Retail & Shopper Insights

Godiva is closing all its retail outlets across the US and Canada. Pic: Godiva

Coronavirus

Godiva shuts up shop in North America and Canada

By Anthony Myers

‘Waning demand’ caused by the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in luxury chocolatier Godiva announcing it will close all its retail outlets in North America and Canada by the end of March this year.

Indulgence, health, shopping more locally and purchasing foods with real provenance will drive the bakery sector in 2021, says the CBA.

Snacking trends

Coronavirus blues expected to continue propelling snacking movement in 2021

By Gill Hyslop

Snacking – both in and out of the home – is a category that did very well in 2020 and the movement looks set to continue in 2021 as consumers look for inexpensive sweet treats to cheer themselves up, writes Karen Dear, director of operations for the Craft...

William Reed's UK Food & Drink Shows will now go ahead in July in Birmingham. Pic: WRBM

Trade

William Reed announces new dates for its UK Food & Drink Shows

By Anthony Myers

The UK Food & Drink Shows comprising Food & Drink Expo, Farm Shop & Deli Show, The Ingredients Show, Foodex, National Convenience Show and The Forecourt Show have been postponed until 5-7 July 2021, said organisers William Reed.

NCA president and CEO John Downs with last year's Future Leaders intake. Pic: NCA

NCA

NCA announces its 2021 Future Leadership Class

By Anthony Myers

The National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced the five confectionery industry professionals selected for its 2021 Future Leadership Program, which is dedicated to helping young professionals in the US the confectionery industry access networking...