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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The Grocer commissioned global branding agency Coley Porter Bell to blow the proverbial dust off port and sherry and drag them into the 21st century…
Sales of sweet, fruity cider are soaring, while traditional favourites such as Strongbow lag behind. The Grocer’s Rob Brown heads to Heineken’s orchards to find out how the drinks giant is adapting
Brits are boozing more at home as drink sales in pubs continue to fall, according to exclusive research for The Grocer…
- The top 10 global hot beverage innovations: in pictures
- Two thirds of tea drinkers would pay more for a cuppa
- 10 things you need to know about... ice cream
- Fifth of young people eat a tub of ice cream in one sitting
- Frozen yoghurt sets its sights on Britain's freezers
- Tesco Finest tops our ice cream taste test: video
- Ice cream ad spend surges with Magnum leading the way
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