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T&G Woodware ‘thrilled’ by Gift of the Year accolade

Bristol-based housewares supplier T&G Woodware is in celebratory mood, following the news that its Ocean collection is the winner of the Kitchen & Dining category of the Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year 2019 Awards. The range includes ceramic storage pieces including a bottle/utensil jar, salt pig, storage jars, butter …

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The Gift of the Year 2019 winners revealed

The Giftware Association (GA) announced the winners of its annual Gift of the Year contest during an evening ceremony on February 3, held on the main stage of the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. The event celebrated 20 category winners, with newcomers Hot Smoked taking home the coveted …

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New ad campaign aims to get kids to eat more veg

Veg Power and ITV have joined forces to launch an advertising campaign to inspire children to eat more vegetables. Entitled ‘Eat Them To Defeat Them’, the push aims to engage with kids and parents in a new way, looking to reinvigorate how vegetables are viewed and consumed. The campaign has …

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John Lewis collaborates with Swoon

John Lewis & Partners is launching an exclusive new collaboration with design-led furniture brand Swoon which will be available in 11 shops across the UK and on johnlewis.com from the end of this month. The collection of furniture is the creation of Swoon’s in-house design studio and has been manufactured …

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Blue Planet spin-off to make a splash next month

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC Programming & Daytime, has announced several factual commissions to join a line-up of titles for daytime on BBC One debuting in 2019. The new commissions include ‘Blue Planet UK’ that will focus on the UK’s marine wildlife and go beneath the surface to reveal what …

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Marie Kondo effect still strong at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 3.2% last week (to Saturday February 9) on the same week last year. The department store group’s fashion buying director Christine Kasoulis said: “Home sales were down 4.0%. The ‘Marie Kondo’ effect continues to increase sales of storage products which were …

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Waitrose shoppers celebrate Chinese New Year – and get set for Valentine’s Day

Total sales excluding fuel were up 2% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday February 9) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst commented: Chinese ingredients, sauces and stir fry were in strong demand as shoppers celebrated Chinese New Year …

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IKEA UK opens doors to Greenwich store

IKEA launched a new store in Greenwich last week (Thursday, February 7). Located at Millennium Way Retail Park, the 32,000sq m branch is the retailer’s first full-sized IKEA to open in London in 14 years and has been designed as a place for Londoners ‘to meet, share, learn and shop’. …

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Re-edit for Spring Fair 2020 announced

Spring Fair organiser ITE Group, has revealed details of a major investment programme which promises to ‘modernise and re-edit’ the annual trade show for 2020. The new investment will see the show floor overhauled to create two distinct sourcing destinations – ‘Gifts’ in the Piazza halls, and ‘Home & Living’ …

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Sprouts set to become kitchen staple as sales rise

Latest sales figures from Waitrose & Partners reveal that Brussels sprouts are set to be an all-year-round kitchen staple with sales up 30% compared with the same time last year. According to the supermarket chain, sales have been driven primarily by baby sprouts and Kalettes (known as flowering sprouts) which …

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