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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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Housewares Charity Foundation honours four industry veterans

Wayfair co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine, Ulta Beauty ceo Mary Dillon; and Libbey chairman & ceo William A. Foley will be honoured for their philanthropic endeavours by the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) during its annual Housewares Cares Charity Gala on March 4, held during the 2019 International Home + …

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2019 International Home + Housewares Show is sold out

The 2019 International Home + Housewares Show is sold out, according to the event’s owner and operator International Housewares Association (IHA). More than 2,200 exhibitors (including 400 new companies) from over 50 countries will show their wares at the Show, which takes place from Saturday March 2 to Tuesday March …

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Blue Planet Live coming soon

At an event last night (Thursday January 31) to celebrate the BBC’s factual content, Alison Kirkham, BBC Controller Factual Commissioning, revealed details of some forthcoming programmes, with an ongoing commitment to environmental issues. Following the huge global impact of ‘Blue Planet II’ presented by Sir David Attenborough and the BBC’s …

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ProCook launches environmental initiative

Housewares retailer ProCook has announced the launch of a linked not-for-profit organisation that supports the eradication of single-use plastic products from Britain’s beaches and promotes the use of reusable products. The ‘Life’s a Beach’ organisation has been set up by ProCook owner Daniel O’Neill. He said: “It’s vitally important that …

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