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New vending machine

Rustlers has introduced a new vending machine for its range of hot microwaveable snacks.

Provenco Shell deal

International technology company Provenco is to supply an electronic payments system and outdoor payment terminals to more than 200 Shell petrol stations in Belgium. This is the first European deal for the New-Zealand based company, which has already worked with Shell in the Asia Pacific region. It has been described as an exciting milestone, with success in the European market seen as being critical to the company's global strategy.

The zero hero

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has announced what it claims is its biggest launch since Diet Coke hit the shelves 22 years ago. New Coca-Cola Zero is backed by a massive £8m campaign this summer and will offer consumers a third way to enjoy Coke. Aimed at young men, the product has zero sugar like Diet Coke, but is said to have a fuller flavour which is closer to that of original Coca-Cola.

Trebor's cool move

Cadbury Trebor Bassett has two confectionery launches for the summer. Available now, Trebor Extra Cool is a new sugar-free mint and is backed by forecourt-specific activity, with free samples being distributed in sites nationwide.

Panasonic powers up

Panasonic has launched the Power Station, a new counter-display solution for its batteries.

Double bubble from Red Bull

Red Bull is running a special price promotion on its new two-pack format. Available now, the launch case price will be £12.99 for a limited time only, giving a promotional RRP of £2 a pack (the non-promotional case price will be £13.89, to be sold at a standard RRP of £2.20).

Poppets go retro

Fox's Confectionery is re-launching its Poppets brand this summer with new-look packaging to highlight the nostalgic qualities of the sweets.New packs feature retro icons such as Rubik's cubes and the Paynes name has been reintroduced on-pack.

No-Germs bird boost

Recent tests by a leading British laboratory, Retroscreen Virology, have confirmed that the No Germs instant hand sanitiser can kill the bird flu virus H5N1 before it has a chance to enter the body. Made by Advanced Formulations, the product is already sold in Moto, Welcome Break and First Break and is said to kill 99.8% of germs without the need for washing with water. It is also alcohol-free so won't cause hands to dry out and crack.

Unilever gets fruity

Unilever is investing £12m in the launch of AdeZ, its first new major brand in 12 years. It is a range of chilled fruit juices blended with soya protein, vitamins and minerals. The brand is already sold in South America, where it is known as AdeS. Targeting the £1.6bn juice category, the product also aims to build on the increasing popularity of soya by making it more accessible. There are three variants all of which come in 1ltr Tetra packs. A support package includes TV advertising from July and a sampling campaign.

Polo offers tons of tenners

Nestlé Rowntree's mint brand Polo is giving consumers the chance to win instant cash prizes with its 'scroll in the hole' promotion starting this month. Sales are expected to increase as shoppers try their luck at winning £10 notes, which have been hidden inside 1,000 tubes of Polo original. Retailers should have promotional packs in prime positions in store, ideally by the till, to capture additional impulse sales, says Graham Walker, sales communications manager at Nestlé.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 9 December 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.4761.40138.28126.22
East Midlands130.01140.66126.05
London130.41139.39126.85
North East128.45138.66124.29
North West129.1663.90138.34125.49
Northern Ireland127.22130.90123.29
Scotland129.84136.07125.15
South East131.04138.34126.93
South West129.9167.57137.18125.74
Wales129.00135.78124.71
West Midlands129.94138.53126.11
Yorkshire & Humber129.21138.68125.42

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