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Wilko hails 'year of recovery' as sales grow for first time in three years Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Wilko has halted three consecutive years of declining sales thanks to a “buoyant” Christmas and its growing portfolio of stores.

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Mixed picture for UK grocery revealed by latest market share data Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The uncertain trading environment for UK grocers was compounded by the release this week of market share figures

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Walmart demands new date labelling from own-label food suppliers

01 Jul 2016 | By Megan Tatum

The retailer estimates 21% of US household food waste arises due to confusion over date labels

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Nisa beats profit forecast in “transformational year” Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Highlights included a 6% increase in fresh sales to £201m while Heritage own label sales were up 7.9%

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Ocado suffers rollercoaster as Brexit vote hammers market Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Ocado shares leapt by 8% to 226p on Tuesday after it announced a 15% jump in first-half sales to £584m

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Waitrose profits slump as John Lewis pension costs bite Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Waitrose pre-tax profits slumped 17.4% last year as the supermarket slugged it out in a brutal price war with the big four and the discounters.

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Oreo brings Strawberry Cheesecake and Mint variants to the UK Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The two new flavours are based on ones popular in the US

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Supermarkets and suppliers to be probed on shelf space payments Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Tacon this week launched a 12-week consultation into whether supermarkets have been demanding huge payments

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Heinz rolls out new four-strong kids' dry pasta shapes range Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The four-strong line-up is available as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; DC Super Friends; Minions; and Peppa Pig

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Oriental food store Seewoo expands its London premises Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The retailer, which also has stores in Greenwich and Glasgow, has extended into the adjacent building

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Purity presses ahead with £4m investment despite Brexit shock Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The investment is intended to “propel the business forward”

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Grocery Adjudicator says suppliers are 'signing away rights' Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Christine Tacon has revealed she is launching a probe into how supermarkets are getting around GSCOP

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ACS anticipates rise in racial abuse in wake of Brexit

01 Jul 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Working together with the Home Office, the group is urging members to report xenophobic or racial abuse

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Uncertainty over EU food workers' future has 'cast shadow' Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ian Quinn

The FDF has also called on the government to “act urgently” to bring to an end verbal and physical attacks on workers

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Brexit: 'Shocked' food bosses warn of inevitable price rises Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Ian Quinn

The leaders of the FDF and the BRC, among others such as the CBI, have called for urgent government intervention

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Food manufacturers call for delay on sugar levy post-Brexit

01 Jul 2016 | By Julia Glotz

Ian Wright, director general of the Food and Drink Federation, said regulatory stability and predictability was essential

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George Eustice: there's 'no rush' for Britain to leave EU

01 Jul 2016 | By Kevin White

The Conservative MP – who campaigned to leave the EU in the run-up to last week’s referendum – said he was “very pleased”

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City snapshot: Hershey rejects $23bn Mondelez bid Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Hershey said last night it had “unanimously” rejected an initial takeover approach from Mondelez International

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Media Bites 1 July: AB InBev, Hershey/Mondelez, BHS Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

AB InBev has secured regulatory clearance for its SABMiller takeover in South Africa, but the EU has launched an investigation into its position in Belgium.

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Brexit: loss of launchpad role puts UK food deals at risk Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Global players may no longer view a UK that is outside the single European market as the ideal beachhead for an expansion

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Jeff van der Eems to aid Continental Bakeries in biscuits Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Edward Devlin

It comes as Goldman Sachs and investment firm Silverfern completed the acquisition of Continental Bakeries from NPM Capital

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Beefeater gives its London Dry Gin a 'capital' makeover Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The new packaging, rolling out now, features a hand-drawn map of London that captures the ‘rich tapestry’ of the city

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Jacob's Creek rolls out the Double Barrel premium wine range Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The newly launched wine is a premium red shiraz made with “high-quality fruits”

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The Scottish Dairy: new brand targets US shoppers

30 Jun 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The Scottish Dairy brand was launched at the Summer Fancy Foods Show in New York City last month

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Ready Brek brings in a bear for brand revamp Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The relaunch aims to modernise the brand while “singing the category-leading health credentials loud and proud”

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Amazon Fresh adds a further 59 delivery postcodes in London Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The online giant is now serving 128 postcodes in the capital

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Philadelphia's Lactose Free axed by Mondelez due to poor sales Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The variant was the brand’s first venture into free-from territory when launched in July 2014

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Dairy Crest to hold its core milk price at 21.72ppl for July

30 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The processor announced this week it would hold its core Davidstow price at 21.72ppl

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Community Shop secures backing for third store in Grimsby Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Young’s Seafood, Icelandic Seachill, McCain and Morrisons manufacturing arm all backed the initiative

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Slump in pig prices sees profits at Danepak owner Tulip tumble Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

Profits for the year to 30 September 2015 were down 34% to £18.7m

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M&S moves £4m smoked mackerel contract to Dawnfresh Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The switch follows a move by the retailer to sign up new seafood suppliers in June

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Noble Foods develops exclusive egg range for Amazon Fresh Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Kevin White

The supplier has secured listings for a total of eight Liberty Farms SKUs

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New Amsterdam vodka launched by E&J Gallo in 35cl bottle format

30 Jun 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The premium tipple is available in the smaller size from the impulse and convenience channels now

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Cranes serves up 'healthier' trio of cranberry ciders Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The 4% abv drink is brewed with crushed cranberries, with added ‘real’ fruit juices

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FDF calls for urgent talks with retailers on factory audits Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Director general Ian Wright claims factory audits are placing an unreasonable burden on supplier

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The 12 post-Brexit priorities for UK food and drink Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By The Grocer News Team

As the country prepares to disentangle itself from the union, what are the main considerations for the sector?

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An adult affair: Lunchbox category report 2016 Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Emma Sturgess

Are packed lunches boxing clever? They’re back in strong year-on-year growth, up 1.9%

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Rising demand drives up yellowfin tuna prices Subscription

01 Jul 2016

Thai canneries have been increasing their imports of yellowfin tuna

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My Brexit: how one UK bakery is dealing with the fallout from the referendum

01 Jul 2016 | By Ingrid Eissfeldt

One small bakery business is having to make tough choices post-Brexit

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The smart technology for the smarter grocers Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Trolley wheels tracking shoppers might sound like a gimmick from a budget spy film, but the invention holds huge potential

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EU gives glyphosate 18-month extension Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The current approval period for the herbicide will be extended until the end of 2017

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How the Leave vote will boost the UK food industry

01 Jul 2016 | By Paul Wilkinson

Success has been built on risk and seizing opportunities as they arise

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Euro 2016 footy gives short boost to alcohol promotions Subscription

01 Jul 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Alcohol saw the biggest growth in promotions of any category – up 1.09% to account for 22.26% of offers

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Sugar reaches record level as consumption rises Subscription

01 Jul 2016

Global sugar production in 2016/17 is forecast at 169.3 million tonnes, up 3% year on year

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We must show leadership through these troubled times

30 Jun 2016 | By Ian Wright

FDF director general Ian Wright sets out the post-Brexit agenda for food and drink

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Is food price inflation good news for the supermarkets? Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By Adam Leyland

As supermarkets struggle with deflation, has Brexit-inspired food price inflation given them a get out of jail card?

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Iceland scores a winner with inspired Euro 2016 campaign Subscription

30 Jun 2016 | By James Halliwell

Amid the drama of the past week, there was a football match on. And Iceland Foods played a blinder

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Butterworth & Son Suffolk Special Blend: acid test Subscription

30 Jun 2016

The tea category is at risk of going off the boil, with value sales cooling by 3.5% to £579.8m

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Will Brexit change what Brits eat and drink?

29 Jun 2016 | By Rob Brown

It’s early days, but market experts are starting to look at which sectors are most likely to feel the biggest impact

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