Tag Archives: Retail

Meat quality concerns: which on-pack messages are most convincing?

The UK’s meat market could be flooded with cheaper produce as a result of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, The Independent has reported in the beginning of February. If this happens, controversial products such as imported chlorinated chicken and beef with added hormones might make their way to British supermarket shelves. Take chlorinated chicken in […]

Valentine’s Day: Picks from Lush’s Special Collection

Every year Valentine’s day sees people purchase heart-adorned cards, boxes of chocolate, and bouquets of red roses. The 14 February event is heavily commercialised with retailers competing to entice men and women to buy gifts, flowers and cards. In value terms, British consumers spend more than £500m a year on Valentine’s Day, The Independent has […]

Airport shopping: what drives travellers’ interest in fragrances?

Travel terminals, airports in particular, have become a booming market for mid-market and luxury brands. Travel retail is now a distinct sector within the retail industry, reported to have the biggest growth opportunities among retail business worldwide. Airport-based shops enjoy a clientele, which is influenced by two factors high street and online retail are unable to take […]

Christmas gin: top trends this year

Brands and retailers have been busy innovating their festive spirits ranges, trying to find the perfect formula for the festive season. Gin continues to be a favourite tipple, especially for gifts and something to impress guests with. We wanted to examine a few trends in festive gin this year. In order to initially filter down […]

Elections 2019: are the youngest voters thinking differently from everyone else?

Low turnout of young people at elections has been problematic in the past. In 2017 The Guardian wrote that since 2005 youth turnout at UK general election had hovered around the 40% mark. Reasons discussed include distrust towards elites and politicians, as well as passion about an issue rather than a specific party. The article states that […]

Brussels sprouts innovation – do consumers love it or hate it?

Love them or hate them Brussels sprouts are a ubiquitous part of Christmas dinner. It is thus worrying news that wet weather this year has reportedly caused a shortage of UK-grown sprouts. Fortunately, there are various festive products on the market, dedicated to giving a twist to the controversial vegetable. We selected ten unique offerings and tested […]

Christmas trees: is something changing in the way people use them?

It’s nearly time to decorate your Christmas tree. Having run a single-answer steer, we established that 37% of consumers intend to put their tree up in the beginning of December and 18% will do so earlier than that. A Daily Mail article from last weekend highlights a handful of celebrities who have already decorated their Christmas trees […]

The best Christmas sandwiches this year: go crazy or stick to the basics?

This year most UK retailers and food service chains launched their Christmas sarnie ranges in the end of October. Marks & Spencer is offering a variety of twelve sandwiches, including a new vegan option called Nutcracker Sandwich, with a filling of sweet potato, chestnut and cranberry roast, butternut squash, cranberry chutney, pistachios and caramelised pecans. Meat consumers are […]

M&S’s interest-free installments – a game changer in targeting younger online shoppers?

Marks and Spencer is launching a “buy now, pay later” service online that allows customers to spread the cost of purchases across up to six weeks. It enables shoppers to pay for home and clothing purchases between £30 and £800 in interest-free installments. Fully available to customers from mid-November onwards, the service “is the latest […]

Supermarket clothes: what makes George a top brand?

Asda is the third biggest supermarket chain in the UK by market share, after Tesco and Sainsbury’s. However, its own label of clothes, George, is likely the most popular supermarket fashion brand among UK consumers. To check this assumption we ran a multi-option steer asking consumers which supermarket brands they buy clothes from. The four […]