Costcutter news

30 November 2017
Following the announcement that the UK's largest delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey is now in administration, PwC, the administrators, have advised the company's customers that it cannot provide any further wholesale service and that even orders placed before the administration cannot now be honoured.  Therefore customers "will need to arrange an alternative source of supply going forward."   ...
29 November 2017
Following the collapse of Costcutter's supply partner Palmer & Harvey, it has been announced that the symbol group has signed an agreement with Co-op, by which it will become the exclusive wholesale supplier to the 2,200 Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, Supershop and kwiksave stores.  The five-year deal will commence formally in Spring 2018, though with P&H ceased trading, Co-op is now exploring p...
02 October 2017
Costcutter, one of the UK's leading retail symbol groups has reported sales of £622m for the full year 2016, down 9.8%.  The decline was driven by both business in the UK, with sales down 6.2% to £616m, but also in Europe where sales fell by 79.3% to just £7m.  At the end of the period Costcutter store numbers were down to 2,200 across its combined fascias (Costcutter, Mace, Simply Fresh, Kwiksav...
20 September 2017
Coscutter has launched a new ‘Meal for Tonight’ campaign to help retailers increase basket-spend. The symbol group is also rolling out its largest ever ‘Freshers Week’ campaign. Cook at home meals for £5 or less The new campaign is designed to drive basket-spend through link purchases across different categories. Shoppers can create easy meals in under 30 minutes, for £5 or less, by choosin...
27 July 2017
Costcutter has launched a Facebook Canvas advert to support its multi-channel “Tasty in No Time” own-brand campaign. “Tasty in no Time” The group launched the Facebook Canvas at the start of July, which focuses on its ‘Tasty in no Time’ summer burger recipe, using all own-brand independent products. The original campaign was launched in April and features ‘food for tonight’ recipe suggestio...
21 June 2017
We had a great day at the Convenience Retailing Summit earlier this month where we heard insightful case studies from leading retailers and suppliers in the channel. To provide you with a roundup of the day and in case you missed it, here I outline the key themes: Looking ahead Our Chief Economist, James Walton, and Head of Retail Insight, Guy Ousey, opened the day with an overview of the...
27 April 2017
Under the strapline the 'Tasty in no Time', major national symbol group network, Costcutter has developed a new campaign to promote its 'Independent' private label range.  Using 'food for tonight' recipe suggestions both in store, and in press and TV advertising, the activity will showcase the scope, quality and value of the range to build shopper perception of its capability in meeting key needs...
07 April 2017
Delivered wholesaler Palmer & Harvey and symbol retail group Costcutter Supermarkets have announced their intention to close The BuyCo.  The 50-50 owned buying alliance was established in 2013 to negotiate the joint buying terms for the two organisations as part of the deal that saw P&H taking on the distribution to Costcutter stores, while Costcutter took over the management of P&H's symbol stor...
21 October 2016
Major symbol group Costcutter Supermarkets Group has announced a major brand transformation to engage shoppers and drive future retailer sales growth, under the title of its 'Shopper First Programme'.  The new brand package (including a new logo) has been developed out of a deep and wide-ranging research and review project, aiming to provide a clearer than ever understanding of how shoppers ...
02 September 2016
Costcutter Supermarkets Group aims for footfall boost after signing a deal with mobile click & collect newcomer Parcelly. Costcutter benefits from deal The convenience group includes nationwide outlets Costcutter, Mace, kwiksave, Simply Fresh and Supershop. The convenience stores will now be used as locations where Parcelly consumers can collect and drop off parcels. Stores will receive com...