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Sainsbury's bans sale of energy drinks to under-16s

22 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

Energy drinks sales will be restricted across all of its stores and website from 1 March

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Slough retail entrepreneurs to open superstore next to a Lidl Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

The 20,000 sq ft Checkout Superstore in Farnham Road is the brainchild of the Abdeali family

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Houmous price hikes make for costly Veganuary Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Average prices for supermarket houmous have increased by a whopping 12% since January 2017

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Tesco and M&S both fall short of City expectations Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

“Super Thursday” proved anything but super for the grocers this week

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Plastic-free aisles urged as PM guns for avoidable plastic waste

11 Jan 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Environmental plan proposes aisles without any plastic packaging, where all food is sold loose

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Shine taken off record Christmas at Tesco by collapse of Palmer & Harvey Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Tesco and Waitrose have both managed to drive underlying sales growth over Christmas, but Marks & Spencer lost out to Aldi and Lidl as like-for-like food numbers declined. However, the shine was taken off Tesco’s results by the impact of the Palmer & Harvey collapse.

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Sainsbury's raises profits forecasts after record Christmas Subscription

10 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Sainsbury’s has lifted its profits expectations for the year after a record Christmas week, but the supermarket’s growth was held back by declining general merchandise sales as Argos struggled.

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Tesco CEO urges suppliers to slash prices of healthy products

09 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarket admits that healthier products are more expensive as it launches five-year Little Helps strategy

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Waitrose trials bespoke nutritionist services in two stores

09 Jan 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Service is being offered at the supermarket’s Canary Wharf and Kingston upon Thames branches

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City Snapshot: The Co-op plans 100 store openings in 2018 Subscription

02 Jan 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Co-op Group has announced plans to open 100 food stores across the UK in 2018 to create an estimated 1,600 new jobs. Plus, tributes for Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins after his tragic death, Marks & Spencer sells retail business in Hong Kong and Macau and all the latest news from the City.

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Booths sees losses balloon to £13.5m as it struggles in competitive market Subscription

22 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sales at the retailer, which reportedly hired bankers at Rothschild in November to explore a potential sale, sank another 4.3% to £263.4m in the year ended 1 April 2017.

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Adjudicator urges supermarkets to set up supplier helplines Subscription

20 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Helplines would help suppliers raise issues without fear of being delisted, says Tacon

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Festive price war looms as Tesco cuts cost of Christmas veg Subscription

14 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has relaunched its Festive 5 promotion, with prices reduced to 29p for key Christmas ingredients

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Morrisons and Sainsbury’s shares plunge on market share losses Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Shares in both Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have fallen by over 4.5% today on poorer than expected performance in the latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel and Nielsen.

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City snapshot: Highest inflation since 2013 drives 12-week grocery sales up 3.1% Subscription

12 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Grocery sales for the 12 weeks to 3 December rose by 3.1%, according to the latest market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel

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Snow across UK disrupts online grocery orders Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Sainsbury’s has warned of potential delays due to adverse road conditions

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Tesco inflationary price hikes outstrip big four rivals Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco shares were boosted after Goldman Sachs suggested it was passing on less of the inflationary pressures to customers

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Walmart drops Stores from its name to become Walmart Inc Subscription

07 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The US giant will cease to trade as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and become Walmart Inc to better reflect its ecommerce business

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Sainsbury's opens own barista-staffed coffee bars Subscription

01 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The six bars, branded ‘1869 Coffee’, will look to tap into growth enjoyed by Costa and Starbucks…

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The Co-op launches Christmas ad with Blur Britpop classic Tender Video

01 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The 60-second ad features performances by seven community groups from across the UK

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'Flawed' retail must address social justice says Lord Price

30 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

“I think the economic model needs to change,” he told an audience at the Rothamsted Research Centre in Harpenden

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Iceland and the Co-op back UK deposit return scheme plan Subscription

30 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The retailers also called for rivals to join in their support for DRS

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City snapshot: Booths hires Rothschild to find a buyer Subscription

27 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Upmarket northern supermarket chain Booths has reportedly hired Rothschild to lead a sales process that could be worth up to £150m. Plus a look ahead to events in the City this week, including results from Greencore, Britvic and Cranswick, and all the rest of the latest finance news.

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Sainsbury's short selling at highest for over a year Subscription

24 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Short selling of Sainsbury’s shares has jumped to its highest level for over a year

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Forecast and promo failures driving waste warns Tacon

24 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Millions of tonnes of food is being ploughed back into the ground because of “systemic” failures in retailers’ forecasting

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City Harvest: another life for London's waste food Video

22 Jan 2018 | By Megan Tatum

City Harvest works the capital’s ‘last mile’, passing food from supermarkets and events to charities that need it

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How the mults scaled back on deals and savings in 2017 Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarkets scaled back promotional activity last year, latest data confirms

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Can Dave Lewis really get suppliers to cut the price of healthier food? Subscription

09 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Lewis accused suppliers in some cases of failing to do enough to tackle obesity by keeping their prices artificially high

Crystal Ball 2018

Predictions for 2018: sugar, veganism & food price inflation

05 Jan 2018 | By Adam Leyland

We’ve loads of predictions this week. But before I offer a few of my own, I have a confession…

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15 food and grocery stories you may have missed over the festive period

02 Jan 2018

From Tesco turkeys to Fudge bar scandals and the New Year’s Honours, here is our roundup of key food and grocery stories you may have missed since Christmas.

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What will 2018 bring for the world of grocery? Subscription

01 Jan 2018 Updated: 04 Jan 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

We asked 18 industry movers and shakers to look back on an often turbulent 2017 – and to gaze into their crystal balls

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We can already learn lessons from the Christmas ads

14 Dec 2017 | By Martijn Bertisen

It’s not over until the last reduced mince pie is sold, but the fierce battle to dominate share of voice at Christmas is approaching its endgame, says Martijn Bertisen of Google

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Is the Waitrose of the north about to become just that? Subscription

05 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Rumours over a Booths sale have put both John Lewis and Amazon in the frame, but stores are no longer such hot property

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Adjudicator highlights how the multiples generate waste

30 Nov 2017

Sir, The GCA points to a troubling issue when she recognises the systematic role supermarkets play in the waste of food

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The Claus come out: how sharp is this year's festive offer? Subscription

24 Nov 2017 | By James Halliwell

The Grocer went shopping to check out the displays and ranges as the battle looms for share of spend this Christmas

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Death of the supermarket? Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Richard Pendleton

Hardly. New direct to consumer platform INS undoubtedly grabbed headlines though. So can it succeed where others failed?

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Why 2018 is the year to focus on ‘betterment’

It’s that time of year when we pledge to be healthier, happier versions of ourselves, but for brands and retailers, committing to ‘betterment’ should last beyond January, say brand, innovation and packaging design experts Sun Branding Solutions.

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White Paper: 9 Questions brands want to ask about Gen Z, answered

Never has a generation been so well connected to information, entertainment, and other people. Generation Z has been a focus for sensationalist headlines and cultural critique, but how much of it is true, and what do marketers need to do to appeal to this increasingly significant audience?

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White Paper: What are the eight myths surrounding online shopping?

It might seem like online shopping is growing at an exponential rate, with new formats, new technology and new functionality emerging every day.  But in reality, in-store sales still account for 95 per cent of all retail experiences worldwide, and 15 per cent in the UK.

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