The mischievous return of the turkey twizzler appeared to beckon as Bernard Matthews trademarked a new line called the Oliver Twist. Sadly, there was no connection to Jamie Oliver. Suppliers (and parents) despaired as fruit juice became the enemy in the ‘War on Sugar’, while retailers launched their latest attempt to save town centres with their ‘Healthy High Streets’ campaign. And Tesco revealed its first slump in profits.

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After the very public exit of CEO Euan Sutherland an historic vote at the Co-operative’s SGM saw a radical shake-up in the governance of the grocer, a watershed moment in the society’s 150-year history. Further change was afoot as Morrisons launched a price war on 1,200 essential everyday items as sales fell 4.2%. Grocers came under pressure to remove ‘guilt lanes’, ie checkouts piled with temptation.

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Farm protests were back on the agenda with the FFA promising to take “urgent action” over falling beef prices. The Grocer enjoyed an exclusive interview with Sir Philip Green as he launched a foray into convenience, while German discounter Aldi took home Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, and revealed plans to double in size. And Sainsbury’s Mike Coupe and Dansk Supermarked’s Per Bank set out their vision for the future of Netto.

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