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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

Is The End of the “Big Box” Hypermarket Era Nigh!

Certainly, in the UK shopping habits have evolved through recent economic tough times – we are savvier (demand and seek out low and transparent prices); do a “big shop” less frequently and buy fewer items when we do; increasingly buy

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Posted in Hypermarkets

Beware, Excitement Ahead: Private Label Evolving!

UK supermarket chains continue to knock seven bells out of each other as they struggle to come to terms with hard discounter level prices. Even upmarket Waitrose is not immune and its “Pick Your Own Offers” gives loyal shoppers 20%

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Posted in Private Label

Excuse Me, but What’s Immigration Got to Do with the State of the Food Industry?

Quite a lot, really! But, first, we’ll front up – we’re both immigrants (British-born Hughes managed to slip into Canada back in the 1970’s and Spaniard Flavian legged it to London in 2012). As we all know from reading the

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Posted in Consumer, Supply Chain

Store Wars: Armageddon for Supermarkets but Let the Good Times Roll for Shoppers?!

Two weeks ago (May 6th), David Tyler Chairman of Sainsbury’s making the best of a bad job opined “our profitability and sales have shown good resilience relative to our listed peers”! In short, JS had lost less ground in sales

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Posted in Discount, Results

Cheaper by the Dozen!

The Big Supermarket Boys are under tremendous pressure these days, not least trying to slow the rampaging growth of the hard discounters, Aldi and Lidl and the irritating nibbling of the pound stores. Pre-recession, hard discounters picked up a small

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Posted in Promotions

We need to sell wonky vegetables!

Consumers are an irrational bunch – we’ll bend over backwards to save a few pennies on our grocery shopping and, then, end up throwing away mountains of food because we bought too much or forgot it in the back of

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Posted in Consumer, Fresh Products, Supply Chain

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About the authors
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.