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Sainsbury’s Testing Refill Stations For Cleaning Products

Sainsbury’s has become the latest supermarket to start testing product refill options in-store as part of industry moves to cut back on the use of plastic. Shoppers at Sainsbury’s Harringay superstore can now refill selected Ecover cleaning products such as (more…)

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Sainsbury’s Unveils Second ‘On The Go’ Store

Sainsbury’s has opened its second ‘On the Go’ convenience store in the heart of Birmingham’s business district. The new format, that aims to meet the needs of busy workers in city locations, was unveiled earlier this month in London.  Five (more…)

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Consumer Confidence Continues To Rise

Consumer confidence rose for a third straight month in February against a backdrop of rising wages and house prices, low unemployment and stable inflation.  However, the data was accompanied by a warning that the coronavirus outbreak could curtail recent progress (more…)

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McColl’s Retail Completes Refinancing

Convenience retailer McColl’s revealed today that it has agreed on new debt arrangements with its lenders to support its improvement plans. Having engaged with its banking syndicate in the latter part of 2019, the company said its bank facilities have (more…)

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UK Holds Back Growth At Bakkavor; Warns On Coronavirus Impact

Bakkavor, the maker of fresh prepared food for the supermarket multiples, delivered a rise in revenues last year despite a “challenging” UK market. Group like-for-like revenue in the 52 weeks to 28 December was up 1.7% to £1.79bn with adjusted (more…)

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Müller Secures Long Term Partnership To Drive Down Plastic Use

Müller has secured a long term partnership with Biffa, which allows the dairy company to meet increased demand for packaging made from recycled materials. With demand for food grade recycled High Density Polyethylene (rHDPE) currently outstripping supply, the agreement will (more…)

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PepsiCo’s Smoothies Brand Launches Lower-Sugar Range

PepsiCo has launched a new lower-sugar range of smoothies “in response to consumer demand”. The ‘Lean’ addition to the Naked Smoothies range is claimed to be first lower-sugar smoothie in grocery retail. It contains only naturally-occurring sugar from the fruits (more…)

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UK’s First Fully Sustainable Cling Film Set For Launch

Fearn Products has developed the UK’s (and Europe’s) first fully sustainable cling film made from sugar cane – Fearn Eco-Cling Film. The new 100% recyclable film has been made without using petroleum, the underlying environmental problem with the traditional form. (more…)

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Strongbow Cider Unveils New Variant

Strongbow has added a rosé flavour to its portfolio to tap into the trend for such drinks. Strongbow Rosé will be available from March in 500ml bottles and 440ml cans. The cider brand is also rolling out a new pack (more…)

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Gordon’s Adds Lemon Flavoured Gin To Portfolio

Gordon’s has announced the launch of Sicilian Lemon Distilled Gin in time for summer. The Mediterranean twist on its original recipe uses 100% natural flavours. Set to capitalise on the ongoing gin trend, the lemon variant follows in the footsteps (more…)

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Froneri Creates Oreo Stick Sandwich Ice Cream

Froneri has combined Oreo with Cadbury to create the Oreo Stick Sandwich. This product features vanilla cookie ice cream sat between two Oreo cookies which are then coated in Cadbury chocolate and placed on a stick. Brunhilde VanAntwerp, UK Head (more…)

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Camden Town Brewery Launching A ‘Blooming’ Good Lager

Camden Town Brewery has unveiled the latest addition to its Seasonal Hells beer range. Called Blooming Hells Lager, the limited-edition lager is said to be inspired by the rain, shine and bloom of British Springtime. Brewed using fruity southern hemisphere (more…)

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US: Walmart Preparing To Challenge Amazon Prime

Walmart is reportedly creating its own paid membership programme to compete with Amazon’s highly successful Prime scheme. According to technology news website Recode, the supermarket giant will begin testing  ‘Walmart+’ as soon as March. It is expected to build on (more…)

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US: Coty Appoints Fresh Leadership To Drive Growth

Beauty products giant Coty has announced the appointment of a new CEO and other executive changes which are designed to help accelerate the growth of the business. Pierre Denis, a luxury industry veteran who has led Jimmy Choo for the (more…)

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ITALY: Annual Sales Up At Esselunga

Despite the tough trading conditions in Italy, supermarket chain Esselunga has reported relatively robust annual results. Its total sales rose 2.9% to €8.14bn, driven by new stores openings, the introduction of a meal voucher programme, and strong e-commerce activity. However, (more…)

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AUSTRALIA: Unilever Appoints News Local CEO

Unilever has appointed Nicole Sparshott, the CEO of its speciality teas business T2, as the new Chief Executive of its Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) unit. She replaces Clive Stiff, who is retiring from the business following eight years in (more…)

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US: Pressure Grows On Food Industry As Consumers Reveal Rising Expectations

The US food industry is facing increasing pressure to alleviate safety concerns after a new report suggested that almost half of Americans had actively changed their shopping habits in the last 12 months following a food scare. The report – (more…)

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GLOBAL: Convenience And Experience Key Differentiating Factors In Dynamic Retail Environment

On the back of intensifying competition in the retail industry, customers have become more demanding when it comes to convenience and the shopping experience, as they know that they can always switch to another retailer for buying goods if their (more…)

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Taking control of the B2B supply chain

More and more links in the value chain — especially retailers and wholesalers — are being forced to reposition themselves under pressure from both existing, yet evolving competitors and fast-paced challenger brands with innovative approaches to technology and disruptive business (more…)

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Walmart In Talks About Selling Stake In Asda

Walmart revealed yesterday that it is in talks regarding the sale of a stake in its Asda subsidiary, although a stock market flotation remains the US retailer’s preferred option. Responding to earlier reports that it had received approaches from private (more…)

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