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Waitrose.com launches expansion plan in preparation for its split from Ocado

Waitrose & Partners is starting a national online roll-out programme this week – adding its Waitrose.com online delivery service to 24 more of its supermarkets across the country. The grocery retailer said the shops are strategically placed to handle increased demand for its online shopping service, in preparation for its …

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BHETA to hold briefing for Exclusively exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will host a half-day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Show. Speakers at the briefing, which will be held on March 5 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, will include the exhibition’s sales and marketing team and trend forecaster …

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BHETA/Bira Pavilion ‘proves a hit’ at Spring Fair

The inaugural Pavilion run by trade associations BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) and Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) at the Spring Fair proved a hit, according to BHETA. Spring Fair took place from February 2 to February 6 at the NEC in Birmingham. The Pavilion, sited between Halls 8 …

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BHETA holds Meet The Buyer day with TK Maxx and Homesense

A Meet The Buyer retail networking day with homewares retailers TK Maxx and Homesense organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has been hailed as “a great success” by BHETA housewares sector manager Seema Grantham. The event, which place on January 30 at the Mercure Hotel in the Hertfordshire …

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Food and drink trends to watch out for

The British designer, manufacturer, and retailer of kitchens Wren Kitchens has collaborated with food futurist Tony Hunter of Future Cubed to find out which food and beverage trends to watch out for in 2020. The trends are listed below (with comments by Wren Kitchens): Meat/Plant Products: hybrid/blended products that deliver …

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Revamped Ready Steady Cook is back on March 2

‘Ready Steady Cook’ is back on BBC One on March 2 in a revamped format featuring Rylan Clark-Neal as host and five talents from the culinary world: Mike Reid, Romy Gill, Akis Petretzikis, Ellis Barrie and Anna Haugh. The broadcaster said: ‘The new show reflects contemporary food themes, from cooking …

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Which? comments as UK sets out trade goals

As the UK carves out its future trade policy, consumer association Which? has issued the following comment from Sue Davies, head of consumer protection and food policy: “The success of future trade deals will be judged by the impact they have on the price, choice and safety of the products …

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Dexam’s Roger Morgan-Grenville launches new book

Roger Morgan-Grenville, part-time business development director and former managing director of housewares supplier Dexam, launched his latest book at a crowded branch of Waterstones in Islington last night (Wednesday, February 26). Roger told www.HousewaresLive.net: “‘Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey’ is a highly topical book on the …

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ProCook set to close two stores

Housewares chain ProCook has announced the proposed closure of two of its stores, at Eastbourne in East Sussex and Thame in Oxfordshire. Founder Daniel O’Neill said: “We are very sad to announce that we will soon be closing our Eastbourne and Thame shops. For the past few months we’ve been …

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Watchdog moves to new regular slot on The One Show

BBC One’s consumer rights brand ‘Watchdog’ is to be given a year-round presence on ‘The One Show’ – the channel’s flagship live nightly show. The broadcaster said: ‘Matt Allwright and Nikki Fox will continue to be the faces of Watchdog and will investigate and expose the companies, institutions and fraudsters …

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