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Fuel prices - February 28, 2008

RSPB demands halt on biofuels

Environmental campaigners have called on the government to cancel plans to introduce biofuels at the petrol pumps next month over fears they may actually cause more pollution than than fossil fuels. The RSPB has urged members of the public to email Secretary of State for Transport Ruth Kelly to ask her to supsend the introduction of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) - due on April 15 - which will

Service centred

Wilcomatic is one of the longest-established names in the UK car wash business, and last October it ensured its future as the UK's sole 'independent' wash company following a management buyout from major motor retailer Inchcape.

Touting for business

Phil Tout knows that stocking his store's shelves with healthier products equals one thing - healthier sales. When Phil decided to knock down his Esso forecourt in Nailsea, north Somerset, and build a much bigger and more modern version, increasing the amount of fresh and premium food and drink was a priority. And the 4,000 sq ft Budgens store, which opened in November, has certainly not

Using their Initiative

Chevron's Bright Horizons programme aims to give dealers access to a network of support services. According to the company, there are about 800 directly supplied Texaco-branded sites and 300 supplied via distributors in the network who all have access to the programme.

Cool customers

The chilled and fresh foods category is the last big unexploited opportunity in forecourts, according to Andrew Grant, director of trading (convenience) at Palmer & Harvey (P&H). "The supermarkets do this category superbly well," he says. "Just look at a Tesco Express where half the sales are of chilled lines whereas in some forecourts chilled accounts for just five or 10%." He reckons forecourts should be looking to get 20 or even 25% of their sales from chilled foods. "If you don't invest in chilled you'll never get the sales. Chilled is where the market is going and all the better retailers know this."

Something to chew over

If you haven't updated your chewing gum offer lately, you could be missing out on one of the fastest-growing areas of forecourt sales. That's the message from the two main chewing gum manufacturers who are churning out new and innovative products aimed at capturing consumers' imagination.

Early starters

Nutritionists are always saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The reason? Well according to studies, people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, they have a higher intake of key vitamins and minerals, and are less likely to suffer from colds than those who skip it. However skip it we do. According to Kellogg's Mind the Gap report, 23.5 million adults and almost four million children miss breakfast regularly. Time - or rather lack of it - is a key factor, with many people dashing out of the house in the morning on an empty stomach. But this is, of course, good news for forecourt retailers who can offer customers the chance to fill up on fuel, for their cars and themselves, on the way to work.


A long time ago I devised my own Petrol Retailers master calendar. In truth this wasn't exactly a world-beating breakthrough in the science of retailing, but with the little modifications I made each year, it grew into a very useful document. Basically the calendar started by listing any event that could possibly bring in extra sales. It then worked backwards so that it prompted you to start sourcing products and devising strategies far enough in advance to ensure you could maximise your potential when the 'event' arrived.

IFFE: a forum for car wash debate

Car washes will be a key part of the International Forecourt & Fuel Equipment Show (IFFE) as it will be the venue for an open meeting of the Car Wash Campaign Group, which will take place on the Monday morning of the show (April 7). The Group's aim is to represent the interests of responsible car wash sites and campaign

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 May 2020
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands112.21122.26106.78
North East110.8763.90125.50105.36
North West111.4965.90121.74106.55
Northern Ireland108.30111.90101.84
South East113.30122.65108.11
South West112.20120.84106.51
West Midlands112.13125.92106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.7057.70123.12106.23

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