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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: Barr Soft Drinks signs franchise deal with Aussie brand

Barr Soft Drinks has signed a new franchise agreement for UK and Ireland with Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, an Australian family-owned business based in Queensland.

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.

product news: Sunmagic rebrands entire range

Sunmagic, the premium juice producer, is rebranding its entire range to coincide with its 20th anniversary celebrations and place greater emphasis on its premium quality credentials, giving the brand and its drinks ranges a more modern look and feel.

product news: Strathmore Water adds botanics to range

Barr Soft Drinks is launching Strathmore Botanics, made with spring water infused with natural botanicals and fruit flavours, with zero calories and no added sugar.

product news: Rubicon unveils relaunch of stills range

Barr Soft Drinks is unveiling a relaunch of its Rubicon Stills range, in a move that will target the broadest possible range of consumers across a wide variety of occasions.

product news: Highland Spring gives campaign some oomph

Highland Spring has unveiled its latest campaign, titled H2Oomph.

product news: Boost adds punch variant

Boost drinks is introducing a new sugar free Punch Power 250ml can.

product news: Nurishment extends its range

Grace Foods UK is launching a no added sugar variant of vanilla-flavoured Nurishment Original, the vitamin enriched milk drink.

product news: Yazoo highlights no added sugar range

Flavoured milk brand Yazoo is launching a £200,000 advertising campaign for its No Added Sugar range.

product news: Britvic introduces juiced

Britvic has launched ‘Juiced’, a new Robinsons Fruit Shoot product, along with a fresh new look for the full range.

product news: Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats adds to range

Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats has introduced two new price parked packs (PMPs) to its milk drinks range.

product news: PepsiCo extends UEFA Champions League deal

PepsiCo has extended its partnership with the UEFA Champions League for a further three years.

product news: One Water introduces cartons, cans and refillable bottles

One Water, the ethical water brand which pours its profits into clean water projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, will introduce cartons, canned water and refillable bottles this year.

product news: Britvic unveils Robinsons TV campaign

Britvic has unveiled a new TV campaign for Robinsons called Listen Up to launch Fruit Creations, the first in a new range of Robinsons products designed for adults.

product news: Strathmore Water increases athletics involvement

Strathmore Water has followed up this summer’s activity as national water supplier to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London 2017, by being appointed national supplier of bottled water for the European Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019.

product news: Fentimans invests in rebrand

Drinks maker Fentimans has overhauled its image with a rebrand costing £1.2m.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 18 June 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands131.6092.90141.48128.80
North East131.2866.90141.91127.99
North West131.52141.49128.24
Northern Ireland130.8069.90135.52128.45
South East132.40141.08129.46
South West131.8662.90140.58129.06
West Midlands131.1759.80140.83128.45
Yorkshire & Humber130.8879.90140.94127.89

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