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John Crabbie & Co unveils 12yo peated single-malt whisky Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Halewood is currently building a £7m distillery for the brand in Edinburgh

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Surya debuts home fragrance range in time for Diwali Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Diva by Harper offers Indian Rose, White Jasmine and Cinnamon Spice fragrances

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Severe blaze damages B&M's Clifton Moor store Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Local residents were advised to stay indoors as the fire service dealt with the blaze

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Tesco launches extended bulk buying concept at Grimsby store Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The concept replaces unwanted GM space with cash & carry-style deals

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Andy Clarke made chairman at operations consultant Newton

15 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Clarke has held a number of non-executive roles since leaving Asda in 2016

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Sainsbury's tackles loneliness with 'Talking Tables'

15 Oct 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Research revealed one in 10 people felt lonely all or most of the time

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Accolade Wines breaks into gin with Stone's Ginger Wine NPD

15 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Its new 37.5% abv tipple is infused with ginger and botanicals

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Asahi UK to launch alcohol-free Peroni Libera lager Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

It has also applied to register a trademark for a non-alcoholic Asahi Super Dry

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City snapshot: Greencore sell US business to Hearthside for £817m Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Convenience food group Greencore is to sell its entire US business to American contract manufacturer Hearthside Food Solutions for £817m, high street footfall continues to decline, and the rest of the news from the City

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Media bites 15 October: Patisserie Valerie, Young's, Unilever Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Patisserie Valerie, the British café chain that has found a potential fraud on its accounts, had used up £9.7m on two separate bank credit lines without the board’s knowledge

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CCEP manager calls for better collaboration on plastic Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Coca-Cola boss Leendert den Hollander said the soft drinks industry agreed with government about the need to tackle the “appalling” problem of ocean waste

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United Wholesale grocery boost offsets falling tobacco sales Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The wholesaler recorded a slip in sales but improved profitability

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Aldi rejects Oxfam claim its supply chain is 'unethical' Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

The discounter has been urged to ‘up its game’ and ‘drive out suffering and hunger’ from its supply chains

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Stuart delivery plan for 22 more UK towns and cities Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The expansion will bring Stuart’s total territory to 29 UK towns and cities

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Savoury biscuits see 8.5% sales decline

12 Oct 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

Brands lost a total of £16.6m in value over the past year

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Olive oil prices to hold steady despite Spain bumper crop Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Spain is expected to produce 1.6 million tonnes in 2018/19, up from 1.25 million tonnes last year

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City News: Greggs sales up 7.3% despite impact of hot weather Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Customers swapped pasties for pizzas to drive a 7.3% rise in sales…

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Birds Eye returns to growth after four-year slump Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Sales at the frozen food manufacturer jumped 2% on the back of advertising investment

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Wages and operating profits jump at Aldi Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Average headcount at the discounter has increased by 10% to more than 33,000, while profits rose 26%

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FSA proposes shake-up of meat inspections and date labelling

12 Oct 2018 | By Kevin White

A review into meat cutting plants and cold stores has made 19 recommendations to improve compliance in meat processing…

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M26 'lorry park' plans threaten trade, say industry leaders Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Yesterday it was revealed the M26 in Kent would be closed every night for almost six weeks

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Jack’s basket ‘20% cheaper’ on ‘identical’ Tesco lines Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco has used its mid-tier range for 75% of the Jack’s lineup

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Five Pound World targets 150 stores within 18 months Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Five Pound World opened its first branch in a former Poundworld store in Burton-on-Trent last week

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Amazon should face Adjudicator over conduct, claim suppliers Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA had been expected to add Amazon to the list of retailers the Adjudicator polices

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FSA slams Pret over food safety culture and responsibility Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The policies and procedures of Pret a Manger have been slammed by FSA chair Heather Hancock

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Media Bites 12 October: Patisserie Valerie, WH Smiths, Obesity Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Patisserie Valerie is on the brink of collapse after the café chain’s parent company said it would be unable to keep trading without an immediate injection of capital

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City Snapshot: Supermarket price inflation slides to 0.1% Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Price rises triggered by the post-Brexit fall in the pound have almost completely subsided as supermarket price inflation reached its lowest level for 20 months, Produce Investment’s falls to a £9.5m loss and the rest of the news from the City

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Booths sales decline during year 'fraught with disruption' Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Northern supermarket chain reported a further slide in sales but stressed improved performance in the latter half of 2017

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Supermarket price inflation at lowest level for 20 months Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Grocer Price Index edged back up to 0.1% in September but is still at its lowest level for months

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KP Nuts links with craft brewer to launch 'KPA' pale ale Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The brew has “subtle hints of oats and a citrus punch”, according to KP

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Patisserie Valerie warns 'immediate cash injection' is needed Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

The crisis-hit owner of Patisserie Valerie has warned that an immediate cash injection is needed “for the business to continue” in its current form

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Hawkshead Brewery to triple production with new brewhouse Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The new site will up its capacity to 240 barrels per week - the equivalent of 69,000 pints

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Pies, pizzas & sausages face 'draconian' PHE calorie targets Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Under plans set out by PHE, a huge range of products would have to either shrink or reformulate

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Defra confirms post-Brexit funding for UK producer organisations Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Kevin White

The UK’s 33 producer organisations currently receive matched funding from the EU’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Aid Scheme

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Asda wine buying manager Jo Durant departs for Treasury Wine Estates

11 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

She will oversee Treasury’s relationship with her former employer

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What do you think of PHE's new calorie reduction targets?

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Will the tobacco industry ever be trusted? Subscription

15 Oct 2018 | By Adam Leyland

When Philip Morris declared it wanted people to stop smoking its cigarettes, it felt like we were reaching a watershed moment 

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10 sustainable and stylish food & drink packaging innovations

15 Oct 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Brands have come up with some inventive new takes on netting, ready meal film and six-pack rings

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Suppliers are still playing catch-up on price rises

14 Oct 2018 | By David Sables

Intelligence, empathy and resolve are crucial skills for suppliers, says Sentinel Management Consultants’ David Sables

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Why beauty is now a major battleground for UK supermarkets

13 Oct 2018 | By Julia Glotz

Sainsbury’s made all the headlines, but it is far from the only grocer to go big on beauty. So why is the beauty market proving such an attractive opportunity for supermarkets? We look at the growth prospects, key challenges - and individual retailer strategies

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Can Tesco convince consumers it's cheaper than Aldi and Lidl?

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Dave Lewis has managed to get under the skin of Aldi and Lidl with his ‘cheaper’ claims

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Small changes can go a long way in engaging employees

12 Oct 2018 | By Jennifer Baker

Engagement is about more than staff surveys and team-building activities

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Inside the Chocolate Factory: an hour-long look at Cadbury

12 Oct 2018 | By Angelina Mason

It’s hard to underestimate the impact and influence of Cadbury in this nostalgic documentary

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I love Pret a Manger, but it clearly has serious issues

12 Oct 2018 | By Adam Leyland

The tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse has exposed clear weaknesses in its food labelling policies

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Will the CMA take on Amazon with Groceries Code inclusion?

12 Oct 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Amazon, it appears, has been pushing back strongly against the prospect of coming under Tacon’s net

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How serious is food and drink's allergy problem? Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By Kevin White, Carina Perkins

As Pret a Manger is linked to a second allergy death, can it get itself off the hook by blaming a supplier? And what are the wider implications?

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Can supermarket packaging be stylish, safe and sustainable? Subscription

12 Oct 2018 | By James Halliwell

Packaging has always had two main functions. The first is pretty prosaic: to protect the product. The second is pretty fascinating: to make it so attractive that it flies off the shelf

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Racial diversity consultation is a positive step, provided it offers genuine insight Subscription

11 Oct 2018 | By Megan Tatum

There is a startling lack of racial diversity at the top of food and drink

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Cake & Bake creations honour Jules Verne

11 Oct 2018

Bogof spent last weekend traipsing around London’s ExCel

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Warburtons gets ghostly for Halloween

11 Oct 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The ‘ghostly’ packaging will be available until early November

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HG Stephensons Ltd  Territory Manager – Birmingham South

Territory Manager – Birmingham South - HG Stephensons Ltd

Basic Salary c£30,000 + OTE Commission/ Bonus Circ plus company car, phone and laptop
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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

Implementing a robust Sales and Operation process at Coca-Cola

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White Paper: Sustainability – don’t stand still

Is plastic packaging your friend or foe? Are you making sustainable decisions that will retain your customers and attract new ones? Sustainability is high on every agenda and an opportunity for brands and retailers to make a difference to the planet and your bottom line.

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How can food and drink manufacturers avoid supply-chain issues?

The UK food and drink supply chain is a dynamic model of speedy efficiency, so even a minor disruption such as this summer’s CO2 shortage can create a ripple effect that magnifies as it widens. In this whitepaper, the most catastrophic and high-profile supply chain breakdowns are examined to understand what went wrong and why – and, crucially, what can food and drink manufacturers avoid supply-chain issues?

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WHITE PAPER – Research: Food and drink report 2018

Bray Leino surveyed 1,400 consumers in London, Wales and the North East on a range of behaviours and attitudes to food and drink. What is influencing their buying decisions? What are they buying more and less of? How do they feel Brexit will impact price and quality? What are the regional differences and what does this all tell us about how food and drink brands should approach their brand-building activity?

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Bring out the big guns: winter remedies category report 2018 Subscription

Incidences of cold and flu tend to spike when the mercury falls and, as our winters get more severe, sales are growing

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