We're pleased to bring you just some of the major food & drink retail and supply stories recently covered by The Grocer.

Vita Coco duo launch non-HFSS cereal brand Surreal
Two Vita Coco veterans have launched a sugar-free, non-HFSS cereal brand. Called Surreal, it is the brainchild of Kit Gammell and Jac Chetland, formerly Vita Coco’s senior brand manager and sales director.
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Heart of England Co-op joins forces with anti-food waste app
The Heart of England Co-op has become the latest co-op society to join forces with anti-waste app Too Good To Go. The partnership means its 35-strong estate is now bolstering its efforts to make sure surplus food doesn’t go to waste.
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Retailers warned over soaring supplier cost hikes
Retailers can no longer bury their heads in the sand on accepting cost price increases from suppliers, a retail consultant has warned. Ged Futter of The Retail Mind said prices in supermarkets were set to take off after Christmas.
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Booths posts profits for the first time since 2015
Supermarket chain Booths has returned to the black for the first time since 2015 after Covid demand drove an “extraordinary” bump in profits. The retailer reported pre-tax profits of £1.9m for the 12 months to March 2021 compared to a £4.1 million loss the previous year.
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Nuud wins £750k investment in funding round led by Candy Kittens founders
Plastic-free chewing gum brand Nuud has pulled in a £750k cash injection in a funding round led by the founders of Candy Kittens. The confectionery challenger’s founders Jamie Laing and Ed Williams led a funding round for the gum startup.
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Gardin raises funds to help grow seasonal crops all year round
Agri-tech startup Gardin has raised £8.1m to fuel its development of new technology that will aid the growth of seasonal crops and berries all year round. The technology uses optical sensors to obtain data from individual plants.
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Shoppers in favour of method-of-production labelling, survey reveals
More than two thirds of people want clear production method labelling on meat and dairy products, a new survey of UK consumers has revealed. Of 1,990 people polled last month, 68% agreed that labels should show the conditions animals had been reared in.
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Supermarkets ‘harder than ever’ to deal with, report challenger brands
Challenger brands say they are finding dealing with supermarkets tougher than ever before, particularly when it comes to negotiating cost price increases as inflation squeezes margin.
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UK organics exporters to see reduced EU market access from next year
British-based organic food traders will from next year be banned from sending goods to the EU that have first been imported from elsewhere around the globe, Defra has confirmed.
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Giles Brook joins board of Love Cocoa and Hip Chocolate
Giles Brook has joined the board of Love Cocoa and Hip Chocolate, the ethical chocolate brands founded by John Cadbury descendant James Cadbury, as a non-executive.
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Iain Robertson appointed Fortnum & Mason chief operating and innovation officer
Fortnum & Mason has appointed Iain Robertson in the newly created role of chief operating and innovation officer. Robertson is currently senior VP of global planning & inventory at luxury brand Burberry, and is due to join Fortnum & Mason in February 2022.
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