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Karma food waste app set to expand to UK supermarkets

15 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

New £9.4m fundng will help Karma treble the size of its team and target new territories

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Quarter of M&S stores unable to accept card payments Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Technical difficulties’ have also been affecting refunds and exchanges involving card-based transactions

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Asda, Sainsbury's and M&S sign up for 'Purple Tuesday' Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

13 November will be the UK’s first dedicated day to promote accessible shopping for customers with disabilities

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Sainsbury's named greenest supermarket in emissions report

07 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Sainsbury’s was found to have the lowest emission levels compared to its rivals

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Sainsbury's to hold talks with Unite union over pay proposals Subscription

07 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Sainsbury’s retail and operations director Simon Roberts said he was proud of the pay deal

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Sainsbury's criticised for 'wasteful' plastic bag use Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Shoppers take to Facebook to ask retailer not to use plastic bags in online orders

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Loyalty cards 'no longer game-changers' finds report Subscription

30 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

TCC Global research found Aldi and Lidl have the most loyal shoppers

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Plastic bag sales down 90% since introduction of 5p charge

27 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The statistics come amid raft of government fiscal measures to cut down on plastic

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Waitrose to trial low-emissions delivery trucks in study Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The units will be trialled in Waitrose’s fleet of natural gas powered trucks and kept chilled by the vehicle’s engine

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Tesco discount chain: likely locations for Jack's stores Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Reports suggested Tesco could launch up to 60 of the new stores as a homage to founder Jack Cohen

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Morrisons and Sainsbury's lead the way on scaling back deals Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Asda and Waitrose also had fewer deals in stores

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Fresh food specifications relaxed as heatwave hits crops

26 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Morrisons, Asda and Aldi have been among the first to amend specifications on a range of fresh produce SKUs

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M&S scraps Lunch to You van sales operation Subscription

24 Jul 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Retailer had revealed plans for a nationwide rollout in 2016

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Kari Daniels to take over as chief executive of Tesco Ireland

23 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Daniels replaces Andrew Yaxley, who was made Tesco’s chief product officer earlier this month

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Tesco discounter 'Jack's' could launch 'within weeks'

23 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Reports suggest as many as 60 stores could open as early as September

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Tesco introduces cost of production lamb contracts Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Some 160 new contracts have been awarded to members of Tesco’s Sustainable Farming Group for lamb

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Gressingham acquires wholesaler JF Edwards Subscription

16 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It follows Gressingham’s purchase of wild meat supplier Yorkshire Game last month after the company entered administration

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World's biggest fmcg companies rely on M&A to rediscover growth

05 Jul 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Headline growth for the OC&C Global 50 jumped to 5.7% in 2017 from just 0.5% in 2016 and 0.3% in 2015

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Irish food suppliers seek new markets amid Brexit uncertainty Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White

Some 85% of respondents to Bord Bia’s latest Brexit Barometer report said they were now actively seeking out business in new markets

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Moy Park creates allergen-free factory in £18m investment Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It includes the creation of a fully contained gluten and dairy-free factory at its Grantham site

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Tesco and Ocado sign up to product information system Subscription

12 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

ProductDNA and developed by barcode standards organisation GS1 UK

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Big brands lose listings in Tesco's latest Project Reset Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Higgidy, Kerrygold and Danepak are among the big brands to have lost shelf space

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Gary Hazell launches spirits distributor Tortuga Brands

06 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The new company has already secured exclusive distribution deals with ’super premium’ spirits brands including Willem Barentsz

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Tesco to slash supplier numbers in next phase of Reset Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The move will see Tesco conduct a sweeping review of its entire supplier base over the next two years

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ABP completes switch to green electricity at all its sites

29 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The move brings it within sight of reaching its 2020 carbon reduction targets two years ahead of schedule

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JJ Foodservice cuts fuel emissions with telematics Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

JJ Foodservice also introduced paperless technology to its warehouses earlier this year

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Ocado brings back 'Britain's Next Top Supplier' competition

08 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Applications will be reviewed by Ocado’s buying team before shortlisted candidates are invited to present in person

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JJ Foodservice to host trade days across 10 branches Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The wholesaler will be offering businesses free products and discounts

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Asda-Sainsbury's suppliers 'face massive squeeze on prices' Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe’s prediction of 10% price cuts would have suppliers “choking on their cornflakes”

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Morrisons boosts supplier transparency with online portal Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The retailer said the move was a response to concerns from suppliers and followed other moves to simplify trading relationships in its supply chain

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Todays Landmark

Buying groups Today's and Landmark agree to merge Subscription

06 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The proposed new company will be called Unitas Wholesale

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Henderson Group plans more self-service tills following trial Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Bespoke system has been developed by its subsidiary Henderson Technology

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Connect Group names Jozef Opdeweegh as CEO

31 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Current CEO Mark Cashmore to step down on 31 August

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Menzies Distribution sold to PE firm Endless Subscription

30 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Deal is pending shareholder and competition approval

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Brakes signs up to Wrap Plastic Pact in sustainability push

27 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

It follows close collaboration with Wrap on its 2 Zero 20 campaign to eradicate all non-recyclable hard black plastics

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Kitwave to relocate HB Clark to new Wakefield Hub DC Subscription

26 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Kitwave is set to relocate HB Clark from its current headquarters to the Wakefield Hub

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Henderson Group to revamp packaging with provenance focus Subscription

25 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

The fully revamped range will be available in Spar stores across the Province from September

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Delivered wholesale soars as C&C use plummets Subscription

20 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Up to 89% of retailers are now using delivered wholesale as their main route to market

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Gressingham acquires wholesaler JF Edwards Subscription

16 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It follows Gressingham’s purchase of wild meat supplier Yorkshire Game last month after the company entered administration

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JJ Foodservice introduces Amazon-style delivery notifications Subscription

11 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

The move comes following JJ’s investment in telematics to monitor its delivery fleet

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Blakemore to close final five depots it has been unable to sell Subscription

11 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

The wholesaler has previously sold four and closed three other sites

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Imperial and JTI may struggle to recover P&H loans Subscription

09 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

PwC said tobacco suppliers could expect between 0% and 58% of the £66.1m they were due

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Colin Smith to become Scottish Wholesale Association CEO

06 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Current executive director Kate Salmon is to retire after leading the trade body for 35 years…

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Parfetts ramps up Go Local recruitment seeking 1,000 stores Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Wholesaler is on-track to hit its target of 500 stores by the end of the year

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CO2 crisis: Britvic reassures on fizzy drinks supplies as Booker rations beer and soft drinks

27 Jun 2018 | By The Grocer News Team

The soft drinks giant also said it was working with its CO2 suppliers to find alternative sources of gas supply

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Industry must collaborate to address conflicts in fights against plastic and food waste Subscription

15 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

If ever there was evidence of how quickly the war on plastic has changed the agenda, Asda’s about-turn is it

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Fancy a Lidl drink? What a ‘discounter pub’ could mean for the on-trade Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

According to news reports, Lidl could be planning its own entry into the pub sector

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What Chris Edwards found at Poundstretcher

10 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Saving Poundstretcher on Channel 4 sees Chris Edwards try to revive his one-time rival’s fortunes

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Making intentions clear, speak up to stand out, what would Jack say?

09 Aug 2018

A dig beneath the surface often reveals the ‘expert’ quoted on red meat is a vegan or vegetarian

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Trust is a crucial element of on-pack promotions

26 Jul 2018

No brand of note ever intends to mislead consumers. Trust is one of the most valuable commodities marketers have with people

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Plastic and the Packaging Conundrum

Plastic is the new public enemy number one. But how should the industry, which is so reliant on plastic as a packaging solution, respond?

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The Soft Drinks Sugar Levy Webinar

What does the Sugar Levy mean? Everything you ever wanted to know and never dared to ask

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Coca-Cola: How to Bring Sales and Operations Alive with Data

Implementing a robust Sales and Operation process at Coca-Cola

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WHITE PAPER – Accelerate your supply chain as retail pressure intensifies

Big or small, Food and Drink manufacturers are under pressure. Supermarket range reviews, massive retail mergers, the backlash against plastic packaging and the ongoing unpredictability of Brexit are just some of the huge challenges facing them in 2018. 

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WHITE PAPER – Innovation… who gives a SHIFT?

There was a time where it was enough to do one thing and do it well. When simply providing a solid product and service would support your business model for many years, if not decades. But the world has changed and continues to change… fast. Brands need to be planning ahead, but also ready to react when the competition start to encroach on their territory.  

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White Paper: A new model for launching new products

As three in four new product launches currently fail within a year, Bray Leino’s new comms model suggests how the traditional approach can evolve to de-risk the launch process. Hosted by The Grocer, Bray Leino invited marketers from leading food and drink brands to discuss this hypothesis. That discussion is the basis for this paper.

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