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  1. International
Pringles is set to roll-out a new pack design to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its UK launch. The new packs will be available later this month, featuring a “modern, emoji-style” look for Mr. P (Julius Pringles), the brand’s mascot, with new eyebrows and bow tie and a bald head. The cans will also highlight […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
The amount spent on groceries in UK convenience stores rose by 3.3% in the four weeks to 11 September compared to the same period last year, according to Nielsen’s latest figures. The analyst said that this was a faster increase than that at UK supermarkets, which grew at only 0.6%. Nielsen concluded that the shift […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Poundland has announced it will close on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The bargain retailer joins Aldi, Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer among many chains which have decided to have extra days closed this festive period. The move has been welcomed by retail trade union Usdaw (Union of shop, distributive and allied workers), […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Britvic is moving several of its soft drink brands to 100% recycled plastic packaging, across single serve 500ml and/or 600ml bottles, by the end of September. The brands include Pepsi Max, 7UP Free, Tango, Lipton, Robinsons ready-to-drink bottles and Drench, with Mountain Dew also following suit in December 2022. The change will be supported with […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Morrisons is to stop using plastic bags for bananas sold in its stores. From today paper bands will start to replace plastic, which means that 45 million single use bags will be removed from Morrisons every year. The removal of the bags follows a successful 12 week trial and the chain says that the strengthened […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Aldi is using staff to experiment with using checkout-free shopping in one of its London stores. The system uses a smartphone app that can be scanned on entering the store, allowing customers to pick up their shopping and walk out without needing to go to a till. Shortly after they leave the store customers receive […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Snacking brand Whitworths is set to launch a new TV advert later this month. The advert looks to “highlight the breadth of the brand’s product range” and “promote healthier snacking”, supported by in-store and online promotional plans. Phil Gowland, commercial director at Whitworths, said: “We’ve increased our brand investment by seven times year on year to […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Posters to help retailers keep staff informed about national vaccination policies have been produced by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Convenience retailers have worked tirelessly to ensure that they can continue to serve their communities while keeping their staff and customers safe. “We have developed these posters for […]
  1. Department & Category
The threatened national shortage of food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) could threaten future supplies of not just fizzy drinks but various foodstuffs. The potential shortage, an indirect consequence of the rise in gas prices, has brought warnings from the British Soft Drinks Association (BDSA) and several food companies, including poultry producers. The BDSA said: “Any local […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Nisa has launched a half price or better event in order to help retailers boost Autumn sales. Deals include Tropicana Smooth Orange 1.4ltrs for £2, Robinson’s Fruit Shoot 4x200ml for £1, Kettle Crisps Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar 150g for £1, Maryland Cookies 230g for 59p and Cadbury Crunchie Rocks 110g for 99p. Twinings English […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
British retail sales fell by 0.9% in August compared with July, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Food store sales fell even further, at 1.2%, which the ONS attributed partly to the easing of hospitality restrictions and people increasing spending in restaurants and bars. The total retail sales figures were […]