Press releases and blogs

15 November 2012
Symbol group operators, such as Budgens and Costcutter, now account for 40% of UK convenience store sales, according to the latest research published today (Thursday) by IGD at its Convenience Retailing 2012 conference. This share is up from 22% in 2002. Symbol group stores currently generate £13.6bn in sales, nearly three times the value they delivered ten years ago. IGD predicts they wi...
17 October 2012
The online food and grocery market is set to be worth £11.1bn by 2017, almost double its current value of £5.6bn, according to the latest research published today (Wednesday) by IGD at its Trading in a digital world conference. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.6% between 2012 and 2017. UK online grocery retail market Source: IGD Research. All market da...
09 October 2012
Since the recession began, the food and grocery industry has increased the number of promotions This has delivered good value but 44% of shoppers find it difficult to compare prices as a result Although promotions will always be important, there needs to be a balance If the number of food and grocery promotions continues to rise, shoppers will be increasingly confused, accordin...
28 August 2012
Six out of ten shoppers (58%) say they are buying more of their food and groceries on promotion, according to the latest IGD ShopperVista research. This is up from 40% who said the same in 2008. Over half of them (53%) are now using more money-off coupons and vouchers, while 59% plan to use more of them over the next six months to make savings on their grocery shopping. It is younger sh...
26 July 2012
The UK food and grocery convenience sector is set to grow to £42.2bn in five years’ time, according to the latest figures unveiled today (Thursday) by IGD at its Convenience Retail Conference. This means the sector will have increased in value by more than a quarter from its current value of £33.6bn in 2011. Convenience’s share of the overall food and grocery market is expected to increase to ...
28 May 2012
Food and grocery industry unites to offer training and help tackle youth unemployment Farms, factories and stores across the UK to provide training and showcase the diversity of the industry Some of the UK’s biggest employers involved Industry think-tank IGD calls on more businesses to play their part The UK’s food and grocery industry will unite to help tackle youth unemploymen...
09 May 2012
Leading UK food and consumer goods companies have avoided creating 70,000 tonnes of supply chain waste. Through ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) UK’s initiatives, businesses are being encouraged to eliminate waste by making better product and packaging design, range and forecasting decisions, with colleagues and trading partners. Prevention is the best outcome from both a commercial and en...
09 May 2012
Eight out of ten (78% of) European shoppers believe internet and mobile technology could improve their food shopping experience in the future, according to new research published today (Wednesday) by IGD. The Spanish and French are the most keen on digital innovations and while the Germans and Dutch are less convinced, they still regard it as important: Source: IGD ShopperVista , 'The...
24 February 2012
Leading food and grocery companies have removed 204 million heavy goods vehicle (HGV) miles from the UK’s roads, according to new data published today (Saturday) by IGD. The equivalent of around 3,500 lorries have been taken out of our transport system as part of a commitment by the industry to increase its sustainability. More than 40 food retailers and manufacturers have contributed via IGD’...
24 February 2012
Shoppers plan to reduce the number of shopping trips they make if petrol prices continue to increase, especially if they live in the north of England. The latest IGD ShopperVista research, published today (Monday), shows: 53% said they would shop less frequently to save on the number of journeys they make if the cost of filling up at the pumps keeps rising 48% plan to use grocery stor...