Co-op Group bans plastic bags as part of packaging drive

It aims to end all single-use own-brand plastic packaging within five years

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Central England Co-op announces strong first half sales

21 Sep 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Central England Co-operative has announced a 7% increase in like-for-like sales in its convenience stores in its first half trading results.

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.

Chalks of Cadnam, now a Southern Co-op store

Cadnam site marks start of new Southern Co-op franchise

19 Sep 2018 | By David Rees

Convenience industry stalwarts Tony Start and Steve Wilkinson have launched a new store franchise programme for the Southern Co-op with the acquisition of a site in the New Forest.

Dave Lewis Jack's Launch

Tesco takes on discounters with new chain Jack's

19 Sep 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco has launched its much-anticipated new discount chain, Jack’s, in a bid to compete against rivals Aldi and Lidl.

Ciroc Vodka x Moschino

Ciroc Luxury Vodka collaborates with Italian fashion brand

21 Sep 2018

Diageo’s Ciroc has launched a collaboration with Italian fashion house Moschino, which includes the launch of a limited-edition sku.

Carte Noire Classique 100g PMP Jar

Price-marked Carte Noire joins Lavazza coffee line-up

21 Sep 2018

The Lavazza Group has launched Carte Noire Classique 100g price-marked pack (PMP) exclusively for the wholesale and convenience channels. 

Ben n Jerry's Moo-phoria Range

Ben & Jerry’s launches new lighter ice cream range

21 Sep 2018

Ben & Jerry’s has revealed a new line-up of lighter ice creams, with less fat and fewer calories than the brand’s regular range.

Cofresh New Mixes

Cofresh adds two new flavours to Asian mixes range

21 Sep 2018

Cofresh, the UK’s No 1 Indian snacks brand, has extended its core range of savoury Asian Mixes with two 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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Fuelling growth at the forecourt

21 Sep 2018 | By HIM

Shoppers are increasingly turning to forecourts for their weekly top-up needs, writes Giorgio Rigali.


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.


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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