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Due to our continued relationships with data partners, Scotland Food & Drink's Market Intelligence team have been able to share IRI Retail reports that show what is happening to categories at a high level on a week-to-week basis.  

SF&D Report: Changing Lanes: Tracking the lockdown category upheavals in UK Multiples (June 2020)

UK COVID-19 Flash Report from IRI

  • Data up to w/e 9 May here
  • Data up to w/e 2 May here
  • Data up to w/e 25 April here.
  • Data up to w/e 18th April here. 
  • Data up to w/e 11th April here.
  • Data up to w/e 4th April here.

Grocery habits are changing

Kantar have released figures showing that retail sales increased by 9.1% in the 12 weeks to 19 April. With grocery sales in April being £524 million higher than they were in April 2019. Understandably, the number of lunches at home during lockdown has nearly doubled, with food and drink to go sales experiencing a fall.

Households took fewer shopping trips but there was an uplift in spend on each trip to £26.02. Friday and Saturday are continuing to be popular shopping days, yet Monday and Thursday are seeing a rise in popularity as social distancing measures disrupt the traditional working week.

Large format supermarkets supply the majority of food and drink in the UK but we’re now seeing Convenience taking a 16.3% share of market and Online sales now accounting for 10.2%.

Read the full article here.

Kantar - COVID-19: Ensuring Resilience in Retail

If you missed yesterday’s webinar with the Kantar UK team answering questions about the impact and implications the Coronavirus pandemic is having on retailers, manufacturers and people’s shopping behaviour you can now listen to a recording. Click here to access.

Some categories experienced growth (vs the same week in 2019). These include lager, fresh chicken, fresh beef, prepacked cheddar, and prepacked sausages

Other categories showed decline (vs the same week in 2019). These include sandwiches, chilled ready meals, cakes, water, and lunch salads

To access the full report please click here.


Covid-19: How borrowers can manage the impact on their financing arrangements

In these uncertain times, borrowers will need to consider the impact of the pandemic on their existing funding arrangements in order to keep businesses viable as a going concern and to ensure that businesses are in the best position to return to normal post-pandemic.

Brodies LLP outline some practical steps borrowers should consider taking to manage the impact of the pandemic on their existing financing arrangements, and some logistical considerations for new facilities or facility amendments. Read the insight article.

Personal Skills Learning Resource

The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) has collated some of its top resources for the personal skills needed to cope with immediate changes to working life. These can be accessed here.

Association of Convenience Stores: Home delivery

Many producers and independent retailers are turning to home delivery as an option to reach local customers in self-isolation or unable to travel to their local shop.

The Association of Convenience Stores has issued new guidance on how to start a home delivery service. This can be found here.

Covid outbreak guidance

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has created a document on managing Covid outbreaks. It will brief your business on how to prepare for an Incident Management Team (IMT) should you face that development and the kind of information you will be expected to provide. Full information can be found here.