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Southern Co-op adds eight stores to Snappy Shopper partnership


Top-selling categories delivered via the app had been milk, soft drinks, fruit & veg, other dairy, and the Southern Co-op sandwich deal

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Co-op’s hot drinks brand Ever Ground rolls out to Nisa stores


Retailers will be able to choose from four different options depending on which suits their store

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Major retailers renew calls for tougher sentences for crimes against shopworkers


The Co-op is leading a coalition of over 30 retailers, unions and trade bodies


Andrew Thornton sells Belsize Park Budgens store to The Kavanagh Group


The sale to The Kavanagh Group is set to complete on 9 June

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Beer shortages in c-stores as hospitality demand soars

2021-05-07T11:27:00+01:00By ,

The Grocer has spoken to numerous industry sources who are facing supply issues on core beer lines

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BRC calls for end to social distancing as retail footfall struggles


BRC CEO Helen Dickinson said businesses were hoping for social distancing to come to an end

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10p plastic bag charge to come into force on 21 May


The fee for single-use carrier bags in England will double to 10p and be extended to all shops

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Co-op and Unilever partner on Europe’s first smart ice cream vending machine


A combination of cameras and sensors within the Wall’s branded freezer identify which products have been removed by the customer


C-stores almost double meals saved with Too Good To Go in just two months


Too Good To Go has a target of saving over 1.5 million meals from the convenience sector by the end of the year

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Co-op own-label food and drink to be carbon neutral by 2025


The move is part of a new 10-point climate plan to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2040

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Co-op bans plastic bags for life from all stores


Co-op will extend the rollout of its certified compostable carrier bags across all stores


Chelmsford Star Co-op hits five-year target to reduce energy consumption by 25%


Since January this year, the society began sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources

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One Stop promotes Matt Elliott to national recruitment manager


Elliott will lead a new team of five retail experts that will work across different regions of the UK

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Driver shortage leading to availability issues in convenience stores


Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore has been forced to introduce caps on the amount of products retailers

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Henderson invests £120k in The Chef range after high demand for pre-prepped meals


The number of meals picked up from stores from the premium range doubled over the past year

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Spar adds first bag-in-box wine to own-label range


They will be priced at £14.99 and supported with in-store PoS and digital communication


Ascona Group set to almost double estate to 120 sites within a year


The forecourt operator currently has a 56-site network across England and Wales and is “evaluating” opportunities in Scotland

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What Covid has changed for shoppers, and what has stayed the same

2021-04-28T10:32:00+01:00By , partner at Insight Traction

While fundamental principles have remained, much has changed in the marketplace, says Jeremy Garlick, partner at Insight Traction

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East of England Co-op food sales boost offsets Covid-related declines


Sales across its travel, petrol filling station and events businesses were down over 40%

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Post Office has made first steps but still has a mountain to climb in establishing postmaster trust


The latest Court of Appeal ruling, which overturned the convictions of 39 ex-postmasters, shows new CEO Nick Read has his work cut out to restore trust