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FDF report: 90% of suppliers concerned over Sainsda merger Subscription

15 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The FDF’s formal submission to the CMA’s probe into the deal claims it would have ‘disastrous impact’ on innovation…

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Nando’s grocery sales more than triple amid global expansion Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Nando’s grocery sales more than tripled over the past year amid significant investment to expand the chicken condiment brand globally.

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City News: Sainsbury’s shares sink following CMA legal challenge Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Sainsbury’s this week reassured shareholders its legal challenge to the Competition & Markets Authority had not dented its “confidence” its mega-merger with Asda will go ahead, but nervous shareholders had other ideas.

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White Rabbit Pizza Co secures £750k cash boost from angel investors Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Gluten-free startup White Rabbit Pizza Co has secured a £750k cash injection to underpin its expansion plans.

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Planet Organic back in growth before private equity buyout Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Planet Organic moved back into the black in the run-up to its PE buyout earlier this year.

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Graze sales slide despite in-store growth as sales process continues Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Henry Saker-Clark

Sales dived 5.2% at healthy snacking brand Graze last year, despite a strong performance from its retail arm. 

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Deliveroo grows UK rider workforce by two thirds this year Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The rise had been driven by growth in orders and expansion into new parts of the UK…

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Tesco brings back Festive Five 29p fresh food promotion Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Festive Five was launched by Tesco boss Dave Lewis in his first Christmas as CEO, in 2014

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Bestway posts £267k loss after Conviviality Retail purchase Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Bestway Retail MD David Robinson said the losses were not as severe as expected

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Berry sales boom in year of extremes for fruit & veg

14 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Brits splashed out an extra £100m on blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in 2018

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Poundworld founder Chris Edwards hires for new chain Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Edwards plans to open first of 100 ‘OneBelow’ branches in February

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Low and no-alcohol wine sales drop despite moderation trend Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales of low and no-alcohol wine fell £3.4m to £70.2m over the past 12 months

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Ocado looking for fifth UK CFC Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Average orders per week grew 13.1% to 320,000 in the fourth quarter…

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Entry opens for The Grocer’s New Products Awards 2019

14 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

To be eligible, products must be introduced or developed between 1 January 2018 and 28 February 2019

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City snapshot: Graze sales slide as buyout nears Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson, Henry Saker-Clark

Sales dived 5.2% at healthy snacking brand Graze last year as the search for a buyer continues into the New Year. Plus, British American Tobacco makes a raft of staffing changes, Dole Food Company sells European salad businesses to BAMA International and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Media Bites 14 Dec: Sainsbury's/Asda, UK high street. Ocado Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Competition and Markets Authority is delaying publishing its initial findings on the merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda from early next month to early February

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Booths to sell food through Dobbies Garden Centres Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The scheme comes as part of the upmarket grocer’s strategy to cultivate new markets

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Morrisons adds discount produce box to cut food waste

13 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The Too Good to Waste boxes are set to go on sale this week at £1

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Poundland planning to 'reboot' store design Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Retail director Austin Cooke likened the planned reboot to Aldi’s Project Fresh

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JJ Food Service sales pass £200m - but profits decline Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The company saw pre-tax profits plunge from £6.1m to £3.7m

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Campylobacter levels in supermarket chicken decline

13 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

Quarterly tests reveal improvements in the presence of the bug

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Bidfood identifies key culinary trends for 2019

13 Dec 2018 | By Andrew Don

The wholesaler has launched a new guide for caterers this week

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Former Tulip MD Jose Peralta joins Patisserie Valerie

13 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Peralta was MD of pork processor Tulip Food Company (UK) and senior VP of parent company Danish Crown from October 2016

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Ocado retail sales up 12% in fourth quarter Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Ocado has grown its retail revenues by 12% in the fourth quarter, driven by a double-digit increase in order numbers.

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Media Bites 13 Dec: Sainsbury's/Asda, Pernod Ricard, British American Tobacco Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

“Sainsbury’s hit by Asda deal doubts” is the headline in the The Times after the pair launched a legal challenge against the CMA’s investigation timetable.

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Miranda Hart voices ad in £1.5m Hula Hoops Puft push Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Meanwhile, KP Nuts has launched a festive promotional drive with support for Save the Children

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General Mills to bring Lärabar healthier snack to UK Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Lärabar’s fruit and nut-based SKUs will be ‘the first 100% vegan’ brand launch for General Mills in the UK, says the supplier

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Potato processors to feel impact of heatwave until next summer

12 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The total tonnage fell to 4.9 million tonnes, compared to the five-year average of 5.6 million tonnes

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CMA warns of delay risk to Sainsbury's-Asda merger probe Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The CMA’s response came after Sainsbury’s and Asda revealed they would lodge an application to the Competition Appeal Tribunal

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Aldi swaps polystyrene pizza discs for recycled cardboard

12 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The move applies to all Aldi pizza products and will remove a claimed 180 tonnes of plastic from circulation annually

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Poundland posts strong growth in fourth quarter Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Poundland’s growth was driven primarily by the introduction of Pep&Co clothing outlets in 300 branches

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Little Tummy claims UK first with HPP babyfood service Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Prices will start at £25 for a weekly meal plan, with meals delivered in insulation boxes made with recycled paper

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Waitrose to trial robots to farm food

12 Dec 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The upmarket grocer is to use the robots in the wheat fields in a three-year trial from February 

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Diver Tom Daley to headline British Lion egg campaign

12 Dec 2018 | By Rachel Graham

British Lion is gearing up for a £1m marketing campaign, set to debut next year

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As profit margins shrink, what's going wrong in liquid milk? Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Kevin White

Müller Milk and Ingredients CEO Patrick Müller this week warned the sector had reached a “tipping point” in terms of profitability

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Upheaval, disruption and scandal: 2018 had everything

14 Dec 2018 | By Adam Leyland

In an up-and-down year, the triumph of The Grocer’s Waste Not Want Not food waste campaign is our highlight

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How the perception of 'premium' food and drink is constantly evolving

14 Dec 2018 | By Joanna Parman

As own label catches up, ‘premium’ means more than a high price or fancy packaging, says Joanna Parman, commercial business partner at Nielsen

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Top Campaigns 2018: the ads we loved this year Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By Megan Tatum, Angelina Mason

From Elton John in a rap battle, to superhero cheeses and an orange alpaca, here are 50 of the best fmcg adverts from the past year

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Has Amazon disrupted advertising too? Subscription

14 Dec 2018 | By James Halliwell

How the digital retailer is standing out in an advertising landscape that still relies on TV

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Food and drink must continue using the power of pressure in 2019 Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

This year has seen how pressure on suppliers and retailers can have positive results for health and the environment

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How the Tesco fraud case improved supplier relations Subscription

13 Dec 2018 | By Ian Quinn

While the SFO’s case against two Tesco executives has been thrown out, the financial scandal has changed relations between…

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Small companies can use big data to add a personal touch

13 Dec 2018 | By Benoit Mahé

Big data provides, throughout the retail value chain, abundant information that can be a significant help in decision-making

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Brands are let down by recycling infrastructure in the war on packaging waste Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Carina Perkins

I think we should celebrate the brands and retailers hitting the over 80% mark for recycled materials in their festive choc boxes

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Low and non-alcoholic booze: should we believe the hype? Subscription

12 Dec 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Non-alcoholic booze is conquering Britain, if you believe the headlines. But are we really becoming a nation of teetotallers? Or have retailers and suppliers overplayed the trend as they chase higher margins? We take a deep dive into the no & low craze - and ask if it’s here to stay… 

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How flexitarianism and clean eating shaped food & drink habits in 2018

12 Dec 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Superfoods and sports nutrition are gaining ground, while tobacco and sugary soft drinks are falling out of favour, The Grocer’s Top Products survey has revealed

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What fmcg can learn from the pharmaceuticals industry on labelling

11 Dec 2018 | By Julie Vargas

The claim that packaging is too small for sufficient information is not a defence, says Julie Vargas, head of technology for grocery at Avery Dennison

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Meat producers don’t have to go vegan to do better Subscription

11 Dec 2018 | By Megan Tatum

From its links to climate change to health and welfare, meat consumption has been one of the big stories of 2018

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The most-loved NPD from our Instagram this year

11 Dec 2018 | By Maddie Maynard

Here’s what has got food fans double-tapping on our Instagram account this year

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