Home - Features - Interviews (page 4)

Interviews

Wholesale change for BWG

Managing director of BWG Foods, Willie O’Byrne, speaks to IF&CR about the year ahead and what’s next after the Londis takeover In June 2015, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission cleared BWG’s long sought after deal to acquire ADM Londis for €23 million, some ten years after offering €35 million for the symbol brand. It was the icing on the ...

Read More »

Maxol sets sights on new heights

Maxol’s chief executive-in-waiting, Brian Donaldson, tells us of his short and long-term plans for the company. Tom Noonan will be leaving behind some impressive shoes to fill when he departs in May. Inaugural recipient of the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer’s lifetime achievement award, and chief executive of Maxol for some 25 of his 36 years with the business, Tom’s ...

Read More »

Inventive Inver investing in infrastructure

Experienced fuel retailer Norman Foley tells IF&CR about joining the Inver brand, and the exciting plans the company has to grab hold of the forecourt sector in a big way Norman Foley has built-up his Co Kerry forecourt and convenience business over the past 12 years, and after joining Inver’s relatively new forecourt fascia he says business is now booming. ...

Read More »

2015’s fuel retail hero, Supermac

One of Ireland’s most successful businessmen speaks to Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer on his receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award and keeping up the pace in the forecourt market Picking up his Lifetime Achievement award it seemed the fast-food Tsar of Ireland, Pat McDonagh, is on his way to becoming its forecourt Pharaoh. The Supermac’s founder and Papa John’s ...

Read More »

Staying on Top – Martin Daly speaks to IF&CR

Martin Daly, head of sales & marketing at one of Ireland’s largest fuel retailers Top Oil, speaks to IF&CR about the company’s winning strategy. Top Oil scored a major success at this year’s Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards when their Top Oil Mace Park Road site in Waterford claimed a major award for the Top Oil brand. The site, ...

Read More »

Roscommon is making the switch to Valero

IF&CR speaks to two Co Roscommon forecourt retailers, who have made the switch to Valero, selling fuel under the Texaco brand.   When experienced forecourt professionals with the business acumen of Declan Jones and Emer Cooney switch to your brand, you must be doing something right. Both former Esso dealers and highly-regarded business people in Co Roscommon, their forecourts have ...

Read More »

Independent Laboratory Ltd – The science of fuel traceability

Independent Laboratory Ltd is at the frontline of fuel analysis, and tells IF&CR about adjusting to the introduction of the latest hi-tech tracer Accutrace S-10 is a colourless, odourless, fuel marker additive that is so difficult to remove the very process requires the destruction of the fuel in which it is contained. It is the latest line of defence against ...

Read More »

Sunday Business Post joins as IF&CR Awards media partner

Ireland’s leading business publication, The Sunday Business Post, has been revealed as official media partner in Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer (IF&CR) Awards 2014. The news comes following broadcasting star Miriam O’Callaghan signing up to return as host for the highly-anticipated awards taking place on the 11th of September. The event is the highlight of the industry calendar featuring top ...

Read More »

Wash the space – Car Wash Show Europe

Bogdan Manta, Director of Sales of the first ever Car Wash Show Europe, speaks to IF&CR about the event taking place this October IF&CR: Bogdan, you have been involved in the launch of Car Wash Show Europe since February 2014, when ICA announced this inaugural trade show, what was the association’s motivation behind rolling out a European show? Bogdan: We ...

Read More »

Captain of industry – Donal O’Grady speaks to IF&CR

Running a forecourt and performing as captain of Limerick’s senior hurling team can’t be easy, but Donal O’Grady somehow manages to make it look that way. The service station in the village of Ballingarry, south of Limerick, has been in his family for over 30 years, and for 34-year-old Donal, the support of his fans off the pitch has been ...

Read More »

Q&A with Crantock Bakery’s Leigh Loomes

Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer speaks to Leigh Loomes, national sales manager and head of new product development at Crantock Bakery. How many years have you worked for your current employer? I’ve been with Crantock for 11 years now, I joined as a Business Development Manager after running my own retail business. What most appeals to you about working in the sector? ...

Read More »

Camlin service station in the spotlight

Joe Raleigh’s family-run Camlin Service Station has been serving one of Longford’s arterial routes since 1988. The popular forecourt is already home to an award-winning BWG Spar, but Joe is convinced his latest partnership with Valero will see his business flourish in what are changing times for the industry. “In November last year we found ourselves in a free situation,” ...

Read More »