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Waitrose free from mince pie

Sales of free-from festive products soar at Waitrose

19 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

Sales of gluten and dairy free products are soaring, making them the “surprise hit” of the Christmas season, according to Waitrose.

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Digital war will overtake the price war in 2015

19 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

The digital war will “overtake the price war” in 2015, as the big four supermarkets try to avoid looking “dangerously homogenous”, retail analysts Planet Retail have predicted.

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Grocery staples battered in savage supermarket wars Subscription

19 Dec 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Fruit and veg sales down £450m as supermarket price war rages…

Aldi Honiton

Aldi sales growth slows down to 'only' 22% Subscription

19 Dec 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The rampant growth of the discounters has been one of the defining stories of 2014…

Asda Christmas ad 2015

Family spending power up £11, says Asda

19 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

Family spending power is up this Christmas, following the biggest annual increase to discretionary income in almost five years, according to the Asda Income Tracker.

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Sainsbury's gears up for bumper Christmas online

18 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s is forecasting its biggest-ever online Christmas

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Fuel prices fall again at the supermarkets

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Supermarkets could be first to hit what the RAC predicts could be the lowest petrol prices in more than five years early in 2015.

Farm worker

Sainsbury's links with GLA to tackle labour exploitation

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s has linked with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) to deliver bespoke training for its suppliers.

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Each of the big four supermarkets sees market share declines

16 Dec 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK grocery market has returned to marginal growth as sales picked up driven by pre-Christmas price discounts, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

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Community Shop opens social supermarket in south London

15 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A group of leading supermarkets this week began selling their food at 70% discounts to feed the poor, in an initiative which could become a new model for tackling hunger across the UK

Co-op shoreditch

Co-op and M&S named most ethical supermarkets

13 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK supermarket sector has much work to do to improve its overall ethical and environmental performance, Ethical Consumer’s latest product guide to supermarkets has claimed.

Filco boss

Filco Supermarkets closes standalone RB's off-licence

12 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Filco Supermarkets has axed its only standalone specialist off-licence…

Black Friday

Retail footfall down 2.4% in November despite Black Friday

12 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

Not even Black Friday could prevent footfall levels plummeting in November as shoppers shunned high street trips in favour of online browsing last month.


Big four slash booze brand prices lower than last Xmas Subscription

12 Dec 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Supermarkets are offering shoppers a very merry Christmas this year – with many major drinks brands cheaper…

High street

Black Friday helps arrest food sales decline

09 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Grocery sales benefitted from a small boost in November as shoppers flocked to supermarkets to grab a bargain on a record-breaking Black Friday, according to the latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor released this morning.



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…

Angry Birds

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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Tesco's new lab to showcase latest in-store tech and new apps Subscription

06 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has opened the doors to a new laboratory to demonstrate the power of the latest in-store technology…


Leathams to save £21k a year with solar panels

06 Dec 2014 | By James Halliwell

Speciality foods supplier Leathams expects to save £21k a year on electricity…

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Tesco to assess impact of falling commodity prices on suppliers Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Tesco is investigating the impact of falling commodity prices on its suppliers in a bid to secure better deals…

Premier Foods basket 2014

Premier Foods rejects accusations it is forcing suppliers to "pay to stay"

05 Dec 2014

Premier Foods has insisted that its controversial policy to ask suppliers for “investment payments” is voluntary and non-payment will not result in de-listing.


Increased pork supply slashes cost of a roast Subscription

28 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Bargain-hunting shoppers may consider pork over turkey at Christmas, with the retail price of a roasting joint down 14%…

ham pork

Cranswick to add new proteins, new channels as sales dip

28 Nov 2014 | By Kevin White

Cranswick has vowed to redouble its efforts to explore new markets in the face of a reduction in pork sales…

pastry line

Rowe's officially reopens its Cornish pasty factory

13 Nov 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Family firm WC Rowe has reopened its pasty factory after a blaze forced it to halt production…

Food waste

Retailers and suppliers join forces in new war on food waste

09 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A co-ordinated battle to prevent millions of tonnes of food waste is to be launched by retailers and suppliers…

Ciao Gusto

Independent Italian food producers target UK with new website Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Italian food suppliers are targeting the UK with a website that will sell direct to consumers…

Premier Foods

Premier Foods blames volume decline on shopping habit shift Subscription

24 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Dramatically changing shopping habits are having a far more significant effect on branded suppliers than the supermarket p…

Innocent range

Innocent Drinks hopes to make it third time lucky in Sweden Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Innocent Drinks is targeting export sales growth of more than 200% over the next five years…


Innocent sees profits dip despite growing European sales Subscription

10 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Profits dipped at Innocent Drinks last year as the smoothie and juice supplier experienced a slowdown in UK growth…


Unilever 'behaviour engine' helps shoppers be healthier Subscription

04 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Unilever has piloted a wristband that monitors shoppers’ habits and prompts them on how to lead healthier lifestyles…



Bestway app now available on Android devices

19 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Bestway’s newly launched app is now available for use on Android devices,…

Lifestyle express

Landmark Wholesale to launch 'All You Need for a £1 Attack' in January

16 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Landmark Wholesale plans to take a leaf out of pound stores’ books by ensuring retailers are “quids in” next year so they can fight back against discounters and supermarkets.

Thomas Ridley

Thomas Ridley eyes £70m in revenue following Elveden deal Subscription

13 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Thomas Ridley Foodservice is eyeing revenue of £70m in the next five years…


Bestway to run Family Fortune promotion in January

11 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Bestway will kick off the new year with a Family Fortune promotion that it claims will deliver sector-leading margins for retailers on more than 300 lines from its Best-in own label range.


Leathams to save £21k a year with solar panels

06 Dec 2014 | By James Halliwell

Speciality foods supplier Leathams expects to save £21k a year on electricity…


Bidvest 3663 opens new £16m depot in Chepstow Video

04 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Bidvest 3663 has gone live with its new £16m, “cutting-edge”, energy-efficient £16m depot in Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Tesco Giraffe restaurant Watford

FWD: chilled food and drinks sales rise in foodservice

03 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors has linked with CGA Strategy to provide “a robust read of the market” for foodservice members.

Small Business Saturday 2014

Indie grocery sector gets behind Small Business Saturday

03 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

ACS, Today’s Group and Londis are all backing Small Business Saturday 2014.

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Foodservice and tobacco boost Today's Group sales by 5.2%

28 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Today’s Group has posted a 5.2% increase in full-year sales, driven by a strong performance in foodservice and tobacco…

bestway christmas deals

Bestway licensed for Christmas with 420 alcohol lines

28 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

More than 420 branded and own-label alcohol lines will be on promotion at Bestway during the whole of December…


Sales and profits up at Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore

26 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

AF Blakemore & Son has recorded a 7.4% increase in pre-tax profits to £7.6m on sales up 5% to £1.19bn for the 2013/14 financial year.


Hancocks introduces free online delivery

20 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Confectionery cash & carry specialist Hancocks has thrown in a sweetener for its trade customers by simplifying its delivery charge structure.

Parfetts Sheffield depot

Parfetts celebrates 10 years in Sheffield

20 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Parfetts has been celebrating 10 years of trading at its Sheffield depot.

Andy Needham

Approved Food plans five new websites in new expansion drive Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Approved Food, the online seller of short-dated food and drink to the public…

JJ truck

JJ Food Service wins four-year framework with YPO

13 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

JJ Food Service has won a four-year framework with the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO)…


Let’s get ready to rumble Subscription

17 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

With nearly three weeks of endurance eating and drinking yet to come before we all go cold turkey…

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2014 was a wake-up call for big four British supermarkets Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Clive Black

The big four will be saying “good riddance” to yet another year. That is the price of taking one’s customers for granted…

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The big supermarkets need to open up and share information Subscription

05 Dec 2014 | By Franco Fubini

Over the past 10 years, we have witnessed an unprecedented shift in culture, both in business and society, towards opennes…


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Ocado ordering online

Make it meaningful

18 Dec 2014

John Barton’s comments on the need for brands to “make content meaningful” (29 November, p22) highlight an issue that needs greater consideration by marketers…


£10 gap must thrill Asda

18 Dec 2014

 Your ever-excellent G33 shows Asda (again!) has won the Christmas basket…

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Tesco supply chain issue

18 Dec 2014

I really hope Dave Lewis can turn the boat around…

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