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Fyffes shareholders approve Sumitomo buyout Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Fyffes shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the €751m takeover bid from Japanese food group Sumitomo Corporation.

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Coca-Cola Zero Sugar gets £4.5m Tastes More Like Coke push Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Activations include a 20-second TV commercial that will run until the end of February

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April 'will serve rates hammer blow to small shops' Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The average small shop will see rates bills increase by £3,663 over five years, CVS research indicates

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Rejuvenation Water launches £150k crowdfunding pitch Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Soft drinks start-up Rejuvenation Water is seeking £150,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to tap into growing consumer demand for low-sugar alternatives to fizzy drinks.

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Mash Direct profits boost as awareness outside of Northern Ireland grows Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Northern Irish convenience food manufacturer Mash Direct has increased profits five-fold thanks to a rise in sales driven by growing consumer awareness of the brand outside its domestic market.

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Dairy Crest head of external affairs Olivia Seccombe joins NFU Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Seccombe – one of The Grocer’s Top New Talents of 2013 – starts in her new role as NFU head of external affairs today

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Major recall of fish and chicken products over traceability concerns Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Products were sold by supplier MDA Products to Frozen Value, Factory Foods and Home Bargains stores, which have all carried out recalls

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Alcohol industry calls for Budget cut in beer duty Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

Move would ’encourage investment, protect jobs and improve confidence in the sector’

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Unilever announces major plastic packaging recycling plans Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The announcement comes on top of Unilever’s commitment to slash the weight of packaging this decade by one third by 2020

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Whitby Seafoods expands chilled range Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Jumbo Scampi and Breaded Calamari Rings have been listed by Sainsbury’s 

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Ethical spirits brand Fair adds acai-based liqueur

16 Jan 2017 | By Lisa Riley

The launch forms part of the company’s aim of “taking the concept of drinking responsibly to the next level”

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Hilton Food Group to deliver results 'ahead of expectations' Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Meat packer benefits from positive foreign currency conditions and sales growth in number of markets

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New push against illicit tobacco launched by NFRN and Imperial Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Fifty thousand anti-illicit trade kits branded with Imperial’s Suspect it? Report it! campaign are being distributed

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JJ Food Service reveals two new own-label prawn brands

16 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The new lines will be available in time for Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January

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Greggs brings home delivery service to two London sites

16 Jan 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Delivery is free but there is a £20 minimum order threshold

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Kinder Surprise reveals this Easter’s pink and blue eggs

16 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The 2017 lineup is produced under licence from Mattel and Warner Bros

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Tesco redistributes five million meals with FareShare FoodCloud

16 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Tesco says work is now underway to extend the scheme across a further 1,800 convenience stores

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Fruittella adds first sugar-free and reduced sugar lines Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

£1.7m support will include headline sponsorship of new ITV show Little Big Shots

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City snapshot: High street sees first Christmas footfall rise in five years Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Continuing the surprisingly strong festive retail results of last week, the BRC – Springboard footfall numbers for December have found the first festive rise in high street footfall for five years. Plus a look at the week ahead and all the latest news from the City.

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Media Bites 16 Jan: Bakkavor, Supermarket results, Inflation Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Bakkavor, a top supplier of Marks & Spencer ready meals is leading a pack of British companies heading for a London stock market float, according to The Times (£)

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Parfetts sees sales boom over Christmas period Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Parfetts has reported a rise in Christmas sales of 8.8%

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Tayto Group fined £330K after Corby worker loses fingertips Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Golden Wonder maker pleaded guilty to breaching Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

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Freddo bar set for 20% price increase as cocoa prices rise Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Move is a “last resort” to manage costs, insists Mondelez

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Organic Trade Board wins £9m in EU funding to grow sector Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

Money will help fund three-year campaign to boost sales, increase jobs and grow awareness of organic products

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Fortnum & Mason sales soar 16% over Christmas Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The luxury brand reported a 22% year-on-year increase in online sales in the five weeks to 1 January

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Young's launches multimillion ad campaign for Gastro fish Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Beth Gault

A TV advert featuring Malcolm the Cat, Young’s Seafood ambassador, will debut across three channels on 18 January

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Media Bites 13 December: Tesco, M&S, Primark, John Lewis, Waitrose Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

‘Super Thursday’ provides the papers plenty to chew over, with most of the Christmas trading updates finding space on the page.

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City snapshot: Kerry pastry deal boosts Addo Food Group Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sales and profitability have soared at Addo Food Group after it turned around the performance of the chilled savoury pastry business acquired from Kerry Foods in August 2014.

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Walkers to roll out premium Mediterranean crisps duo Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

NPD is based on the Lay’s Artesanas line well-established in Spain

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Food Retailer Group plans to close 12 Budgens stores Subscription

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Staff will face “difficult and troubling time”, says Usdaw

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Aldi establishes five-year link with Teenage Cancer Trust

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Discounter will aim to raise a total of £5m for charity

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Asda launches Surplus Swap app to help suppliers cut waste

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

App enables suppliers to sell off unwanted ingredients and trimmings

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Portman Group clears drinks makers over 'down-in-one' lines Subscription

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Harmful drinking claims rejected in first major test case of Chief Medical Offer’s new recommendations

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Cook reports record rise in Christmas sales Subscription

13 Jan 2017 Updated: 16 Jan 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Cook reports strong growth in its 87 shops of just under 6%, so “still believes in the high street”

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Spinach like 'gold dust' in supermarkets after rain in Spain Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are among the retailers affected by the shortages

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A sugar-free surprise: why confectionery brands should consider wellbeing warnings Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

There’s a sour side to sugar-free confectionery

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Free-range milk: sounds great... but what exactly is it? Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Kevin White

Two new rival “free-range milk” brands are imminent…

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Grocers' Christmas results top City expectations Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Which of the supermarkets ‘won’ Christmas is a fight decided at the tills, but the winner of the battle in the City comes down to expectations.

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An inward approach won't deliver progress on food waste

13 Jan 2017 | By Megan Tatum

For some, the voluntary pledge to cut food waste lacks teeth or ambition and misses out vast swathes of industry

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'Remarkable' Christmas as major retailers all report success Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

All of the major food and drink retailers have come through the crucial trading period in decent fettle

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Christmas 2016: a last hurrah for consumers? Subscription

13 Jan 2017 | By Adam Leyland

Henceforth the government should arrange for Christmas Day to fall on a Sunday – every year

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Deflation weakens more as prices of fresh food creep up Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Deflation tumbled to its lowest level since mid-2014 over the Christmas period amid price hikes across fresh food

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As inflation hits, Dave Lewis’s love-in with suppliers can’t last Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Things were looking pretty super today for Tesco boss Dave Lewis

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Edible cannabis: has the UK got the munchies? Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By James Halliwell

Edible cannabis is booming over in the US. So how is it sold and packaged? And will it ever hit the UK?

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Global sugar prices up Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Sugar prices continued to rise as the Brazilian real strengthened against the USD

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Cold weather in Spain pushes up tomato prices Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Harvest delays in Spain, due to cool conditions in November, caused Spanish tomato prices to rise

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How technology can aid consumer focus Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Martijn Bertisen

Delivering a superlative customer experience moved to the top of the agenda in 2016

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Change is easier if everyone has the same business goals Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Jonathan Fitchew

The passing of the reins of power, or even the reigns themselves, is a strong motif of January 2017

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Five ways retail will change Subscription

12 Jan 2017

Here are five predictions that show what the future of retail might look like



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