Retail & Food Service

McDonald’s acquires tech firm to advance personalisation

McDonald’s is accelerating its digital transformation with the $300 million acquisition of Dynamic Yield, a firm specialising in personalisation and decision logic technology.

$7m seed funding for plant-based meal maker, Alpha Foods

Plant-based meal maker, Alpha Foods, has secured the backing of veteran investors in its $7 million seed funding round to expand the brand’s reach....

Research challenges UK’s 10-day rule on fresh chilled meat

Research into whether a retail shelf life of greater than ten days can be applied to fresh chilled meat looks set to challenge the...

Half million crisps packets collected for Walkers recycling scheme

Since launching in December 2018, more than 8,500 collection points across the UK have signed up to Walkers crisp packet recycling scheme. Three months after...

Hot weather sees spike in sales of UK bottled water

The record-breaking summer of 2018 boosted consumption of bottled water drinks in the UK by more than 17% to over 4,000 million litres, according...

Tesco sourcing Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa for own brand chocolate

All the cocoa sourced for Tesco’s own-brand chocolate is now Rainforest Alliance Certified as the supermarket transitions to a more sustainable supply chain. All the...

M&S to ‘transform’ grocery shopping with Ocado joint venture

Marks and Spencer (M&S) is aiming to “transform online grocery shopping” for UK shoppers with a new 50/50 joint venture with digital grocer Ocado...

Top food companies racing to keep up with conscious consumers

Major food players including Nestlé and Coca Cola are racing to adapt to rapidly changing consumer trends – including the rise in veganism and...

Nutritionally poor products marketed as healthy in supermarkets

Three of the top five supermarkets in the UK have healthy eating sections which stock products that are unhealthy, scoring on the traffic light...

US becomes first billion-pound export market for Scotch as exports boom

It’s a golden period for British alcohol with the export value of Scotch whisky reaching a record £4.7 billion in 2018, according to official...

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