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Best of the bunch
04 December, 2013

scotland: up to 2.5mlpa

D avid Penny, managing director of Penny Petroleum, says he's delighted that the firm's Auld Brig Services in Alloa was once again recognised at the Forecourt Trader Awards. He says: "It is thanks to the dedication from site staff and management that the high standards set when the site opened, in January 2012, have been maintained. The site was developed with the local community as our main focus.

Best site with a licence to sell alcohol - sponsored by heineken
04 December, 2013

The Hickson family took over the Spar/BP service station in Birchwood, Lincoln, just two and a half years ago.

Country Choice Pogo's into hot meals market
04 December, 2013

Country Choice has launched Pogo's (pots-on-the-go), a range of individual hot meals for people on the move. The concept, says the company, can bring in profits of over £6,000 a year, if a retailer sells just 20 meals per day.

Dairy Milk makeover
04 December, 2013

With sales now worth £500m (Nielsen), Cadbury Dairy Milk (CDM) has been given a makeover with a new pack design. It is in fact the 21st major redesign in the brand's 108-year history.

Tastes like tobacco
04 December, 2013

Nicolites is introducing a new golden tobacco flavour. The company claims it's so authentic that it will take the electronic cigarette market by storm. When unveiling the new flavour in medium and high nicotine cartomisers managing director, Nikhil Nathwani, said: "During our market research, smokers told us that the flavour, which we have developed and is exclusive to Nicolites, is realistic and closely resembles one of the world's leading tobacco cigarette brands."

Winter warmers
04 December, 2013

Winter warmer impulse purchases can bring incremental sales for independent retailers. That's according to Kingsmill, a brand which offers waffles, crumpets, pancakes and muffins.

Mixed flavour cases
04 December, 2013

KP Snacks is introducing a new combined case for McCoy's, exclusively for the convenience trade. The 24-pack case count contains eight each of the top three-selling McCoy's flavours: flame grilled steak; Cheddar & onion; and salt & malt vinegar.

Bolder branding
04 December, 2013

Following a successful summer of sales across its core range of original, pear and berry cider, Magners is launching a bold new branding design across all packaging for both the on- and off-trade. The new look sees the return of the traditional green associated with the brand when it first launched in the UK in 2005. It also brings back the classic cider vat imagery inspired by Magners' cider mill in Ireland.

Pure Zero with punch
04 December, 2013

AG Barr is building on the success of its Rockstar brand with the launch of pure zero, which comes in a fruit punch flavour, in a 500ml big-can format. The company says it delivers the 'full Rockstar energy hit' with zero sugar. It is available in non-price-marked and 99p price-marked cans.

Extra value condoms
04 December, 2013

More than 30% of sex occasions by condom users are unprotected, with the most common reason being that they just didn't have a condom available. With this in mind, RB UK is introducing new bigger pack sizes of Durex condoms, at a great price six condoms for £5 designed to drive volume sales, increase the percentage of protected sex occasions and drive share of trade for convenience retailers.

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?