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Queue jump

As the UK forecourt network continues to shrink, pressure on the remaining sites will undoubtedly mount and, according to a new report by Datamonitor, motorists will face increasingly long queues unless retailers install more outdoor payment systems.

Soft focus

When it comes to selling soft drinks, forecourt retailers are doing a pretty good job. So says Kate Fletcher, business unit director for the convenience and impulse channel at Britvic. She points to Nielsen data that reveals the forecourt sector's sales of soft drinks have risen by nearly 11% in the past three years. For those interested in how these statistics are measured, the Nielsen data covers major oil company-owned forecourts but also takes an average read across a number of independents to estimate the overall figure.

Sugar rush

Media reports that Prince William's bride Kate Middleton has a hankering for Haribo must have been music to the ears of the gums and jellies company. After all, publicity like that is priceless. Apparently Kate's favourites are Starmix and Tangfastics both of which are selling well. What is more, to celebrate the royal engagement, Haribo launched Hearts & Rings and Other Nice Things, bags of which include friendship rings, heart throbs, cup cakes, lips and present-shaped pieces.

Ribena gets sales sparkling

Ribena is injecting sparkle into the soft drinks category with the launch of new Ribena Sparkling. The lightly sparkling fruit drink is available in a 500ml bottle format in two flavours: blackcurrant and raspberry.

Levi takes soft drinks route

To celebrate the launch of the first-ever Levi Roots' soft drinks range, Forecourt Trader readers have the chance to win packs of the product in a giveaway worth £250.

Extra energy from Powerade

This month Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is launching Powerade Energy, which it says is the first soft drinks product that is positioned to provide 'dual energy'. The current energy offering in this country consists of two main types of products stimulate energy drinks and revive energy drinks. Powerade's new 'dual energy' proposition will enable CCE to meet consumers need for a third type of energy sustained performance energy.

McVitie's Medley up for grabs

To support the launch of McVitie's Medley's first-ever TV campaign and the product's move into the convenience channel, UBUK is giving readers the chance to win £50-worth of McVitie's Medley products. There are five prizes.

NWF Fuels signs with Murco

Murco Petroleum has signed a five-year retail-branded distributorship agreement with NWF Fuels, one of the UK's leading fuel distributors with a dealer network of around 80 forecourts. NWF Fuels will be Murco's non-solus distributor to forecourts that have entered into their own arrangements for motor fuels supply with NWF. These sites will benefit from Murco's branding by way of a licence agreement and they will sell Murco fuel supplied to NWF under the terms of the distributorship agreement.

Snax 24 in talks to buy Total's UK marketing assets

A consortium of investors that includes Snax 24 has entered into exclusive talks to buy the Total UK network, the Financial Times reported last month.

Fuel prices - April 20, 2011

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 4 November 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East130.9367.90138.13126.75
East Midlands130.73139.73126.64
London130.73139.60127.04
North East129.5562.90137.10125.31
North West129.9963.90138.40126.48
Northern Ireland128.05133.57124.33
Scotland130.6059.30137.24126.23
South East131.4566.90139.66127.42
South West130.7674.90137.94126.68
Wales129.84136.06125.42
West Midlands130.4059.90137.63126.57
Yorkshire & Humber130.02139.47126.29

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