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Exclusive: Electric vehicles impact on forecourts

The rising popularity of electric vehicles has seen the automotive landscape change dramatically. Speaking to both Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs at the AA and the department of communications, climate action and environment in Ireland IF&CR found out exactly where the electric-hype is taking the forecourt industry. The inevitable incorporation of electric vehicles (EVs) into the motoring industry, and ...

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The 2018 Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Award Winners

The convenience retailing event of the year was back at the wonderful Clayton on Burlington Road in Dublin on September, 19, and it was the most packed, enjoyed event of its prestigious history. With a star line-up at this year’s conference, including headline speaker Jacob Schram, author of “The Essence of Business” and former president for Europe at Circle K ...

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Latest research from HIM showing the future of the forecourt

The latest research from HIM, market leading Research Company in the wholesale, convenience, foodservice, high street and forecourt market, has shown some interesting results. The latest whitepaper for September 2018 from HIM has shown that the behaviours of consumers is evolving quicker than ever within the forecourt convenience bracket. An example of this can be seen between the differences between ...

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Revamping McCaughey’s

Forecourt operatives throughout Ireland face challenges and opportunities on a daily basis. Whether this be keeping up with an already competitive market or grasping the opportunity to expand your brand, there is no easy time for an independent forecourt retailer. Raylene McCaughy, manager of McCaughey’s Service Station, located a near the border, knows exactly what it takes to compete in ...

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Tayto CEO Buys Genesis Crafty Bakery

Paul Allen, Tayto Group chief executive has purchased McErlain’s Bakery in Magherafelt, which produces the Genesis Crafty range as well as private label cakes and breads for several high-street stores. In a shake up to the bakery industry throughout NI McErlain’s Bakery, who experienced trading difficulties in the past year, called in Andrew Dolliver and Luke Charleton of EY as ...

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Coke Zero goes red

Coca-cola extends iconic ‘red’ to coca-cola zero sugar packs

Coca-Cola has revealed a new design for the Coca-Cola range featuring new look packaging for Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola zero sugar. The changes unify both variants with the iconic Coca-Cola red and form part of the company’s commercial strategy to encourage more people to try Coca-Cola zero sugar. From September onwards, the bottles and cans of both variants will feature the ...

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Small Changes Making a Big Difference with Brian Herlihy of Centra

Independency within retail and convenience is never an easy job. There are a plethora of issues facing owners, managing directors, licensees and numerous individuals in-between. Whilst there is no out-and-out solution to solving the issues that face retailers every day, a wealth of experience and a logical approach can create an understanding for the current climate and future of the ...

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Fierce competition

Recent figures from Kantar are indicative that the market is strong but that competition is rife. The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending May 20, 2018, indicate that competition is rife in the grocery market in Ireland as Tesco takes the top spot for the first time since 2015. The gap between the top three ...

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A brighter future for Blaneys Stores XL

John Blaney, owner of Blaneys Stores describes how BWG helped him turn his business around. As a family run business in rural Ireland, Blaneys Stores has had its fair share of challenges brought on by the recession and lack of investment in non-urban areas in the West of Ireland. Thankfully, owner John Blaney tells Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer that ...

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Coming out on top in Cavan

Padraig Rudden, owner of Costcutter Rudden’s Service Station tells IF&CR why Top Oil is the only network for him. The site on the popular Railway Road in Cavan had been trading for thirty years and in October of last year went under an extensive redevelopment, switching to Costcutter and adding a host of new facilities. Despite feeling the need for ...

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Smooch

Make it special, make it simple.

Smooch ice cream’s refreshed brand identity presents more opportunities nationwide. Smooch ice cream concept was introduced by Dairyglen in 2005 and has quickly become one of the most recognisable brands in the category. After six years of unprecedented growth, as a forward-thinking company Smooch has decided to change and contemporise their brand identity in reaction to consumer demand and a ...

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Baking up a new site in Maynooth

Eurospar retailer Luke Creighan opens the latest The Natural Bakery Store in Manor Mills Shopping Centre. Ireland’s largest independent bakery chain, The Natural Bakery opened the doors to its 13th shop this month in Maynooth creating 10 new jobs. While the majority of The Natural Bakery sites are in Dublin, this will be the retailer’s second shop in Kildare. The ...

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