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21 January 2020
Morrisons has promoted group marketing and customer director Andy Atkinson to be its next commercial director and David Lepley to group retail director. Andy Atkinson promoted As group commercial director Andy Atkinson will be responsible for the company's trading and manufacturing business. He joined Morrrisons in 2011 and has held a variety of roles including trading director and own bran...
20 January 2020
Regional co-operative retailer, Central England Co-op, has reported a positive performance over the three key Christmas and New Year Trading weeks. Like-for-like sales were up 3.5% in the three weeks ending 4 th January 2020. Community-based convenience stores trading well The retailer, which has over 240 food stores across 16 counties, said its community-based convenience stores traded pa...
20 January 2020
Healthy food-to-go specialist Crussh is rolling out a range of ‘fit food’ to over 300 Sainsbury’s stores following a successful trial last year. The range comprises of salad pots and wraps, including some vegan products, and will boost healthy food-to-go options available to Sainsbury’s customers.  It was first trialled in 61 stores in May last year and will now appear in stores across the UK....
16 January 2020
Asda has joined forces with some of the UK leading brand owners to launch its first ‘test and learn’ sustainability store with a mission to find new ways to reduce plastic and encourage customers to reuse and refill. Three month refill station trial From May, Asda's Middleton superstore in Leeds will become the retailer's first location to offer refill stations for dispensing loose products...
16 January 2020
SPAR UK has reported an increase of 2.6% in like-for-like sales for the four weeks to 29 December 2019. Focus on fresh and availability As well as a 2.6% increase over the period, SPAR UK announced a 7% increase in like-for-like sales during the final week. The retailer said this was due to its focus on fresh and availability. Louise Hoste, managing director of SPAR UK, commented: “O...
16 January 2020
Northern-based supermarket, Booths, has reported an increase in Christmas sales, according to reports from Retail Week. Strong sales of own-brand products Booths announced an increase in sales of 3.5% in the three weeks to 5 th January. Like-for-like sales saw a 2.7% increase. The positive result was driven by the retailer's private label range. Booths’ own-brand pigs in blankets and stuff...
15 January 2020
After six months of trials Greggs has chosen Just Eat as its exclusive partner to roll-out a national delivery service for its menu of food-to-go products.  This decision signals an end to Greggs' other trial delivery partnership with Just Eat competitor, Deliveroo.  However, Greggs' own in-house delivery service 'Greggs Delivered' is being maintained for the time being, though now limited only t...
14 January 2020
Food-to-go remains a key growth opportunity, and one that is attracting greater interest from a variety of different retailers, manufacturers and specialists as consumers’ lifestyles evolve. Here we share our five food-to-go trends to watch out for in the coming year: Source: IGD   Fuelling regeneration Food-to-go is the bridge between retail and foodservice. As both these sector...
14 January 2020
Asda has begun a consultation process with over 2,800 staff in back office roles as it looks for new ways to reduce its operating costs in an intensely competitive UK market. Changing customer behaviour According to reports in The Guardian, Asda is proposing halving the back office workload inn each of its 639 stores. In a statement Asda said “The way in which we operate our store-based bac...
14 January 2020
Variety discount retailer B&M's Q3 results (29th September 2019 to 28th December 2019) show positive growth across the majority of its business, despite a slower than expected run-up to the festive season. Revenue growth for all areas of the business except Jawoll Group +9.3% to £1,190.9m B&M UK +8.8% to £957.4m Heron Foods +6.2% to £95.6m France Babou +29.3% (26.1% relates to t...