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Boots Cutting Thousands Of Jobs After Taking Major Hit From Pandemic

Boots has revealed plans to cut up to 4,000 jobs and close opticians practices across the UK as it accelerates its turnaround programme to mitigate the “significant impact” on its business from the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made alongside (more…)

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John Lewis To Permanently Close Eight Stores

John Lewis is to permanently close eight of its 50 department stores to “secure the business’s long-term future and respond to customers’ shopping needs”. Amid falling profitability in recent years, rumours about the closure of some of the group’s underperforming (more…)

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Asda Trialling Speedy Grocery Deliveries Via Uber Eats

Asda has linked up with Uber Eats to meet the growing demand for rapid grocery delivery services. In recent months, the likes of Aldi, Co-op, Morrisons and M&S have all stated working with Deliveroo to enable the speedy delivery of (more…)

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Mixed Reaction To Support Package For Hospitality Sector; Retailers Also Want Help

Yesterday’s announcement by the Chancellor that he was introducing a discounted eating out scheme and temporary VAT cut in the hospitality sector was applauded by some key industry players, although foodservice wholesalers suggested more specific support was needed to save (more…)

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C&C Names Appoints Heineken Exec As New CEO

C&C Group, the owner of brands such as Tennent’s and Bulmers, has appointed David Forde as its new Chief Executive Officer. He joins the company from Heineken where he has served as Managing Director of the brewer’s UK business for (more…)

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Aldi Stepping Up Plastic Reduction Drive

Aldi has announced a new commitment to reduce the volume of plastic packaging used on the products it sells by 50% by 2025. The pledge will see the supermarket remove around 74,000 tonnes of plastic packaging during the next five (more…)

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Burger King May Have To Close One In 10 Of Its UK Sites

The head of Burger King UK has warned that up to 10% of its restaurants may have to close as a result of damage to its finances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. All the fast-food chain’s sites were closed for (more…)

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Consumers Changing Their Purchase Preferences Based On Social Responsibility, Inclusiveness, Or Environmental Impact

A new report from the Capgemini Research Institute examines the impact sustainability has on consumer purchasing patterns and how well consumer product and retail (CPR) organizations understand consumer expectations. The study – Consumer Products and Retail: How sustainability is fundamentally changing (more…)

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Captain Birds Eye Replaced

The Captain Birds Eye character is being replaced for a limited period by a real frozen food shopper on packs of fish fingers for the first time in the brand’s 50+ year history. Charlotte Carter-Dunn, newly crowned as ‘Captain Charlotte’, (more…)

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Pladis Adds ‘Finest Biscuit To Date’ To McVitie’s Range

Pladis has extended its McVitie’s range with the launch of Very Important Biscuits, or V.I.Bs. The V.I.Bs are available in three flavours – Classic Caramel Bliss, Heavenly Chocolate Hazelnut and Luscious Blood Orange. Each biscuit has been golden baked, topped (more…)

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Merchant Gourmet Agrees Permanent Listing With Lidl

Healthy grains and pulses brand Merchant Gourmet has secured a new permanent listing in all Lidl stores from August. Having previously done spot deals on a range of limited-edition pouches exclusively for the discounter, the brand’s core range of 250g (more…)

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Coldpress Smoothies Secures Lidl Listing

Smoothie brand Coldpress is making its debut in Lidl stores this month. The fast-growing brand, which underwent an extensive makeover during the back end of 2019, will be sold in 800 of the discounter’s outlets. There will be three flavours (more…)

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Pimp My Salad Rolling Out To More UK Retailers

Australian brand ‘Pimp My Salad’ is launching in Ocado and Holland & Barrett following strong sales Down Under and in Planet Organic and Selfridges. Pimp My Salad offers a range of meal toppers, including Coconut Bacon, Cashew Parmesan and Activated (more…)

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Kerry Foods’ Meat-Free Brand Partners With Gousto

Kerry Foods-owned meat-free brand Naked Glory has announced a new collaboration with recipe box firm Gousto. The tie-up sees the new Naked Glory Deli Readybites Roast flavour feature as a core ingredient in two meat-free dishes offered by Gousto. The (more…)

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Supply Chain Flexibility And Decentralisation Crucial For Retail Resilience

Supply chain professionals from the likes of Morrisons, Mondelēz, and Holland & Barrett are planning to prioritise supply chain resilience and flexibility when building for the future. This according to the findings of the recent 2020 SCALA Supply Chain Debate (more…)

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Frozen Sales Continue To Outperform Overall Grocery Market

Sales of frozen food jumped by 19.4% (+£285m) in value terms and volumes rose 17.5% over the 12 weeks to 14 June as consumers stocked up their freezers during the pandemic. This compares with value growth of 9.7% and a (more…)

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Head Of SuperValu and Centra Chains Stepping Down

Martin Kelleher, the long-serving Managing Director of Musgrave’s SuperValu and Centra chains in Ireland, is leaving the business. First reported by The Irish Times, Kelleher’s departure is said to have taken many of the group’s franchisees by surprise. Musgrave confirmed (more…)

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BWG Hoping Convenience Stores Can Tap Into Booming Online Delivery Channel

BWG, the group behind the SPAR, Londis and Mace convenience chains in Ireland, is looking at rolling out online shopping and home delivery services following a surge in demand in recent months. Around 44% of franchisees in BWG’s network of (more…)

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M&S Food Surges Up Customer Satisfaction Ranking

Marks & Spencer’s recent investment in improving its food offer appears to be paying off with the retailer moving into the top 10 of a leading customer satisfaction ranking. John Lewis came top in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) (more…)

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Coca-Cola Launches Major Sampling Campaign For Costa Coffee RTD Range

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is planning to deliver 50,000 sample boxes of its Costa Coffee ready-to-drink (RTD) range to households across the UK as part of a major summer sampling campaign. Another 100,000 cans will also be given away in (more…)

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