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Increased demand for organic produce during pandemic

Increased demand for organic produce during pandemic

Published on Sep 09th, 2020
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Sales of organic produce have surged in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, according to data published by Waitrose. During lockdown, the UK retailer registered a 13% rise in organic food sales, and a doubling in searches for its Organic Duchy range during the period. In recent months, sales of organic vegetables are up 23% from the same period in 2019, with 52 bags of organic carrots, 34 blueberry punnets and 39 bags of bananas sold every hour.

Popularity of baby avocados poses export challenge

Popularity of baby avocados poses export challenge

Published on Mar 22nd, 2016

Amid a boom in demand for the baby version, Spain is calling for a change to the trade standard for avocados.

It says many Spanish companies are now trading in mini avocados - aka babycados - due to demand for them in other markets. However, Spain has had problems applying the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) standard for avocados to them. That's because while these kinds of avocados are of good quality, they don’t comply with the standard's sizing provisions, it said.

Waitrose plans to open 14 new branches in 2016

Waitrose plans to open 14 new branches in 2016

Published on Dec 15th, 2015

Waitrose is to open 14 new shops across the UK from spring next year, including five new supermarkets and nine new little Waitrose convenience shops.

It will also create up to 200 roles in its e-commerce fulfilment centre in Coulsdon, South London, to service its expanding number of branches.

Waitrose introduces Sweet Sprouting Cauliflower

Waitrose introduces Sweet Sprouting Cauliflower

Published on Oct 21st, 2015

In hopes of widening cauliflower's appeal, UK supermarket chain Waitrose has introduced a new, versatile long stemmed version called Sweet Sprouting Cauliflower.

In a press release, Waitrose said the vegetable, being grown exclusively for it in Lincolnshire, is faster to cook, crunchier in texture and sweeter than its larger relative.

It said Sweet Sprouting Cauliflower has never been sold before in the UK but has been popular in China for many years.

Exploring Waitrose's biggest store - Canary Wharf

Exploring Waitrose's biggest store - Canary Wharf

Published on Jul 20th, 2015

Waitrose’s three-storey, 73,000 sq ft. Canary Wharf branch is its biggest store and the one with the highest sales.

Officially a ‘Food, Fashion & Home’ store, it also has one of the biggest fruit and vegetable sections of all Waitrose branches. About 15% of the store’s turnover is from sales of fruit, vegetables, salads and flowers.

ED toured this Waitrose flagship store in early June as part of the London Produce Show and spoke to Buying Manager for fruit Jocelyn Clarke and Department Manager Anselm Colom.

Waitrose banks on omnichannel strategy

Waitrose banks on omnichannel strategy

Published on Jul 06th, 2015

Upmarket grocer expanding in online and convenience as it braces for more pain in the world’s toughest food market.

In February, Waitrose regained its crown as the best UK supermarket after a year in which its like-for-like sales increased 1.4%, it had an average 400,000 more customer transactions a week, and its slice of the UK grocery market largely stayed above 5%, rising from 4.8% two years before.

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