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Aunt Bessie's reveals first potato NPD since ending Heinz licensing deal

03 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

William Jackson Food Group has unveiled a raft of frozen launches under its Aunt Bessie’s brand…

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Heinz pairs with Warner Bros for After School Heroes push Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Heinz has partnered with Warner Bros Consumer Products for new promo campaign After School Heroes…

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Charles Wells MD Justin Phillimore promoted to CEO

03 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn, Ben Adams

Charles Wells has promoted MD of brewing and brands Justin Phillimore to chief executive.

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McColl's points to premium store "outperformance" despite sales dip Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

McColl’s strategy of concentrating on premium convenience stores has been vindicated, according to chief executive James Lancaster, despite a 2.3% fall in third quarter like-for-like sales.

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Genius ups the nutritional credentials of bread recipes Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

The brand has worked on the new recipes for the past two years…

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Food waste disclosure Bill to be launched by MP Kerry McCarthy Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The Labour MP wants other retailers to follow Tesco’s example

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Nestlé seeks students for new degree in confectionery

03 Sep 2015 | By Ben Adams

Nestlé UK is on the hunt for the next generation of chocolate makers as it seeks students for its new science degree in confectionery.

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CMA approves Booker’s acquisition of Londis and Budgens Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Booker has received regulatory clearance from the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority for its acquisition of Musgrave Retail Partners GB, which runs the Londis and Budgens chains in Great Britain.

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EU minimum pricing guidance: trade and campaigners react

03 Sep 2015 | By Ian Quinn

Industry and health campaigners react to the legal guidance by the Advocate General over the Scottish government’s plans for minimum pricing

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Strong food performance puts The Co-op back in the black Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

A “robust” trading performance from the food business has put The Co-operative Group back in the black, the business announced this morning

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Scottish minimum alcohol pricing plan branded 'difficult to justify' by EU legal chief

03 Sep 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The Scottish government’s plans to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol suffered a massive blow this morning after the top legal figure in Europe said the policy was “difficult to justify”.

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Media Bites 3 Sep: MBK Partners to buy Tesco's South Korean arm Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco has named a consortium led by South Korean buyout group MBK Partners as the preferred bidder for its business in the country, according to reports.

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City snapshot: Booker gets green light for Londis and Budgens takeover Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

The Competition & Markets Authority has cleared Booker Group’s acquisition of Londis and Budgens as Booker’s 10-week like-for-like non-tobacco sales rise 0.5%.

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Tesco pays more for milk going into its own-label cheese Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Kevin White

The retailer will pay suppliers 29.93 pence per litre until 28 February 2016

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Sainsbury's and Tesco recall own-label bran flakes

02 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have recalled own-label bran flakes over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.

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Badger cull costs public nearly £17m, Defra figures reveal

02 Sep 2015 | By Carina Perkins

The NFU has pointed out the cost of bovine TB would be far greater if no action is taken

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Wrigley unveils Halloween Starburst and Skittles lines

02 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Wrigley is looking to scare up business with spooky-themed limited-edition Starburst and Skittles for Halloween.

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Trio of Scottish breweries secure new Asda listings

02 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

Asda’s Scottish stores are to stock 16 craft beers from a trio of local breweries in deals worth £325,000 in total.

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Marks & Spencer defends salmon supplier over seal culling Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Carina Perkins

Campaigners are threatening protests if retailers do not stop sourcing from salmon farms that cull seals

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Soupologie launches UK's 'first' raw soups into Ocado

02 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Soupologie is crossing soups and smoothies with the launch of what it claims are UK’s first ‘raw soups’.

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Made in Chelsea star's Candy Kittens debuts on-pack promo Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Simon Gwynn

Confectionery brand Candy Kittens has teamed up with Thorpe Park to launch its first on-pack promotion.

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One extra gram of salt a day increases obesity risk 30%, new study claims

02 Sep 2015 | By Ian Quinn

The research claims salt is a cause of obesity regardless of overall calorie consumption

E-cigarette vaper

PHE hits back at conflict of interest claims on e-cigs

02 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

The body last month claimed e-cigarettes were 95% less harmful than conventional tobacco products

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Stores urged to transform fixture to boost lamb sales Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarkets need to radically overhaul their lamb fixtures if they want to boost flagging sales, according to new consumer research from AHDB Beef & Lamb.

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Manflu moves into food market with chicken soup Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Winter remedies brand Manflu has launched its first food product – a chicken soup boasting 13 vitamins and minerals.

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Ben & Jerry's pushing green message with Save Our Swirled

02 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Unilever-owned Ben & Jerry’s is looking to flag up its commitment to the environment with new ice cream variant Save Our Swirled.

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City snapshot: Lenta issues bond to fund store expansion plans Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

UK-listed Russian supermarket chain Lenta is seeking to raise RUB5bn (£49m) via the bond markets to fund new store openings, Morrisons teeters on the edge of FTSE 100 demotion and the City is hit by more Chinese economic woes.

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Media Bites 2 Sep: Poundland, UK manufacturing, contactless payments Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

On a quiet day for grocery news, the major story is yesterday’s announcement by Poundland that it is launching an online service.

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Contactless payments tipped to soar as new £30 limit comes in Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By Andrew Don

The average supermarket shop of £25.17 now falls below the contactless payment limit

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Arla’s first half revenues drop 3.8% as milk prices plunge Subscription

01 Sep 2015 Updated: 02 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Arla Foods saw overall revenues drop 3.8% in the first six months of the year as declining global milk prices hit the dairy industry.

Whitworths Fusion

Whitworths launches Fusions dried fruit and snack range Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By Helen Gilbert

Whitworths is to unveil a new line of dried fruit and nut snacks aimed at health-conscious consumers.

Kipling White Chocolate and Raspberry Sponge

Premier rolling out new look and lines for Mr Kipling brand Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By Vince Bamford

Premier Foods has unveiled a host of new products including a range of large cakes and sponges for sharing.

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Aldi launches YouTube TV channel

01 Sep 2015 | By Ben Adams

The new channel will offer recipes, advice and news on the latest food trends

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Poundland launches online trial

01 Sep 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Poundland has announced the launch of an online retail offer in the UK.

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Apetito moves to Living Wage for its staff Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By Megan Tatum

The frozen food supplier said it would also seek accreditation as a Living Wage employer in future.

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The Grocer 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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My Week… By Dave Lewis (as told to Bill Tush) Subscription

03 Sep 2015

Well, well, that year just flew by. And what a year! I did send an invitation to all of the living former CEOs…

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Holy Moly! Texas fair fries up some carroty treats Subscription

03 Sep 2015

Congrats to the creators of the ‘Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly, which won ‘Best Taste’…

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Chessington unveils penguin treats for lolly lovers Subscription

03 Sep 2015

As summer ends and ice lolly makers reflect on how the season’s treated them, at Chessington…

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Twin Peaks and Friends restaurants pop up in London Subscription

03 Sep 2015

As quirky pop-up restaurants become the only way for Londoners to eat out, the trend is getting a taste for TV…

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Lenor does different with thoughtful online odes Subscription

03 Sep 2015 | By Mark Dishman

We’re going online this week, where Lenor is building up a series of poetic odes to clothing…

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Fast food could rapidly disappear in hospitals – but where will it end? Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Ben Adams

 It may come as a surprise, but many of the major UK fast food chains have restaurants across the NHS in England. What isn’t surprising..

Clive Black

Aldi flies the Union flag for Rio Olympics Subscription

02 Sep 2015 | By Clive Black

Will Aldi’s sponsorship of British athletics prompt other retailers to start shouting more about their British credentials?

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Will Poundland’s website prove worth the wait? Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By James Halliwell

So Poundland has finally launched online. And no one could accuse it of rushing things.

Steve Parfett

Sunday should be kept special Subscription

01 Sep 2015 | By Steve Parfett

Proposals to reform Sunday trading are badly thought through and should be scrapped, argues Steve Parfett

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Focus On Confectionery: 3 October

01 Sep 2015

This year’s Focus On: Confectionery will explore the state of the British chocolate and sugar confectionery sectors and the burgeoning ‘healthy’ market, in three distinct articles

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Packaging pulp inventory prices up slightly Subscription

31 Aug 2015 | By Vince Bamford

A dip in global pulp inventories to 34 days of supply has prompted slight increases in cost

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Hot topic: Sainsbury's pay rise Subscription

28 Aug 2015 | By Megan Tatum

Both Mike Coupe and his fellow supermarket bosses will continue to face tough questions over pay

Adam Leyland - Editor

Rugby World Cup can't come soon enough for grocery trade Subscription

28 Aug 2015 | By Adam Leyland

Sales at Tesco, Asda and Morrisons are again down and Sainsbury’s sales are flat

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