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Heatwave brings temporary boost to supermarket sales Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Supermarket sales were boosted by soaring temperatures earlier this month – but fell off when cooler weather returned.

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Halloween fancy dress safety is better, retailers assure parents Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Rob Brown

Halloween fancy dress safety standards have been stepped up after a Watchdog exposé of the fire risk of such products…

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Living wage increases to hit big four bottom line, warns Moody’s Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Edward Devlin

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.

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Shoppers back national living wage but worry about higher prices Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Megan Tatum

An overwhelming majority of consumers welcome the national living wage - but they are concerned food prices might rise as a result

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Moody's leasehold change to benefit European supermarkets Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

A host of European supermarkets could unlock cash on their balance sheets after receiving a boost from ratings agency Moody’s

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Morrisons returns to selling wine by country of origin

30 Jul 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Morrisons is returning to merchandising wine by country of origin – ditching the experimental approaches to the category brought in under former CEO Dalton Philips.

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Tesco drops 'unexpected item in bagging area' as it brings in friendlier self-checkouts Video

30 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

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.

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M&S to close nine of its stores as part of estate review

30 Jul 2015 | By Andrew Don

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.

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Sainsbury's is second largest grocery retailer again as Co-op achieves growth

28 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Overall sales and shopper numbers also up, with prices now down 1.6%

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Tesco won't revisit Plymouth Extra plan Subscription

24 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has dashed hopes that it is revisiting plans to build what would have been its biggest store


Meat industry blasts retailers over listings of imported lamb

20 Jul 2015 | By Carina Perkins

The UK meat industry has slammed retailers for continuing to stock imported lamb as UK farmgate prices crash.

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Tesco sets chicken suppliers 5% campylobacter target Subscription

15 Jul 2015 | By Julia Glotz

Tesco is stepping up its efforts to fight campylobacter with a tough new contamination target for its fresh chicken suppliers.

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Sainsbury's wins Bristol Rovers court case

14 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

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

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Andy Clarke confident Asda will improve customer service Subscription

03 Jul 2015

Asda CEO Andy Clarke is expecting the retailer’s customer service levels to improve in the next few months…

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Tesco expands food redistribution scheme

02 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco today launched a new phase of its Neighbourhood Food Collection



Tate & Lyle Sugars goes into red as oversupply hits prices Subscription

11 Jul 2015 | By Andrew Don

ASR Group subsidiary Tate & Lyle Sugars has plunged into the red as oversupply…

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Retailers targeted by MEPs over 'abuse' of farmers & growers

10 Jul 2015 | By Carina Perkins

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

10 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Greencore is to automate its accounts-payable processes to manage 360,000 invoices a year…


Herb supplier's robotic tech boosts glasshouse output Subscription

10 Jul 2015 | By Carina Perkins

Potted herb supplier Langmead Group has invested £3m in a fully automated glasshouse growing facility…

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New GSCOP probe threatened after BBG survey reveals agreement breaches Subscription

23 Jun 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Move from back margin to front margin is causing ructions in supplier-retailer relationships


Thorntons shares soar on Ferrero takeover offer Subscription

22 Jun 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

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.

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Christine Tacon warns suppliers over lack of training in GSCOP Subscription

22 Jun 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Retailers are wiping the floor in negotiations with suppliers, Christine Tacon will warn suppliers at a GCA conference


Mariner Foods falls into administration, jobs lost

14 May 2015 | By Carina Perkins

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

09 May 2015 | By Ian Quinn

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

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Dave Lewis to bring out Tesco's 'personality and passion' Subscription

08 May 2015

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


Supermarket price war devastates UK food suppliers – Begbies Traynor Subscription

20 Apr 2015 | By Edward Devlin

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.


JBPs 'read like prenups' says Meijer: 30% will be annulled Subscription

14 Feb 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Morrisons to slash number of joint business plans by 30% to free up buyer time…

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Eid family back in charge as Aryzta spins out Honeytop Subscription

09 Jan 2015

Swiss food group Aryzta is spinning out its £80m UK-based flatbreads division Honeytop into a joint venture…


Suppliers and retailers sign up for mySupermarket insight tool

12 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

More than 150 suppliers and retailers have signed up for mySupermarket’s latest online insight tool…

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Poco Loco launches Angry Birds bagged snacks

08 Dec 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Belgium-based supplier Poco Loco has secured a deal to bring Rovio’s Angry Birds brand to the bagged snacks market…


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PayPoint admits it has lost touch with retailers Subscription

31 Jul 2015 | By Andrew Don

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

21 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Booker veteran Mark Aylwin has been appointed managing director of Musgrave Retail Partners GB to replace Peter Ridler.

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Health and beauty wholesaler Pricecheck joins Today's Group

21 Jul 2015 | By Andrew Don

Pricecheck, the Sheffield-based wholesaler of discounted clearance stock, has joined Today’s Group

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Blakemore pushes new Lifestyle Express fascia package Subscription

12 Jul 2015 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore Wholesale is aiming to recruit new stores for its Lifestyle Express fascia…


Turkish weather damages sultana and raisin production Subscription

10 Jul 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Some Turkish crops have suffered from adverse weather conditions, with April frosts and hailstorms in June…

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Nisa to hike prices and cut rebates as part of recovery plan Subscription

04 Jul 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Nisa has written to members to inform them of proposed price increases and rebate reductions…

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Bestway scraps credit card charges for customers

03 Jul 2015 | By Andrew Don

Bestway Wholesale has axed credit card transaction fees at its 60 Bestway and Batleys depots as well as across its websites and mobile app.

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Milk prices down 28% as a result of good pasture Subscription

03 Jul 2015

UK milk prices are down 28% year on year with increased production due to good pasture in 2015…

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AF Blakemore looks to double Wholesale Distribution business Subscription

03 Jul 2015 | By Ellis Hawthorne

AF Blakemore & Son is planning to more than double the size of its Wholesale Distribution operation…


Landmark fires up summer barbecue promo Subscription

25 Jun 2015 | By Fiona McLelland

Landmark Wholesale has packed its latest All You Need promotion with big brands for barbecues…


Hancocks to widen scope as profits plummet 25% Subscription

19 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Don

The confectionery cash & carry group has reported a 25% fall in full-year pre-tax profits

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Soft drinks wholesaler JC Sudders ceases trading Subscription

19 Jun 2015

Soft drinks wholesaler JC Sudders has ceased trading after going bust, leaving 20 staff without jobs…

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Blakemore revamps online ordering and launches 40%+ PoR push Subscription

06 Jun 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

The new platform will enable customers to order for both delivery and free same-day click & collect

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Budgens, Londis have high hopes of Booker Subscription

05 Jun 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Booker created a convenience retail powerhouse when it swooped on Budgens and Londis in a £40m deal last month

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Renamed Bidvest Foodservice rolls out new company vision Subscription

05 Jun 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Bidvest 3663 is changing its name to Bidvest Foodservice as part of a wider strategic programme of change…

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Tesco to rid supermarket checkouts of that phrase Video Subscription

30 Jul 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has been nothing if not prolific when it comes to reinventing great British traditions of late – and, no, we’re not talking about Ribena…

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Bad summers pose pricing challenge for independents Subscription

30 Jul 2015 | By Steve Parfett

As we keep waiting for summer, Steve Parfett reflects on how the weather affects trading for wholesalers and indies

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Sunday Trading: who will benefit and who will suffer? Subscription

10 Jul 2015 | By Adam Leyland

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


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Aldi support for NFU fruit and veg pledge is sassy Subscription

24 Jul 2015

Sir: Aldi’s support of the NFU’s fruit and veg pledge (18 July, p67) is to be applauded…

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Guilt lane problem can be fixed by entrepreneurial brands Subscription

10 Jul 2015

Big retailers and innovative food brands should build stronger long-term partnerships

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John Lewis move poses questions for click & collect Subscription

03 Jul 2015

Retailers often look to the ‘pillars’ of British retail for best practices…

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