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Cut VAT on healthy food, urge health campaigners Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

New research found nearly one in three Brits say they cannot afford to purchase healthy food

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Gin drives spirits boom as shoppers enjoy boozy Christmas Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Brits splashed out £136m on gin this Christmas as booze outpaced the wider festive grocery market

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Blueberry wine and batter top 2016 Google food searches Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Battered fish, Yorkshire puddings and mashed potato were the top three most popular ‘how to’ search queries


Supermarkets 'among least trusted' with consumer data Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Financial institutions, healthcare providers and car and home insurers had the best reputations

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Bacon sales slump: is that WHO cancer report to blame?

16 Dec 2016 | By Carina Perkins

Bacon has been the biggest casualty of the supermarket price war, with sales plummeting by £122.6m

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Loyalty schemes 'at risk of alienating younger shoppers' Subscription

14 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

More than a third of 16 to 24-year-olds found loyalty schemes to be too complicated

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Three-quarters of Christmas food shoppers to visit big four Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Michelle Perrett

Savvy found that 36% of shoppers planned on spending more on festive food and drink than last year

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Christmas grocery spend and online orders forecast to rise Subscription

09 Dec 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Shoppers are expected to splash out £20.6bn in the supermarkets this year

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Shoppers looking to outdo peers with Christmas table displays Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Aldi found that 60% of shoppers would not reuse anything from last Christmas

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Loyalty cards flopping in the UK, European survey reveals Subscription

07 Dec 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Just 55% of Brits who belonged to a loyalty scheme said they shopped more at those retailers as a result


Biscuit sales suffer as consumer snacking habits change

02 Dec 2016 | By Amy North

Brits have lost their taste for everyday biscuits, buying 48.4 million fewer packs over the past year

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Rising fuel and transport costs have hit consumers reports Asda Subscription

01 Dec 2016 | By Ian Quinn

October saw the second consecutive month of just single-digit spending power growth, says Asda Income Tracker


Most shoppers don't notice c-store PoS says Him! report Subscription

29 Nov 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Suppliers and retailers should beware of using same approach with PoS in c-stores as in supermarkets says research

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UK consumers set to boost use of integrated mobile loyalty

24 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

A survey of 2,000 people found the UK was lagging behind the US in the use of mobile loyalty schemes

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Food-to-go market set to grow by over a third by 2021 Subscription

22 Nov 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

IGD predicts the market will grow 34.8% from £16.1bn to £21.7bn by 2021

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Generation Z is 'touchpoint to the future of retail' Subscription

19 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Supermarkets should offer in-store shopping apps, speedy delivery and engaging social media says researcher

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Next generation expects loyalty schemes to be digital

18 Nov 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

Excessive general emails or a lack of personalised rewards cited as reasons for leaving a loyalty scheme says Eagle Eye


Brits bought 204 million more eggs last year Subscription

17 Nov 2016 | By Kevin White

Retail eggs sales by volume increased 3.7% year on year, with consumption at its highest since the early 1980s

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Only half Black Friday offers are the real deal, says Which? Subscription

16 Nov 2016 | By Ian Quinn

An investigation by Which? found 49% of ‘sale’ products were cheaper in the months before or after last year’s event


A quarter of Brits fear Trump victory will bring higher food & drink prices Subscription

10 Nov 2016 | By Julia Glotz

A flash poll by HIM conducted after the US election also shows 38% are now more concerned about the UK economy

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Waitrose: one in five Brits now post food pics on social media

02 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

The new Waitrose Food and Drink Report also predicts key trends for 2017, including poke and watermelon juice

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More than 25% of Brits go free-from 'for general health'

28 Oct 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

More than a quarter of Brits now regularly buy free-from products, according to exclusive research for The Grocer

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Carrier bag use drops 90% as 5p levies take effect

28 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarkets in Great Britain are dishing out nearly 90% fewer single-use carrier bags than they were two years ago

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Scots children less likely to buy booze from retailer says SALSUS Subscription

27 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Since 2002, the number of 15-year-old pupils buying alcohol from a shop has fallen from 18% to 6%

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Supermarket c-stores rated higher than indies for food to go Subscription

20 Oct 2016 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Larger players scored better on health, value and quality of options


Ten Tips for 2017 Subscription

06 Jan 2017 | By James Halliwell

There’s no point crying over all the milk spilt in 2016. It’s time to look forward to the year ahead

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As food forecasters get predicting, volatility is the only certainty Subscription

03 Jan 2017 | By James Halliwell

The annual trendfest is here where food watchers tell us what we’re going to be eating and drinking over the next 12 months, or is the whole predictions’ game simply a lottery?

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Take five: how changes in society are impacting on grocery sales Subscription

21 Dec 2016 | By Rob Brown

In the last 10 years we have had the smoking ban in pubs, the rise of remote working, free-from food and abstinence in the young and they are all having an impact on our spending habits …

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Why the squid panic? Fish and chip shops have already started adapting Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Kevin White

Scientists are warning squid could soon replace cod in our chippy dinners

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If you're not understood quickly you won't be bought Subscription

24 Nov 2016 | By Jeremy Garlick

The process of shopping requires significant cognitive effort from the shopper

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The Black Friday opportunity for fmcg

22 Nov 2016 | By Matt Lee

Brands tempted by Black Friday should keep their eyes firmly on Christmas trading, argues Matt Lee of Capture

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University challenge: symbol groups study the student market Subscription

11 Nov 2016 | By Megan Tatum

Fingers on buzzers please: how can symbol groups make big bucks from university students?

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Why are we snapping and sharing pictures of our food? Subscription

04 Nov 2016 | By Adam Leyland

Would we really take so many pictures on our flashy smartphones if our food was as brown and beige as in yesteryear?

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Ethics enter the picture as consumers turn snap happy Subscription

04 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

Awareness of food issues has been boosted in the smartphone era

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Convenience means something different to every shopper Subscription

03 Nov 2016 | By Camilla Barnard

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve reasoned that porridge pots aren’t the time-saver they appear to be

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What people eat matters - who they eat with matters too Subscription

27 Oct 2016

At Mars we aspire to identify and maximise our role in helping families cook and enjoy great meals together more often

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Yes, Gregg, canned soup is a great product, but it needs sexing up Subscription

26 Oct 2016 | By Amy North

Gregg Wallace is shocked by canned soup’s demise, but all is not lost

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