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05 November 2014
Food science summer schools are designed to give young people an insight into the food industry. They showcase the variety of jobs on offer, especially in areas like product technology, safety, quality and product development, and the career opportunities available. The summer schools have been set up to address the shortage of young bright scientists studying food science and related degrees ...
04 November 2014
High promotional SKU counts on promotion meant that forecast accuracy by store/SKU was not as good as it could be. What was the issue / What initiated the project Booker offer their Retail and Catering customers a high number of branded crisp SKUs on each promotional cycle. These promotions were forecasted and maintained centrally without a local knowledge of customer buying patterns,...
30 October 2014
Six out of ten (62% of) families have bought or plan to buy Halloween items this year, according to the latest IGD ShopperVista research.  The most popular items that they plan to buy more of this year are family themed, with the top three being: 1)     Party games 2)     Healthier snacks 3)     Home-baking items  Supermarkets are where most shoppers plan to buy their Halloween foo...
29 October 2014
In the second of Graham Dorrington’s series of articles examining how you can win with your buyer, he shared with you some hints and tips on using the hierarchy of needs to develop a compelling commercial proposition and gain agreement from your contacts. In the first part of this three piece series we outlined the importance of understanding the customer's strategy and business ...
24 October 2014
IGD Commercial Development Manager Graham Dorrington explores the factors impacting the account manager’s role now and in the future. Built on insight from his experience in customer facing roles and day-to-day exposure to supplier and retailer challenges, his insights should help you maximise impact in your trading relationships with customers. Understanding the customer’s strategy and...
20 October 2014
Freezers left out in the cold as younger shoppers shun food ‘graveyards’   Freezers across the UK are ‘neglected’, ‘under-used’ and ‘under-appreciated’, with younger shoppers dubbing them ‘graveyards’ for food that is soon to go off, according to the latest consumer research from IGD ShopperVista.  18-34-year-olds are twice as likely to agree that they don’t like eating food that is stor...
06 October 2014
In the face of huge turmoil, food and grocery companies can help turn around declining sales by pushing shopper satisfaction deeper into the heart of the boardroom. This was one of the recommendations outlined in a speech by IGD’s chief executive at the 2014 IGD Convention. Joanne Denney-Finch said: “We’ve seen remarkable growth for the UK economy this year, but food st...
30 September 2014
A new initiative called ‘Working on Waste’ is being launched today (1 October 2014), bringing together food and grocery companies throughout the month in a co-ordinated bid to help their employees reduce household food waste. Spearheaded by food and grocery research and training charity, IGD, the campaign will use the scale of the industry collectively to talk directly to their employees a...
15 September 2014
IGD is launching a brand new initiative which aims for companies to help consumers reduce food waste. The campaign, called ‘ Working on Waste ’, is in collaboration with WRAP and will bring together food and grocery companies from across the UK during October 2014. There will be a month of co-ordinated industry activity which will give employees and consumers insight into ways of reducin...
18 August 2014
Shoppers are now using four different grocery shops on average each month and more of them are visiting two or more stores on the same trip, as savvy shopping tactics have become the norm. IGD’s ShopperVista research shows that nearly half of shoppers (47%) say they now use several grocery stores on the same trip, up from four out of ten (42%) who said the same last year.  It is part of the tr...