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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