The chain, with six Fresh & Wild stores in London and one in Bristol, has been advertising for store managers and department heads and held a Leadership Career Fair at its London offices.
The drive is aimed at having store managers in place for the new outlets it plans.
Owner Whole Foods Market, the largest natural and organic foods retailer in the US, bought Fresh & Wild in January 2004 for $38m. At the time, it announced it was looking to open as many as 75 large-format stores in the UK.
Fresh & Wild said it was seeking people from the food and supermarket industry.
In December, the purchasing director of Whole Foods Market, Tim Sperry, said it planned to open six megastores in and around London, as well as more stores in UK cities.
Although the group has no immediate intention to rebrand the existing Fresh & Wild stores, any new stores are likely to be badged Whole Foods Market.
The company has 161 stores in North America, with annual sales of $3.86bn.
Sainsbury’s convenience stores have scooped nine awards at Harris International Marketing’s annual Convenience Shopper Tracking Programme awards. Bell’s, and Jacksons and Local picked up awards, with the Sainsbury’s Local brand winning first place for ‘best fresh retailer’, and ‘best snacking retailer’. The tobacco company Gallaher was ‘best supplier as voted by retailers.’
Sainsbury and Tesco have been awarded contracts by the government-backed Waste & Resources Action Programme to pilot new front-of-store recycling methods.
The Fairtrade mark is now recognised by half the adult population, according to the latest Mori poll, compared with 25% in 2003 and 39% last year. The Fairtrade Foundation said the mark was reaching younger and more diverse audiences. People aged 25-34 are most likely to recognise the mark and are now just as likely as older age groups to buy regularly. The majority of those buying are recent converts - more than half of buyers first bought a Fairtrade product in the past 12 months.
Asda is extending its locally sourced products with a Best of East Anglia Range in partnership with Elveden Farms that will bring 58 products from 14 suppliers direct from the farm to the supermarket. Elveden Farms in Suffolk is the third local sourcing hub set up by Asda.
The Co-operative Group will be supporting housing charity Shelter this year. The opening event of the fundraising campaign, Make a Noise for Shelter, involved 20,000 staff and was the first of a series of activities through which the society aims to raise £0.5m.
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