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Retailers React – Shelf Shortages and the Pingdemic 

Our survey amongst the Independent convenience store community across the UK last week has shown that they are being seriously impacted by the so-called “pingdemic.”

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Analysis of the Euro Effect 

The excitement of the Euros has dissipated for football fans but at the end of the day, it’s all about the results… till results! Did UK convenience stores stick it in the netted shopping bag?

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Summer Madness 

The Summer months are cautiously approaching -whilst Summer 2020 was spent at home, 2021 feels like it might be spent outside – this time with friends and family.

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Chocolate Orange Boom 

We have recently developed a particular affinity with chocolate orange confectionary, there has been something of a “Chocolate Orange Boom.” This year to date the ‘chocolate orange’ market is worth £990k. The majority is made up of Confectionery but other categories are taking advantage of this trend.

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Category Analysis – Soft Drinks 

Soft drinks are a staple for the convenience sector – for transient stores whose bread and butter involves serving those who are on the move in petrol forecourts and train stations, for stores in open spaces that serve sunbathers (if we’re lucky!) and dog walkers and for those that provide for the workers from offices, shops and factories. We looked at how the category performed in 2020.

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