Health & well-being


Co-op launches night shift worker campaign


The Co-op has launched a new report to highlight night shift workers whose mental and physical health may be at risk.

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Healthy snacking: everything you need to know about managing the category

2020-10-21T13:56:00+01:00This content is provided by KIND Snacks

The global health crisis has only accelerated the desire of consumers to eat more healthily. Here’s some management advice from KIND Snacks to ensure you capitalise on the booming healthy snacking category

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A.F. Blakemore acquires online Vegan Store


Spar wholesaler A.F. Blakemore has acquired online wholesaler and retailer Vegan Store.

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Industry pledges to play part in healthy eating plan


The retail industry has pledged to do its part to improve healthy eating amongst children.

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Coronavirus: ‘I haven’t had a break in 17 weeks’ says Londis retailer


Atul Sodha of Londis Harefield details how he’s been surviving during the coronavirus


Buxton to launch plant water range


Buxton Natural Mineral Water has launched PLANT+WATER by Buxton - a plant polyphenol infused water range. 


Obesity strategy will make it harder for convenience stores


The government’s plan to cut obesity has finally been revealed but what impact will it have on convenience stores?

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Healthy eating debate tough to digest for independent retailers


The government’s focus on promotion and siting of foods is certainly a noble cause but the knock-on effect for retailers is far from healthy.

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Guide: how bread meets the growing demand for variety in easy everyday health

2020-07-10T15:05:00+01:00This content is provided by Kingsmill

At a time when 9 in 10 shoppers claim to be taking action to be healthier, finding ways to offer a range of products that give people easy and affordable healthy options is a must

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Fruit-flavoured Aquafresh available to convenience trade


GSK brand Aquafresh is rolling out fruit-flavoured toothpastes for children and adults to all retailers this month.


Spar in Scotland supports healthy living with action week


Spar in Scotland is running a Healthy Living Week, supported by SGF Healthy Living Programme.


Tropicana Energise juice has benefit of fighting tiredness


Tropicana has introduced a new Energise flavour to its Essentials line-up, designed to combine juice with health and wellness benefits.

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C-stores urged to make the most of “VApril” e-cig opportunity

2020-04-02T15:14:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

Convenience stores could have an unprecedented opportunity to grow vape sales this month and beyond, as the 2020 Vapril campaign kicks off and specialist vape shops across the UK remain closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Burts Lentil Waves gets a revamp


Burts Snacks has revamped its Lentil Waves snack, aiming to appeal to the growing number of consumers looking for healthier and free-from alternatives.

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What's keeping my tills ringing?


Consumer demand for products with an added health benefit are continuing to fuel sales at Spar Maxol Tates Avenue in Belfast, says store manager Samantha Stewart.


Vaping-related illness continues to fall in US as official advice updated

2020-01-22T10:36:00+00:00By Gaelle Walker

US officials have updated their advice on e-cig usage as the number of people visiting hospitals due to vaping-related illnesses continues to fall.


Store owners expect soaring meat-free sales to continue

2020-01-21T11:17:00+00:00By Gaelle Walker

C-store retailers expect the “soaring” sales of meat-free products in January to maintain momentum well into 2020, as shoppers increasingly opt to incorporate vegan products into their everyday diets.

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Amount of sugar sold in soft drinks drops by -29%, study reveals

2020-01-13T13:21:00+00:00By Robin Mannering

The total amount of sugar sold in soft drinks in the UK dropped by -29% between 2015-2018, according to new research demonstrating how public health improvements can be “consistent with successful business practices”.

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Nisa-supplied Co-op bacon sku named least salty among supermarkets

2020-01-09T08:00:00+00:00By Robin Mannering

A Co-op own brand bacon sku has been named the least salty of all supermarket bacon products in a hard-hitting new study accusing manufacturers of putting “profits before the health of the nation”.

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Grocery chain Planet Organic enters London's online food delivery market

2020-01-07T10:52:00+00:00By Gaelle Walker

Grocery chain Planet Organic is entering the online food delivery market as part of a new deal with premium London delivery service Supper.

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Co-op’s “largest ever” vegan range available to Nisa and Costcutter stores


Nisa and Costcutter retailers are set to have access to Co-op’s new vegan range, which the group claims is the “largest ever product rollout of own-brand vegan products by a supermarket”.

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UK health officials maintain vaping advice in “tightly regulated” market

2019-11-20T10:57:00+00:00By Gaelle Walker

UK health officials are “as certain as ever that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking” and have highlighted their confidence in UK regulations, as reports of vaping-related illnesses in the US and a high-profile case in the UK continue to circulate.


Scottish stores "would be burdened" by under 16s energy drinks ban

2019-10-30T14:52:00+00:00By Gaelle Walker

A mandatory ban on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s would place more pressure on retailers and add to their overall compliance burden, the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) claims.

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Ricola launches Soothe & Clear range into UK retailers


Swiss wellbeing brand Ricola is adding a Soothe & Clear range to its UK portfolio in an attempt to shake up the medicated confectionery market.

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US health officials urge caution on vaping as health probe continues

2019-10-23T10:11:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

US health officials are urging citizens to “consider refraining” from using vaping devices, as the country steps up its investigations into the current outbreak of lung injury which has now claimed the lives of 33 people and sickened almost 1,500.


Extend soft drinks levy and enforce plain packaging for sugary foods, says chief medic

2019-10-10T11:00:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

The government should introduce standardised packaging for sugary foods and extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to milk-based drinks with added sugar in a bid to cut childhood obesity, England’s chief medical officer has recommended.


Scottish alcohol consumption falls following Minimum Unit Pricing

2019-09-26T10:28:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

The introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in Scotland has led to a fall in the amount of alcohol purchased by households, a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests.


UK maintains advice on vaping as Walmart ceases US e-cig sales

2019-09-24T09:00:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

UK health professionals continue to advocate the use of legal vaping devices as quit-smoking aids, despite Walmart moving to end e-cigarette sales in the US amid a deepening health scare which is being linked to vaping. 

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BAT demonstrates heightened focus on vaping

2019-09-19T02:56:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

British American Tobacco (BAT) is planning to cut around 2,300 jobs globally as it seeks to invest in new and growing categories, including vaping, heated tobacco and oral tobacco.


Vape industry responds to “sensationalist” reports of e-cigarette harm

2019-09-13T08:29:00+01:00By Gaelle Walker

The UK’s vaping industry has hit back at widespread reports in the national press this week that electronic cigarettes (e-cig) could have a harmful impact on heart health.