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John Lewis collaborates with Denby on co-branded ceramic range

Available from this month, Quartz Rose is the new collection from John Lewis & Partners and British pottery Denby. The collaboration marks the first time that the department store group has launched a co-branded ceramic range. John Lewis & Partners tabletop buyer Nicola Hattersley commented: “I’m always proud when we …

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Sainsbury’s saddles up with Deliveroo for takeaway trial

Sainsbury has teamed up with online delivery company Deliveroo to bring hot pizzas straight from the supermarket’s counters to customers’ homes. The two-month trial, which launched yesterday (Monday July 22) in five branches – Cambridge, Selly Oak, West Hove, Pimlico and Hornsey – is billed as the first time that …

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Waitrose shoppers fire up the barbecue

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down by 0.6% last week (to Saturday July 20) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Sales of pre-packed fish, pork and lamb increased this week as customers fired up their barbecues. “Bottles …

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John Lewis customers get ready for the heatwave

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday July 20) were up 1.3% in the department store group’s final week of Summer clearance. The retailer’s buying director of EHT (Electrical and Home Technology) Laurence Mitchell said: “We had a particularly strong Saturday in our shops. Home sales …

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Sainsbury’s removes plastic bags for fruit and veg – and launches reusable bags trial

Sainsbury’s launched a trial at its Lincoln and Kidlington superstores yesterday (Monday July 22) which removes plastic produce bags for loose fruit and veg. Customers can bring their own containers into store – or purchase a reusable drawstring bag made from 100% recyclable materials for 30p. This is the supermarket …

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Waitrose introduces multi-coloured recycled packaging

Waitrose & Partners is launching coloured packaging made from recycled plastic for its ready meals. The new trays, made predominantly from mixed coloured PET bottles and trays, means the packaging may be a different colour every time it is produced, depending on what is being recycled. From pink and red …

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Koziol joins Haus stable of brands

Haus Marketing and Distribution has welcomed Koziol to its brand portfolio. The Koziol brand stands for ‘design with a clear conscience’ and since 1927 the company has been manufacturing sustainable products exclusively in Germany. Pictured is Koziol’s Organic collection, which is made from natural wood cellulose fiber and thermoplastics. The …

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Gift of the Year 2020 now open for entries

The Giftware Association (GA) has announced the launch of its 2020 Gift of the Year competition – and promises that it’s set to be ‘the biggest and best yet’. Now in its 42nd year, the contest is billed by GA as ‘the largest in the giftware sector, celebrating all things …

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Three new members for BHETA

Three companies have joined BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association): Casa & Casa, Patterson & Rothwell and Hardware Lane Distributors. Edinburgh-based housewares supplier Casa & Casa is a family business which made its debut at Spring Fair 2019. It offers a range of insulated drinks containers, cool bags, foldable furniture …

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Fenwick hosts summer holiday culinary activities

Part of the Fenwick department store group, Bentalls at Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey is hosting children’s baking classes during the summer – alongside ‘sparkling cream teas’ for their parents. The retailer said: ‘Children will love making and decorating their own cupcakes while parents enjoy a delicious sparkling cream tea. Each child …

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