United Kingdom news

12 May 2021
Coconut water brand, Vita Coco has launched its first ever haircare products. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, and treatments. Offering relevant ranges In our recent report looking at the future of drugstore, health & beauty we highlighted five areas of change expected as we transition into a post-COVID environment. One of the trends identified was righting the range, which invo...
11 May 2021
Morrisons has revealed robust trading for the Q1 period, the first retailer to release trade figures that annualise against the start of the pandemic. The retailer has also announced a number of initiatives to sustain the momentum including a new loyalty scheme. A robust quarter Group LFL sales for the 14 weeks to May 9 th were up 2.7%. Total sales ex fuel were up 3.3% including a 0.5% con...
11 May 2021
This week Co-op announced ambitious plans to sell fully carbon neutral own brand food and drink by 2025 – a world first.  This target is part of a new 10-point climate plan which sets out how the retailer will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 - ten years ahead of the government’s own ambition. Co-op’s thinking is summarised by Food CEO, Jo Whitfield: “ We are facing a monumental cli...
11 May 2021
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor remain notably elevated that the same period two years before (i.e. prior to the impacts of the pandemic).  Despite the reopening of non-essential stores from 12 April onwards, pushing year-on-year growth up to 51.1%, the two-year performance for the month was slightly slower than that seen in March when total retail growt...
10 May 2021
Gopuff, a quick commerce pureplay in the US, has announced it has acquired Fancy in the UK, marking its entrance into international markets. Geographic growth Gopuff provides on-demand delivery of household products, medication, food and drink in over 650 cities across the US. It operates more than 250 micro-fulfilment centres to fulfil orders. Fancy, also a quick commerce pureplay, offe...
10 May 2021
Asda has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. In it the retailer highlights how it plans to make it easier and affordable for shoppers to lead more sustainable lives. In preparation for the report, Asda communicated with over 3,000 customers to understand which ESG issues matter most to them. Three priorities stand out for Asda shoppers Asda’s research show...
06 May 2021
Asda’s new owners have agreed to offload a number of forecourts in order to allay competition concerns and formally complete their £6.8bn takeover of then business. Addressing competition concerns The move follows last month’s release of findings from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority initial investigation into the deal in which it raised concerns about a lack of competition in l...
29 April 2021
After much anticipation Eataly opened its first UK store in London, and 43 rd globally, in the City close to Liverpool Street Station. The concept of Eataly is simple: showcasing the best of Italian gastronomy in a place blending grocery retail and foodservice.  Here is a first look at what is probably the most impressive grocery store opening in the British capital over the recent years. A p...
28 April 2021
As Sainsbury’s reveals a strong operating performance in its full year 2020 results, we explore the retailer’s priorities for as it progresses its Food First strategy. Key numbers for 52 weeks to 6 March 2021 Grocery sales +7.8% and total ex fuel retail sales +7.3% Strong Q4 LFL growth of +11.3% Online grocery sales +119.6%, with capacity reaching 850,000 slots per week by year end...
28 April 2021
Explore how the Netherlands’ Jumbo is set to reduce its plastic consumption, while Beverage Carton and the Environment (ACE) has announced a 10-year sustainability roadmap set to deliver sustainable packaging by 2030. Meanwhile, Nomad Foods has partnered with the WWF to make an impact in the agricultural world and the UK’s Sainsbury’s has eliminated 18.5m plastic straws, replacing them with pa...