• Alcohol trends see increasing experimentation

    Alcohol trends see increasing experimentation

    A variety of new alcohol trends and predictions have emerged from a report by digital agency Kerve that examines how increasing experimentation by brands, and the changing tastes of consumers, influenced the alcohol sector in 2016; and conclude what it may mean for marketers and alcohol brands in 2017. One of the key predictions is

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  • Pro2Pac 2017 offers fresh concepts

    Pro2Pac 2017 offers fresh concepts

    Pro2Pac, the UK’s only dedicated food and drink packaging event, will aim to deliver brand inspiration and thought-provoking debates when it returns to ExCeL London, this March. Together with Waste-Works, the only waste and sustainability event dedicated to the food and drink industry, Pro2Pac will run alongside IFE, the UK’s largest and most important food

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  • ‘Bou-cake’ weighs in at 20kg

    ‘Bou-cake’ weighs in at 20kg

    Cake brand Mr Kipling created a 3ft tall ‘bou-cake’ which weighed in at 20kg to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. The intricate hand-tied cake and flower bouquet was made from 80 long-stemmed Aqua and Celeb pink roses along with some of the nation’s most-loved cakes – ‘Batting my lashes at you’ Mini Battenburgs, ‘Love you

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  • A new international flavour

    A new international flavour

    A new international focus will be seen in the 2017 edition of Cosmopack, a B2B event for the beauty supply chain which will take place in Bologna from March 16th to 19th. This year, there will be new exhibitors from South Korea and Japan. With more than 440 exhibiting companies, South Korea will present the innovative “K-Beauty trends” while Japan will pay

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  • New categorisation of food scares will help stop food chain being compromised

    New categorisation of food scares will help stop food chain being compromised

    Researchers from the University of Surrey have developed a new comprehensive categorisation of food scares, a new study in the British Food Journal reports. The food sector is now a world market with products sourced from all over the globe to meet the growing demand of consumers for diverse food stuffs regardless of seasonality. Fulfilling

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  • Supermarkets had best Christmas for four years

    Supermarkets had best Christmas for four years

    Shoppers leaving it particularly late meant huge sales surge in week before the big day London, 10 January 2017. Britons left their Christmas grocery shopping particularly late this year which meant supermarket sales in the week up to Christmas were “surprisingly strong” and resulted in the best Christmas trading period for four years. Nielsen retail

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  • First lifetime achievers announced with Worldstar winners

    First lifetime achievers announced with Worldstar winners

    This year’s WorldStar presentation evening, which takes place in May, will see the first group of Lifetime Achievement in Packaging winners receive their awards. Thomas L Schneider, president of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) which organises the awards, said the awards honour “some truly great packaging professionals” and has urged all WPO members to make

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  • ‘Stop shop’ alert coming up for dissatisfied consumers

    ‘Stop shop’ alert coming up for dissatisfied consumers

    Shopping experiences both online and in-store are not meeting the customer expectation of purchasing goods anytime, anywhere, according to international consumer research. In a survey of 4,000 consumers, Blue Yonder, a cloud-based provider of predictive applications for retail, explored consumer shopping habits online, in supermarkets, in discount retailers and in the mass merchants across the

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  • Black Friday shoppers want better return policies

    Black Friday shoppers want better return policies

    Omnico questioned 1,200 consumers about their plans for Black Friday (November 25th) and Cyber Monday (November 28th), as part of the second Omnico Retail Gap Barometer which explores how retailers are meeting changes in shopper behaviour. Of those who responded, 46% said they will buy online with home delivery while only

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