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RDT boss Bryan Clover takes a hike for charity

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is 175 years old and to mark the occasion, chief executive officer Bryan Clover is hiking 175 miles across the most rugged terrain around Cornwall. During the October ramble, he will cover 25 miles a day for a week (carrying 30lbs on his back), …

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BBC Two orders second helping of Million Pound Menu

BBC Two has ordered a second series of restaurant investment series ‘Million Pound Menu’, with restaurant general manager Fred Sirieix returning to host. Once again, budding restaurateurs will be vying for life-changing sums of investments in the food concepts they believe will be the next big culinary hit. A panel …

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Asda launches frozen Pimm’s mix

Asda has launched a frozen version of the fruity cocktail Pimm’s. Frozen for Freshness Summer Cup Mix contains frozen cucumber, strawberries, spiced orange peel and mint, mixed with lemonade and a dash of Pimm’s. The supermarket chain said: ‘With the nation set for sun, this ready-made frozen kit ensures less …

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Sainsbury’s extends Patisserie Valerie partnership to 70 stores

Sainsbury’s is sweetening its in-store food range by rolling out Patisserie Valerie products to more of its bakery counters across the UK. The supermarket chain trialled a partnership with the luxury patisserie brand in May 2017. The handmade cakes and pastries are made and delivered by Patisserie Valerie in the …

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Tesco supports Pride with Bags of Help

LGBT+ groups across Britain will be celebrating Pride with the chance to bag themselves a share of over £75,000. The community groups and charities are all taking part in the latest round of Tesco’s community grant scheme Bags of Help. The initiative, which is run in partnership with environmental charity …

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Argos celebrates 45 years on the high street

Argos marked its 45th birthday in style in Manchester today (Friday July 6) with a special ceremony celebrating its longest-serving employee, who joined the retailer in the year it launched on the high street. Argos ceo John Rogers presented Philip Stone, aged 61, with a certificate, a £500 gift voucher …

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KitchenCraft to distribute Chef’n & London Pottery brands from 2019

Housewares supplier KitchenCraft has announced that following the merger of parent company Lifetime Brands Inc. with the Filament Group, it will be distributing the Chef’n brand from January 1 2019. Lifetime Brands Inc. is consolidating Filament’s UK distribution of all the combined brands to its subsidiary, KitchenCraft – meaning the …

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World Cup effect set to boost shopping trips

England’s success in reaching the World Cup quarter finals this weekend could generate £860 million of grocery sales today (Friday July 6) and tomorrow, which represents a 5% uplift on usual figures, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel. Matt Botham, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, commented: “We’re looking at …

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Asda launches Operation ‘It’s Coming Home’

Asda has launched Operation ‘It’s Coming Home’ from its Southgate store in London, in time for England’s quarter-final against Sweden tomorrow (Saturday July 7). Following England’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout win on Tuesday (July 3), Operation ‘It’s Coming Home’ means Asda staff at all stores who want time …

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World Cup and heatwave promise biggest UK BBQ parties for years

With temperatures nudging the early 30s and England’s World Cup campaign continuing this weekend, Tesco says most of its customers have one thing on their minds: stocking up for BBQ parties. For the last week, sales of BBQ food, salad vegetables, ice cream, beer and wine have been the most …

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