The Co-operative to use Fairtrade cocoa in all products

All cocoa in its own-brand ranges will be bought through a Fairtrade programme

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Spending confidence hits new high despite Brexit anxiety

21 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

The UK economy has been named as the nation’s biggest concern in a latest Nielsen survey, despite British consumer spending confidence at its highest level on record.

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UK food and drink exports break £20bn barrier in 2016

21 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Total exports of UK food and drink grew by 10.5% last year to a record figure of more than £20bn, according to new figures.

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Simply Fresh committed to N Ireland despite first store closure

20 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Simply Fresh remains committed to growing the brand in Northern Ireland despite the closure of its first store in the province.

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Morrisons campaign aims to increase UK food self-sufficiency

17 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Morrisons has launched a campaign to recruit more than 200 new local suppliers as part of a drive to increase UK self-sufficiency in food production.

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P&H launches 'best in class' transactional website

17 Feb 2017 | By David Rees

Palmer & Harvey (P&H) has launched a new transactional website, claiming it sets a new standard in the wholesale industry


Best-one ranked third best c-store brand in Which? survey

17 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Iceland have come out on top in a Which? Supermarket consumer satisfaction survey, while Best One performed strongly in the convenience category. 

Eating out is now the fifth highest weekly UK family expenditure says the ONS

UK family spend on eating out reaches five-year high

16 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Families are spending more on eating out than at any time in the past five years (£45.10 per week), while weekly spending on alcohol and tobacco has fallen to below £12 for the first time, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

As many as one in three convenience stores are expected to face rate increases this April

Business rates income predicted to reach £23.8bn by 2018

16 Feb 2017 | By Simon Banks

Business rates income is forecast to rise from £22.4bn in 2015-16 to £23.8bn by 2018, according to figures published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Award-winning Hull c-store celebrates 40th anniversary

16 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Wharfedale Premier Convenience in Hull marked its 40th birthday this week with themed in-store celebrations.

Sainsbury's Local

Sheffield councillors reject Sainsbury's Local application

15 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Campaigners in Crosspool, Sheffield, have seen off a proposed Sainsbury’s Local on the site of a pub designated an “asset of community value”

Free From Foods Co-op

Free-from has further potential in convenience, says report

15 Feb 2017 | By Andrew Don

Opportunities abound for c-stores in the free-from market, Euromonitor International has claimed in its latest analysis of the category.

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Inflation rises to 1.8% as consumers feel the pinch

14 Feb 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Inflation rose by 1.8% in January to its highest rate since June 2014, while 74% of consumers noticed a rise in prices, latest figures reveal.


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Sam Coldbeck

Teaching the mults

21 Feb 2017 | By Samantha Coldbeck

The multiples can learn a lot from independents about responsible retailing, Sam argues.

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