching Rowntree's Sour Pastilles. They come in 48g impulse bags containing five extreme sour flavours: blackcurrant, pineapple, cherry and melon. With no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, they contain 25% real fruit juice. Recommended retail price is 48p.

Skittles blue is here

The Wrigley Company is adding a blue sweet to Skittles. The limited edition blue Skittle packs are available now for a three-month period.

Trio of teas from PG

PG Tips is adding three 'fresh tasting' tea blends to its range. The Fresh One pressed within hours of picking to give a clean, smooth tea; The Strong One a full-flavour blend with extra-pressed leaves; and The Delicate One a decaffeinated tea blend made with lightly pressed leaves.

Amber alert for Fox's

Fox's Ambers is the latest line from Northern Foods. The company says the launch marks the creation of a new 'everyday indulgence' category within the biscuits market.

Crinkles roll out

Walkers Crinkles is a new range of crinkle cut crisps launching this month.

Music to their ears

Lucozade Energy is teaming up with music service Spotify for what it says is a 'world-first' on-pack promotion.

Packing a crunch

Jaxx Mouthy Chocolate has launched Jaxx Crunches chocolate with a surprise crunchy centre. There are three varieties: milk chocolate, orange chocolate and double chocolate.

Levi Roots goes fizzy

Levi Roots is entering the soft drinks market with a range of fizzy drinks. The range comprises fiery root ginger beer with lime 'n' honey, which is made with Jamaican ginger extract; and Caribbean crush, which is a tropical blend of mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Both flavours will be available in 330ml cans, 500ml and 2ltr PET bottles. Recommended retail prices are 65p, £1.19 and £1.89 respectively but the 500ml PET is also available in a 99p price-marked pack. In addition, a 1ltr ambient juice is being launched into grocery multiple outlets.

Rushing to market

Britvic is bringing PepsiCo's SoBe Pure Rush energy drink to the UK. Available in apple berry burst and tropical twist varieties, it comes in 250ml cans with a rrp of £1.39.

Smint backs Cancer Care

New from Smint is a two-in-one raspberry lemon variety, launched to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Five pence from every pack sold will be donated to the charity.

Barr Cola boost

AG Barr has launched a 500ml Big Cola can. Available in regular and diet, it is price-marked at 49p. Nielsen stats show that Barr sold over 4.5 million cans of cola last year.

On the ball

Red Bull is being backed by a £1.5m 'workplace' campaign in a bid to educate consumers about drinking the beverage at work. The theme of the activity is 'Want to be on the ball?'.

Royal Wedding tin

McVitie's is joining in the royal celebrations with a limited edition Royal Wedding biscuit tin featuring Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Müller goes bananas

Müller Rice has a new limited edition banana & toffee variety. The launch is supported by a £1.5m TV and press advertising campaign. A bespoke 10-second end tag highlighting the new flavour has been added to the existing 20-second TV execution, and a new press advertisement has been developed for the launch campaign. Both will continue to position the brand as a tasty, healthy, low-fat snack which is "Surprisingly Nice".

Summer starts here

Volvic natural mineral water has added a limited edition summer fruits flavour to its Touch of Fruit range.

Fairy takes care of cleaning

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Forecourt Trader have teamed up to offer readers six months' worth of homecare prizes. To celebrate the spring cleaning season, we're giving you the chance to win three cases of selected product each month. There are five prizes up for grabs.

Shining a light on your sales

Varta has launched a simplified range of torches and lanterns. To celebrate, the company is giving readers the chance to win four prize packages containing a selection of products. Varta's torches offer superior LEDs and an extended three year warranty. The clear on-pack information and simple segmentation (Easy, Power and Professional) mean that retailers and consumers can easily identify which product will best suit their needs.

There's something different every day for Caroline

When Jonathan James offered me the position of community liaison manager for James Graven, it was seriously late in the evening at a chorister fundraising event. My day had begun at 5am; I had finally paused, when Jonathan came over for a chat. I don't remember a huge amount about that conversation (sorry Jonathan) but I do remember being told that the job would really suit me and that no two days would be the same. Oh how those words ring in my ears!

Dresser Wayne partners with RMI

Fuel dispensing specialist Dresser Wayne has announced a partnership with the Retail Motor Industry Federation .

Fuel prices - March 23, 2011
Asda sold 12.9p petrol by mistake in Bradford

Asda has admitted drivers paid just 12.9p a litre for petrol after staff put a decimal point in the wrong place.

Top award winner Darren to leave his beloved Flamstead End forecourt

Former Forecourt Trader of the Year winner Darren Lawrence is “devastated” to be leaving his beloved Total-branded Flamstead End forecourt in Hertfordshire, after 21 years service.

Chancellor’s fuel duty cut backfires

Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to cut fuel duty by 1ppl from 6pm on March 23 has enraged retailers as motorists branded them “greedy” when prices at the pump failed to fall immediately as they had expected.

MRH adds 10 BP sites

The leading Top 50 indie MRH has purchased 10 former BP company-owned sites in Scotland. The company is also renewing supply contracts with BP at a further 11 locations as part of the deal.

Symonds just keeps on growing

Symonds Forecourts has opened its fifth Londis store. Located on a forecourt in Gloucester, it is one of seven forecourt sites owned and operated by the West Country company. The firm is also about to open its third Budgens store – on a forecourt in Wells.

Two become one at Spar

West Midlands-based AF Blakemore & Son has acquired the business of fellow Spar wholesaler South Wales-based Capper & Co.