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Sainsbury’s to merge with Asda – 7 reflections on the biggest deal ever in UK grocery

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

This morning Asda and Sainsbury’s confirmed the weekend rumours of a merger with Sainsbury’s capturing 58% of the combined entity subject no doubt to regulator and shareholder approval.  Here are our initial thoughts on the deal: 1. This merger can only happen because Aldi and Lidl have performed so strongly that it can now clear […]

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Government policy on plastic packaging needs to focus on real issues – addressing marine pollution should not be the driver

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Robert Lawson

2017 was the year that we demonised plastic packaging but the debate needs to be better informed in 2018 if we are going to tackle the real issues Plastic packaging hit the headlines in 2017 as the environmental lobby put it at the top of the agenda in terms of pollutants.  In particular the damage […]

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Strategies for a post-Brexit world

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by Robert Lawson

A lot has happened in the past month and the implications for UK food and drink are significant.  It is too early to say that dust is settling, but what is clear is that the UK food industry faces a period of major upheaval.  Businesses will need to review their strategies in the light of […]

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Are there any silver linings from Brexit for UK food and drink?

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Robert Lawson

Earlier this week, Ian Wright, Director General of the UK Food and Drink Federation signalled his feelings regarding the UK’s Brexit decision in no uncertain terms – “It is a disaster”.  With a UK perspective it is pretty easy to share his point of view on the matter, but the food and drink industry will […]

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Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Tax – Time for the FDF to wake up

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by Robert Lawson

In the past decade there have been a handful of notable campaigns led by chefs/personalities to address food issues which have had a real impact.  Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall’s Fish Fight campaign added momentum to changes in EU regulation on secondary fish catches, to retailers broadening the fish sold in supermarkets and fishing techniques used by major […]

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