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Tesco And Sainsbury’s To Go Ahead With Ban On Volume-Led Promotions For HFSS Food & Drink

Just days after the government delayed some of the planned restrictions on promoting food and drink deemed high in fat, salt, or sugar (HFSS), Tesco and Sainsbury’s have announced that they will go ahead with the ban on volume-led promotions (more…)

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Supplies Of Budweiser And Other Beer Brands Face Disruption After Workers Agree On Strike Dates

The GMB Union has warned of potential beer shortages after workers making Budweiser, Stella Artois, Becks, and Boddingtons announced a series of summer strikes following a pay dispute. A total of 225 GMB members working at the Budweiser Brewing Group (more…)

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Independent C-Stores Missing Out On Food-To-Go Opportunities As Discounters Gain Ground

Data and digital consultancy TWC, in partnership with food-to-go and out-of-home tracking programme MealTrak, has revealed that the food-to-go market has grown by 9% in value within independent convenience stores in the latest 12 weeks (vs. the same period a (more…)

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Owner Of Lidl Makes Solid Gains

Schwarz Group, the German firm that owns the Lidl and Kaufland chains, saw total sales from its more than 13,300 stores around the world increase 6.6% to €133.6bn over the year to 28 February 2022. Kaufland’s sales rose by 7.4% (more…)

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Surprise Rise In Retail Sales But Consumer Confidence Falls To Lowest On Record

Despite surging inflation and economic worries, retail sales in the UK actually rose last month, partly driven by higher alcohol and tobacco sales. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show retail sales volumes rose by 1.4% in (more…)

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Co-op Introduces ‘Walking Deliveries’; Sainsbury’s Expands Deliveroo Partnership

The Co-op is introducing ‘walking deliveries’, with a focus on smaller towns and rural villages that are often avoided by rapid grocery delivery providers that usually focus on densely populated urban areas. Expected to operate from 200 sites this year, (more…)

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THG Rejects Takeover Bid As Further Interest Emerges

THG, the fast-growing e-commerce firm previously known as The Hut Group, has rejected a £2bn offer from a group of investors. The company, which sells beauty products online and markets its technology to consumer goods groups and other retailers, has (more…)

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Asda Brings Back ‘Blue Light’ Discount And Makes Changes To Staff Discount Scheme

After Iceland announced yesterday that it was launching a new discount scheme for the over 60s, Asda has confirmed it will waive the qualifying period for its staff discount and reinstate its offer of 10% off in stores to Blue (more…)

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Asda Talks Up ‘Massive’ Opportunity For Retail Media

Amid a fragmented media landscape, first-party data challenges and a cookie-less world, could we be entering a new era for retail media? Asda head of media partnerships Alex Crowe believes it’s time the marketing industry embraced the opportunities retail media (more…)

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Firms Warn Boris Johnson Against ‘Cost Of Living’ Food Tariff Cuts

Business groups are warning Boris Johnson’s government against cutting food import tariffs in a bid to ease the UK’s cost of living crisis. Two trade associations argued such a move would have only a “negligible” impact on soaring household bills (more…)

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Sainsbury’s And Marks & Spencer Clash Over Online Tax Plans

A battle is shaping up between major retailers over whether the UK should introduce an online sales tax, with Sainsbury’s demanding it to help revive struggling high streets while M&S argues it would have the opposite effect Read the full (more…)

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Boots Recouples With Love Island

Boots has revealed that it will be coupling up with ITV2’s Love Island for the second year running. The partnership will again see Boots stock the villa with beauty products, including fragrance, makeup, skincare, haircare, and sun protection from its (more…)

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Boost Drinks Enters Fast-Growing 500ml Can Segment

Boost Drinks has expanded its product range with the launch of Juic’d, a new 500ml canned energy drink range that taps into the fastest-growing segment in the category. Made with 5% fruit juice, Juic’d is available in three new flavours (more…)

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Wall’s Pastry Unveils Two New Products And Revamped Packaging

Wall’s Pastry has added two new variants to its leading sausage roll range – Pork & Pickle Sausage Rolls and Cheddar & Pickle. The rolls are available in packs of four and have launched in Asda at the cost of (more…)

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Fever-Tree Launches Summer Creative Campaign

Premium mixer brand Fever-Tree has unveiled a new summer marketing campaign. Taking inspiration from the brand’s famous strapline ‘if ¾ of your drink is the mixer, mix with the best’, the new campaign is called ‘We’d say T&G’ and aims (more…)

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Bestway Marks Queen’s Platinum Jubilee With Promotional Campaign

Bestway has launched a promotional campaign for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, across all its depots, representing an investment of over £250,000. In collaboration with key suppliers, the ‘Majestic Palace’ campaign sees a large, pre-fabricated palace opening its doors within the (more…)

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Iceland Offers Discount For Over 60s

Iceland and The Food Warehouse chains have launched a new discount exclusively for the over 60s that gives them 10% off their shopping to help counter the rising cost of living. There’s no minimum spend or product restrictions, but the (more…)

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Production Costs Rocketing, Says UK’s Largest Dairy Goods Producer

Arla Foods has become the latest manufacturer to warn that soaring input costs, driven by the war in Ukraine, will have to be passed on to customers. Britain’s biggest dairy good producer owns brands such Lurpak butter, Cravendale milk and (more…)

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Nisa’s Sales Director Stepping Down

Nisa has announced that its Sales Director Steve Leach will be leaving the business to “explore new opportunities for the future”. Leach joined the delivered wholesaler and convenience retailing specialist in January 2014. During his eight and half years with (more…)

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Impossible Foods Makes UK Debut

California-based Impossible Foods, the fastest-growing plant-based meat alternative company in the US, is making its European debut this week with the launch of two of its latest products in the UK. Impossible ‘Chicken’ Nuggets and Impossible Sausage Patties will begin (more…)

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