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Daily food and consumer goods headlines

A round-up of today's news headlines about the food and consumer goods industry from UK newspapers. For more news and analysis on the major stories visit IGD Retail Analysis.

Today’s main food and consumer goods retail stories

Friday 21 April 

Unilever posted a 6.1 per cent rise in sales for the first quarter, due to an increase in ice cream sales…

Full story: The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, The Sun

…Unilever is considering separating its margarine businesses to get the best price at auction…

Full story: Financial Times   

…Unilever is said to have paid £110 million for condiment maker Sir Kensington

Full story: Daily Express

Marks & Spencer has announced plans to open 36 new UK stores in the next six months…

Full story: Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express

…And is to close six stores, affecting 380 jobs…

Full story: The Guardian, Daily Mail  

…Comment piece on the above…

Full story: The Times   

…Councils and political leaders have urged Marks & Spencer to reconsider the closures

Full story: The Daily Telegraph   

Fever-Tree is now Britain’s most valuable soft drinks company at £1.8 billion…

Full story: Daily Mail

…analysis on Fever-Tree shares

Full story: The Daily Telegraph   

Diageo has announced plans to cut more than 100 roles in Scotland

Full story: Daily Mail

Article on Nestlé following in Unilever’s steps to boost profitability

Full story: Financial Times

WH Smith, Marks & Spencer and Greggs have agreed to reduce the amount of sugary drinks they sell in hospitals

Full story: The Times

Diet fizzy drinks could increase the risk of stroke or dementia, according to research from the Boston University of Medicine

Full story: The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Express  

Pernod Ricard has reported an organic revenue growth of 3 per cent in the last quarter

Full story: The Times

Drinking beetroot juice before a walk could help rejuvenate the brain and reduce the risk of dementia in older people  

Full story: Daily Express

UK online spending has increased by 28 per cent in the last two years, according to UK card Association

Full story: Daily Mail

Article on the changes department stores are making to encourage shoppers back instore

Full story: Daily Mail

Comment piece on adding VAT to meat

Full story: The Guardian

MasterCard is looking to roll out a new payment card with a built-in fingerprint scanner, by the end of the year

Full story: Daily Mirror

All new fridges could be fitted with thermometers under government plans to help households reduce food waste

Full story: Daily Mail

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