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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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Gala new sponsor of IFTA Television Awards

IFTA, the Irish Film & Television Academy, has confirmed that Gala, the Irish retail convenience group with 200 stores countrywide, is the new three-year headline sponsor of the annual ‘IFTA Gala Television Awards’. The IFTA Gala Television Awards ceremony will take place on October 22 at the Double Tree Hotel in Dublin and will celebrate and recognise the very best ...

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New-look Maxol to create 25 Dublin jobs

Forecourt convenience retailer Maxol has revealed the details of a €2 million investment at a site in Dublin, creating 25 local jobs. The site at Hearse Road, Donabate, is in the capital’s north east, and will offer Maxol’s latest two-storey building design with a focus on food service. The station will boast the latest Maxol Mace convenience store, a brand ...

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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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Aryzta acquires La Rousse Foods

Swiss speciality baker Aryzta is to acquire premium foodservice company La Rousse Foods. Aryzta, formerly Cuisine De France, announced the deal will be completed after approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Authority. La Rousse currently works with 168 local suppliers, serving more than 1,300 customers in Ireland. Aryzta’s chief executive for Europe and Asia Pacific, Hilliard Lombard, said: “This is another exciting chapter ...

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Lidl at the Tall Ships

Lidl have hosted a successful event on board the Sorlandet at Belfast Harbour during the 2015 Belfast Tall Ships Race. Organised by Sail Training International, up to 80 vessels, including an estimated 20 striking square-rigged Tall Ships, are in Belfast until Sunday July 5 for the event, doubling the number that came in 2009. Some 500,000 people are expected to visit ...

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Topaz Dublin airport wins major award

One of Topaz’s flagship service stations, Topaz Dublin airport, has won a major award for its fresh food. The company’s new retail food and coffee offering, Re.Store, overcame competition from throughout the country to claim the Best Food-To-Go Award at this year’s Best in Fresh Awards. The ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin heard the judges were full of ...

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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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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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