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Asda launches its first vegan plant-based range

To mark Veganuary, supermarket chain Asda has launched a vegan-friendly range of plant-based products under the new ‘Asda Plant Based’ label. All 48 products are Vegan Society approved. The range launches as demand for plant-based products hits an all-time high, with Asda research revealing that 52% of 18-34-year olds plan …

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Which? reveals Sainsbury’s as cheapest supermarket of 2019

Sainsbury’s has been crowned the cheapest supermarket of 2019, according to Which? research. The consumer association tracked thousands of branded grocery prices across six major supermarket chains throughout 2019 to find out how much each retailer was charging. Which? compiled a list of 53 common grocery items, from Andrex toilet …

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Home sales down 9.3% at John Lewis

Total sales were down 2.8% at John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday January 18) as customers shopped the final week of Clearance. The department store group’s trading director Simon Coble commented: “Home sales were particularly impacted in the week, down 9.3%, as we sold through many lines to …

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Winter blooms prove popular at Waitrose

Divisional sales, excluding fuel, were down 2.8% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday January 18). The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George commented: “Warming dishes like pies and traditional ready meals saw strong sales last week. Flowers and plants also proved popular, as shoppers brightened up their homes …

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Sainsbury’s Home launches Sleep More Sustainably collection

Sainsbury’s Home has launched an exclusive range of bed linen made from a blend of recycled polyester and BCI cotton. Designed to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep, the ‘Sleep More Sustainably’ bedding will be available in a range of sizes, from single to king, with a total of 48* recycled …

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Wilko to support National Home Improvement Month 2020

Home and garden chain Wilko is to support National Home Improvement Month: the industry-wide consumer-facing marketing initiative run by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Association). Now in its third year, the campaign runs throughout April. Wilko’s involvement follows on from a successful Meet the Buyer event held by BHETA in November …

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Which? comments as Beales goes into administration

Consumer association has commented on the news that department store chain Beales has collapsed into administration. Which? consumer rights expert Adam French said: “Beales falling into administration is the latest example of traditional high street retailers struggling to adapt to changing shopping habits. “While stores remain open, your consumer rights …

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JLP sells parcel of land at Leckford Estate

The John Lewis Partnership (JLP) – which owns and operates John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners – has announced the sale completion of a parcel of land belonging to the Waitrose & Partners Farm at Leckford Estate in Hampshire. The 466ha parcel of land (1,200 acres) has been …

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UK sales of meat-free foods shoot up 40% between 2014-19

From meatless steak bakes to plant-based Whoppers, it seems that vegan food product launches are now in full swing as new research from Mintel reveals a nation hungry for meat-free foods. Over the past two years, the number of Brits who have eaten meat-free foods (including meat substitutes) has soared …

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BBC announces two new shows with Nadiya Hussain

Celebrity cook Nadiya Hussain will be fronting two new cookery shows on BBC One and BBC Two. In a new two-part documentary series for BBC One, Nadiya will travel to North America to discover how migrants are influencing modern American cuisine, and on BBC Two Nadiya will return to what …

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