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Premium brands driving beer and cider

Beer and cider is in strong growth, driven in part by the trend towards premiumisation. The beer and cider category is in a very healthy...

Forecourt and Convenience: a marriage made in heaven

Forecourts have evolved beyond the traditional role of petrol station to become a multi-purpose convenience shopping destination. We are currently seeing big changes in forecourts...

Healthy profits from alternative products

With consumers more concerned about health than ever, retailers need to offer healthier alternatives to mainstream products and get involved with the Free From...

Howzat for cracking sales

With the cricket world cup beginning this month, retailers can win with a well merchandised drinks display. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, to...

Time to stock up for Ramadan

With Ramadan starting next month, retailers can win by stocking a selection of goodies for the iftar meal.   Ramadan, which this year will last from...

Soft drinks proves resilient

One year on from the sugar levy, soft drinks is showing itself to be a robust category.   The soft drinks category is worth £8.4bn according...

Choc & sweets: still affordable treats

Chocolate and sugar confectionery are very old, well established markets and remain an essential category for independent retailers.   Chocolate is a resilient category which has...

Booze sales spring to life

Spring is officially here and it's time to merchandise the beer, wine and spirits category to capture those seasonal sales. With spring around the corner,...

Time-poor shoppers = cash-rich retailers

Time-poor consumers want to be able to purchase food that they can eat immediately and independent retailers are in a perfect position to capitalise. Eating...

Acting on impulse

Independent retailers rely on impulse shopping. Their business depends on merchandising categories like drinks and snacks to pick up those unplanned purchases. Impulse purchasing is...