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January

Kettle communicates
13 January, 2014

Kettle Foods has launched a new communications programme called the Independent Retailer Community to talk directly to retailers. The aim is to build stronger relationships with those retailers who buy Kettle Chips through a third party such as a wholesaler.

Biscuits boosted
13 January, 2014

United Biscuits is relaunching its McVitie's brand backed by a £12m multi-media campaign. All its sweet biscuits now come under the McVitie's name, while savouries are branded Jacob's.

One in Six wins
13 January, 2014

Mars' '1 in 6' promotion is back, giving consumers the chance to win a free chocolate bar. Seven core best sellers feature the activity including Mars, Snickers, Twix and Bounty.

Two more Slices
13 January, 2014

Building on the success of its McVitie's Digestive Slice, McVitie's Cake Co is launching two new Slices: Hobnob milk chocolate slice and Digestives caramel slice.

What a Shocker
13 January, 2014

Bestway's Profit Shocker promotion gives retailers the chance to earn up to 50% profit on return on best-selling own-label lines. The activity runs from January 4 to March 3.

Forecourt Trader confirmed as media partner for UNITI expo
13 January, 2014

Forecourt Trader has been confirmed as one of the key media partners of UNITI expo, the new international trade fair for Europe, taking place in Stuttgart from June 3 – 5, 2014.

Fuel prices - January 2, 2014
23 January, 2014

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Building a future
13 January, 2014

Dealer groups are now signing to the Gulf brand in significant numbers according to Ramsay MacDonald, retail director of Certas Energy (formerly known as GB Oils). The signings mean that the company will start the New Year 53 million litres stronger as a result.

Question time with Andrew Hunter
13 January, 2014

In Scotland, obtaining an off licence can be a difficult task without a full understanding of the process. And with the Scottish Government having recently concluded a consultation on alcohol licensing laws, there is potential for significant change to the current legislation. Andrew Hunter, a partner in Harper Macleod and specialist in licensing north of the Border, looks at the state of forecourt licensing in Scotland and considers the key points to consider when applying for an off licence.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Brobot Corby Southern Gateway, Corby, Northants
13 January, 2014

GENERAL APPEARANCE:

On the north west outskirts of Corby, at a roundabout, is the new Southern Gateway Business Park. Currently it only has three completed developments - a Premier Inn, a Beefeater restaurant and my target, the award-winning Brobot site.

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?