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Morrinsons announces £200m bond buyback plan Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Morrisons has announced it intends to buy back £200m of corporate bonds to reduce its outstanding debt.

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R&R Ice Cream’s first quarter sales drop 1.3%

31 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Sales at R&R Ice Cream fell by 1.3% in the three months to 31 March 2016 due to exiting unprofitable contracts in its German business and tough trading conditions in the UK.

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Yazoo reveals trio of no-added sugar drinks Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Kevin White

Yazoo No Added Sugar will go on sale across the mults in September

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Haughton Honey targets mults with crowdfunding cash Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Premium honey brand Haughton Honey has beaten its £80,000 crowdfunding target after attracting a swarm of more than 200 investors.

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UB launches McVitie's first on-the-go sweet biscuit range Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

To Go offers a choice of Digestives and Hobnobs and will be backed by TV ad campaign

Waitrose reports sparkling sales for home-grown wine portfolio Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The retailer says value sales of its English wines are up 13% year on year

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Porky Whites moves into burgers with premium steak offering Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

Succes of flat sausages leads to launch of burger

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Aldi commits to phase out sale of eggs from caged hens by 2025 Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Kevin White

The retailer said it had recognised concerns over animal welfare

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GroceryAid appoints Steve Barnes as new director general

31 May 2016 | By James Halliwell

Industry veteran Barnes started his career in grocery by securing locations for Safeway, Presto and Lo-Cost stores

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East of England Co-op to run second Sourced Locally Fortnight

31 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

70% of the society’s shoppers thought it was important they ate locally sourced food

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JJ Food Service to roll healthy eating scheme out to Brighton

31 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The initiative offers cafés, restaurants and pubs a 10% discount on healthier options

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Food & drink bosses urged to collaborate on soft drink label

31 May 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Sugarwise marque could be a starting point for an industry-wide kitemark

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Chris Miller made group commercial director at JW Filshill Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Prior to joining Filshill, Miller was chief executive of Harviestoun Brewery

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Fairway Foodservice passes £600m sales with 13% growth Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Buying group is made up of 13 wholesale members

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M&S and Waitrose praised for soy sustainability Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Carina Perkins

The British retailers were the highest scoring UK food businesses on WWF’s Soy Scorecard 2016

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Granny Cool defeats Dragons to win Sainsbury's listings

31 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

Preserves brand was told by Peter Jones that it would never go national

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Bodyform unveils Red.Fit menstruation/exercise education push

31 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Research on the “last taboo” in sport will be shared via an online hub

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City Snapshot: Nestlé to pay up to €100m to sell child milk allergy test Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Nestlé will pay €10m upfront to help fund the development of the patch test

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Media Bites 31 May: Sainsbury's, Tesco, BHS Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

The weekend’s major news in terms of the grocers was the UK Competition and Markets Authority announcing it is considering launching an investigation into the £12.4bn takeover of Home Retail Group by Sainsbury’s.

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Cadbury 'Wini Eggs' set to boost Paralympians this summer Subscription

29 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The promotion will give shoppers the chance to bag a family trip to Rio de Janeiro

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Typhoo launches new packs signed by Nigella Lawson Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

The new design forms part of the “amplification phase of the Typhoo Moments campaign”

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Co-operative Group relaunches as the Co-op Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The Co-operative Group has relaunched as the Co-op, going back to its former name and 1968-vintage blue logo

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Hovis soft bread gets softer as everyday range gets a revamp Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

The bagged loaf has been given refreshed packaging meant to highlight its improved softness

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M&S consulting on payment hike of 15% for shop floor staff Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The retailer said it had used the introduction of the national living wage to look at pay

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Nestlé backs The Grocer's Waste Not Want Not campaign

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

General Mills, Gousto and Lynher Dairies also pledging their support for The Grocer’s new food waste campaign

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Tesco to provide meals and water for Homeless World Cup

27 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Retailer is working with FareShare to provide players and coaches with three meals a day

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Lidl bids to drive up basket size with Stikeez Euro 2016 figures

27 May 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The discounter will give out a collectable children’s football figurine for every £10 spent in store until mid-June

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Morrisons to get more regional cheeses through Bradburys

27 May 2016 | By Kevin White

A total of 23 cheeses will be introduced regionally in stores from this week

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Proudfoot opens its fourth supermarket Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Family-owned retail group Proudfoot Group has opened its fourth supermarket

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Blossom Hill wine gets 'stylish' new look and £2m campaign Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Lisa Riley

Updated bottles will be rolled across all Blossom Hill SKUs from July

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Sugro set to top £1bn in sales as turnover rises 10% Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

MD Philip Jenkins said growth was due to member recruitment and creative marketing

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Blakemore Wholesale signs up to new real-time sales-out data tool Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The reporting system will monitor Blakemore’s 14 depots and store data in the cloud for on-the-go access

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Chris Stemman takes charge at British Coffee Association Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Stemman has been UK group technical manager at own-label coffee supplier Fine Foods International for the past 18 years

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Rowe's comments send shockwaves through the City Subscription

27 May 2016

Steve Rowe’s ascension to the Marks & Spencer hotseat was widely welcomed, but his first set of annual results at the helm of the high street stalwart sent shockwaves through the City.

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Blakemore rolls out new premium fascia Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore has launched a new fascia for the convenience market called Bmorelocal

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Are we getting campylobacter by the scruff of the neck – or not? Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Julia Glotz

Just how much progress really has been made in fighting this incredibly complex bug?

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Frozen Food Category Report 2016 Subscription

31 May 2016 | By Natalie Brown

Chicken nuggets and fish fingers are against the wall as retailers bring frozen delicacies to the masses

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How c-stores can join The Grocer's food waste campaign

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

How c-stores can join The Grocer’s food Waste Not Want Not campaign

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The Co-op's own label strategy is clever on a number of levels Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Adam Leyland

Ever since own label was invented, it’s created a tension between supermarkets and their branded suppliers

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Give Steve Rowe a break over 'Mrs M&S' Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The M&S CEO’s analysis of his customer base is more nuanced than the Mrs M&S moniker suggests 

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Waste Not Want Not will succeed if it gets pan-industry backing

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Facing up to a food waste mountain weighing 1.9 million tonnes is daunting

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Sales of wonky fruit & veg are 'flying' at Tesco

27 May 2016 | By Ian Quinn, Carina Perkins

UK consumers are being won round by supermarket efforts to sell so-called ‘wonky’ fruit & veg

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Ranjit Singh Boparan says: we must stay in EU Subscription

27 May 2016

Brexit could spell disaster for the British food industry

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The value of inspirational leaders in food & drink Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Steve Parfett

What makes great leadership in the grocery and wholesaling industries?

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Major crisp brands hit by heavy deflation Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Shoppers are getting better deals on crisps as brands ramp up competition in the snacking aisles

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Tesco Farms range is a key component of a credible fightback Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Clive Black

Some Tesco-phobes protested this was some form of sharp practice

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Countryfile goes vegetarian for tales of innovation and doubt Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Megan Tatum

At first glance, life for the UK’s vegetable growers looks suitably idyllic

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Pampers fights like with like in Aldi nappy war ads Subscription

27 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

And P&G insists attack on customer’s nappies is nothing unusual

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Google Maps and unlocking the power of geo-location for grocery Subscription

26 May 2016 | By Jason Nathan

Dunnhumby’s Jason Nathan considers the opportunities from Google’s decision to commercialise Google Maps

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Frozen Food Category Report 2016

With more retailers bringing frozen luxury products to the masses under the banner of own label, how are the sector’s biggest brands performing?

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