About 3,000 management jobs are being cut at Wm Morrison as part of a shake-up of its stores that will also involve the hiring of thousands of shopfloor workers (The Times £). Morrisons plans to cut 3,000 managerial positions in its stores across the UK as part of a staffing revamp that will see it boost numbers of lower-level roles amid increasing pressure on established supermarkets (The Financial Times £).
In the wake of a disappointing Christmas, the Bradford-based supermarket is eliminating higher-paid managerial roles across its near-500 store chain (The Guardian). Departmental chiefs in areas such as beer, wine and spirits are under threat of redundancy, while the firm is adding 4,000 extra staff at its Market Street counters, including bakers, butchers and fishmongers (The Telegraph). The chain said jobs would be available for all who wanted to continue working for Morrisons (The Daily Mail).
The supermarket chain says it wants to improve the customer experience through the latest shake-up of its pay structures (Sky News). Rather than cutting deli counters, Morrisons are keen for their Market Street sections to help them stand out against the other big players in the supermarket wars (The BBC).
One of the biggest takeovers of the last 12 months has been plunged into doubt after Britain’s competition watchdog opened a shock investigation (The Telegraph). The takeover saga involving Just Eat has taken an unexpected twist after the Competition and Markets Authority launched an investigation into the £10bn merger between the food delivery service and Takeaway.com (The Times £). The £6bn takeover of Just Eat could be delayed because of a surprise competition probe by regulators (The Daily Mail).
Tesco is banishing shrink-wrapped multipacks of baked beans, soup and tuna from its aisles as part of a drive to slash its use of plastic packaging (The Guardian). Tesco is to stop selling shrink-wrapped multipack tins in a move it says will save the environment from 350 tonnes of plastic a year (Sky News). Environmental group Greenpeace welcomed the decision to get rid of what it called “pointless plastic” (The BBC).
Tesco is to remove 67m pieces of plastic from its shelves from March by doing away with the plastic wraps commonplace on multibuy packs of tins. It sounds like a huge amount, but is still only a small proportion of the 1bn pieces of plastic that the chain has pledged to remove this year. (The Guardian)
More than 400 employees have launched an equal pay claim against the Co-op supermarket chain in the latest retail pay battle. (The BBC)
Hotel Chocolat blamed difficulties supplying its customers for a slowdown in growth at the end of last year as it pursues expansion into the US and Japan (The Financial Times £). A posh hot chocolate machine and a vegan range helped boost sales for Hotel Chocolat over Christmas, but the retailer warned its overseas expansion had run up higher costs than expected (The Telegraph).
Never mind the move to healthy eating and fruit snacks — Hotel Chocolat has enjoyed a bumper jump in first-half revenue despite higher costs in the supply chain (The Times £). ‘Velvetiser’ hot chocolate maker, jumping on the vegan bandwagon and new stores help Hotel Chocolat to a sweet sales rise (The Daily Mail).
Restaurant chain Handmade Burger Co has collapsed into administration for the second time, leading to the closure of all 18 outlets and the loss of 283 jobs (The Guardian). An upmarket burger chain that counted Andy Murray and Chris Tarrant among its customers has gone bust for the second time in less than three years with the loss of almost 300 jobs (The Times £). Restaurant sector’s woes continue as Handmade Burger Co shuts its doors for good putting 283 staff out of work (The Daily Mail).
Procter & Gamble’s long-struggling personal grooming business has eked out higher quarterly revenues despite men shaving less, although weaker nappy sales prevented the household products group from staging a stronger recovery. (The Financial Times £)
A former high-ranking food safety executive at Nestlé has won an eight-year legal battle against the world’s biggest food company after a Swiss appeals court ruled that she had been unlawfully harassed and forced out of her job. (The Financial Times £)
The phenomenal success of Nutella has made a mint for Italian multinational confectioner Ferrero. However, it is now at the sharp end of some difficult trends – including deforestation caused by palm oil farming, a slowdown in the snacks market in western Europe and a backlash over health, which is the biggest risk. (The Financial Times £)