Food and drink industry gets festive

Food and drink firms get into NPD festive spirit

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers have got into the festive spirit and launched Christmas-themed packaging and product innovations, in a bid to tap into a spending surge over the seasonal period.

A joke about Jeremy Clarkson and mulled wine has proved popular with pun fans

Turkey and Clarkson in top food cracker jokes

By Laurence Gibbons

A joke about the face of food and drink delivery service Amazon Prime Jeremy Clarkson and mulled wine was included in a list of the best new Christmas cracker jokes, according to a poll from television channel UKTV Gold.

RGFC is confident about a successful Christmas

Real Good Food confident about Christmas trading

By Laurence Gibbons

The Real Good Food Company (RGFC) is confident of a successful autumn and Christmas trading period, according to a trading update reported ahead of its annual general meeting (AGM) today (September 23).

Brussels sprouts took a pounding in recent Christmas sales figures

Sprouts and mince pies hit in pre-Christmas sales

By Rod Addy

A slowdown in pre-Christmas food sales in traditional grocery retailers has hit Brussels sprouts and mince pies the hardest, according to data analyst Information Resources (IRI).

More than a third of consumers will not have turkey for Christmas dinner this year

Brits say stuff it to turkey dinner this Christmas

By Laurence Gibbons

More than a third of Brits (35.1%) will shun the traditional turkey dinner this Christmas in favour of other meats, according to research by e-commerce business service Webloyalty.

Logistics crisis? Could a shortage of drivers leave the highways empty this Christmas

Lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise Christmas

By Laurence Gibbons

A lack of lorry drivers could jeopardise some businesses’ ability to meet increased demand over the Christmas period, according to The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Sainsbury's third quarter results were greeted with relief by City analysts

Sainsbury’s Q3 results greeted with relief by City analysts

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury’s third quarter results for the 14 weeks to January 4 2014 were greeted with relief by City analysts, as the supermarket’s boss Justin King pledged to stay at the helm – at least for the short to medium term.

Apply here for Christmas cheer: Sainsbury is recruiting 15,000 seasonal workers

Sainsbury to hire 15,000 Xmas workers

By Mike Stones

Retail giant Sainsbury is pinning its hopes on a bumper Christmas as it plans to recruit 15,000 new workers over the festive and New Year period.

Greencore is expected to announce modest growth compared with the second half of last year

Greencore faces Uniq challenges

By Dan Colombini

Greencore’s commitment to honouring loss-making contracts as part of the Uniq deal has hit the successful integration of the business, according to city analysts.

Analysts described Morrison's performance as

Morrison’s growth hit by Asda performance

By Dan Colombini

Intense competition in the UK retail sector and a strong performance from Asda has hit sales at grocery giant Morrisons, according to city analysts.

Seasonal savings

Seasonal savings

By Hayley Brown

With family finances under pressure, will consumers be cutting back on what they spend this Christmas? Hayley Brown finds out


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