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The Co-op is putting tablets on trolleys

Co-op sticks tablets on trolleys to gain customer feedback

30 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group is rolling out hi-tech trolleys that allow shoppers to give the society instant feedback on stores.

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Co-op rows back on in-store radio policy after staff complaints

29 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group is to start playing a mixture of both well-known songs and tracks by unsigned artists on its in-store radio following a stream of complaints by staff.

Iceland's 800th store in Beccles

Iceland sales dip in latest market share figures

29 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Iceland has posted its first drop in sales since 2005, according to the latest grocery market share data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Andrew Higginson

Morrisons names former Tesco finance boss Higginson chairman

29 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Morrisons has surprised the City by appointing former Tesco finance boss Andrew Higginson company chairman when Sir Ian Gibson retires in 2015.

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Co-op in-store radio drops pops for flops

26 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

The Co-operative Group staff are demanding “more chart songs” and less “terrible” music…

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Co-operative Group launches new online hub to discuss future

26 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group is asking its members for more ideas on its future strategy…

Rosie Boycott

London supermarkets sign up to anti-obesity push Subscription

26 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarkets in London have agreed to take part in a clampdown on obesity, which could include layouts being changed…

Lidl Germany

Lidl insists it pays its 'fair share' of UK tax Subscription

23 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Lidl has revealed that it paid more than £25m in UK corporation tax last year.

Ursula Lidbetter

Co-op Group reforms ‘on track’ at special conference

22 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group’s corporate governance reforms are on track and the society has “a coalition of views coming together to form something that works”, chair Ursula Lidbetter has told members.

Fresh & Easy store

Philip Clarke's highs and lows at Tesco: in pictures

21 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

It’s been stormy weather pretty much all the way for Tesco CEO Philip Clarke since taking over in 2011. The Grocer looks back.

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Tesco shares jump on Philip Clarke’s departure Subscription

21 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco shares rose to their highest level for a month after the company announced the departure of chief executive Philip Clarke

Sainsbury's colney hatch

Sainsbury’s Cannock store to be powered by food waste

21 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s supermarket in Cannock, Staffordshire is to be powered entirely by food waste.

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Former Co-op boss Euan Sutherland gets £1m payoff

21 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Euan Sutherland, the former CEO of The Co-operative Group, is to receive a £1m payoff.

Philip Clarke video interview June 2013

Philip Clarke to depart Tesco: reaction

21 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The industry has reacted to the news that Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to stand down at the end of September.

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke

Tesco boss Philip Clarke steps down

21 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn, Jon Yeomans

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke announced this morning he is to step down after three years leading the retailer, to be replaced by Unilever’s Dave Lewis.

suppliers

Greencore sandwich delivery

Greencore sales buoyed by food-to-go market

29 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Greencore has reported another quarter of strong sales growth, with like-for-likes climbing 7.5%.

obesity

Sugar campaign 'has hampered Responsibility Deal salt cuts'

26 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The campaign against sugar has diverted resources from efforts to reduce salt in food, ministers have been told…

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Tomato cordial launched by The Tomato Stall

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Tomato supplier The Tomato Stall has launched what it claims is the first cordial made from the fruit…

Jon Tyrell The Chia Company supply chain manager

Jon Tyrrell appointed supply chain manager at Chia Company

20 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

The Chia Company has boosted its UK team as it prepares to switch to manufacturing in the UK in October…

Perween Warsi CBE

Curry Queen Perween Warsi mulls S&A Foods sale Subscription

18 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Perween Warsi CBE, the founder and owner of S&A Foods, is considering a potential sale of the Indian ready meals specialist

Hilton Food Group meat

Hilton Food Group's first half in line with expectations despite currency pressures

17 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Hilton Food Group said today its first half performance was in line with expectations, despite the impact of the strong pound.

Smart Swaps

Sugar targets 'could damage pledges on calorie reduction' Subscription

12 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Food and drink industry leaders have appealed to the government to reject the clamour for new sugar reduction targets…

Cheese

The Grocer is looking for cheese

11 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

The Grocer is on the hunt for the best new cheeses from the UK and the Continent to feature in our upcoming Dairymen supplement (out 6 September).

Nespresso coffee capsule cafe pod

CaféPod to extend Nespresso-compatible into direct selling Subscription

11 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Nespresso-compatible coffee capsule supplier CaféPod is making its first foray into selling direct to consumers…

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Unilever trials rapid-response ice cream delivery in London Subscription

11 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Unilever is trialling a two-hour ice cream delivery service for independent retailers in London…

Sugar

ABF grocery sales hit by loss of Silver Spoon contract with Asda

10 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Associated British Foods has reported a 5% drop in constant currency grocery sales following the loss of contracts at Silver Spoon.

Florette polytunnel

Florette expands polytunnel operation in year-round push

09 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Florette has begun constructing the second stage of its polytunnel growing operation near Colchester in a bid to reduce imports and become a year-round UK grower.

Chris Mcbride

GMB: McBride job cuts 'not an encouraging sign'

06 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Trade unions have warned McBride’s plan to axe a quarter of its workforce was “not an encouraging sign for the future.”…

Organic Irish salmon supplied to Harrods

Salmon supplier Burren lands Harrods contract

06 Jul 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Irish organic fish supplier Burren Smokehouse has secured a contract to supply its organic Irish wild salmon to Harrods’ d…

Green apples on conveyor

Cider producer Aston Manor fuels growth with Birmingham hub

05 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Aston Manor is set to open a new 84,000 sq ft warehousing and distribution hub in Birmingham this summer…

wholesalers

Hnacocks

Hancocks cuts Vidal Giant Cable sweets price to boost margins

26 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Hancocks has driven down the price of Vidal Giant Cables to give retailers a 79% margin…

Brakes Ken McMeikan

Brakes eyes sites to roll out Professional Food Market concept

26 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Brakes has identified a “considerable number” of sites for future expansion of its Professional Food Market…

Spar trolleys Appleby Westward sales boost

Appleby Westward sales boosted by hot weather and new vehicles

20 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Appleby Westward has reported bumper sales thanks to warm weather, a new fleet of vehicles and a new telesales service…

sweet drinks

HT & Co Drinks blames tough competition as profits fall 9.5%

20 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Specialist drinks wholesaler HT & Co Drinks has blamed stiff competition for a drop in full-year sales and profits…

Bestway Wholesale

Bestway acquires Co-op Pharmacy for £620m

18 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bestway has acquired The Co-operative Pharmacy from The Co-operative Group for £620m.

Asim Sarwar

Sales rise 5% at United Wholesale Scotland

17 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

United Wholesale Scotland has posted a 4.8% increase in sales to £212m in the year to 31 December 2013.

Co-op Pharmacy

Bestway emerges as favourite to acquire Co-op Pharmacy

14 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bestway is reportedly the favourite to acquire The Co-operative Group’s pharmacy chain in a £600m deal.

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Spar wholesaler Blakemore targets new stores Subscription

12 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Blakemore is set to ramp up store recruitment as it revealed a 3% increase in like-for-like retail sales this week…

Wing Yip Croyden click and collect service

Wing Yip hails success of click & collect delivery scheme

12 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

More than 15% of Wing Yip’s online customers have used its click & collect delivery option since launch last month…

Booker

Booker sales increase 3.8% in first quarter

09 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Booker has reported a 3.8% increase in total sales for the 12 weeks to 20 June as it continues to reap the rewards of its acquisition of Makro.

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Improve That Price adds Booker and Bestway special deals

05 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Improve That Price, the price comparison website for caterers, has added Booker and Bestway special deals…

Andrew Selley Bidvest 3663

Andrew Selley replaces Alex Fisher as Bidvest 3663 MD

03 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Bidvest 3663 MD Alex Fisher has stepped down from the business, it has emerged.

Premier Northern Ireland

Booker opens first Premier in Northern Ireland

24 Jun 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Booker has opened its first Premier convenience store in Northern Ireland.

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Nick Rose hired by Blakemore Wholesale to grow Lifestyle Express

22 Jun 2014 | By Sara Spary

Blakemore Wholesale has hired a stores group director to bolster its retail portfolio for Lifestyle Express…

emarket

Emarket to take on wholesale rivals on 100 core lines

21 Jun 2014 | By Sara Spary

Online wholesale site Emarket has pledged to beat Booker and Bestway’s prices on 100 core lines…

Chicken

FSA U-turn is a Pyrrhic victory for industry

24 Jul 2014 | Updated: 25 Jul 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The poultry industry has successfully lobbied the FSA into U-turning on plans to ‘name and shame’ companies in its campylobacter survey, but it shouldn’t rejoice.

Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis faces a huge challenge as he succeeds Philip Clarke

26 Jul 2014 | By Adam Leyland

The beleaguered Tesco CEO always seemed to be pictured wearing the resigned expression of Oliver Hardy…

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Ken Hom shows why we all love him on Food & Drink

24 Jul 2014 | By James Halliwell

Everyone loves Ken Hom. He’s so smiley, and he cooks a mean Chinese, which is a brilliant combination…

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Owen paterson

Owen Paterson's green blobs: some would shrink UK farming

26 Jul 2014

We suspect some environmental NGOs would like to shrink British farming…

Plastic carrier bags

Plastic bar war must be kept up says Midcounties Co-op

26 Jul 2014

We have reduced our carrier bag usage by 2.1 million carrier bags across our food stores so far this year…

Pig in straw

Pig horror? Get real

26 Jul 2014

Last week’s Critical Eye was less a review of the Channel 4 Food Unwrapped programme on bacon than a diatribe about the pig slaughter process…

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