United Kingdom news

24 June 2022
This year, a number of retailer meal deals have seen a change in their pricing strategy, and Amazon Fresh is the latest to follow suit. Earlier on in the year, Tesco increased their meal deal price from £3 to £3.50 , except for Clubcard members. This move would have pushed food-to-go customers without a Clubcard to the loyalty scheme, helping Tesco to collect more data on meal deal shopping t...
23 June 2022
The long-awaited addition to London’s Market Hall group has opened in the heart of London’s thriving business district – Canary Wharf. Originally announced in May 2019, the opening was delayed due to the pandemic. Having opened three food halls pre-pandemic, specifically Fulham (since closed), Victoria and Oxford Street, the company has been eager to expand. Last week we visited the si...
23 June 2022
In the UK, Amazon has opened its first Fresh store outside of London featuring its Just Walk Out technology. The retailer also announced Doug Herrington will take on the role of CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores following Dave Clark’s departure. 19 th Amazon Fresh store in the UK Amazon has opened its 19 th Amazon Fresh store in the UK in Sevenoaks, Kent. It is the first store to launch o...
21 June 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 12 June 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain fell by 1.9% versus 2021. While the market contracted over the 12-week period it was its best performance since October 2021 and the data showed it grew by 0.4% over the latest four-week timeframe. Inflation begins to...
21 June 2022
Meeting in person for the first time since 2019, the annual Blakemore Trade Partners trade show and conference at the Telford International Centre took the title ‘New World: New Opportunities’; flagging the changed realities of UK grocery retailing in the post-pandemic era. On the conference platform we heard from a line-up of speakers spanning independent SPAR retailers, AF Blakemore itself, SPA...
20 June 2022
As The Co-op announces new initiatives for its food-to-go ranges and how it aims to tackle food waste, we round up news from the retailer. The Co-op extends food-to-go range to Nisa retailers The Co-op has made its 2022 summer range of food-to-go products available to Nisa retailers directly from its central distribution. The range is made up of a selection of sandwiches, salads, wraps, sub...
20 June 2022
Following Tesco discussing shifts in shopper spending in its Q1 results , we look at two promotional and value-focused campaigns in the UK. Sainsbury’s adds further products to Aldi price match programme Sainsbury’s has expanded the number of products covered by its Aldi price match programme. The company said it had extended the scheme to cover its top 20 highest volume items, which wil...
20 June 2022
M&S has announced the appointment of Alex Freudmann as the next managing director of its food division. He will take up the post on November 1 st and sit on the executive committee. Alex Freudmann will fill the vacancy created by Stuart Machin’s promotion to M&S CEO. This in turn follows Steve Rowe’s stepping down from that role last month. Who is Alex Freudmann? Alex Freudmann has an exte...
17 June 2022
As concern mounts about the economic outlook and the severity of the rising cost of living, Tesco has highlighted a shift in its product mix towards value options. In the 13 weeks to May 28 group like-for-like sales grew by 2.0%, with performance varying significantly across the different elements of the business. UK: sales mix shifts to value options In the core UK business, LFL sales f...
16 June 2022
Despite shoppers being focused on saving money so far this year, the Platinum Jubilee provided a boost for retailers as shoppers spent more on sweet treats, picnic items and alcohol. Shoppers exceeded their own expectations for the event across several factors. What could this mean for other events coming up in 2022? Here are the 3 key shopper behaviours that played out over the Jubilee weeken...