Constellation Wines has made its first acquisition since being formed earlier this year. It has purchased Irish wine operator Allied Drinks, which previously represented BRL Hardys' and Grants of St James's wine brands in Ireland. Redmond Gavin has been appointed as division general manager.

growth down
Total UK retail sales for May were £17,470m, up 2.5% year-on-year [National Statistics Office]. Seasonally adjusted volume annual growth in food stores was down to 3.3% from 5.8% in April. Non-food stores rose to 3.8% from 1.7% in April.

Sales of traditional tea have declined in the UK in the last five years, having lost out to fruit and herbal tea sales, according to Datamonitor which said volume sales of these non-traditional teas had risen by 50% since 1997.

safety database
ComBase ­ a database showing retailers and suppliers how to minimise the risk of diseases infecting food and drink products ­ has been launched this week. It has been designed by the Food Standards Agency, the Institute of Food Research and the US Department of Agriculture.

washable bags
Europackaging has built on the idea of recyclable shopping bags with the launch of heavy-duty, washable bags called Tab Bags. The bags have colourful tabs so shoppers can easily pull them off hooks at checkouts.

space planning
In a two-year deal Costcutter has appointed Galleria to install web-based space planning software at its head offices near York.
Costcutter will make the service available throughout its estate of 1,150 stores around the UK.

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