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CO₂ shortages causing suppliers to 'cancel promotional activity'

Issues with supply of CO₂ in Europe could affect categories such as soft drinks 

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Sniffer dog illicit tobacco

Illicit tobacco campaign generates hundreds of tip offs

21 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Hundreds of people have come forward with illicit tobacco tip offs since the launch of a new local authority-funded campaign in the North East of England.

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Welsh retailers react to Minimum Unit Pricing approval

21 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Welsh retailers have reacted to the announcement that a minimum unit price on alcohol will be introduced in Wales, after legislation was approved by the Welsh Assembly earlier this week.

McColl’s, Market Street, Kirkby Stephen.

Police appeal for witnesses following c-store ram-raid

20 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Officers are investigating a robbery which took place at a McColl’s store in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, in which thieves ram-raided the premises to try and steal the store’s ATM.

smuggled counterfeit tobacco

Northern Irish retailers voice Brexit fears over illicit tobacco

19 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Tackling the growing scourge of cross-border tobacco smuggling must remain a priority during the ongoing Brexit negotiations, retailers claim.

Nature Valley Konta Partnership

Nature Valley serves up £2m TV campaign

22 Jun 2018

Nature Valley is launching a new £2m ‘Summer of British Tennis’ campaign across TV, digital, print and social media.

Quorn Back To School Campaign

Quorn unveils £1.5m back to school campaign

22 Jun 2018

Quorn is launching a £1.5 million TV campaign, encouraging people to make family dinners healthy during the back to school period.

Emma Jenkins

What's keeping my till ringing?

22 Jun 2018

Nisa retailer Emma Jenkins has just started ordering Co-op products and is excited to see how the new pizza range will go down.


Fruittella gets 99-calorie packs

22 Jun 2018

Perfetti Van Melle has added a new handy 99-calorie grab & go sachet option.

Promoted: Boosting biscuits Video

Mondelez International has worked with C-Store to re-invigorate the biscuit fixtures in a selection of c-stores.


Tutorial: Raising the bar in biscuits

18 Jun 2018

As part of C-Store’s Shop Project, Mondelez International visited five stores with a plan to build biscuit sales and create new opportunities.

Food hygiene

Sign up to high standards

14 Jun 2018 Updated: 15 Jun 2018 | By Nikki Cutler

All stores will soon have to display their food hygiene ratings for all shoppers to see, so it’s crucial retailers run a five-star operation.

Save Local Colchester

Save Local, Colchester

12 Jun 2018 Updated: 15 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

For more than four years, Andrea Aston worked on the design and construction of her own store. The new Save Local in Colchester is the result of her ambition.

Jet Spar Selby

CRA 2018: Jet Spar, Selby

31 May 2018 Updated: 01 Jun 2018

Nick Baker, owner of NJB Services, which operates five Spar forecourts in the North, has carried out a daring £1.3m knock-down and rebuild to turn his 600sq ft basic c-store into a 2,000sq ft futuristic glass-fronted two-storey store.

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Jac Roper is fighting for a better deal for independent retailers

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Have sales of reduced-calorie soft drinks risen in store since the sugar tax came into force in April?

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Richard Inglis

Turn to tech to keep you running

12 Jun 2018 | By Richard Inglis

Richard discusses the benefits of using RDM units to monitor temperatures in his chillers and freezers.


Targeting business crime

12 Jun 2018 | By James Lowman

The recent expert report on tackling retail crime takes a pragmatic approach, says James.

Heidi Lanschuetzer

Following the healthy agenda

31 May 2018 | By HIM

Making it easy for shoppers to choose a healthier option over a not-so-healthy one is paramount, writes HIM’s Heidi Lanschuetzer.

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The scoop on summer 2018

31 May 2018 Updated: 01 Jun 2018

Summer can be big business for c-stores, but each year brings surprises. Our C-Store Champions discuss what’s new in their coolbox of tricks.

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