FT McCoys Fire Pit

McCoy’s get all fired up

2020-12-21T15:47:00+00:00By Tracy West

Popular ridged crisps brand McCoy’s is getting a new year boost with the launch of three new flavours under the Fire Pit sub-brand.


Fear of running out drives Christmas grocery sales

2020-12-21T15:43:00+00:00By Tracy West, retail commentator

Earlier this month, I got the usual ‘festive’ email from Businesswaste.co.uk calling for a ban on Christmas dinner. 

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Bestway Wholesale acquires Costcutter Supermarkets Group


Bestway Wholesale is to acquire Costcutter Supermarkets Holdings Limited, trading as Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG), from Bibby Line Group.

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Egging you on - focus on Spring confectionery

2020-11-25T18:17:00+00:00By Tracy West

Who knows what Christmas will be like this year – let alone Easter 2021, but that’s no reason not to plan ahead.

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Down but not out - focus on food and drinks to go

2020-11-25T17:45:00+00:00By Tracy West

This year has been like no other in many ways, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, not least of all for food-to-go sales.

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In great shape - focus on healthy snacking

2020-11-25T17:31:00+00:00By Tracy West

We’re in the middle of another lockdown and that means more people spending more time at home.

FT retailer Parkfoot Garage online shopping van on forecourt

Three cheers for forecourt retailers: Tracy West, retail commentator

2020-11-23T15:54:00+00:00By Tracy West

Three cheers for the forecourt retailers who have really gone out of their way to help customers during the lockdowns. Of course, many are simply doing the things that they’ve always done but have found a whole new audience thanks to more people shopping locally.

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First Asda on the Move opens on Euro Garages site in Walsall


The first ‘Asda On the Move’ convenience store has opened on a Euro Garages site in Walsall. The site is part of a three-store trial with EG Group that will see Asda open on forecourts in the Midlands during October and follows last week’s announcement that Asda is being acquired by the Issa brothers and TDR Capital.

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Top 50 Indie Ascona Group unveils first store with Nisa Local fascia


Top 50 Indie Ascona Group has unveiled its first Nisa Local store fascia as plans to convert all its sites to the brand get underway.

FT -  (l-r) at Maxol Glenabbey Service Station -Brian Donaldson, CEO of The Maxol Group, Ron Whitten, Chief Financial Officer, Henderson Group; and Paddy Doody, Sales and Marketing Director, Henderson Group

Maxol and Henderson Group renew contract with £425m deal


Maxol, Northern Ireland’s leading forecourt and convenience retailer, has announced the renewal of its strategic alliance with the Henderson Group, the company that owns the Spar franchise in Northern Ireland.