Waitrose shoppers brighten up their homes

Divisional sales excluding fuel were up 0.3% for Waitrose last week (to Saturday May 26) compared with the same week last year.

The supermarket chain’s finance director Loraine Woodhouse said:Shoppers chose to brighten up their homes ahead of the long weekend, with sales of houseplants up 29% compared with last year and sales of flowers up 7%. Household cleaning products also performed strongly, with customers stocking up on kitchen, floor and bathroom cleaners.”

Meanwhile, many started shopping for Father’s Day [on Sunday June 17] with sales of Malt Whisky up 76%, Cognac up 33% and Vermouths up 27%, with several promotions driving sales across these categories.

Last week, Waitrose announced that from the end of May, all drinks in its ‘Food To Go range’ will switch from black plastic lids to widely recyclable clear lids – potentially saving 17 tonnes of plastic from landfill each year.

The move is another step towards the retailer’s pledge to completely phase out black plastic packaging for its own-label food and drink products by the end of 2019.

Waitrose ‘Food To Go’ Orange, Mango and Passion Fruit smoothie

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