Illicit tobacco retailer

Retailer loses tobacco gantry after illicit cigarette seizure

Tajinder Singh claimed to have bought the counterfeit cigarettes unwittingly

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Bestway wholesale financial results

Bestway Wholesale announces 10.5% pre-tax profit rise

20 Mar 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Bestway Wholesale has announced a 10.5% increase in pre-tax profit to £23.2m for the year ending 20 June 2017, although revenue declined within its wholesale business.

ACS Crime Report 2018

Shop thefts near one million, ACS warns

20 Mar 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The number of reported incidents of shop theft has been estimated at almost one million over the last year, according to the Association of Convenience Store’s Crime Report 2018.

Pig in straw

Co-op Group switches to 100% outdoor-bred pork

20 Mar 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Co-operative Group has announced that from July all of its own-brand fresh pork, bacon, sausage, gammon and ham will be sourced from 100% outdoor-bred pigs.

Diana Hunter

Conviviality ceo Diana Hunter resigns with immediate effect

19 Mar 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Conviviality ceo Diana Hunter has stepped down with immediate effect following a tumultuous week in which the company’s shares were suspended for trading as it faced up to a surprise £30m tax bill.

Thatchers Katy

Thatchers Katy receives new spring campaign

21 Mar 2018

Thatchers is looking to drive awareness around its Katy cider with a new spring campaign.

Dr Oetker Ultimate Sprinkles

Ultimate Sprinkles join Dr Oetker baking range

21 Mar 2018

Dr. Oetker has announced the launch of its Ultimate Sprinkles range available to independent retailers next month.

Belvoir New Presse Range

Belvoir Fruit Farms adds four new Pressé variants

20 Mar 2018

Premium adult soft drinks producer Belvoir Fruit Farms is extending its Pressé range to include Pink Grapefruit, Rhubarb & Apple, Botanical Juniper & Tonic and Light Ginger Beer.

Mr Kipling Advert

Premier Foods launches new Mr Kipling advert

20 Mar 2018

Premier Foods has announced the launch of a new Mr Kipling TV advert which will feature the brand’s “Exceedingly Good Cakes” slogan.

Eldred Drive Stores

Responsible retailing: Eldred Drive Stores, Orpington Video

Anita Nye, manager of Premier Eldred Drive Stores, explains why the store has implemented a ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s - and discusses the importance of responsible retailing in general.

self service

Need for speed

21 Mar 2018 Updated: 23 Mar 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Many c-stores are under increasing pressure to cut customers’ queue times. Here C-Store looks at how retailers are investing in speedy service.


The balance of power

06 Mar 2018 Updated: 09 Mar 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Small stores are forced to pay more for their energy than their supermarket competitors, which makes getting a good deal and investing in energy-efficient equipment crucial. 


CRA Best Independent Store: Ancoats General Store, Manchester

20 Mar 2018 Updated: 23 Mar 2018 | By David Rees

Ancoats General Store is resonating with the local community in Manchester by embodying the future of convenience combined with the spirit of independence.

Budgens of Islington

CRA 2018 winner: Budgens of Islington

20 Mar 2018 Updated: 23 Mar 2018

Paul Gardner’s Budgens in Islington, North London, won the top prize at the 2018 Convenience Retail Awards.

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Serious crimes

21 Mar 2018 | By James Lowman

Crimes such as shop theft need to be taken more seriously, says James Lowman.

Richard Inglis

The high-tech way to sell tobacco

21 Mar 2018 | By Richard Inglis

That expensive gantry may be a smart move, saving you in terms of cash and hassle, says Richard.


A choice-driven future

21 Mar 2018 | By David Rees

If there is a common thread that runs through all of our main CRA winners, it is that they have forged their own individual identities in the markets in which they operate, says David.

Customer experience

Satisfaction guaranteed

07 Mar 2018 Updated: 09 Mar 2018

What makes the customer experience a good one? Our C-Store Champions discuss what it means to them and their shoppers.

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