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A Real Corker, An Interview With Simon Thorpe MW

In this week’s episode of The Grocery Insider, in association with HRA Global, we speak to wine industry consultant, Simon Thorpe MW. You can listen to full episode here, or via Apple Podcasts or Spotify.  0 – 8:43 Introduction to Simon Simon started at Fortnum and Mason and moved into…

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Have The Rules Of The Game Changed For Food And Drink Brands?

The article I desperately wanted to write this month was a positive, uplifting piece about how both the food and drink industry and the nation has come together to rally round the vulnerable and the health service. And about how, after an Easter pause to reflect, there are the first early signs of a way out of the crisis.   But sadly, that’s…

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The Initial Shopper Verdict Is In: What The HRA Consumer Panel Is Telling Us About Changes In Lockdown Food And Drink Habits

What the HRA Consumer Panel is telling us about changes in lockdown food and drink habits: ‘Unprecedented’ is a word we’re all hearing a lot of at the moment, it feels over-used but to be fair it just about sums up 2020 so far. When the Covid-19 crisis began it…

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Storyhacking With Genevieve Boast – The Grocery Insider Podcast

In this week’s episode of The Grocery Insider, in association with HRA Global, we speak to Genevieve Boast, founder of ‘Beyond Human Stories’. You can listen to the full episode of Storyhacking With Genevieve Boast via the Grocery Insider, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Introduction and the state of organisations now:…

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Food and Drink brands need to adapt quickly to the post COVID world

“The kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon they will settle again. Before they do, let us re-order the world.” I don’t often quote Tony Blair, but there is a first time for everything. Maybe it’s because, as a child of the 1970’s, my kaleidoscope was one…

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Running An Effective Online Focus Group

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, running a face-to-face focus group is an impossibility. However, this does not mean that all taste tests and consumer research must be stopped. With the progress of digital technology and most of the population getting used to remote calls for work and seeing…

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Functional Health Part 2 – Gut Health – Trend Report 2020 Extract

Gut health in 2020 has hit its tipping point – its entrance into the mainstream marks a point of no return to the old school. On the edge – Gut Health’s tipping point It’s becoming increasingly common to see British supermarkets now regularly stocking fermented foods outside of the world…

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In The ‘Golden Age Of Gin’, How To Recover Your Wine Sales

Ordering the ‘right’ wine in a restaurant or bar is a real challenge for many consumers, and this difficulty of choosing from an extensive list of unfamiliar flavours can be enough to put some people off choosing wine altogether. This decline in wine sales is likely further compounded by general…

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Functional Health Part 1 – CBD – 2020 Trend Report Extract

Consumers are not only taking more care of diet choices for physical health but are also looking at how diet affects mental health. Food and drink products and claims are evolving to include the mind benefits – capturing the trends for self-care, selective eating, and healthy ageing. The Rise of…

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Contract Manufacturing: The Key To Unlocking Branded Growth

We’ve seen it many times – you have a successful brand, you’ve built up a loyal customer base, you have secured some steady mainstream retail listings – but something is missing. Your sales have stagnated, and those heady days of double-digit growth seem to be long behind you. You’ve tried…

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Sian Edmunds Podcast Ep CBD

The New Commercial Landscape for CBD – The Grocery Insider Podcast

In this week’s episode of The Grocery Insider, in association with HRA Global, we speak to Sian Edmunds from Burges Salmon LLP. You can listen to the full episode of The New Commercial Landscape for CBD via the Grocery Insider podcast, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Introduction to CBD and Sian…

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What Happens Next in the Food and Drink industry?

I have never known anything like this – it’s like the effect of the Twin Towers ‘9/11’ plus the Financial crisis combined in its impact. Extraordinary. I’ve spoken to about 30 clients this week and we all have very similar concerns for our teams as the virus is a human…

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