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Kevin Hawkins

The egoism of 'diet or die' health reports Subscription

30 Oct 2014 | By Kevin Hawkins

Here we go again with yet another ‘diet or die’ report, this time from 2020 Health…

Karoline angles for a top job in grocery as Christmas begins Subscription

30 Oct 2014 | By Titania Touché

Some surprise in the office to see Karoline (with a K) sashaying in on Monday morning in full PR power-dressing pomp…

Twitter social media

Hashtags are only useful for brand messaging if used correctly Subscription

30 Oct 2014 | By John Barton

Turn on your TV and watch an ad for anything from frozen peas to the latest family saloon, and you will usually find a has…


Copycat brands: the solution is simplicity itself Subscription

30 Oct 2014

Pricing and range simplicity are key reasons discounters have been able to steal market share…

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.

Halal testing kit

DIY testing won’t solve food fraud

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.

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How we at Burton's are driving the evolution of biscuits Subscription

16 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Wilson

We live in an increasingly busy world, where efficiency and convenience are often no longer a preference but a necessity…

Discounter milk

Dealing with discounters: a lesson from French supermarkets Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | By Jonathan Simmons

The facts say it all. Hard discounters like Aldi and Lidl have seized more than 8% UK market share…

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Supermarkets have forgotten their shoppers Subscription

02 Oct 2014 | By Phillip Adcock

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are suffering severe downturns in trade and are rushing to blame the discounters…


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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…

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How retailers can emulate the online experience this Christmas Subscription

16 Oct 2014 | By Martin Smethurst

Online retail sales hit £91bn in 2013, with £11bn of that spent in December…

Shops high street

Retailers are not seeing the big brand presentation picture Subscription

09 Oct 2014 | By Dave Roberts

Take a walk down a British high street and look at the signs above the doors…

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Honey Monster Puffs prompt a P&F office debate on branding

25 Oct 2014 | By Titania Touché

Putting the right brand on your products must be important because it’s something that clients spend proper money on…



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