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Specialist Categories: Best Customer Service - sponsored by Greenergy
13 January, 2014

Personal service is oft quoted as the thing that sets independent retailers apart from the 'faceless' grocery multiples, and that's certainly true at David Charman's Parkfoot Garage in West Malling, Kent where customers are definitely 'king'.

Rain or shine
13 January, 2014

Keeping water out of underground storage tanks is just as important as keeping the stored fuel safely inside. But while modern, well-maintained tanks seldom let in water from the surrounding soil, it continues to make its way into the fuel.

Mars scores by renewing Football Association deal
13 January, 2014

Mars Chocolate UK has renewed its partnership with the Football Association in a deal that will see Mars continue its role as Official Supporter of the England Team and Official Partner to The FA's 'Just Play' programme until July 2018.

Marlboro's nice price
13 January, 2014

Philip Morris has introduced new price-marked packaging for Marlboro Gold Touch, its slightly thinner Marlboro Gold cigarette.

New Year editions
13 January, 2014

Ginsters has launched some New Year special editions which include the return of winter warmer, the steak & ale pasty. This is made with British steak marinated in Cornish ale with potato and onion wrapped in light puff pastry. There are also two new limited-edition sandwiches: smokey BBQ chicken & bacon and ham hock & spiced plum chutney. Both these sandwiches have researched really well with consumers who say they are twice as likely to purchase Ginsters' sandwiches than the nearest branded competitor.

The Cuban alternative
13 January, 2014

A new Cuban-inspired electronic cigar has joined the Nicolites range. The company says it is a 'real leaf feel' alternative to traditional Cuban cigars. It boasts a real Cuban flavour and smokers can expect to get around 1,000 puffs from each e-cigar.

Kitkat's Lucky Breaks
13 January, 2014

Kitkat has teamed up with Monarch and Aer Lingus to give consumers the chance to win a free European return flight every 30 minutes between 9am-9pm from January 27 to March 10. What's more, the Lucky Breaks promotion also gives consumers the chance to claim £10 off a European return flight by simply collecting three promotional wrappers. The activity will feature on a range of KitKat pack formats.

Peppa Pig hits shelves
13 January, 2014

Popular pre-school kids character Peppa Pig is hitting the confectionery shelves with two new licensed lines from Bazooka Candy Brands.

On the Pub Menu
13 January, 2014

Kepak Convenience Foods is launching two limited editions. The new Rustlers Pub Menu range comprises Rustlers beef & pepper sauce and Rustlers chicken & stuffing mayo, both available from this month. Kepak's marketing director, John Armstrong, said: "The Pub Menu range takes inspiration from traditional pub classics that our consumers know and love, delivering tasty favourites at great value.

Cathedral takes a bite
13 January, 2014

In an exclusive licensing agreement with Dairy Crest, Burton's Biscuit Company is launching Cathedral City Baked Bites, made with real Cathedral City Cheddar.

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?