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Philip Clarke: price and refit failures meant he 'had to go'

25 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty, Alec Mattinson

Clarke “had to go” because his store refit programme under-delivered and he failed to make Tesco competitive on price…

Horsemeat test

Sixteen horsemeat cases uncovered by EC testing programme

25 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Pan-European testing for horsemeat DNA uncovered 16 new instances in beef products between April and June, the European Commission has revealed.

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Conviviality Retail thinks big with new BB's Warehouse format

25 Jul 2014 | By Sara Spary

Conviviality Retail is set to launch a new retail brand on Monday, The Grocer can reveal. 

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Off-trade full-year beer sales exceed pub sales for first time

25 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

For the first time, supermarkets and off-licenses have sold more beer over a 12-month period than pubs, according to new British Beer & Pub Association figures.

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Sugar & salt FSA survey sees 'genuine public attitude shift' Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Brits are now almost as worried about the sugar in their food as they are they are about food prices…

Signature Blend range

JTI extends Amber Leaf range with organic Signature Blend

25 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Japan Tobacco International is expanding its Amber Leaf rolling tobacco range with a new premium line made with organic Brazilian tobacco.

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The Grocer New Product Awards 2014 shortlist revealed Subscription

25 Jul 2014

The shortlist of products competing for The Grocer’s 2014 New Product Awards has been revealed…

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Health minister orders probe into 2 Sisters plants

25 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

Health minister Jeremy Hunt has ordered the immediate inspection of two 2 Sisters plants embroiled in The Guardian poultry industry probe – less than 24 hours after the Food Standards Agency issued a statement supporting one of the sites.

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Morrisons averts strike at Northwich distribution centre Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Morrisons has averted a potentially disruptive strike planned by drivers at a distribution centre in the North West…

Alan Clark, SABMiller

SABMiller’s pay policy passes amid shareholder concern Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller’s remuneration policy was passed by over 92% of voting shareholders yesterday, but almost 20% of shareholders abstained from giving their approval.

Irn-Bru

AG Barr sales up 5.6% on promos and warmer weather

25 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

AG Barr has announced sales growth of 5.6% for the first half of its financial year.

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Hovis Seed Sensations adds granary loaf

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Hovis has added a granary loaf to its Seed Sensations brand…

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Bestway mulls indie pharmacy wholesale Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Adam Leyland, Beth Brooks

Bestway is hoping its acquisition of Co-operative Pharmacy will help it become a wholesaler for independent pharmacies…

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Lily's Kitchen 10% cheaper range to go exclusively into Tesco Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Arabella Mileham

Lily’s Kitchen is launching an exclusive range into Tesco that will sell for 10% less than its original products…

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Billy Bear launches into cheese slices

24 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Sliced meat brand Billy Bear is extending into the cheese market…

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FSA backs 2 Sisters plant accused in Guardian report

24 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) says it is “satisfied that appropriate action was taken” at a 2 Sisters Food Group plant in Anglesey accused of poor hygiene standards.

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Reckitt Benckiser to pour £100m into healthcare R&D centre in Hull

24 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

RB – formerly Reckitt Benckiser – today revealed it will plough £100m into a new consumer health R&D centre in Hull

Shloer freshens up with new colour scheme and bigger labels Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Shloer has refreshed its 750ml bottle with larger labels and a new colour scheme…

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Premier Foods adds Slime & Shock to Halloween line-up

24 Jul 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Premier Foods is expanding its Halloween cake offer with two new lines from 15 September…

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Tomato cordial launched by The Tomato Stall

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Tomato supplier The Tomato Stall has launched what it claims is the first cordial made from the fruit…

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Wingman Products to roll out Rebel & Fuel hair and skin ranges Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Wingman Products is set to make its first foray into hair styling and facial skincare…

Chickens

Campylobacter claims: the industry responds

24 Jul 2014 | By Kevin White

An undercover investigation by the Guardian newspaper into the food poisoning bug campylobacter has claimed to have uncovered hygiene breaches in the UK poultry industry.

SAB Miller beer brand Peroni

African demand boosts SABMiller’s global volumes

24 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

SABMiller’s first quarter global drinks volumes grew by 3%, driven by increased demand in South Africa and the African region.

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FSA rapped for refusing to 'name and shame' in campylobacter results

24 Jul 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The Food Standards Agency has come under attack for deciding not to ‘name and shame’ retailers and suppliers in a major food safety survey on supermarket chicken.

Fruit drops added to Vimto confectionary

Vimto maker Nichols reports half-year profit boost

24 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Vimto brand owner Nichols has reported a double-digit increase in half-year profits – boosted by strong UK sales.

UNILEVER PRODUCTS

Unilever’s sales growth hit by emerging markets slowdown

24 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Unilever today reported underling first half sales growth of 3.7%, but warned of a slowdown in emerging markets.

Milk

Arla cuts farmgate milk price by 0.94p a litre

24 Jul 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Arla Foods amba is dropping its global farmgate milk price for co-op members by €1.25 cents a kilogram.

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Britvic raises profit forecast as fizzy drinks sparkle

24 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Britvic has raised its profit forecast for the full year after enjoying strong fizzy drink sales in the third quarter.

James Lancaster

James Lancaster 'no longer retiring' from McColl's Subscription

24 Jul 2014 | By Beth Brooks

McColl’s Retail Group founder James Lancaster has declared he is “no longer retiring”…

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GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer sales fall after 'supply interruptions'

23 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

GlaxoSmithKline has reported a 4% drop in its second quarter consumer healthcare sales after being hit by supply issues in the US and Europe.

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Lidl insists it pays its 'fair share' of UK tax Subscription

23 Jul 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Lidl has revealed that it paid more than £25m in UK corporation tax last year.

Hovis bread

Over 200 jobs at risk as Hovis plans Leicester bakery closure Subscription

23 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Hovis is planning to close its bakery in Leicester with the loss of more than 200 jobs, The Grocer has learned.

Sunkissed TOWIE

Sunkissed launches TOWIE Lucy Mecklenburgh gift sets Subscription

23 Jul 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Bronzing brand Sun­kissed has worked with its TOWIE brand ambassador Lucy Mecklenburgh to develop a gift range…

Portlebay Sweet Range

Portlebay Popcorn adds three sweet flavours to range

23 Jul 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Portlebay Popcorn – founded by a former director of Burts Chips – has expanded its line-up with a sweet range…

Muller Bliss

Müller whips up new ad for Greek-style Bliss Corner yoghurt

23 Jul 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Müller is backing its new whipped Greek-style yoghurt Bliss Corner with a TV push.

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Mind the gender pay gap Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Jawaid Rehman

The gender pay gap is an increasingly hot issue…

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Has Tesco's store revamp scheme hit the buffers? Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

When Philip Clarke launched his £1bn ‘Building a Better Tesco’ programme in April 2012, he could not have envisaged how much it would struggle to “refresh” its physical empire.

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Dave Lewis at Tesco: how experts see the challenges ahead Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Grocer dubbed him ‘Drastic Dave’ when he axed 300 jobs in 2007 as UK & Ireland chair, and halved the number of SKUs…

Nuts

Almond and walnut prices driven up by drought in US Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Corina Savage

Some of the most common nuts used in baking have risen sharply in price because of bad weather…

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Tesco may find lessons in Carrefour's recovery Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

French giant sold off international operations and simplified offer…

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The race to bring the best NPD to market Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By James Halliwell

With brands facing competition from own label, the innovation race is hard fought. So why does so much NPD fail?…

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Logistics collaboration essential in multichannel age Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By John Perry

The logistics industry has been talking about collaboration for a long time…

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Fruit prices in UK shock Joanna Blythman after visit to Italy Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Joanna Blythman

Back in Britain after a spell abroad, I can feel my healthy, sun-kissed diet go down the tube…

McColl's

McColl's Plus scheme points a new way to loyalty Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Steve Grout

A loyalty programme can play an important role in driving frequency of visits, provided it offers shoppers clear benefits…

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More big businesses need the entrepreneurial spirit Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Claire Nuttall

Looking through The Grocer each week, much content now focuses on innovation from entrepreneurial start-ups…

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Asda Pudsey G33 mystery shop win down to great availability Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Emma Page

Asda Pudsey in Leeds had just one out-of-stock and one not-stocked product…

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Store of the Week: Asda Pudsey, Leeds Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Eleanor Ross

Although our 12 department managers have now been reduced to six section managers, the morale among staff has remained hig…

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Asda finally takes first prices win of the Grocer 33 year Subscription

25 Jul 2014 | By Guy Montague-Jones

Week six, and Asda has picked up its first win of the Grocer 33 year…

Chicken

FSA U-turn is a Pyrrhic victory for industry

24 Jul 2014 | Updated: 25 Jul 2014 | By Julia Glotz

The poultry industry has successfully lobbied the FSA into U-turning on plans to ‘name and shame’ companies in its campylobacter survey, but it shouldn’t rejoice.

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