Rob joined The Grocer in 2010 as features editor. Since January, 2013, he’s been overseeing The Grocer’s weekly category reports and annual Britain’s Biggest Brands, Biggest Alcohol Brands and Top Products features as Category Reports Editor. He also looks after our monthly digital features.
With a particular interest in consumer trends, much of Rob’s role involves analysing sales data to pick out stories about how Brits are eating, drinking and shopping differently today. He regularly appears on radio and TV as a commentator and his stories are often picked up by the national press.
Having previously worked for a magazine covering the global brewing industry, Rob is particularly interested in the alcoholic drinks market. He also takes a keen interest in environmental issues facing the grocery industry. In 2012, he travelled to Singapore for an exposé of the growing global surplus of sustainably produced palm oil.
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Brits have spent £947.9m on snacks such as tortillas and savoury biscuits in the past year, not including those bought to be eaten on the go
Sugar is toxic. Or at least that’s how it’s being painted by health lobbyists and the media…
With a chill wind blowing across ice cream following last year’s disappointing summer and Brits’ ongoing reluctance to head for the freezer when the sun isn’t shining, growth must seem like an uphill struggle for the sector’s players. So, in the latest instalment of our 10 Things… series of digital features, we’ve served up an extra-large scoop of market analysis, consumer insight, creative brand concepts and much more…
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- Revealed: choc & nut is Britain's ultimate ice cream
- Parlour tricks: how to pep up the ice cream fixture
- Inside Britvic's testing lab (VIDEO)Video
- Making a lower sugar fruit juice, with Britvic (VIDEO)Video
- Marketers come to their senses
- Soft drinks market 'propped up by big four c-stores'Subscription
Recent blog posts
Heineken predicts we’ll be spending more than half a billion quid a year on lower-abv beers and ciders by 2020. But does this burgeoning sector have a long-term future?
There’s nothing this industry likes more at times than a good sneer. And when Ranjit Singh Boparan took control of Goodfella’s Pizza in 2011 as part of his swoop on Northern Foods, certain quarters seemed to sneer in unison…
Monster is having a nightmare. But it’s nothing compared with what the parents of Anais Fournier have been through since the Maryland 14-year-old died last Christmas after drinking two 680ml cans of what the brand refers to as its ‘killer energy brew’ in a day.
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