In this week’s roundup – Biden set to become US President (you know you’ve been following it), how Poundland’s Shop-in-shops offer will work and the reveal of Nestlé Purina regarding their new pet food brand. Enjoy!
Category: Grocery News
We’re back in lockdown (but not for as long...hopefully)
Boris Johnson told the nation at the end of October that ‘Christmas may be very different this year’ as England heads for its second national lockdown. Pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will have to close for four weeks from Thursday the 5th of November. But unlike the restrictions in spring, schools, colleges and universities can stay open.
The prime minister told a Downing Street news conference that he was ‘truly, truly sorry’ for the impact on businesses, but said the furlough system paying 80% of employee wages will be extended through November.
Its round 2, folks. Let’s deal with this as well (and hopefully better) than we did last time.
Carlsberg raises Full-Year Forecast after 3rd Quarter
Carlsberg has raised its profit forecast for the current full year after reporting an improved performance for its fiscal third quarter. For the three months to 30 September, revenues were down 6.8% to 17.3 billion kroner, a significant improvement from the 16.6% drop in the second quarter. Crucially, overall volumes were up 2.4% on an organic basis, compared to a 7.7% slide in the previous quarter
During the quarter, volumes of Carlsberg’s beer brands rose by 3.2% on an organic basis, as growth in Western and Eastern Europe offset a slight decline in Asia. Meanwhile, non-beer volumes edged down 1.9%, as a drop in Western Europe offset growth in Asia and Eastern Europe. Carlsberg’s craft & speciality brands recorded a 12% increase, while alcohol-free brands registered a 29% jump.
Amazon launches dedicated eco-friendly platform
Amazon has launched a new dedicated ‘eco-friendly’ shopping platform to help consumers in the UK and Europe find household products that are driving the sustainability movement forward. The platform lists more than 40,000 items that will carry certificates from the likes of Fairtrade International and the Carbon Trust.
The move has been made as a means of enabling customers to pick products on their environmental merits. It follows Amazon’s recent step forwards in the sustainability drive, when it launched its Climate Pledge Friendly label in September this year.
The online goliath has come under fire for its use of excessive cardboard and other packaging materials, and last year faced burning criticism for using new-style packaging that could not be recycled. The new scheme has been billed as its own step to ‘lessen the company’s impact on the environment.’ Good for them, it’s always good to see a company go green then go greener.
Today, we look at the multi-million pound fine on Heineken, Waitrose continue their success with the services of Deliveroo, and Brew Dog get on Aldi’s shelves with a beer born out of Twitter banter. Enjoy!
Plant-based food products becoming a more popular option
Almost half of the UK population (44%) would consider trying a plant-based product because of the positive health benefits, according to new research conducted by Product of the Year, the UK’s biggest survey of product innovation.
Conducted online last month, UK consumers were asked to identify factors that would encourage them to try a plant-based product with 31% citing cost as a determining factor (the second most popular response after health benefits) with one in four (25%) identifying environmental factors.
With people playing closer attention to their diet during (and post) lockdown and increasingly adopting ‘flexitarian’ diets, the sales of plant-based products have soared. Recent stats from Kantar showed an 87% increase in plant-based product sales, buoyed by the success of initiatives such as Veganuary.
Kellogg's launching innovative packaging for the blind
Kellogg’s has marked World Sight Day by launching Coco Pops boxes for blind and partially sighted people as a trial in almost 60 Co-op stores. The new boxes have been created in partnership with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). They feature UK-first technology that allows a smartphone to detect an on-pack code which triggers the playback of labelling and allergen information to the user. The trial comes after research from RNIB revealed that nine in ten blind and partially sighted people feel that information on food packaging is difficult or impossible to read.
The technology, called NaviLens, is currently used across Barcelona, Madrid, and other Spanish city’s transport systems, making the cities easier to navigate for visually impaired people. It has now been introduced in the UK for the first time as part of the Kellogg’s trial. It is also the first time NaviLens has been used on food packaging. If successful, the business hopes to adapt more of its cereal boxes to include the technology.
Waitrose bags the award for ‘Supermarket of the year’
Waitrose has won the title of ‘Supermarket of the Year’ at the annual Which? awards that recognise brands across various industries for good customer service, value for money, innovation, and breadth of offering. In the supermarket category, Waitrose saw off competition from shortlisted rivals including Asda, Iceland, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
The consumer watchdog praised the chain’s response to the pandemic, offering customers a range of ways to shop, particularly for the elderly and vulnerable. It said Waitrose have handled the increase in demand for groceries particularly well, particularly during a difficult economic period.