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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

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

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

Shall We Eat Out Tonight or Eat Out-In?

About 830,000 people bought the Marks & Spencer “Valentine’s Day £20 ($30) Meal Deal for Two” which was comprised of  coquilles St. Jacques, Beef Wellington, a side of vegetables, profiteroles for dessert, a box of fancy chocolates and a bottle

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Posted in Convenience

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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.