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Harris + Hoole

Tesco-backed Harris + Hoole to close six branches

20 Aug 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco-backed coffee chain Harris + Hoole has confirmed it is closing six of its least profitable stores in London and the South East.

Tesco petrol station

Fuel price cuts target bank holiday motorists

19 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The supermarkets are hoping to woo the bank holiday crowds with a new round of fuel price cuts beginning today.

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Morrisons confirms plan to extend store opening hours

18 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Morrisons has confirmed plans to extend the opening hours at many of its stores, as it looks to address its falling sales.

Tesco carrier bags

Tesco shoppers to choose carrier bag beneficiaries

16 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Tesco is to let shoppers choose which charities will cash in on proceeds from the Scottish and Welsh carrier bag levies…

Tesco Lockers

Tesco to trial click & collect lockers for GM and clothing

15 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary, Daniel Woolfson

Tesco is launching new click & collect lockers for general merchandise and clothing at two London stores on Monday…

Lidl meat fixtures

Lidl 15% cheaper in Grocer 33 and service also impresses

15 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty, Eleanor Ross

Lidl has trounced its rivals in terms of price as it makes its debut as a guest retailer in this week’s Grocer 33…

Andy Clarke, Asda

Andy Clarke: Asda staff morale 'not as bad as I had feared'

15 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans, Eleanor Ross

Staff morale at Asda is holding up better than expected in light of its ongoing in-store management restructure…

Asda Pudsey 1

Asda sales grow 0.5% in second quarter

14 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

Asda’s like-for-like sales grew 0.5% in the 10 weeks ending 30 June, it revealed today.

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Food sales drop as supermarket price war takes a toll

12 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

Price competition and tough trading in the grocery sector depressed food sales in the three months to July 2014, new figures from BRC-KMPG have shown.

building site

Planning system blasted as 'rudderless' by ACS

09 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Stone

The government and local councils are not taking the ‘town centre first’ planning policy seriously enough says ACS…

Paperwork

Suppliers angry as retailers keep digging for old debts

07 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Grocer can reveal some retailers are still digging further back than the agreed two-year limit…

Morrisons vans

Morrisons' online service rolls into Lincolnshire

07 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Morrisons is now delivering online groceries to homes in Lincolnshire.

Tesco clubcard

Tesco Clubcard Boost rewards 40 millionth customer

07 Aug 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Tesco’s Clubcard Boost scheme has reached its 40 millionth booking only 20 months after its launch.

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Supermarket price cuts keep lid on food inflation

06 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

The supermarket price war is continuing to put the brakes on food price inflation, new figures have shown.

Watchdogs

Supermarkets lose entertainment sales to high street

04 Aug 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Almost a million fewer shoppers bought entertainment products from the supermarkets in the past 12 weeks than a year ago.

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Bananas

Chiquita vows to to press ahead with Fyffes merger

15 Aug 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

US banana firm Chiquita has rejected a $611m takeover bid and reaffirmed its intention to merge with Irish contemporary Fyffes.

Fyffes banana

Fyffes-Chiquita merger at risk as rival bid emerges

11 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

The $1bn merger of Irish banana producer Fyffes and American giant Chiquita has been thrown into doubt by a rival bid for Chiquita.

Buyapowa

Speciality firms urged by Buyapowa to sell via social media

09 Aug 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Speciality food suppliers and retailers could “punch above their weight” by selling through social media…

Paperwork

Suppliers angry as retailers keep digging for old debts

07 Aug 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Grocer can reveal some retailers are still digging further back than the agreed two-year limit…

Manuka tracing app

Airborne Honey launches TraceMe manuka app to aid traceability

07 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Airborne Honey has launched a mobile app that allows consumers to trace the provenance of its products…

Hipp

Hipp Organic babyfood to introduce 22 new lines Subscription

07 Aug 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Babyfood supplier Hipp Organic is launching its first tray meals for older tots…

tesco food to go

Sandwich sales in supermarkets are soaring says Greencore Subscription

02 Aug 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Sales of sandwiches are growing twice as fast in grocery retail as in the UK market as whole, Greencore has said…

Fage total yoghurt

Fage hails end of the Greek yoghurt war as court rebuffs Chobani

02 Aug 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Fage has said its legal victory over Chobani will have “significant ramifications” for the UK yoghurt market

Honey bees

Manuka honey health claims should be removed says NZ

01 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

New Zealand has moved to clamp down on health claims about manuka honey…

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…

tomato cordial

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.

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Aintree depot

Parfetts to refurbish whole estate after Anfield success

16 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Parfetts is to refurbish all of its depots after its refitted Anfield site yielded a 10% sales boost…

pushing trolley

Hancocks racks up 71% e-commerce sales hike

16 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

E-commerce sales at Hancocks have soared 71% year on year following a site relaunch in February…

key store

Cost-cutting boosts full-year profits at JW Filshill

16 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

JW Filshill has reported a huge increase in full-year pre-tax profits thanks to cost cutting and new technologies…

motor fuel group

Murco deal kicks off Motor Fuel Group expansion plans

16 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Motor Fuel Group is eyeing further acquisitions in the forecourt sector…

Menzies

John Menzies kicks off search for group CEO

14 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

John Menzies has revealed it is looking to recruit its first group CEO in seven years…

Amir Khan

United Wholesale Scotland and Bestway open Glasgow depots

09 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bestway and United Wholesale Scotland officially relaunched depots just half a mile from each other…

bestway fuit & veg

Bestway rolls out own-label fruit & veg under Best-in brand Subscription

08 Aug 2014 | By Kevin White

Bestway has launched an own-label fruit and vegetable range for c-stores under its Best-in brand…

Amir Khan opens UWS depot in Glasgow

United Wholesale Scotland reopens Glasgow depot

07 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

United Wholesale Scotland has relaunched its depot in Maxwell Road, Glasgow following a £2.5m investment.

Rizwan Pervez

Bestway promotes Rizwan Pervez to ops director

04 Aug 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Rizwan Pervez has been named operations director of Bestway.

wing yip croydon

Wing Yip launches Sunday delivery service

02 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Wing Yip has slashed the cost of its weekend delivery service and started offering Sunday deliveries for the first time…

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.

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.

99p Store 9

99p Stores has made a bold leap into mainstream grocery

16 Aug 2014 | By Jon Yeomans

99p Stores is taking on a bewildering array of rivals with its food-to-go move – from M&S to Greggs…

Supermarket

Introducing 'the world’s first free supermarket'

14 Aug 2014 | Updated: 15 Aug 2014 | By Sara Spary

Imagine a supermarket where absolutely everything was given away for free. Implausible? Maybe, but there’s one called Freemarket opening in Copenhagen this Saturday.

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Forensic audits up to six years still legal

16 Aug 2014

I was not surprised to read retailers are already backpedalling on a code of practice that is not legally binding…

Honey

Manuka standards...

16 Aug 2014

Further to your article ‘Will new guidelines rein in manuka honey cowboys?’ (9 August, p16), I’d like to reiterate…

Christine Tacon

Adjudicator Tacon should be heeded over forensic audits

16 Aug 2014

The fact that so many retailers are blitzing the accounts before magnanimously stopping the practice is an outrage…

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