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Planning Ahead for October

October signals the real start of autumn with the colder weather approaching and the days shorter than the nights. The month does offer a number of trading opportunities, which should be planned for now. Halloween on 31stOctober is becoming a very significant trading event. 

It should also be noted that with all the baking activity in the media home baking has re-emerged as a popular activity after years in the doldrums. This will be reflected in the demand for baking ingredients

And of course, the Christmas build-up starts here. Expect to see sales uplifts in the following areas:


Ketchups and brown sauces (BBQs)

Salad dressings and mayos (BBQs)


Dried fruit, marzipan, cake ingredients

Icing & preserving sugar

Apricot jam


Pickling vinegar

Impulse Categories

Multi-pack drinks

Crisps, snacks and nuts

Bags & tubs of sweets (Halloween treats)


Multi-packs of chocolate confectionery

Advent calendars

Christmas confectionery

Christmas snacks and nuts


Multi-pack beers and lagers

Ciders in all forms

Low priced alfresco wines (BBQs and outdoor events)

Sparkling wines

Mulled wine

Chilled Food & Produce

Sausages & bread rolls


Cheese (burger) slices

Dips & Olives

Large potatoes (jackets)

Toffee apples

Butter & eggs (cake making)


Pumpkins and swedes (Halloween)

Frozen Food

Burgers, sausages, kebabs.

Chicken portions and nuggets

Desserts & gateaux

Frozen bread & rolls


Bread rolls and burger buns

Crumpets & muffins

Boxes of cakes and fruit pies

Non Food & Disposables

Foil, cling film & wrap

Refuse sacks

Paper tableware (outdoor events)

Disposable cups, glasses & cutlery

Bar accessories

BBQ items




Light bulbs


Halloween party items

David Gilroy

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