Forecourt Trader
Spar forecourt trials eco remediation method

Geo2 has completed a forecourt remediation project using a groundbreaking new sustainable method for treating groundwater without added chemicals or solid waste for disposal.

Forecourts boost profits with Torex training

Retail technology provider Torex is launching an on-site training programme to show fuel and convenience retailers how to get the most out of their Torex point-of-sale system and grow their margins.

Tokheim launches new commercial fleet offering

Tokheim, famous for its achievements in the fuel-retailing sector, has announced that it is launching a range of new products and speciality services for the commercial fleet marketplace. A

Petrol cars still the people's choice

Petrol cars still beat diesel models in the popularity stakes despite the typically higher fuel economy of diesel engines, a recent study of UK motorists shows.

Coffee Nation machines rebranded in Costa roll-out

New rebranded Costa Express machines will start rolling out across the UK from June 1 following the acquisition of Coffee Nation by Costa owner Whitbread earlier this year.  The rebranding exercise will

Harvest Energy signs more dealers

Independent forecourt Backwell Motors in Bristol has become the latest site to join the growing network of Harvest Energy-branded forecourts.

Londis announces forecourt winners plus £1m investment

Top 50 Indie Kay Group’s Primrose Garage has scooped the title of Londis multiple account forecourt store of the year at the symbol group’s awards in conjunction with its annual conference.

MRH appoints CSG for maintenance programme

Number-one indie MRH Retail has awarded waste management specialist Cleansing Service Group (CSG) a contract to carry out environmental services and maintenance programme at all of its sites nationwide.

Keyfuels network continues to grow

Fuel card and fuel management solutions provider Keyfuels has increased its network by more than 50% in the past few years.

Cost of forecourt crime on the rise

Crime on Britain’s forecourts cost fuel retailers more than £22m in 2010, up from £19m in 2009, according to figures revealed in the annual forecourt crime survey carried out by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).

Forecourt retailers shine at Pro-Retail

A string of awards were presented to forecourt retailers at last night’s Pro-Retail Show gala dinner, organised by Palmer and Harvey.

Tesco cuts pump prices and launches fuel promo

Tesco has followed in the footsteps of Asda and Morrisons by dropping fuel pump prices today.

Training success for Sewell Group

On-site training for young employees is proving a big success for Top 50 Indie Sewell Retail.

Morrisons and Asda to slash fuel prices

Supermarkets Morrisons and Asda will both be slashing fuel pump prices as of tomorrow morning (May 10).

Greenergy starts producing biodiesel from waste crisps and pies

Greenergy, a privately owned company which supplies one fifth of Britain’s road fuel, has begun producing biodiesel from food waste.

Vicious times

It's vicious out there, and it's getting worse. Every retailer you speak to is seriously concerned about fuel volume and margins.

Retailers see red over 'unfair pricing' tactics

Growing evidence of suspected predatory or unfair pricing by certain oil company and supermarket sites is being gathered by RMI Petrol.


With the newly re-structured Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2011 under way, retailers are busy filling in their entry forms in the hope of being one of this year's winners. Retailers big and small will have the chance for

Ringing the changes

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has inaugurated Gleaner Oils' managing director, David Todd, as president just as Mark Askew takes up his position as the association's new chief executive.

Award-winning tips

You know your site deserves an industry Oscar, but how can you be sure of putting on a star performance and taking the top prize at the Hollywood-themed Forecourt Trader of the Year awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Thursday, September 22?

Queue jump

As the UK forecourt network continues to shrink, pressure on the remaining sites will undoubtedly mount and, according to a new report by Datamonitor, motorists will face increasingly long queues unless retailers install more outdoor payment systems.

Soft focus

When it comes to selling soft drinks, forecourt retailers are doing a pretty good job. So says Kate Fletcher, business unit director for the convenience and impulse channel at Britvic. She points to Nielsen data that reveals the forecourt sector's sales of soft drinks have risen by nearly 11% in the past three years. For those interested in how these statistics are measured, the Nielsen data covers major oil company-owned forecourts but also takes an average read across a number of independents to estimate the overall figure.

Sugar rush

Media reports that Prince William's bride Kate Middleton has a hankering for Haribo must have been music to the ears of the gums and jellies company. After all, publicity like that is priceless. Apparently Kate's favourites are Starmix and Tangfastics both of which are selling well. What is more, to celebrate the royal engagement, Haribo launched Hearts & Rings and Other Nice Things, bags of which include friendship rings, heart throbs, cup cakes, lips and present-shaped pieces.

Ribena gets sales sparkling

Ribena is injecting sparkle into the soft drinks category with the launch of new Ribena Sparkling. The lightly sparkling fruit drink is available in a 500ml bottle format in two flavours: blackcurrant and raspberry.

Levi takes soft drinks route

To celebrate the launch of the first-ever Levi Roots' soft drinks range, Forecourt Trader readers have the chance to win packs of the product in a giveaway worth £250.

Extra energy from Powerade

This month Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is launching Powerade Energy, which it says is the first soft drinks product that is positioned to provide 'dual energy'. The current energy offering in this country consists of two main types of products stimulate energy drinks and revive energy drinks. Powerade's new 'dual energy' proposition will enable CCE to meet consumers need for a third type of energy sustained performance energy.

McVitie's Medley up for grabs

To support the launch of McVitie's Medley's first-ever TV campaign and the product's move into the convenience channel, UBUK is giving readers the chance to win £50-worth of McVitie's Medley products. There are five prizes.

NWF Fuels signs with Murco

Murco Petroleum has signed a five-year retail-branded distributorship agreement with NWF Fuels, one of the UK's leading fuel distributors with a dealer network of around 80 forecourts. NWF Fuels will be Murco's non-solus distributor to forecourts that have entered into their own arrangements for motor fuels supply with NWF. These sites will benefit from Murco's branding by way of a licence agreement and they will sell Murco fuel supplied to NWF under the terms of the distributorship agreement.

Snax 24 in talks to buy Total's UK marketing assets

A consortium of investors that includes Snax 24 has entered into exclusive talks to buy the Total UK network, the Financial Times reported last month.

Fuel prices - April 20, 2011
Fuel-only customers on the rise

The proportion of fuel-only forecourt shoppers continues to rise. According to findings from HIM's Convenience Tracking Programme (CTP) 2011, 52% of people who visit a forecourt only buy fuel up from 43% in 2009. However, one in five forecourt shoppers are only buying shop items.

in brief


Pay-at-pump is answer to shorter fuel queues

Motorists will face increasingly long queues at petrol stations unless fuel retailers install new payment technologies such as pay-at-pump systems, according to a new report by Datamonitor.

Forecourt Watch broadens in Scotland

Strathclyde Police has broadened its association with the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and independent retailers to introduce Forecourt Watch at 11 key sites in East Kilbride and Strathaven, as well as six in Glasgow Rutherglen, in a bid to tackle drive-offs.

Brian Madderson - chairman RMIP

The Budget brought great success for RMI Petrol as we had been first to identify exactly what the full impact of Darling's 1ppl duty increase in 'real terms' would mean from April 1, 2011 an unbelievable 5ppl tax hike when the nation was already reeling from the double-tax take of 0.76ppl duty rise from January 1 and VAT up to 20% from January 4.

Gulf site named oldest in Europe

Riddelsdell Bros service station in Boxford, Suffolk has been named Europe's oldest recorded working garage.

Peregrine's shop switch

Peregrine Retail has opened its first redeveloped forecourt at Ringwood, Hampshire.

Poles apart

Retailers are being urged to come forward with evidence of predatory pricing by supermarkets and oil companies as retailers' fuel volumes continue to decline and margins are increasingly squeezed. Brian Madderson, chairman of RMI Petrol, has written to the government calling for an investigation into the unfair practices of both supermarkets and oil companies, which is leaving independent retailers unable to compete on price and causing further shrinkage of volumes.

Bypass Filling Station, St Austell, Cornwall


The actual and potential costs of health and safety

One of the less sensational announcements within the March Budget related to the government's aim of cutting so-called red tape and thereby helping small- and medium-sized businesses to avoid unnecessary costs. A particular target was the dreaded health and safety regime, which is one of those subjects that fills lawyers' hearts with glee and most other people with dread. Under the changes to health and safety regulations announced in the Budget, there will no longer be automatic health and safety inspections for all businesses. Instead they will focus only on 'rogue employers' and highrisk sectors such as construction a step that is predicted to reduce the number of inspections by at least a third. Common sense would suggest that the retailing of petroleum might also be considered to be a 'high risk' activity, as indeed could any retail business that involves serving members of the public face-to-face.

This month - help for Horizon victims plus a happy ending for one retailer

Justice is on the Horizon

A growing bond

When the news came in January that Andy Bond, the former boss of Asda, had joined Lancashire-based Euro Garages as executive chairman, many people had to read the story twice.

Big energy savings come from low-energy lighting

Low Energy Designs is helping retailers save up to 75% on energy costs with the installation of its LED canopy lighting. Avril Reid has replaced 12 x 250w discharge lamps with eight LED fittings at her forecourt in Ballygowan, County Down, saving a third of the original running costs and reducing the energy consumption from 4,717kw per annum to 1,193kw per annum a total saving of 75%. Her forecourt in Comber site has

P&H's new indie offer

Palmer & Harvey has introduced a new hot and cold food-to-go and drinks offer exclusively for its independent retailers.

Wilcomatic gets heavy

Car wash supplier Wilcomatic has completed the integration of the recently-purchased Wickham Gensol into the company and is relaunching the brand with the added strength of the nationwide Wilcomatic sales and support network.

Jet wash monitoring

New technology developed by PSD Codax to monitor the operation of jet wash equipment is being launched at Asda sites nationwide following a deal with Kärcher Vehicle Wash.

Chocolate is still the nation's favourite snack

The snacking market in the UK is worth a whopping £18.8bn (IRI 52 weeks ending November 27, 2010), with chocolate the largest category worth £3.45bn. These details are highlighted in Mars' 2011 Market Review. The report also reveals that confectionery is the biggest impulse category with 68% of it bought on impulse twice as much as soft drinks, and three times as much as crisps.

Dynamic ciggie duo

Philip Morris has added two new cigarettes to its range. Marlboro Gold Touch measures 7.1mm in diameter slightly less than Marlboro Gold Original and is described as "refined and smooth". The cigarettes come in a compact box designed to fit easily into a pocket or handbag. Standard and price-marked packs are available. Rrp is £6.20. The second new product is Chesterfield made using Virginia blend tobacco to give it a "distinctive, smoth flavour". There are three variants: red, blue and menthol. Rrp is £5.75 for 20 and the red variant is also available in a 10s pack, rrp £2.95.

P&G supports mums

P&G is running a 'Proud Sponsor of Mums' advertising campaign communicating the fact that it is the company behind 50 of the world's best-known household names including Ariel, Duracell, Fairy, Gillette, Pampers and Olay. Data from the US, China, France and Brazil reveals that purchase intent can be increased by up to 20% when consumers understand the link betoween P&G and its individual brands. Apparently nearly every household in the UK has at least one P&G brand; the average household has five.

Bigger, bolder Swan

Republic Technologies has relaunched its Swan range of smoking accessories. A bolder, brighter, new look for the packaging includes a bigger swan image for better brand presence on shelf.