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Profits Fall At Aldi UK But Continuing Expansion Drive

Aldi’s British and Irish arm saw its profits fall by more than a quarter last year due price cuts and investment in its infrastructure. However, the discounter reaffirmed its plans to continue its rapid expansion, with London now a key (more…)

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Morrisons Increasing Prices Amid Cost Pressures

Mounting cost pressures in the grocery market has reportedly forced Morrisons to raise prices across hundreds of product lines. Edge by Ascential data [12 w/e 12 September 2019], published by trade publication The Grocer, shows the supermarket increased prices on (more…)

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Knowing GSCOP – a core skill for NAMs. Autumn training courses

Being confident on GSCOP is an essential skill in negotiations and now 13 retailers trade by its rules. Our highly-rated courses, designed for all suppliers to supermarkets, cover the Code, the role of the Adjudicator and how to use them (more…)

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Bosses of Sainsbury’s And Aldi Issue No-Deal Brexit Warnings

Sainsbury’s Chief Executive has joined the growing number of industry executives warning that a no-deal Brexit will impact fresh food supplies. Speaking to Sky News on Friday, Mike Coupe said that while the UK is “not going to starve as (more…)

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Record Year For Parfetts

Employee-owned wholesaler Parfetts has announced record growth in the year ending June 2019 in both sales and profit. The group’s turnover climbed 9.8% to £380m, with pre-tax profits jumping 17.5% to £6.1m. Like-for-like sales, excluding its new Middlesbrough depot and (more…)

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Asda Facing More Protests Over New Staff Contract

The GMB union is staging fresh protests against Asda, claiming workers face the sack if they don’t sign a controversial new contract. The so-called ‘flexible Contract 6’ will see workers no longer paid for any breaks and forced to work (more…)

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Slow Growth Takes Shine Off Tesco Budget Chain Jack’s A Year On

When Tesco unveiled its discount chain Jack’s a year ago, hopes were high that it could pose a serious threat to Aldi and Lidl. A year on, fewer stores than expected have opened and recent job losses have raised questions (more…)

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John Lewis Chairman: Yes, Losses Hurt But I’m Getting Retail Giant Fit For The Amazon Age

The chairman of John Lewis Partnership, Sir Charlie Mayfield, may be sitting on a grand plan for the retail giant’s future – but the painful experience of last week still smarts. “We weren’t expecting bouquets,” he says, turning over the (more…)

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Is Amazon A Sinner Or A Saint? Bosses Brag They Have Created Thousands Of Jobs

When Amazon became the first big firm to move into Doncaster’s flagship business park, politicians welcomed it with open arms. The former pit town was trying to revive its fortunes with the ambitious scheme, and the arrival of Jeff Bezos’ (more…)

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Snickers Chocolate Bars Changing Back To Marathon

Mars is to change the name of its Snickers chocolate bar back to Marathon. It will produce a limited-edition version of the Marathon, which will be sold in Morrisons in a four pack for £1. The bars were initially named (more…)

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Cadbury Adds Customer-Invented Dairy Milk To Permanent Collection

Mondelez International has announced the latest addition to its permanent Cadbury Dairy Milk bar range, which has been invented by a teenager. The new Cadbury Dairy Milk CHOCA-LATTE, invented by 17-year-old Callum Clogher, combines coffee cream and vanilla sandwiched in (more…)

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Alpro Offers On-The-Go Yogurt Alternative

Alpro has expanded its range of yogurt alternatives, with the introduction of an on-the-go pot variant. The new Alpro Greek Style with Granola combines a vanilla base with oven-baked granola, and is available in 140g single-serve pots with an integrated spoon (more…)

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Global Brands Extends Canned Cocktails With Llama-Inspired Variant

Global Brands has added a new variant to its All Shook Up range of ready-to-drink canned cocktails, which is said has been inspired by the recent trend for llamas. The new 4.5% ABV ‘Llamartini’ is a described as a twist (more…)

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Mars Wrigley Launches New M&M’s Campaign

Mars Wrigley UK has launched a new advertising campaign for its M&M’s Bars – the latest extension to the M&M’s brand. The digital campaign, which is being backed by a £1.4m media spend, will see over 50 new digital “assets” being launched.  All of these will (more…)

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Burtons Gives Jammie Dodgers A Festive Look

Burton’s Biscuit Company has introduced limited-edition festive designs for the Jammie Dodgers range. The embossed ‘splat’ in the middle of the pack now features one of three designs – a stocking, a star, and a Christmas tree – all of (more…)

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SPAIN: DIA Touts Progress Despite Weak H1

The struggling DIA group has said it is beginning to see improved results, even as it posted a drop in profits and sales for its fiscal first half. For the six months to end-June, the discounter saw net sales decline (more…)

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SWITZERLAND: Nestlé Unveils Ambitious Long-Term Green Aims

Nestlé has unveiled an ambitious set of targets for the long term, responding to growing consumer and citizen demands for the retail industry to improve their sustainability efforts. The world’s largest food maker said it aims to achieve zero net (more…)

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LATIN AMERICA: Casino Moves Closer To Regional Streamlining

Casino has announced that it has moved a step closer to its plan of simplifying its corporate structure in Latin America, after it secured new approvals. In a statement, Casino said that it has completed ‘the corporate approvals necessary to (more…)

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THE NETHERLANDS: Ahold Delhaize In Tie-Up To Expand Digital Customer Experience

Ahold Delhaize has announced the formation of a strategic partnership with Hanshow Technology, which will see it introduce digital in-store applications for its European brands. The first move in the tie-up will see the brands implement Hanshow’s electronic shelf labels (more…)

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GERMANY: Kaufland Unveils Sustainable Logo For Own Label

Kaufland has introduced a new log for its own label products which will highlight those items that have feature eco-friendly packaging. The ‘Bewusster Verpackt’ (Consciously Packed) logo will be implemented on products whose packaging is at least 80% recyclable or (more…)

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