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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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Sainsbury’s to install water bottle refill stands in 326 supermarkets

Sainsbury’s customers will soon be able to fill their own reusable water bottles in 326 of the supermarket chain’s cafes across the country From August, fresh water stands will be available in the cafes. Sainsbury’s already offers 25p off hot drinks across all cafes when customers bring reusable cups. The …

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Slow cooking products hotting up at Waitrose

With the summer weather on hold last week, Waitrose & Partners reports that slow cooking products are hotting up. The supermarket chain reports that sales of the Waitrose & Partners Slow Cooked range were up 82% last week, with searches for slow cooked on Waitrose.com up by 247% compared with …

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John Lewis to integrate home improvement services

As part of its strategy to ’expand beyond shops and online into new and enhanced services’, department store group John Lewis & Partners plans to bring its two home improvement services businesses – Home Solutions and Opun – together. Home Solutions allows customers to source and book trusted tradespeople for …

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Waitrose invests in service counters with plans to train fishmongers and butchers

Waitrose & Partners has unveiled plans to place its service counters centre stage in order to differentiate its offer from competitors. The supermarket chain is launching a pilot scheme to raise the expertise of staff working on their service counters. Initially training 10 fishmongers and 10 butchers, the longer term …

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Amazon and Morrisons to expand online grocery home delivery service

Online giant Amazon and supermarket chain Morrisons are expanding the ‘Morrisons at Amazon’ store on Prime Now to many more cities across the UK. ‘Morrisons at Amazon’ is a same day, online grocery home delivery service currently available to Amazon Prime Now customers in four cities: Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, parts …

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