Western Park Store fire

Three men jailed for life for Leicester store explosion

Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan lit 26 litres of petrol in the basement of a store

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Grocery Inflation

Slow food sales growth in December as total spend drops

18 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Food store sales increased by just +0.3% in value in December 2018 compared with the previous month, as total retail sales decreased by -0.9% in value, according to official new data.

Energy drink choice

Welsh government consults on anti-obesity proposals

17 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

The Welsh government has proposed a ban on energy drinks to under-16s and restrictions on the promotions of certain products in-store as part of its obesity-reduction strategy.


GroceryAid announces annual awareness day

17 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

GroceryAid has announced an annual event aiming to make all grocery industry employees aware of the practical, emotional and financial support available to them.

Vegan and organic lines

Healthy diets and plastic fear drive new shopper behaviour

17 Jan 2019 | By David Rees

Plastic pollution, healthy eating, responsible retailing and social media are among the key drivers of change that retailers are going to have to get to grips with in order to please the modern shopper, HIM suggests

Walls Collectors Club

Wall's launches community-focused campaign

18 Jan 2019

Pastry brand Wall’s is giving away £5,000 as part of a nationwide campaign to help support local community clubs.

South Devon Chilli Farm Ketchup

South Devon Chilli Farm spices up ketchup

18 Jan 2019

South Devon Chilli Farm is offering consumers a twist on the UK’s favourite condiment, with its chilli ketchup range.

McCoy's Muchos

McCoy's heads to Mexico for latest launch

18 Jan 2019

McCoy’s is looking to deliver ‘full on flavour’ with McCoy’s Muchos; a new crescent-shaped folded tortilla crisp.

James Stead Spar Calver Manager

What's keeping my till ringing?

18 Jan 2019

James Stead, manager of White’s Spar in Derbyshire, says sales of premium ready meals and spirits have increased dramatically after a recent refresh.

Cutting-edge technology Video

Southampton-based retailers Richard Inglis and Steve Bassett discuss how new technology is enabling them to boost footfall and reduce costs at their respective stores.


Is consolidation delivering?

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

From Tesco’s merger with Booker, to the Co-op Group’s acquisition of Nisa, consolidation took place throughout the industry in 2018. Now the new order is settling down, are independent retailers beginning to reap the rewards?  

What's in store

Future in your hands

12 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018

The future political landscape may appear beyond everyone’s control, but c-stores can play a part in defining their fortunes over the coming year and capitalise on demand for convenience. Industry commentators and retailers forecast what’s in store for 2019.

CJ Lang

CJ Lang: A new energy

11 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018 | By David Rees

CJ Lang looks to the future with new energy as the new management team, led by chief executive Colin McLean, has several new initiatives in the pipeline.

Raven's Budgens

Raven's Budgens, Abridge, Essex

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019

Raven’s Budgens in Abridge, Essex, switched to the Booker-owned symbol group last year, but the former Mace store is also the longest-running Shell forecourt site in the country. 

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The year ahead

08 Jan 2019 | By David Rees

At first glance, it seems like as an industry we will have more challenges than opportunities to deal with in the coming year but, then again, that has probably always been the case.


Focus on energy drinks

12 Dec 2018 | By James Lowman

Store owners should debate selling energy drinks to children with their community, says James.


Digital ordering

12 Dec 2018 | By HIM

It is vital that suppliers embrace and invest in B2B e-commerce and are knowledgeable as to the key guiding principles, says HIM’s Chloe Kent.

C-Store 2018 Combo Covers

Rolling with the punches

13 Dec 2018

Our C-Store Champions have seen their share of challenges in 2018, but their tenacity and ability to adapt have kept them on track.

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