from our top columnists

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Cybersecurity is a vital cost for retailers and needn't be complex

17 Jan 2019 | By Brian Harrison

In 2018, retail ranked the most at risk of cyberattacks out of 18 other industries

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Why recyclable packaging will become a 'must-have' in 2019

09 Jan 2019 | By Chris Blythe

Growing consumer awareness could hasten the demise of black plastic, says Chris Blythe, director of The Brand Nursery

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Why 2019 will be the year of radical indulgence in food and drink

19 Dec 2018 | By Robert Wilson

Consumers are reacting to the wellness trend by indulging and treating themselves, says Robert Wilson, director of creative and strategy at RPM

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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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How smaller portions can become the 'new normal'

17 Jan 2019 | By Eric Robinson

There is overwhelming evidence that our food environments affect what we buy and eat

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Is the CMA easing up on food and drink mergers?

09 Jan 2019 | By Andrew Taylor

There have been more reviews, but not more regulatory interventions, says Andrew Taylor, partner at Aldwych Partners 

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As the shopper media landscape gets more complex, how can brands get it right?

19 Dec 2018 | By Emma Dean

The number of shopper marketing opportunities has doubled in the past five years alone, says Emma Dean, group client director at Capture


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UK retail is leading the way on environmental solutions

18 Jan 2019

The Environment Audit Committee’s parliamentary report on sustainable seas has arrived

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The UK is reliant on non-UK labour - deal or no deal

18 Jan 2019

Brexit uncertainty caused a shortfall that left fruit & veg unharvested last year

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UK could learn from Europe on recycling protocols

11 Jan 2019

The UK’s new waste and recycling strategy seems like a step in the right direction - but is it a step too short?

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