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product news: Pepsi Max revives taste challenge

Pepsi Max is calling on consumers to experience its taste in the Pepsi Max Taste Challenge.

product news: Lucozade Energy becomes Larazade temporarily

Lucozade Energy has announced its transformation into Larazade to mark a new partnership with the upcoming game release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, starring Lara Croft.

product news: Volvic re-launches Juiced range

This summer, Volvic will re-launch its entire Juiced range, re-naming it Volvic Juicy.

product news: Tropicana revamps on-the-go range

Tropicana, the not from concentrate juice brand, is celebrating the good stuff in its 100% pure pressed fruit with a new look for its on-the-go range, plus a marketing campaign.

product news: Purdey's highlights energy proposition

Britvic has announced a positioning revamp for Purdey’s, supported by a seasonal campaign that aims to grow demand for healthier energy drinks and drive sales for stockists this summer.

product news: Yazoo launches tasty campaign

Yazoo is launching its new SoooOO Tasty campaign across outdoor and digital to target 16 – 24 year olds on-the-go.

product news: PepsiCo refreshes Copella positioning

The apple juice brand Copella is refreshing its positioning with the aim of attracting new consumers and generating growth.

Stimulate your sales

The functional food and drink sector has become a massive market, yet it's still relatively new compared to more established FMCG categories. And as the market has grown, it's started to fragment into different types of products bars, gums and bagged snacks with an array of benefits which can sometimes make it hard for retailers to get their heads round. Perhaps the biggest segment, and the most accessible for both consumers and retailers, is soft drinks, where energy drinks have gone from virtually nowhere to become a dominant force within the space of just a couple of decades.

New indie exclusive squash from Robinsons

To celebrate Robinson's position as the number one squash in symbols and independents (IRI data), Britvic has launched Robinsons Tropical, an exclusive flavour to the wholesale channel. It is price-marked at £1.49.

New look for Naked as well as a new variety

Smoothie brand Naked is getting a makeover which includes a new pack design alongside the launch of a new and improved Tropical Punch variant, and a new Protein Pomegranate flavour. Naked is also getting a new ambassador tennis player, Johanna Konta.

Retailers can win cash in Lucozade competition

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is giving away £5,000 in cash from now until the end of September to 12 lucky retailers as part of a new competition rewarding the independent channel. Retailers simply visit and enter the details printed on the promotional shrink-wrap of participating SKUs for a chance to win.

Consumers get to pick their own gig with Ribena

Ribena is running a Pick Your Own Gig on-pack competition. It gives consumers the chance to win up to £200-worth of Ticketmaster vouchers as well as other prizes. It is supported by advertising and a heavyweight sampling campaign.

Red Bull goes organic with four new soft drinks

Red Bull is tapping into consumer demand for organically certified food and drink products with the launch of Organics by Red Bull, a collection of four flavoured soft beverages that are free from artificial flavours, colours, preservatives and additives.

capri-sun ad

A new Capri-Sun ad campaign has been created to raise awareness that the original version contains 50% less sugar but maintains its taste.

product news: Robinsons celebrates Wimbledon link

To celebrate Robinson’s position as the number one squash in symbols and independents (IRI data), Britvic has launched Robinsons Tropical, an exclusive flavour to the wholesale channel. It is price-marked at £1.49.

Product news: Capri-Sun campaign to promote 'less sugar' message

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled a new Capri-Sun advertising campaign to raise awareness that Capri-Sun original now contains 50% less sugar while still maintaining its iconic great taste and containing nothing artificial. A content-driven partnership with Jungle Creations, a media company on Facebook, will also run alongside the advertising to support the 330ml variant which is predominately consumed by adults.

Product news: 'Pick your own gig' promotion on Ribena

Ribena is unveiling a new on-pack competition to drive sales this summer. The ‘Pick Your Own Gig’ activation, gives consumers the chance to win up to £200 of Ticketmaster vouchers and can enable up to 10,001 people to win a prize every day. It is supported by outdoor, in-store and digital media as well as a heavyweight sampling campaign.

Product news: Overhaul for 7Up Free range

Britvic and 7UP has announced a visual overhaul of the 7UP Free range which is rolling out into stores now, just ahead of its ‘Feel Good to be Free’ marketing campaign which is launching mid-June.

product news: Red Bull targets organic demand

Red Bull is aiming to tap into consumer demand for organically certified food and drink products with the launch of its new soft drinks range.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS gives evidence to inquiry into children and energy drinks

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has given evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is currently holding an inquiry into the impact of energy drinks on children’s health. 

product news: Boost Drinks launches on-pack promotion

Boost Drinks is launching a new on-pack promotion across its bestselling 250ml Original Energy price-marked pack (PMP) variant.

product news: Lucozade Energy delivers sampling activity

Lucozade Energy is delivering what it describes as its biggest ever sampling activity across the UK this year as part of its wide-reaching Energy Beats Everything campaign.

Water buddies

Nestlé Waters is adding emoji bottles to its Nestlé Pure Life range, to inspire children to drink more water. They can now choose their favourite 'water buddy'

Drink Differently

Britvic's new category vision Drink Differently reveals a £2.6bn soft drinks sales opportunity over the next five years. The company believes this sales growth can be achieved by "adapting to the evolving consumer landscape and ensuring soft drinks remain relevant to all consumers and all occasions, across all channels".

Drinks with benefits

New Radnor Plus Energy gives you around the same kick as a cup of coffee but with the added advantage of refreshing hydration. Drinks contain natural guarana and ginseng extracts which help restore well-being and when blended together create a natural caffeine kick to support energy levels.

Retailer view

Ziheed and his brother Idris won the Best Soft Drinks prize at the Forecourt Trader of the Year Awards 2017. Ziheed says: "You would not believe how many soft drinks we sell. When we entered the awards last year it was 4-500 units a day but now it's well over 600."

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Deposit scheme

A bottle and can deposit scheme in England to help boost recycling and cut down on rubbish is currently being considered by the government. It is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles as well as steel and aluminium cans. Scotland has already announced plans for such a scheme and Welsh ministers have said they are behind it. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland ministers will consider a scheme later this year.

Understanding the new soft drinks Sugar Levy

The 'sugar tax' on soft drinks is in force but although retailers are being charged more for sugary drinks, not all of them are passing on the tax to their customers. According to Britvic, if you sell 200 x 500ml bottles of full-rate levy products per week, the increased cost to your business per year is a whopping £1,248.

Drinking up... and up

The figures are in and, if this was a school report card, the forecourt sector would be getting 10/10 for effort when it comes to selling soft drinks. First up, a bit of perspective. According to Britvic's Soft Drinks Review 2017, the total value of soft drinks sales across the UK was £15.2bn, up 1.4% on the previous year. Within that, the value of soft drinks sales across the convenience and impulse sector was £2.1bn, up 2.3% ie ahead of the total market. Drill down further, and you reach the petrol and travel sector, where soft drinks sales last year were worth £358.5m, up an even better 4.9%.

product news: Vimto campaign aims to reposition brand

A new ‘I See Vimto in You’ campaign is aiming to reposition the soft drinks brand with its target audience of 15-19 year olds.

product news: J₂O introduces new brand ambassador

Britvic’s adult soft drink J₂O is aiming to help consumers find their social mojo in its latest, £3m campaign, with the help of its new brand ambassador – a cockney alpaca named Mojo.

product news: Rubicon takes to the streets

Barr Soft Drinks is launching Rubicon Street Drinks, which features four flavours inspired by street drinks from some of the world’s hottest places.

product news: Nestlé Waters extends Sanpellegrino brand

Nestlé Waters’ Sanpellegrino brand is launching an organic sparkling flavoured tea range, Sanpellegrino + Tea.

product news: Red Star Brands wins leading forecourt listings

Red Star Brands has won new listings in two of the UK’s leading forecourts.

product news: Coca-Cola kicks off World Cup activity

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is kicking off activity ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a new on-pack promotion across its Coca-Cola portfolio, which is designed to appeal to the 14 million people expected to tune in for each game.

product news: Zingers Connect with drivers

BP Connect forecourts is now offering weary drivers a quick and natural pick-me-up, as it stocks the Zinger shots range.

product news: Vimto searches for star for new campaign

Soft-drinks brand Vimto is offering consumers the opportunity to star in its summer TV ad and social media campaign.

product news: Nestlé Waters introduces emoji bottles

Nestlé Waters UK is introducing emoji bottles to its Nestlé Pure Life portfolio to inspire children to drink more water.

product news: Lucozade Sport unveils on-pack promotion

Lucozade Sport has unveiled an on-pack competition aiming to drive additional sales for retailers this summer.

product news: Ribena campaign highlights taste

Ribena is launching an integrated campaign across out of home, in-store, digital media and consumer sampling to put the brand at front of mind and drive trial.

product news: New look for Diet Coke heralds wave of initiatives from CCEP

CCEP has unveiled a new £10m advertising campaign for Diet Coke, to support its new campaign for 2018. As part of a brand refresh, the first development will see packs across GB take on a new look and feel. The new pack design coincides with the arrival of new flavours and a new marketing campaign.

Soft drinks category - a healthy opportunity for growth, says Britvic

Soft drinks were one of the top-performing categories within convenience in 2017,  and continued to be a key driver of footfall to convenience stores, according to the latest Britvic Soft Drinks Review. 

Product news: Heritage campaign to celebrate Coca-Cola Classic

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has unveiled its latest marketing campaign, ‘We Do’, to celebrate Coca-Cola Classic and reinforce the uniqueness and specialness of the 132-year old global phenomenon.

Britvic identifies scope for £2.6bn more drinks sales

Soft drinks was one of the top-performing categories within convenience in 2017, and continued to be a key driver of footfall to c-stores, according to the latest Britvic Soft Drinks Review.

product news: Starbucks adds to chilled coffee range

Starbucks has added two new variants to its Doubleshot Espresso chilled coffee range.

product news: Red Bull expands sugar-free range

Red Bull is expanding its sugar-free range.

product news: Yazoo adds Choc Mint flavour

The flavoured milk drink brand Yazoo is adding a limited-edition Choc Mint flavour to its range.

Products with benefits

Forecourt stores have been stocking energy drinks for years. Indeed some might say the category was invented for them. Today, in many stores, energy drinks have been joined by other beverages with benefits. Think drinks with added vitamins, minerals and even protein. Ufit, for example, is this month launching three flavours of its popular high protein milkshakes into Spar Euro Garages' sites. The launch sees the Strawberry, Chocolate and Iced Latte flavours available in-store. The 310ml variants offer 22g protein, are low in fat and contain no added sugar. The drinks are described as "a great tasting protein drink for active-ish people".

product news: Grace Foods adds mango variant to drinks range

Grace Foods UK is introducing a mango variant to its Grace Say Aloe Zero Sugar range.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 13 August 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.2178.40140.26129.44
North East131.67142.51128.83
North West132.2355.20139.96128.87
Northern Ireland130.9869.90134.15128.85
South East133.0865.40140.87130.38
South West132.56139.07129.94
West Midlands131.77140.75129.12
Yorkshire & Humber131.4360.80142.86128.78

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