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Forward Planning for February

In addition to improved light and the promise of spring ahead, February offers three great trading opportunities: Pancake day, Valentine’s Day & Chinese New Year. Of course the weather is still likely to be cold and this will be reflected in consumers’ purchases.  Below is the Store Excel schedule of items to plan ahead for.

Pancake Day 13th February

  • Lemon Juice
  • Pancake Mix
  • Plain Flour
  • Syrup – especially maple.
  • Nutella
  • Sugar
  • Fresh Eggs

Valentine’s Day 14th February

  • Box and gift chocolates
  • Sparkling wine: Prosecco, Cava & Spumante
  • Rose wine
  • Red roses – check our supplier directory for suppliers.
  • Valentine’s cards - check our supplier directory for suppliers.

Chinese New Year 16th February

  • Rice & noodles
  • Prawn crackers
  • Sauces: Soy, Szechwan, Black Bea, Oyster, Hoisin
  • Duck
  • Spare ribs
  • Dumplings and dumpling mix
  • Frozen party food
  • Spring rolls
  • Stir Fry ingredients and frozen solutions
  • Beers: Tsingtao, Gheckes, Yanjing

Grocery

Cold weather products

  • Soup
  • Hot meat based products
  • Ready meals
  • Chinese sauces, noodles & rice.
  • Chocolate and malted drinks

Impulse

  • Easter eggs
  • Low cal snacks
  • Low cal soft drinks

Fresh & Chilled Foods

  • Eggs & lard
  • Bacon & sausages
  • Crumpets & muffins
  • Pies, pasties and sausage rolls.
  • Hearty ready meals.

Frozen Foods

  • Chinese party foods and spring rolls.
  • Ready meals, burgers & sausages
  • Fish meals
  • Pizzas
  • Roast potatoes, peas, beans, mixed veg & sweet corn.

Household Goods

Bias towards cleaning products

  • Cloths & dusters
  • Refuse sacks
  • Cleaners and polish
  • Refuse sacks
  • Disposable gloves

Health Remedies

  • Tissues
  • Coughs & colds
  • Flu remedies
  • Throat & breathing remedies
  • Vitamins & food supplements

Non Food

Cold weather items

  • Wild bird seed
  • Coal & wood
  • Firelighters

David Gilroy

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