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Facebook as grocery channel. Like? Subscription

25 May 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Facebook now wants to influence your eating habits.  The social media site has begun trialling an Order Food icon among selected US users. What are the implications for grocery?

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Tesco keeps up the eco pace with plan to axe 5p bags Subscription

24 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Reducing waste, be that plastic or energy, is saving Tesco and other big companies money and shoppers appear to be happy, but will they fork out 10p for a ‘bag ofr life’?

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Can the Bake Off boost live on after Mary? The industry needs it to Video Subscription

23 May 2017 | By Rob Brown

The Great British Bake Off became an institution, even the Royals were rumoured to watch it. But now she’s gone the show badly needs another secret ingredient when it relaunches on C4

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Can Philip Morris’ IQOS trailblaze a smoke-free future for big tobacco? Subscription

22 May 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

The tobacco giant is positioning itself as poacher turned gamekeeper at the vanguard of a technology-led revolution for a smoke-free future, but what is the real reason behind its latest move?

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Meat-free is on the march. And a counter-narrative is lacking Subscription

18 May 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Attacked by eco-warriors, animal rights activists and yoga teachers, the industry is failing to offer a counter-narrative

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Cadbury and Nestlé’s chocolate court battle: give us a break Subscription

17 May 2017 | By James Halliwell

Stefano Agostini, Nestlé’s new CEO of UK & Ireland, will have enough priorities on his plate when he takes over in July, so trying to trademark the shape of its Kit Kat shouldn’t be one of them

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Plastic island throws repackaging efforts into sharp focus Subscription

16 May 2017 | By Beth Gault

Images of an uninhabited, picturesque island in the South Pacific littered with detritus has highlighted the problems facing the planet … but what can we do?

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Why the Tories’ workers’ rights charter might put the wind up big business Subscription

15 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Food and drink organisations have been calling for the government to invest in the workforce, so why the jitters over a new Conservative election pledge?

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Does the Labour manifesto contain pro-business appeal? Subscription

11 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Wading through the draft manifesto it is clear that Labour is promising exactly the sort of measures trade bodies have been screaming for

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Does craft gin have what it takes to follow the success of craft beer? Subscription

10 May 2017 | By Daniel Woolfson

Inspired by indie brewers’ aesthetics and ethics, a number of spirits brands are jumping on the ’craft’ bandwagon, what next? ’Craft wine’?

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Grocery Retail Structure Report 2017 Subscription

19 May 2017

Franchising is increasingly seen as the new route to growth for the big four, download our GRS 2017 to get the full picture

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PDF: Soft drinks category report 2017

21 Apr 2017 | By Rob Brown

The countdown to the sugar tax is on, and Spreadsheet Phil must be rubbing his hands with glee

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