With Halloween over for another year, it’s time for retailers to dial up Christmas including our independent, convenience and fine food store customers. Behind the shop floor, stock planning and ordering for seasonal events in the year ahead such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter is also well underway.

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I had to pretend to be a chef for the evening last Friday Night. Last June, rashly I had offered into an Auction of Promises for a fund-raising event for our orphanage in Kenya a “Restaurant Quality Meal for 6 Cooked at your Home”. The bidding had gone up to £150, so the pressure was on to come up with something good, so in an attempt to be hyper-organised I had started preparation on Thursday evening for the event on Friday.

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This week I thought I would explore the area a little further and try and answer the question of whether it is a good idea to invest our hard-earned cash into crowdfunding food and drink start-ups.

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Sweet Sales for Sweet Occasions

30 Oct 2017 08:30:00

There’s no doubt that seasonal events present opportunities for sweet sales by stocking your shelves with the finest quality gifts and products and encouraging purchases through in-store displays. 

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Register your interest and confirm your attendance today...

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Country Puddings has a range of products which regularly appear in our best seller lists and Christmas is set to be no different!  With the combination of the demand for puddings and custards at this time of year and a fantastic festive range.

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Paul Hargreaves shares his views on how speciality food businesses effect the environment... "Like it or not, reducing carbon will become an increasingly important driver for us over the next few years."

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What’s in store for Spring 2018?

16 Oct 2017 08:00:00

It’s vital to plan for seasonal occasions in store and with the string of seasonal events in Spring, our latest offering has got you covered to help stock the shelves with the finest quality gifts...Read More

I had a phone call earlier today from a journalist wanting my comments on Amazon, as apparently FMCG wholesalers across the pond are having sleepless nights about what they are doing in the market.

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Paul Hargreaves: A Reality Check

9 Oct 2017 09:30:13

I was encouraged to see so many start-up food businesses represented at the Bread and Jam Festival last week.  My Last Word article in this month’s Speciality Food Magazine reflects more on the sheer numbers coming into the industry at present.

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