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What's in a name?

Branding is everything nowadays - whether it's the hippest fashion label or coolest make of bottled water - many consumers want to be associated with brands. And independent forecourts can be associated with them too thanks to alliances with the likes of Budgens, Londis and Spar, and in the food-to-go arena they can tie in with coffee companies and people like Subway.

Ice little earners

It's almost Bank Holiday season and that's when sales of ice cream traditionally start to increase, especially if the weather's good.

Rise & dine

It might be dubbed the most important meal of the day, but busy UK consumers are increasingly prone to leaving home without eating breakfast. Research by Datamonitor shows that nearly one third of UK consumers are missing breakfast at home - on average that's 114 per person per year. And the report predicts that by 2010 a greater number of working consumers are likely to either skip breakfast altogether or eat out-of-home.

Major contract for Edensure

Edensure has won a contract which will see the company's ES3 wet-stock management service installed at around 140 Malthurst and Pace sites.

Self-check this out

The Henderson Group is piloting a self-checkout service at its Spar Dundonald forecourt store in Belfast which, if successful, could be rolled out to Spar stores across the UK.

BP adopts E-learning

E-learning company ThirdForce is providing BP Retail with a staff training package that's delivered using a portable, touch-screen tablet PC called the El Box.

A simple approach

The Castrol brand has been relaunched with a simplified range that's designed to make it easier for customers to choose the right oil for their engine.

Tobacco double act

The latest additions to the tobacco gantry include new hand-rolling tobacco Samson Virginia blend from Gallaher, which is exclusive to independent retailers. The new blend has been launched to capitalise on the growing consumer preference for lighter-coloured Virginia tobacco. The introduction coincides with a refreshed pack design for existing Samson lines.

You can trust Walkers

Packs of Walkers' cheese & onion crisps will carry the Carbon Trust logo from mid-April, showing how much carbon was produced in making them.

Werther's minty hit

Following their success as a limited edition, butter mints are now a permanent addition to the Werther's Originals range.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 20 January 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
Yorkshire & Humber131.9963.90141.14127.34

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