After the gloom around the blocked Asda merger, Sainsbury’s are bouncing back with their 150th anniversary campaign, centring on the birthday cake created by Harry and Meghan’s wedding baker and the Queen’s visit to a replica of an original Sainsbury’s store. Uplifting stuff all round.
The Brexit ruckus has been hard on everyone’s nerves but Britain’s still a great place to be in the grocery business. In our first interview the Food and Drink Federation’s Chief Executive Ian Wright has been busy, encouraging members to stay calm over Brexit.
Businesses from overseas also remain firm about our prospects. In our article California Walnuts represent two-thirds of the world’s walnut trade, and their latest figures show an annual increase of over 37% for ‘shelled’ imports to the UK. In our Beers, Lagers and Ciders feature Budweiser Brewing Group has confirmed its commitment to supporting the UK, opening a new London HQ and setting out its ambitions spanning sustainability, smart drinking and championing Britain’s beer community.
In our Sugar Confectionery & Chocolate feature Spanishowned Mondelez say confectionery is one of the biggest food and drink categories in convenience and also one of the most impulsive and a crucial areas for any retail outlet.
Summer’s here again. As our BBQ feature reminds us, last year’s extraordinarily hot summer saw barbeque occasions reach record levels, with the World Cup and Harry and Meghan’s wedding adding to the excitement. 2018 was exceptional, but even in a mild summer, BBQ’s present brilliant sales opportunities for retailers, with everyone wanting to get out there and enjoy themselves while the sun shines.
In our Meet the Marketer interviews, Chris Street is Head of Trade Marketing at Blu UK, which has pioneered the production and development of next-generation vaping products which are driving the sector forward. We also hear from Matthew Grenter who is Sales Manager at Brioche Pasquier, France’s number one brioche manufacturer. In the Supplier Spotlight interview, Kepak Convenience Foods’ Rustlers brand has been a hot property in microwaveable snacking over the years but as Alex Pickering, their Category Manager explains, there’s further potential for growth through the application of category management methods.
And finally, as we all think about the planet, major players from food retail and hospitality recently joined forces to pledge action to drive down food waste.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Minister Thérèse Coffey were among the first to sign up to the pledge, which includes a goal to halve food waste by 2030, and were joined by representatives from Nestlé, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. We look forward to publishing more news about it.