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Reckitt Benckiser restructures as sales decline again Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Reckitt Benckiser revealed today it was restructuring the group into two distinct divisions as consumer healthcare and hygiene giant trimmed its full-year forecasts again as trading continued to be challenging.

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Motor Fuel Group rolls out disabled driver refuelling app Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Sainsbury’s became the first supermarket to adopt the technology at its 300 filling stations last week…

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FWD hits bursary target to fund more women in wholesale Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The Fellowship Fund provides part-funding for external career development, training and studying

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Ocado launches Amazon-style product subscription service Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Using the Ocado Regulars feature, customers can choose a product they would like to be added to their basket regularly

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Pret to donate unsold food from new London university stores

18 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

The Pret Foundation Trust has re-distributed more than three million items of food to UK hostels and shelters

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Hippeas bags $10m backing from US investor scale expansion Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Chickpea snack maker Hippeas has secured $10m (£7.6m) from specialist US food and drink investment firm CAVU Venture Partners to accelerate its global expansion and turn the brand into a household name.

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Shell installs first electric vehicle fast-charging stations

18 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The points will be available at forecourts in Holloway, Whyteleafe, and Derby…

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Campylobacter levels fall as supermarkets make progress Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Some 54% of 3,980 chicken samples taken from August 2016 to July 2017 tested positive for campylobacter, down from 73.2% in 2014/15

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Birds Eye to back Inspirations revamp with major ad push Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

The multichannel push will be its longest continuous ad campaign to date

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Grayling call for UK to grow more is 'tripe' Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Growers have warned suggestion UK could increase food production in event of a hard Brexit would face several challenges

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Amazon doubles number of brands available via Dash buttons

18 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The most popular Dash button brand is Finish, followed by Tassimo, Ariel and Duracell…

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Sainsbury's to cut 2,000 jobs across stores and head office Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Sainsbury’s has launched a 45-day consultation on what it branded a “difficult decision”

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BrewDog targets £10m in new 'Equity for Punks' funding drive Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

A successful bid would make BrewDog “the biggest crowdfunded business of all time”, it claimed…

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Media Bites 18 October: Sainsbury's, Kantar/Nielsen, Danone, P&G, inflation Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

News that Sainsbury’s is to cut 2,000 jobs across the UK makes all the papers this morning.

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Mary Berry’s brand unveils its first condiments Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Redcurrant & Mint, Horseradish and Hollandaise are set to make their debut this week in Tesco

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CIty snapshot: Hilton Food Group nets fish supplier Seachill for £81m Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Red meat packer Hilton Food Group has completed an £81m deal for Seachill to expand its presence to the supply of fish. Plus, Reckitt reduces full-year outlook as sales fall in Q3, with plans to split the business into two new divisions; and Conviviality appoints new CFO.

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P&H would need to "restructure" if it lost Tesco contract Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The delivered wholesaler made the admission during a hearing with the Competition & Markets Authority

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Soaring inflation adds £273m to business rates bill Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The Retail Prices Index has rapidly increased from 2% last September

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Alpro adds More Fruit, No Added Sugars variant to big pots Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

The soya-based yoghurt alternative contains only sugar that occurs naturally from the mango chunks flavouring it

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Mr Kipling makes its New Zealand supermarket debut Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Everyday cakes from Mr Kipling and Cadbury are rolling into Progressive’s 184 Countdown stores

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Arla launches Protein Milk containing 30% more than standard

17 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Range joins dairy co-op’s Protein range, which also includes yoghurt, milkshake and cottage cheese SKUs

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Müller sales near £2bn but Dairy Crest integration hits profits Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

Müller’s group revenues grew by £647m to more than £1.9bn, according to its latest accounts

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Icelandic dairy co-op MS Iceland's skyr makes debut in Aldi Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

MS Iceland has expanded its Ísey Skyr brand offering in the UK with a new mango-flavoured variant

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Rising grocery prices to slow early next year Video Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Kantar Worldpanel predicts supermarket price rises will peak later this year

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Innis & Gunn makeover marks return to barrel aged beers

17 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brewer is rolling out new 330ml bottles across its core range of beers from the middle of this month…

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Media Bites 17 October: Tesco, Lidl, Carrefour Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Tesco is looking to pay down as much as £700m of its debt as the retailer tries to strengthen its balance sheet and regain its investment grade status.

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City snapshot: Danone beats expectations on baby food and water demand in China Video Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Soaring sales of baby food and water in China helped Danone comfortably beat expectations in the third quarter, but the dairy division of the global giant continued to struggle. Plus, inflation drives sales in the supermarkets but volumes slow, according to the latest Nielsen and Kantar market share data.

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Jamie Oliver restaurant sugar tax worked say researchers Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Adding a 10p levy to sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with an 11% decline in sales per customer

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Kraft Heinz unveils second phase of £8m soups ad campaign Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Targeted at under-35s, the £4m push makes its TV debut today (16 October)

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The Co-op adds swathe of wine SKUs in data-inspired refresh Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Stores will be clustered with an “affluence overlay” to determine what is important to consumers…

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Forecourt stores account for more than £4bn in sales says ACS Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Association of Convenience Stores’ latest Forecourt Report reveals revenue streams

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Galen Levi joins Select & Save as trading director Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

It comes just one week after the group announced former One Stop boss Andrew King as its new MD

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Sugar beet harvester M&J Haulage collapses Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Lincolnshire sugar beet harvester M&J Haulage has called in administrators from KPMG, with operations suspended and all 24 staff sent home.

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Apprenticeship Levy blamed for decline in new starters

16 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Last August, the BRC said it supported the levy’s aims and “wanted it to succeed”…

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Lidl UK plans to open biggest RDC yet in Peterborough Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The 754,000 sq ft depot will be the discounter’s 15th UK RDC and will create up to 500 new jobs for the area

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The first cut isn’t always the deepest. Sometimes it’s the following ones that prove fatal Subscription

18 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The latest news of job cuts at Sainsbury’s was perhaps to be expected after similar announcements from Tesco and Asda, but will they really deliver cost savings for the mults?

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Jacopo Cordero di Vonzo, Remeo Gelato, on sailing and mice

18 Oct 2017 | By Megan Tatum

They put us into groups and asked us to create stories around irrelevant products. It was very strange…

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Asda gets into the Halloween spirit with dance party Video

18 Oct 2017 | By Mark Dishman

Asda is once again the UK mult that makes the most effort for Halloween

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Restaurant takes a stand on smartphones

18 Oct 2017

A restaurant in Singapore is seeking to encourage real conversation by introducing smartphone lockers…

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Round pound deadline provides Pat with an opportunity

18 Oct 2017

Few will be more accustomed than your Pat to the PR fripperies of my competitors…

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Take mental health seriously: employee care goes beyond HR

18 Oct 2017 | By Jonathan Fitchew

World Mental Health Day occurs annually on 10 October. This year the pledge was centred on mental health in the workplace

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Retailers must take more of a lead on waste

18 Oct 2017

Sir, Each week sees new stories demonstrating the effect food waste is having on people and the planet…

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Time to shape up? How food & drink to go can get healthier Video

18 Oct 2017 | By Natalie Brown

All hail the mighty salad! Once a humble side dish, salad is increasingly taking centre stage in meals eaten on the go, where it’s the fastest-growing meal type. Read on to find out who’s eating what and where, how the coffee shops are cashing in and whether Japanese-style bento boxes have what it takes to return the sector to volume growth.

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Technology can enable a seamless service flow

18 Oct 2017 | By Martijn Bertisen

Changing consumer behaviour is proving the catalyst for a plethora of intriguing partnerships…

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The Co-op isn’t ailing. But it needs to stretch its wings Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

A casual observer of today’s grocery market share figures from Kantar would conclude that the Co-op is struggling

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Peperami and 'Beefsy' unveil meaty art exhibition

17 Oct 2017

Do you like art? Do you like beef? Then you’ll probably like Peperami’s new exhibition!

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Tunnock's Terry takes a trip to space

17 Oct 2017

The Glasgow Science Centre last week sent ‘Terry’ – a Tunnock’s Teacake – into space

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How food to go will tackle EU worker exodus Subscription

17 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

In lieu of clarity from the government, businesses are formulating a backup plan

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Sainsbury's expands one-hour Chop Chop service across central London Subscription

16 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Express delivery will now be available to more than 1.7 million customers in zones one and two

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What war on sugar? Brits have munched an extra 66,000 tonnes of cake over the past year. What is driving this?…

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