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Waitrose launches gin created by a customer

Waitrose has introduced its first ever gin created by a customer. The Espirit d’Été Gin (£39/70cl) was made using the blend from a gin-making competition run by the supermarket chain. Guests at the inaugural Waitrose Drinks Festival, held in London last September, were invited to join a gin masterclass with …

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Waitrose opens in Surrey’s new Addlestone One development

Waitrose officially launched a branch at Addlestone One last Thursday (August 3), becoming the first retailer to open at the new development in the Surrey town centre. The 6,000sq ft convenience store will provide more than 10,000 food and drink products, as well as a fresh bakery and John Lewis …

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Cheese and Chinese meals on the menu for Waitrose shoppers

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose last week (to Saturday July 29) nudged up 0.6% against the year-ago period. Reviewing the supermarket chain’s trading performance, commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “After our success at the International Cheese Awards, our speciality cheese sales were up 5.6%. Butters and spreads also had …

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Waitrose launches 50th sushi counter – and plans 25 more

Waitrose launches its 50th sushi counter today (Tuesday August 1), at Hitchin in Hertfordshire, and will add up to 25 more by the end of January 2018. The retailer said the move reflect the needs of modern day shoppers for convenient food and drink to take away or eat in-store. …

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Waitrose on the quest for more local gin

Sales of local and regional artisan gin have grown by 50% in the past year at Waitrose, as demand for spirits from local distilleries continues to rise. In response, the supermarket chain introduced three new gins from local distilleries to several of its shops this week. Ramsbury Gin (exclusive to …

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Variable weather hits Waitrose sales

Cold weather foods drove many in-store and online purchases for Waitrose last week (to Saturday July 22), as the trading period compared against the hottest week of the year in 2016. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Variable weather led to total sales for the week falling 1.1%, …

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Waitrose teams up with the Marine Conservation Society

  Waitrose has joined forces with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to fight plastic beach pollution. The supermarket chain and the charity aim to get more people than ever before involved in a series of events to clean and record litter from England’s beaches and rivers. The retailer is donating …

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Waitrose pitches up at summer festivals

As the festival season approaches, Waitrose will host an event of its own next month. The Waitrose Summer Festival will take place from Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20 at Leckford Estate in Hampshire, which is the supermarket’s farm. While enjoying food, drink, music and a variety of activities, …

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‘Biggest ever week’ for raspberries at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel, for Waitrose last week (to Saturday July 15) were 2% higher than the year-ago period. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said fresh produce was popular with customers, with sales of raspberries having their ‘biggest ever week’. The retailer’s own brand ‘essential Waitrose’ raspberries saw …

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Waitrose puts North Sea cod back on the menu after 18 years

Fish and chip lovers can once again enjoy a guilt-free fish supper as Waitrose welcomes the return of sustainable North Sea cod, following an 18-year absence. The supermarket chain’s aquaculture and fisheries manager Jeremy Ryland-Langley said: “We were one of the first to stop selling UK cod nearly two decades …

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