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Eat and Pret outlets. Spending on plant-based food in the UK jumped by nearly a fifth to £315.2 million in the year to April.

Pret A Manger, the UK-based food-to-go chain, has finalised a deal to acquire its smaller rival Eat and transform the outlets into “Veggie Prets” in a(...)

Evan Talty: “Our capacity to produce is 10 times greater than it was two years ago. We have totally repositioned ourselves in the market”

Starting off as a producer of animal feed and beauty products with seaweed as a core ingredient, the past two years have seen Wild Irish Seaweeds evol(...)

  Grafton Street sales. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stores are closing on a weekly basis on Irish and UK shopping streets in a crisis reminiscent of the US retail apocalypse, and there’s no sign of a bo(...)

Sheridans: its counter at Dunnes' Cornelscourt supermarket was named best cheese shop in the UK and Ireland

I’ve hit Peak Brexit. I can’t stomach watching the nightly political blood-sport that is BBC’s Newsnight anymore. I can’t listen to self-important To(...)

The John Lewis and Partners store in Oxford street, London.

John Lewis, the employee-owned retailer whose department stores and supermarkets have become a mainstay of middle-class Britain, will cut annual staff(...)

Food for thought: Strong Roots’ founder Sam Dennigan

Fast-growing Irish food company Strong Roots is now being stocked by all the major UK grocery retailers. And it expects to almost double the number of(...)

  John Stapleton: “They still kind of think, ‘well I still don’t know what form of Brexit it’s going to be, so I’ll just wait and see until it happens and then I’ll get ready’.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

“Almost to a man or a woman, nobody’s preparing properly in the UK for Brexit. ” It’s a stark commentary. But businessman John Stapleton is a straigh(...)

Never fully dressed without a scoop: swaggering tabloid editor Duncan Allen (Ben Chaplin) confronts his troops in the BBC drama ‘Press’.

January: As the year begins, the big question is whether 2018 will strive for credibility and enlightenment in an increasingly surreal world, or capit(...)

Sports Direct chief executive Mike Ashley told MPs the mainstream high street was “in the bottom of the swimming pool, dead”.

Mike Ashley, the chief executive of Sports Direct, told MPs that they should impose a 20 per cent tax on online sales in a bid to save bricks-and-mort(...)

Kevin the Carrot: will you be rooting for him this Christmas?

Ever since that classic ESB ad trapped a young Alan Hughes into a lifetime of doing panto, we’ve known that Christmas advertisements were creepy and w(...)

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