Grocery and retail pricing and promotions

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M&S rapped over Christmas dinner comparison ad

13 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Watchdog said M&S’s claim to have reduced the cost of Christmas dinner by £10 was misleading

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Selfridges launches campaign celebrating Australian food Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The first pop-up of the campaign opened earlier this week


JTI alerts retailers to fake tobacco voucher scam Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Silk Cut, Mayfair and Benson & Hedges were also hit by a similar fraudulent scheme in March 2015


Sainsbury's rapped for 'misleading' Häagen-Dazs deal Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The ice-cream was reduced from £4 to £3 for a deal every 21 days for a long period

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Poundland targets Boots in price-based poster campaign Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

All 800 of the variety discounter’s stores are from this week to feature window posters showing the “massive price differentials”


Costcutter launches 'Bringing Summer Home' campaign Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

As well as food and drink deals, shoppers will have the chance to win a £10k luxury holiday


Co-op investing in price and promotions for Nisa members Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Retail CEO Jo Whitfield has promised to “do a great job for Nisa members”

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Sainsbury's reduces selected meat & fish prices by up to 30% Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

This is in addition to JS’s £150m investment to cut prices on almost 1,000 everyday grocery items announced in March, strategy is to make its stores ’the retail destination of choice for customers’

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JJ Foodservice to host trade days across 10 branches Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The wholesaler will be offering businesses free products and discounts

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Multibuys creep back on to shelves as MPs support ban Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The major mults moved away from multibuys in 2016


Aldi adds nitrite-free bacon to Super Six promotion

26 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It uses a mix of fruits and spice extracts instead of nitrites – described as a carcinogen by the WHO

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Morrisons cuts prices across more than 250 Savers items Subscription

09 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Morrisons said the relaunch was aimed at “keeping shopping simple and saving customers money”

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Sainsbury's to trial radical overhaul of Nectar scheme Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Revamp allows customers to pick items to earn points

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ASA rebukes Lidl over misleading prosecco promotion Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Six complaints claimed a promotion offering a six-bottle case for £20 had broken advertising rules because stores ran out


GCA warns mults off charging for better website positioning Subscription

15 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tacon also made an appeal for suppliers to come forward to take part in her annual groceries sector survey


Supermarket confectionery promotions overhaul booze deals Subscription

22 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarkets have ramped up promotions on sweets and chocolate as they continue to cut back on booze deals this year

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Asda CEO promises more 'everyday low prices' in new strategy Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn, Ronan Hegarty

Roger Burnley told suppliers the retailer was still “too expensive”, despite its recent Rollbacks

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AF Blakemore rewards Spar customers with film for Valentine's

14 Feb 2018 | By Emily Bright

Customers buying a Valentine’s meal deal will be offered a free movie of their choice

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Coca-Cola cutting back on promotions for its flagship soda Subscription

05 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Latest data suggests CCEP has scaled back promotional activity on its flagship carbonates brand

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Co-op's £50m price cuts close gap on convenience rivals Subscription

02 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The Co-op’s £50m price investment has succeeded in making it much more competitive with its main convenience rivals

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JJ Food Service offers caterers healthier options discount Subscription

31 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

New customers signing up to London’s Healthier Catering Commitment get a 10% discount on five products for three months

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Co-op to invest £50m in raft of in-store discounts Subscription

24 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The retailer has slashed 600 prices by an average of 14%.The move follows plans to open 100 new convenience stores and to revamp a further 150 of its outlets

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Price key to dissuading healthier choices says Him report

22 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

Over a third of shoppers rate healthy products as important, but three-quarters (74%) say price is important

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Sainsbury's raises price of own-label 'house' wines Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The supermarket has raised the price of all 24 75cl and 150cl SKUs in its ‘house’ wine range

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Bans on HFSS promotions would 'threaten Scottish business' Subscription

18 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

FDF Scotland said the move would have huge repercussions for companies that relied on promotions for sales


Cotton price hiked by slowing production

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Prices of cotton have risen amid concerns over slowing production, driven by reports of unfavourable weather conditions

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The ‘guilt lane’ ban idea is back: it won’t bother retailers Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Is the renewed focus on guilt lanes a sign that ministers may yet back away from pressing the nuclear button on promotions across every part of the store?

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How can M&S rejuvenate its struggling food business? Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

With its latest annual figures showing like-for-like food sales down 0.3%, M&S is urgently examining ways to improve pricing, availability and innovation


What can be done to combat competition-fixing cartels? Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Angelina Mason

In March this year, two leading bagged fuel companies were fined £3.4m for rigging competitive tenders

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Asda and Sainsbury's lead in cutting down on deals Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The two retailers have proven themselves dissimilar when it comes to promotions, with each favouring different mechanics


Supermarkets cut prices on BBQ favourites this summer

17 May 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Beefburgers are on average 3% cheaper than this time last May across 48 SKUs in the mults

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The Sainsbury's-Asda merger will hurt suppliers

02 May 2018 | By Warren Ackerman

The comment that big food companies “make spectacular returns and are very, very profitable” is an ominous opening gambit, says Warren Ackerman of SocGen

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The 'art of pricing' is crucial

16 Apr 2018 | By Warren Ackerman

Staples companies often view pricing as a last resort, only after all internal self help measures have been exhausted

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City snapshot: Supermarket price inflation plunges to 0.8% Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Supermarket inflation has fallen to its lowest level for over a year, according to the latest figures from The Grocer Price Index, while Sainsbury’s has become the first supermarket to show monthly deflation since February 2017. Plus, consumer stocks surge on market recovery all the rest of the latest news from the City

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Price cuts drive Sainsbury's into annual price deflation Subscription

05 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The GPI shows Sainsbury’s as the first supermarket to record a year-on-year price drop for over 12 months

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The Co-op leads the way on Easter special offers

28 Mar 2018 | By Carina Perkins

In the lead-up to Easter, the Co-op was offering better deals on branded and own label products than other mults

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Be prepared for new restrictions on promotions

22 Mar 2018

Food and drink retailers and manufacturers are under increasing pressure to support the fight against obesity



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