Welcome to the July edition of The Grocery Trader. We hope you’re having a great summer wherever you are! In this issue we have features on Back To School, Snacking and Ethnic Food & Drink plus the latest ‘hot’ stories from the industry and the suppliers.
These days the World Foods sections of the nation’s supermarkets are a destination aisle for growing numbers of mainstream consumers, not just people from the communities who brought the cuisines here. A classic example is Caribbean food and drink, and in our feature we hear from Grace Foods, the Caribbean food and drink market leaders who are once again staging Caribbean Food Week, the UK’s biggest celebration of Caribbean food and drink, from Monday 18 August to Monday 25 August.
Alice Cooper was right about school being out for summer in 1972, but these days it’s very much ‘in’ in our multiple stores, as our Back To School feature makes clear! As soon as the kids are off for the holidays, the supermarkets, Co-ops and high street stores fill with stuff for the new school term. Parents with school age children now have more ways than ever to shop for them, and the major retailers need to actively engage them every way they can.
Snacking has benefited in recent times from adult lunchboxes’ rise in popularity to account for 71% of lunchbox meals. Snacking also continues to benefit strongly from our love of Big or Small Nights In crammed with home entertainment and snacks at hand to enhance this experience, plus the mass popularity of televised events like summer highlights the World Cup, Wimbledon and Glastonbury, which all help boost volume sales.
On our front page, new contract wins from Asda, Waitrose and Prologis have been setting the tone for another successful year for door manufacturer Hörmann’s industrial division. The new Waitrose national distribution centre in Milton Keynes currently being developed by Gazeley is set to be one of the biggest ever built in the UK, and Hörmann’s 70 double-deck loading bays follow their work at Waitrose’s Leyland DC. Hörmann is now also working on Asda’s new 600,000 sq ft DC in Warrington.
Also on our front cover, following three years’ R&D investment personal care market leaders RB have launched the new look Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi and new complimentary footcare range, specially formulated to enable consumers to achieve fabulous feet at home without expensive salon treatments. Supported by a £9.6m promotional budget, one of the Scholl brand’s biggest ever launches, Scholl ‘Pedi’ offers your shoppers the perfect way to get their feet prepped for the summer.