We're pleased to bring you just some of the major food & drink retail and supply stories recently covered by The Grocer.
Apple growers warn of spiralling costs
Huge cost increases and weather extremes are hampering apple growers ahead of the new season, British Apples & Pears has warned. The trade body said its members had seen cardboard prices rise by 25% to 30 and haulage costs increase by up to 12%.
Cotteswold Dairy sees strong growth
Soaring demand for doorstep delivered milk over lockdown helped Gloucestershire-based supplier Cotteswold Dairy grow sales by almost 10% last year, latest accounts have shown.
Genie Drinks shifts kombuchas into cans
Genie Drinks is rebranding and moving its trio of kombuchas from glass bottles into cans. The redesign will encompass all elements of the brand, including its packaging, website and social media presence.
Higgidy secure B Corp certification
Savoury pastries brand Higgidy has secured B Corp status with a score of 80.4 after achieving high scores in the governance, workers and community categories
Hari Ghotra launches curry meal kits
Celebrity chef Hari Ghotra is hoping to tap the home cooking boom with a duo of curry meal boxes. The Easy Friday Curry Kit and Easy Vegan Curry Box contain the components to make a three-course meal for four people.
Dymond appointed Planet Organic CEO
George Dymond will be joining Planet Organic at the end of the year as a replacement for outgoing CEO Peter Marsh, who is retiring. Dymond is Holland & Barrett group chief commercial officer.
Less fresh turkey available for Christmas
Labour shortages mean shoppers are set to see a pivot back towards frozen Christmas turkeys over fresh ones, the boss of Avara Foods has warned.
Calbee launches veg and pulse snacks
Calbee UK is launching a range of non-HFSS plant-based snacks under its Harvest Snaps brand. The baked vegetable and pulse-based snacks are billed as providing “a healthy alternative to traditional fried crisps”.
Former Graze boss debuts steamed doughnuts brand
The former CEO of Graze is launching a steamed doughnut brand containing less than 160 calories per doughnut. Called Urban Legend, it is the brainchild of Anthony Fletcher, who led Graze for 10 years.
Waitrose appoints Dolan trading director for ambient
Louise Dolan will be overseeing trading for all Waitrose ambient and frozen products. She is taking over from Simon Moore after spending almost 10 years at Sainsbury’s
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