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Heatwave brings temporary boost to supermarket sales Subscription
Supermarket sales were boosted by soaring temperatures earlier this month – but fell off when cooler weather returned.
Halloween fancy dress safety standards have been stepped up after a Watchdog exposé of the fire risk of such products…
George Osbourne’s hike of the minimum wage will hit food retailers the hardest with the Big Four UK grocers’ profits coming under particular pressure, according to a new report by Moody’s.
An overwhelming majority of consumers welcome the national living wage - but they are concerned food prices might rise as a result
A host of European supermarkets could unlock cash on their balance sheets after receiving a boost from ratings agency Moody’s
Morrisons is returning to merchandising wine by country of origin – ditching the experimental approaches to the category brought in under former CEO Dalton Philips.
Tesco is to call time on the dreaded phrase “unexpected item in the bagging area” as it seeks to give a friendlier feel to its self-service checkouts.
M&S is closing the stores because they are considered not to be fit for the future and in the wrong locations to serve its customers.
Overall sales and shopper numbers also up, with prices now down 1.6%
Tesco won't revisit Plymouth Extra plan Subscription
Tesco has dashed hopes that it is revisiting plans to build what would have been its biggest store
The UK meat industry has slammed retailers for continuing to stock imported lamb as UK farmgate prices crash.
Tesco sets chicken suppliers 5% campylobacter target Subscription
Tesco is stepping up its efforts to fight campylobacter with a tough new contamination target for its fresh chicken suppliers.
The supermarket had agreed to purchase Rovers’ stadium in 2011 and lease it to the football club while its new stadium was built, but pulled out
Asda CEO Andy Clarke is expecting the retailer’s customer service levels to improve in the next few months…
Tesco today launched a new phase of its Neighbourhood Food Collection
ASR Group subsidiary Tate & Lyle Sugars has plunged into the red as oversupply…
The EU should do more to help farmers earn a “fair return from the food chain”, the European Parliament has warned
Greencore to roll out new IT systems Subscription
Greencore is to automate its accounts-payable processes to manage 360,000 invoices a year…
Potted herb supplier Langmead Group has invested £3m in a fully automated glasshouse growing facility…
Move from back margin to front margin is causing ructions in supplier-retailer relationships
Thorntons shares soar on Ferrero takeover offer Subscription
Shares in UK-listed chocolatier Thorntons have rocketed up 43% after news broke this morning that Italian chocolate manufacturer Ferrero has agreed to pay 145p a share to buy UK-listed chocolatier Thorntons, valuing the company at £112m.
Retailers are wiping the floor in negotiations with suppliers, Christine Tacon will warn suppliers at a GCA conference
The majority of staff at the factory were offered employment with other local businesses, but a few redundancies “could not be avoided”
FareShare donations by supermarkets soar Subscription
FareShare told The Grocer it received 7,360 tonnes of food that might otherwise have been destined for landfill or used as energy in 2014
Lewis broke with tradition from previous years for the event, held at Wembley last week, by providing the keynote address and holding an extended networking session with his entire UK management team and suppliers
Food and drink manufacturers across the UK are suffering the most as the big supermarkets slash prices to compete with each and fight back against the rise of the discounters.
Morrisons to slash number of joint business plans by 30% to free up buyer time…
Swiss food group Aryzta is spinning out its £80m UK-based flatbreads division Honeytop into a joint venture…
More than 150 suppliers and retailers have signed up for mySupermarket’s latest online insight tool…
Belgium-based supplier Poco Loco has secured a deal to bring Rovio’s Angry Birds brand to the bagged snacks market…
PayPoint admits it has lost touch with retailers Subscription
In a letter to The Grocer, the payment services company vows to improve relations with its retailers
Booker's Mark Aylwin takes over as Musgrave GB MD Subscription
Booker veteran Mark Aylwin has been appointed managing director of Musgrave Retail Partners GB to replace Peter Ridler.
Pricecheck, the Sheffield-based wholesaler of discounted clearance stock, has joined Today’s Group
Blakemore Wholesale is aiming to recruit new stores for its Lifestyle Express fascia…
Some Turkish crops have suffered from adverse weather conditions, with April frosts and hailstorms in June…
Nisa has written to members to inform them of proposed price increases and rebate reductions…
Bestway Wholesale has axed credit card transaction fees at its 60 Bestway and Batleys depots as well as across its websites and mobile app.
Milk prices down 28% as a result of good pasture Subscription
UK milk prices are down 28% year on year with increased production due to good pasture in 2015…
AF Blakemore & Son is planning to more than double the size of its Wholesale Distribution operation…
Landmark fires up summer barbecue promo Subscription
Landmark Wholesale has packed its latest All You Need promotion with big brands for barbecues…
Hancocks to widen scope as profits plummet 25% Subscription
The confectionery cash & carry group has reported a 25% fall in full-year pre-tax profits
Soft drinks wholesaler JC Sudders ceases trading Subscription
Soft drinks wholesaler JC Sudders has ceased trading after going bust, leaving 20 staff without jobs…
The new platform will enable customers to order for both delivery and free same-day click & collect
Budgens, Londis have high hopes of Booker Subscription
Booker created a convenience retail powerhouse when it swooped on Budgens and Londis in a £40m deal last month
Bidvest 3663 is changing its name to Bidvest Foodservice as part of a wider strategic programme of change…
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Bad summers pose pricing challenge for independents Subscription
As we keep waiting for summer, Steve Parfett reflects on how the weather affects trading for wholesalers and indies
Opening the doors to longer trading hours on a Sunday may provide a shot in the arm to Tesco’s ailing superstores, but it will be Asda that benefits the most
Is the UK set for French-style farmer protests?
Aldi support for NFU fruit and veg pledge is sassy Subscription
Sir: Aldi’s support of the NFU’s fruit and veg pledge (18 July, p67) is to be applauded…
Big retailers and innovative food brands should build stronger long-term partnerships
John Lewis move poses questions for click & collect Subscription
Retailers often look to the ‘pillars’ of British retail for best practices…