Welcome to the March issue of The Grocery Trader, the monthly publication for supermarkets, Co-ops and convenience store chains.



frontAs the spring sunshine arrives, the retail trade exhibition season is upon us, as we prove with our previews of IFE 2015 and RBTE, to which we are Media Partners. IFE 2015, the latest incarnation of the popular two-yearly international food and drink event, comes to London Excel from Sunday 22nd to Wednesday 25th March. We lift the lid on the highlights from the miles of aisles in our Preview. And we’re at the show on stand N1130.

A few days before IFE, Retail Business Technology Expo, or RBTE for short, the ‘must-go’ show for retail technology solutions, hits Olympia, London from Tuesday 10th to Wednesday 11th March. Catch our Preview, and come and see us on stand 822.

The rules have changed about UK in-store tobacco displays, but smokers still represent an important source of sales for multiple grocers. In our E-Cigarettes, Tobacco & Smokers’ Requisites we look at this market with the help of Mintel, the market research experts.

There’s a sea change taking place in the Fridges, Chillers & Air Conditioning sector. It comes down to two little words that everyone using this equipment commercially needs to grasp – ‘F’ gas. There’s a wealth of information out there about this subject, but we bring you the facts in our ‘FC&AC’ feature, courtesy of the EU. And we feature the latest stories from suppliers of equipment, solutions and services.

A major message of the RBTE is that technology is key to managing a successful retail business. Echoing this theme, as reported on our front page Honeywell, the leaders in engineering scanning solutions have unveiled an innovative suite of new Voyager scanners, empowering retailers to better connect with customers and minimise checkout time, speed loyalty programme enrollment and unlock the full potential of the customer’s shopping experience.

Also on our front cover, RB, the health, hygiene and home leaders, continue to deliver consumer innovation. In their latest move Finish, the UK’s number one dishwasher detergent brand, has launched new Finish Shine & Protect, providing improved protection against glass corrosion. Putting glassware in the dishwasher remains a concern for consumers who prefer to wash fine glasses by hand. Finish Shine & Protect not only delivers the Finish power brand’s clean and shine benefits to crockery and cookware, but also improved protection against glass corrosion, extending glassware’s life up to 100%.

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