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Product news: Lucozade Energy in mega sampling campaign

Lucozade Energy is this month launching a summer sampling campaign, which will take the taste of the Orange and Original varieties to consumers via four million samples.

Product news: Bestway relaunches own-label brand

Independent wholesaler, Bestway Wholesale, is relaunching its retail own-label offer this summer, repositioning the label in light of the evolution in the own-label market.

Product news: CCEP halves sugar content in Capri-Sun

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced the reformulation of the regular Capri-Sun flavours, as part of its strategy to help retailers provide more low-sugar soft drinks to consumers.

Product news: Republic Technologies taps into RYO market with launch of kingsize tubes

Republic Technologies (UK) Ltd plans to drive growth of the £254 million tobacco accessories category with the launch of Swan Kingsize Cigarette Tubes, the brand's latest innovation.

Core brands are key to soft drinks category growth, says Red Bull

Energy, water and cola are the three core sub-categories that will drive 97% of future growth in soft drink sale, according to energy drink specialist Red Bull at its inaugural Category Summit attended by customers from across the grocery, convenience, driving and foodservice channels.

Product news: British tennis star Johanna Konta backs new Nature Valley protein flavour

Nature Valley has added a new flavour variant - coconut & almond - to its protein range, linked to its tennis partnership, which includes the support of Britain’s number one female tennis player, Johanna Konta, the brand’s first UK ambassador.

Product news: Big year for Perrier as brand adds Flavours

Nestlé Waters is introducing Perrier Flavours to its bottled water portfolio, in what the company believes will be the biggest year for the brand in over a decade. The premium range will be available in two flavours - Green Apple and Lemon.

P&G hosts inaugural 'Shelfhelp' forum to help retailers win in convenience

P&G has reaffirmed its commitment to the convenience and impulse channel by hosting its first ShelfHelp forum. The event brought together the company’s 'ShelfHelpers' retailer ambassadors, all selected by P&G at the start of the year, to work in collaboration with P&G’s convenience teams across its core household categories - laundry, homecare, health & beauty and baby.

Product news: Packaging refresh for iconic British brand Bovril

Bovril is undergoing a packaging refresh to reinforce its status as an original - 131-year-old - iconic British food brand and highlight its high protein content.

Product news: Quaker Oats taps into protein trend with new sachet line-up

Quaker Oats is launching new Oats So Simple Protein Sachets to tap into the fast-growing protein cereals segment. The company says the launch will allow retailers to maximise their cereal sales by offering a fast, convenient, nutrient-packed format for existing Quaker shoppers as well as appealing to a new audience looking for a high-protein option.

Product news: First 'WISIWIG' launch for Red Bull Editions

Red Bull has launched a ‘when it's gone it's gone’ Summer Edition - Kiwi-Apple flavour, an extension to the existing Editions range. It is the company's first ‘when it's gone it's gone’ launch from the brand, which will be producing two million cans. Red Bull Editions have delivered £52.8m in sales in the past four years, since the introduction of the range in 2013.

Product news: Trail Mix extension adds Bounty and Galaxy variants

Following the success of its 25g Trail Mix shot packs, which launched in 2016, Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats is now extending the range. The new trail mix packs come in two popular flavours: Bounty Snack ‘n’ Share Trail Mix with chocolate pieces, coconut, raisins and sultanas; and Galaxy Snack ‘n’ Share Trail Mix with chocolate pieces, golden raisins, cashews and cranberries.

product news: Kinder Bueno adds coconut special edition

Ferrero is launching a coconut variant of Kinder Bueno as a special edition product.

product news: Cantona image returning to Kronenbourg 1664

French football star Eric Cantona’s image is returning to packs of Kronenbourg 1664, and will feature across the full range.

product news: Relentless targets music fans

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced a new Relentless on-pack promotion to help retailers grow their energy sales by tapping into the increasing popularity of urban music and festivals in Great Britain.

product news: Ribena introduces doodling app

Ribena is launching a £4m fully integrated campaign this summer ‘Doodle Your World – Make It More #Ribenary’.

product news: Mars Chocolate launches M&Ms Peanut & Hazelnut

Mars Chocolate UK has announced the launch of M&Ms Peanut & Hazelnut, a limited edition variant that combines the most popular M&Ms variant with one of the most popular flavours in the UK.

product news: Hovis unveils lower carb bread

Hovis is looking to meet consumer needs for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle with the launch of a new Hovis Lower Carb range.

product news: Maryland gets packaging refresh

Burton’s Biscuit Company is announcing significant investment in its Maryland brand over the next 12 months, with a range wide packaging refresh, innovation and a social media campaign.

product news: Vimto unveils RTD drive

Vimto has announced a nine-month distribution drive for its RTD (ready to drink) range.

product news: Mentos lines up four new launches

The mint and gum brand Mentos has four new launches lined up for this summer.

product news: Absolut enters RTD market

Premium vodka brand Absolut is entering the ready-to-drink (RTD) market with a range of premium cans called Absolut Mixt.

product news: Ginsters launches two new sandwiches

Ginsters is launching two new limited edition sandwiches - Hunters Chicken and Ham Hock & Piccalilli - which will be joining the range throughout the summer from Wednesday July 26.

product news: DSL introduces new air freshener range

Forecourt promotions company DSL Group has joined forces with confectionary giant Millions to launch a new range of branded air fresheners.

product news: Pot Noodle expands into pasta

Pot Noodle is launching a new range, featuring pasta recipes in a convenient snack pot format.

Releasing the Boost to 40m consumers

Boost's latest Release the Boost campaign, which is running through the summer, covers radio, outdoor, digital and new online activity using Facebook Live, in total aiming to reach over 40 million consumers. The Facebook Live activity launches on June 16, with four live streams of Boost's new online game show broadcast through the day.

Still move for Monster with new Hydra launch

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is adding non-carbonated energy drinks to its successful Monster line-up. Called Monster Hydro, the drinks come in three distinct flavours: Tropical Thunder, Mean Green and Manic Melon.

Cadbury teams with the Premier League for promo

Cadbury is launching its first on-pack promotion following its new partnership with the Premier League. Up for grabs are 10 personalised Premier League match day experiences for two, 50 pairs of match tickets every week, 200 Premier League replica footballs and up to 200,000 free Cadbury bars.

Three Pot Pasta recipes join Pot Noodle line up

Unilever is adding Pot Pasta to its Pot Noodle range, featuring the nation's favourite pasta recipes in a convenient snack pot format. Rolling out next month, the Beefy Bolognese, Creamy Carbonara and Cheesy Broccoli variants will be supported by a £2m 'You can make it the Italian way' marketing campaign, which includes out-of-home advertising.

Pork Farms' Great Summer Giveaway

Pork Farms has launched the Great Summer Giveaway across millions of packs. Shoppers simply enter a code off the promotional packs online, and each code will be entered into a draw to win the top prize of a £45,000 motor home or one of 100 free holidays.

Asti is latest to join I Heart wine portfolio

Asti is joining Copestick Murray's flagship I Heart range, which continues to perform strongly and is now a top 20 UK wine brand and worth £46m. Indeed I Heart Pinot Grigio and I Heart Prosecco are the UK's favourite wines in the impulse sector (Nielsen data).

Kinder Bueno goes mini for the sharing market

Ferrero is tapping into the sharing opportunity with the launch of Kinder Bueno Mini (rrp £2), which are the classic Kinder Bueno in bite-sized, individually wrapped portions.

Glaceau Smartwater takes the flavoured route

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched three new Glaceau Smartwater sparkling flavoured variants with zero sugar and zero calories.

Makeover for Urban Eat, backed by promotion

Urban Eat is undergoing a major makeover this summer with a colourful new packaging design that plays on the brand's heritage featuring a city skyline on the front of packs.

Oven BAked rebrand

Walkers has rebranded its Oven Baked range to highlight the 50% less fat element. There is also a new Roasted Chicken & Thyme flavour available in a multipack.

rainbow bottle

Absolut is launching a vibrant limited-edition bottle to support the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community and help drive sales this summer.

Milky move

Milkybar is getting even milkier thanks to a new recipe which sees the percentage of milk increase from 26% to 37.5% across bars, blocks, buttons and sharing bags.

Really good for you

Eat Real has launched three new organic, gluten-free and Vegan snacks: Hummus Chips, Lentil Chips and Veggie Straws; in response to consumer demand for 'good for you' products.

product news: Kellogg's cuts sugar in cereal bars

Kellogg’s has changed the recipe for the three products in its cereal and milk bar range to cut the sugar levels.

product news: Nature Valley recruits brand ambassador

Britain’s number one female tennis player Johanna Konta has become the first UK brand ambassador for Nature Valley.

product news: Hovis sets out on sampling campaign

Hovis has launched a nationwide sampling campaign encouraging trial and creating awareness for Hovis Wholemeal loaves.

product news: Tangerine adds to Vimto range

Tangerine Confectionery has launched a new addition to the Vimto range: Vimto Remix Bon Bons.

product news: Southern Comfort offers relief from election fatigue

Southern Comfort is offering consumers a break from the General Election by inviting them to “Join our CANpaign”.

product news: Lucozade Sport gives commuters free journey

Lucozade Energy has launched a high-profile summer marketing campaign with an innovative sampling activation.

product news: Desperados unveils on-pack festival promotion

Heineken’s beer brand Desperados has launched an on-pack promotion highlighting the brand’s sponsorship of three of the biggest music events taking place across the country.

product news: Walkers re-launches Sensations range

Walkers is re-positioning its Sensations range as “a feast for the senses”, which will include updating its entire portfolio with a modern, premium packaging design, as well as the introduction of three new flavours.

product news: CCEP evolves with new Glaceau variants

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched three new Glacéau smartwater sparkling flavoured variants with zero sugar, zero calories, and all natural flavours in a bid to help retailers offer more choice to consumers.

product news: Walkers rebrands oven Baked range

Walkers has rebranded its Oven Baked range. The new packs will highlight the 50% less fat element, while still delivering the same taste.

product news: Häagen-Dazs targets millennials

Luxury ice-cream brand Häagen-Dazs has announced a partnership with experiential innovators Bompas & Parr, which forms part of a significant brand re-set positioned to target a broader consumer demographic.

product news: Nestlé ups milk in Milkybar

Nestlé Confectionery has increased the amount of milk in its Milkybar recipe, making it the brand’s number one ingredient, but it claims the taste will remain the same.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 11 December 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands123.22132.06120.72
North East122.41132.57120.03
North West123.0453.80129.56120.69
Northern Ireland121.86125.50120.15
South East123.79130.52121.33
South West123.5451.70130.13120.95
West Midlands122.72130.53120.53
Yorkshire & Humber122.96133.33120.61

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