The Grocer's Digital Features

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Rum: Can pirates' plonk become the next craft spirit? Video

14 Jun 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

Premium dark, aged and golden lines are making consumers see rum in a new light

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Convenience stores: A desert for healthy options? Video

31 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

No longer content to be an oasis of fags and booze, c-stores are upping their game in the health stakes. But there is plenty of work left to do

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Noodles: Can instant pots get a magic makeover? Video

23 May 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

On-the-go noodles have long been associated with the lower end of the market. Now brands are looking to shake up their bargain-basement image

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Soft drinks: will new recipes have the halo effect? Video

25 Apr 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Sugar-laden drinks are suddenly public enemy number one. So can healthy, natural recipes rejuvenate the soft drinks industry?

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Snacking gets exotic: on the hunt for unusual flavours Video

14 Mar 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

Brands are launching everything from smoked salmon glitter crisps to pink peppercorn tortilla chips. But are these wacky new flavours really meeting a consumer need?

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Low cal: the new ice cream hero? Video

01 Mar 2018 | By Ash O’Mahony

With a raft of NPD promising fewer calories, less sugar and higher protein content, ice cream is hoping to win over the more health-conscious shopper

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Insects: the new hipster protein? Video

01 Feb 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

With a high protein content and appearance at a Justin Timberlake party, insect food suppliers are trying hard to position it as the next sushi. But will UK consumers bite?

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Taking the biscuit: one in five Brits scoff whole cookie packs Video

30 Nov 2017 | By Ash O’Mahony

Biscuits are back in business. The category is enjoying a period of growth powered by NPD and new biscuit formats as brands look to provide new premium experiences for consumers. But where are opportunities being missed by the brands, and how is consumer demand driving the market?

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Pampered pets! Are Britain's dogs and cats winning their place at the human dinner table? Video

09 Nov 2017 | By Ash O’Mahony

We can reveal that Brits are twice as likely to cut back on their own food expenditure than go scrimping on their pets’ dinners. What’s going on? 

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Time to shape up? How food & drink to go can get healthier Video

18 Oct 2017 | By Natalie Brown

All hail the mighty salad! Once a humble side dish, salad is increasingly taking centre stage in meals eaten on the go, where it’s the fastest-growing meal type. Read on to find out who’s eating what and where, how the coffee shops are cashing in and whether Japanese-style bento boxes have what it takes to return the sector to volume growth.

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Revealed: Why Brits are falling back in love with the cuppa Video

02 Oct 2017 | By Natalie Brown

Forget bogstandard tea, Brits are looking for ’qualitea’ as coffee shop culture spreads to the nation’s national brew

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The Dairymen digital special: Do Brits think dairy is scary?

14 Sep 2017 | By Carina Perkins

Dairy is under attack. What do Brits actually think about dairy? Are they on the brink of an exodus? And how can the industry convince them to keep buying into the category?

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A lost generation: How to bring the young back to breakfast Video

31 Aug 2017 | By Rob Brown, Ellis Hawthorne

The hunt is on for breakfast’s lost generation: millennials. And we’ve unearthed new evidence that might help bring them back to the breakfast table. 

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Revealed: How free-from sales surged by a whopping £230m Video

17 Aug 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

Brits have forked out an extra £230m on free-from food & drink in the past year. That’s a rise of more than 40%. Here we reveal the retailers and brands driving growth and how they’re doing it. Cut yourself a slice here!

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As bread prices rise again, how can sales be beefed up? Video

27 Jul 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

Less than half the population now eats bread daily. In this special report we look at ways to reinvent bread, see where baked goods’ biggest opportunities are and ask brands what they are doing to get a rise out of a loaf

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Guilty pleasures: How can sweets get the feel good factor? Video

14 Jul 2017 | By Natalie Brown

Is Britain becoming a nation of secret eaters?

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Vegetarianism in vogue: Does meat & fish need a makeover? Video

30 Jun 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

Poultry is flying high as red meat feels the heat, driving solid growth in the overall meat, fish & poultry market. But with the number of Brits cutting back on meat soaring, is it time the sector had a makeover for the modern age? Why are so many Brits considering going veggie? What ...

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Boozy Britain: Why are sales up as more try to drink less? Video

15 Jun 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

British drinking culture is changing, fast. The number of Brits trying to curb their booze has surged, our research reveals

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The inconvenient truth: What Brits really think of c-stores Video

06 Jun 2017

Convenience stores aren’t that convenient, as our consumer research reveals more Brits would rather shop at larger stores, even if they are further away. So, what can c-stores do to earn their name?

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Food for thought: How Britain went bonkers for home baking Video

18 May 2017 | By Rob Brown, Amy North

Brits have baked at home on more than a billion occasions since 2015, so why are home baking category sales in decline?

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