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Brexit + COVID + Inflation =  Less Choice + Longer Waits + Higher Prices

One of the very best things about doing this job is that, at times, you get to be counsellor, confidante and critical friend to some seriously interesting people. Well, this month in those conversations, it’s been full on.   Top of the stressors is of course the ongoing supply chain…

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The B Corp Boom

While most of us are already familiar with the Fairtrade or Soil Association organic symbol on the back of the products we buy, the B Corp logo may be a little less familiar. The B Corp movement, certifying businesses that balance profit with purpose, is now taking hold in the…

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Empty shelves = no sales = no profit

Some things you remember, but other things are seared into the memory. Thinking back when I was a Trading Manager at Argos (Sainsbury’s) or heading up Own Label at Tesco, the biggest cardinal sin you could commit by a country mile was to rack up out of stocks in your…

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Digitalising Data Collection – The Methods Of The Moment

The COVID-19 pandemic has hampered the ability of researchers to engage with participants in face-to-face environments, forcing many to shift to online forms of data collection. With face-to-face research still not permitted unless there’s an absence of any alternative method (MRS Code of Conduct 2021), both brands and agencies alike…

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Rolling In The Deep: A Retrospective

It’s June 2011 and you can’t walk into any bar or workplace without “Rolling in the Deep” from Adele playing on the radio. Obama is in the White House celebrating after catching Osama Bin Ladin. Andy Murray is getting closer and closer to a grand slam win but Wimbledon this year belongs to Djokovic. All over the UK it feels like everyone is obsessed with trying (and mostly failing) to secure tickets for the London Olympics.

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June’s Monthly Impact Report

It’s been a busy month at HRA Global and we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary! As we reflect upon how the FMCG industry has changed, we can also look at where it is going. We know that taking responsibility for our impact on the environment and on people needs to…

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Carbon Foot-Printing & Labelling Developments Of The Last Decade

It goes without saying that the ‘Green Revolution’ that has taken place over the last decade has led to a dramatic increase in environmental awareness among consumers. In order to satisfy a market increasingly making decisions with green credentials and environmental issues in mind, companies and brands alike are recognising…

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Free-From, Plant-Based & Sugar… Oh My! FMCG Trends Of The Last Decade

Here in the UK there is a real sense of momentum across the trade as the lockdown restrictions ease. It’s fantastic to see Foodservice opening up again and this demand is coming through to manufacturers in lumpy order patterns as the channel cautiously restocks with food and drink. 

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Signs Of Optimism Across The Trade

Here in the UK there is a real sense of momentum across the trade as the lockdown restrictions ease. It’s fantastic to see Foodservice opening up again and this demand is coming through to manufacturers in lumpy order patterns as the channel cautiously restocks with food and drink. 

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May’s Monthly Impact Report

This month we have been full steam ahead with more regular office hours from the whole team. We have set up our new tumble composter to take all of our food waste (mostly coffee), which is reducing the amount of black bags we need to get through. Composting is a great way to break down natural waste and avoid it contributing to landfill.  

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April’s Monthly Impact Report

April brought the easing of UK lockdown restrictions and with it, our return to office. We are proud to have taken this opportunity to reflect on the impact that our office has on the environment and we have pledged to share our monthly report.

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Meet Emma Stallworthy, Our New Sustainability & Research Consultant

I have just finished my MSc in Conservation Science and Policy at the University of Exeter. I chose this course after gaining a first in Ancient History and Archaeology from Liverpool University. I am interested in environmental and social sustainability challenges and also understanding modern consumer goods systems. With Sustainability…

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