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Sourdough rises to become UK’s fastest growing bread variety

Sourdough has become the UK’s fastest growing bread variety – with demand soaring by nearly 40% in the last year at Tesco. The supermarket chain now sells around 100,000 sourdough loaves a week and has just launched its first ever sourdough baguette (pictured). In the past five years, the grocer …

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Lifetime Brands completes acquisition of Filament Brands

US housewares supplier Lifetime Brands has completed its previously announced acquisition of fellow US housewares supplier Filament Brands. Lifetime Brands said the deal creates a ‘premier consumer goods company’ with over $750 million in net sales. As announced on December 26 2017 (http://www.housewareslive.net/lifetime-brands-to-acquire-filament-brands/), as a result of completing the transaction, …

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Facebook fans choose the next Roberts Radio colour

  Roberts Radio has taken a novel approach to choosing the colour of its next Revival DAB portable radio. The company said: ‘First introduced in the 1950s, Revival’s much-loved retro design remains the same but the technology constantly evolves, so fans have the design they love – and the best …

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Gifts, Cook and Dine sales up 41.5% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday March 31) were up 24.1% on the same period last year. The department store group’s head of shop trade for Scotland & North Barry Matheson said the performance was due to the combination of the earlier fall of Easter, colder weather …

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Easter baking range sales up 49% at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday March 31) were 19% higher than the same week last year, with comparisons distorted by the fall of the Easter weekend. The strongest performing categories were linked with entertaining family and friends at home over the Easter weekend, including snacking …

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Pineapple trumps avocado in UK’s fastest growing fruit sales stakes

Pineapples have become Britain’s fastest growing fruit with demand at an all-time high, according to Tesco. In the last year, sales of whole pineapples have soared by nearly 15% at the grocery multiple, while sales of pineapple juice have risen by more than 20%. Hawaiian pizzas are up by more …

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DIY SOS calls for Grenfell

BBC One’s flagship renovation programme DIY SOS is starting to build a multi-use community space and boxing club for the Grenfell community – and is calling for volunteers and donations of building supplies and interiors for the project. The new space will be available to the whole community to use …

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John Lewis goes poolside

New for 2018, Poolside is the latest high summer trend from John Lewis. The department store group said: ‘A follow on from last season’s Palm Springs edit, Poolside creates a laid-back aesthetic for indoor and outdoor spaces with practical and playful pieces across furniture, textiles and tableware. ‘Designed in-house with a …

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AIS welcomes non-members to Food & Gift Show

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is preparing to open the doors of its Food & Gift Show to non-members for the first time in June. The event will take place at AIS’ own purpose-built exhibition centre, Cranmore Park in Solihull, on Tuesday June 5 and Wednesday June 6. Day one is …

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BHETA reschedules Exclusively Shows briefing for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has rescheduled its briefing session for members planning to exhibit at June’s Exclusively Shows to next Wednesday (April 11). The half-day meeting was due to take place on March 1 but was postponed due to the snowy weather. The venue remains the same: …

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