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Reynolds buys Wimbledon-based greengrocer Solstice Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Solstice had been in administration before being acquired by Reynolds…

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New Birds Eye peas campaign brings back the 'pop' sound Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The push for Garden Peas and Petits Pois launched today under a £4.2m investment that includes social media outreach and a packaging refresh

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Supermarkets losing share of games, DVDs and music to online Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

Morrisons was the biggest loser in terms of market share

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Russell Hume goes into administration

19 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

The meat supplier has been under investigation by the Food Standards Agency over labelling concerns since late January

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DHL supply problems close hundreds of KFC restaurants

19 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

KFC had just gone live with DHL and QSL to manage supply and distribution to all 900 UK outlets

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Low-cal ice cream Perfect World hits 55% of Seedrs target within hours Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The business brand kicked off a 60-day Seedrs push this morning (19 February) with the aim of raising £100,000

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Carrs Foods revamps Baker Street range of wrapped bread Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Two SKUs – 4 Part Baked Petit Pain and 2 Part Baked Baguettes (rsp: £1) – are set to roll out to 330 Waitroses on 2 March

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Morrisons buys Yorkshire egg supplier Chippindale Foods Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Kevin White

The deal will allow Morrisons to bring forward the date at which all its eggs will come from non-caged hens

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Food price inflation sees January volume sales fall Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Andrew Don

Volume growth for food fell for the sixth month in a row

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Eat operating loss driven up by increased investment levels Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Like-for-like sales for the year to June were up 4.9%

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Henderson takeover of McColl's stores gets CMA go-ahead Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The CMA launched a phase one investigation into the deal last month

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McDonald's teams up with Mumsnet for new Happy Meal offering Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

A new menu item looks set to launch nationwide in the summer

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Halfords' Dennis Millard made chairman of MRH board

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Millard is also currently deputy chairman for Pets at Home

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Tony Houlston becomes head of sales at Select & Save

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The symbol group resently appointed Andrew King as MD and Galen Levi as trading director

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Waitrose Foundation invests in Costa Rican pineapple supplier

19 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Waitrose Foundation currently invests in farm workers’ community projects in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa

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Media Bites 19 February: Matt Davies, Tesco, Reckitt Benckiser, Greene King Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The former UK boss of Tesco is to become one of the FTSE 350’s youngest chairman after landing a job at online retailer N Brown.

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City snapshot: Sales surpass £1bn at McColl's Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Annual sales at McColl’s Retail Group smashed through the £1bn barrier last year thanks to the rapid expansion of its store portfolio. Plus, a return to growth in the fourth quarter failed to lift Reckitt Benckiser as the Dettol to Durex maker reported flat like-for-like sales for 2017.

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Farmers need more Brexit clarity and support, Efra warns Subscription

18 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The government should also consider setting up a fund to help the agricultural sector adapt to new circumstances, MPs suggested

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Hop Stuff brewery ends crowdfunding drive after smashing £400k target Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has raised over £700k from 968 investors to fund the brewery’s growing taproom estate. 

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GCA role will not be extended to cover primary producers Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

More retailers with sales of more than £1bn could be added to the code remit, but announcement will be a huge blow for campaigners who have long called for an extension of the powers

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Ecover rolls out 100% recycled plastic washing-up bottle

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The brand intends to have 100% recycled plastic across its entire household portfolio by 2020

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New poll reveals 'extreme' shopper concern over plastic

16 Feb 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

In a survey of more than 5,000 UK consumers, 24.6% expressed ‘extreme concern’ about plastic packaging in grocery

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Ella's Kitchen pledges to make pouches recyclable by 2024

16 Feb 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

The babyfood specialist is working with other businesses on a more environmentally friendly alternative

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Walkers launches ‘big night in’ ads with live prize reveals Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The bagged snacks giant will run three peak-time ads each Saturday for 16 weeks

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Karma food waste app arrives in London

16 Feb 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

Subscribers to the app can buy surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants and cafes at 50% discount

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Tough Christmas sees Ultimate Plum Pudding Company collapse Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

All 20 employees at the Cumbrian company have been made redundant

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Profits at Pukka Pies plunge 45% despite rising sales Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

A hike in the cost of raw materials ate into the Leicestershire-based pie-maker’s margins

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'Brexit boost' pushed UK exports to record £22bn in 2017 Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

This was up by more than £2bn in 2016, representing 13.4 million tonnes of goods, Defra announced this week

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Nestlé reports slowest growth this century Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Consumers have continued to shun mainstream packaged food in favour of cheaper own-label or healthier snacks

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Wrigley launches sugar-free Starburst Chewing Gum Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Wrigley plans to bring “a candy-like experience” to the gum category

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Joe Delucci's saved but creditors lose more than £2.5m Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

More than 40 unsecured creditors are unlikely to recieve a penny

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Birmingham Halal Abattoir hit by £18,000 fine Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The company was convicted of failing to inspect 41 sheep before sending them to slaughter

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Media Bites 16 February: Nestle, Tesco/Booker, Lidl Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Annual results for Nestlé and worrying developments for the Tesco/Booker merger ahead of the shareholder vote make the papers today.

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City snapshot: Growth accelerates in the second half for Danone Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Accelerating growth in the second half helped French food giant Danone hike like-for-like sales by 2.5% to €24.7bn in 2017. Plus, Coca-Cola European Partners said it had beaten expectations in the first full year since its formation, but strong growth of Coke Zero was offset by decline in its other trademark brands.

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Crussh launches 25p reusuable hot drink cup discount

15 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

In addition, customers using the healthy food & juice retailer’s resuable Ecoffee cup will get a free coffee….

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What do you think of Tesco's discount chain plans?

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Taking Tacon down the farm was never going to wash Subscription

19 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It’s easy to see why the likes of the NFU and a variety of other farm campaign groups were attracted to the idea of the Adjudicator’s role being expanded. Sadly, they have been strung along by successive governments 

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Light-touch meat regulation reveals alarming complacency

19 Feb 2018 | By Kath Dalmeny

We seem to suffer collective memory failure when it comes to the safety and integrity of our meat supply

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Suppliers failing to fill the 'digital shelf'

19 Feb 2018 | By Nick Kirby

suppliers need to raise the importance of e-commerce within their organisations or risk missing out on further growth

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Reasons not to write off Tesco-Booker's discounter plans Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Are we about to see the return of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy… in the UK?

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Shoplifting must stop being a crime without consequences

16 Feb 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

Assaults on retail staff are on the rise, amid a huge amount of quiet anger simmering among workers…

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Murder on the shop floor: battling the rise of in-store crime Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

On a Saturday evening in January father-of-two Vijay Patel, working in the Rota Express store in Mill Hill Broadway, was killed over a pack of cigarette papers

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Can Tesco-Booker beat the discounters at their own game? Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The Sunday Times has claimed Tesco is planning its own limited range discount operation, carrying about 3,000 products

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Who is best prepared for the shift towards plant-based? Subscription

16 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Tesco and Nestlé were this week singled out for praise by activist investor coalition FAIRR for their leadership

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Firmly establish your purpose - it will help in several ways

15 Feb 2018 | By Camilla Barnard

What is the point of our business? This is one of those questions that seems obvious until you actually ask it

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‘Ultra-processed’ study could have ramifications for the vegan revolution Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The meat and dairy industries need to take a more proactive stance when it comes to defending the reputation of their products, in light of these latest findings

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Strategic responses to the Tesco-Booker deal

15 Feb 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Post Tesco-Booker there will be one market, as opposed to the uneasy truce of a separation between retail and wholesale

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Why mix is crucial to fmcg growth

15 Feb 2018 | By Warren Ackerman

Underlying sales growth is one of the most important stock market measures for staples companies

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Radio 4's Charlie Hicks tribute gives insight into grocery

15 Feb 2018 | By Richard Pendleton

It’s easy to forget that there was a time when spam seemed like a delicacy

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Closures and feedstock costs drive up polystyrene Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Polystyrene prices have risen due to factory closures and rising feedstock costs

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