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Oh, BREX IT!

  What a seven days! Out of the EU and England out of the European Soccer Championships. Those pesky Vikings bounced us in 793 AD and 1223 years later repeated the dose. Grocery cartoonists have had a field day: “Imagine

Posted in General

Plant Power to the People!

Eating up our vegetables used to be a chore but, now, it’s becoming a lifestyle statement. If we aren’t woofing down courgetti, we’re swigging holier-than-thou kale and spirulina smoothies. So, what’s going on? Two principal things which are inter-linked: we’re

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Posted in Consumer, Health, Uncategorized

Ensuring “Fairer Play” in Grocery Supply Chains Servicing the Major UK Supermarkets

What did you do, Daddy, in the maelstrom that has been the UK grocery market environment so far this decade?”! Who’d have thought that we would have seen big retailers scrapping for their very survival, manufacturer margins being squeezed inexorably

Posted in Supply Chain

What Can We Learn from the Spanish about Eating and Selling More Fruit and Vegetables?

We Brits are wimpy consumers of fresh produce relative to our Iberian neighbours – rough and ready data suggests that Spanish families consume double the amount that we do! Why so? History, geography, climate and food culture are hugely influential:

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Posted in Fresh Products, Uncategorized

Fictional Farms: Dangerous Brand Territory for High Profile Food Retailers?

It’s fashionable to be disparaging about Tesco as it struggles to regain market dominance in the UK and sheds overseas holdings like leaves in Autumn. But, it continues to be one of the most innovative grocers in the world. Notwithstanding

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Posted in Credentials, Private Label, Uncategorized

Mind the Gap ….. in the UK Grocery Market!

You’ve got to keep on your toes in the UK grocery retail industry – sneak a weekend away in Berlin on the back of your trip to Fruit Logistica and, on your return, another hard discounter has popped out of

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Posted in Discount

McDonald’s: from Extra Value Meal to The Signature Collection (Do You Want Gluten-Free, King Edward Fries With That?!)

Our blog is largely about what’s happening in the world of supermarkets, but we are curious about anything to do with the business of food and drink! So, we’re interested in food service: in the USA, so-called “away-from-home’ expenditure on

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Posted in Foodservice, Private Label

Fresh Victims of the Price War: Why Commodity Fruit and Vegetables are Going Bananas!

It’s tough out there in the grocery retail trenches and commodity fruit and veg. is slap-bang in the firing line like so much cannon fodder. We blame bananas and milk ably aided and abetted by the hard discounters! We’re training

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Posted in Discount, Promotions

Christmas is for Giving and for …….. Copying!

Well, customers have breezed through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday and are careering towards the festive season with retailers worldwide cheering them on. The year is being filled to the brim with special days wooing shoppers to open

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Posted in Credentials

Eat Up Your Meat …. Well, At Your Own Risk!

Red and processed meats had a bad month in October. Mind you, they’ve been taking a bashing  for a while and it’s not just on health. Beef and lamb are portrayed as being anti-social for environmental reasons (cattle and sheep

Posted in Fresh Products, Health
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Prof David Hughes: Around the world, David speaks to senior agribusiness and food industry managers about global food industry developments that are and will affect their businesses and industry. Energetic, engaging, humorous and insightful, David gains the very highest evaluations at seminars, conferences and Board level discussions in every continent he visits. Miguel Flavián: works for several Spanish organisations and companies to help them to learn from the developments of the British grocery market and improve their business back home.