It's said that retail is detail. Well, there is a lot of detail in this week's bumper issue.

We've got the biggest ever Top Products Survey, a comprehensive 58-page report on 88 leading fmcg categories.

Please write and tell me if you can find a better example of value in grocery than you'll find in its 58 pages of tables and charts, as well as the expert analysis of analysts, buyers and, of course, brand owners.

We've also included a 10-page review of the year. It's a great opportunity to remind oneself of the astonishing change the grocery world has gone through in the past 12 months. While we want the review to be a lighthearted read, it also benefits from the overarching insight and expertise that only The Grocer's helicopter view can offer.

In reviewing our coverage, I can also look back, with pride, on The Grocer's contribution in breaking news and setting the agenda.

We're pleased to see that, following the story we ran this summer exposing the EU's apparently mad decision to ban the sale of eggs by the dozen and the use of numbers in the sale of other products, the latest Food Information regulations update has amended what turned out, as we always suspected, to be an oversight.

Indeed, what that story and this week's packed issue clearly demonstrates is that while many are winding down in time for the holiday season, this industry is still hard at work, and will be right throughout Christmas.

In the following pages we report on a dramatic HMRC raid on the wholesaler Eastenders, and there are important stories concerning Tesco's acquisition of the Mills Group's convenience store operation, a review of Nisa's first-ever national TV ad and a historic ruling involving Vodkat.

So, in wishing you a very Happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year, I want to assure you we will continue our hard work to deliver the best deal in grocery.