Supermarkets need to update

Following comments from Waitrose boss Mark Price that supermarkets are years out of date, retail expert Professor Heiner Evanschitzky, professor of marketing at Aston Business School, is warning that Britain’s ‘big four’ supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – must update their business models, or else be overtaken by the discounters. Professor Evanschitzky comments, […]

Coca-Cola and Tesco launch recycling campaign

Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) and Tesco are teaming up in an attempt to boost recycling rates in GB with a new online campaign to engage and educate consumers. Tesco customers will be directed to a dedicated website for the Recycling is the Answer campaign, where they will be invited to ‘pledge, play and recycle’. Participants […]

Diet Chef launches in UK supermarket

Diet Chef, the UK’s diet home delivery brand, is launching a small selection of its calorie-counted and portion controlled meals in Tesco stores nationwide this month. Founded to make healthy eating accessible and easy, Diet Chef meals aim to take the hard work out of losing weight and staying on track. The selection will include […]


Growing thirst for premium cider

According to the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM), in a buoyant market consumers are enjoying more cider than ever before and trading up for pricier, artisan versions of the drink. Figures show that sales of top tier premium cider in the ‘take home’ sector reached £75 million in June this year – an increase […]

Nampak wins silver DuPont award for Packaging Innovation

Nampak Plastics has been awarded the silver DuPont award for Packaging Innovation for its Infini bottle. The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, now in its 26th year, is an international, independently-judged competition that honours innovations in packaging design, materials, technology, processes, and service across the entire packaging value chain. Nampak introduced Infini to the British […]

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New gluten-free pizza range

UK-based DS-gluten free, a brand of Dr Schär, has announced that its Italian Bontà d’Italia pizza range is now available in selected Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Booths and Ocado stores nationwide (RSP £3.29). A spokesperson from DS-gluten free comments: “Our own consumer research illustrated that just 5 per cent are satisfied with gluten free Italian food […]

Sunny D launches Sour Cherry Twist flavour

Sunny D, a kids’ juice drinks brand from Refresco Gerber, is launching a new Sour Cherry Twist flavour aimed at the family market. The tangy Sour Cherry Twist flavour came out top in taste trials carried out among 200 consumers as part of the brand’s new product development process. The new Sunny D Sour Cherry […]

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New coffee capsules range

CaféPod, the coffee capsules brand, has launched its Origins Inspired range – single-origin coffees that express the region, harvesting and terroir. Launching with Colombia Huila (£2.99 for ten), the coffee capsules are crafted with high-quality Fairtrade Arabica beans slow-grown on the slopes of the Andes. The Huila region of South West Colombia is at an […]

Cultural awareness the key to success (and failure)

HSBC has run a ‘local knowledge’ campaign for years and years – highlighting the importance of cultural awareness when taking business ventures overseas – yet it seems the message still isn’t getting through to some major businesses; not least Tesco, which recently found out the hard way that a successful operation in one country doesn’t […]

‘Looking glass sleeve’ developed for vitamin drinks

Chadwicks, a producer of shrink-sleeves, has worked with independent soft drinks company More Drinks to create a new ‘looking glass sleeve’ for the launch of its brand. The sleeve – featured on two ranges of low-calorie vitamin drinks – has been designed to take advantage of the magnifying properties of the liquid contents of the […]

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