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04 April 2011
While the fortunes of some US food and grocery retailers improved, 2011 was a challenging year as the pace of economic recovery remained slow.  In 2011, consumers were treading carefully, under pressure from high unemployment, a weak housing market and the removal of US stimulus programmes. In response, many retailers were forced to re-think their strategies, given that price and prom...
08 March 2011
How will the food chain of the future differ from today? Food is the world’s most important industry. It employs around a third of the world’s population and 3.6 million people in the UK. More than three quarters of UK land is in farming production. Food is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector and has grown by nearly 5% over ten years. British food exports were up by 12% last year. Food re...
09 February 2011
- Why has shopper marketing become so important? - Practising shopper marketing - Organisational responsibility for shopper marketing - Shopper marketing activities   Why has shopper marketing become so important? Shopper marketing is still very much at an embryonic stage and is understood and interpreted in a number of ways by different organisations. At IGD, we de...
25 January 2011
As thoughts shift from 2010’s achievements to 2011’s goals and aspirations, our expert analyst team has identified ten key trends that will shape the commercial agenda in the year ahead. 2011 looks set to be another action-packed year. We are anticipating more emphasis on online retailing, overseas markets and sustainability, among other key areas. These predictions draw on extensive I...
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...
13 January 2011
Heavy winter snowfalls in the UK in recent years have demonstrated the importance of the convenience store sector in meeting shoppers' needs. With temperatures plunging to as low as -20C, and planes, trains and automobiles at a standstill, the benefits of convenience store shopping have come to the fore during these cold spells, with many shoppers unable to reach supermarkets and inst...
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 ...