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Liam Rafferty appointed managing director at Frozen Value Subscription

25 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

Rafferty worked at Aldi for 16 years, joining in 1999 as an area operations manager

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Shona Bear takes NPD role at Bulldog Skincare For Men Subscription

25 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert

Bear has more than 25 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry, including spells at Yardley of London, Robert McBride and Peter Black Toiletries & Cosmetics

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Nanotube technology developed to detect unsafe meat & fish Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Carina Perkins

US scientists have developed a new sensor that can be used in packaging to indicate whether meat or fish is safe to eat…

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Spanish salad supplier Agroherni hits back at migrant claims Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Carina Perkins

groherni hit the headlines last week after being named in a two-part Channel 4 investigation into migrant workers on Spanish farms supplying fresh produce to the UK

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E-cigs: newsagent takes fight to specialists with new gantry Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert

Kieran McDonnell claimed the one-metre e-cig gantry had allowed him to compete with specialist vaping shops by allowing more products to be stocked

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New Birds Eye owner has 'ambitious' plans, says Nomad source Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Edward Devlin

The firm sees grocery as ripe for consolidation and will be “nimble and opportunistic” in building on its anchor investment in the iconic frozen food company, sources close to Nomad told The Grocer this week

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Eddie Stobart and Culina's IPS join forces

24 Apr 2015 | By Kevin White

The new joint-venture will carry out a series of services for Nestle, including flow wrapping, shrink wrapping, cartoning and the creation of display units

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Ben Greensmith named commercial director at Propercorn

24 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks, Vince Bamford

Fledgling popcorn brand Propercorn has poached Innocent’s UK commercial director Ben Greensmith…

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Pet food brand Webbox launches dog toy range

24 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The collection of 30 toys launches tomorrow, exclusively in Asda

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Pulled pork push by Bpex fronted by Tom Kerridge Subscription

24 Apr 2015

The films will form part of a wider TV, PR and marketing campaign bringing together processors and retail partners to boost flagging pork sales

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The Grocer Gold 2015 Finalists announced

24 Apr 2015

The official list of the Grocer Gold Awards finalists

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Ashbury Chocolates collapse leaves creditors out of pocket Subscription

24 Apr 2015

Creditors look set to lose a significant chunk of the £14.1m they are owed from the administration of Ashbury Chocolates…

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Organic sales help for indies from Soil Association Subscription

24 Apr 2015

Soil Association research has shown indies are outpacing multiples when it comes to organic sales growth

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ABF: Kingsmill loaves lost from Tesco have already been replaced Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Adam Leyland

FD John Bason said the Allied Bakeries subsidiary had already replaced the lost business

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Fish & chip shops 'pose threat to Iceland fin whales' Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Carina Perkins

Conservation groups used the recent Seafood expo in Brussels to renew calls for retailers and foodservice operators to audit their supply chains and make sure there are no links to Icelandic whaling

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Tesco writes down £82m after diversified businesses disappoint Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The retailer said it had taken a “strategic” decision to slow the growth of both businesses. 

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Divine Chocolate hits its highest profit since 2008 Subscription

24 Apr 2015

It attributed the increase to NPD such as its Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt bar, as well as strong sales in the US

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MRH GB reports double-digit hike in sales and profits Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

It said it had benefitted from a recovery in the UK economy, which had resulted in an increase in sales volumes

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Ed Miliband pledges to get FSA to do 'its job properly again' Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Julia Glotz

Labour would look at how best to strengthen the FSA, “though at the moment we’re not planning to restore its pre-2010 structure,” he said

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Southern Comfort gets a new look

24 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The new bottle, which is rolling out now, features a broader shoulder, rounded neck and brighter red colours than before

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Brechin abattoir expansion big news for region

24 Apr 2015 | By Carina Perkins

QPL claims its multi-million pound investment at Brechin, which it took over from AP Jess in late 2014, will double the abattoir’s capacity

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Tesco store staff 'could not cope' with boom in online orders Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Announcing a £6.4bn loss, the largest in retail history, Lewis said he was encouraged by a reversal in the fortunes of its Extra stores

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Morrisons to change staff bonuses based on customer service

24 Apr 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailer announced this week it had relaunched its staff bonus scheme with the aim of rewarding colleagues for better customer service

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Jacob's Creek releases snack pairing guide, including pizza and cab sav

24 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Survey finds 59% like pizza with wine, 33% pitta and dips, 38% nachos

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City Snapshot: Reckitt Benckiser beats Q1 expectations Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Edward Devlin

Reckitt Benckiser has a good start by beating expectations in its first quarter. Elsewhere stevia producer PureCircle takes full control of Chinese subsidiary and Waitrose weekely sales figures. Plus all the latest share price movements.

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Media Bites 24 April: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Brew Dog Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Edward Devlin

Tesco’s annual results is still generating column inches, Sainsbury’s job cuts also make headlines, and Brew Dog snubs the City with £25m crowdfunding campaign.

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Will King launches Entrepreneur in Residence Company Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert

Will King, who left the shaving brand last October, will use his 21 years’ experience at the helm to coach senior executives from SMEs up to FTSE-listed firms on how to perform more effectively

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Scotmid warns of 'challenging market' despite sales boost

23 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

Scotmid has reported a 1.2% increase in total sales for the year to 31 January 2015.

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GMO feed proposition attacked by farmers and environmentalists

23 Apr 2015 | By Kevin White, Carina Perkins

The European Commission yesterday put forward a package of proposals which would give national governments the power to ban or authorise EU-approved GMOs

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Pimento ginger beer brought by Coles to UK from France Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Pimento, bottled in Strasbourg, was created by Frenchman Eric Dalsace to offer an adult soft drink with the “flavour kick” provided by alcohol

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Sainsbury's the last of the big four to roll out major job cuts Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

 The question over Sainsbury’s announcement today is not so much why is it doing it, but why didn’t it do it sooner?

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First milk naturally enriched with more selenium hits indies Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

A dairy supplier has launched what it claims is Europe’s first milk to be ‘naturally enriched’ with selenium…

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The Grocer nominated for record six PPA Awards

23 Apr 2015

The Grocer has received six nominations at the prestigious PPA Awards, the most in its history

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Van der Meulen is launching toasted bread chip Say Yes To No Subscription

23 Apr 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

The snacks are rolling out in July in three flavours - Dutch Gouda, BBQ and Sour Cream & Onion

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Rachel's Organic yoghurt delisted by Tesco

23 Apr 2015 | By Kevin White

The announcement follows the delisting of Kingsmill bread from its stores last month, and comes as Tesco presses on with CEO Dave Lewis’ plans

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Features List 2015

02 Dec 2014

Welcome to The Grocer’s 2015 Features List. Below you’ll find information on upcoming features. You can also download…

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School Dinners Progress Report gets full marks Subscription

26 Apr 2015 | By James Halliwell

Apologies if this makes you feel old, but Jamie Oliver’s School Dinners campaign was 10 years ago…

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Halal market has huge unexploited potential says Hamish Renton Subscription

26 Apr 2015 | By Hamish Renton

It’s time to get serious about halal. Globally, over 1.6 billion people identify themselves as Muslim…

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Just 700k then…

26 Apr 2015

The numbers, to an educated consumer, seem small. Compare them to the CEO’s salary.

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Tesco was not listening to its shoppers

26 Apr 2015

Tesco’s downfall offers a lesson to everyone in branding, marketing and design…

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Beat fraud, boost appeal

26 Apr 2015

It is a holy grail that represents an opportunity to gain shopper loyalty for the grocery retailer that can produce a solution

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Going mobile

25 Apr 2015

With loyalty schemes continuing to fall in their use, mobile is allowing consumers to engage brands and receive offers regardless of where they choose to shop

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Ways for yoghurt market to buck negative trend

25 Apr 2015

I strongly believe that if the yoghurt market is going to buck this negative trend, brands and retailers must move away from viewing yoghurt as a sweet treat

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Chingford Fruit's Jo Mumford: Alternative CV

25 Apr 2015

Prior to university I spent time breaking, training and competing young event horses - it didn’t feel like a job

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Robinsons is sentimental but smart in coming of age tale

25 Apr 2015 | By Mark Dishman

They grow up fast, don’t they? It’s a simple sentiment, frequently expressed…

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Cup or mug: the great soup debate

25 Apr 2015 | By James Halliwell

Heinz claims thousands of soup fans have downed spoons to thrash out whether Brits make soup in a mug or a cup

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Pippa Middleton pops out for a smoked whale snack

25 Apr 2015

Socialite/party planner Pippa Middleton has turned hack, turning in a Telegraph travel piece from a Norwegian ski resort…

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Cheese emoji campaign gets serious help... from Tesco

25 Apr 2015

Remarkably, the originator of the petition isn’t some ‘zany’ student: it’s… Tesco, cheerily spreading the message with a series of tired cheese puns

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Being authentic: align your values and motivation for success Subscription

24 Apr 2015 | By Jennifer Baker

Being authentic starts with being self-aware, knowing what motivates you and the clarity of your values…

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