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Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, canny retailers are already turning their thoughts to 2020 and the occasions that stack up in the first few months of the year. In 2020 Valentine's Day (February 14) falls on a Friday making it a better day for a celebration, whether going out or staying in. Levi Boorer, customer development director at Ferrero, says the big shift to in-home eating, as a result of a lack of consumer confidence, is an underlying trend driving Valentine's Day. "Nearly 40% of people made a special meal at home for Valentine's Day last year and far fewer people went out for a meal, at just 24% (Kantar and Alco-Vision data). Coupled with this, of all the spring occasions, Valentine's Day tends to be the most last minute so smaller retailers should be brave enough to be big and bold in the final week before the occasion to yield the most success."

Costcutter launches "Bring Christmas together" campaign

Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has launched its festive campaign, ‘Bringing Christmas Together’, which, as well as in-store activation and offers, will include an interactive outreach campaign on social media.

Bisto brings back its community table competition

Premier Foods is bringing back its Bisto Community Table competition, which gives one retailer the chance to win a fully funded catered meal for their community.

Country Choice introduces Christmas Jammy Shortbreads

Joining Country Choice’s festive line-up this year are Christmas Jammy Shortbreads, which are individually wrapped jam-filled biscuits decorated with either a Christmas bell or a Christmas tree.

Aryzta adds a Vegan Mince Pie Tart to its festive range

Aryzta has introduced a Vegan Mince Pie Tart, comprising a vegan pastry shell filled with mincemeat and topped with a golden nutty crumble.

Yule all love these

In the lead up to last Christmas, Quality Street lovers got the chance to fill tins with just their favourite twistwapped chocolates thanks to a 'Choose your favourites' pop-up at John Lewis department stores. This year, as well as 'Choose your favourites', shoppers at John Lewis's flagship London store can choose custom KitKats from a choice of nearly 1,500 flavour combinations. According to brand owner Nestlé, the KitKats will be one of this year's 'must-have' presents but they come at quite a price up to £14 a bar. That seems pretty expensive for four fingers of chocolate but such is the popularity of chocolate as a Christmas gift (according to Deloitte's Christmas Survey 2018, chocolate is the number one present for adults), they will probably sell well.

Stocking the good stuff

Pernod Ricard reckons there's a £15.5m sales opportunity in the premium wine and spirits category this Christmas, that's there for the convenience sector's taking. The company is urging retailers to give better visibility to premium products so they can win back sales from the grocery multiples. Pernod Ricard is investing £5m in the Christmas occasion, which will include advertising urging retailers to 'Stock the good stuff'.

Cofresh unveils its With Love & Spice campaign for Diwali

Indian snack brand Cofresh has revealed details of its new With Love & Spice Diwali campaign, designed to boost awareness of the range and drive footfall to the store fixture in the run-up to this key selling time.

GSK backs Beechams with £3.9m media spend

GSK is launching a Boss it with Beechams marketing campaign and new look for its cold and flu remedies, backed by a £3.9m media spend.

Do you dare to scare?

Nobody in the UK will be able to miss Halloween this year thanks to Boris and his Brexit deadline. With the words 'October 31' appearing in news story after news story and countdown calendars appearing on websites, it's a date that is very much front of mind. And whatever happens Brexit-wise, October 31 aka Halloween typically offers a sales bump for many retailers, and this year as it falls on a Thursday, celebrations may well carry over to the weekend.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East133.4167.40141.10128.52
East Midlands132.93141.67128.44
London133.0565.90142.23128.80
North East131.55139.57126.67
North West132.1066.90140.54127.58
Northern Ireland129.82134.61125.46
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South East133.80141.93129.03
South West132.9567.90139.13128.12
Wales132.1064.90137.03127.13
West Midlands132.7866.57142.07128.26
Yorkshire & Humber131.9963.90141.14127.34

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