Leaning on ‘quality’ and Food, M&S is big winner during the Christmas period

Despite the admitted challenges and competition facing big retailers in the UK, especially the rise of deep discounters, some are doing quite well. Marks and Spencer, which had its share of struggles before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, has shown particular resilience with a stunning 7% boost from its M&S Food Division during the Christmas […]

Led by M&S Food and a lean to value, Marks and Spencer shows signs of a comeback

Despite falling profits in 2022/23, stock outlook has soared in the past week for Marks and Spencer, which notably has been bolstered by the rejuvenation of M&S Food. Sales from its Food division jumped 8.7%, including a 5% rise in its “core categories” that eclipsed pre-pandemic levels. Its market share, in fact, increased by 3.6% […]

Food industry offers condolences, fondly honours HRM Queen Elizabeth II

This past week, condolences and tributes have poured in across the UK and the world after the passing of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at age 96 at Balmoral Castle. That includes scores of retail, hospitality and other food industry entities who got to know her during her reign. Here are some of the […]

M&S survey shows Brits’ top priority this summer is to live, eat healthy

How are families planning to spend their summer in the UK? More than half of those who were surveyed as part of the M&S Family Matters Index said they are prioritizing eating more healthy foods and looking to exercise more. Many are looking to take trips to the country to improve their mental health or […]

M&S hires former Tesco, Coles executive to lead its Food business

Marks & Spencer, which is outpacing its supermarket rivals on growth in the UK, has tapped a new leader to run its Food business: former Tesco executive Alex Freudmann. Freudmann, who has been managing director of Australian wine and spirits firm Dan Murphy’s for the past two-plus years and has built a career in both […]