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Welcome to the March-April issue of Grocery Trader. Grocery price inflation rose again to reach 17.1% in the four weeks to 19 February 2023, the highest level ever recorded by Kantar. Overall take-home grocery sales increased by 8.8% during the four weeks and by 8.1% over the 12-week period.


New research, commissioned by the UK’s leading long-life bakery brand, Baker Street, shows that a quarter of Brits generate a ‘lot’ of food waste – but one in ten want to reduce this. Navigating food waste is high on the agenda, not just for retailers and wholesalers, but also with shoppers, as Brits admit they generate so much food waste – because their eyes are bigger than their bellies, ingredients go out of date and confusion over portion sizes. A study of 2,000 adults revealed making more than is required, a lack of time to accurately measure out ingredients and not planning ahead were among the top reasons for not knowing how much food to prepare for dinner.

Tesco is stepping in to help families struggling with the cost-of-living by donating almost 4,000 brand new F&F coats to people in need. The supermarket is giving around 2,000 coats to the Salvation Army and 1,000 to the food charity FareShare, which will distribute the warm clothing to its network of charities and community groups across the UK. Another 1,000 will go to The Cottage Family Centre children’s charity in Kirkcaldy, Scotland who provide a range of support to families and individuals.

More consumers are looking for alternatives to nicotine, resulting in the growth of the vaping category. To help retailers tap into the flourishing vape market, Imperial has launched its next generation vape, blu 2.0. Tom Gully, Head of Consumer Marketing UK&I at Imperial Tobacco, tells our Supplier Spotlight page about the launches of blu 2.0 and blu bar.

Consumers are beginning to understand how versatile and healthy walnuts can be. This has led to walnut imports increasing by 75% during the last decade and imported walnuts from California growing five-fold over the same time. Over 99% of walnuts grown in the United States are sourced from the fertile soils of California’s Central Valley. In an Industry Focus interview, Pam Graviet, Senior Marketing Director, International at California walnuts, tells Grocery Trader what opportunities there are to increase walnut consumption.

Kite Packaging, founded in 2001, is one of the UK’s largest packaging distributors and the only one built on employee share-ownership. This philosophy of partnership runs throughout the business, encouraging the team to deliver premium customer service at every opportunity. Gavin Ashe, Managing Partner at Kite Packaging, speaks to our Supplier Spotlight page.

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