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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 ...

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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 ...

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Fairbanks launches new web portal

In 2014, Fairbanks recognised the need for a service that would allow fuel retailers easier, faster access to data. Their vision was to develop a platform that would give greater visibility and control over their business. By the summer of 2015, after extensive research and development, Fairbanks had built, tested and launched their brand new service – a customer-driven, transparent ...

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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 ...

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Alcohol consumption is changing – are you?

Irish born Jim Whelan, director of international business at Viessmann Refrigeration Systems discusses current trends in alcohol purchasing and how to make the most of it… The Irish have changed their drinking habits, and for forecourts and convenience stores this is an opportunity to sell more. But what triggers consumers to buy more alcoholic drinks in-store, and how do you ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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? ...

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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,” ...

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Butterkist unveils Discoveries Popcorn

Butterkist, the nation’s number one popcorn brand, is set to uncover incremental sales for retailers with the launch of its new taste-intense Discoveries range. Butterkist Discoveries has been developed to meet consumer demand for more adventurous flavour fusions. The new temptingly moreish flavours of Hickory BBQ Pulled Pork (80g, MRRSP £1.49) and Sweet Chilli & Zesty Lime (80g, MRRSP £1.49) ...

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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,” ...

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Topaz Re.Store fuelling the Irish economy

Topaz began 2015 announcing they were moving into “expansion mode”, and the plan continues unabated with the refitting of Clonsaugh in north Dublin, and Ballacolla in Co Laois. The stations were redeveloped at a cost of €10 million, providing over 300 jobs in total, while both have been reimagined into Topaz’s Re.Store format – an idea-heavy concept that takes their ...

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