front-nov08.jpgWelcome to the December Grocery Trader. Given the current economic uncertainties it’s a white-knuckle sleigh ride for us all this Christmas. As we closed this issue, everyone was waiting for the Chancellor’s Pre-Budget report so we know what’s in store for 2009. With Gordon Brown telling the CBI that extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, you get the feeling that the PM for one is enjoying life at the moment, even if no one else is!

Life is tough, but we go on. With the sad demise of Multiple Buyer & Retailer, The Grocery Trader is now the only UK trade magazine for the UK multiple grocers, but we won’t let that go to our heads. We’ll carry on bringing you the same bright blend of news and interviews as always, reflecting the many facets of the UK multiple grocery industry.

In this month’s issue we have features on Lunchtime and Vegetarian Foods. With another Christmas upon us, we’re proud to present The Grocery Trader’s Review of The Year, looking back at some of the industry stories that made 2008 a year to remember. It’s been hard going, with each day bringing further shocks, but the stories in our Review show the UK grocery industry’s continued self-confidence in its outstanding ability to meet consumer needs, rain or shine.

At times like these experience counts for a lot. In this issue we interview Brian Seymour, who established Seymour Manufacturing International Ltd in the early 1980s. SMI manufactures and supplies their market leading Tempro thermal insulation systems. Tempro is a unique lightweight insulation material with exceptional thermal properties and is widely used in food retailing and logistics, for applications such as chilled and frozen food trolley covers, Cold Stop thermal door strip curtains for chillers and freezers’ entry doors, Tempro Temperature control zone curtains (TCZ), box liners, box covers, and pallet covers. Seymour Manufacturing is set to launch more new products in 2009.

The Grocery Trader would like to thank everyone who has supported us this year with press releases and advertising. We wouldn’t have the magazine, website and email newsletter in the first place without you sending us your news – so please keep your stories coming in 2009!

We’d also like to thank our readers in the head offices and branches of the supermarkets, Co-ops, convenience store chains and other grocery traders for your continued interest, and wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Charles Smith

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