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Demi-slim debut

British American Tobacco (BAT) has launched Vogue Perle which it describes as the "first demi-slim cigarette" in the UK. The company says it is a modern format for the UK's 4.7 million female smokers.

Red Bull bottles it

Red Bull is now available in a 330ml PET bottle in a bid to prompt more usage occasions throughout the day. The move into bottles should boost forecourts' sales as, according to AC Nielsen data, Red Bull is the best-selling sports and energy drink in managed forecourts. The 250ml can is the number one seller while the 355ml can comes in at number three.

Going fruity for charity

Perfetti Van Melle has launched Smint in a 2 in1 raspberry lemon variety to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Care. The packs feature the Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbon and 5p from every pack sold will be donated to the charity.

Galaxy takes a bite

New to the Galaxy range are Galaxy Bites bitesize spheres of chocolate with a chocolate caramel centre. They join Mars' successful bitesize portfolio which includes Maltesers, Galaxy Minstrels and Counters, and Revels.

Gadgets and technology ease Phil through his day

Since leaving Morrisons as director of forecourts 18 months ago and joining Brulines plc to run its newly-created Fuel division, not one day has been the same. Last year the Edensure wet-stock business (acquired by Brulines in 2008 with its team of just five) was augmented to what is now a 70-strong Brulines Fuel Solutions (BFS) division. Three acquisitions in just four months last spring/summer meant many hours spent travelling and meeting with the previous owners, accountants, lawyers, and our advisers along with my boss, Brulines chief executive officer, Jim Dickson, and our financial director, Mark Foster.

Van drivers go further for cheap fuel

Van drivers travel further than any other drivers to get cheaper fuel. So says a new survey from insurers Swinton Commercial.

Petrol prices are nation's biggest worry

The price of petrol is the number one concern for Britons today. In its first-ever Life Index, Swiftcover found that 61% of consumers said their biggest worry was the price of petrol and diesel. And 23% of respondents said they were ‘extremely concerned’ by it.

Initiatives and dealer awards at BP convention

Graham Peacock, chief executive of the UK’s biggest independent retailer, MRH, was awarded the Long Service and Loyalty award at the recent BP dealer convention in Athens.