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Pret a Manger takeover: what the £1.5bn JAB deal means

MCA executive director and ex-Pret senior operations manager Simon Stenning explains how JAB’s acquisition will affect the UK food-to-go chain

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Could a unified company vision save WH Smith from the high street scrapheap?

08 Jun 2018 | By Chris West

The retailer needs to align the whole organisation with one consistent vision, tell one story and speak with one voice, argues Chris West of Verbal Identity

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High street 'facing annihilation', Labour warns Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey accused the government of dragging its feet over a review of business rates

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Latte levy could cost the UK economy £819m, says research Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Paper Cup Alliance highlighted the possibility of redundancies at manufacturing sites in Wrexham, Gosport and Huntingdon

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Costa Coffee defends OOH sector sugar reduction progress Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Health campaigners have attacked the OOH sector over high levels of sugar

Pret

Pret a Manger takeover: what the £1.5bn JAB deal means

04 Jun 2018 Updated: 05 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

MCA executive director and ex-Pret senior operations manager Simon Stenning explains how JAB’s acquisition will affect the UK food-to-go chain

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Pret a Manger readies US push after £1.5bn JAB deal Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The deal will see JAB assume control of Pret after a decade of ownership by private equity group Bridgepoint

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Store spotlight: A Freshii take on healthy fast food in the UK Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

First launched in Canada in 2005, the healthy fast food chain has plans to build a new ‘lifestyle brand’

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Big Interview: Costa MD Jason Cotta on consciously uncoupling from Whitbread Subscription

31 May 2018 | By James Halliwell

When asked his thoughts on Costa’s split from Whitbread, MD Jason Cotta is as cool as an iced latte

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Greggs goes undercover to showcase summer menu at foodie festival Video

30 May 2018 | By Maddie Maynard

The high street chain rubbed shoulders with Michelin-starred chefs and TV personalities under the guise of Gregory & Gregory

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KFC pledges to cut calories by introducing healthier menu

30 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

KFC also plans to provide price incentives as part of trials to try to get consumers to switch to healthier sides

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Hotel Chocolat claims win over Waitrose 'copycat' bars Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Waitrose has agreed to stop manufacturing its similar looking bars, according to Hotel Chocolat

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Crussh partners with Sodexo to open 35 outlets Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

In April Crussh also signed a franchise deal with travel hub operator SSP

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Government keeps 'open mind' on latte levy

21 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh blasted the government’s unwillingness to ban disposable cups

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Hotel Chocolat offers Waitrose customers chocolate slab swaps Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Shoppers can trade in £2 Waitrose ‘copycat’ bars for the original £3.95 version

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Hotel Chocolat: case for and against in Waitrose bar spat

18 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

What is Hotel Chocolat’s Angus Thirlwell getting his meringue-strawberry-and-white chocolate knickers in a twist about?

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Can Hotel Chocolat stop Waitrose 'copying' its bars? Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

When Waitrose introduced its new chocolate bars with a full-page ad last week, the publicity wasn’t the kind it hoped for

Hotel Chocolat launches series of chocolate tasting events

Hotel Chocolat launches series of chocolate tasting events

16 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Lock-ins will give guests the opportunity to learn about products’ origins and creation

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Damp weather slashes retail footfall in April Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Retail footfall in April plunged by 3.3% year-on-year as the wet start to the month hit shopper numbers across the country, leading to the worst two-month figures since the depth of the recession in 2009.

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Hotel Chocolat accuses Waitrose of ‘ripping off’ bar design

11 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Founder Angus Thirlwell said the company had written to Waitrose asking it to “do the right thing” and withdraw its new own-label range

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Spar MD Debbie Robinson calls on c-stores to tap into on-trade Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Robinson said retailers should welcome the rise of people working away from the office

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