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Tesco launches January healthy eating push

Tesco by backing the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children. The new initiative aims to help parents who are shopping in-store and online choose affordable healthier snacks that are 100 calories or less. The campaign, which runs throughout January, includes in-store point of sale …

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The Hairy Bikers head to the Med

The Hairy Bikers are on their bikes again, discovering food from Mediterranean countries in a new BBC Two series. Si King and Dave Myers celebrate the culinary delights of France, Spain and Italy in the six-part show. In episode one of ‘The Hairy Bikers’ Mediterranean Adventure’, which airs tomorrow (Thursday …

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Tom Kerridge presents new foodie TV show

‘Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good’ makes its debut tonight (Wednesday January 3) at 8pm on BBC Two. The six-part series, presented by the Michelin-starred chef, follows a group of 13 struggling dieters who want to achieve lasting weight loss with Tom’s take on healthy eating. Tom himself famously lost …

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Sainsbury’s introduces ‘UK supermarket first’: pulled jackfruit

Sainsbury’s launched seven new plant-based products in store and online yesterday (Monday January 1), including what it bills as a UK supermarket first: pulled jackfruit. Jackfruit, also known as jack tree, is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family, native to South India. The grocer says …

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Marks & Spencer sells retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to Al-Futtaim

Marks & Spencer has today (Tuesday January 2) confirmed the sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau to its long-established franchise partner Al-Futtaim. The sale, which completed on December 30, sees Al-Futtaim become the new sole franchisee for Marks & Spencer in Hong Kong and …

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Co-op to open 100 new stores in 2018

The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018, creating an estimated 1,600 jobs. The community retailer will invest over £160 million in new stores and major makeovers for a further 150 of its outlets. More than 20 new stores are set to …

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Springboard: ‘challenging’ Christmas & New Year trading for bricks-and-mortar stores

Retail footfall dropped ‘significantly’ on New Year’s Eve across the UK, declining by -10.5% over the 24 hours and by -7.2% between 7pm and midnight, according to the latest data from Springboard. The retail expert said this performance followed drops in footfall on Boxing Day (-4.5%) and from December 27 …

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Dunelm appoints new chief executive

Homeware chain Dunelm has announced the appointment of Nick Wilkinson as its new chief executive, with effect from February 1. He succeeds John Browett, who stepped down from the role in early September for personal reasons. Nick has extensive retail experience across a number of consumer brands, most recently as …

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Waitrose introduces Prosecco cheese for ‘toasting’ the New Year

Waitrose claims to be the first UK supermarket to launch a Prosecco cheese. Arriving in shops on December 4, the grocer describes it as ‘perfect for adding a sparkly twist to a festive cheeseboard’. The Ubriaco Prosecco DOC, affectionately referred to as ‘drunken cheese’, is a traditional Italian cows’ milk …

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Springboard: footfall set to rise dramatically over New Year Weekend

Footfall across UK high streets, shopping centres and out-of-town retail centres over the New Year Weekend is set to lift strongly year-on-year, according to the latest data from Springboard. The retail intelligence expert said its prediction will ‘restore optimism amongst retailers for a modest end to the year in terms …

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