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01 April 2020
A round-up of the latest developments from UK food-to-go and out-of-home operators this week. Switching channels A national initiative to enable pubs to trade as food shops offering essential items such as bread, eggs and milk has been set up. mypubshop.com is a partnership between Brakes, Coca-Cola European Partners and Use Your Local, and is powered by ecommerce trading platform ...
31 March 2020
We look at what Iceland Foods is doing to meet the evolving challenges of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Helping to enforce social distancing Limiting the numbers of shoppers in store  Placing tape on the floor every two meters, guiding shoppers on how to maintain a safe distance from each other Contact-free delivery is available for those shopping online Ensuring shoppe...
31 March 2020
In this article we round up the latest initiatives from Aldi and Lidl UK and Ireland to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Aldi Introduces priority shopping for all emergency workers. They will be able to bypass the queues into store any time by showing ID Store and distribution staff will recieve a 10% pay rise, backdated from 9th March, in recogn...
30 March 2020
Major UK national wholesaler, Bestway has put in place clear social-distancing measures across its self-service cash & carry network, to safely manage the high levels of footfall seen during the current pandemic emergency. One-in one-out to limit customers in-depot Bestway has set limits on the number of customers in each of its depots at any one time.  Depending on depot size, this restric...
30 March 2020
Businesses in the UK are being supported through the Coronavirus outbreak via three main mechanisms: Financial / monetary Fiscal Legislative Financial and monetary support is provided by the Bank of England, in co-ordination with other central banks globally. The aim is to keep the international financial system working and ensure capital remains available to businesses. Key m...
30 March 2020
The Competition Act (1998) provides for the Secretary of State for Business to allow certain practices that would otherwise be prohibited, where there is compelling public benefit. The UK government has therefore laid before Parliament a new Statutory Instrument (SI), allowing for temporary relaxation of the competition rules for the grocery supply chain LINK . The Competition Act 199...
30 March 2020
The UK government has developed a range of activities to support businesses through the turmoil associated with Coronavirus, focusing especially on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is likely, however, that some businesses will still become insolvent as a result of Coronavirus. Plans for reforming insolvency laws have therefore been brought forward as part of the government respon...
30 March 2020
Improved hygiene – meaning more frequent hand washing and sanitising – is a key part of the response to Coronavirus. As a result, supplies of soap and sanitising gel have come under pressure. Several UK drinks companies have responded to this need by re-purposing their equipment to produce alcoholic gels and washes. Alternatively, some are supplying high-strength alcohol to specialist companie...
27 March 2020
George Eustice, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has published an open letter, thanking all who work in the food and grocery industry for serving the public during the Coronavirus outbreak. He writes: “… I am personally enormously proud and thankful for all the work that you have done in recent weeks, and will be asked to do in the weeks ahead. In many cases you ...
27 March 2020
Sainsbury's has unveiled a package of measures to help suppliers manage production volumes and cash flow. Support for suppliers The retailer has pledged to work collaboratively with suppliers to increase production volumes so that they can meet the current surge in demand. Support will also be available to suppliers who find themselves in distress as a result of the current uncertainty. ...

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