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Nadiya tops The Sunday Times bestsellers list

Four of the top five manuals in ‘The Sunday Times’ best sellers chart for the week ending July 29 are cookbooks. Heading up the league is ‘Nadiya’s British Food Adventure’ which was published on July 13. Written by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, the book is a tie-in to …

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Transmission date announced for The Big Family Cooking Showdown

The first episode of BBC2’s new cookery competition ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ will air on Tuesday August 15 at 8pm, according to the TV and radio listings guide Radio Times. Presented by 2015 Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball, the 12-part series will delve into kitchens across …

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Waitrose launches gin created by a customer

Waitrose has introduced its first ever gin created by a customer. The Espirit d’Été Gin (£39/70cl) was made using the blend from a gin-making competition run by the supermarket chain. Guests at the inaugural Waitrose Drinks Festival, held in London last September, were invited to join a gin masterclass with …

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Waitrose opens in Surrey’s new Addlestone One development

Waitrose officially launched a branch at Addlestone One last Thursday (August 3), becoming the first retailer to open at the new development in the Surrey town centre. The 6,000sq ft convenience store will provide more than 10,000 food and drink products, as well as a fresh bakery and John Lewis …

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More shops closed than opened in the second quarter – but ‘confidence is key’ says LDC

The national retail and leisure vacancy rate has risen for the first time in two years, according to new statistics. The latest report from the Local Data Company reveals that the overall levels of shop openings and closures fell month-on-month in the second quarter – and are now at their …

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Australian housewares chain set to launch in UK

Australian housewares chain House, which is owned by Global Retail Brands, is preparing to move into the UK market. Global Retail Brands aims to open its first tranche of House stores by April 2018, with a total of 75 stores planned within three years. Billed as Australia’s largest specialty homewares …

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M&S partners with Wasabi to offer ‘sushi and theatre’

  Marks & Spencer (M&S) announced yesterday (Wednesday August 2) a trial of fresh sushi counters in partnership with sushi specialist Wasabi. The retailer said the aim of the initiative is to bring customers ‘expertly prepared fresh products, while improving the in-store experience with a touch of theatre’. The counters, …

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Hobbycraft’s sewing ambassador is touring stores

Hobbycraft’s sewing ambassador Libby Rose is on the road this summer in a mission to get the nation sewing. She will travelling to Hobbycraft stores across the country to run sewing workshops for all ages, at beginner and intermediate levels. Libby is an accomplished sewer and seamstress who regularly teaching …

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Customer request inspires new Lakeland product

A letter from a long-time customer has inspired Lakeland to recreate the design of its vintage style citrus juicer. Jenny Parnham wrote to the housewares chain describing a vintage juicer that had been in her family since at least the 1950s. She still used it regularly and wondered if Lakeland …

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Unicorn cakes and fermentation jars are flying, says Lakeland

Lakeland highlights two big housewares trends in its newly launched ‘Kitchen and Around The Home – Autumn 2017’ catalogue: The 68-strong specialist chain notes that ‘shimmering, glittery and rainbow-coloured unicorn cakes are one of the coolest – and definitely the most enchanting – baking trends this year’. The retailer has …

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