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Dr Will's outsources distribution to Walker Logistics Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

Walker Logistics will deliver to retailers and fulfil orders made on Dr Will’s online portal…

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Euro Garages gets go-ahead for new Blackburn headquarters Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The three-storey office block and two drive-through restaurants will create about 300 jobs

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Nigel Railton made permanent CEO at Camelot

22 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

Railton took over UK operations when previous Camelot CEO Andy Duncan announced he was stepping down in April…


McGuigan introduces riesling duo in wine portfolio revamp Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The winemaker has added a 2016 Riesling to its Classic range and will replace its Black Label gewürtztraminer


McDonald's faces strikes in 2018, claims food workers union Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

McDonald’s told The Grocer it was unaware of any planned strikes….

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Chancellor announces surprise Budget freeze on alcohol duty Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The move recognised “the pressure on household budgets” and backed “our Great British pubs” said Philip Hammond

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Autumn Budget 2017 - as it happened Subscription

22 Nov 2017

Coverage and key announcements by finance editor Alec Mattinson and how it affects the grocery industry

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Supermarkets ramp up fresh milk prices Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Kevin White

A four-pinter in Sainsbury’s now costs £1.10…

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B&M to introduce frozen lines following Heron takeover Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

B&M bought frozen discounter Heron for £152m in August

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Mars Slough salmonella scare costs likely to reach £45m Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The company this week confirmed it had submitted a product recall insurance claim of $50m-$60m

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Julie Price and Jorge Silva appointed to DCS Group board Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

DCS has also just recorded its highest month in terms of sales at £22.5m in October

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Waitrose trials home wine tasting service in London area

22 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The service was tested for six weeks among Waitrose staff before launch

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Oliver Morton takes up role as MD of Kellogg’s UK & Ireland

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

He replaces David Lawlor, who has been promoted to run Kellogg’s cereal business for Europe, the Middle East & North Africa


City snapshot: Air travel growth boosts SSP Group Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza owner SSP Group has reported a double-digit hike in annual sales and profits as a rise in air travel and growth in North America boosted performance. Plus Philip Hammond prepares ‘make or break’ budget, Finsbury Food Group reports 4% first quarter sales growth and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Media Bites 22 Nov: Imperial Tobacco, Camelot, Compass Group Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Heightened expectations that a blockbuster tobacco takeover was on the way lit a fire under Imperial Brands.

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Chef's Choice Awards entry deadline extended by a week

21 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

Deadline for entries is now Monday 27 November 


Ginmeister launches Hedgepig gin liqueur duo Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The NPD heralded “the start of an exciting new development for the business” said Ginmeister MD Stephen Marsh

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Wyke Farms and Omsco reveal organic dairy joint venture Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

First products are expected to be introduced in early 2018, as the partners aim to become the ‘world’s largest organic cheese supplier’

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Brexit and La Niña set to hike prices of key food commodities Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Carina Perkins

UK – already grappling with inflation – will be more exposed to threats than other countries, report warns

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Mary Portas urges Budget freeze on business rates Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Business rates bills from 1 April next year are set to rise by £1.15bn in England

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McColl's to extend Project Refresh programme to 500 stores Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

The convenience store chain piloted two Project Refesh stores at the end of last year…

PayPoint extends BBC TV licensing deal by six years Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

The agreement enables customers to buy or renew an existing TV licence with cash or debit card

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JJ Food Service launches Lavazza Coffee microsite

21 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

Customers can also register to attend a free coffee training session at Lavazza’s training centres…

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Retail leaders warn of price impact from Budget plastic tax Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The new tax bombshell would be part of a consultation unveiled by Philip Hammond, said weekend press sources

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Starbucks slashes sugar levels in festive food and drink Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

The coffee chain has also slashed sugar levels by 22% in its honey & almond hot chocolate from 33.3g to 21.6g…

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Olivio adds flavoured duo to cooking oils lineup Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

Lemon & Thyme and Garlic & Rosemary variants are rolling out this week

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Lucy Neville-Rolfe appointed Assured Food Standards chairman

21 Nov 2017 | By Kevin White

The former Tesco board member and senior civil servant started her new role this week


Pernod Ricard kicks off Christmas push for The Glenlivet Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The campaign will include ads on 350 train station platforms across the UK…

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City snapshot: Strong North American growth boosts catering giant Compass Group Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

FTSE 100 catering giant Compass Group (CPG) has announced a 4% rise in organic revenues as a strong performance in North America underpinned growth. Plus, Tesco and Booker shares rise again and all the rest of this morning’s news from the City


Media Bites 21 Nov: Unilever, Accrol, Yo! Sushi Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

“Dutch in tax war to lure Unilever away from UK”, writes the Daily Mail.


Sauce start-up Capsicana looks to the crowd to fund retail growth Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sauce start-up Capsicana is aiming to raise £300,000 when it launches a crowdfunding campaign this week to tap growing demand for Latin American flavours.

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Yo! Sushi snaps up Canadian sushi brand Bento Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

UK restaurant chain Yo! Shushi has acquired Canadian multi-platform sushi brand Bento Sushi in a deal worth CAN$100m (£59m).

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Kellogg’s signs up Santa Claus for #MyPerfect bowl ad

20 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The 20-second Corn Flakes advert will make its debut tonight (20 November) during Emmerdale on ITV

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MDS to launch apprenticeships for graduates and school leavers

20 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

The training company, chaired by GCA Christine Tacon, is to become an accredited training provider in its own right from early 2018


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Dave Lewis and Charles Wilson: the exclusive and uncut interview Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Adam Leyland

With the CMA provisionally clearing the Tesco-Booker merger, platinum members can read an extended version of our exclusive Q&A ahead of this Saturday’s issue of The Grocer

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Cheers, chancellor! Duty freeze is a step in the right direction for the drinks trade Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association estimates the move will save Britain’s drinks industry approximately £247m

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Autumn Budget 2017: the food & drink industry reacts Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By The Grocer News Team

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced his Autumn Budget, unveiling an increase to the national living wage, an April switch to CPI for business rates - and a surprise freeze in beer duty. Here’s how key industry bodies and companies have reacted.

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What impact will Scottish MUP have on the drinks trade? Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

How will minimum pricing hierarchies be affected in Scotland – and the rest of the UK? And who will benefit?

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Death of the supermarket? Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Richard Pendleton

Hardly. New direct to consumer platform INS undoubtedly grabbed headlines though. So can it succeed where others failed?

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Recipe: how to make a cake out of food waste

21 Nov 2017

To celebrate the launch of our #SeriousAboutSurplus petition, here’s the recipe for a cake made from food waste

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Apprenticeships can help cultivate young skilled workers – but the levy is not delivering so far Subscription

21 Nov 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Various food industry bodies have previously outlined ambitions to attract 140,000 apprentices by 2020, but that ambition currently seems a million miles away …

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Data will win at Christmas

21 Nov 2017 | By Martijn Bertisen

We are about to enter the peak festive retail period now – Black Friday will drop the starting flag

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Consumers want facts, not fluff, when it comes to meat Subscription

20 Nov 2017 | By Julia Glotz

At a time when standards in in the meat industry are once again under heavy scrutiny, it’s good to remember that facts, openness and transparency are essential

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Top New Talent: the class of 2017 Video

20 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

The Top New Talent awards 2017 celebrated an astonishing diversity of young talent working across food and drink

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Inside the Waitrose Drinks Festival

20 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The Grocer checks out the highlights from this weekend’s festival held in County Hall, London

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How brands are cooking up a storm in OOH Video

20 Nov 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Brands hit by the supermarket squeeze are looking to the £88bn foodservice sector instead. What is its appeal?

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Time to trim the EU food machine

20 Nov 2017 | By Chris Elliott

At a recent food summit in Prague, European Commission officials were curiously absent, says Professor Chris Elliott

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Tesco-Booker a case of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em Subscription

17 Nov 2017 | By Adam Leyland

But not in the old sense of selling up. It’s about forming a genuine partnership (or Faustian pact)



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Vegetarianism might be on the rise, but Brits are still willing to eat more meat if it’s wrapped in pastry