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Conviviality franchisees still in the dark about their future Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Don

Despite parent company Conviviality falling into administration, the retail business continued to trade as a going concern…

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Easter spending predicted to reach £824m Subscription

28 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Discounters Lidl and Aldi are set to emerge as winners, according to a shopper survey by marketing agency Savvy…

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Lidl to introduce AI customer service chatbot Subscription

23 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Customers will be able to chat to the bot using Facebook Messenger and get answers on matters like store opening times


Müller signs three-year milk supply deal with Lidl Subscription

21 Mar 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Effective from 1 June, The Grocer understands Müller will supply 90% of Lidl’s liquid milk and butter products in the UK


Poundstretcher faces tighter insurance terms for suppliers Subscription

19 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Leading insurer Euler Hermes has reduced credit cover for the variety discounter’s parent company, Crown Crest Group

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Fraudsters posing as Iceland to scam supplier Subscription

16 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Fraudsters posing as Iceland scam supplier out of €26,000 shipment


Aldi to switch to fully sustainable cocoa by end of 2018 Subscription

09 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The discounter said own-brand cocoa would be sourced only from Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ-certified farms

Lidl’s announcement follows rival discounter Aldi’s pledg to scrapping 5p bags

Lidl to scrap 5p bags as part of move to reduce plastic

09 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Lidl to scrap 5p bags as part of move to reduce plastic


Usdaw activists target staff at seven Lidl distribution centres Subscription

09 Mar 2018 | By Emily Bright

The union has stepped up its campaign to be officially recognised by the discounter

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Aldi makes 2022 plastics pledge for own-label products

08 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Discounter also pledged its ‘support in principle’ of a national deposit return scheme for plastic bottles

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Matthew Barnes promoted to top table seat at Aldi South

02 Mar 2018 | By Adam Leyland

The promotion, effective 15 April, follows the retirement of Robert Ochsenschläger. Barnes will add responsibility for Aldi South’s fast-growing US business while also overseeing its UK and Ireland operations

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Iceland to accept paper £10 notes until Easter Monday Subscription

02 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The paper notes will be accepted at manned checkouts but not self-service ones ‘for technical reasons

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Home Bargains to open 'drive-through' for new product pitches Subscription

01 Mar 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Retailer receives around 50 new product pitches a day

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Tesco 'to trial discounter brand in mothballed stores' Subscription

26 Feb 2018 Updated: 03 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The plans are said to be being spearheaded by Tesco retail director Lawrence Harvey, a former Aldi exec who has been given a large team to take on his former company and Lidl


Lidl set to hit 700 UK stores mark with five openings

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Lidl will already have launched 19 new stores in 2018 by the end of this month


Which? names Aldi 'Britain's favourite supermarket' Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Iceland was named best online store for the third year running

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Tesco discount chain: analysts react to latest developments Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

How the City responded to news of Tesco’s discounter plans in an attempt to level the playing field with Aldi and Lidl

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Iceland set to fill up to 100 senior store management roles

08 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

Iceland is looking for more than 40 managers for Iceland stores and also for a swathe of The Food Warehouse branches

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ASA condemns salacious Poundland Christmas elf images Subscription

07 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

The naughty toy featured in a series of sexually suggestive posts in its campaign, primarily on Twitter and Facebook

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Poundland unveils personal care ranges created by TOWIE stars

29 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

The range offers body wash, lotions, and body sprays for £1


Stelios 'still has ambitions for EasyFoodstore chain' Subscription

25 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

Two years after launch, a store in Park Royal, north west London is still the sole unit

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Richard Walker to join The Grocer as latest guest editor

19 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Don

Walker has been the face of Iceland’s bold new environmental plan, which has attracted huge interest from UK media organisations

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Poundland to double Pep&Co clothing offer in the UK Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

30 of the ‘shop-in-shop’ fashion stores will open in England before Easter…


Aldi's own-brand beauty range rated cruelty-free Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

The supermarket has achieved Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny certification

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Iceland to cut out all own-label plastic packaging

16 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

It wants to prove to “timid” rival food retailers the potential for radically reducing plastic packaging


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Poundland turns to Russia for Unicorn Poo advice

13 Apr 2018

The letter concerns the retailer’s actual ‘Unicorn Poo With Glitter’ product

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Martin Race of Bestway on its £7.25m swoop for Conviviality Subscription

12 Apr 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

As Bestway appears to have landed its very own bargain booze deal with a £7.25m swoop for Conviviality Retail, MD Martin Race talks about the rationale for the deal and plans for the future

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Morrisons and Tesco look to revive fortunes of own-label value brands Subscription

10 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Overhaul of Morrisons’ own-label budget range, with new packaging and prices cut to as low as 20p for some everyday food items, involves more than 250 SKUs at launch


Ignore Lidl’s ‘official line’ – it’s going online Subscription

26 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

When is Lidl UK going to start selling online? According to the discounter it’s a question of ‘if’, not ‘when’

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Loyalty will be key at discount Tesco

07 Mar 2018 | By Tim Mason

Speculation that Tesco has a new discount store format in the works may have taken some by surprise

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Reasons not to write off Tesco-Booker's discounter plans Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Are we about to see the return of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy… in the UK?

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Range preview: Aldi Easter 2018

15 Feb 2018 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Here’s our pick of what will be hitting Aldi shelves this spring

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Could a Tesco discounter offer really frighten Aldi and Lidl? Subscription

12 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco needs to tread very carefully if it goes down such a path, remember Sainsbury’s decision to pull the plug on its Netto venture at a cost of tens of millions?

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Steal an advantage over the discounters

12 Feb 2018 | By Duncan Brewer

supermarkets have an area discounters and online can’t rival: in-store experience

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Has Poundland’s elf had the last laugh in the face of ASA slapdown? Subscription

07 Feb 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The campaign featured the character in a series of sexually suggestive posts on Twitter and Facebook

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Barry Williams, Poundland MD, on Toblerones and elves Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By James Halliwell

Life at Poundland is never dull. In 2016 it was struggling, now sales are soaring

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Poundland has entered the new year in good elf Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

What a Christmas it has been for Poundland

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