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The hottest drink trend of the summer?

Waitrose is launching frozen rosé wine popsicles into shops this weekend (July 14-15), as the trend for alcoholic ice lollies continues to soar. Available in dedicated freezers in the supermarket, the Mirabeau Frosé Popsicle (£2.99 each) is made from a blend of Classic Mirabeau rosé wine and strawberry essence. Rosé …

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Brits stock up on heatwave goods as BBQ fever continues

England’s World Cup trail and the heatwave moving into its third week has seen Brits continuing to host al fresco BBQ parties this week, according to Tesco. The supermarket chain reports that the high temperatures have created huge demand for BBQ food, beer, wine as well as ice and electric …

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Take part in July/August issue of Housewares Magazine

The deadline to take part in the July/August issue of Housewares Magazine has been extended to next Wednesday (July 18). This issue includes the following features: Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical Review Autumn Fair: Preview Bakeware Sugarcraft/cake decorating Weighing and Measuring Tools and Gadgets Colour In The Home Smart & …

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John Lewis launches biggest own-brand launch in its history

Today (Thursday July 2) John Lewis has revealed details of its largest own-brand launch to date. Created in-house by the John Lewis & Partners Design Studio team, a new womenswear collection entitled “John Lewis & Partners” comprises 300 designs that will carry the retailer’s new brand name: “John Lewis & …

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Taylor’s Eye Witness boss calls for action to amend Offensive Weapons Bill

Taylor’s Eye Witness joint managing director Alastair Fisher has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid expressing his concerns about the proposed Offensive Weapons Bill. Introduced on June 20, the Bill proposes to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses. At the time, Sajid Javid said: …

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Beers, BBQs and big screen TVs lift June sales

UK retail sales increased by 1.1% in June on a like-for-like basis from June 2017, when they had increased 1.2% from the preceding year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG monthly monitor. On a total basis, sales increased 2.3% in June, against an increase of 2% in June 2017. …

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What More UK gives a lesson on plastics

What More UK recently paid a visit to Peel Park primary school to answer questions about their plastic products, and explain the role that children have in the future of the planet. The company, which manufactures plastic housewares under the Wham brand, is based at Altham in Lancashire. Pupils of …

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EasyDo Products relaunches limited edition pink Dishmatic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

EasyDo Products is collaborating with Against Breast Cancer to raise funds and awareness for the charity during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The manufacturer of the Dishmatic range of dispensing fillable and refillable washing up tools will donate £10,000 to the cause – and special pink limited-edition Dishmatic handles will …

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Hotpoint launches campaign with Jamie Oliver

Hotpoint has teamed up with its brand ambassador, celebrity cook Jamie Oliver, to launch the ‘Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food’ campaign. The appliance manufacturer said that research it has commissioned reveals two-thirds of Brits worry about food waste, but admit to buying fresh ingredients that replace edible food in the …

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Sunshine boosts sales of small electricals at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday July 7) were down 0.3% on last year. The department store group’s operations director Dino Rocos said the result was impacted by two factors: “the very hot weather and the World Cup”. Dino noted that Home sales were down 8.4% but …

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