Pandemic shopping trends unwind for Tesco as sales growth slows

Little Helps? Tesco to have shareholder vote on tackling obesity in UK

Tesco expects some of the changes driven by the coronavirus pandemic to begin reversing in the months ahead as a period of rapid sales growth combined with elevated costs draws to a close. Ken Murphy, chief executive of the UK’s largest supermarket group, said there were already signs that as restrictions eased and hospitality reopened, […]

U.S.: Lidl Builds Sustainable Presence by Listening to Customers

Today’s consumers are focused on produce purchases that fit their lifestyle and improve their health, but environmental sustainability is becoming an important buying factor too. And that’s something Retail Sustainability Award winner Lidl US is embracing in a big way. At a time when COVID-19, a related recession and a major lifestyle realignment have made consumers rethink […]

Cherry growers see strong season for UK consumers

Consumers across the UK can expect to see a bevy of cherries arriving in supermarkets now and through the remainder of the summer thanks to a strong crop this year. The prediction from Love Fresh Cherries, the nation’s biggest representative trade body for the sweet British fruit, is that stores will be getting a total […]

Retail Roundup: Fruit and Veg Challenge for Summer, Plus Expanding Refillable Ranges

Sainsbury’s has revived its “Great Big Fruit and Veg Challenge” this summer for consumers through the Nectar app. The promotion, which runs through 28 June, provides bonus points for shoppers who purchased fresh produce that can be used at Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habit stores. The Nectar app helps customers track typical purchases and helps let […]

Retail perspective: Managing Customer Perceptions in the ‘New Normal’

Tesco CEO discusses current supermarket environment, support for others

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. As we move closer to the end of the pandemic and what will be, the “new normal” for the world and our produce industry, certain aspects of what will become normal operations must be examined to make sure they do not cause any undue degradation of […]

In U.S. and across globe, retail success may be hard to sustain

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. Though the produce category had a record year at retail in 2020, foodservice was, of course, way down as so many restaurants were closed as were institutions such as schools and their lunch and meal programs. The statistics are not all in yet, but there is […]

Using Social Media To Affect Produce Buying Decisions

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. The influence of social media ballooned during 2020, fueled by the pandemic and consumer habits. “As the importance of social media continues to grow, a brand’s relevancy will be largely determined by its social relevance,” says CarrieAnn Arias, vice-president of marketing for Naturipe in Salinas, CA. “Ultimately, these […]

Seven tough questions in preparing for the post-pandemic future

How has COVID-19 affected the fresh produce sector in the UK?

Originally printed in the March 2021 issue of Produce Business. As we move into the second year of our pandemic-created reality, it’s become clear that whenever the virus ceases to be a major factor in our industry, things will never be the same as they were prior to March 2020. Innovative and resourceful produce retailers are […]