Steve Rodell, managing director of retail at Christie & Co.

Investing in convenience stores ‘will pay off’

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co believes convenience retail remains a solid sector in which to invest – according to its Business Outlook 2024 report.
Asda has opened 21 new Express convenience stores in recent weeks.

Convenience in brief | Asda, Aldi and SGF news

Scottish Grocer highlights three news stories that tell convenience retailers about the latest developments and news from Asda, Aldi and the Scottish Grocers' Federation.

MSPs to discuss MUP

MSPs are set to table a discussion on MUP on 6 February in a chamber meeting as media reports on a rise to the minimum set price to be announced this week.

Calls for off-trade tax

Scotland's national alcohol charity has called for a retailer tax levy on off-trade sales to support alcohol treatment across Scotland.

Kilninian raises Scottish spirits

Glasgow-based spirits distributor Kilninian has been launched in a bid to connect more Scottish premium spirits with independent retailers across the country.
Spar Scotland head of marketing Paula Middleton with one of the rebranded delivery trucks.

Spar Scotland supports World Athletics Indoor Championships

Spar Scotland is gearing up for an important role in the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships. The major sporting spectacle is taking place in Glasgow from 1-3 March and the symbol group is an Official Event Supporter.

Suntory workers strike

Suntory confirms procedures in place to minimise any potential trade disruption after union workers announce strike action on 5 February.
Data analysts indicate a slow start to the year, with shoppers still cautious on spend. Picture: Words

Challenging start to trading year

Industry chiefs are warning retailers of challenging economic times ahead as figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium show there was a disappointing finish to 2023 for store bosses.
Mandy with a treasured photo of her and Steve, and Steve with their youngest girl.

Tragic toll of Post Office Horizon scandal

The human cost of the Post Office Horizon scandal has been laid bare by the widow of a postmaster, who says he died as a direct result of the stress caused by the flawed system.

Cadbury launches retailer exclusive competition

Retailers stand to win from a prize pot worth £25k as Mondelez launches its Great Retail Ideas Exchange to commemorate Cadbury's 200th anniversary year.
Allwyn Entertainment secured the National Lottery licence in 2022 from Camelot.

Allwyn takes over the National Lottery

Allwyn Entertainment officially takes over the running of the National Lottery today – and promises that retailers will be central to its plans for growth.
Scottish Grocers' Federation chief executive Pete Cheema.

SGF slams snub on vape ban

The SGF has slammed governments across the UK as being undemocratic after it was found that responses to its vape ban consultation had not been considered.
MFG is acquiring hundreds of Morrisons sites and will expand its ultra-rapid EV charging network.

MFG and Morrisons strike £2.5billion deal

Leading independent forecourts operator Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is acquiring 337 Morrisons filling stations while the supermarket chain is taking a minority stake in MFG in a deal worth £2.5billion.

Disposable vape ban dismay

Industry members have weighed in on the Government's announcement to ban disposable vapes across the whole of the UK due to rising concerns over youth vaping.
The IQOS Iluma, from Philip Morris Limited, is available in a range of colours and devices.

IQOS Iluma ‘is future of tobacco now’

Philip Morris Limited has been highlighting its 'heat not burn' IQOS Iluma as an alternative to traditional tobacco options and vapes.
The bottles made using hydrogen gas as the main energy source for the glass furnace.

Hydrogen bottles a glass act from Bacardi

Spirits maker Bacardi has been trialling new technology that allows it to produce glass bottles in a more eco-friendly way, while other food and drinks giants are involved in a project to support regenerative agriculture.