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Sales of lower-sugar soft drinks surge in wake of levy

26 May 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

Volume sales of low and no-sugar variants rose 15% to 12 million litres in the two weeks after 6 April

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AHDB set to launch £1m Cheeky Beef campaign Subscription

24 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Marketing push will launch later this month and target time-short households with a range of 30-minute or less recipes

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Inconsistent pricing 'costing retailers lost sales' Subscription

23 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A study by Planet Retail claimed a reluctance among retailers to adopt dynamic pricing was losing them sales

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Brits reluctant to embrace meat alternatives, study finds Subscription

22 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Despite rise of plant-based meat alternatives, Brits are less inclined to give up meat than other countries

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FDF poll reveals confidence slump in Q1 2018 Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The survey also found more than half of businesses had seen product margins fall in Q1

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One in five Brits not using paid-for delivery subscriptions Subscription

15 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

According to Whistl 61.4% of 1,000 people surveyed were signed up to Amazon Prime

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Him research shows c-stores are losing out in food-to-go Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The percentage of convenience store shopping trips including the food-to-go mission has plummeted from 20% to 13%

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Spar MD Debbie Robinson calls on c-stores to tap into on-trade Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

Robinson said retailers should welcome the rise of people working away from the office

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Artisanal trend sees wrapped bread sales back in growth

04 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

Volume sales of traditional wrapped bread rose by 0.3% to 3.7 billion kg in 2017

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Marks & Spencer introduces My M&S Favourite in-store campaign Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Shopfloor staff to wear name badges showing their favourite M&S products

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Eat 17 cuts plastic waste with resuable cups and refills

02 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The retailer plans to roll out a refill station for organic milk in August

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EasyFood takeaway delivery service in talks with grocers Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The service was launched in Birmingham last week and already has 200 subscriber restaurants…

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Gressingham Foods launches premium Bistro range Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Rachel Graham

First in the range are prepared sous-vide duck with honey & hoisin sauce and duck with orange & maple sauce

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Quiqup extends one-hour delivery service to Dubai Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

This comes after the company raised £20m in private funding to fuel geographical expansion

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Online grocery growth 'slower than expected' claims report Subscription

27 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The average online basket was also four times bigger than the in-store one

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As mults axe branded lines, has the popcorn bubble burst?

27 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

After years of meteoric growth, take-home sales growth in the so-called healthy bagged snack has slowed markedly

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Brits splash out an extra £29.5m on US whiskey Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Sales of American whiskey have skyrocketed

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Del Monte launches premium 'Gold' variety tinned pineapple

24 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It comes as sales of the fruit are booming, with Tesco reporting a 15% increase in sales last month

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Selfridges launches UK's first avocado gelato

20 Apr 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The product is served in avocado skin, and contains an edible nut butter stone

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Charlie Bigham's launches six grain-based ready meals Subscription

20 Apr 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The lineup is aimed at shoppers “following meat-free or flexitarian diets”.

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Waitrose to introduce healthy eating specialists in stores

19 Apr 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The move is part of a set of initiatives to improve customers’ healt

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Coconut water sales slump as smoothies rebound

19 Apr 2018 | By Julia Glotz

A sharp loss in secondary feature space in the mults is a key driver behind the decline

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Litter clampdown protest at Tesco Llandudno Junction Subscription

18 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Litter clampdown protest at Tesco Llandudno Junction

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Nearly a quarter of Brits take less than 15 minutes for lunch Subscription

17 Apr 2018 | By Emily Bright

Research commissioned by restaurant chain Wagamama found only 13% of those surveyed took an hour-long lunch break

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Retailers suffer worst drop in footfall since 2010 Subscription

16 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Footfall was down 6% year on year in March, with the high street seeing an 8.6% drop

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Five categories driving the frozen food revival

25 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

From posh processed poultry to innovative veggie burgers, we list the top products making frozen hot again

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The plant-based food trend is much more than a fad

25 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Now Nestlé wants a piece of the action. Its Garden Gourmet brand launches in Sainsbury’s and Ocado next week

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Take an all-round view to arrive at quality thinking

23 May 2018 | By Jeremy Garlick

What can you do to enable quality thinking in our fast-changing world?

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger: using search to map what consumers want

15 May 2018 | By Harry Walker

Geographic search data allows us to map Sainsbury’s loyalty strongholds and Asda’s bulwarks, says Google’s Harry Walker

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Low alcohol, alcohol-free, de-alcoholised: can consultation make abv labelling clearer? Subscription

14 May 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

Regulations are due to be replaced this December, and a public consultation on the matter has just closed, having inspired fierce debate from many corners of the trade …

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Five standout dishes from Market Hall Fulham

09 May 2018 | By Emma Weinbren

The capital’s trendiest food hall is introducing the nation to Calcutta puchka and pink lattes 

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How casual dining lost its relevance – and what chains can do to win back customers

08 May 2018 | By Jenny Burns

Inconsistent brand experiences, fussy promotions and too much focus on takeaway offerings are ruining successful chains, warns Jenny Burns of KBS Albion

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High street slow to adapt; Novel packaging solution

03 May 2018

Brands still have everything to play for. They need to think harder about a service that’s relevant

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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger shows 'Amazon effect' in action

02 May 2018 | By Natalie Berg

Amazon has been a huge catalyst for change in UK grocery, says Natalie Berg of NBK Retail. And it’s been a key driver of the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

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Will the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger create a new retailer fit for the 21st century customer?

02 May 2018 | By Paul Hinds

One of the biggest challenges the merged business faces is understanding its new, combined customer base, argues Paul Hinds of IRI

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Five innovative new bagged nuts shaking up snacking

27 Apr 2018 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The growing space retailers are giving nuts, perceived as ‘healthier’ than crisps, has created something of a gold rush in the category

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How to persuade Brits to up their game consumption Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Brits need to up their game. That’s the message from the British Game Alliance, a marketing initiative set to launch next month

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Whitepapers

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White Paper: The Power of Protein - 2018 Category Analysis

The UK protein market has exploded. With more SKUs, NPDs and market entrants than ever before, protein popularity is prompting brands and retailers to evolve to meet the needs of increasingly health conscious shoppers.

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White Paper: Placing customer demand at the heart of your transformed supply chain

Supply chain transformation has turned out to be a lot harder to achieve than anyone thought, and many retailers are watching their original goals slip away in a continually changing retail environment.

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WHITE PAPER – Understand why today’s consumers demand more from convenience

Convenience, a growing sector predicted to be worth £47.1 billion by 2022, used to mean an acceptance of higher prices with limited choice, but that isn’t the case today.

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Playing the game: Soft Drinks Category Report 2018 Subscription

You’d expect the taxman to have lost a few friends last week when he began levying as much as 24p for every litre of sugar

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