opened in Kensington.

If this so-called revolutionary concept catches on, as it has done in the US, then we can expect to see the mults follow.

Even the business columns of the national press have been talking about the rise in demand for organic and premium foods and there must be something in here for independents, too.

The Grocer isn’t alone in noticing food price inflation – many housewives will tell you that the cost of a weekly shop has risen considerably over recent months and its not just fresh food but pet foods, toiletries and household products. I can’t see corresponding wholesale price increases so must presume this is about improving profits through margin building.

Diageo must be applauded for its massive investment in ‘Responsible drinking’ adverts. The whole drinks industry should now back the agreement to carry units of alcohol information and health warnings on all alcoholic drinks by the end of 2008 or face more government regulation. The Drinkaware website is well worth a visit.

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