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Hilton factory

Food manufacturers need a radical resourcing shakeup

13 Aug 2018 | By Martin Chilcott

Input costs are rising and the industry is under significant pressure to become more efficient and sustainable, says Martin Chilcott of Manufacture 2030

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Robots in the workforce: could the UK miss out? Subscription

12 Aug 2018 | By Angelina Mason

Robot density in the UK is below the global average – it must catch up to other countries forging ahead with bot technology

Coop Inverness DC

Co-op to open £6m distribution centre in Inverness Subscription

06 Aug 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The Co-op is looking to open 18 new branches across Scotland by the end of the year and revamp 20 existing stores

brakes lorries

Brakes halves emissions across fleet with Shell GTL fuel Subscription

01 Aug 2018 | By Emily Bright

The foodservice operator became the first company to trial Shell’s gas-to-liquids fuel in November


Brexit threat to our food standards cannot be ignored

27 Jul 2018 | By Julia Glotz

The issue isn’t that we might want to revise standards after Brexit – it’s the danger of short-sighted moves made under pressure

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Can industry stockpile food supplies in a no deal Brexit? Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White

Dominic Raab has said the government would ensure “there is adequate food supply” if the UK crashed out of the European Union without a trade agreement

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Waitrose to trial low-emissions delivery trucks in study Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The units will be trialled in Waitrose’s fleet of natural gas powered trucks and kept chilled by the vehicle’s engine

Waitrose Hove co2

Britvic availability still low despite recovery in CO2 levels Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Branches of major supermarkets and one large London cash & carry depot had low availability of Britvic 

Marks and Spencer M&S Sparks on an ipad

M&S's retail tech venture shows it's serious about being digital-first

25 Jul 2018 | By Miya Knights

M&S is ramping up investment into its digital operations Marks & Spencer has just announced

Fowler Welch

Fowler Welch reports 18% reduction in carbon emissions

25 Jul 2018 | By Emily Bright

Logistics operator published its first ever environmental report this week

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UK retail falling behind on voice commerce, finds report Subscription

24 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Almost half of UK households are expected to own a smart speaker by 2022


Worst of CO2 crisis over for poultry suppliers

23 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White

Poultry processors have switched back to gas stunning, according to the BPC

Pepsi Max

Pepsi Max running low as CO2 shortage leads to price rises Subscription

13 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarket out-of-stock levels for Pepsi drinks have surged since mid-June

carrefour supermarket

Tesco-Carrefour is a pioneering deal, but purchasing alliances face challenges Subscription

06 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The retailers said the motivation was to improve the quality and choice of products available to their customers

Richard Pennycook BRC

BRC sends Theresa May new warning over no-deal Brexit Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Oliver Wyman report finds supermarkets will by hard hit without smooth Brexit

Tesco Brand Guarantee

Reasons for refunds; Deal is a data opportunity

05 Jul 2018

The Grocer 33 is not even close to a fair representation of real shopping

Starship Techologies robot

Sub 10-minute grocery deliveries by 2025, says report Subscription

05 Jul 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Food packaging company Tetra Pak interviewed leading online grocery retailers from Europe, North America and China to gain…

Warburtons crumpets

Warburtons resumes full crumpet production after securing CO2 supply

04 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White, Daniel Selwood

But the CO2 crisis remains hugely volatile after a gas plant ceased production yesterday

fishing boat seafood week

Defra fisheries paper set to propose quota system overhaul Subscription

04 Jul 2018 | By Rachel Graham

The paper, called ‘Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations’ has been subject to multiple delays

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CO2 supply crisis 'worsens significantly' after power outage at Air Liquide plant

03 Jul 2018 | By Kevin White

The gas supplier has declared ‘force majeure’ due the shortages of CO2



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Plastic and the Packaging Conundrum

Plastic is the new public enemy number one. But how should the industry, which is so reliant on plastic as a packaging solution, respond?


The Soft Drinks Sugar Levy Webinar

What does the Sugar Levy mean? Everything you ever wanted to know and never dared to ask


Coca-Cola: How to Bring Sales and Operations Alive with Data

Implementing a robust Sales and Operation process at Coca-Cola



WHITE PAPER – Accelerate your supply chain as retail pressure intensifies

Big or small, Food and Drink manufacturers are under pressure. Supermarket range reviews, massive retail mergers, the backlash against plastic packaging and the ongoing unpredictability of Brexit are just some of the huge challenges facing them in 2018. 


WHITE PAPER – Innovation… who gives a SHIFT?

There was a time where it was enough to do one thing and do it well. When simply providing a solid product and service would support your business model for many years, if not decades. But the world has changed and continues to change… fast. Brands need to be planning ahead, but also ready to react when the competition start to encroach on their territory.  


White Paper: A new model for launching new products

As three in four new product launches currently fail within a year, Bray Leino’s new comms model suggests how the traditional approach can evolve to de-risk the launch process. Hosted by The Grocer, Bray Leino invited marketers from leading food and drink brands to discuss this hypothesis. That discussion is the basis for this paper.




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