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Waitrose reveals the hottest food and drink trends

Waitrose & Partners has released today (Wednesday November 6) its Food and Drink Report 2019-20. Research for this seventh annual Report, which was carried out throughout 2019, is based on OnePoll consumer research of 2000 people across Britain (not just Waitrose shoppers) and supported by focus group research. The supermarket …

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John Lewis shoppers prep for Christmas ‘earlier than ever’

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 10.4% last week (to Saturday November 2) on the same week last year, as the department store group annualised against competitor promotions. Customer director Craig Inglis commented: “Home sales were down 14.1%. However, customers are decorating their homes and preparing for …

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Wet weather impacts weekly sales at Waitrose

Total sales for Waitrose & Partners excluding fuel were down 4.2% last week (to Saturday November 2) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas commented: “Last week’s wet weather impacted sales, as well as promotional activity running on different weeks year-on-year. “Bacon butties …

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Amazon.co.uk teams up with Bake Off 2018 finalist Kim-Joy

Amazon has teamed up with 2018 Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett – and London butcher and foodie destination C.Lidgate – to create the Mince Pie Bao Bun (or Mince Bao). This modern take on the Christmas favourite features traditional sweet mincemeat encased in a bao bun. Typically, traditional bao buns …

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Tesco pledges to remove one billion pieces of plastic from products by the end of 2020

Tesco has today (Friday November 1) announced it will remove one billion pieces of plastic from products for sale in UK stores by the end of 2020 as a part of its ‘4Rs’ plan to tackle the use of plastics in its business. The supermarket chain’s 4Rs [Remove, Reduce, Reuse …

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First ever H&M HOME Concept Store outside London opens at Bullring

Global fashion giant H&M has officially opened its first H&M HOME Concept Store outside London, in Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre. The new offer is part of the brand’s refreshed store in the destination, which reopened yesterday (Thursday October 31). The 21,500sq ft three-floor unit offers ladieswear, kidswear and menswear departments, …

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New look and new locations planned for special displays at Chicago show

When the housewares industry meets in Chicago next March for The Inspired Home Show, exhibitors and attendees will find not just a new name but new displays and new locations for many show destinations. Formerly known as the International Home + Housewares Show, The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home …

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MasterChef: The Professionals is back

‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ has returned to our TV screens  for its twelfth series, as 48 chefs from across the country compete to become the show’s 2019 champion. The first episode aired on Tuesday (November 5) at 8pm on BBC Two. Judges Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, chef Monica Galetti, and regular …

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Take part in Bake Off 2020?

Channel 4 is looking for contestants to take part in the eleventh series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. So if you – or someone you know – is a Star Baker in the making, then why not apply? Applications close on Sunday January 5 2020. You must be aged …

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Bake Off crowns 2019 champion

David Atherton, an international health adviser from London, was named the winner of the tenth series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ in the final episode, which aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday (October 29). Over 10 weeks, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith assessed the efforts of 13 amateur …

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