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Crawshaw names Lidl UK's Noel Collett as CEO

18 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Northern butchery chain Crawshaw Group has appointed former Lidl executive Noel Collett as its new CEO.

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McBride CEO Chris Bull leaves business 'with immediate effect'

18 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Own-label household and personal care giant c is standing down with immediate effect.

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Competition watchdog to probe Pork Farms/Kerry Foods deal

18 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Pork Farms Bakery’s planned takeover of the Kerry Foods chilled savoury pastry business is set to be investigated further by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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Ninth Tesco employee suspended

18 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A ninth person has been suspended as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation continues into the £263m black hole in Tesco’s accounts…

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Sainsbury's gears up for bumper Christmas online

18 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Sainsbury’s is forecasting its biggest-ever online Christmas

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Government launches consultation on sale of e-cigs to under-18s

18 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on stopping the sale of e-cigarettes to under-18s.

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Half of consumers would eat 'ugly fruit', report finds

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Grocers could be needlessly rejecting ugly-looking fresh produce when there is money to be made from bent carrots and disfigured potatoes, research from Mintel has indicated.

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Fuel prices fall again at the supermarkets

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Supermarkets could be first to hit what the RAC predicts could be the lowest petrol prices in more than five years early in 2015.

Andy Clarke, Asda

Asda's Andy Clarke to take over IGD presidency in January

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Asda chief executive Andy Clarke will step into Mars Chocolate UK and global retail president Fiona Dawson’s shoes as president of the IGD from the new year.

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Tesco adds teams of little helpers to pack bags in the run-up to Christmas

17 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco is today created teams of dedicated bag packers at 400 of its stores to help ramp up service in the run up to Christmas.

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Forecourt retailers join Blakemore Trade Partners

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

A flood of recruits in recent months has fuelled expansion of Blakemore Trade Partners’ petrol forecourts.

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Sainsbury's links with GLA to tackle labour exploitation

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s has linked with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority (GLA) to deliver bespoke training for its suppliers.

Ice cream scoop

Ice Cream Alliance launches approved logo

17 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

The Ice Cream Alliance (ICA) has launched its own national standard in a bid to prevent what it fears could be a quality meltdown.

Fish caught in net

Iglo Group to roll out MSC logo on all wild fish lines

17 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Birds Eye owner Iglo Group has pledged to roll out the Marine Stewardship Council blue ecolabel on all its wild fish products across Europe.

Mary Portas

Portas and MPs attack local authority action on high streets

16 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The efforts of both national and local government to tackle the problems of town centres has come under strong attack from MPs and the former high street tsar today.


Nisa converts 50 shops to 'store of the future' format

16 Dec 2014 | By Claire Farrell

Nisa is rapidly revamping its entire estate, with the first 50 new-look stores due for completion by the end of this month, the company has announced.

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Russian troubles hit Metro's full-year figures Subscription

16 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Christmas trading is picking up for retailing giant Metro Group after a slow start for its food and textile business in Germany, with Metro Cash and Carry and Media-Saturn showing record year-on-year growth in December.

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Landmark Wholesale to launch 'All You Need for a £1 Attack' in January

16 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Landmark Wholesale plans to take a leaf out of pound stores’ books by ensuring retailers are “quids in” next year so they can fight back against discounters and supermarkets.

Tesco shop floor

Each of the big four supermarkets sees market share declines

16 Dec 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK grocery market has returned to marginal growth as sales picked up driven by pre-Christmas price discounts, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel.


Spar's Shop & Win campaign to return in January

16 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Spar will add a new twist to its Shop & Win mobile promotional campaign early next year in nearly 2,000 UK stores because of the mechanism’s “phenomenal success” in August.


Meridian Food claims first 'dry roasted' peanut butter

16 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Meridian Foods is launching what it says is the first ‘dry roasted’ ­flavour peanut butter…

Rosie Boycott

Support grows for tax on sugary drinks

16 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Health advisers for Mayor of London Boris Johnson have swung their weight behind calls for a tax on sugary drinks, after new figures claimed the introduction could save London boroughs alone nearly £40m in costs to the NHS.

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Iceland to directly link price it pays for milk with farmgate prices

15 Dec 2014 | By Kevin White

Iceland is to link the price it pays processors for milk directly to farmgate prices.

Little Miracles

Little Miracles launches its first Fairtrade-certified drink

15 Dec 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Natural energy drink Little Miracles has developed its first Fairtrade-certified drink…

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British Lion eggs ads to air on ITV, C4 and Sky in January

15 Dec 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

British Lion eggs will return to TV screens in the New Year with its first major ad campaign in a decade…

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Campaign calls for 2% duty cut on wine and spirits

15 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Chancellor George Osborne is being urged to cut duty on wine and spirits by 2%, with a campaign claiming it would remove an unfair tax burden of British drinkers and give a £1.5bn boost to the public finances in 2015.

Basket shopping

Community Shop opens social supermarket in south London

15 Dec 2014 | By Ian Quinn

A group of leading supermarkets this week began selling their food at 70% discounts to feed the poor, in an initiative which could become a new model for tackling hunger across the UK


NUK launches new First Choice+ bottle range

15 Dec 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Babycare brand NUK has launched a range of bottles with teats it claims are “as close to the real thing…

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Londis to invest £2.3m in store development in 2015

15 Dec 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Londis has invested £1m in retailer store developments in the past six months, the symbol group has revealed.


Tesco launches home-pickling packs

15 Dec 2014 | By Helen Gilbert

Tesco is hoping to tap the pickling trend with a range of ‘Pickle Your Own’ boxes…

Greggs bakery

Greggs raises profit forecast thanks to new product range

15 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Greggs has upped profit expectations for the year as customers responded to the baker’s new coffee blend and healthier sandwich range.


Biscuits: McVitie's up 5% but biscuit and cereal bar sales crumble Subscription

15 Dec 2014 | Updated: 17 Dec 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, breakfast was the most important meal of the day for biscuits in terms …

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Pessina steps up as interim head of Walgreens Boots Alliance

14 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Alliance Boots’ executive chairman Stefano Pessina is to become ­acting chief executive…

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Spring Petroleum on the acquisition trail for 100 forecourts

13 Dec 2014 | By Andrew Don

Spring Petroleum is preparing to spend about £50m acquiring between 80 and 100 forecourts over the next year…


Ocado CFO confident of staying ahead in online grocery market Subscription

13 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

Ocado has shrugged off the threat of a widely expected New Year price blitz by Tesco and Sainsbury’s…


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Features List 2015

02 Dec 2014

Welcome to The Grocer’s 2015 Features ListBelow you’ll find information on upcoming featuresYou can also download the 2015 Features List in PDF format January

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Food prices in the mults fall for seventh month in a row Subscription

18 Dec 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK’s supermarkets are heading into the vital Christmas period with food price inflation remaining at historic lows…

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Make it meaningful

18 Dec 2014

John Barton’s comments on the need for brands to “make content meaningful” (29 November, p22) highlight an issue that needs greater consideration by marketers…


£10 gap must thrill Asda

18 Dec 2014

 Your ever-excellent G33 shows Asda (again!) has won the Christmas basket…

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Tesco supply chain issue

18 Dec 2014

I really hope Dave Lewis can turn the boat around…


Messing with the 5 a day guidance is unthinkable

18 Dec 2014

Public Health England is considering allowing its ‘5 a day’ logo to be used on ready meals and tinned foods…


Salt reduction shouldn't get sidelined by concerns about sugar Subscription

18 Dec 2014 | By Caroline Klinge

The current sugar debate has captured the public imagination but is adding to confusion…


‘The age of confectionery is coming to an end’ Video

18 Dec 2014 | By Rob Brown

Wholefood snack brand Nakd’s sales have surged 89.1% as it’s filled the void left by chocolate pulled from the tills of Britain’s biggest grocers…

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Self-awareness is key to effective team communications Subscription

18 Dec 2014 | By Jennifer Baker

During the course of my work I’m always intrigued to understand why we naturally click with some people…

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The Co-op remembers Christmas with a funny, fresh ad

18 Dec 2014 | By Mark Dishman

The Co-op is a little late to the party with its Christmas ad, but it has cleverly made a virtue of it…


Waitrose's posh pithivier is a confusing 'meat-free' idea

18 Dec 2014

“Who’s having a #meatfree Monday?” So asked Waitrose…

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Bacon-based Christmas present is a bit pants

18 Dec 2014

Thanks to the apparently well-supported bacon lobby group that has, in recent weeks, provided us with…

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Food and drink SMEs to step up M&A activity in 2015 Subscription

17 Dec 2014 | By Edward Devlin

A new year and a new start is almost upon us, bringing with it that annual sense of optimism which makes us resolve to go to the gym more, eat more fruit and veg, quit smoking and cut down on alcohol.

Baby crying

Focus on: Infant Care: 9 January

17 Dec 2014 | By Katie Coyne

Last year we reported that a 40-year high birth rate had not had the expected resultant impact on babycare sales…

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