Rob joined The Grocer in 2010 as features editor. Since January, 2013, he’s been overseeing The Grocer’s weekly category reports and annual Britain’s Biggest Brands, Biggest Alcohol Brands and Top Products features as Category Reports Editor. He also looks after our monthly digital features.
With a particular interest in consumer trends, much of Rob’s role involves analysing sales data to pick out stories about how Brits are eating, drinking and shopping differently today. He regularly appears on radio and TV as a commentator and his stories are often picked up by the national press.
Having previously worked for a magazine covering the global brewing industry, Rob is particularly interested in the alcoholic drinks market. He also takes a keen interest in environmental issues facing the grocery industry. In 2012, he travelled to Singapore for an exposé of the growing global surplus of sustainably produced palm oil.
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Soft drinks can't tap water's growthSubscription
There’s been a 13% increase in tap water’s appearances in the packed lunches (and other carried out meals) of Britain in the past year
It’s time to talk turkey… and meat, fish and all other kinds of poultry. This week The Grocer unveils the latest in the 10 Things… series of digital features with an in depth look at the British meat, fish and poultry market.
This article is part of our Meat, Fish & Poultry Report 2015. The UK meat market could beef up sales by more than £95m by adopting new butchery techniques. That’s according to levy body ADHB Beef & Lamb (formerly known as EBLEX), which says valuable cuts are being minced and sold cheaply
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