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The Week That Was: FMCG & Retail – 03/05/19

3rd May 2019

Thousands of UK shops left empty as high street crisis deepens

The number of shops lying empty soared by more than 7,500 last year, according to new data that lays bare the crisis on the high street. A rapid rise in the number of barbers, beauty salons, vaping stores, cafes and restaurants or bars was offset by the closure of hundreds of banks, pubs, estate agents and fashion shops, analysis of the UK’s top 650 shopping locations has revealed.

Pret A Manger to label all ingredients after allergy deaths

Pret A Manger said it would move to fully label all ingredients in its soups, salads and other products as it looks to win back consumer trust after two people died from allergic reactions to food they bought at the chain.

Carlsberg admits it probably isn’t the best beer in the world

Carlsberg is overhauling its namesake beer brand in the UK, changing everything from its taste and packaging to glassware and marketing as it shifts focus from “quantity to quality” in order to “change the way people think about Carlsberg”.

Coca-Cola moves into alcohol market with premium mixers

Coca-Cola is launching its first premium mixers under the Coke brand as it looks to expand into growing premium mixer market. Coca-Cola Signature Mixers features four flavours designed to be mixed with dark spirits, which will launch in the UK from June alongside a fully integrated marketing campaign.

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