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P&G reports sluggish growth in first quarter Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Procter & Gamble got off to a slow start in its new financial year as sales came in below expectations as sluggish growth continued to plague global consumer goods giants.

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BrewDog returns to crowd for fifth time to raise £10m Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson, Edward Devlin

BrewDog is again turning to its ‘equity punks’ to raise up to £50m in its fifth crowd campaign

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Food plant audits need a rethink

20 Oct 2017 | By Chris Elliott

I was one of the commentators on the 2 Sisters video footage obtained by the ITV/Guardian newspaper investigation

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Reckitt restructure baffles City analysts Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A surprise radical restructure at Reckitt Benckiser left analysts scratching their heads this week

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Bestway in running for Costcutter contract while still eyeing Nisa deal Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Costcutter-owner Bibby Line Group has lowered its expectations recently, but the two parties are still thought to be some distance apart

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Britvic launches posh squash ranges aimed at adults

20 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The Fruit Creations and Cordials lineups fall below the threshold of next April’s sugar levy of 5g per 100ml (after dilution)

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David Shaw leaves Genius to become MD at Good Hemp

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Good Hemp has appointed Genius Gluten Free commercial director David Shaw as its new MD

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Quorn capitalises on meat-free popularity with revenue jump Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Quorn is back in double-digit growth as demand for meat-free alternatives continues to boom in the UK and overseas…

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Harrods sales pass £2bn as tourists make most of weak pound Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Harrods expects capital expenditure to continue to increase over the coming years

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UK winning war on sugar as industry responds on health Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Rob Brown

The war on sugar is working, exclusive analysis by The Grocer reveals

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Kitchup in £100k crowdfunding bid Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food tech startup Kitchup has launched a £100,000 crowdfunding campaign to fund expansion and development of its technology

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Iceland refashions its booze for Christmas Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Iceland is making a concerted play to boost its share of the alcohol market with an influx of new own-label drinks

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Sue Garfitt promoted to Alpro VP of customer development

20 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Alpro UK & Ireland commercial director Sue Garfitt has been promoted to the role of vice president of customer development…

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Smarties offers up orange-only packs to mark 80th anniversary

20 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

The 150g pack was “one of our most requested” said the supplier

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Poultry sales bounce back despite 2 Sisters scandal Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

The poultry giant suspended production at a plant on 1 October following allegations of food safety violations

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City snapshot: Metro sales slow in final quarter Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Sales slowed in the final quarter for German retailer Metro as like-for-like growth fell back in its wholesale stores and its Real hypermarkets. Plus, DX Group shakes up leadership team as it reports another £80m-plus loss forthe year.

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Media Bites 20 October: Unilever, Nestlé, Pernod Ricard, M&S Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Unilever’s third quarter trading update was the big fmcg news of the day as the papers dissected how the consumer goods giant was performing after fighting off an unwanted takeover bid from Kraft Heinz earlier this year.

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Indie Bay eyes major supermarket listings for pretzel snacks Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Indie Bay’s Pretzel Bites rolled into Whole Foods Market this week

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Booze industry bodies: no-deal Brexit 'unacceptable' Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

UK and EU trade organisations have called for continued flow of goods post-Brexit

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Tesco battles food waste with green satsumas and clementines

19 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Te move was prompted by recent high temperatures in Spain where the fruit are grown, which has caused their skins to turn

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Major suppliers pulled over failure to back Courtauld 2025

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The government has written to 10 of the UK’s biggest food suppliers urging them to do more to reduce food waste

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Malcolm Burns made senior VP & international MD at Amplify Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Selwood

As interim international MD since June, Burns has created and begun executing a performance improvement plan

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M&S opens first Wasabi sushi counter Video

19 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Four more counters will open over the next month

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Germany's Fuchs Group spices up portfolio with acquisition of Bart Ingredients Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Bart Ingredients has been acquired by Germany’s largest spice producer for an undisclosed fee.

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Soft drinks industry attacks study into impact of sugar levy Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Researchers will study both the public health and economic impact of the levy

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Moy Park reaches milestone of 150,000 meals to FareShare

19 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

Poultry giant reached milestone this month, having contributed more than 68 tonnes of fresh chicken that would otherwise have gone to waste

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Seachill targets more listings at mults after Hilton buyout Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White, Edward Devlin

Hilton confirmed it had agreed to buy Icelandic Seachill from parent Icelandic Group on 18 October in an £84m deal

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Sainsbury's attracts criticism for top-of-shelf stocking move Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Supermarket said using top shelves provided better availability and drove “operational efficiencies in store”

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Happiour food and drink promotions app acquired by MyVoucherCodes

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The app creates exclusive, real-time geo-located offers to drive local footfall and sales

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AF Blakemore hails "good solid result" of 1.4% sales increase Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

The Spar wholesaler said it recorded sales of £1.3bn for the 53 weeks to 30 April

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Dairy UK warns no deal on Brexit could be 'detrimental' Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Kevin White

New chairman Paul Vernon warns a hard Brexit that sees UK resort to WTO regulations could affect industry ‘extremely negatively’

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Bacardi to launch premium Cuatro rum

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The 40% abv tipple is barrel-aged for four years

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James Hall & Co launches first online Christmas catalogue Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Emily Bright

Christmas Convenience will offer the same range of products as its print catalogue 

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Brighton Gin adds 'stocking filler' 350ml half-bottles Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

The half-bottles would provide an “entry level super-premium craft gin for new gin converts”…

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Butter price hikes pile pressure on biscuit and fudge makers Subscription

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn, Daniel Selwood

Wholesale butter prices were up 73% year on year last month

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What's the most efficient store size?

20 Oct 2017 | By Tom Whittington

Recent years have seen sales efficiencies fall for the big four due to increased competition and spend polarisation

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The whey forward: protein report 2017 Video Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Edward Churchfield

Brits are chowing down on 2.2% more protein than they did back in 2013. Now big brands are muscling in

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The Apprenticeship Levy: not passing the test so far? Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Richard Pendleton

In April, the government kicked off the Apprenticeship Levy with the lofty aim of creating a new generation of apprentices

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Heavy summer rains hit pumpkin quality Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Rachel Graham

UK growers have warned that a wetter than usual summer has had a significant impact on pumpkin quality for the 2017 harvest

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Higher demand pushes up price of cocoa beans Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Cocoa bean prices have risen due to higher demand following a period of low prices

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UK beef prices pushed up by weak pound and fewer slaughterings Subscription

20 Oct 2017 | By Carina Perkins

UK beef prices have risen due to a drop in cattle slaughterings and a weaker pound…

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From farm to food waste: the pre-farmgate fight

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Retailers take most of the heat on food waste, but down on the farm the levels of loss are much higher

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Food waste efforts wasted without Courtauld collaboration

19 Oct 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The battle against food waste, sadly, will not be won unless the industry collaborates

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Farm Africa's project making Kenyan farmers smile Video

19 Oct 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Farm Africa’s Growing Futures project is helping young farmers to carve a career out of the land

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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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