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Diesel volumes return to normal levels while petrol sales 'slow'

Diesel volumes have more or less returned to normal levels, according to the latest information released by RMI Petrol.

No Easter strikes, says Unite union

Unite has ruled out Easter strike action by tanker drivers in a bid to focus on talks. The announcement came as the union confirmed it was ready to start substantive talks through Acas as soon as possible.

ACS & RMI join forces

RMI Petrol has joined the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) as affinity group members. The deal, which gives RMI Petrol the same standing in ACS policy-making as symbol group members, is aimed at giving independent forecourts retailers comprehensive representation.

Petroplus administrators set out proposals for Coryton

The administrators of Coryton refinery owner Petroplus have told creditors that if refinancing and restructuring is not possible, a sale of the Essex refinery and closure are being explored as alternatives.

August duty hike will go ahead

The Chancellor's decision to press ahead with plans to levy the deferred duty increase of of 3.02ppl from August 1 this year was described as irresponsible by RMI Petrol chairman Brian Madderson.

in brief

Sunday trading changes

James Lowman

March 21, 2012. Remember the date, because this was a landmark, and a moment when the government rode roughshod over local shops and forecourt stores. This was George Osborne's Budget day.

Efficient operators will prosper, says Murphy

The number of sites operated by independent dealers will continue to grow, according to Donal Murphy, managing director of DCC Energy, which owns GB Oils. "Efficient operators with the right capital structure will prosper," he told an exclusive gathering at the Top 50 Indies dinner at the St John's hotel in Solihull last month.

Future view at Pro-retail

Leading wholesaler Palmer & Harvey will be offering a glimpse into the future of retailing at its 30th Pro-retail trade show, which takes place later this month (April 24-25) at the International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. The show will also mark the return of retail marketing consultant Mary Portas (pictured above).

Motor Fuel Group moves to com-op

Top 50 Indie Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has changed its mode of forecourt operation from direct managed to commission operator.

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Don't panic - but prepare for a drought, says Wilcomatic

Car wash operators should not panic unduly about the current drought but they should prepare, as those with water recycling should be in a much better position than those without, said Wilcomatic managing director Kevin Pay.

Arvato transforms Texaco card loyalty programme

Arvato has developed and implemented a bespoke loyalty platform for Valero Energy's Texaco-branded Star Rewards card-based customer loyalty programme.

kevin eastwood

Could you be the next victim of bulk fuel theft? It's not as unlikely as it sounds! Recently it's become more common for organised criminals to steal thousands of litres from underground storage tanks while sites are closed. BOSS shares data and intelligence on this issue with police forces, in particular West Midlands, West Mercia and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG). So far 11 people have been arrested, three are serving prison terms and eight more are held pending court proceedings.

Shell chooses Franklin as supplier partner

Shell International Petroleum has named Franklin Fueling Systems as a one-stop-shop for its global retail fuel system needs.

New look for FuelPos

Fuel retailing solutions provider Tokheim has given its FuelPos point-of-sale system a new graphical user interface. The new look is a shift away from FuelPos's traditional blue screen to a more modern, sleek design.

Brulines updates oldest forecourt in Europe

Brulines Fuel Solutions (BFS) has helped bring Europe's oldest working petrol station back to life, after a flooding problem caused the Riddelsdell Brothers petrol station to close to forecourt customers for the first time in its 112-year history.

Awards: Time to shine!

It's launchtime for the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2012. The awards are the showcase for the petrol retailing industry recognising and rewarding those businesses at the leading edge of their profession; that continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive world.

Collection pointers

Getting involved with the burgeoning online trade may not be an obvious consideration for forecourt retailers the business is, after all, geared around drivers on the go and convenience shopping.

Retailer profile: Steve Highland

Fighting fires, responding to accidents and rescuing animals is all in a day's work for Steve Highland. As well as operating two busy forecourts in Cambridgeshire, Steve has been a retained firefighter for 20 years; a role that gets him up at all hours of the night or day.

Brand alliances & franchises: Express success

Take one look at the growth figures for the former Coffee Nation self-serve machines which have been rebranded as Costa Express, and it's impossible to deny the power of a major brand. It's been just over a year since Costa Coffee acquired Coffee Nation, creating a sub-brand of its globally renowned handmade mocha Italian blend of coffee. And, since the rebranding process began last July, forecourts with these machines have seen their coffee sales increase by 20-30% .

Oxo on the box

Oxo is back on TV in a £1.5m integrated campaign that sees the return of the Oxo family. The commercial features Oxo Squeezy Stock and this time dad's in charge!

Foster's extension

Heineken has extended the Foster's range with the launch of a 330ml stubby can in a six-pack. Containing 1.3 units of alcohol, it is designed for people wanting a mid-week drink.

Upward trend for soft drink sales, says Britvic

Despite the economic challenges, sales of soft drinks kept their place on people's shopping lists and remained among the top three beverage categories for social occasions, according to the 2012 Britvic Soft Drinks Report.

A whiff of profits

JTI is introducing a new-look pack for its large whiff cigar, King Six. JTI's head of communications, Jeremy Blackburn, says: "Cigars are a lucrative profit line for retailers and the new look for King Six will ensure it remains relevant to the modern adult cigar smoker. Large whiff cigars, which account for 35% of the sector (Nielsen data), should be stocked alongside miniatures to ensure retailers provide consumers with a range and choice."

Free bottle bonanza

Powerade, the brand that is hydrating the athletes at London 2012, is giving away a Powerade Olympic Games sports bottle free with every purchase. The bottles are the same as those that will be used by all the athletes competing.

Rolo on the block

Nestlé is adding a Rolo variant to its successful £1 blocks range. The 100g Rolo bar is filled with a caramel centre and uses the Rolo shape to create a moulded block that the company says is different to anything else on the market.

The Shake Squad

What a Difference a Shake Makes is the theme of the latest advertising for Yazoo milkshake. Ads feature The Shake Squad and are designed to broaden the appeal of Yazoo to young men.

Let the Games commence

Trebor is celebrating being part of Cadbury, the official treat provider of London 2012, by running an on-pack promotion which gives away VIP trips to the Olympic Games.

Golden opportunity

Cadbury is building up activity around the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games with its first on-pack ticket package giveaway. The on-pack promotion, entitled Unwrap Gold, is offering consumers the chance to win one of hundreds of London 2012 ticket packages if they find an exlusive golden voucher inside specially marked packs. They can also win one of a thousand prizes a day by entering their wrapper code online. The offer features on 18 SKUs, including key countlines, sharing bags and multi-packs and runs from April 14 to July 7.

Castrol's just the ticket

Castrol has launched its biggest-ever UK promotion which gives consumers the chance to win tickets to some of the largest sporting events of the year. Running until September, consumers can win exclusive tickets and prize packages to London 2012, UEFA Euro 2012, Moto GP at Silverstone, the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, the WRC GB Rally in Wales and the Honda British Superbike Motorcycle Championship.

shop talk

Easter officially marks the start of the ice cream season hurrah, I say, as I love the stuff. There are loads of new lines to try so I've started already.

Tic Tac's summer crop

ic Tac is being launched in a new strawberry fields flavour. Brand owner Ferrero says fruity flavours have been highly successful for the brand, with last summer's limited editions driving incremental growth.

Febreze gets into cars

P&G is launching a seven-strong range of air fresheners for cars under the Febreze brand. The range specifically features scents and packaging designed to target men and women separately.

Patriotic pots

Handmade by Hadley's has relaunched its ice cream pots to appeal to patriotic consumers. There are also three new flavours including lemon curd and rhubarb & ginger.

Trio of new bars

Lindt has added three new chocolate bars to its range: dark wasabi; dark coconut intense; and caramel with a touch of sea salt. Recommended retail price is £1.83.

Salsa tobacco launch

The Scandinavian Tobacco Group UK (STG UK) is launching Salsa, a new range of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco, following a successful trial in a limited number of cash and carry and multiple retail accounts. It describes Salsa as a "premium Virginia blend" and says this, together with its eye-catching packaging and competitive trade margins, will help retailers make the most of the rapid growth in the RYO market.

The joys of Spring

Highland Spring has launched a major TV advertising campaign to help bolster its position as Britain's number-one sparkling water and number-two brand overall.

Guava packs a punch

The Rockstar energy range is being boosted by the addition of a fruit punch variant.

Going for growth

Kepak Convenience Foods (KCF) is spending £4.5m to support its microwaveable snacking brands including Rustlers and Zugos this year, in a bid to double the size of its £105m business in the next five years.

New look for biscuits

The Burton's Biscuit Company is targeting the special occasions market with a relaunch of its Cadbury biscuit range. This includes a new pack design across the five-strong range (Cadbury Caramel, Crunchie, Dairy Milk, Bournville and Turkish). The relaunch is backed by a £600,000 advertising and PR campaign.

Cutting edge support

Gillette is showing its support for Team GB at London 2012 with the launch of a limited-edition Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor in gold.

Day in the life: Arthur Renshaw

I guess I'm fortunate to work in an industry which is constantly changing as this brings new challenges every day! Having been in it since 1975 I've seen most things but there are still surprises that come out of left field like the Rontec deal. It also helps that lots of the people in our 'forecourt sector' family are good fun to work with they work hard and play hard and they are genuinely interested in the future of our industry.

Panic stations

Chaos took hold on Britain's forecourts last month as motorists followed confusing advice issued by government ministers to keep their tanks topped up, with one even suggesting using jerry cans.

Fuel supplies should return to normal before Easter says UKPIA

Fuel deliveries to filling stations should return to normal levels before Easter, according to UKPIA, the trade association representing the main oil refining and marketing companies in the UK which sources up to 90% of the UK's transport fuels.

Poking fun at petrol panickers becomes internet sensation

A photo of a man poking fun at panicking petrol buyers has become the latest internet sensation.

Ram raiders damage Asda site

Ram raiders have caused around £50,000-worth of damage to a kiosk at an Asda forecourt in Tipton in the West Midlands. They used a stolen Mitsubishi Shogun for the raid, which happened at 3.20am on March 27.

Midcounties Co-op to buy Top 50 Indie Harry Tuffins

Top 50 Indie Harry Tuffins has agreed to sell its network of forecourts and convenience stores to the Midcounties Co-operative Society.

RMI Petrol calls for urgent meeting with DECC

RMI Petrol has called for an urgent meeting with Secretary of State Ed Davey to discuss the current fuel crisis and medium and long-term strategy for the forecourt industry.

Unite opens talks with Acas this Wednesday

Unite the union will begin substantive talks with conciliation service Acas in a bid to resolve the oil tanker drivers’ dispute this Wednesday.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 17 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.8782.90140.07128.54
North East130.88139.09127.62
North West132.1562.90139.28127.89
Northern Ireland129.57133.57126.60
South East133.4265.90141.12129.16
South West132.7160.90139.02128.34
West Midlands132.55141.25128.31
Yorkshire & Humber131.61140.87127.82

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