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Food Industry Trends: 2019 Will Go in a Flash, So, What’s The Picture look Like in 2030?

Watch out, food industry pundits are about holding forth on key trends affecting your business in 2019. Blink and 2019 is gone and we’re into a new decade. So, we thought our blog to you should be on what the

Posted in Credentials, Trends

The Green Train is No Band Wagon. It’s a Bona Fide TGV Consumer Express!

Here’s a challenge: explain consumers’ understanding of sustainable food in a 140 character tweet – oh, go on then, try the new 280 character option! Succinct descriptions of complex topics are very fashionable with politicians and business leaders alike and

Posted in Credentials, Sustainability

The Domino Theory: Implications for Plastic Packaging

Who would you choose to captain your fantasy A Team on environmental issues? In agriculture and food, Rachel Carson of “Silent Spring” comes to mind. She’s been the mother of the modern environmental movement with her early stance on abusive

Posted in Consumer, Credentials, Sustainability

Trust Me, I’m a Farmer!

Back in 1933, soap detergent company Procter & Gamble sponsored “Oxydol’s Own Ma Perkins” daytime radio show and soap operas were born! Post-War, the “goggle-box” arrived and we’ve been huddled together watching the ubiquitous soaps for decades. Food companies got

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Posted in Credentials

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

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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So, what’s Your Story?

What’s the mindset of shoppers when they are in the store? Of course, it will depend on the shopping mission – the big stock-up shop; topping up; dinner for tonight; dire emergency; special occasion, etc.? For routine purchases, shoppers may

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Posted in Credentials, Fresh Products

The Race to Be “Best in Fresh”!

Do you eat your “5-a-Day”? If you do, you’re in a small minority – the shocking truth is that less than 10% of UK pre-teens and 35% of adults do so! Most of us crave guiltily for salty chips yet

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Posted in Credentials, Fresh Products

When Choosing Your Grocery Shop, Fresh Matters Most!

We note from the Spanish trade press that DIA, a discounter with 7,000 stores in Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, is yet another major grocery retailer that is embracing the fashion to excel in fresh foods. In the Spanish market,

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Posted in Credentials, Fresh Products

Value to Shout About: The Aldi and Lidl Way

Back in the late-1990’s, dismal days for Sainsbury’s, the supermarket chain launched a high profile advertising campaign using John Cleese eccentrically stalking the aisles shouting about the great value of Sainsbury’s products. Buoyant, bumptious Tesco  were beating them up on

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Posted in Credentials, Discount
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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.