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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In the last 10 years we have had the smoking ban in pubs, the rise of remote working, free-from food and abstinence in the young and they are all having an impact on our spending habits …
Reformulation hasn’t boosted sales, and listings and variants have been cut
Adult fruit carbonates have surged 12.3% to £101.2m
- Video: Can The Grocer create its own craft gin brand? Video
- 3. Infographic: Nuts on course to take free-from milk top spot
- 10. Infographic: Which retailers have the biggest slice of free-from?
- 4. Revealed: How the baked free-from sector is sliced
- 1. More than one in four Brits have gone free from. Why?
- 7. Who drinks the least - men or women?
- 10. Craft and class: Who shuns mass-produced beer?
Recent blog posts
Heineken predicts we’ll be spending more than half a billion quid a year on lower-abv beers and ciders by 2020. But does this burgeoning sector have a long-term future?
There’s nothing this industry likes more at times than a good sneer. And when Ranjit Singh Boparan took control of Goodfella’s Pizza in 2011 as part of his swoop on Northern Foods, certain quarters seemed to sneer in unison…
Monster is having a nightmare. But it’s nothing compared with what the parents of Anais Fournier have been through since the Maryland 14-year-old died last Christmas after drinking two 680ml cans of what the brand refers to as its ‘killer energy brew’ in a day.
- Blame it on the bean counters
- Well oiled