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Grocery E-Commerce Catapults to a Strategic Priority 25th October 2017 From Kelly Thompson

Grocery E-Commerce Catapults to a Strategic Priority

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods sent a new shockwave through the U.S. (and global) retail market. The sector had already faced unprecedented disruption from digital transformation, assertive consumers, and compliance constraints.

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How Brexit May Impact The UK Food Industry 11th October 2017 From Bobby Raymond

How Brexit May Impact The UK Food Industry

Grocery retail is among the sectors that upcoming Brexit negotiations may shake up. As the UK separates from the European Union (EU), the country will need to start sourcing grocery products from other countries,such as the US, Japan and Germany, which may lead to different products, ingredients and standard for Britain’s supply chain.

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9 U.S. Compliance Trends Impacting Food Supply Chains 12th September 2017 From Don Low

9 U.S. Compliance Trends Impacting Food Supply Chains

To keep consumers safe, earn brand trust and stand out in the crowded grocery sector, U.S. retailers and suppliers must understand and adapt to compliance and trends affecting their private label and national brand food products.

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Europe’s Latest Food Scandal Encourages Retailers to Enhance Food Safety 25th August 2017 From Shaun Bossons

Europe’s Latest Food Scandal Encourages Retailers to Enhance Food Safety

When food safety scandals like the European's egg crisis strike, both retailers and suppliers are subject to investigations, and word spreads quickly. Big or small, recalls greatly impact customer loyalty as consumers tend to remember product recalls well.

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The Future of Private Label Brands 5th July 2017 From Nick Thompson

The Future of Private Label Brands

Private Label brands are critical to a retailer’s value image, supporting margin and profitability. Tools and networks are becoming more mature and accessible, making it easier to develop Private Label products. Due to all of this, private labels will likely expand throughout the U.S. in sooner than five years

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Driving Consumer Trust with a Strong Food Safety Culture 10th March 2017 From Sian Duddy

Driving Consumer Trust with a Strong Food Safety Culture

During last week’s Global Food Safety Conference, the leaders of the food retail and manufacturing industry discussed numerous topics, including the push for future growth and innovations working to keep food safe from farm to fork. While the topics ranged from panel to panel, there was one collective and overarching focus on the minds of attendees and experts which was the desire to create a stronger food safety culture.

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There’s nothing like knowing what consumers really want 24th November 2016 From Sian Duddy

There’s nothing like knowing what consumers really want

To remain relevant, companies must base their business decisions on market intelligence. And yet: all too often meaningful consumer insights are not taken full advantage of throughout the supply chain. Closer collaboration between retailers and suppliers could change this.

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Too many tools spoil the broth 10th November 2016 From Sian Duddy

Too many tools spoil the broth

The private label market continues to be marked by intense competition and economic uncertainty. However, with almost half of survey respondents saying their product development is inhibited by the use of generic and offline tools, there is, it seems, plenty of potential for stakeholders to up their game and take better advantage of the opportunity private label offers their business.

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Retailers: in order to innovate, communicate 26th October 2016 From Sian Duddy

Retailers: in order to innovate, communicate

To meet the increasingly specific requirements of a well-educated, discerning customer base, retailers need to keep offering innovative products that deliver both quality and choice. When each partner focuses on their respective strengths and adheres to consistent private label communication processes, they put themselves in the best possible position to create products that meet – and exceed – the expectations of today’s demanding shoppers.

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Retailers: How long will it take you to implement the new FDA nutrition fact panel legislation? 21st July 2016 From Don Low

Retailers: How long will it take you to implement the new FDA nutrition fact panel legislation?

On May 20, 2016 the FDA finalized the new Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) label for packaged foods. The new label will include the addition of new nutrients such as ‘Added Sugar’, changes to calculated %DV per serving value and additional columns on multiple servings, enabling consumers to make better informed food choices. With the final rule becoming effective on July 26, 2016, Private Label retailers and manufacturers are tasked with being 100% compliant by July 26, 2018. Are you ready?

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Food Waste Initiatives lead the way 18th May 2016 From Shaun Bossons

Food Waste Initiatives lead the way

Food Waste is a global problem: according to the UN 30-40% of the world’s annual cereal production is lost through waste each year. While this is a very complex problem that has its roots throughout the supply chain, retailers can more effectively manage the challenges if they know their supply chain and use that knowledge to build a solution.

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Food allergies and intolerances are here to stay 24th March 2016 From Chris Morrison

Food allergies and intolerances are here to stay

According to recent research and Freedom of Information requests made to health authorities, hospital admissions in England due to food reactions rose from 2,758 in 2004 to 4,744 in 2015, showing there is a growing need for food products for allergy sufferers. This is supported by research from the US where The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that food allergies among US children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011 and currently 15 million Americans have food allergies. Transparency of information is essential to ensure consumers can make informed food decisions and protect themselves against risk.

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