Tag Archives: Waitrose

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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Waitrose appoints director of food service

Waitrose has appointed Simon Burdess as its first director of food service. Simon will join the supermarket chain in September. He is currently vice president, restaurants and bars, with InterContinental Hotels Group. He also has 20 years’ experience in the retail industry, having previously held the post of commercial director …

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Hot weather boosts Waitrose alfresco dining sales

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were up 3.3% last week (to Saturday July 8) on the year-ago period. The supermarket chain’s finance director Lorraine Woodhouse said warmer weather led to strong sales of ice cream which rose by 39%, quiche by 30% and halloumi by 48%. Party food sales …

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Bag-in-box wine is on its way back, says Waitrose

Waitrose predicts that bag-in-box (BiB) wine will make a comeback this summer, as consumers seek practical and environmental alternatives to glass bottles. In response, the retailer has introduced a selection of ‘premium’ BiB wine. It comprises Beefsteak Club Malbec (£20.99/2.25 litres) which is a top-selling red for the supermarket chain, …

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Waitrose launches summer ad campaign

The latest advert from Waitrose aired on TV last week. The supermarket chain’s summer advertising campaign underlines that Waitrose is the only supermarket to insist that all its British fresh fruit and vegetable growers are LEAF marque certified. Produce identified with a LEAF Marque logo indicates it has been through …

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