• You are here:Home
  • Latest news

Beer duty hike abolition

Let There Be Beer campaign gets new name, new support and new TV ad Video

30 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Industry-wide beer marketing campaign Let There Be Beer has been relaunched as There’s A Beer For That.


Morrisons and Budgens Supervalu whole milk six-pinters recalled

30 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Dairy Crest has recalled two date codes of whole British milk six-pinters sold through the Morrisons and Budgens’ Supervalu own-label ranges over concerns they may have been contaminated with cleaning fluid during production.

SonoSteam Equipment

Faccenda trials steam and ultrasound tech to reduce campylobacter

30 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Poultry giant Faccenda Foods is set to trial new steam and ultrasound technology that it claims can cut campylobacter contamination in poultry.

Almond Dream ice cream

Almond Dream launches dairy-free ice cream

29 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Almond Dream has dipped its toe into the world of ice cream for the first time with a new dairy-free, luxury range targeted at health-conscious shoppers.

Tesco Extra Slough

Tesco under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office

29 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is to take over responsibility for the probe into the accounting scandal at Tesco.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge becomes Sainsbury's ambassador

29 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s has netted top soccer ace Daniel Sturridge, striker for both England and Liverpool, as a company ambassador.

Crunchies dried blueberries

Chaucer Foods buys 65% stake in US snack firm Crunchies

29 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

UK-based food group Chaucer has agreed to buy a controlling stake in US health snack specialist Crunchies Food Company.


C&C Group’s profits hit by slowdown in England and the US

29 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Drinks manufacturer C&C Group reported a 2.7% fall in first half operating profit as warned of “intensively competitive trading” in England and Wales and a “disappointing” performance in the US.

Kate's Cakes

Kate's Cakes lands listing in Tesco

29 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Kate’s Cakes has secured its first supermarket listing, with Tesco.

Will King

Will King steps down as King of Shaves CEO

28 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Will King, founder of British shaving brand King of Shaves, has stepped down as CEO and handed the reins over to his ‘right arm’ Andy Hill.

High street Birmingham

Business rates need a roadmap for reform: BRC

28 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The BRC has called on the government to make a “statement of intent” that it plans to tackle the burden of the business rates system in the next parliament.

Sainsbury's petrol station

Sainsbury’s to install hydrogen car fuelling station in Hendon

28 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s is poised to become the first supermarket to dispense hydrogen for a new generation of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Tesco store with poppy

Tesco to support veterans' charities after signing covenant

28 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has become the first supermarket to sign the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Edwin Booth

Booths sales and profits in growth as it targets expansion

28 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

Booths has overcome food deflation and tough promoting in the market to post sales and profit growth.

Fruit and Veg

Fruit and veg suppliers blast Defra for spurning compensation fund

28 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

British fruit and veg growers have blasted Defra for opting not to take advantage of an EU aid package offered in the wake of the Russian trade embargo on Western foods.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis

Tesco reveals £3.8m ‘golden hello’ for Dave Lewis

28 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has revealed that new chief executive Dave Lewis received a shares package worth nearly £4m as part of a golden hello for joining the company.

Halal testing kit

Halal food testing kit eyes launch in the UK

27 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

A food testing kit that allows consumers to check foods for the presence of pork could soon be introduced into the UK, its creators have claimed.

Dorset tea

Dorset Tea introduces a new fruit and herbal range of brews Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Dorset Tea has made its first foray into fruit and herbal brews…

Palm Oil

Europe Economics reports palm oil's £333m contribution to GDP

27 Oct 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Consultants have quantified the economic impact of palm oil on the UK and EU economy for the first time…


Nestlé & 2 Sisters' PhunkyFoods claims kids' health success

27 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

A project funded by Nestlé and 2 Sisters claims to have encouraged children to reject fizzy drinks and chocolate in favour…

Wall's sausages

Wall's microwave sausages get new name, packaging and recipe Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Kerry Foods has revamped its Wall’s-branded microwave sausages with a new name…

rude health

Rude Health first into UK with raw sprouted flours and oats Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Rude Health is claiming a UK first with the launch of organic sprouted flours and porridge oats…

rebel kitchen

Rebel Kitchen wins Tesco listing for kids coconut milk drinks

26 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Dairy-free coconut milk brand Rebel Kitchen has launched new packaging for its kids range…

collect +

ACS warns of 'significant burden' of auto-enrol pensions

26 Oct 2014 | By Andrew Don

The auto-enrolment pension scheme could prove “a significant operational and financial burden on small retailers,”…

Gourmet sausage

Nisa Heritage own-label revamp sees sales rise 53%

26 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sales of Nisa’s Heritage own-label range have soared 53% since it was relaunched in April…

David fearnley brown

David Fearnley-Brown named managing director of S&A Foods

26 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

David Fearnley-Brown has been appointed managing director of chilled ethnic foods manufacturer S&A Foods…

Peter durose

Peter Durose is Little Smoked Food Company chairman

26 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Former Tesco fresh produce director Peter Durose has resurfaced as chairman of The Little Smoked Food Company…


Bestway not set to supply easyFoodstore despite discussions Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Bestway has held talks with representatives of Easyjet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou but is not about to start supplying hi…

Ciao Gusto

Independent Italian food producers target UK with new website Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Kevin White

Italian food suppliers are targeting the UK with a website that will sell direct to consumers…


Berrywhite introduces range of sugar-free sparkling drinks Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Berrywhite has introduced a range of sugar-free sparkling drinks…

Focus On Soup

Crosse & Blackwell Best of British soup activity gets £1m push Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Crosse & Blackwell is to spend a further £1m on a TV and outdoor push for its Best of British soups…

Sainsbury's HGV

Sainsbury's website glitch delays festive food ordering

25 Oct 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s Christmas food ordering service went live this week after “issues” delayed the service’s website…

Peanut jars

Surya takes on Wild Peanut brand turned down by TV's Dragons Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Food distributor Surya has taken on a peanut butter brand rejected by TV’s Dragons’ Den…

Woolwich Tesco

Hawkes Alcoholic Ginger Beer lands London listings at Tesco

25 Oct 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Alcoholic ginger beer brand Hawkes has won its first major listing…

Spaghetti mediterraenea

Nah launches konjac pasta ambient ready meals

25 Oct 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Nah Foods is launching low-calorie, gluten-free ready meals featuring konjac flour pasta…


Which of the food trends identified by Waitrose's report seem most likely?

View poll results

High street

Power to the people, but what about the shopkeepers? Subscription

29 Oct 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The phrase “standing up for hard-working people” is already looking like one of those terrible buzzwords for the next General Election.


Change in the air for C&C Group whatever happens to Spirit bid Subscription

29 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

C&C Group caused a stir last week when news broke of its potentially transformative bid for Spirit Pub Company – its first half results this morning were a source of considerably less excitement.

Grocer 33 prices table

Introducing The Grocer 33 Video

29 Oct 2014

The Grocer 33 is a unique benchmarking tool for the UK grocery industry. Here’s our guide to the improved features and functionality in The Grocer 33, available to Grocer Gold members now.


Gloomy predications for European tobacco market Subscription

28 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Profits are set to plunge in the European Tobacco Industry as cigarette-makers struggle against the long-term decline in sales volumes.

Halal testing kit

DIY testing won’t solve food fraud Subscription

28 Oct 2014 | Updated: 29 Oct 2014 | By Julia Glotz

Can food authenticity testing do DIY? A French start-up selling a ‘halal food testing kit’ targeted at Muslim consumers certainly believes so.

Steve Rowe feature 1

Steve Rowe's Excellent Adventures: big interview Subscription

28 Oct 2014 | By Adam Leyland

Steve Rowe is a whirlwind. I’m on a guided tour of the Bromley store with the executive director of food at M&S…

Scanner at till

Supermarket struggles as much about volume as price Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The escalating grocery price war has made for some great headlines, but the supermarkets’ plunging sales are at least as affected by falling volumes as they by battles over pricing.

Microscope lab

Retailers must be proactive in fighting food fraud Subscription

27 Oct 2014 | By Lisa Jack, Jim Gee

The informality in many grocery supply chains is the perfect breeding ground for food fraud, say forensic accounting experts Professor Lisa Jack and Jim Gee, partner, PKF Littlejohn LLP.

Jobs for young people

Take charge and get ahead in your career curve Subscription

26 Oct 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

Successful industries are constantly reinventing themselves, even when things are going well…

Aldi Muscles

Aldi's big Bri flexes his muscles

25 Oct 2014

Among the oiled biceps and shiny torsos at this week’s International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships…

Walter White

Stores' stupid ideas haunt Halloween

25 Oct 2014

What it is about Halloween? Spooky season really seems to frighten suppliers and retailers…


David Beckham leads sexy sextet in handsome Haig Club ad

25 Oct 2014 | By Mark Dishman

In persuading David Beckham to advertise its whisky, Haig Club has pulled off a coup…

Sainsbury's Brand Match

Retailers need to personalise offers and incentives Subscription

25 Oct 2014 | By Matt Fanshawe

When it comes to loyalty, many businesses have taken short cuts. Morrisons’ Match & More scheme and Sainsbury’s lowering t…

Tesco 6

Tesco investigation prompts more questions than answers

25 Oct 2014 | By Adam Leyland

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis can put to bed, at last, his investigation into Tesco’s accounting scandal…

Sign in

Newsletter Sign-up


I wish to receive the following newsletters:

For Members

Become a Gold Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a Finance Member to receive these newsletters:

Become a member of The Grocer



CLICK HERE to search for the products, services and companies you need in the definitive guide to the UK food and drink industry.


The Grocer's commentators and opinion makers