United Kingdom news

28 July 2020
Variety discounter Poundland will be adding free from products to its grocery range and new lines to its entertainment and stationery range, as part of its transformation plans. New products, new prices Poundland will be trialling its new free from range at 16 stores. This includes milk, snacks, cereals, bakery products and pasta. It will also be adding new, higher priced items to its en...
28 July 2020
Greggs, one of the UK’s largest food-to-go operators, posted a loss of £65.2m for the first half of 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown.  During the same period last year it made £36.7m profit.  However, with the majority of stores now reopen, weekly sales are up to 72% of 2019 levels with breakeven at 80%.   Successive years of strong growth performance and clear strategic plans enabl...
23 July 2020
Pre-COVID, food-to-go was the hero of the food and drink market - growing at twice the rate of the grocery retail with high levels of dynamism and innovative thinking from retailers and specialist operators. However, as lockdown restrictions rolled out across country after country, consumers’ daily routines changed overnight.  Coffee shops and takeaways in cities, transport hubs and shop...
23 July 2020
Co-op has announced the expansion of its click-and-collect partnership with John Lewis, to an additional 400 stores. 500 Co-op stores in total by the end of summer The expansion of this partnership means that 500 Co-op stores in total will be hosting John Lewis click & collect points. The service extension has started this month and is due to be finalised by the end of September. John Le...
23 July 2020
A.S. Watson group pledges to reduce plastic waste and use sustainable palm oil. On track with its 2030 sustainability goal The company is the first to sign-up to the New Plastic Economy (NPE) Global Commitment to reduce plastic waste and has also taken a group membership with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to help address environmental impacts caused by palm oil. The group...
23 July 2020
Key UK grocery appointments and departures including a new Groceries Code Adjudicator, and senior leaders at Tesco, Deliveroo and Poundstretcher. New Groceries Code Adjudicator appointed Mark White has been appointed to take over the role from Christine Tacon after she steps down from the role later this year. Tacon's tenure has been extended for up to six months to provide continuity; Whit...
21 July 2020
Morrisons has introduced a four-day working week for more than 1,500 workers at its head office. New way of working The Morrisons employees will reduce their weekly hours from 40 to 37.5, working nine hours a day, instead of the previous eight hours, with pay unaffected. They will also be required to work a six-hour shift one Saturday every month. Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Morrison...
21 July 2020
Take home grocery sales continue to rise, with 16.9% growth in the 12-week period up to 12th July, according to Kantar. This was the fastest growth on record since 1994, showing what a significant impact the pandemic is having on shoppers' behaviour. The 12 weeks include sales after the initial phase of strict lockdown in April, capturing the three months following this of eased restrictions for ...
21 July 2020
Nurses in selected Superdrug branches will offer the antibody test for coronavirus. Launching in 30 stores The service will first be offered in 30 stores, with a further 12 to follow in coming weeks. Blood will be taken by a nurse, which means further roll-out will be limited to stores which include a health clinic. Samples are sent off to the lab for analysis, with customers receivin...
20 July 2020
Both retailers add new options including recipe kits to their home delivery food box propositions as they seek to serve a broader range of occasions. Morrisons: flexibility and family focus Since launching its essentials food box at the start of the lockdown, Morrisons has continued to add innovative new options to range. While seasonal variations such as the Ramadan box and VE Day celebrat...