We're pleased to bring you just some of the major food & drink retail and supply stories recently covered by The Grocer.
Cotswold Fayre opens Flourish foodhall and restaurant in Somerset
Speciality food wholesaler Cotswold Fayre has launched a foodhall and restaurant on Glenavon Farm in Saltford, Somerset. Flourish comprises a 2,000 sq ft foodhall, an open kitchen seating 110 people, and an outside terrace with 40 seats.
Clarkson apologises to neighbours over farm shop traffic
Jeremy Clarkson has apologised to Cotswold residents after floods of visitors to his farm shop brought traffic to a halt. The shop is featured in new Amazon Prime series ‘Clarkson’s Farm’, which follows a year in the life of Clarkson after he decides to run the farm
Booths launches new ‘modern’ café concept in Penrith
Booths has opened the ‘1847 Café’ as an alternative to the existing Booths Café in Penrith. The new café will serve a selection of products from Booths’ cheese, deli and bakery counters in a “modern and relaxed” setting. The name of the new site is a homage to the year Booths first opened its tea merchants.
Harrods enters the hard seltzer race with Lilo partnership
Harrods has partnered with Lilo Hard Seltzer to offer its Food Hall customers a low-calorie, low-alcohol range, including the Lilo White Grape & Elderflower and Lilo Cranberry & Rosehip flavours.
Home deliveries dip as restrictions ease
Convenience store retailers are seeing home deliveries fall by up to 50% since the government began easing lockdown restrictions. One retailer said his online delivery service had “died right off” in recent months.
Earth & Wheat hunts for bakeries to join ‘wonky’ bread service
Earth & Wheat, the ‘wonky’ bread delivery service started by a 20-year-old baker, is looking to sign up independent bakeries across the UK in a bid to “turn their food waste into profit and help save the planet”.
‘Comprehensive strategy’ for UK food and farming vital, urges agricultural sector
The government must come forward with a “comprehensive strategy” to manage the impact of post-Brexit trade deals on UK agriculture, farmers have warned. The NFU has said tariff liberalisation and increases in imports threaten to put severe pressure on farmgate prices.
Food and drink exports crash as Brexit and Covid combine
The combination of Brexit and coronavirus led to a “disastrous” fall in exports to the EU in the first quarter of 2021, with sales crashing by more than £2bn versus the same period in 2019, according to the FDF.
Minister accuses industry bosses of ‘crying wolf’ over driver shortage
Food industry leaders say they were accused of “crying wolf” by the minister for transport during a crisis meeting to discuss driver shortages. The comments came as haulage, supermarket, supplier and trade association leaders met with government this month to thrash out solutions to what the Road Haulage Association now estimates is a shortage of up to 100,000 HGV drivers across the country.