FT - Seasonal confectionery LEAD


2022-02-03T12:12:00+00:00By Tracy West

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

2022-02-03T11:44:00+00:00By Tracy West - retail commentator

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.

Coke's Christmas message

COMMENT: Coke’s Christmas message

2021-11-22T13:11:00+00:00By Tracy West, retail commentator

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

2021-02-08T13:03:00+00:00By Tracy West, retail commentator

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.

Plant Kitchen Greek Style Cubes

SHOP TALK: Healthy new year?

2021-01-11T13:07:00+00:00By Tracy West - retail commentator

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.

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How to have a dead-good Halloween

2020-10-20T14:02:00+01:00By Tracy West

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

Country Choice reveals line-up of sweet treats for Easter

2020-03-06T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

Country Choice has a basket full of thaw-and-serve sweet treats in time for Easter.

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 ...

Costcutter launches "Bring Christmas together" campaign

2019-12-06T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

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.

Coca-Cola prepares for Christmas with return of campaign

2019-11-22T00:00:00+00:00By John Wood

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.