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29 February 2012
Water is a vital resource for the food and grocery industry. The combination of limited availability and high demand, including the expected impacts of climate change, mean food companies are subject to increasing water-related risks. Within the last few years, water availability has disrupted the supply of commodities on a global scale. For example, in 2010, Russia, one of the world's...
24 February 2012
Shoppers plan to reduce the number of shopping trips they make if petrol prices continue to increase, especially if they live in the north of England. The latest IGD ShopperVista research, published today (Monday), shows: 53% said they would shop less frequently to save on the number of journeys they make if the cost of filling up at the pumps keeps rising 48% plan to use grocery stor...
24 February 2012
Leading food and grocery companies have removed 204 million heavy goods vehicle (HGV) miles from the UK’s roads, according to new data published today (Saturday) by IGD. The equivalent of around 3,500 lorries have been taken out of our transport system as part of a commitment by the industry to increase its sustainability. More than 40 food retailers and manufacturers have contributed via IGD’...
23 February 2012
- What is a symbol group retailer? - What benefits do symbol group organisations offer to retailers? - Symbol groups infographic What is a symbol group retailer? A symbol group retailer is an independent retailer that is a member of a larger organisation known as a symbol group. A well known example of a symbol group is SPAR. The symbol group retailer sector comprises...
20 February 2012
Shops and people will be connected to each other more than ever in the store of the future, reveals IGD research. The report commissioned by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) and written by food and consumer goods experts IGD predicts: Shoppers will demand more personalisation. They’ll expect communication, promotions and deals to be tailored to their individual values and needs Social ...
09 February 2012
Walmart’s Get on the Shelf initiative is an innovation from its @WalmartLabs division. It encourages potential suppliers to submit online videos of their products to a public vote to gain selling space in Walmart’s stores and on its website. As Walmart seeks to drive further innovation in this area, we take a closer look at this unit and its role in the retailer’s broader e-commerce...
08 February 2012
A lot more people are now planning before going out to do their food and grocery shopping, compared to three years ago, according to the latest IGD shopper research published today. Nearly seven in ten shoppers (67%) plan most of their food and grocery shopping before they even get to a store, up from 47% in 2008. Checking their cupboards, fridges or freezers is the most popular form of pla...
17 January 2012
Despite the economic downturn, people are still interested in maintaining the quality of their food and groceries they buy, but want more help from the industry to do so – according to research from IGD. Speaking at the Quality Meat Scotland conference today (Wednesday), IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch revealed the three priorities that shoppers want food companies to focus on: H...
17 January 2012
This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the credit crunch … and the UK’s deficit reduction plan still has five more years to run. The US hasn’t even started to tackle its enormous debt yet.The eurozone is staring over a precipice. And even china is juddering after a massive collapse in property prices. According to Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, “there’s no economy in the world immun...
22 December 2011
- Production of pigs in the UK - Performance - Self-sufficiency - Welfare - Environmental impact Production of pigs in the UK Decline in UK pig production There was a significant long term fall in UK pig numbers between 1990 and 2010. In 2010, there were an estimated 4.4 million pigs in the UK, which represented a decline of almost 10% compared with 2006. The total n...