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Waitrose kicks off a ‘Scrumptious Summer’

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 3.1% last week (to Saturday May 25) compared with the same week last year when sales were boosted due to the warmer weather, according to the supermarket chain. Finance director Ross Avery commented: “On the back of the RHS Chelsea …

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ITV recommissions ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’

Following a successful launch, ITV has recommissioned daytime cookery series ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’. The second series starts from Sunday June 9 at 9:25am on ITV and each programme has been extended to two hours from its original duration of 60 minutes. The broadcaster said: ‘The show sees couple …

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BBC One commissions ‘Inside The Supermarket’

BBC One has commissioned a six-part documentary series following 12 months in the life of Sainsbury’s – Britain’s oldest supermarket. With unprecedented access over the course of a year, ‘Inside The Supermarket’ follows the pivotal points of the retail calendar including Mother’s Day, Easter, the summer holidays and the run-up …

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Which? survey names best and worst high street shops

WHSmith has finished bottom of Which?’s annual UK high street shops survey, while specialist retailers come out on top. Conducted in January, the annual survey of 7,784 members of consumer body Which? was based on in-store purchases made during the past 12 months. It looked at the bricks-and-mortar shops offering …

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John Lewis Partnership staff log a record 24,500 hours of volunteering

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) staff have donated over 24,500 hours in the last year through the retailer’s Golden Jubilee Trust long-term volunteering programme – equivalent to 3,293 working days, and a record number of hours since the programme launched 19 years ago. JLP owns and operates department store group John …

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New Customer Fulfilment Centre for Waitrose

Waitrose & Partners has acquired an 110,000sq ft property at Enfield in north London that will open as a dedicated fulfilment centre for online customer orders in Spring 2020. The announcement is the third in a series of big moves by the supermarket chain to treble Waitrose.com to a £1 …

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John Lewis to invest £21 million in Peterborough store

John Lewis & Partners has announced details of a £21 million investment and refurbishment of its 93,000sq ft Peterborough shop in Cambridgeshire, which is located within the Queensgate shopping centre. Due to be completed by January 2020, the revamp includes an overhaul and reconfiguration of the entire shop with improvements …

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Waitrose launches world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging

Waitrose & Partners claims to have launched the world’s first home compostable ready meal packaging, as it moves nearly nine million products out of black plastic. The packaging will initially replace many of the supermarket chain’s Italian ready meal trays, saving 158 tonnes of black plastic. The cream-coloured containers, which …

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Government takes action to ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers

Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed a ban on plastic straws, drinks stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England last Wednesday (May 22), following overwhelming public support for the move. The ban will come into force in April 2020. It will include exemptions to ensure that those with medical needs or …

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Clas Ohlson to phase out disposable barbecues

Swedish hardware and homeware chain Clas Ohlson has announced that it will phase out the sale of disposable barbecues in 29019 and offer portable alternatives (pictured) instead. The initiative is part of is sustainability strategy, ‘where products with a negative environmental impact are continuously phased out’. Earlier this year, the …

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