Cows being milked

Impact of hot summer to push up dairy and bread prices

A declining dairy industry combined with poor yields will fuel prices, analysts warn

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Mullans Spar

Food sales cooled in August following temperature dip

20 Sep 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Cooler conditions prompted food sales to fall in August following the hot weather surge that stores experienced in July, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal.

Martin Race Bestway

Bestway md Martin Race to be replaced by Dawood Pervez

19 Sep 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Bestway Wholesale managing director Martin Race is to retire from the business on 30 November, to be replaced by Dawood Pervez.

Sainsburys Asda Merger

CMA launches in-depth probe into Sainsbury's-Asda merger

19 Sep 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda will be subjected to an in-depth investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced.


Grocery spending returns to normal after bumper summer

18 Sep 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Following an unprecedented summer of weather and sport, consumers in the grocery sector have returned to their regular shopping habits and more usual levels of grocery spend, according to Nielsen data released today.

Riverstone RYO

Imperial launches new low-cost easy to roll tobacco

20 Sep 2018

Imperial Tobacco has launched a low-cost, easy to use, roll your own (RYO) tobacco in a bid to capture sales from the growing number of UK cigarette smokers trading down into RYO and dualing.

Vimto x Krispy Kreme Halloween Doughnuts

Vimto and Krispy Kreme create new doughnuts

20 Sep 2018

Vimto is partnering with Krispy Kreme to create a new range of limited edition Halloween doughnuts.

Metcalfes Movie On Pack Promo

Metcalfe’s launches on-pack promo with Rakuten TV

19 Sep 2018

Popcorn brand Metcalfe’s and video-on-demand service Rakuten TV have joined forces for a new consumer campaign.

Eat Real New Flavours

Eat Real adds six new flavours to snacking range

19 Sep 2018

Snacking brand Eat Real has extended its range of gluten-free and vegan Hummus, Lentil and Quinoa Chips with the addition of six new flavours.


Spar Market, Pwllheli, Wales Video

Conrad Davies’ Pwllheli store was the first in the country to convert to the Spar Market format. One year on from the major revamp, he discusses the impact of the new-look store on margins and sales.  


Look and learn

19 Sep 2018 Updated: 21 Sep 2018 | By Nikki Cutler

Innovative new research has taken a shopper’s eye view to find the most effective displays a retailer can use to create sales in their store.

Budgens of Islington

C-store & partners

19 Sep 2018 Updated: 21 Sep 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

With the food-to-go market booming, partnerships with the likes of Greggs and Subway seem like a sensible move. However, there are retailers electing to go their own way, working with smaller providers to give their store the edge.

Welcome Co-op Islington

Welcome Co-op, Islington, London

19 Sep 2018 Updated: 21 Sep 2018 | By David Rees

With a new IT system fully bedded in, Southern Co-op is on the lookout for more independent retailer partners for its store franchise programme. C-Store catches up with Prateek Shukla, one of the recent recruits, at his store in Islington, North London.

Premier Victoria Dock Hull

Premier Victoria Dock, Hull

04 Sep 2018 Updated: 07 Sep 2018

Joe and Kuldeep Kaur Punian opened their latest store in Hull’s Victoria Dock in February, under Premier’s latest store format.

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Jac Roper is fighting for a better deal for independent retailers

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Flexible working

19 Sep 2018 | By James Lowman

The Local Shop Report shows how the sector is offering employment flexibility, says James.

Sam Coldbeck

A familiar story

07 Sep 2018 | By Samantha Coldbeck

The growing illicit trade in e-cigarettes needs addressing by government urgently, argues Sam.


The healthy snacking offer

24 Aug 2018 | By HIM

As many as 27% of shoppers want more healthier options to be available within meal deals so tap into this trend, says Giorgio Rigali.


Your kind of people

19 Sep 2018 Updated: 21 Sep 2018

Our Champions understand that millennials are the future, making them an essential demographic to capture. Here’s how they do it 

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