FSA self-regulation plan for top food firms branded “scandalous”

News reported by the The Grocer that the Food Standards Agency is planning to allow major food firms, including Tesco, to self-regulate on food safety has been branded “scandalous” by a leading food policy expert. The Grocer revealed news that the FSA plans replace its “outdated” food safety regime and replace it with one that […]

October 14, 2016 Continue Reading

H&B to open ‘store in store’ concessions in Tesco stores

Tesco and Holland & Barrett have today announced they are partnering to introduce a health and wellbeing ‘store in store’ format in a number of Tesco stores across the UK. The new partnership follows Tesco’s successful introduction of several Arcadia sites in its larger stores last year, which it says showed that shoppers find it […]

July 26, 2016 Continue Reading

Soil Association backs NFU over ‘fake’ farm complaint

“The Soil Association says it “strongly supports” the National Farmers’ Union’s complaint to Trading Standards over ‘fake’ farm branding. The NFU has written to formally complain to the National Trading Standards over the use of ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products. This follows concerns expressed by NFU members that the use of ‘fake’ farm […]

July 18, 2016 Continue Reading
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NutriCentre – end of an era

Despite reports of growing losses at Tesco-owned NutriCentre and a candid analysis by its recently appointed management team of earlier operational failings, news that the supermarket is to close its specialist health and wellbeing business has shocked the natural products industry (see story). Dismay in our own sector that NutriCentre – once an industry bellwether […]

April 5, 2016 Continue Reading
Tesco to close NutriCentre Operation

NutriCentre announces “range reset”, pledges support for suppliers

NutriCentre has announced a dramatic “range reset” after a comprehensive overhaul of its consumer offer. The Tesco-owned nutritional retailer has also pledged to support innovative new suppliers and help make supplements more “appealing and accessible” to shoppers. The new management team at NutriCentre unveiled its plans at a press conference in London last week. In […]

February 2, 2016 Continue Reading

GCA finds Tesco in serious breach of groceries code

After finding Britain’s largest supermarket seriously breached a legally-binding Groceries Supply Code of Practice (the Code) to protect groceries suppliers, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) has told Tesco to introduce significant changes to its practices and systems. The adjudicator, Christine Tacon, said in her report that she was particularly concerned about three key issues – […]

January 27, 2016 Continue Reading
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Supermarkets failing to capture the high value organic shopper

Britain’s supermarkets are missing a trick as sales of organic food and drink continue to grow says the Organic Trade Board. The OTB’s campaign manager, Catherine Fookes, tells The Times today that none of the Big Four – Tesco, Asda, Sainbsury’s, and Morrison’s – currently has “a proper strategy” for organic. Quoting from a recent […]

September 28, 2015 Continue Reading

Organic for the People looks to the future of organics

Next month marks a year since the soft launch of Organic for the People, the 100% organic, plant-based store which popped up in London with the clear intention of making organic food and drink ‘price accessible’. Located directly opposite As Nature Intended in Ealing High Street, the store, which is still in its first phase, […]

September 11, 2015 Continue Reading

Tesco removes sweet temptation from checkouts

Tesco has announced that it will be removing confectionery from checkouts across its full range of store formats by the end of December 2014. The move follows research showing that 65% of customers believe that removing sweets from checkouts will help them make healthier choices when shopping, with 67% saying it would help them make […]

May 23, 2014 Continue Reading