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Tough Quarter For Asda

Just weeks after regulators torpedoed its merger plans with Sainsbury’s, Asda has reported its first sales decline in two years, blaming the later timing of Easter and “challenging” trading conditions. Like-for-like sales fell by 1.1% during the three months to (more…)

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Waitrose Sets Out Plan To Triple Size Of Its Online Operation

Less than three months after revealing the end of its partnership with Ocado, Waitrose has outlined plans to treble the size of its online grocery operation to a £1bn business over the next three years. To support its plans, the (more…)

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Are you concerned you will be affected by the imminent Tesco cull of 8,000 products?

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Amazon Grabs Slice Of Deliveroo

Amazon has become a major investor in fast-growing UK-based food courier firm Deliveroo. The exact figure was not given, but the US online giant was the biggest investor in Deliveroo’s latest round of fund raising, which raised a total of (more…)

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Boots Goes Digital With Advantage Card Loyalty Scheme

Boots has launched its Boots Advantage Card in a digital format as part of its ongoing moves to modernise its operations and provide shoppers with easier access to personalised offers. The long-running loyalty scheme will now be part of the (more…)

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Aldi Offers Details Of Regional Expansion Plans

Aldi has revealed details of where some its 65 new stores planned for the UK this year will open. The discounter plans to open seven new stores across the South East this year, including outlets that are currently under construction (more…)

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Pret a Manger Eyeing Eat Chain To Grow Its Meat-Free Offer

Pret a Manger is reportedly seeking to buy rival sandwich chain Eat and then use its stores to grow its specialist vegetarian operation. The Evening Standard stated that talks between the two chains are at an advanced stage, with Pret (more…)

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Latest UK Brand Footprint Reports Launched

Alongside the publication of the seventh Global Brand Footprint report, Kantar have created five sector specific studies focused on the UK, assessing brand choices over the last year. Covering food, beverages, dairy, homecare and health & beauty, these reports include (more…)

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UK Mobile Retail Spend Expected To Double In The Next Five Years

As UK consumers increasingly turn to their smartphones for convenience, mobile will continue to be the fastest growing area within the UK retail market with spend increasing by £17.1bn over the next five years to reach £33.2bn by 2024, according (more…)

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Blue Skies Launches New Natural Ice Lolly Range At Tesco

The Blue Skies brand has developed a range of fresh fruit ice lollies, which will launch nationwide in Tesco stores. The innovation comes less than a year after the release of its award-winning ice cream, which has recently launched on (more…)

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Re:Nourish Unveils World’s First ‘Grab-And-Go’ Soup In Heat-able Bottle 

A new brand called Re:Nourish has announced a game-changing launch in the prepared soup category, which it says is the first significant innovation in the same for decades. The brand’s four-strong range of soups comes in a unique ready-to-go format, (more…)

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The Collective Introduces Cocktail-Inspired Gourmet Yoghurt

The Collective is set to celebrate the start of Summer with its launch of a limited-edition yoghurt that is the first on a line-up of cocktail-inspired flavours. The Limited Edition Piña Colada gourmet live yoghurt (450g/ RRP £2.19) will one (more…)

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Waitrose To Offer Own Label Range Of ‘Lesser-Known’ Wine Varietals

Waitrose has announced plans to offer a new range of own label wines that will showcase lesser-known grape varieties. The nine-strong ‘W’ range, which will be available as of 17 June, will introduce experimental wines from different regions and countries (more…)

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Lizi’s Granola Expands Low Sugar Range With ‘Indulgent’ Flavour

The Lizi’s Granola premium brand has expanded its best-selling Low Sugar range to include a brand new variant. The Low Sugar Maple & Pecan Granola (500g/ RRP £3.89) contains just 3.6g of sugar per 100g, as well as 9.7g of (more…)

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Kerry Foods Adds To Richmond Sausages Range

Kerry Foods has launched the new Richmond Thin Chicken Sausages to complement its existing chicken sausages range. The new variant, available in a 12 pack, sees each sausage contain just 48 calories. The Richmond Thin Chicken Sausage range is available (more…)

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Lucozade Set For £10m Summer Campaign

Lucozade Energy has announced plans for a major new marketing campaign for the summer, aimed at positioning the brand as “one that sparks positive energy”. The £10m ‘Spark Something’ campaign will include TV, outdoor, social and digital media advertising, as (more…)

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US: Walmart Warns Of Price Hikes After Strong Q1 Growth

Walmart has reported better-than-expected results for its fiscal first quarter, helped by its continued investment in ecommerce, but warned that it may have to raise prices due to the ongoing tariff war. For the three months to 30 April 2019, (more…)

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GLOBAL: Amazon Retains Position As World’s Most Valuable Retailer

Amazon continues to remain on top of the global list of BrandZ’s Most Valuable Retailers, based on ranking by WPP/Kantar, although it is facing growing competition from Chinese e-commerce giants. The latest ranking saw Amazon’s estimated brand value jump up (more…)

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POLAND: Retail Tax Cleared By EU Court

The Polish government’s tiered tax on retailers operating in the country has been cleared by the General Court of the European Union, nearly two years after the European Commission ruled against the move, raising fresh doubts about its future. The (more…)

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