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Good Hemp sells majority stake to PE investor Inverleith Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Private equity investor Inverleith has bought a majority shareholding in plant-based food and drink brand Good Hemp after agreeing a ‘seven-figure’ deal.

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Quarter of M&S stores unable to accept card payments Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

‘Technical difficulties’ have also been affecting refunds and exchanges involving card-based transactions

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Asda, Sainsbury's and M&S sign up for 'Purple Tuesday' Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

13 November will be the UK’s first dedicated day to promote accessible shopping for customers with disabilities

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GM expands Fibre One and Nature Valley snack bar ranges Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

New ‘guilt-free’ Fibre One Cake Bars come in Triple Choc and Carrot Cake (rsp: £2.89/4x25g)

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Littleseed unveils quartet of extra virgin rapeseed oil Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The extra virgin oils are made with oilseed rape from British farms including the brand’s own near York

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Chris Dee to lead food and home departments at Harrods

14 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Former Booths CEO Dee replaces food and restaurants director Alex Dower

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Seven new paper cup recycling centres opened in Cornwall Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The new facilities have been supplied by ACE UK, an alliance of packaging companies, in partnership with Cornwall Council

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Brits 'more concerned' for independent eateries than chains Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

More than half of Brits prefer to eat out at independent restaurants

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Riverford Organic to remove single-use plastic from veg boxes

14 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The brand has pledged to ditch single-use plastic by 2020 and replace it with compostable solutions

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Campbell-Gibbons to leave the NFU to join AHDB board

14 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

She will chair the AHDB’s Horticulture Sector Board as part of the appointment

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Pork pie rapper Joe is straight outta Melton

14 Aug 2018

A musical appraisal of the humble pork pie is here. Well, formerly humble

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Struik Foods unveils Bunlimited hotdog meal kit

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

If follows Bunlimited’s rollout last month of individual packs of hotdogs, toppings and sauces

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City snapshot: Origin Enterprises completes €41.3m Brazil deal Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Agri services group Origin Enterprises has completed its €41.3m deal to acquire a majority stake in Brazil-based nutrition and crop business Fortgreen Commercial Agricola. Plus, John Menzies has reported a 15% rise in underlying profit before tax in its final results before becoming a pure-play aviation business and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Media Bites 14 Aug: Monsanto/Bayer, British gin, Campbell Soup Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages over alleged links between weedkiller and cancer, knocking almost €9 billion off the value of its German owner yesterday.

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Old Pulteney refreshes whisky lineup Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has added three new whiskies to its core range and given its 12-year old variant a new look

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Twinings publishes full list of its tea suppliers in India

13 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The business has added an online ‘sourcing map’ as part of its Sourced with Care sustainability initiative

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Sainsbury's extends its checkout-free payment trial Subscription

13 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The new trial will take place at its Clapham North station Local store

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Meat processors back call for post-Brexit immigration changes

13 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Britain’s meat industry was vulnerable to shortages of workers across all skill levels, the BMPA warned

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Risk of petrol price hike, warn MP and Fair Fuel UK

13 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MP for Robert Halfon and the Fair Fuel UK campaign have called for an independent fuel price watchdog

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Kumala wine brand to get £1m 'Kolourful' campaign Subscription

13 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It would be centred on “the brand’s core positioning statement of ‘pouring positivity’”

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KTC to launch ‘UK first’ legally edible mustard oil Subscription

13 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The oil is made with a blend of rapeseed, reducing the erucic acid content to less than 5%

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AB InBev announces Paula Lindenberg as new UK & Ireland boss

13 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

She will replace current UK president Jason Warner when he becomes zone president for Europe in January 2019

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Retail footfall falls in July but high street stabilises Subscription

13 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Retail footfall fell back another 0.8% in July as the hot weather hit shopper numbers, but the high street showed a modest recovery after numbers plunged last year.

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Media Bites 13 Aug: Young's, Asda/Sainsbury's, EU workers Subscription

13 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Young’s Seafood has become the ­subject of a three-way bid battle as a potential £200m sale of the frozen food manufacturer nears conclusion. 

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New Japanese trade deal 'positive' for EU Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Kevin White

European food & drink brands stand to reap huge benefits from the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

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Beavertown sets sight on Enfield for new £40m brewery Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The business is awaiting a decision on an application to build the 11,761sq metre premises in Enfield Distribution Park

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Holland & Barrett adopts new testing standard for Manuka honey Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Following the lead of NZ government guidelines, every batch will be measured for MGO levels to ensure authenticity

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Farmdrop to use AI on its website and app Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Farmdrop is also set to use AI to deliver personalised messages through email and texts

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Sales suffer at Thorntons after first full year under Ferrero Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Chocolate retailer and supplier Thorntons has suffered a sharp drop in sales and an expansion of losses in its first full financial year under Ferrero ownership.

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Coca-Cola European partners flattened by France and Spain despite levy boost Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The soft drink levy provided a much-needed boost for CCEP despite being expected to stifle fizzy drink makers as sales dived elsewhere in Western Europe

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Oppo secures funding to ease cash shortfall after growth Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The fast-growing business secured the loan from private investors following 500% sales growth this summer

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Nakd sales growth slows under Lotus ownership Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The maker of Nakd healthy cereal bars Natural Balance Foods has continued to grow sales under the ownership of Lotus Bakeries, but its rate of growth has slowed dramatically since its £60m sale.

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New owners bring cereal bar maker Halo Foods back in profit Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The Harvest Cheweee maker completed a turnaround in 2017 to jump up to a £361k pre-tax profit from a £3.1m operating loss

Florette

Florette unveils two new salad bags including a 'winter mix' Subscription

10 Aug 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Consumers were looking for new salad options that were fresh, convenient and nutritious all year round, said the brand

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Savsé sales director Paul Gurnell steps up as new CEO

10 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

His promotion follows founder Guka Tavberidze’s departure from the cold-pressed smoothie brand after seven years

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Fancy a Lidl drink? What a ‘discounter pub’ could mean for the on-trade Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

According to news reports, Lidl could be planning its own entry into the pub sector

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Brands facing discounter 'copycat' versions must protest loudly and visibly

14 Aug 2018 | By David Sables

The law doesn’t offer brands much support, so they must stand up for themselves, says David Sables

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Mashing spuds: rice & noodles category report 2018 Subscription

14 Aug 2018 | By Rob Brown

As Brits fall out of love with potatoes, sales of rice & noodles are booming

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Be ruthless: set your mind to achieving laser beam focus

14 Aug 2018 | By Jennifer Baker

A client described her life as feeling like a “tweeting effect” – everything rushed with short, unfocused bursts of activity

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Maltsmiths plays it safe with craft lager dance Video

14 Aug 2018 | By Mark Dishman

As craft beer slips into the mainstream, so it must find its place among the big hitters of TV advertising

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Ducks makes watermelon 'ham'

14 Aug 2018

Ducks Eatery in New York is serving up watermelon ‘hams’, which take six days to make

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Pizza on top in Instagram hashtag poll

14 Aug 2018

Taking photos of your dinner: it’s the new eating your dinner like an adult

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Understanding the fundamental rules of grocery category growth

14 Aug 2018 | By Jeremy Garlick

Tailoring products to broaden usage and offer consumers more must drive growth, says Insight Traction’s Jeremy Garlick

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Paula Lindenberg is a smart choice for AB InBev, but the pressure will be on

13 Aug 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

There are significant issues to address across AB InBev’s wider portfolio, writes Grocer senior drinks reporter Dan Woolfson

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Letter: Engaged Tracking emissions report was 'flawed'

13 Aug 2018

The report assumed supermarkets not publishing emissions data were performing poorly, says Richard Walker

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Food manufacturers need a radical resourcing shakeup

13 Aug 2018 | By Martin Chilcott

Input costs are rising and the industry is under significant pressure to become more efficient and sustainable, says Martin Chilcott of Manufacture 2030

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Robots in the workforce: could the UK miss out? Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Angelina Mason

Robot density in the UK is below the global average – it must catch up to other countries forging ahead with bot technology

Unitas Wholesale

Today's and Landmark merge as Unitas Wholesale: What we know and what it means Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

As the two buying groups bury their former rivalry, can Today’s-Landmark merger secure the future for their members?

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What Chris Edwards found at Poundstretcher

10 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Saving Poundstretcher on Channel 4 sees Chris Edwards try to revive his one-time rival’s fortunes

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Plastic and the Packaging Conundrum

Plastic is the new public enemy number one. But how should the industry, which is so reliant on plastic as a packaging solution, respond?

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The Soft Drinks Sugar Levy Webinar

What does the Sugar Levy mean? Everything you ever wanted to know and never dared to ask

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Coca-Cola: How to Bring Sales and Operations Alive with Data

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WHITE PAPER – Accelerate your supply chain as retail pressure intensifies

Big or small, Food and Drink manufacturers are under pressure. Supermarket range reviews, massive retail mergers, the backlash against plastic packaging and the ongoing unpredictability of Brexit are just some of the huge challenges facing them in 2018. 

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WHITE PAPER – Innovation… who gives a SHIFT?

There was a time where it was enough to do one thing and do it well. When simply providing a solid product and service would support your business model for many years, if not decades. But the world has changed and continues to change… fast. Brands need to be planning ahead, but also ready to react when the competition start to encroach on their territory.  

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White Paper: A new model for launching new products

As three in four new product launches currently fail within a year, Bray Leino’s new comms model suggests how the traditional approach can evolve to de-risk the launch process. Hosted by The Grocer, Bray Leino invited marketers from leading food and drink brands to discuss this hypothesis. That discussion is the basis for this paper.

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