UK supermarkets ‘not transparent enough’ about pesticide use

Information not routinely displayed on labels of food and gardening items, report findsMany UK supermarkets are not being transparent with shoppers about the use of potentially harmful pesticides in their global supply chains, according to a report.In …

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Supermarket luxury mince pies – ranked

Which? panel blind-tests 11 premium mince pies – with surprising resultsThis year’s best mince pies are from Marks & Spencer, according to baking experts at Which?, with Iceland the much cheaper runner-up.The panel blind-tested 11 supermarket premi…

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Posh crumpets are a thing, says Waitrose … and so is celery juice

Supermarket survey reports boom in vegan ready meals, tahini, something called ‘seaganism’ and … oh yes … kebabs are backThe humble crumpet has benefited from a “posh” makeover inspired by top chefs, sales of celery juice have soared after becoming a…

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Waitrose to stop selling plastic toys in Christmas crackers from 2020

John Lewis Partnership also plans to reduce amount of glitter in products soldJohn Lewis and Waitrose are to stop selling Christmas crackers containing plastic toys and puzzles as part of a drive to reduce single-use plastics – but not until 2020.The r…

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John Lewis: never knowingly understaffed?

Retail partnership’s cull of one in three top managers seems risky, but there could be some easy winsIf the big reorganisation of the John Lewis Partnership falls flat, who would incoming chair, Sharon White, fire?Well, it won’t be the chief executive …

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John Lewis should copy JD Sports and hit its landlords hard | Nils Pratley

Urgent action, such as renegotiating rents, is needed at the department store chain to reverse a first-half lossThe definition of a true crisis at John Lewis, one should remember, is a threat to the model of employee ownership. That happened in the lat…

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