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CarPlan offers winter essentials in a handy pack

The CarPlan Winter Essentials pack contains de-icer, screen wash and an ice scraper. CarPlan Blue Star De-Icer is a quality product designed to melt ice fast on windscreens, leaving a clear ice and streak-free finish. The de-icer operates down to 15°C. Meanwhile, the soft handle grip and convenient finger recess of the ice scraper makes winter scraping easy. Rrp is £5.99.

Eight out of 10 dog owners will buy their pet a Christmas gift

New research by Mars Petcare UK and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has found that 80% of dog owners will get their pet a Christmas gift; and 40% plan to spend more than £10 on one. The research also found that one of the most popular ways for owners to treat their pet is by giving them turkey from their own Christmas dinner.

Christmas jumpers

Limited-edition seasonal packaging supports Supermalt's Christmas jumper promotion, where consumers can buy or win a special branded sweater.

Spar accolade

Spar's Regional Selection Languedoc Red 2017 has been awarded a Which? Best Buy Taste Test endorsement, as one of the 'Best Buy' winter red wines.

Metcalfe's expands range of low-calorie snacks

Snacks brand Metcalfe’s has launched two new formats of low-calorie snacking products, Corn Chips and Mini Ricecakes.

Ferrero reveals plans for early 2019

Ferrero has unveiled plans for a range of initiatives early in 2019. Levi Boorer, customer development director, explained: “Mother’s Day and Easter fall later in 2019, extending the trading period and giving a greater window for seasonal sales. Ferrero has a wide range of seasonal and limited edition products joining the core line-up to appeal to each occasion individually, and we are investing in media campaigns to support retailers at Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter.”

Starbucks introduces Christmas red cup design in retail

The Christmas red cup design used in the Starbucks' coffeehouse chain has been introduced for the Starbucks Chilled Classics Caffé Latte retail brand.

Cadbury's extends Darkmilk into impulse territory

Cadbury’s is extending its Darkmilk range with two new additions and price-marked packs (PMPs) aimed at the impulse sector.

GSK advises how to maximise self-care cold and flu sales

As the main season for coughs and colds starts, GSK, the maker of Beechams and Panadol, is advising retailers to ensure they maximise self-care cold and flu impulse sales by taking a few simple steps in store.

KP Nuts launches £500,000 Christmas campaign

KP Nuts has launched this year’s Christmas campaign with out-of-home (OOH) print and digital billboards, digital advertising and a competition to win the ultimate Christmas jumper raising money for Save the Children.

Imperial Tobacco offers Rizla RYO filter tips with crushball

Imperial Tobacco is planning to launch Rizla Polar Blast, which it describes as the UK’s first Roll Your Own (RYO) filter tip to contain a Crushball.

ayGlow Wash Bay Illumination System

PDQ Manufacturing launches a new wash bay lighting system

PDQ Manufacturing, which makes in-bay automatic vehicle-wash systems, has launched its new BayGlow Wash Bay Illumination System.

Halls launches digital campaign to drive sales

Halls is launching a new out-of-home advertising campaign throughout the cough and cold season, to help drive retailers’ sales during this key 'relief candy' period.

Guiness clinches title sponsorship of the Six Nations Championship

Guiness is to become the new title sponsor of the Six Nations, with the Championship to be known as the Guiness Six Nations from 2019.

Walkers launches first UK recycling scheme for crisp packets

Walkers is launching the first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. Working with recyclers, TerraCycle, the scheme will tap into an established network of recycling collection points around the UK. The scheme is simple and free to use, all brands of crisp packets will be accepted and will ultimately be turned into other basic plastic items.

New Rockstar with a 'Twister' from Barr

Barr Soft Drinks is launching a new range in the energy drinks category with the introduction of Rockstar Twister.

Ginsters expands bitesize range

Ginsters has expanded its Bitesize range.

Pladis extends Jaffa range

Pladis is expanding its £54m Jaffa Cakes brand into new territory with the launch of Jaffa Cakes Nibbles.

Blanket age bans rejected for energy drinks

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has published the findings of its inquiry into the sale of energy drinks, concluding that there is insufficient evidence for a blanket age restriction on the products.

Varta on the charge with Christmas campaign

Varta Consumer Batteries is the latest brand to release its Christmas ad in the run-up to the big day. The batteries manufacturer has invested in a Christmas TV advertising campaign that will reach an audience of more than 18 million consumers amid this year’s peak selling period.

B'Break snacking breads from Country Choice

A bread bite for every moment of the day is the idea behind the new B’Break Snacking Breads from Country Choice. The four varieties of flavoured breads in a handy stick format include ingredients to create a satisfying 70g hand-held snack as well as a meal accompaniment.

Kellogg's moves to traffic-light labelling

Kellogg UK will adopt colour-coded front-of-pack nutrition labelling, commonly known as traffic lights, in the UK.

Stand by for Weetabix 'any-which-way-a-bix' campaign in January

Weetabix, the nation’s favourite cereal brand, is launching a disruptive campaign with its retail partners, extending the famous ‘Have You Had Your Weetabix?’ campaign into an activation that aims to drive strong sales and category value of £10 million. The campaign is called ‘Any-Which-Way-A-Bix’ and launches in January 2019.

New vegan snacks from Eat Real

Healthier snacking brand Eat Real, best known for its Hummus, Lentil and Quinoa Chips, has unveiled two new vegan snacks – Veggie Bites and Snap Pea Crunch.

Protein ball trio packs for a low-calorie snack

The Protein Ball Co has launched a range of Trio Packs for customers looking to curb their cravings with a healthy, under-100 calorie snack.

Nestlé Confectionery launches Spring range

Nestlé Confectionery’s spring range for 2019 will focus on offering consumers its big brands in the season’s best-selling formats, and features innovation in mini eggs, large eggs and giant eggs as well as a new range of Incredible eggs. The line-up includes new large egg launches from Smarties, Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Yorkie, plus new KitKat Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge, Yorkie Raisin and Biscuit and Smarties mini eggs Incredible Eggs.

Dogs top Christmas gift list for 80% of owners

New research by Mars Petcare UK and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that eight out of 10 dog owners in the UK are planning to put their pet on top of their Christmas gift list this year.

Mini Babybel Spirolls cheese snack set for January launch

Cheese snack format Mini Babybel, will be extending its market-leading range with the launch of Mini Babybel Spirolls in January, with the aim of boosting sales in the lunchbox cheese category.

Vimto celebrates 110th birthday with sales boost

Vimto has celebrated its 110th birthday with a claimed sales growth of 12.5%, as well as a £10million jump in brand value since the start of 2018.

'Try something new' festive ad for Pepsi Max

Pepsi MAX is back on TV screens helping to drive trial of its core and flavoured products during the festive season.

Del Monte reveals new on-the-go snacking ranges

Del Monte has launched two new on-the-go fruit snacking ranges - Fruit Express and Fruit Fusions. Available in nine ambient flavours, each recyclable pot provides one portion of the recommended five-a-day and is targeting lunchboxes, after school or on-the-go sales. Available now in selected retailers, both ranges will roll out across the wider retail trade throughout the year.

product news: Yazoo revamps Yazoo Kids packaging

Yazoo is revamping the packaging of Yazoo Kids.

product news: Swizzels reveals latest sweet creation

Sweet manufacturer Swizzels has revealed its newest sweet creation, invented by a consumer, which is set to go into production next year.

product news: Fox's Glacier extends life of limited edition

Fox’s Glacier, which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary, has decided to continue selling its Glacier Tropical, saying it is bowing to retailer demand to extend the run of the limited edition brand.

product news: Cofresh relaunches Grills range

The Indian snacks brand Cofresh has unveiled a relaunch of its Grills range with the addition of three new flavours and new look, new feel packaging.

product news: Country Choice unveils bake in the pack paninis and wraps

Country Choice has launched new “Savour It” bake in the pack ready-made paninis and wraps.

product news: Walkers campaign gets new advert

Walkers is supporting the recent launch of its Christmas dinner flavoured crisps, with a new Christmas TV advert, aiming to spark debate across the nation. The new TV campaign will run throughout the festive season.

product news: Cadbury unveils Secret Santa campaign

Cadbury has unveiled a new Christmas campaign to celebrate the ritual of Secret Santa gifting.

product news: Urban Eat unveils Christmas line-up

Urban Eat has launched its Christmas line-up.

product news: Werther's runs Caramel Shop advert

The Werther’s Original Christmas Caramel Shop box contains a variety of Werther’s caramels including Butter Candies, Creamy Filling, Éclairs and new Soft Caramel.

product news: Duerr's launches festive preserves advent calendar

Duerr’s has launched a festive preserves advent calendar.

product news: Kellogg's teams up with Elf on the Shelf

Kellogg’s has teamed up with The Elf on the Shelf to give away 1,000 prize packages, each valued at up
to £80.

Walkers' launch sparks brussels sprouts debate

Walkers is launching a new festive range of Christmas dinner flavours, including the first-ever Brussel Sprouts flavoured crisp. Aiming to spark debate across the nation and drive incremental sales for retailers, Walkers is launching two Christmas dinner flavoured multipacks, one including a Brussels Sprouts flavour for the sprout lovers or, for those who are not a fan, a pack containing alternative festive flavours.

Sweet and savoury options from Aryzta

Aryzta Food Solutions' new Christmas range has 15 sweet and savoury options. These include a Gingerbread Muffin, delicately spiced with ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, filled with a vanilla treacle frosting and topped with icing sugar; and the Mocha Muffin, a coffee flavoured chocolate chip muffin with coffee frosting.

Cadbury and Mr Kipling roll out new cakes

Two new seasonal Cadbury Cakes are available. New Reindeer Cake is a chocolate sponge with caramel-flavoured crème, enrobed in Cadbury chocolate. Also available is a 12-cake selection box. The Mr Kipling range also has two new products: Stem Ginger Slices and Candy Cane Slices; available in a snack-pack format. In addition, there is a new snowflake lid design on Mr Kipling Deep Filled Mince Pies.

More Merry Moments available from pladis

Snacking giant pladis has introduced four new cakes to its seasonal range. McVitie's Merry Moments Double Choccy Crunch four-pack, McVitie's Merry Moments Mint Chocolate Crunch four-pack, McVitie's Penguin Merry Berry cake bars five-pack and McVitie's Penguin Merry Mint cake bars five-pack all have an rrp of just £1.

An advent calendar with a difference

Duerr's has launched a festive preserves advent calendar. Behind the doors are a mixture of classic and specially blended, spirit-infused flavours in 42g individual serve glass jars, with the main door on December 24 revealing a 227g festive treat. Rrp is £12.50. Richard Duerr, sales and marketing director at Duerr's says: "We hope that everyone enjoys these preserves some of which have been blended with our favourite spirits."

Mojo, the cheeky alpaca, backs J20 Glitterberry

Britvic's J2O Glitterberry flavour is on-screens for the first time since 2011 with a TV ad featuring J2O's brand ambassador, Mojo, the cheeky alpaca. In the ad, Mojo encourages festive partygoers to hit the dancefloor with Glitterberry in hand.

New seasonal packaging for Victoria biscuits

McVitie's Victoria, the number-one premium biscuit assortment, is returning for Christmas 2018 with new seasonal packaging. It is available in a range of formats from the 100g (rrp £1) to the 300g (rrp £5) and 600g (rrp £8) boxes. Also available is McVitie's Moments, which has been designed to attract younger shoppers. Rrp is £10. On the savoury side, there is Jacob's Biscuits for Cheese Selection in three formats.

Why KP Nuts are a must-stock this Christmas

As the number one-branded nut, KP Nuts are a Christmas-time staple, whether for festive get-togethers or a cosy night in. The brand is now worth £58.5m six times more than its nearest competitor (Nielsen). "We know that KP Nuts drive shoppers into the category ahead of the big day, with a 50% increase in shoppers buying KP at Christmas," said Matt Collins, sales director for convenience, wholesale, discounters and foodservice.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 11 March 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands130.10132.90120.67
North East129.08134.29119.18
North West129.62132.39119.92
Northern Ireland128.35125.75119.27
South East130.8571.90133.04121.53
South West130.29132.15121.01
West Midlands129.9664.90133.23120.58
Yorkshire & Humber129.42131.73119.63

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