This Saturday’s edition of The Grocer magazine is the last of the year.

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In the countdown to the festive break GrocerToday will continue to provide news as it happens every day.

It will provide up to the minute coverage of all the major events in the sector including the expected decision from the Department of Trade and Industry secretary of state Patricia Hewitt on whether to allow Tesco’s bid to buy T&S.

And as a bonus for all our readers, from December 16 to Christmas Eve access to all the news sections on GrocerToday will be free.

Daily bulletins will resume on January 2 and the first issue of The Grocer of 2003 will be out on Saturday January 4. Features that week include Arla’s foray into foodservice, how retailers are facing up to haulage challenges, and the potential for really innovative new products across all food and drink categories.