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23 August 2021
Stable availability concerns Click chart to enlarge Although absence rates relating to COVID-19 are thought to be falling, broader operational labour and HGV driver shortages are continuing to create challenges for supply chains. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is some impact on availability of food and groceries. In the latest sh...
20 August 2021
In a guest blog featuring Alexandra Dalton from the University of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) , Alex explores how the pandemic has influenced dietary habits and shines a light on LIDA’s collaboration with IGD and leading retailers and manufacturers to test strategies to encourage healthy and sustainable diets. Naturally, we are all concerned about our own and our family’s heal...
19 August 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU. COVID-19 self-isolation rules As of 16 August, all adults in the UK who have been fully vaccinated no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someo...
18 August 2021
Learn more about the wide range of benefits from food surplus redistribution
18 August 2021
Inflation pressure in the UK economy eased slightly in the latest month, with the “all items” CPI falling from 2.4% annually in June to 2.1% in July. Inflation for food and drink remained negative at -0.6%. This may offer some comfort, since it supports the Bank of England’s view that rising inflation will be transitory and that no action is required to correct it. However, other ONS...
17 August 2021
New data from ONS shows the current state of the UK labour market – and the news is (mostly) positive. Overall unemployment fell from 4.8% in April 2021 to 4.7% in May 2021, the latest full month. Unemployment has fallen steadily from a peak of 5.1% in November 2020. For the vulnerable 18-24 year-old age group, unemployment is higher than average 11.0% in May, but this is also reced...
17 August 2021
Stable availability concerns Click chart to enlarge Despite the operational challenges due to employees being advised to self-isolate, there are sufficient food supplies within the system and the impact on availability has been limited to date. In the latest shopper research conducted for IGD over this last weekend 13-15 August 2021, a similar number of shoppers are experiencing...
16 August 2021
The UK “furlough” scheme (properly the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or CJRS) ends on 30 September 2021, but data from ONS shows that most UK employees are already back at work, at least some of the time. Use of the furlough scheme has declined through the first part of 2021. In late July, respondents to an ONS business survey said that only 1.5% of employees were still on full furl...
16 August 2021
Provisional GDP data for Q2 2021 is now available from ONS. UK economic output was up 4.8% on the previous quarter, with major contributions from wholesale / retail and accommodation / foodservice. These sectors performed strongly as special restriction to combat COVID-19 were rolled-back and private demand surged. Quarter-on-quarter growth at this rate is impressive, by historical ...
12 August 2021
Your overview of political and economic news with a focus on the food and consumer goods industry, featuring the latest developments and guidance on COVID-19 and adapting to a new relationship with the EU.   Absence issues due to COVID-19 All adults in Scotland and Wales who have been fully vaccinated no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone...