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UK: Seasonality, ingredients, events "key for NPD success"

21 May 2014

Food manufacturers looking for retail support for new products need to consider seasonality, on-trend ingredients and events when pitching to buyers, an industry conference has heard.

UK: OFT clears One Stop's acquisition of Spar franchisee stores

19 Sep 2013

Tesco's UK convenience chain One Stop has seen its acquisition of a clutch of Spar franchise stores cleared by competition officials.

UK: OFT looks into One Stop's Alfred Jones c-store buy

23 Jul 2013

The UK's Office of Fair Trading is studying One Stop's planned acquisition of 33 outlets from Spar operator Alfred Jones.

UK: Tesco's One Stop chain to buy stores from Spar operator Alfred Jones

8 Jul 2013

One Stop, Tesco's UK c-store chain, is to snap up 33 outlets from Spar operator Alfred Jones.

UK: Cricketer Farm launches Cheeky Cow cheese

10 Jun 2013

UK dairy Cricketer Farm has launched Cheeky Cow, a low-fat cheese brand.

UPDATE: UK: Spar sees early sales lift at new format

22 Oct 2012

Spar UK has already seen a sales uplift at its newly-launched flagship store in the UK, where it is trialling a "new style of convenience stores".

UK: Spar trials new store design

22 Oct 2012

Convenience retailer Spar International is trialling a "new era" in store design, with the launch of a flagship store in the UK.

UK: Co-op exec Taylor to join Spar's UK arm

24 Jul 2012

Ian Taylor, a senior executive at UK retailer The Co-operative Group, is to join Spar International as head of retail for its business in the country.

UK: Aldi executive takes senior role at Spar UK

4 Jan 2012

Symbol retailer Spar UK has appointed Aldi veteran Vicki Reay to the newly-created role of commercial director.

UK: Blakemore Trade Partners appoints Marwood as MD

8 Nov 2011

Blakemore Trade Partners, a unit of AF Blakemore & Son has appointed Jerry Marwood as managing director.

UK: CJ Lang and Son in talks to buy fellow Scottish Spar retailer

5 Apr 2011

CJ Lang and Son, the owner of Spar UK's Scottish business, is in talks to buy AM Landsburgh (St Andrews), which runs ten Spar stores in Dundee and Fife.

UK: A.F. Blakemore buys rival Spar wholesaler Capper & Co.

24 Mar 2011

A.F. Blakemore & Son has bought fellow Spar UK wholesaler Capper & Co. to create a bigger business supplying the symbol retailer's convenience stores in the country.

UK: Spar appoints former Co-op exec Robinson as UK MD

14 Mar 2011

Debbie Robinson, a former executive at The Co-Operative Group, has been appointed managing director of Spar UK, the symbol retailer announced today (14 March).

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

19 Nov 2010

The merger between Greencore and Northern Foods, the race to own Yoplait, reform of Europe's farm policy and Unilever's new push on sustainability all got people talking this week. Here is the best of who said what.

UK: Spar UK managing director Marwood to leave

17 Nov 2010

Spar UK confirmed today (17 November) that its managing director Jerry Marwood plans to leave the company in the summer of 2011.

UK: Spar sees growth in fresh and private label

3 Sep 2010

Spar UK posted a 3.1% sales rise for the first quarter due to significant growth across its fresh food, wine and own-brand ranges.

UK: Spar boss confident in UK convenience battle

27 Jul 2009

Spar, the convenience retailer, can withstand growing competition from the UK's major multiples through the company's "connection" with local communities, the head of its global operations has claimed.

UK: Spar relaunches own-label range

10 Jul 2009

Spar UK has announced plans to relaunch its entire own-label range in a bid to create a “point of difference” between the convenience operator and its competitors.

UK: Spar opens flagship Eurospar store

5 Jun 2009

UK convenience retailer Spar has opened its flagship Eurospar store in Broomhill, Sheffield, the company confirmed to just-food today (5 June).

UK: Spar extends athletics tie-up

13 May 2009

Spar has extended an athletics sponsorship in the UK as the retailer looks to cement its ties to the sport in the run-up to the London Olympics.

UK: Spar to extend Eurospar after Somerfield deal

21 Jan 2009

Spar is to extend its supermarket format Eurospar into mainland UK with the acquisition of 11 stores from fellow retailer Somerfield.

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