All Seasonal articles

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    SHOP TALK: Cashing in on Easter


    I always thought us Brits were world leaders in queuing and if there was ever an Olympic queuing event, we would easily take Gold. However, now I am wondering if we are becoming world leaders in scaremongering and panic buying.

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    PRODUCT NEWS: Nutella launches TV ad for Pancake day


    Ferrero is set to inspire shoppers this pancake day with a new Nutella TV campaign, ‘spread a Nutella smile’.

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    PRODUCT NEWS: Nestlé springs into action


    Nestlé has a raft of new products available this spring. Its new KitKat Bites are described as ‘a more indulgent way’ to enjoy the popular snack.

  • FT - Seasonal confectionery LEAD



    While Easter 2020 was a washout thanks to the first round of Covid restrictions, according to Kantar data, Easter 2021 was a boomtime for sales. Total Easter confectionery sales topped £373m, which was up nearly 26% on 2020 figures, and was even more than the £340m spent on chocolate in pre-Covid 2019.

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    SHOP TALK: Spreading the love this Valentine’s Day


    This year Valentine’s Day (February 14) falls on a Monday which is definitely not the most romantic night of the week, however you can bet that many couples will still take the time to celebrate.

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    COMMENT: Coke’s Christmas message


    Christmas is, of course, supposed to be the time of goodwill to all men (and women!). One brand that is spreading the ‘love’ this Christmas is global giant Coca-Cola.

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    SHOP TALK: Share the love… you know you want to


    With the lockdown still underway, and many people on furlough or working from home, everyone seems to be looking for some reason for a little cheer. This month, we have Valentine’s Day, and even the die-hard non-romantics among us might well get their heads turned for a chance of a little extra love in their lives.

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    SHOP TALK: Healthy new year?


    At this time of year, many consumers are usually attempting ‘Dry January’ or ‘Veganuary’ but, given the current circumstances, you wonder if as many will be bothered.

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    Return of CCEP’s special-edition festive packs


    Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) kicks off its annual Coca-Cola Christmas countdown this month with the return of its special edition take-home festive packs. Rolling out this month, 160 million QR codes will be printed on selected Santa packs of Coca-Cola original taste, Coca-Cola zero sugar and ...

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    How to have a dead-good Halloween


    When Halloween falls on a Saturday, as it does this year (October 31), it usually means bigger parties and a bigger spend.

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    Country Choice reveals line-up of sweet treats for Easter


    Country Choice has a basket full of thaw-and-serve sweet treats in time for Easter. Alongside a must-have six-pack of fruited and spiced Hot Cross Buns, the range includes a gingerbread bunny, themed cupcakes, mallow nests, tarts and cornflake cakes. The Easter-themed cupcakes and mallow nests have a 14-day ...

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    Egging you on


    Although Christmas is still a few weeks away, canny retailers are already turning their thoughts to 2020 and the occasions that stack up in the first few months of the year. In 2020 Valentine’s Day (February 14) falls on a Friday making it a better day for a celebration, whether ...

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    Costcutter launches "Bring Christmas together" campaign


    Costcutter Supermarkets Group (CSG) has launched its festive campaign, ‘Bringing Christmas Together’, which, as well as in-store activation and offers, will include an interactive outreach campaign on social media. Following last year’s campaign, which saw online reach increase by 27%, this year will see CSG work with social influencers ...

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    Coca-Cola prepares for Christmas with return of campaign


    Coca-Cola is aiming to get the nation in the festive spirit with the return of its Holidays Are Coming Christmas campaign and a new TV advert. The campaign will include London buses decked out in Holidays Are Coming lights and a lenticular visual of Santa, and there will be TV ...

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    Bisto brings back its community table competition


    Premier Foods is bringing back its Bisto Community Table competition, which gives one retailer the chance to win a fully funded catered meal for their community. Premier Foods will also be giving away five cases of Bisto gravy to the winning retailer so local families and friends can continue getting ...

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    Jelly Belly extends Harry Potter range for Christmas


    Jelly Belly has extended its popular Harry Potter range in time for Christmas. New products include the Voldemort Wand (made of chocolate, with a spell sheet included), rrp £9.80; the Hogwarts Ticket Chocolate Bar 42g, rrp £4.40; Magical Sweets 59g, rrp £3.07; the Knight Bus 112g, rrp £16; and Crest ...

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    Coca-Cola brings back Christmas Truck Tour


    Coca-Cola has announced the return of its Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour. The Coca-Cola Truck will visit 19 stops nationwide before making its final stop in London on Sunday 15 December. This year Coca-Cola has partnered with Crisis – the national homelessness charity, which is now in its 52nd ...

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    Country Choice introduces Christmas Jammy Shortbreads


    Joining Country Choice’s festive line-up this year are Christmas Jammy Shortbreads, which are individually wrapped jam-filled biscuits decorated with either a Christmas bell or a Christmas tree. Available in mixed cases of two x eight, the biscuits have an rrp of £1.49. Also new are individual Chocolate Yule Cakes, rrp ...

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    Ferrero brings back Christmas store makeover competition


    Ferrero is bringing back its Sparkling Store Makeover competition where one lucky retailer will win a store makeover worth £4,000. Retailers can enter by going to . Alternatively, retailers can post a video nomination of themselves. Levi Boorer, customer development director at Ferrero, said: “Creating theatre, like the Ferrero ...

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    Aryzta adds a Vegan Mince Pie Tart to its festive range


    Aryzta has introduced a Vegan Mince Pie Tart, comprising a vegan pastry shell filled with mincemeat and topped with a golden nutty crumble. Also available are the Turkey Chardonnay Slice and the Christmas Cracker Roll, which has all the Christmas dinner favourites wrapped in a butter pastry with ...