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13 January 2011
Many people called 2010 ’the year of the promotion’ - the emphasis on promotions grew, even compared to 2009.  Shoppers certainly noticed the difference - IGD's Effective Promotions for Shoppers research, published in December 2010, revealed that two thirds (64%) have detected a growing number of promotions over the past two years. Christmas activity In the lead up to Christ...
11 January 2011
Household budgets look set to be stretched further by tax increases and inflation in 2011. Grocery retailers will therefore continue to focus on developing the relationship they have with shoppers in a bid to win sales from their competitors. Here, we explore some of the ways in which this is being achieved and how these trends may evolve during 2011. Focus on value Price contin...
07 January 2011
The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures final report provides an overview of the evidence and discusses the challenges and choices for policy makers and others whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system. Download now Date: 2011 Source: The Government Office for Science 
08 December 2010
As 2009 draws to a close, we look at some of the outstanding examples of sustainable practice across the food and grocery supply chain. Despite the global credit crunch, the food and grocery industry has remained committed to reducing waste, environmental impact and promoting sustainability. At our annual convention in October 2009, we asked an audience of 600 senior food and grocery dir...
03 November 2010
The following are suggestions for how to put the pledge in to practice. 1. Prepare Put in place a system of internal reporting, assess current levels of activity and review previous experience. Within companies, this may involve; Defining what constitutes work experience and skills development opportunities within your business Agreeing the areas your business will measure ...
14 October 2010
Growth in the convenience sector is, in part, the result of the changes in consumers' lifestyles and, as a result, capturing this growth  requires an innovative and responsive approach from operators. Here, we explore some of the ways in which retailers are capitalising on developments in technology and services in order to adapt to the evolving needs of their customers and deliver a m...
08 October 2010
The world is changing … business is changing … presenting new and difficult questions. Our planet is reaching critical limits. Our economy is undergoing major surgery. And our technology is leaping ahead. These are momentous times … and food … and consumer goods … are at the very heart of it. We're the biggest industry by far ... employing about a third of the world's population. We...
29 September 2010
  Access research into consumers' knowledge of sugars and their understanding of the terms associated with sugars and sugar processing Develop consumer-targeted messages about sugars Gain information about the labelling of sugars on food and drink products, and the terms used to describe sugars in the diet This report aims to help food businesses improve consumer understanding of...
07 September 2010
Over the past year, the three partners have worked together in Peru, Tanzania, Ukraine and South Africa to begin this process, building on work undertaken by SAB Miller and WWF in the Czech Republic and South Africa in 2008. In each country detailed water footprints have been undertaken to provide greater insight and an in-depth understanding of the risks faced. With this knowledge, the partners...
01 September 2010
When people think of Switzerland, their minds probably turn to chocolate, watches or neutrality. But this landlocked country is also home to a flourishing and dynamic consumer goods industry. The Swiss grocery retail market is estimated to be worth EUR44.9bn in 2012, rising to EUR45.2bn in 2013.  The top two retailers are domestic operators Migros and Coop Schweiz, but discounter...