One of our stops was at Sillico a small village of less than 100 people in the Apennines at the back of Lucca in Garfaganana, Italy. Like many small communities it needed to focus on an identity to survive, many small villages in this part of the world are literally dying as the young people […]
During this tour I have seen a blending of autumn displays blending into Christmas promotions and wonder if this will continue to be a trend. Pumpkins are an ideal product for getting the autumn feel across, at our hotel in Torino they were used as part of an autumn floral decoration.
The main reason Linda and I wanted to be in Torino in late October was to visit “Salone Internationale del Gusto…Terra Madre” which is organised by the Slow Food Movement. This organisation has come a long way since Carlo Petrini objected to McDonalds setting up a store in Rome and felt something needed to be
Those who read my October newsletter will remember the Dutch retail food offer I mentioned that was being developed based on an Italian model. That retailer was Eataly. One of the top food retailers in Italy is Eataly, which is located in a old warehouse next to the Fiat factory complex in Torino close to
An associate of mine, Trevor Cochrane from Western Australia, brought to my attention an article that came online on the BBC in September. It looked at the future retail High Street and shows the changes we could be in for. Interesting to note they believed that small boutique retailers would still flourish as the consumer was
This is a message that I have been promoting of late and I have come across two new suppliers to the garden industry that were not part of the industry and hence did not know what the box looked like. As a result they invented unique products for the market. One supplier comes from Oregon
I do believe a study of what is happening in the UK supermarket industry is an indicator of what could happen in other retail sectors around the world. Twelve months ago Tesco’s was looked upon as the innovator in retailing, not only in the UK , but around the world. This company seems to be
A study of what is happening to the British food retail sector may indicate what could happen to other retailers in other parts of the world. Until 2014 the British food retail sector was reasonably stable with a clear market leader with one retail pound in eight retail spent pounds being used to purchase goods
Whilst one part of food retailing is looking for new direction, the boutique food retailers are still growing from strength to strength and in the most unusual places. This may look like it is located in a boutique retail area or a farmers market, but it is at St. Pancras Railway Station in central London.