Hot weather brings 9.6% sales boost for Booker

Hot weather brings 9.6% sales boost for Booker

Cash-and-carry chain Booker shrugged off competition concerns surrounding its takeover by Tesco to reveal a warm weather-fuelled surge in sales. The group said non-tobacco like-for-like sales jumped by 9.6% in the quarter to June 16, thanks to fair weather and this year’s later Easter. Tobacco sales remained under pressure amid tighter regulation,... View Article

Local suppliers get fired up for barbeque season!

Local suppliers get fired up for barbeque season!

Ballymena based Doherty & Gray and the Karro Food Group have secured listings with the retailer to stock three new lines of much-loved barbeque staples in stores across Northern Ireland. Doherty & Gray will supply two new products under the company’s Hulls brand – Platinum 6 oz Steak Burgers and... View Article

SUPERVALU LAUNCHES SEARCH TO FIND NI’S SUPERSTARS

SUPERVALU LAUNCHES SEARCH TO FIND NI’S SUPERSTARS

People across Northern Ireland are being called on to nominate their local heroes, as part of a major new campaign to uncover our most inspirational individuals. The new SuperValu SuperStars initiative will honour unsung heroes in local communities that have gone beyond the call of duty to help someone in... View Article

SPAR gets into the Spring of things with Marie Curie partnership

SPAR gets into the Spring of things with Marie Curie partnership

SPAR Northern Ireland has announced a new charity partnership with terminal illness charity, Marie Curie. To officially launch the UK-wide partnership, Peter McBride, a SPAR retailer with a network of 11 stores throughout Mid Ulster, met with the charity’s fundraising and community teams in store during the spring Great Daffodil... View Article

Henderson Group announces record financial year

Henderson Group announces record financial year

The Henderson Group has announced record levels of sales, investment and jobs growth in the year ending 31st December 2016. Ron Whitten, Chief Financial Officer and Patrick Doody, Sales and Marketing Director, Henderson Group, announced the annual results during the company’s Wholesale Conference in Seville, Spain recently, attended by over... View Article

New-Look Costcutter store puts emphasis on food to go

New-Look Costcutter store puts emphasis on food to go

Costcutter Supermarkets Group has launched its third Costcutter pilot store as part of the rollout of its sector defining Shopper First programme. Located in the Lincolnshire village of Kirton, the 1,900 sq.ft store underwent a £150,000 transformation, and is run by long-standing Costcutter retailers, Manjula and her daughter Suenita Keshwara.... View Article

Three NI stores successful at prestigious national awards

Three NI stores successful at prestigious national awards

Three local SPAR stores have come home successful from a recent awards ceremony in London – the only NI retailers to do so. The 2017 Convenience Retail Awards, took place in London recently where McBride’s SPAR, Enniskillen, SPAR Classic Service Station, Omagh and Mullan’s SPAR in Armagh all picked up... View Article

Emerson’s lifts UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer title again

Emerson’s lifts UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer title again

Armagh-based Emerson’s Supermarket has been named UK’s Most Sustainable Independent Retailer for a second year running at the Retail Industry Awards 2016 held in London’s Grosvenor Hotel last month. The supermarket houses the city’s Post Office, PhotoLab, Uluru Bar & Grill and its own off-licence, stocked with craft beers, cider... View Article

Tesco Taste Festival: The tastiest yet

Tesco Taste Festival: The tastiest yet

The eighth annual Tesco Taste Festival landed in Custom House Square last month with a bigger bang than ever before, with more than 25,000 consumers attending over the weekend. Bringing together more than 60 suppliers from Northern Ireland and the Republic, the Festival has become one of the region’s most... View Article

Musgrave hosts successful retailer showcase

Musgrave hosts successful retailer showcase

More than 150 retailers across the SuperValu and Centra brands attended Musgrave NI’s annual retailer showcase, held on September 21 at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, Co Antrim. The showcase featured the latest range and best practice execution across a number of key categories including Food to Go, Coffee, Bakery,... View Article