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Litigation firm to fund shareholder legal action against Tesco

25 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The fallout over the £263m black hole in Tesco’s finances took a new twist today as Bentham Europe, a leading litigation funder, announced a fund had been set up to take legal action on behalf of shareholders.

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Online to drive retail sales up 4% in December

24 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sales during December are expected to rise 4% year on year to £42.4bn, with shoppers predicted to spend more than £1.5bn than last year.

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20% supermarket capacity cut call is 'doomsday scenario' Subscription

22 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A controversial new report by Goldman Sachs calling on Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons to shut 20% of store capacity…

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20% supermarket capacity cut call is 'doomsday scenario'

21 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A controversial new report by Goldman Sachs calling on Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons to shut 20% of store capacity…

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Family spending power up again, says Asda

21 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Family spending power increased year on year in October for the 13th consecutive month, according to the latest Asda Income Tracker.

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Asda Christmas range 'five times cheaper' than rivals

20 Nov 2014 | By Claire Farrell

Asda’s new Christmas range is up to “five times cheaper” than competitors and will be available nationwide, the supermarket has claimed

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Co-op launches swipe and win promotion in food stores

19 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group has launched a new promotion called swipe and win through which members can win prizes every day for the next three weeks.

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Goldman Sachs tells supermarkets to reduce store space by 20%

18 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

The UK’s listed supermarket giants are “totally addicted to space” and must slash their overall store space by about a fifth, Goldman Sachs has warned.

Grocery market records 0.2% sales drop

18 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The grocery market fell into decline last month, recording a 0.2% drop in sales for the 12 weeks to 9 November, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

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Co-op Group signs up to super-strength alcohol cans clampdown Subscription

13 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Co-operative Group has become the third supermarket to sign up to a voluntary clampdown on super-strength alcohol…

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M&S and Interflora trademark battle continues

13 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

The 2013 High Court injunction effectively preventing Marks & Spencer from bidding on the Interflora trademark in the Google advertising programme AdWords remains in place, at least temporarily, the Court of Appeal has said.


Booths launches Christmas book to showcase festive goods

13 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

Booths has launched its Christmas book – a 200-page collection of its best products available for buying in-store and, for the first time, for delivery across the UK.

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Sainsbury's interims - what the analysts say

12 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s interims - what the analysts say


Sainsbury's reports half-year loss as it sets out strategic review Video

12 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s has reported a statutory pre-tax loss of £290m for the 28 weeks to 27 September 2014, as it warns the UK grocery market is changing faster than at any time in the past three decades.

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What a feeling: Tesco unveils its 2014 Christmas TV ad Video

09 Nov 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco is ramping up the festive cheer in its 2014 Christmas TV ad with a light show created by a team that worked on the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.


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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…

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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…

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Food innovation slump revealed by EC study Subscription

04 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

The European food sector is becoming less innovative, a new EC study has warned…

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Suppliers vie for civil powers to take on 'copycat' brands Subscription

04 Oct 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Suppliers are eagerly awaiting the results of a government consultation into whether they will be given civil powers to pu…

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Dairy Crest unveils strategy to boost dairy category by £800m Subscription

03 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Dairy Crest has unveiled a three-year plan to grow the dairy category by £800m…


Tacon asks Tesco to look for breaches of Groceries Code

30 Sep 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has asked Tesco to examine its behaviour towards suppliers during the company’s internal review into the £250m overstatement of its profits.

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Londis retailers to get 'Super Six' promo items from Musgrave

20 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Musgrave GB has launched a campaign offering Londis retailers six products a week at industry-leading prices…


Anges de Sucre invests in production facilities

20 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

British gourmet macaron and marshmallow patisserie Anges de Sucre has invested in new production facilities…

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The Snack Ham Company brings ambient tapas to the UK

20 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Ambient tapas snacks are to be launched nationwide by The Snack Ham Company…

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Heron Foods refresh programme on track as it eyes new stores Subscription

13 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Don

Heron Foods expects to complete the revamp of its 240-strong estate by the middle of next year…



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.

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Parfetts celebrates 10 years in Sheffield

20 Nov 2014 | By Andrew Don

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

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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…

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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)…


Londis streamlines its National Retailer Council

09 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Londis has restructured its National Retailer Council…

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Gold Star moves from cash & carry to delivered wholesale Subscription

08 Nov 2014 | By Beth Brooks

London-based wholesaler Gold Star is refocusing its business on delivered wholesale…

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Tree of Life unveils shop on Ocado.com

06 Nov 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Wholesale distributor Tree of Life has launched its first consumer-facing activity…

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FWD: new report shows value of wholesale to the economy Subscription

31 Oct 2014 | By Claire Farrell

The Federation of Wholesale Distributors says its lobbying activity will be strengthened by a report…


Bestway 'won't lose focus' after Co-op Pharmacy acquisition

31 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Chief executive Zameer Choudrey has reiterated Bestway’s commitment to wholesaling following its £620m acquisition of The …

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Palmer & Harvey appoints Jez Pegg as its new sales and marketing director

30 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Palmer & Harvey has appointed Jez Pegg to the new role of sales and marketing director

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P&H sets target of 100 sites for Central Convenience Stores Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Central Convenience Stores – the c-store chain acquired by Palmer & Harvey in 2012…


Sert-MST forced to 'realign' in face of supermarket price war

17 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Sert-MST is retrenching and “realigning” in the face of cut-throat competition between the major multiples…


Hills Prospect joins Today's Group on-trade division

17 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

On-trade wholesaler Hills Prospect has joined Today’s Group.

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United Wholesale Grocers plans expansion south of the border Subscription

17 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Scottish cash & carry group United Wholesale Grocers has revealed plans to expand out of its heartland…

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Bet it all on Black (Friday) Subscription

27 Nov 2014 | By Claire Farrell

There’s no going back now; Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving Day – has found a profitable new home in the UK, with more…

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The flabby big four need to shape up to fight rivals Subscription

06 Nov 2014 | By Clive Black

In an expanding market over several decades, superstore operators grew their businesses in the UK…

Andy Clarke

Asda's Equal Value case: not about sex, about unions

31 Oct 2014 | By Adam Leyland

CEO Andy Clarke (the Archbishop of Asda, as Michael Buerk dubbed him at the IGD Convention), can afford to feel just a lit…


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Scaremongering sugar debate does not help children

13 Nov 2014

I write in response to a report on sugar (‘Action on Sugar claims a quarter of kids’ juice drinks have as much sugar as Co…

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TNT: industry inspiration

13 Nov 2014

I was very pleased to see the continuation of The Grocer’s Top New Talent programme…


FareShare could use more

13 Nov 2014

I wish to correct a point in last week’s article…

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