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  • British Soft Drinks Association defends energy drinks
    The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has defended energy drinks after the case of a university student received wide-spread media coverage this weekend. The British Medical Journal case report suggests a 21-year-old university student developed heart failure after “excessive” consumption of energy drinks. For two years, the man drank four... Read more »
  • Rustlers unveils ‘cook in box’ food-to-go concept
    Kepak is rolling out a Rustlers Cook in Box solution to help retailers “optimise their hot food-to-go offering”. Available from this month, the solution allows shoppers to heat Rustlers All Day Breakfast Sausage Muffin (£2.50) without having to open the pack, “eliminating any messy preparation whilst also acting as a... Read more »
  • Nescafé launches barista-style instant coffee range
    Nescafé has expanded its portfolio with the launch of a Roastery Collection range, in a move designed to give consumers “the flavour of the artisan coffee they would expect from a coffee shop, all from the comfort of their kitchen”. The Nescafé Gold Blend Roastery Collection includes two instant coffee blends... Read more »
  • EG Group buys fast-food chain Leon
    EG Group has snapped up fast-food chain Leon in a deal reportedly worth around £100m. The deal includes 42 company-owned restaurants, as well as 29 franchise sites. EG Group described the acquisition as “complementary” as it looks to expand the food side of its business. It currently operates more than... Read more »
  • Budweiser moves into seltzer market
    Budweiser Brewing Group is adding a range of seltzers to its Bud Light portfolio, tapping into “one of the fastest growing drink categories in the UK”. The Bud Light Seltzer range includes lemon-lime, passionfruit, and strawberry flavours, available in 330ml cans (£2) or a 6x330ml multi-pack. The range will be... Read more »
  • Campaign calls on customers to ‘ShopKind’
    Retailers, the Home Office, and independent charity Crimestoppers have today (19 April) launched a new campaign urging the public to ‘ShopKind’ after the reopening of more stores across the country. The #ShopKind campaign urges the public to be mindful of shopworkers’ essential role in supporting people during these difficult times... Read more »
  • Paul O’Grady’s dog food range secures AF Blakemore listing
    Pet food manufacturer Burgess Pet Care is set to launch its Paul O’Grady’s No Nasties dog food range into AF Blakemore. The range will be available to the wholesalers’ 950 company owned and independent Spar stores. James Davies, category controller at AF Blakemore, said: “We are very pleased to have... Read more »
  • Walkers latest campaign debates sandwich habits
    Walkers is kicking off a marketing campaign to “help retailers win at lunchtime” and encourage shoppers to “voice their opinion on their lunchtime and sandwich habits”. The “#crispIn or #crispOUT” campaign is running for nine weeks and will “reignite the age-old British debate around the crisp sandwich across multiple channels”,... Read more »
  • Beefeater taps into ready-to-drink trend with gin cans
    Gin brand Beefeater is launching three ready-to-drink cans. Beefeater London Dry Gin & Tonic, Beefeater Pink Strawberry Gin & Tonic and Beefeater Blood Orange & Tonic are rolling out into convenience stores this week, retailing at £2 for a 250ml can with a 4.9% ABV. The launch also coincides with... Read more »
  • Billionaire Issa brothers who bought Asda for £7bn look poised to make a takeover bid for Caffe Nero
    Mohsin, 49, and Zuber Issa, 48, could be due to take control of the coffee chain Caffe Nero after reportedly purchasing around £140million in loans from Swiss private equity firm Partners Group.... Read more »
  • New Asda owners snap up fast food chain Leon
    Billionaire brothers at EG Group pay £100m for 70-restaurant chain just months after buying supermarketThe billionaire brothers behind the petrol station business EG Group have snapped up the fast food chain Leon Restaurants for £100m, just months after acquiring supermarket chain Asda.EG Group, run by Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa,... Read more »
  • Supermarket and care staff in London could get key worker access to housing
    Sadiq Khan will consult on move to ‘recognise sacrifice’ of workers in pandemic, if re-electedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSupermarket and care staff could be added to the list of key workers in London to give them preferential access to cheaper housing, as part of a new post-pandemic... Read more »
  • Supermarket ‘bags for life’ must cost more to cut plastic use, urge campaigners
    UK’s ‘bag for a week’ habit is no green alternative – rather, it has created more problems for the environmentGreen campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.Marks & Spencer sold... Read more »
  • Caterpillar wars: time to pick sides in battle of Colin v Cuthbert
    M&S and Aldi are at loggerheads over a cake. What’s at stake and what’s behind Britain’s love affair with the confection?Colin the Caterpillar first darkened M&S’s shelves in the autumn of 1990, mere weeks before Margaret Thatcher stood down as prime minister. It’s too simple to put the timing down... Read more »
  • Landmark UK department stores at risk as Covid changes city centres
    Locally beloved buildings, from 1930s classics to brutalist edifices, are facing developers’ wrecking ballsCampaigners are organising themselves to prevent the destruction of historic department store buildings around the country, from fantastical brutalist structures to sleek 1930s edifices.The Twentieth Century Society is taking action against the destruction or redesign of seven... Read more »

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  • 2021: Year of the Pop-up
    Covid-19 has left a major mark on landlords and retailers. Whilst e-commerce has undoubtedly propped up retailers, it is not a long- term sustainable solution. Physical retail is still the best way for brands and customers to connect, especially in fashion and apparel. At Northbanks Design we’ve created exciting retail... Read more »
  • The rise of homeware: how can retailers stand out from the crowd?
    Homeware retailers have seen a surge in demand as Brits stay home. How can they stand out as more seek to capitalise on the trend? The post The rise of homeware: how can retailers stand out from the crowd? appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Final Bezos Shareholder Letter: 200M Amazon Prime Members, Failed Unionization Vote
    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tackled a wide range of topics in his final letter to shareholders before he passes the CEO baton to Andy Jassy, current head of the Amazon Web Services division, later this year. In addition to discussing the recent failed unionization vote in Bessemer, Ala., climate change... Read more »
  • Footfall rockets in retail reopening week
    Drapers Footfall rockets in retail reopening week Footfall soared 87.8% week on week in the week commencing 12 April, new data shows. The post Footfall rockets in retail reopening week appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • Stock Management: Can Your Memory Beat the System?
    For many smaller and growing ecommerce businesses, the world of warehouse management might seem like the dark side, something that only much larger companies need. But is that true and, whether it is or not, at what point in your business growth do the advantages of a systematic approach to... Read more »
  • Personalisation in Retail
    A modern take on personalisation for today’s retail landscape . The term ‘personalisation’ has been a buzzword in the marketing world for some time. In fact, according to Widen’s 2018 connectivity research, personalisation was the most important marketing, technology, and business trend that organisations and brands were focused on, even back... Read more »
  • Hammerson to slash rents as it “shares the pain” with retailers
    Hammerson has announced it will slash rents for its retail tenants by around 30 per cent as non-essential stores reopen. The post Hammerson to slash rents as it “shares the pain” with retailers appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Lululemon opens new store in Bath
    Drapers Lululemon opens new store in Bath Activewear brand Lululemon has opened a 2,800 sq ft store at Southgate shopping centre in Bath. The post Lululemon opens new store in Bath appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • First look: Armani opens at Braintree Village
    Drapers First look: Armani opens at Braintree Village  Italian luxury fashion brand Armani has opened its first-ever outlet in Essex at Braintree Village. The post First look: Armani opens at Braintree Village appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • M&S to build new automated online warehouse
    Drapers M&S to build new automated online warehouse Marks & Spencer has begun building a new automated online warehouse within its Bradford-based distribution centre, which will create 300 new jobs. The post M&S to build new automated online warehouse appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • John Lewis to renovate Peter Jones façade
    Drapers John Lewis to renovate Peter Jones façade The John Lewis Partnership will start work today renovating the façade of its Peter Jones shop on London’s Sloane Square. The post John Lewis to renovate Peter Jones façade appeared first on Drapers.... Read more »
  • OnBuy hires new chief marketing officer
    OnBuy has appointed Aron Cody-Boutcher to the role of chief marketing officer as it pushes on with its international expansion plans. The post OnBuy hires new chief marketing officer appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • UK footfall rises 330% as non-essential retailers reopen
    New research has shown that shoppers flocked back to the high street last week as non-essential stores reopened in England and Wales. The post UK footfall rises 330% as non-essential retailers reopen appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • John Lewis starts renovation work on Peter Jones façade & 6th floor
    Peter Jones' façade is set to undergo a major facelift as John Lewis kicks of renovation works on the Chelsea department store, which (...) The post John Lewis starts renovation work on Peter Jones façade & 6th floor appeared first on Retail Gazette.... Read more »
  • Rethinking Retail Fulfillment – the key to Navigating a Post-Brexit Supply Chain
    December 31, 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition period, and whilst many took a sigh of relief, in reality the Brexit effect had only just begun. The shockwaves presented by Brexit are now imminent. Many retailers are already experiencing increased tariffs and supply chain snags, putting customer satisfaction... Read more »

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