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Hotpoint launches microwave promotion with Sistema

Housewares supplier Sistema has partnered with Hotpoint to offer consumers a £25 Sistema set. The set contains a breakfast bowl, medium steamer and pack of three Heat & Eat containers which are suitable for microwave cooking and reheating food. They feature cool to touch, easy lift tabs, as well as …

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Melons replace pineapples as UK’s fastest growing favourite fruit

Melons have overtaken pineapples as Britain’s fastest growing fruit with their current popularity at an all-time high, according to Tesco. The supermarket chain now stocks 10 different varieties including a citrus flavoured one with orange flesh and another with white flesh. And next month it will launch a bright yellow …

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Xystos signs trio of distribution deals

Flame and fragrance specialist Xystos has signed three UK & Ireland distribution deals, with bath & body product manufacturers Winter in Venice, Faith in Nature and Grace Cole. Winter in Venice specialises in pampering products and hand-finished reusable gifting ideas. The company was one of the first UK brands to …

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Trend Hub hailed a big hit at Exclusively Shows

A key feature of last week’s co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical proved a big hit with visitors, according to the exhibitions’ owner and organiser BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). The Exclusively Shows, which took place on June 11 and June 12 at the Business Design …

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Star-spotting at Exclusively Shows

Eagled-eyed visitors at last week’s co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical will have spotted some famous faces whilst walking the aisles. Several big names attended the event, which took place on June 11 and June 12 at the Business Design Centre in Islington. TV chef and bestselling …

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Lakeland reveals top 10 kitchen best sellers

Housewares chain Lakeland has revealed its top 10 selling cooking products. Here is the list of the specialist retailer’s current customer favourites: 1.Magic Non-Stick Oven Liner Standard 50 x 50cm (£10.79) 2.Cobb Premier BBQ Cooking System (£133.50) 3.Lékué Microwave Grill (£29.99) 4.Lakeland Hard Anodised 5-Piece Pan Set (£166.99) 5.Vitamix Ascent …

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Channel 4 celebrates one of the nation’s favourite cooks in ‘20 Years of the Naked Chef: ‘Jamie Bares All’

Channel 4 has commissioned a new 60-minute documentary about celebrity cook Jamie Oliver entitled: ‘20 Years of the Naked Chef: ‘Jamie Bares All’. The broadcaster said: ‘It’s been 20 years since Jamie Oliver exploded onto our screens and into our homes with [his TV series] ‘The Naked Chef’ and gave culinary culture …

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Visitor numbers up 5% for Exclusively Shows

Overall attendance at the Exclusively Shows 2019, held last week in London, rose by just over 5% fuelled by ‘a relatively new breed of visitors to the show: the influencers and consumer press’, according to the Shows’ owner and organiser BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association). The co-located trade shows …

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Father’s Day celebrations leads to strong sales of treats at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday June 15) were 2.6% lower compared with the same period last year, which saw warmer weather throughout the week. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Colder and rainy weather led to sales of warming food, including gravy …

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Biggest ever Father’s Day week for customers purchasing gift cards at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday June 15) were up 3.8% on the same week last year. The department store group’s buying director for electrical and home technology Laurence Mitchell said: “Home sales were up 4% with ‘Gifts, Cook and Dine’ sales up 3.2%. Within …

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