THE votes have been counted and the chocoholics’ verdict is in. Chunky Mint is KitKat’s new Chunky Champion and becomes a permanent addition to the Nestlé range.

Chunky mint tops the KitKat vote

THE votes have been counted and the chocoholics’ verdict is in. Chunky Mint is KitKat’s new Chunky Champion and becomes a permanent addition to...
WKD drinkers can download a special cocktail app to their smartphones, invent wacky combinations and then share them with other enthusiasts on-line.

The cocktail months – SHS Drinks

FRUITY and colourful, cocktails are an essential part of many summer parties. The trend to use RTDs as a basis for cocktails started in...
DISCOUNT store chain Aldi now takes a 3.5% share of the cash going through British grocery tills and competitor discounter Lidl takes 3% according to the latest market share findings from analyst Kantar Worldpanel. The research firm measured Aldi’s year-on-year growth at 31.5% with Lidl growing by just under 9%.

Discounters power ahead

DISCOUNT store chain Aldi now takes a 3.5% share of the cash going through British grocery tills and competitor discounter Lidl takes 3% according...
Scots small batch gin brand says cocktail culture is heading to the off-trade

Do try this at home – Caorunn gin

Scots small batch gin brand says cocktail culture is heading to the off-trade WATCH out lemons, you have competition. Discerning young consumers, who experiment with...
Paying utility bills is the biggest consumer concern but rising food prices is a rising worry says researcher Nielsen.

Food prices move up the worry list

One in three British consumers say they have no spare cash left after paying for essentials RISING food prices are now the third biggest concern...
COTTISH butcher Simon Howie has given its Perth shop a major redesign in response to what it sees as growing demand from customers who want to shop at an outlet where they can receive first hand advice about the provenance of the produce.

Butcher sees local interest

SCOTTISH butcher Simon Howie has given its Perth shop a major redesign in response to what it sees as growing demand from customers who...
A SUMMER holiday job that carried on has led to Jacqui Farquhar becoming Chivas Brothers’ longest serving female employee.

Jacqui just the job at Chivas

A SUMMER holiday job that carried on has led to Jacqui Farquhar becoming Chivas Brothers’ longest serving female employee. Jacqui, originally from the isle of...
AS Holywood’s latest crop of blockbusters heads for the silver screen this summer, Mars Chocolate’s Sweet Sundays promotion is also set for a sequel.

Mars brands plan movie sequels

AS Holywood’s latest crop of blockbusters heads for the silver screen this summer, Mars Chocolate’s Sweet Sundays promotion is also set for a sequel....
Sainsbury’s opened 87 c-stores last year and c-stores in the group’s portfolio achieved sales of £1.5bn It plans two openings a week in the coming year.

Supermarket’s £1.5bn locals

Giant grocer says c-store revenue is growing 17% year on year and plans to open two shops a week in next 12 months INDEPENDENT store...
Barr has an Irn-Bru promotion, called Bru-Skies, and two new sour flavours of Rockstar – designed to push summer sales.

Scots avoid a wet loss – AG Barr

WIND, rain, grey skies ... nothing keeps Scots from their soft drinks, especially if they are bright orange and made from girders. AG Barr reported...
LAWYERS and feminists have warned stores that that they risk legal action if they don’t stop displaying lads’ mags.

Lads mags face new attacks

LAWYERS and feminists have warned stores that that they risk legal action if they don’t stop displaying lads’ mags. The feminist activism groups UK Feminista...
John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid Co-operative

One size of Scotmid doesn’t fit 190 stores

John Brodie is chief executive of Scotmid Co-operative. Patrick Duffy spoke to him after the Society released its annual report. The SG Interview HE could be...
NATIONAL Lottery sales grew 6.9% last year, to reach an all-time high of £6,977.9m according to operator Camelot. Independent stores account for 83% of all lottery sales and last year saw the company added a further 8,000 stores to its UK network, bringing the total up to 36,700.

Lottery sales push £7bn

NATIONAL Lottery sales grew 6.9% last year, to reach an all-time high of £6,977.9m according to operator Camelot. Independent stores account for 83% of...
TO get shoppers in the mood for Wimbledon and strawberries and cream, Mr Kipling has a new summery, limited-edition cake. Strawberry Fancies are light sponges with a vanilla topping, beneath soft strawberry-flavoured icing. The new line’s pink packaging features a picnic basket on lush grass.

Mr K brings out the shades

TO get shoppers in the mood for Wimbledon and strawberries and cream, Mr Kipling has a new summery, limited-edition cake. Strawberry Fancies are light...
DRINKS giant Diageo says it will invest £1bn in its whisky operation over the next five years.

£1bn worth of coppers

DRINKS giant Diageo says it will invest £1bn in its whisky operation over the next five years. The company, which has Bell’s, Johnnie Walker, J&B,...
The summer months present major opportunities to boost soft drinks sales. But for c-stores, many of whom excel in providing drinks for immediate consumption, having chilled, merchandised and back-up stock will be vital.

Cool liquid assets – Planning for heat

The summer of 2013 won’t have a Euro championship, a London Olympics and Paralympics, or a Diamond Jubilee to encourage the party spirit. But...