Re-setting the obesity narrative

Re-setting the obesity narrative

The Covid-19 lockdowns forced changes on all of us, workwise and personally. But it wasn’t just in the 12 weeks we were subject to some form of social distancing. In the early weeks of Level 1 we also saw how some of those changes were sticking, and could do so well...

Re-setting the narrative on obesity

Whether people follow the grocery sector in detail or take a casual interest as shoppers, most would be aware of the transformation that has taken place in supermarket aisles over the past decade as manufacturers work hard to develop and launch healthier formulations...

Shopping in a post Covid-19 world

There’s been a lot of speculation about what our post Covid-19 world will look like, and how our daily lives will change and our businesses might have to adapt. Long-term, it’s anyone’s guess, and will depend on how quickly the world can rid itself of the virus and...

Lockdown grocery shopping trends set to continue

The food and grocery industry has just experienced a period like no other. The eight or so weeks leading to our exit from COVID-19 Alert Level 3 have been a time of pressure not seen since the days of rationing during the Great Depression and World War II. As demand...

Saluting our lockdown grocery heroes

There have been lots of grocery heroes through the Level 4 lockdown, and I’d like to acknowledge some of them. It’s a frantic time for the sector, with suppliers and supermarkets working overtime to ensure the huge public demand for groceries is met. And with people...

Chocolate’s sweet taste of success

Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and the pressure on suppliers and retailers to keep supermarket shelves stocked, it’s essential we continue to celebrate the bright spots. One was the recent announcement of the Supreme Winner at the New Zealand Chocolate...

Thanks to ‘The Silent Sales People’

Merchandisers have been described by some as “The Silent Sales People” of retail, important team members who help supermarkets and suppliers make sure product is on the shelf at the right time to satisfy shoppers’ requirements and, of course, sell more...
Circular economy a balancing act

Circular economy a balancing act

As we all know, we don’t have to walk too far down any supermarket aisle to realise just what a huge challenge it would be to remove all plastic or non-recyclable packaging used for groceries. So many of them rely on plastic and other packaging for reasons of safety,...
Ramping up work on H&S and sustainability

Ramping up work on H&S and sustainability

The food and grocery sector embarked recently on two initiatives that promise benefits far into the future. Health & safety and sustainability have for many years been at the forefront of companies’ thinking. Most can point to work they’ve done and are continuing...
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