Better Retailing

Welcome to the Summer issue of Better Retailing

London’s independent organic and health food retailers are to be applauded for moving so quickly to head off Amazon at the pass.

With Amazon Fresh online deliveries expected to challenge the supermarkets for fresh food deliveries this summer, Planet Organic was first to market with its London Express project in partnership with Hubbub.co.uk – and through it an alliance with 100 independents across the capital.

This reflects demand from UK shoppers – figures show that expectation of next-day delivery (including fresh food) has risen by 50% in the last two years while the number of those willing to wait three days or more has declined by 10%.

In this issue, in our section “Online & Technology”, we’ve invited Planet Organic’s CEO to plot the rise of its online delivery service and outline how this forward-thinking partnership will work.

It begs the question, can such a project be rolled out nationwide in a collaboration between our organic and health food independents and logistic suppliers with the same sense of commitment to ethical, uncontaminated groceries?

Read on...

Alistair Forrest, Editor

Secret Shopper Awards 2016

Country Life

The page everyone reads first, retailers and suppliers alike, where our Secret Shoppers are scouring the highways and byways for the best of GB’s health food and natural lifestyle independents. Or, heaven forfend, the worst. On this occasion, our spy has ventured down rural lanes to find a country gem.

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News

Panacea scoops Watford awards

Panacea Health & Beauty’s Watford store has wowed the judges in the town’s intu Retailer Awards. Voted for by customers, intu shopping centre staff and the stores themselves Panacea emerged as winner for Best Window Display...

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Better Superfood

A unique blend of organically harvested superfoods created by BetterYou has scooped the top prize in the Best Supplement category at the Veggie Awards. Category judge and editor Allison Jacobs chose BetterYou’s TotalNutrition Superfood powder as her winner after trailing the product, while medicinal chef Dale Pinnock has created a TotalNutrition recipe booklet...

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THS open day a big success

Around 148 retailers representing 200 stores attended The Health Store open day at the end of June. “It was one of the best we’ve hosted in recent years,” said Sales & Marketing Director Paul Rideout...

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Danger oils – where's the outcry?

Contaminants formed during the processing of refined vegetable oils are genotoxic and carcinogenic, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The presence of the chemical compound 3-MCPD in vegetable oil, processed food and even infant formula ought to have caused a consumer outcry but, according to foodanddrinkeurope.com, conflicting industry messages have confused the food media...

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What to tell customers about microplastics

Recently, global attention has been drawn to the use of microplastic beads in cosmetic products and their environmental impact caused by plastic debris. International concern has put the spotlight on microbeads either for a ban or at least a phasing out of their use....

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