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Marks and Spencer launches plastic-free fruit and veg trial

The trial includes over 90 lines of loose produce lines free of plastic packaging

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Big brands drive 7.9% growth in UK coffee shop market

16 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

The UK coffee shop market grew by 7.9% in turnover during 2018, driven by the big brands, according to a new report on the UK café industry.

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Consumer spending declines further in December

16 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

A disappointing performance on the High Street has caused a continued fall in overall expenditure, according to a new Visa report.

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Spar appoints interim managing directors to replace Robinson

15 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

Spar has announced the appointment of two interim managing directors to succeed Debbie Robinson, who is set to take the helm at Central England Co-operative.

Conrad Davies

Welsh convenience stores invested £44m in 2018, says ACS

15 Jan 2019 | By Christian Fuller

Convenience retailers in Wales invested over £44m in their businesses in 2018, with the vast majority coming from retailers’ own reserves despite rising costs, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

Diageo Game of Thrones Whiskies

Diageo introduces Game of Thrones whiskies

16 Jan 2019

Diageo is releasing a new collection of Game of Thrones single malt whiskies into the convenience channel.

McQueen and the Violet Fog

Brazilian McQueen gin comes to the UK Video

16 Jan 2019

McQueen and the Violet Fog: a new gin spirit created using 21 different botanicals, is making its c-store debut.

Quorn Battered Fishless Fillets

Quorn debuts new vegan fishless fillets

16 Jan 2019

Quorn is building on demand for meat free alternatives with the launch of two frozen vegan main meals.


Kitkat launches holiday on-pack promotion

16 Jan 2019

Nestle Confectionery is hoping to cheer up Kitkat consumers this January with an instant win holiday giveaway.

Cutting-edge technology Video

Southampton-based retailers Richard Inglis and Steve Bassett discuss how new technology is enabling them to boost footfall and reduce costs at their respective stores.


Is consolidation delivering?

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019 | By Robin Mannering

From Tesco’s merger with Booker, to the Co-op Group’s acquisition of Nisa, consolidation took place throughout the industry in 2018. Now the new order is settling down, are independent retailers beginning to reap the rewards?  

What's in store

Future in your hands

12 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018

The future political landscape may appear beyond everyone’s control, but c-stores can play a part in defining their fortunes over the coming year and capitalise on demand for convenience. Industry commentators and retailers forecast what’s in store for 2019.

CJ Lang

CJ Lang: A new energy

11 Dec 2018 Updated: 14 Dec 2018 | By David Rees

CJ Lang looks to the future with new energy as the new management team, led by chief executive Colin McLean, has several new initiatives in the pipeline.

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Raven's Budgens, Abridge, Essex

08 Jan 2019 Updated: 11 Jan 2019

Raven’s Budgens in Abridge, Essex, switched to the Booker-owned symbol group last year, but the former Mace store is also the longest-running Shell forecourt site in the country. 

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The year ahead

08 Jan 2019 | By David Rees

At first glance, it seems like as an industry we will have more challenges than opportunities to deal with in the coming year but, then again, that has probably always been the case.


Focus on energy drinks

12 Dec 2018 | By James Lowman

Store owners should debate selling energy drinks to children with their community, says James.


Digital ordering

12 Dec 2018 | By HIM

It is vital that suppliers embrace and invest in B2B e-commerce and are knowledgeable as to the key guiding principles, says HIM’s Chloe Kent.

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Rolling with the punches

13 Dec 2018

Our C-Store Champions have seen their share of challenges in 2018, but their tenacity and ability to adapt have kept them on track.

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