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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

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

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

Fresh Food: The Battleground for Grocery Retail Differentiation Through This Decade

As consumers emerge shell-shocked from their bunkers and household incomes tick up, grocery purchasing behaviour is still in recessionary defensive mode – savvy shoppers rule and price-matching programmes and promotions reduce the effectiveness of differentiation solely on price. Aldi and

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Posted in Fresh Products

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

What Did You Do in the Supermarket Wars, Daddy?

We keep banging on about the havoc caused by the hard discounters in the UK grocery market. Well, that’s because they are very disruptive and will continue to be so and so will others! Back in 2011, Sainsbury’s launched its

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Posted in Discount

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

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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.