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Media Bites 13 April: Lockdown, rapid grocery delivery, Cake Box

The main focus in the papers this morning is the reopening of non-essential shops, beer gardens, hairdressers and gyms as lockdown begins to ease.

Asda House

Media Bites 12 April: Asda, Online grocery, Retail reopening

Senior staff are preparing to stage an exodus at Asda after receiving final payouts from a Walmart share scheme

Cake Box CEO Sukh Chamdal

City snapshot: Record year for Cake Box despite Covid disruption

Cake retailer Cake Box is set to report a record year despite the challenges of ongoing lockdowns throughout 2020 and 2021. Plus, drinks ingredients group Treatt updates the market on first-half trading and Russian food retailer X5 acquires a dark kitchen operator.


Buckfast warns of slowdown despite sales passing £50m

Newly filed accounts for Buckfast distributor J Chandler & Co said momentum had slowed in 2020/21

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Hilton Food Group comes out on top with pandemic sales soaring

The multi-protein group reported a 53% surge in annual revenues off the back of the shift to home cooking during the pandemic

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Deliveroo share price rise shows investors aren’t bothered about gig economy workers

While CEO Will Shu and early investors have made hundreds of millions (despite the IPO flop), a damning report last month found many workers are paid less than the minimum wage

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Supermarket prices in deflation despite fall in imports from EU

The Grocer Price Index found that overall the big four’s prices fell back 0.2% year on year across February

The Grocer Price Index - Categories
The Grocer Price Index - Retailers

The GPI tracks pricing of more than 70,000 grocery products using a 12-month chained index. The index was set at 100 in September 2008. The average does not include Waitrose. The GPI is compiled by Brand View.

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