Wilkinson’s blitz
General merchandise retailer Wilkinson has launched a ‘Price Blitz’ as part of its ongoing trial of the sale of grocery products in its stores. As part of the promotion, which will run throughout the six-month grocery trial, Wilkinson will run a series of offers every two to four weeks, using the slogan “when the product’s gone, it’s gone”.

Organic growth
Tesco is pulling its organic products into mainstream shelf space and offering them in 200 additional stores, it said this week. It follows news in The Grocer last month that Tesco had moved Green & Black’s, and other ambient organic lines, into their individual categories.

Shipment service
Wholesaler Landmark has unveiled a new drop shipment service, Lifestyle Direct, to encourage independent retailers to stock lines in growth areas they may not have previously considered. It will offer retailers direct drop shipments of several lines, many of which might not be available at their local wholesaler.

Trading results
Heart of England Co-operative Society has announced an improved trading profit of £3.8m, in what it described as a “difficult trading climate”. The society’s trading profit rose 11% in the year to January, although the food division’s operating profit was flat at £3.6m.

Gum campaign
Local authorities are rolling out a campaign to combat chewing gum litter to 15 areas this week, following trials in Preston, Manchester, and Maidstone last year. The campaign, run by The Chewing Gum Action Group, will use the strapline ‘Thanks for binning your gum when you’re done’.