Empire Foods sets up its stall for Christmas

Specialist food importer Empire Bespoke Foods is urging retailers to be Christmas-ready this year with the launch of its Christmas Pre-Order Catalogue.
Heineken UK has highlighted the opportunities presented by Old Mout and Strongbow.

Heineken offers advice on cider category

Cider is big business in the UK, with NIQ data showing the category was worth £1.1billion last year, as it provides an all-year-round opportunity for convenience retailers, says Heineken UK.

Allwyn launches safety first National Lottery operation

The National Lottery operator Allwyn Entertainment has rolled out a new safety initiative Operation Guardian to encourage responsible retailing practices.
The IQOS Iluma has overtaken the Marlboro cigarette brand for Philip Morris International.

Philip Morris pushes IQOS ahead of vape ban

Philip Morris Limited has been highlighting the firm's heat-not-burn IQOS Iluma device to convenience retailers ahead of the ban on disposable vapes.
Republic Technologies' eco-friendly OCB range is a strong category performer, says the firm.

Broaden tobacco accessories range, says Republic Technologies

Retailers who offer tobacco accessories shoppers a broad range of products are benefiting most from the continued growth of the £35million Scottish market, says Republic Technologies UK.

Justice for Scottish postmasters

ScotGov has finally unveiled its own Post Office Offences Bill which promises to exonerate Scottish sub-postmasters in line with the rest of the UK.
Multipacks remain a strong addition to the cider section across convenience, says Kopparberg.

Kopparberg pushes multipacks for convenience

Swedish cider firm Kopparberg reckons it’s a no-brainer then that a strong range of cider options – especially multipacks – should be the order of the day as retailers look to prepare ahead for the incoming sun.
Swizzels variety bags are packed full of old favourites such as Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Drumstick lollies and Refreshers chews.

Confectionery rules the big night in

With many consumers finding it hard to resist the demands of a sweet tooth for a night in, ensuring the aisle for all things sugary and sweet is well stocked is an absolute must to drive impulse purchases, reckons Swizzels.
Faisal Sattar says the MHouse MPos system is designed to assist c-store retailers.

MHouse urges retailers to invest in tech

A savvy approach to tech management will make all the difference for convenience stores across Scotland, helping to aid the shopping experience for customers and improving the sales for retailers, reckons EPOS provider MHouse.
From premium vodka to popular gin and RTD brands, Diageo offers solutions for retailers and consumers.

At-home cocktails should be in the mix

Cocktails are popular in the on-trade – and that trend crosses into the off-trade, where consumers experiment with creating serves at home – and Diageo has solutions to help boost c-store sales.

Ben Lomond Gin secures a double win

Loch Lomond distilled London Dry Gin Ben Lomond has received a double gold medal for its Original Scottish Gin on the worldwide spirits stage.
The flavour options for the IVG 2400 device are about to grow in convenience.

Education ‘will help smokers to switch’

Educating both consumers and retailers about nicotine alternatives to smoking is key to enabling adult tobacco consumers to make the switch, reckons vape brand IVG.

Evapo offers fake vape advice

Vape retailer Evapo has rolled out a new initiative to help consumers spot a fake vape with fears around the rise of the illicit trade due to the incoming ban.
Imperial Brands consumer marketing director UK & Ireland Yawer Rasool highlighted the importance of flavour cards and combi papers.

Imperial Brands offers tobacco accessories advice

Imperial Brands reckons there are 4.5million roll-your-own smokers in the UK and the firm has been offering advice on how convenience retailers can make the most of the substantial sales opportunity.
The latest round of the Heart of the Community initiative has a focus on enhancing the lives of school children.

Nisa launches new Heart of the Community initiative

Nisa's Making a Difference Locally charity has launched the eighth round of its Heart of the Community initiative – aiming to brighten the futures of children by providing funding for back-to-school uniforms and summer activities.
Hamlyns products now come in eco-friendly paper bags – meeting consumer sustainability desires.

Hamlyns lays out its green credentials

Responding to the rising demand for more sustainability support with consumers, Hamlyns of Scotland has introduced new paper packaging.