Italian fuel retailer Agip has broken with tradition in agreeing a deal for dispenser technology specialist Tokheim to provide its fuel dispensing services on Agip's domestic forecourts, PetrolPlaza has reported.

The development is a departure from Agip’s traditional business strategy to contract a single provider and so marks a new strategy to work with two dispenser technology providing firms.

According to PetrolPlaza’s report, Agip will position Tokheim as its preferred provider in Italy, having worked with the company extensively in many of its other European forecourt locations.

This is a key success for our company said Patrick Berthon, CEO and president of Tokheim. We continue to focus on core business and dispensers are a significant part of this for Tokheim…We look forward to further establishing our position as a key dispenser equipment supplier and to secure additional business opportunities with Agip within their retail petroleum business activities.

Initially, the new contract for Tokheim to supply its wares will run until April 2009.