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Don’t give risk a bad rap says SWA – Mentoring Programme

TRAINING and mentoring will play a major role in Scottish Wholesale Association activity over the next year, the organisation’s annual conference was told last...

Family approach at Londis – Feedback plan to partner mentor scheme

SYMBOL group Londis is developing three programmes designed to help its retailers share best practice and ideas to grow their businesses. The fascia...

Development drive – Lidl to spend £30m on Scottish push

RETAIL chain Lidl says its first branding campaign in Scotland has boosted customer numbers by more than 20% and has led it to launch...

Muffins go on a roll

GOOD things come in small packages, apparently. Mintel research on the UK cake market shows volume sales of small cakes grew by 19% between...
Stephens the Baker

I’ve looked at bread from both sides now – Scotmid team up

Scotmid is busy joining forces with a raft of local bakery firms across Scotland. Avril Cadden found out if the suppliers and the client...
Robert Sider: Clydebank Co-op/Keystore outlet striking a chord.

Indie co-op to tie in with symbol group

Clydebank society joins with Keystore in reclaimed store INDEPENDENT co-operative society Clydebank Co-op is to move outside the wholesaling arrangements of the Co-operative Group and...

Time to get serious – make the best of cider days

It’s been the undisputed boom product in long alcoholic drinks in recent years – ever since an Irish brand introduced the world to cider...
Cadbury came out as the younger generation’s most favoured brand.

Old favourites for Y generation

IF you thought today’s young adults valued Facebook, Twitter iOS and Android above all else then you might have to think again. Because, while the...
SILK Cut is getting a minimalist makeover to underline, says brand owner JTI

Silk Cuts the clutter on pack

SILK Cut is getting a minimalist makeover to underline, says brand owner JTI, its positioning as a premium brand. The logo has been tweaked and...
Ross Kerr, director of the SGF Healthy Living Programme. He spent much of his career in crisps and snacks sales and marketing and says many FMCG brands would envy the retailer use of POS material that the programme has achieved.

New foods set to get with the programme

Ross Kerr is director of the SGF Healthy Living Programme, which has just received new Scottish Government funding. Patrick Duffy found out more. The sg...
Electronic cigarettes to be regulated

Electronic cigarettes to be regulated

ELECTRONIC cigarettes and all other nicotine-containing products are to be regulated as medicines by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Currently treated as consumer...
Post office plans click march

Post office plans click march

ROYAL Mail and the Post Office are joining forces to offer a click and collect service at Post Office branches. Royal Mail is currently...
REPRESENTATIVES groups for Scotland’s large and small shops gave a cautious welcome to the news that retailers will have to charge for plastic carrier bags from next year.

Shops group welcomes charity move on bags

REPRESENTATIVES groups for Scotland’s large and small shops gave a cautious welcome to the news that retailers will have to charge for plastic carrier...
New store in town

New store in town – Alloa opening

A new Spar store opened at Medwyn Place in Alloa last month, after the renovation of the town’s former Medwyn Stores. New owner is...
Scots chocolate planned

Scots chocolate planned – New bar from Mackies

ICE cream brand Mackies is launching a chocolate bar to extend its range of indulgent treats. The company taste tested samples at the Royal...
Breaking the sounds of silence

Breaking the sounds of silence – Glen Keith distillery re-opening

THE boom in Scotch whisky manufacturing is continuing, One of the latest signs came last month when Scottish Government cabinet secretary for rural affairs...