Hensons, the London-based wholesaler and catering butcher, has launched two new North African-flavoured burgers to celebrate National Burger Day on August 27.
Prosecco’s explosive UK growth has not come at the expense of Champagne, which held its volume and saw value sales increase by 2.2%, according to the Lanson Champagne Category Report 2014.
With coconut water one of the hottest and fastest-going non-alcoholic drinks categories in the UK (worth over £22m at retail, according to Nielsen, and forecast to become a £100m market in the coming years), it was only a matter of time before the cola giants got involved.
Bacardi Rum back on TV and elsewhere
Bacardi, the world’s best-selling rum brand, is back on TV this week with a rerun of its “Bacardi Untameable Since 1862” campaign.
Wholesale on a roll after flurry of buyouts and expansion activity
The confidence of UK wholesaling appears at an all-time high following a series of mega-deals in the past fortnight, culminating in Bestway’s £620m acquisition of the Co-Operative Group’s pharmacy business.
Next phase in the Birds Eye revamp
Frozen food brand Birds Eye has unveiled a new logo and packaging as part of its repositioning under its “The Food of Life” advertising campaign.
Downton Abbey wines to launch this autumn
This autumn will see the return to our screens of the hit ITV series Downton Abbey – but this time round viewers can enjoy a nice glass of Downton wine with their favourite show.
"Thirty-one pubs close every week"
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has this week launched a campaign urging the UK Government to close a legal loophole allowing pubs to be demolished or converted into supermarkets without planning permission.
Dhamecha tries out virtual assistant for Coke campaign
London-based wholesaler Dhamecha has been chosen by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) to exclusively trial a new digital shopper marketing initiative which makes use of innovative digital technology.
Nestlé to launch Kit Kat Chunky Caramel bar
Nestlé Confectionery’s flagship brand Kit Kat, which has an RSV of £184m [IRI Value Sales 52 w/e 21st June 2014], has announced what the company calls “our most significant launch for its Chunky format in fifteen years” – Kit Kat Chunky Double Caramel.
Investment in tech plus increased productivity equals a good year for Filshill
Ongoing investment in technology, increased productivity and improving operating cost efficiencies helped Glasgow-based wholesaler JW Filshill achieve a turnover of £158m in the year to January 31, 2014 in what the company called a “highly competitive and challenging retail marketplace”.
Bestway launches own-label fruit and veg for retailers
Bestway today (August 11) launched launched a new own-label fruit and vegetable range for its Best-In retailers.
New ops director for Bestway Group
Bestway is pleased to announce the appointment of Rizwan Pervez as operations director for the group with immediate effect.
Bakery wholesaler bought by PE consortium
Specialist bakery wholesaler BFP Wholesale has been sold to private equity consortium Zimt Holding for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today (August 4).
Procter & Gamble to wield axe on 100 brands
Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest FMCG company whose global sales top £50bn a year and whose brands include Pampers, Gillette, Ariel and Fairy, has announced that up to 100 of its least profitable brands will be axed as it looks to streamline its costs and focus on its core brands.
Premier Foods to launch new raft of PMPs
Premier Foods is relaunching price-marked packs (PMPs) across its core range of products.
Join the campaign to "feed Britain’s future"
Businesses from across the food and grocery sector have pledged their support for the Feeding Britain’s Future campaign spearheaded by IGD, the food and grocery research and training charity.
- Match-making with Confex Sixty Confex members and suppliers attended a Member Incentive event at the Goodwood Hotel and racetrack last month as a prize for achieving growth in the Spring 2014 over the previous year’s trade.The event kicked off with an afternoon of speed dating sessions between the attending suppliers and members. Shyam Lakhani, Millenium Cash & Carry, said: “The speed dating format gave us the opportunity to speak with the Confex National account managers who are usually ‘one up the ladder’ from our day-to-day contact. This enabled us to focus on our joint strategy for the rest of 2014 and into 2015.” The two days also included a helicopter ride, go-karting and blind-folded mad moke driving. Ends
"Bad supplier practices still too common"
A survey published this month claims to show that businesses in the UK retail and sales sector are being let down by bad supplier practices.
Know your allergens
Unilever Food Solutions has launched a simple-to-use allergen and diets guide for professional caterers following research which reveals that nearly half (44%) of caterers are unware of the new allergen legislation set to come into force before the end of this year.
British Lion eggs should be top choice for foodservice wholesalers
The British Egg Industry Council is calling on wholesalers to use British Lion eggs marked with best-before-dates to guarantee quality, freshness and food safety.
Grocery price inflation drops to record lows
The seemingly unstoppable rise of discounters such as Aldi, Lidl and the Pound/99p shops, coupled with competitive pricing of staple items like milk and bread has driven inflation to the lowest level since October 2006, according to new figures from researcher Kantar Worldpanel.
Scottish wholesaler buys craft beer specialist
Dunns Food and Drinks Ltd, the Blantyre, Lanarkshire-based delivered wholesaler and soft drinks manufacturer, today announced that it has acquired craft and world beer specialist Dameck Drinks Scotland for an undisclosed sum.
Dhamecha tries out virtual assistant for “Share A Coke” campaign
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is launching a new digital shopper marketing trial to engage retailers and drive awareness of its 2014 “Share a Coke” campaign.
Conviviality opens the “Costco of booze”
Conviviality Retail, owner of the Wine Rack and Bargain Booze off-licence chains, this week launched a warehouse-style UK retail brand called BB Warehouse, which promises to undercut rivals’ wine, beer and spirit prices. One vistor described it as “a Costco of booze”.
Over-65s head up at-home drinking as volumes decline
UK off-trade ales of alcoholic drinks for at-home consumption are up 15% in the last five years, although volumes are in decline thanks to rising prices and a health conscious younger generation.
Bestway Group acquires The Co-op’s Pharmacy business
Bestway Group (“Bestway”) has acquired the Co-op’s pharmacy business for a purchase price of £620m. The transaction is due to complete in October 2014, following final separation of the Pharmacy business from Co-op.
Blakemore’s Heart Distribution re-brands, and also wins award
AF Blakemore’s Heart Distribution division has been rebranded as Blakemore Fine Foods and has also been recognised with a prestigious national “responsible business” award.
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