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Country Choice reveals line-up of sweet treats for Easter
06 March, 2020

Country Choice has a basket full of thaw-and-serve sweet treats in time for Easter.

Egging you on
16 December, 2019

Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, canny retailers are already turning their thoughts to 2020 and the occasions that stack up in the first few months of the year. In 2020 Valentine's Day (February 14) falls on a Friday making it a better day for a celebration, whether going out or staying in. Levi Boorer, customer development director at Ferrero, says the big shift to in-home eating, as a result of a lack of consumer confidence, is an underlying trend driving Valentine's Day. "Nearly 40% of people made a special meal at home for Valentine's Day last year and far fewer people went out for a meal, at just 24% (Kantar and Alco-Vision data). Coupled with this, of all the spring occasions, Valentine's Day tends to be the most last minute so smaller retailers should be brave enough to be big and bold in the final week before the occasion to yield the most success."

Costcutter launches "Bring Christmas together" campaign
06 December, 2019

Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has launched its festive campaign, ‘Bringing Christmas Together’, which, as well as in-store activation and offers, will include an interactive outreach campaign on social media.

Bisto brings back its community table competition
22 November, 2019

Premier Foods is bringing back its Bisto Community Table competition, which gives one retailer the chance to win a fully funded catered meal for their community.

Country Choice introduces Christmas Jammy Shortbreads
08 November, 2019

Joining Country Choice’s festive line-up this year are Christmas Jammy Shortbreads, which are individually wrapped jam-filled biscuits decorated with either a Christmas bell or a Christmas tree.

Aryzta adds a Vegan Mince Pie Tart to its festive range
08 November, 2019

Aryzta has introduced a Vegan Mince Pie Tart, comprising a vegan pastry shell filled with mincemeat and topped with a golden nutty crumble.

Yule all love these
10 October, 2019

In the lead up to last Christmas, Quality Street lovers got the chance to fill tins with just their favourite twistwapped chocolates thanks to a 'Choose your favourites' pop-up at John Lewis department stores. This year, as well as 'Choose your favourites', shoppers at John Lewis's flagship London store can choose custom KitKats from a choice of nearly 1,500 flavour combinations. According to brand owner Nestlé, the KitKats will be one of this year's 'must-have' presents but they come at quite a price up to £14 a bar. That seems pretty expensive for four fingers of chocolate but such is the popularity of chocolate as a Christmas gift (according to Deloitte's Christmas Survey 2018, chocolate is the number one present for adults), they will probably sell well.

Stocking the good stuff
10 October, 2019

Pernod Ricard reckons there's a £15.5m sales opportunity in the premium wine and spirits category this Christmas, that's there for the convenience sector's taking. The company is urging retailers to give better visibility to premium products so they can win back sales from the grocery multiples. Pernod Ricard is investing £5m in the Christmas occasion, which will include advertising urging retailers to 'Stock the good stuff'.

Do you dare to scare?
09 September, 2019

Nobody in the UK will be able to miss Halloween this year thanks to Boris and his Brexit deadline. With the words 'October 31' appearing in news story after news story and countdown calendars appearing on websites, it's a date that is very much front of mind. And whatever happens Brexit-wise, October 31 aka Halloween typically offers a sales bump for many retailers, and this year as it falls on a Thursday, celebrations may well carry over to the weekend.

Home movies
19 December, 2018

Evening snacking is a massive market, worth £6.5bn to retailers and growing, according to Kantar data. Included in this is, of course, the 'big night in', and when you look at other stats available, you can see why it's such a big deal. According to Mintel, 78% of consumers spend most of their leisure time at home and 64% of cinema-goers watch more films at home than they used to two years ago. What these people choose to eat while watching these films is no great surprise according to Kantar, it's chocolate, then sugar confectionery, and then crisps.

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