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Crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks are now frowned on but what impact will it have on the contents of school lunch boxes prepared at home, and will the children still go home to an economy sausage, burger or chicken nugget with chips supper.

The late summer launch of McCoys limited edition Pub Grub crisps is under way and stock has been moving through slowly but surely. Some retailers appear reluctant to stock, claiming they already offer sufficient variety, and new lines substitute for existing sales and bring no incremental business. Meanwhile, Walkers assorted 14-pack pound;1.39 retail offer is storming out and Sharwood’s oriental snacks and dips range looks full of eastern promise.

Spent a few days in the West Country and took the opportunity to visit some independent stores in tourist/holiday locations. I was really impressed with what I saw. The variety of goods, including seasonal lines, excellent merchandising and store standards certainly impressed me, and the stores were really busy. The one question I really wanted to know the answer to is what happens once the holidaymakers have all gone home.

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