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Ikea recalls Godis Paskkyckling marshmallow candy

Ikea recalls candy due to mice infestation

By Michelle Perrett

Ikea, the furniture retailer, is recalling its Godis Paskkyckling marshmallow candy due to the discovery of a possible mice infestation at a production unit.

Healthy snacks brand Graze adopts a ‘Test & Learn’ approach when it introduces new retail packaging formats

Graze reveals strategy for launching new products

By Paul Gander

As better-for-you-snacks brand Graze prepares to rollout new sharing bag formats, extending its reach from the checkout to central aisles of the supermarket, the company has revealed the ‘Test & Learn’ strategy it follows when introducing new packaging...

Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

Coding spotlight

Coder helps prevent incorrect dates

By Rick Pendrous

Yorkshire butcher and meat supplier Sykes House Farm has eliminated a problem of incorrect date codes being applied to its products after replacing a manual hand-stamping operation with an RF-Lite offline thermal inkjet coder from Rotech.

An automated system checks codes on Dawnfresh’s fish packaging line

Dawnfresh eliminates label and date code errors at plant

By Rick Pendrous

Scottish fish processor Dawnfresh has invested in automation to ensure compliance with retailers’ codes of practice. The system installed controls the packaging line, preventing product recalls related to label and date code errors as well as delivering...

Marks and Spencer's food like-for-like sales dropped 0.1%

M&S Food sales drop is ‘concerning’: analyst

By Matt Atherton

Marks and Spencer’s (M&S’s) 0.1% drop in like-for-like food sales in its first quarter is concerning, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the forecasting and advisory services group.

The Groceries Supply Code of Practice covers 10 large grocery retailers

Groceries Code comes under scrutiny

By Rick Pendrous

The UK food supply chain is coming under scrutiny at two events examining transparency, competition and focusing on the roles of Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) and the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP).

Tesco gained first-mover advantage in competing against Amazon after its merger with Booker

Tesco was ‘smart’ in £3.7bn deal with Booker

By Matt Atherton

Tesco’s £3.7bn mega merger with Booker will give the business first-mover advantage in competing against online giant Amazon, analysts claimed, as consumers are increasingly shopping online.

Suppliers will benefit from Iceland's HQ investment, claimed the retailer

Iceland HQ investment to ‘benefit suppliers’

By Gwen Ridler

Iceland’s suppliers are to benefit directly from the retailer’s second phase of a £5M investment programme at its headquarters in Deeside, Wales, claimed the retailer.

The 12-week notice period commonly used for terminating retail supply agreements may be challenged more in the courts

Supplier notice periods come under scrutiny

By Rick Pendrous

The 12-week notice period commonly used for terminating retail supply agreements looks set to be challenged more in the courts, according to a legal expert.

Morrisons' boss praises food makers after the retailer reports its best sales performance for seven years

Morrisons’ food makers praised as festive sales rise

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons’ chief executive David Potts praised the retailer’s “food makers and shopkeepers”, after it reported its strongest sales performance for seven years in a Christmas trading update.

Retailers and manufacturers must work together to improve shopper experience

IGD's Big Debate Conference

Manufacturers and retailers must work together

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers need to work with retailers to help customers have “an experience” when shopping, said grocery think-tank IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

Marmite sales grew as a result of publicity created during the Tesco and Unilever pricing dispute

Marmite sales boosted by Tesco price dispute

By Gwen Ridler

Marmite sales were boosted by £335,000 this month, thanks to publicity created during a high profile dispute between UK retailer Tesco and manufacturer Unilever over pricing.

Kellogg is moving away from mainly focusing on sales in the major multiples

Kellogg strategy to focus on wholesale price-marked packs

By Rick Pendrous

Kellogg UK has big plans to grow its business within channels, such as the wholesale and convenience sectors, where price-marked packs (PMPs) will form a central part of the cereal, biscuit and crisp giant’s strategy, its sales director for speciality...

Manufacturers and retailers told to engage with consumers on a more emotional level

IGD's Big Debate conference

Manufacturers told ‘emotional innovation key to growth’

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers should engage with shoppers on “a more emotional level” when planning new product innovation, recommends grocery think-tank IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

Sainsbury denies union claims it wants to axe 850 jobs

Sainsbury slams union claims of 850 job losses

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury has rejected claims from Unite the union that it plans to axe up to 850 jobs, days after spending £1.4bn to buy Argos owner, the Home Retail Group.

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Swedish start-up company iFoodbag has signed a global production agreement with packaging specialist Mondi to enable easy online shopping for temperature-controlled goods.

Manufacturers and retailers in the frozen ready meals category are pioneering the path back to value: Marakon

The path back to value in prepared meals

By Christine Delivanis and Jack Rendle

Category commoditisation destroys value, yet in many grocery categories, the dynamic seems entrenched and value chain participants are either perplexed or defeatist. But some manufacturers and retailers in the frozen ready meals category (FRM) are working...

Results released after survey of retail chicken from July to September

Morrisons has highest campylobacter levels amid overall dip: FSA

By Alice Foster

Morrisons has the highest levels of campylobacter in fresh chicken, while contamination in retail chicken has fallen overall, according to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest assessment of Britain’s number one cause of food poisoning.

Metal detectors for new bakery

Metal detectors for new bakery

Seven Stealth metal detectors combined with Vector conveyors have been supplied by Fortress Technology as part of a new, multi-million-pound...

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