SEP / OCT DIGITAL EDITION – A change of season

Autumn is here and much is changing with the new season. From the top, Dave Lewis, the man who saved Tesco, is to leave his Chief Exec post. He goes in the summer, leaving six months to get things sorted. The coolant climate is changing too. Neil Roberts at refrigeration experts Chemours UK says the F-Gas regulations mean retailers must take a careful look at their coolants. The ban on high global warming potential ((GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) coming in 2020 brings the choice of what to use for new commercial refrigeration installations under scrutiny. Meanwhile, the reduction in the F-Gas quota is pushing the industry to use much lower GWP products. The question is how to do this without sacrificing the benefits HFCs have provided for many years.

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There’s nothing like a good breakfast, says Kepak’s Shopper Marketing Manager Monisha Singh. Driving consumption of its popular microwaveable hot snacks into new occasions is the inspiration behind Rustlers Breakfast Taste Challenge on-pack promotion, offering purchasers a second free All Day Breakfast Sausage Muffin.

In our Supplier Spotlight interview YAZOO is the UK’s number one flavoured milk drink and the best-known product from FrieslandCampina, YAZOO’s brand value recently reached a record £60m, driven by YAZOO KiDS, the leading no added sugar or artificial sweeteners product.

There’s more dairy in our dedicated feature. Supermarkets’ chilled cabinets are an attractive environment for shoppers. Chilled generally means short life products, implicitly fresh and ready to eat or pretty close. The chiller is also where you can find dairy products, from cheese and cheese snacks to flavoured milk drinks and probiotic yogurts.

As the vaping market approaches maturity, the major brands are making the running. Imperial Brands’ bestselling blu brand’s latest launch is a new, improved Golden Tobacco flavour complementing its successful myblu range. We talk to Chris Street, Head of Trade Marketing at blu UK.

OTC healthcare is seeing strong growth. Our hectic lives make us increasingly run down and prone to infections or worse. With the NHS under increasing pressure, retailers have a key role to play in supporting the medical services and making shoppers aware of cold and flu products’ benefits in helping keep Britain on its feet.

Finally, the weather’s grim out there, but there’s plenty of sunshine from California Walnuts. The 2018-19 year to date results to 31st August show UK demand for ‘shelled’ California Walnuts has grown significantly, with shipments figures for ‘shelled’ California Walnuts up over 15%. Nuts are a major component of both the burgeoning healthy eating and plant-food movement, and baking.