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.
- 01293 610268
home baking one use The home baking fixture has suffered a 3.6% decline to £696.4m, driven by a 9.7% slump in sugar
The number of Brits who bake weekly has fallen by a quarter in the past year. Plus: how many have their cake and eat it, all by themselves?
We’ve picked our three favourite new launches in home baking from the past year. Tuck in here
- Dr Oetker forks out most on ads as rivals move online
- Tesco has more sway over sugar than George OsborneSubscription
- Soft drinks vendetta called into question by obesity studySubscription
- Prosecco sales soar 40% but supply could soon run drySubscription
- Brits unsure on portions as 17% admit ice cream binges
- Luxury ice cream shines with £17m growth as singles melt
- Revealed: The hottest ice cream launches of 2015
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.
- Blame it on the bean counters
- Well oiled