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product news: Unilever launches Prep Co snack brand

Unilever is aiming to shake up the snacking category with the launch of a new brand, Prep Co.

product news: Mars Wrigley Confectionery gears up for World Cup

Mars Wrigley Confectionery UK is launching The Sweetstake, an on-pack promotion offering consumers the chance to win millions of prizes including free products and cash.

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: Heineken invites football fans to share the drama

Heineken is launching 440ml cans for the first time, with the support of a £3m integrated campaign in the run-up to the Uefa Champions League final on the 26 May.

product news: Adelie Foods adds Wall's and Park Farm's brands

The savoury pastry brand Wall’s, and the Pork Farm’s brand of pork pie, have been added to the roster of the food-to-go supplier, Adelie Foods.

product news: Marmite launches low salt variant

Marmite is launching a new 25% reduced salt variant.

product news: Nature Valley signs tennis deal

General Mills snack bar brand Nature Valley has agreed an extended three-year partnership with the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) to become the new title sponsor for its ATP and WTA tournaments at Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne.

product news: Quaker introduces mix and match campaign

Following the success of the overnight oats on-pack promotion for Quaker Oats last summer, the brand is launching a new ‘mix and match’ campaign.

product news: Tangerine Confectionery extends Barratt range

Tangerine Confectionery is extending its recently returned Barratt range with the launch of two new products: Sour Bon Bons and Fruity Coconut Mushrooms.

product news: Cofresh unveils new products for Ramadan

Indian snacks manufacturer Cofresh has launched four bespoke new products for Ramadan in a bid to help retailers maximise sales during the religious festival which starts next month.

product news: WKD adds Mango Crush variant

WKD is adding a tropical new flavour to its range with the launch of WKD Mango Crush.

product news: Accolade Wines introduces 50cl bottles

Accolade Wines has launched a range of 50cl bottles as part of its ‘Perfect for …’ proposition to provide consumers with more choice at the wine fixture.

product news: Kettle Chips unveils "biggest" TV campaign

As Kettle Chips celebrates its 30th year in the UK, it has launched what it claims is its biggest TV campaign.

product news: McCoy's makes radio debut

Ridged crisp brand McCoy’s has launched its first radio campaign.

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: belVita launches NutriBullet promotion

Mondelēz International’s healthy biscuit brand, belVita, is launching an on-pack promotion that will offer consumers the chance to win one of more than 1,000 NutriBullets.

Tracy West: retail commentator

Retail experts often talk about shoppers being on 'auto pilot' when they enter a store. They're so familiar with a shop that, because they know exactly what they want, they know exactly where to find it.

Seventy years of flavour from Walkers crisps

Walkers is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a limited-edition launch to thank the public for its support. The six flavours inspired by the nation's favourite tastes over the decades are: Coronation Chicken (1950s), Roast Lamb & Mint (1960s), Cheese Fondue (1970s), Chicken Tikka Masala (1980s), BBQ Rib (1990s) and Sweet Chilli (2000s).

Pretzel Palooza joins Ben & Jerry's range

Topped Pretzel Palooza is the latest flavour concoction from Ben & Jerry's. Inspired by the popular American twisted snack, it's a sweet and salty flavour combination, comprising vanilla malt ice cream, with a chocolatey hazelnut swirl and chocolatey pretzel chunks. Launch is supported by a £3.5m campaign.

Wowsomes wow us with low-sugar technique

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled Milkybar Wowsomes, the first chocolate in the world to use Nestlé's innovative sugar-reduction technique. Inspired by candy floss, experts created aerated, porous particles of sugar that dissolve more quickly in the mouth. This allows someone to perceive the same level of sweetness while consuming less sugar.

Biscuit sales up... and more advice for forecourts

According to Pladis' latest biscuit report, the category returned to growth in 2017, with sales up +2.6% to £2.5bn overall. Meanwhile, the firm's Better Biscuits category initiative now includes specific advice for forecourts.

World Cup 2018 sticker packs are on sale now

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Official Sticker Collection prepares fans and collectors for the big football event. This 'must-have' collection includes all 32 teams competing at the event and includes more than 670 stickers, 50 of which are special. Starter packs retail at £3.99; sticker packets at 80p.

New Oasis drink offers consumers an aqua shock

The latest addition to the Oasis range offers consumers a hot or cold hydration experience without the calories or added sugar.

Rollover ticket promo

Rollover is running a '2-for-1' voucher promotion for Chessington World of Adventures Resort, valid with every purchase of a hot dog.

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.

Toffees cash in on salted caramel trend

Walker's Nonsuch is launching a new Salted Caramel twist-wrapped toffee. It's made with whole milk and butter, a natural caramel flavour and Anglesey Sea Salt. All Walker's Toffees are free from artificial colours, preservatives and gluten.

Product news: Three additions to drive Nestle Ice Lolly growth

Ice cream manufacturer Froneri is hoping to drive further growth in the ice lolly category with three new additions to its Nestle Rowntree’s range.

Product news: New ad to showcase Haribo's fruity twist

Haribo has introduced a Fruitilicious twist to ‘Kids’ Voices’ campaign, which airs for the first time today (Monday 9th April).

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.

Product news: Benson & Hedges adds new variant

Cigarette brand Benson & Hedges Blue has extended its offering with the addition of a new capsule variant, available in Superkings size.

Product news: Mondelez introduces chocolate bag PMPs

Mondelez International has introduced new £1 promotional price-marked packs (PMPs) within its chocolate bags range in a bid to provide more value for consumers.

Product news: Jammie Dodgers adds a twist

Burton’s Biscuit Company is adding to its Jammie Dodgers range with the launch of Jammie Dodgers Lemon Twist.

Product news: Actimel reformulates yogurt drinks

The Actimel yogurt drinks brand from Danone has reformulated its whole 0% range, replacing it nationwide from April 1, now with no added sugar.

Product news: Guinness launches two new beers

Guinness has announced the launch of two new beers – Open Gate Citra IPA (5% ABV) and Open Gate Pilsner (4.5% ABV).

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: Mars Wrigley Confectionery renews FA deal

Mars Wrigley Confectionery (previously Mars Chocolate) and The Football Association have renewed their partnership for a further four-year term, with an increased focus on supporting greater equality, diversity and inclusion at every level of the game.

product news: Nestlé cuts sugar in chocolate

Nestlé UK and Ireland has unveiled Milkybar Wowsomes, the first chocolate bar in the world to use Nestlé’s sugar-reduction technique.

product news: Mondelez moves Oreo to Cocoa Life

Mondelēz International has announced that from the end of March, the Oreo brand will be covered by its sustainable cocoa sourcing programme, Cocoa Life.

product news: Ben & Jerry's unveils new flavour

Topped Pretzel Palooza is the latest ice cream flavour from Ben & Jerry’s, and is being supported by a £3.5m marketing campaign spanning digital, PR and outdoor communications.

product news: Quorn extends LTA partnership

Meat-free brand Quorn has renewed its partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for a further five years.

product news: Trebor brings back Get Minted promotion

The Trebor mint brand’s convenience channel-exclusive promotion, Get Minted, is returning for a second year.

product news: Starbucks adds to chilled coffee range

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

product news: Slush Puppie takes sugar out of drinks

Slush Puppie has committed to being 85% no sugar or no added sugar on all drinks.

product news: Partners for Growth personalises fixture advice

Partners for Growth, Unilever’s category advice programme for small store retailers, is marking its 15th year with the launch of a new personalised fixture advice service.

product news: Better Biscuits increases category focus

The Better Biscuits Best Sellers category initiative from Pladis – now simply called Better Biscuits – is evolving to include four additional levers for growth.

product news: introduces members' area, the category advice service from P&G, has launched a new members area to help retailers boost sales across laundry, homecare and babycare, as well as beauty and grooming.

product news: Walkers celebrates 70th anniversary

Independent retailers are being offered the chance to win a store makeover as part of the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the Walkers crisp brand.

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.

product news: Kettle Chips runs on-pack promotion

Kettle Chips is running an ‘Upgrade your lunch’ on-pack promotion on its full single serve and multi-pack ranges.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 16 April 2018
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands124.2463.90131.80121.24
North East123.61131.90121.00
North West123.8457.70130.24120.33
Northern Ireland122.81120.56
South East125.0961.90132.19122.34
South West124.4558.90129.28121.58
West Midlands123.74130.31120.97
Yorkshire & Humber123.50131.80120.56

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