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ASDA today announced it has cut fuel prices again and set new lower pump prices at all of its 167 petrol stations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.   

ASDA’s new national fuel prices see unleaded petrol drop to 85.9 pence per litre and diesel fall to 91.9 pence per litre at all its forecourts from today.  

This follows on from the supermarket’s price drop last week and knocks a further two pence per litre off the cost of unleaded petrol. 

This latest cut sees unleaded petrol pump prices drop to their lowest since November 2005.

Unleaded has now fallen by 12 pence per litre since the beginning of August and by 50 pence per gallon since the start of the year. 

Significant falls in the price of petrol, supported by lower crude oil prices, are enabling ASDA to pass on these cost savings to its customers.   

To make sure all its customers benefit from the lower costs, ASDA has once again reduced the prices at all its forecourts to the same level, irrespective of where customers live and the prices set by local competitors. 

On top of this price reduction, all ASDA credit and store cardholders are currently entitled to a further two pence per litre of fuel discount when paying with their card[i].   

ASDA Trading Director, Andy Brem, said: “We have seen significant falls in petrol costs with crude edging back towards $60 a barrel and surplus gasoline driving market prices down. 

"This is good news for motorists and we’ve once again seized the opportunity to pass these savings on to all our customers moving to the same price nationwide.” 
Posted in Press Centre on 19 September 2006
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ASDA today (Tuesday, 05 September 2006) joined calls for Britain's withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy in order to protect the livelihoods of local Scottish fishermen and preserve fish stocks in the North Sea. 

Gordon Maddan, regulatory affairs manager at ASDA said: "We want all the fish we sell to be sustainable. It's very clear however that the Common Fisheries Policy has failed to deliver this so we are now supporting calls for a radical change in approach."  

The supermarket believes a new management regime, devised by fishermen and taking on board the views of NGOs and other stakeholders should replace the CFP. It would give fishermen a stake in managing the stocks on which their livelihoods depend.   

Gordon added: "We believe independent certification is the only way to secure the long term future of Scottish fisheries. We're already working closely with the Scottish Executive, Scottish Fishermen's organisations and the Marine Stewardship Council to try and bring this about." 

Earlier this year ASDA announced it was dramatically changing the way it sources fish, bringing its sustainable fish policy into line with its parent company Wal-Mart.

Within the next three to five years, ASDA will only stock wild-caught fresh and frozen fish from fisheries that meet the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) independent environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.  

The decision means dozens of products bearing the MSC’s distinctive blue eco-label have started appearing on the supermarket's shelves. As part of its new sustainable fish policy, ASDA has already removed shark, skate wings, ling, huss (dog fish) and Dover sole from sale.  

ASDA suspended the sale of North Sea cod in May this year (switching to fisheries in Iceland and Norway) while it works with EU Fisheries (DG Fish) and the North Sea Regional Advisory Committee to establish a stock recovery plan for the species. However it continues to sell Scottish caught haddock in all its stores in Scotland. 

The supermarket is calling for the North Sea to be declared a marine conservation zone to preserve fish stocks for local fishing communities. It believes commercial fishing of the North Sea should be limited to local fishermen who depend on it for their sole income and who use recognised sustainable fishing practices.  

The Fishermen's Association Ltd (FAL) and Save Britain's Fish (SBF) have been campaigning for UK withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy for the past 10 years, saying that thousands of fishermen have lost their jobs as a direct result of EU conservation policy. They estimate between 2001 and 2004 196 vessels over 10 metres have been scrapped, and that 1100 boats have left the UK fleet in the 20 years since the UK joined the Common Market.  

Last week campaigners for Britain's withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy also welcomed the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation to their ranks.

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Posted in Press Centre on 05 September 2006
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ASDA today (25 September 2006) announced it is cutting fuel prices again, for the fifth time in as many weeks and setting new lower pump prices at all of its 167 petrol stations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland from tomorrow morning. 

ASDA’s new national fuel prices will see unleaded petrol drop by another 1p to 84.9 pence per litre with diesel falling by 2p to 89.9 pence per litre at all its forecourts.  

Unlike other retailers ASDA’s national fuel prices mean that motorists filling up at the pumps don’t pay a premium if there is no competition in the area.

This follows on from the supermarket’s price drop last week.  This latest cut sees unleaded petrol pump prices drop to their lowest since June 2005.

Unleaded has now fallen by 13 pence per litre since the beginning of August. 

Further falls in the cost of petrol are enabling ASDA to pass on these cost savings to its customers.   

To make sure all its customers benefit from the lower costs, ASDA has once again reduced the prices at all its forecourts to the same level, irrespective of where customers live and the prices set by local competitors. 

On top of this price reduction, all ASDA credit and store cardholders are currently entitled to a further two pence per litre of fuel discount when paying with their card[i]. 

ASDA trading director, Andy Brem, said: “At ASDA unlike other retailers, you pay exactly the same price for your fuel wherever you fill up at the pumps.  The latest price cut is a further example of ASDA making motoring more affordable, it’s our fifth move in as many weeks and illustrates our commitment to passing on cost savings to our customers.”

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[i] This is automatically deducted when paying for your fuel with an ASDA store or credit card.

Posted in Press Centre on 25 September 2006
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  • Store will be 20% more energy efficient
  • Blueprint development for ALL new ASDA stores
  • Reinforces ASDA’s aim to become 100% energy efficient in the future, with zero waste going to landfill by 2010.

ASDA today unveiled details of the country’s first ever purpose-built timber frame store, which will open in Shaw, Oldham in February 2007. The move forms part of ASDA's commitment to invest nearly £200m in trialling new environmental technologies over the coming years. 

The new 35,000 sq foot ASDA store will be sited within the old Dawn Mill, a 105-year-old red brick cotton mill, which housed a clothing outlet from 1965 until 1999. Constructed from a sustainable timber frame using wood from certified PEFC* sources, rather than steel, the carbon footprint of the building will be significantly reduced whilst at the same time eradicating the need to use 500 tonnes of steel and saving 450 tonnes of carbon emissions. 

The store will also see a new natural ventilation system trialled for the first time in an ASDA store. This helps to reduce the need for air-conditioning during the summer months by drawing cool air into the building through louvre style vents at the bottom of the wall and pushing hot air out of vents at the top of the wall. 

In addition the store will incorporate a south-facing 'saw tooth' designed roof to capture light and heat from the sun, reminiscent of the type used in factories during the industrial revolution.

The roof will reduce energy consumption by offsetting the need to use artificial lights during the day, and will reduce the need to air condition or heat the store. Made from aluminium rather than PVC, the roof will be longer lasting and 85% recyclable.  

As well as environmental developments, the heritage of the site is central to the development. The demolition of the Shaw mill is being done through a staged and methodical process to salvage as many bricks from the original building as possible to use in the construction of the new store. Parts of the original brickwork will remain exposed so that it remains visible to shoppers.

Bob Simpson, head of sustainable store development at ASDA, commented: “Through the addition of a range of innovative energy efficiency measures to our plans, we expect that the completed Shaw store will now be 20% more energy efficient than when we first planned to build it. Through the construction of this store our aim is to create a template that will become the model and blueprint for all our future store developments. 

“At ASDA we are fully committed to the targets we have set ourselves for improving the energy efficiency performance of our buildings. The development of the new store in Shaw is just the first step and there will be many new environmental initiatives introduced over the coming months and years that will help us achieve our goals.” 

In October last year, Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart outlined his long-term environmental goals for the company:

To be supplied 100% by renewable energy

To create zero waste

To sell products that sustain our resources and our environment

To help restore balance to climate systems

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions

To reduce dependence on oil As a result Wal-Mart has set itself a four-year target to reduce the carbon footprint for all its new stores across the globe by 30%, and a seven-year target to reduce the carbon footprint of its entire chain of six thousand stores by 20%.  

ASDA has already committed to reduce carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes by 2007. Last year ASDA trialled a remote energy monitoring system in 90 of its stores to drive in-store energy efficiency. The supermarket also entered into a Climate Change Levy (CCL) agreement with the Government and committed to reducing energy consumption in the most intensive areas of its store operations by 10%.

Posted in Press Centre on 27 September 2006
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ASDA today (12th September 2006) announced it would be cutting fuel prices again and setting new lower pump prices at all of its 167 petrol stations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland from tonight. 

ASDA’s new national fuel prices will see unleaded petrol drop to 87.9 pence per litre and diesel fall to 92.9 pence per litre at all its forecourts.  

This follows on from previous price drops in response to falling costs.  

The latest cut sees unleaded petrol pump prices fall to their lowest since January. Unleaded has dropped by 10p per litre in the last month alone (45p pence per gallon). 

Significant falls in the price of petrol, supported by lower crude oil prices, are enabling ASDA to pass on these cost savings to its customers.  

To make sure all its customers benefit from the lower costs, ASDA has once again reduced the prices at all its forecourts to the same level, irrespective of where customers live and the prices set by local competitors. 

On top of this price reduction, all ASDA credit and store cardholders are currently entitled to a further two pence per litre of fuel discount when paying with their card[i].   

ASDA's consistently low fuel prices and national pricing stance differs from other forecourt operators where prices are varied in line with local competitors. 

ASDA Trading Director, Andy Brem, said: “We have seen significant falls in petrol costs as surplus gasoline drives market prices down.  Once again we have taken the opportunity to pass on these savings to all our customers by moving to the same price nationwide. We'd encourage our competitors to follow our lead.” 

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[i] This is automatically deducted when paying for your fuel with an ASDA store or credit card.

Posted in Press Centre on 12 September 2006