Adapting to change…

Adapting to change…

The first reference by the BBC to the ‘credit crunch’ was in June 2007. Now, it is used in everyday language, firstly as a reference to the banking crisis and, secondly, as an indicator of the deteriorating economy. IGD’s recent report ‘Adapting to Change’ looks at how grocery... View Article

Resolve to promote local!

Resolve to promote local!

It’s time to start the New Year on the right track with Northern Ireland - Good Food is in our Nature. That’s the message from Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive of Food Promotion Northern Ireland (FPNI), who outlines in the following article some exciting plans to attract shoppers and grow... View Article

A challenging year

A challenging year

NIIRTA has had a very productive 2008 and 2009 promises both challenges and opportunities for us. Our voice is now being heard at every level of government, be it local councils, Northern Ireland Assembly, House of Commons or the European Parliament, and we intend to maintain this momentum in the... View Article

N.I. food… From farm to fork

N.I. food… From farm to fork

As a central part of our Yearbook 2009 edition, Ulster Grocer invited a panel of guests from across the food supply chain, including representatives of primary producers, food processors, retailing and marketing, to discuss some of the issues currently impacting on the industry under the chairmanship of agri-food journalist,... View Article

Mervyn McCaughey MD, Fivemiletown Creamery

Mervyn McCaughey MD, Fivemiletown Creamery

All things considered, we are very pleased with 2008. We have delivered good sales growth, maintained our margin through investment in efficiencies…... View Article

Andrew Porter, EUROSPAR at Creighton’s of Finaghy

Andrew Porter, EUROSPAR at Creighton’s of Finaghy

During 2009 we have to set out our stall as a multi awarding-winning store and to make sure we live up to the standards we have set ourselves at all times – we must strive to make the customer’s experience of shopping at Creightons perfect all the time...

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Nigel Briggs of Musgrave Retail Partners NI

Nigel Briggs of Musgrave Retail Partners NI

At Musgrave, we take a holistic approach to brand development, focusing not just on the store environment, but also on the products and services that we provide, how we communicate with consumers and the behaviours and skills of all of our retail staff, as well as those in our central... View Article

UK’s most responsible company

UK’s most responsible company

Coca-Cola’s Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd has been recognised as the UK’s most responsible company by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations at its recent UK Excellence Awards in London. The award was for CCBU’s ‘Designated Driver’ campaign, activated during the 2007 Christmas period, which supported local drivers by giving them up... View Article

ASDA rolls out home shopping

ASDA rolls out home shopping

Last month ASDA extended its hugely popular Home Shopping service to Ballyclare and revealed plans for its further roll out to Coleraine and Enniskillen stores in coming months. The home shopping service, which ASDA launched in NI in April, representing an investment of £1.5 million, created 40 new jobs for... View Article

Recognition for charitable giving

Recognition for charitable giving

Employees of local retailer and wholesaler Henderson Group have been recognised for their commitment to charitable giving at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards. The Group was awarded the title of Best Promotional Partnership for its Payroll Giving in Action scheme, which allows staff to donate to a charity of... View Article