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VARTA charges up for Christmas campaign

VARTA Consumer Batteries is the latest brand to release its Christmas ad in the run-up to the big day. The batteries manufacturer has invested in a Christmas TV advertising campaign that will reach an estimated audience of more than 18 million consumers. It will air from this evening (Monday December …

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Cheese fondue revival bubbles over

Waitrose & Partners has reported that its sales of fondue cheese increased by 15.7% in November compared with the year-ago period. The supermarket chain said: ‘Fondue is enjoying a revival, thanks to its nostalgic qualities and the fun it adds to social occasions, with guests gathering round and sharing the …

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Sainsbury’s to introduce dedicated wellness hubs in-store

Sainsbury’s is strengthening its wellness and sports nutrition offer by introducing wellness hubs in selected branches. In a move that the supermarket chain describes as ‘going head to head with the likes of Holland & Barrett and Planet Organic,’ the retailer has doubled its wellness range to more than 1,000 …

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HT Perry & Son wins Home Hardware Christmas window dressing contest

Home Hardware Southwest has named HT Perry & Son at Wellington in Somerset as the winner of its annual Christmas window dressing competition. Watson Home Hardware at Sutton-on-Sea in Lincolnshire received the runner’s up prize. All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the contest, which was judged by …

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Eddingtons appointed exclusive distributor of Full Circle Homewares

Housewares supplier Eddingtons has announced its appointment as sole distributor of Full Circle Homewares for the UK and Eire effective from December 1. Full Circle is a New York-based brand ‘committed to developing safer, more beautiful, super functional products that contribute to a healthier planet’.  Manufacturing processes are designed to …

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EPE International appoints non-executive director

Housewares distributor EPE International has appointed Paul Beaumont as a non-executive director of the business. Paul is an entrepreneur with extensive experience of start-ups, predominantly in the global technology sector. Semi-retired five years ago, he now works with businesses on behalf of Leeds Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is also …

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BHETA joins fellow trade associations to host industry’s own Brexit conference

Three trade associations in the home enhancement, garden and leisure and pet product sectors are joining forces to host a conference on the theme of ‘The Future for International Trade’, ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.  BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has teamed up with Gardenex (Federation …

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Lakeland lists its top 10 sellers

Lakeland has today (Thursday November 29) revealed details of the top 10 products that its customers are ‘buying right now’. The housewares chain said: ‘These top 10 favourites are selling like hot cakes! Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or preparing your home for seasonal festivities, we’ve got it covered.’ …

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Christmas highlights from Channel 4

Jamie Oliver, Mary Portas and ‘The Great British Bake Off’ team are some of the stars of Channel 4’s Christmas programming schedule. In an hour-long special entitled ‘Jamie’s Quick & Easy Christmas’, the celebrity chef will apply his ‘quick and easy’ cooking principles to the festive season. The broadcaster said: …

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BBC One reveals Christmas foodie TV specials

BBC One has released details of TV programmes planned for the festive season. For foodie fans, the broadcaster said: ‘With the party season fast approaching, ‘Nadiya’s Party Feasts’ sees celebrity cook Nadiya Hussain [who rose to fame after winning the sixth series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ in 2015] …

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