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Nisa stores benefiting from Co-op products

Nisa stores benefiting from Co-op products

Convenience Store is reporting that more than 850 Co-op own label lines have been rolled out to partners since the acquisition of Nisa by the Co-op in May last year. The target is to get to 2,000. More than 6% of all Nisa sales value to partners is now made up of Co-op brand. Chilled lines are particularly popular with milk, fresh poultry, fresh meat and sandwiches all performing well. 

Cider to drive sales in 2019

Talking Retail is reporting that cider is set to once again play a key role in driving sales for retailers in 2019 according to Weston’s Cider Report 2019. Cider sales reached £1.2bn as value sales grew by 5.3% last year with volumes up 2.8% to 529 million litres.

Supermarket inflation highest since June

The Grocer is reporting that supermarket price inflation is back up to its highest level for eight months during March. The Grocer Price Index collated by Edge by Ascential from prices across 64,000 individual skus found supermarket inflation rose to 0.4% in March. Soft drinks were the biggest category riser for the fourth month with year-on-year prices in the category up 1.9%.

Track and Trace confusion

Convenience Store is reporting that with less than two months until the enforcement of new Track & Trace legislation for tobacco, wholesalers and suppliers are stepping in to bridge the information gap that is causing confusion and frustration for retailers. From 20thMay all retailers will need two new codes in order to buy tobacco legally: an Economic Operator Identifier Code registered to their business and a Facility Identifier Code for each of their stores. Small retailers can apply for their codes from 30thApril via the UK’s ID Issuer De La Rue. They can also ask their wholesaler to apply on their behalf.

Co-op sales grow strongly

Talking Retail is reporting that the Co-op has reported its fastest food sales growth in 7 years as like-for-like sales increased by 4%. In addition the food business posted a 27% increase in pre-tax profit to £93 million.

Healthy eating becoming a “mega trend”

Convenience Store is reporting that the MCA & HIM Healthier Eating Report 2019 has found that 39% of consumers rate healthier eating as highly important to them with more than a third eating more healthy than a year ago. Refined sugar is the main ingredient that consumers are trying to reduce in order to be healthier. 

Grocery sales growth rate falls

The Grocer is reporting that grocery sales growth has fallen to its lowest level since March 2018, according to Kantar’s latest market share figures. Sales were up 1.4% during the 12 weeks to 24thMarch 2019. 

David Gilroy

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