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Sainsbury's investigates Fairtrade flower picker pay claims

18 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Fairtrade Foundation has also launched an investigation into allegations workers were treated unfairly

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Government fund launched for companies reducing plastic waste Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A new competition was launched today as part of the £20m Plastics Research and Innovation Fund…

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Gordon's launches two low-alcohol gin and tonic premixes Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Diageo-owned brand has launched two SKUs in “hint of lime” and “hint of grapefruit” flavours

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William Jackson swoops for food service ingredients specialist Wellocks Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

William Jackson Food Group has further built its food service portfolio with the acquisition of ingredients supplier Wellocks.

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Nichols' Marnie Millard given OBE in Queen's birthday honours

18 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Millard achieved the accolade for her services to international trade and to businesses in north west England…

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FSA trials blockchain for meat inspection audits Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The regulator launched a pilot two months ago with IBM

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M&S new chief finance officer to join in July

18 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Singer will be working closely with CEO Steve Rowe and the senior leadership team as they continue to accelerate the pace 

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CMA responses to Sainsbury's-Asda deal reveal widespread concerns Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It is understood the authority received around 30 responses from individual accompanies and a raft of trade bodies, most of which are believed to have been hostile to the deal

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Habitat to open new stores in Brighton and White City Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

New 4,700 sq ft Westfield London store and 6,500 sq ft Brighton store

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Halewood to distribute Beluga vodka in the UK & ROI Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The Siberian brand, which was previously distributed by Cellar Trends, will join Halewood’s portfolio from 1 July

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Poundland offers Poundworld staff guaranteed job interviews

18 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

It has set up a dedicated email address for affected Poundworld workers to contact it about vacancies

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Tesco chairman pledges more diverse board

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

‘We aren’t there as fully as we need to be’ on diversity, John Allan has said 

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Burton’s Biscuits Minis packs to get ‘100 calories’ overhaul

18 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

At 139g, new Maryland multipacks will be 8% smaller but the rsp will not change

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City snapshot: Coca-Cola mulls £3bn swoop for GSK’s Horlicks Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Coca-Cola is reported to be one of the clutch of multinational fmcg firms lining up to bid for Horlicks after GlaxoSmithKline decided to sell the 145-year old business. Plus, packaging firm DS Smith posts strong rise in sales and profits, Heineken to invest £40m in UK pubs and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Media Bites 18 June: Poundworld, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Iceland Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Private equity shows how to make a dog’s dinner on the high street, writes The Times (£), citing Poundworld, Prezzo, Debenhams in the list of businesses that have confounded the buyout barons.

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Bestway picks up Blakemore depots in Cardiff and Walsall

15 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Earlier Parfett’s agreed to buy Blakemore’s Middlesborough depot…

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Bidfood set to create 200 jobs with new Liverpool DC Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

The Liverpool site is set to be operational from summer 2019…

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Majestic Wine back in black but remaining cautious Subscription

15 Jun 2018

Majestic posted a full year pre-tax profit of £8.3m after reporting a loss of £1.5m last year

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Time triples size of cash & carry depot Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The East London-based wholesaler opened its new 82,000 sq ft depot in Barking on Monday

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Gato & Co increases pack sizes but not prices

15 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Bigger packs began rollout this week, up to 80g-plus from about as little as 53g…

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Apprentice winner's Sweets in the City makes official debut

15 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

It offers gifting lines via Harrods, Selfridges, Kingdom of Sweets and online

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Sales jump 31% at Ferrero after Thorntons acquisition Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

However as sales grew, profitability suffered

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Farmdrop secures £10m in funding to expand across UK Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

This brings the total raised by Farmdrop to over £20m since its launch in 2014

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Cidermaker Thatchers' sales rocket 17% to grow profits Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The manufacturer of Thatchers Gold and Thatchers’ Haze brands hit sales of £84.9m on the back of increased marketing investment 

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Yeo Valley hit hard as Tesco culls 15 lines in Project Reset Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Tesco has delisted a total of 156 yoghurts, BSM, cheese and cream products since mid-May

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Moy Park creates allergen-free factory in £18m investment Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It includes the creation of a fully contained gluten and dairy-free factory at its Grantham site

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The Co-op rolls out new tablets for staff Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The new “ruggedised” terminals have been equipped with dedicated software designed to simplify tasks for staff

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Calls grow for Apprenticeship Levy to be axed

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Latest figures show starts are down on the previous year

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Sainsbury's letter promises suppliers great opportunities Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s letter to suppliers promises ‘opportunity to streamline’ and to develop differentiated product ranges

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Rejuvenation Water seeks £150k investment from crowd Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The drinks company, which has focused on health-driven consumer trends with the high protein drink, has returned to the cr…

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Pukka Herbs' losses mount despite 28% jump in annual sales Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Revenues continued to soar at organic herbal tea brand Pukka Herbs, but losses mounted in the year leading up to its acquisition by Unilever.

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Conviviality Retail unsecured creditors owed £31m at time of collapse Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The retail arm of stricken alcohol business Conviviality went into administration with unsecured creditors of £31.3m, newly released documents have revealed.

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Parfetts purchases AF Blakemore's Middlesborough depot

15 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Trading will commence on 25 June following the official completion of the purchase next Friday

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Tesco expands trials of Chef Central bulk buy concept Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Retailer is also on track to relaunch 10,000 own label products by the end of 2018

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Booths abandons sale plan in favour of driving recovery Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The chain, which has 28 stores, appointed investment bank Rothschild in November to examine options including a sale

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Tesco and Booker are moving smartly with Chef Central pilots

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

There seems a lot more to Chef Central than what was billed as a predominantly B2B offering aimed at caterers, says chief reporter Ian Quinn

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Grocer Gold Awards 2018: all the winners revealed

15 Jun 2018

Aldi, Budweiser, MuscleFood and Spoon Guru among winners as disruptors and innovators dominate The Grocer Gold Awards

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Adjudicator role changes could cause clash with retailers

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Many senior sources are adamant it would be a “massive change of scope” and a “departure too far”

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Aldi and Tesco are worthy winners, but no one can stand still

15 Jun 2018 | By Adam Leyland

So, congratulations to Aldi, crowned Grocer of the Year for the fourth time in six years

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The Fast Fix: can ultra low-calorie diets tackle diabetes?

15 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

Could an ultra low-calorie diet reverse Type 2 diabetes and save the NHS billions of pounds?

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Cotton price hiked by slowing production

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Prices of cotton have risen amid concerns over slowing production, driven by reports of unfavourable weather conditions

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Poundworld: as rivals flourish, what went wrong? Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

In a year punctuated by high street insolvencies, the biggest so far in job loss terms loomed this week as Poundworld appinted administrators 

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Meat in vegan ready meals: how worrying are claims? Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

A vegan macaroni meal from Tesco’s Wicked Kitchen range supposedly contained traces of turkey

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Sainsbury's-Asda: Remit extension for Adjudicator just not realistic Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MPs and suppliers still clinging on to the idea the Adjudicator is going to be able to stop the merger in its tracks may have to get real, says senior reporter Ian Quinn

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Rum: Can pirates' plonk become the next craft spirit? Video

14 Jun 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

Premium dark, aged and golden lines are making consumers see rum in a new light

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10 new products launching for the World Cup

14 Jun 2018 | By Maddie Maynard

Brands and retailers are making the most of the team spirit with some innovative NPD

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GDPR: How do UK supermarkets' data privacy hubs measure up?

14 Jun 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Four data protection experts give their verdict on Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose’s new privacy hubs

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Misguided beliefs must be challenged to reach gender equality

14 Jun 2018 | By Jonathan Fitchew

Having read some remarks made by CEOs and powerful business figures in recent weeks, I felt compelled to write a response

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What the Carrefour deal tells us about Google's grocery ambitions

13 Jun 2018 | By Gracie Page

Unlike Amazon, Google’s play in the grocery scene is one of digital-enablement partner, not distribution supplier or direct competitor, argues Gracie Page of Y&R

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