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City snapshot: Grocery growth slows as Christmas looms Subscription

11 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The latest grocery market share figures have showed the weakest supermarket sales growth since March 2017 as the industry heads into the vital Christmas trading period. Plus, first quarter losses expand at 2 Sisters and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Tesco and VW to develop electric vehicle charging network Subscription

30 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

2,400 charging bays will be rolled out across 600 Tesco stores within the next three years


Ocado meal planning service launched by Home Run Subscription

29 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

A smartphone app version will launch in a “few weeks”, according to Home Run CEO and founder Takis Malavetas…

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Tesco launches its in-store Christmas food collection scheme

29 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

From today, more than 2,600 stores will encourage shoppers to donate food to help people in food poverty

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Booths to trial John Lewis click & collect in five stores

28 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

JLP said the trial was an opportunity to further extend its click & collect service

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M&S Dine In deal returns for Christmas Subscription

23 Nov 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

It comes a week after the upmarket retailer said it was looking to remove “complex and confusing” promotions

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Supermarkets hoarding space as stockpiling scramble intensifies

23 Nov 2018 | By The Grocer News Team

Price of storage had risen by 15% per pallet per week in November and was up 8% in the third quarter

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Retail chiefs call on PM for workplace mental health support

23 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Theresa May has been a strong advocate for better mental health provision since she succeeded David Cameron as prime minister

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Sainsbury's opens 'experimental' supermarket Video Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The eat-in food market section offers Wok Street, Sushi Gourmet, Little India Kitchen, the West Cornwall Pasty Company and Fresh Kitchen concessions.

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Supermarkets failing to check age in energy drink sales Subscription

20 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Leading retailers failed 54% of Serve Legal’s 550 test purchases

Iceland's 'Rangtan' Christmas ad

Could Iceland’s ‘banned’ Christmas ad have made it to TV screens?

16 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The ‘banned’ ad exploded on social media, being shared by celebrites including environment secretary Michael Gove

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Shoppers saving a third less on supermarket wine promotions Subscription

16 Nov 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Shoppers stocking up on wine deals before Christmas will save just 20.4% on average compared with 28.4% last year

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Wrap unveils plastic waste reduction 'roadmap'

15 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The new ‘UK Plastics Pact Roadmap to 2025’ sets progress targets for April 2019 and the end of 2022

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Iceland tops Greenpeace ranking for measures to reduce plastic waste

15 Nov 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Ocado was the only major grocery retailer who refused to participate in the survey, according to Greenpeace

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M&S showcases food favourites in unscripted Christmas ads Video Subscription

09 Nov 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The ads are directed by Charlie Stebbings, who directed the M&S ‘this is not just food’ advert


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CMA reveals supplier fears over Sainsbury's-Asda merger Subscription

14 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Two suppliers, who both asked to remain anonymous, have set out their concerns about the merger

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Iceland fails to publish GCA code compliance data

08 Nov 2018 | By Ian Quinn

British Brands Group report said Iceland had become the first retailer in eight years to fail to provide the required info

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Amazon should face Adjudicator over conduct, claim suppliers Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA had been expected to add Amazon to the list of retailers the Adjudicator polices

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M&S introduces cloud-based supplier portal Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The retailer aims to improve efficiency for suppliers and product availability for customers

PHE Crackdown

PHE 'risks demonising food with junk classification change'

07 Sep 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Industry leaders have called on Public Health England to re-think its proposed shake-up of the Nutrient Profiling model


Waitrose to introduce GFR system to suppliers Subscription

22 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Co-op, Morrisons, Asda and Sainsbury’s have all switched to GFR in the last two years

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Bernard Matthews hiring to service supermarket supply deal

17 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The turkey giant is set to create an extra 400 jobs at its Great Witchingham plant


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


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


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

Tortuga Brands

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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United Wholesale (Scotland) kicks off Day-Today online trial Subscription

04 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

Wholesaler will launch new ordering website for retailers on Friday

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JW Filshill names Graham Cairns as regional manager

03 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

Cairns will report to north of England business development manager Jeanette Gordon


Bestway Group donates £100k to Great Ormond Street Hospital

03 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The wholesaler has given away more than £14.8m through the Bestway Foundation in the UK since 1987

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Steve Parfett to retire from cash and carry business

28 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The Parfetts chairman, who has overseen the transition from family to employee ownership, will step down on 31 December


JW Filshill updates reporting system to aid customer support

28 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The wholesaler plans to introduce the system in the new year

Landmark Lifestyle own-label

Unitas drops Today's own-label range in favour of Landmark's Subscription

23 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The new wholesale group met with suppliers earlier this week to talk about the future

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Costco could launch UK online grocery delivery service Subscription

22 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Costco was looking to integrate its online and what it calls its “inline” business more

CJ Lang

CJ Lang launches 24-hour delivery lead times trial Subscription

21 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Chief execuitve Colin McLean said both company-owned store sales and independent store sales were back in growth

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Parfetts promotes Guy Swindell and Andy Whitworth

20 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The restructure helped suppliers understand they could engage at retail level, said Parfetts

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Bidfood unveils environmentally-friendly vegan cleaning range Subscription

16 Nov 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Pro Green selection is made from plant-based raw materials including root vegetables

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Retailers and wholesalers join action against Europe lorry cartel Subscription

15 Nov 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Poundland, Lincolnshire Co-op and JJ Food Service have joined a group action

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Henderson Wholesale unveils revamped food-to-go range Subscription

14 Nov 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Breakfast and hot food items have also been available all day as part of the product refresh

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Booker company secretary & CFO leave in wake of Tesco merger

08 Nov 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

CFO Jonathan Prentis and company secretary Mark Chilton have been stalwarts of the business since it was spun out from the Big Food Group in 2005


Kitwave Wholesale Group eyes acquisitions to boost growth Subscription

08 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

Wholesaler reported full-year pre-tax profits up from £165,000 to £3m on turnover up by more than £45m to £341m…

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Bidfood retains Best Food Logistics as buyer withdraws bid Subscription

06 Nov 2018 | By Andrew Don

The Grocer understands a sell-off remains a key option for parent-company Bidcorp

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Cadbury’s legal team will be on purple alert following latest Court of Appeal ruling Subscription

10 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Pantone might have sparked controversy with its new colour for 2019, but the shade that’s the biggest headliner right now is ‘Cadbury purple’

B&M Bargains

What retailers can learn from the success of 'cheap and cheerful' B&M Bargains

06 Dec 2018 | By Jeremy Garlick

B&M works very hard to deliver what matters to consumers, says Jeremy Garlick, Partner at Insight Traction

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Inexperienced and ignorant buyers are choking the life from suppliers

05 Dec 2018 | By David Sables

Product empathy is disappearing, and new buying models are compounding the problem, says David Sables


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We must not shy away from the very real prospect of a no-deal Brexit

30 Nov 2018

There has been a lot of media coverage around the mislabelling of food, from not properly identifying contents on packaging

Asda Mac and Cheese burger

Loopholes in HFSS ad rules must be closed

30 Nov 2018

We welcome recent rulings by the ASA on McDonald’s and Burger King adverts outside primary schools

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