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Six major retailers pledge to ban plastic in cotton buds Subscription

02 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The commitments came in the wake of a public petition which collected over 130,000 signatures in less than two weeks

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Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos use new renewable fuel in lorries Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The fuel is claimed to be the most cost-effective, low-carbon alternative to diesel for HGVs


Walmart warns Asda turnaround ‘will take time’ as like for likes fall 5.8% Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Julia Glotz

Walmart stressed it remained confident in the management team and said progress had already been made

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Sainsbury's launches 18-strong Slow Cook ready meal range

16 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The pre-prepared dishes, starting at £4, promise the taste of slow cooking in a fraction of the time

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Morrisons widens Amazon partnership with Prime Now store-pick service Subscription

16 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty, Edward Devlin

Amazon Prime customers can now order a full Morrisons shop via the Prime Now app

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Supermarkets start pre-Christmas petrol price war Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Cuts of up to 3p per litre announced by all of the big four

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Supermarkets should improve in-store environments for elderly Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

University study shows older people enjoy the “more social aspect” of shopping in-store than online


Discounter growth falls to lowest level for five years Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Growth at Aldi and Lidl has slowed to the lowest level since the end of 2011 as Tesco and Morrisons have started to make steady recoveries, according to Nielsen retail performance data.

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Sainsbury's to extend partnership with food waste app Olio

10 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Over 10,000 items of food have been shared on food waste app Olio in two small towns in just six months

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Sainsbury's joins Giving Tuesday global charitable campaign

10 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The retailer’s commitment to the initiative follows Morrisons’ last year


Booths sales fall 0.7% in wake of Storm Desmond Subscription

08 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Booths says it would have recorded sales up 0.7% had it not been for devastating storm last winter

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Sainsbury's widens trial of SmartShop app to 10 stores

03 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The app was updated on Monday to make it “easier to use” based on feedback from customers in the initial two stores

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Tesco joins Waitrose with launch of recipe box range

03 Nov 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The supermarket giant’s 12-strong Recipe Box line-up has rolled out into a dozen of the retailer’s stores


City snapshot: Morrisons posts fourth consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth Subscription

03 Nov 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Morrisons has reported its sales grew 1.6% on a like-for-like basis (ex fuel) in the 13 weeks to October, which represents its fourth consecutive quarter of like-for-like sales growth.

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Waitrose: one in five Brits now post food pics on social media

02 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The new Waitrose Food and Drink Report also predicts key trends for 2017, including poke and watermelon juice


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Müller to pause on implementing changes to supplier contracts Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Kevin White

The processor said it would “reflect” on proposals to merge its two milk supply groups

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Canned tuna companies show improved sustainability, says ISSF Subscription

23 Nov 2016 | By Carina Perkins

There was a 95.6% conformance rate among 25 companies signed up to the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation

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Tesco backtracks on Black Friday next-day click & collect promise Subscription

23 Nov 2016 | By Ian Quinn

The retailer has also warned customers to expect likely delivery delays

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Premier Foods looks to home advantage to battle price rises Subscription

15 Nov 2016 | By Edward Devlin

CEO Gavin Darby said the Mr Kipling and Bisto maker was a different proposition to its multinational rivals thanks to 95% of its range being manufactured in the UK.


Dip Society launches smoked fish pâtés made with Greek yoghurt Subscription

14 Nov 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The pâtés join The Dip Society’s existing lineup of five tzatziki, houmous, garlic and beetroot dips…

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Hello Fresh hosts meal box sale for The Felix Project charity

04 Nov 2016 Updated: 05 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Hello Fresh hopes to sell 7,500 meals for two during the promotion, which began yesterday and will end today….

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Tesco chairman warns Brexit will push up supermarket prices Subscription

25 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarket prices are “very likely” to rise in the coming months because of the impact of Brexit says John Allan

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Ministers prepare wholesale change to Tacon's remit Subscription

21 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

The government is to consider extending the role of Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon

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John Power replaces Salkeld as CEO at Symington's

19 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Power takes over from David Salkeld who steps down after a nine-year stint at the helm

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Retailers and suppliers vow to protect consumers from inflation Subscription

19 Oct 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Tesco and Mars chiefs pledged to minimise the effects of food inflation “as much as possible” at the IGD’s Big Debate

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Tesco pledges support for UN Sustainability Development Goals

18 Oct 2016 | By Megan Tatum

UK and Ireland CEO Matt Davies has urged all food and drink suppliers to back the 12.3 initiative

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Poll: How big an opportunity are exports in wake of sterling slump?

18 Oct 2016

The Grocer is polling the UK’s food and drink manufacturers to gauge attitudes to exports in the wake of Brexit

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EXCLUSIVE: Will GSCOP be extended to Booker, Boots and Compass? Subscription

18 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Retailers such as Boots, B&M Stores and Holland & Barrett could be added to GSCOP as well as major wholesalers


Brexit has damaged business, say food & drink suppliers Subscription

12 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

More than two-thirds of suppliers are less confident about the business environment after the EU referendum

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Noble Foods appoints retail veteran John Gildersleeve as chairman Subscription

01 Sep 2016 | By Kevin White

Gildersleeve is a former trading director at Tesco and spent 20 years on the retailer’s board


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Martin Williams bids farewell at FWD Gold Medals night Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Williams, who finishes his term as FWD chairman in December, passed on the president’s chain to Andrew Selley

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Parfetts appoints new GMs at Aintree and Somercotes depots Subscription

25 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Steve Miller and Chris Hewitt become joint GMs at Aintree, and Stefan Dremza will take up the role at Somercotes

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Morrisons resurrects Safeway brand as it deepens wholesale links

25 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty, Ellis Hawthorne

Morrisons believes it has sniffed out an opportunity to leverage its foodmaker credentials in the independent sector


Kitwave buys independent alcohol wholesaler HB Clark Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The wholesaler has also announced Jay MacKay will join the group as the new managing director

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New Best-one store format focuses on food to go and chilled Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The ‘store of the future’ concept is available in a number of styles to suit local demographics

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Morrisons revives Safeway brand and trials Rontec food offer Subscription

22 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The Safeway brand will be used on a range for independent retailers

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Fairway Foodservice adds voice to FWD Subscription

18 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Fairway Foodservice has joined the Federation of Wholesale Distributors as a full member

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Bidvest Foodservice CEO Andrew Selley is new FWD chairman

11 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Selley will be the first chairman to come from a foodservice distributor


Kitwave sales boom thanks to acquisition drive Subscription

10 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Sales at Kitwave Wholesale have more than doubled thanks to its ambitious buy-and-build strategy.

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KFF launches Excellence Collection of fancy foodservice lines

04 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The range includes premium British products as well as artisan lines from around the world

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Palmer & Harvey enters mutual supply deal with Conviviality Subscription

28 Oct 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Conviviality will supply P&H with BWS, while P&H will supply tobacco to Conviviality

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Martin Williams to leave Landmark Wholesale after 33 years Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Williams has agreed an “amicable departure” from the buying group and will step down in December

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Bestway: 'indies hiking tobacco in absence of PMPs' Subscription

19 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Just 20% of independents are sticking to the manufacturers’ rsp following the introduction of new plain packaging rules

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JJ Food Service calls for 'extra small' chip shop portions Subscription

04 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Research shows 45% of consumers would order the less calorific size

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Blakemore opens Bmorelocal convenience store in Grimsby Subscription

04 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The 1,000 sq ft store is the third to operate under the premium convenience fascia

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‘Pure’ sourcing set to lead 2017 environmental food trends Subscription

02 Nov 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Two new reports highlight consumer demands for more sustainable products in the food and drink industry

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Martin Williams: a landmark in wholesaling Subscription

10 Nov 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Steve Parfett reflects on Martin Williams’ career and achievements at Landmark Wholesale

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Vision of a cashless society seems premature after weekend chaos at Asda Subscription

31 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Asda suffered a major breakdown to its card payment systems over the weekend


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Co-op's record on waste Subscription

01 Dec 2016

Our long-term ambition is for all packaging to be recycled where it can be, and we are making a bold start

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Princes remains firmly committed to the C&B brand Subscription

24 Nov 2016

Sir, Princes is keen to clarify with your readers that it has no plans to discontinue the tinned veg range

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Co-op pops up in the right place and the right time Subscription

17 Nov 2016

Sir, Pop-ups are perhaps an overused promotional vehicle at times

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