The rain may not have dampened the fervour of the Olympics and Jubilee, but 2012 turned out to be a bit of a damp squib for grocery. As the economy thundered into double dip, nearly everyone felt the pinch: Tesco issued its first profit warning in 20 years Morrisons, M&S, Tesco and a host of suppliers waved goodbye to senior figures as boards were reshuffled and growth of the biggest food and drink suppliers trailed inflation by 0.2ppts [Nielsen]. But there were highs as well as lows: the discounters continued their ascent we glimpsed technological leaps that could transform the industry and NPD accelerated despite the economic uncertainty. Here’s our rundown of the 2012, the year that was:

Review of the year: part 1

Review of the year: part 2

Review of the year: part 3

Review of the year: part 4

Review of the year: part 5

Grocery timeline: 2012

Review the Year 2012: quotes