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  • How will Covid shape food and drink trends in 2021?

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  • ​How can the food-to-go market recover from the coronavirus crisis?

  • How local stores can boost the potential of on-demand convenience

  • Is violence against UK shopworkers getting worse in the pandemic?

  • How convenience stores can hold on to customers post-lockdown

  • Are relaxed Sunday trading rules the answer to growth?

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Blakemore Retail extends Too Good To Go partnership to 275 stores


The convenience retailer has so far saved 17,400 bags of surplus stock from going to waste

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​Spar retailer in NI hits 6,000 home deliveries in just 10 months


Co-owner Martina Kilpatrick said average basket spend for orders via the app at its Westland Road Spar store was £54

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The Convenience Mix: our new podcast provides key insight into a vital sector


The Convenience Mix, which has launched today, will look to provide key insight and analysis of the most important developments and trends within the sector

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HFSS ban could cost symbol group retailers nearly £30m, warns industry


ACS has urged the government to rethink the size exemptions

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Rural convenience stores achieve £16bn in sales over past year


One in five rural customers have reported they depend on their local shop more than they did a year ago


Former Kerry Foods exec Liam Burke becomes MD of Noble Foods consumer arm


Burke is the latest Kerry executive to cross over to Noble after its appointment of Duncan Everett as CEO last year

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Booker to close its retail division head office in June


The wholesale giant will not be renewing the lease which is up in September this year

Nisa retailers reap benefits of Snappy Shopper partnership

Snappy Shopper targets 500 Nisa store recruits by the end of 2021


The online grocery platform has so far signed up over 50 Nisa retailers

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Convenience retailers renew interest in packaging-free fixtures


Interest is picking back up after the coronavirus crisis stalled rollout due to cross-contamination fears


Government targets convenience stores in community coronavirus testing scheme


The government is currently ramping up its capacity to offer the lateral-flow rapid testing scheme

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BP appoints Tracey Clements as European convenience CEO


Clements has spent the last two years as Boots UK & Ireland CEO

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Ubamarket readies mass rollout of hospitality app following £3m raise


Company has hired four members of staff to focus on integrating it’s scan and go app with more retailer point-of-sale systems

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Premier retailer sees 45% sales surge after launching takeaway model


MJ’s Store owner Justin Whittaker purchased a fleet of branded vehicles to meet online demand, including three Smart cars

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Nisa retailer in Cornwall achieves 10,000 home deliveries since onset of Covid-19


The retailer developed a phone-in service last March, and has now added deliveries through the Appy Shop mobile app

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AF Blakemore sales hike balances Covid impact


The business remained in a strong position, said chairman Peter Blakemore


Co-op to extend Honest Value brand with 33 new lines


The new additions include protein, produce, dairy, frozen and impulse lines

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Costcutter to trial customer loyalty app across 23 company-owned stores


The three-month trial will allow users to make instant payments and access exclusive promotions

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Co-op pledges £500k to apprenticeship drive for underrepresented young people


The fund will create opportunities for people most disadvantaged due to systemic prejudice or economic deprivation


Nisa to assign induction managers to new retailers for first three months


The induction manager will teach them about the order capture system, staff training, deliveries and store standards


Northampton Nisa retailer records 1,000th delivery since November


Alex Kapadia, said current lockdown restrictions had seen orders grow to about 200 a week