Tesco’s finest North Row Sauvignon Blanc 2016 crowned best Sauvignon Blanc in Britain

Tesco’s finest North Row Sauvignon Blanc 2016 crowned best Sauvignon Blanc in Britain


Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — A wine from the Tesco finest* range has been crowned best Sauvignon Blanc in the country following the announcement of the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) trophies today (2 Oct 2017).

The Tesco finest* North Row Sauvignon Blanc 2016 beat off over 300 other Sauvignon Blancs including customer favourites Oyster Bay, Brancott Estate and The Ned to be awarded the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy 2017, the first supermarket own label to do so.

Described as a ‘crisp dry wine and a classic example of a concentrated and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with powerful aromas and lengthy finish.’ The finest* North Row Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect wine to enjoy chilled or with simple fresh seafood dishes or garden salads.

Tesco’s Product Developer for the wine, Alexandra Runciman said: “We are over the moon to have received the coveted best Sauvignon Blanc Trophy from the IWSC. We are proud to work closely with our customers and trusted partners to offer great quality, world-class wines at affordable prices, and our finest* North Row Sauvignon offers just that.”

Alongside the Tesco finest* North Row Sauvignon Blanc, a further 13 Tesco finest* wines received medals, with the newly launched Tesco finest* SR Sauvignon Riesling and Tesco finest* Barossa Shiraz both scooping silver medals.

All the award winning wines are available in store on online nationally and are priced between £6.00 – £13.00

Notes to Editors

Full list of IWSC award winning wines for 2017

Gold and Trophy

Tesco finest* North Row Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (£13)


  • Tesco finest* The Trilogy Malbec 2015
  • Tesco finest* Argentinian Torrontes 2016
  • Tesco finest* Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016
  • Tesco Finest* Dessert Semillon 2013
  • Tesco finest* Barossa Shiraz 2016
  • Tesco finest* Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tesco finest* Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Tesco finest* SR Sauvignon Riesling 2016


  • Tesco finest* Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016
  • Tesco finest* GSM 2015
  • Tesco finest* Riesling 2014
  • Tesco finest* Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
  • Tesco finest* Argentinian Malbec 2016

For further information, please contact:

Claire Harris
Tesco BWS PR Manager
E: Claire.Harris@uk.tesco.com
T: 07811 382 790

Source: Tesco


Tesco: new ‘Bag for Life’ to replace single use carrier bags; sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain

Tesco: new ‘Bag for Life’ to replace single use carrier bags; sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Aug-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today ( 08 Aug 2017 ) announced that from 28 August single use carrier bags will be replaced by a new ‘Bag for Life’ made from 94% recycled plastic. The new bag will be priced at 10p and sales of the bag will fund community projects across Britain.

The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags. Sales of bags in trial stores have since reduced by 25% and customers found that the Bag for Life, which is replaceable for free if damaged, helped them move to re-useable bags.

Tesco has given out 1.5 billion fewer single use bags since the introduction of the carrier bag charge in England in 2015, but still sells over 700 million of these each year. Removing single use carrier bags will significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill.

Online customers will still be able to opt for single use carrier bags for their shopping or select a bagless delivery, which 57% of Tesco’s online customers are now doing. Tesco also revealed today that it will be removing single-use wine carriers and lowering the price of its ‘Carry me bottle bag’ from £1 to 40p.

The new Bag for Life will continue to fund Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which is delivered with Groundwork, and sees local community projects across Great Britain awarded grants, with Tesco customers voting for their favourite local project by picking up a blue token at the checkout each time they shop. Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to over 6,400 local community projects. The scheme has until now been funded through the levy placed on single-use bags.

Matt Davies, UK and ROI CEO at Tesco, said:

“The number of bags being bought by our customers has already reduced dramatically. Today’s move will help our customers use even fewer bags but ensure that those sold in our stores continue to fund thousands of community projects across the country chosen by customers. It’s the right thing to do for the environment and for local communities.”

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey added:

“Since we introduced the 5p charge in 2015, the number of single-use plastic bags taken home has plummeted by 83%.

“I welcome Tesco wanting to go further and help their customers use even fewer plastic bags. The switch to a Bag for Life will continue to help reduce litter and boost recycling – helping to leave the environment in a better state than we found it.”

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £33 million to over 6,400 local community projects, including:

• Robert Kett Primary School in Wymondham, which was awarded a £10K grant from Bags of Help to transform a double decker bus into a library for pupils to visit during playtimes to sample the books or take part in creative activities including Lego, painting and knitting.
• Grove Park Surgery in Hounslow, who received £5,000 to develop a therapeutic garden for patients with chronic illness or who are socially isolated to grow fruit and vegetables.
• Bedworth United Football Club in Bedworth, who were awarded nearly £3,000 to install a training pitch to allow more coaching facilities for young people.

Commenting on Bags of Help Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s Chief Executive, said:

“Since it launched in 2015 Bags of Help has had an incredible impact on the environment – through the reduction of carrier bags used in Tesco stores and by providing funding for community groups to develop local projects that benefit the people and the places where they live.

“This step will see those environmental benefits increase, and we’re delighted that communities will continue to be able to access Bags of Help funding.”

Community groups and charities can apply for Bags of Help funding and Tesco customers can nominate projects they’d like to see receive some cash. Visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp to find out more.

Notes to editors

• Tesco’s Bags of Help sees grants of up to £4,000 being awarded to local community projects.
• So far Bags of Help has awarded over £33 million to more than 6,400 local community projects.
• Tesco is working with Groundwork, community charity, to deliver Bags of Help.
• For more information please visit: www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/

Source: Tesco


Tesco once again is delivering thousands of free mince pie across Britain for the holidays

The Tesco mince pie van is back and it’s delivering a very Hap-pie Christmas to people across Britain.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — To help customers get into the festive spirit, the retailer is once again delivering thousands of the little festive treats, free, to people’s front doors over the next few weeks.

Visiting the length and breadth of Britain, local residents in towns and cities will be surprised and delighted with a knock on the door as the Mince Pie Man looks to drop off over 18,000 packs of mince pies ranging from Tesco Finest* to Free From, and wishing them all a Merry Christmas. Any customers not at home will receive a voucher so they can pick up their gift in their local store.

Talking about his impending Mince Pie Drop, the Mince Pie Man, Warren, said:

“I’m really excited that this pie in the sky idea worked so well last year and I’m back for a second helping. I can’t wait to spread some more Christmas cheer and get everyone in the festive mood.

“This year, I’ll be knocking on even more people’s doors handing out free packs of Tesco mince pies and wishing them a Merry Christmas.”

Notes for Editors

The Mince Pie van will be touring the following areas across the UK, delivering 1,000 mince pies per location:

  • Portsmouth
  • Exeter
  • Gloucester
  • Merthyr
  • Oakham
  • Corstorphine
  • Aberystwyth
  • East Didsbury
  • Northwich
  • Wellingborough
  • Barnstaple
  • Redditch
  • Exmouth
  • Yeovil
  • Yeading
  • Pontardawe
  • Shrewsbury
  • York

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

Sainsbury’s sees increase in sales of traditional Thanksgiving products across Britain

Sainsbury’s sees increase in sales of traditional Thanksgiving products across Britain
Sainsbury’s sees increase in sales of traditional Thanksgiving products across Britain


London, 2016-Nov-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — As American-fever continues to grip the nation, Sainsbury’s expects to see a boost in sales of classic Thanksgiving foods, in advance of the ‘holiday’ this Thursday.

Traditional Thanksgiving products are expected to surge in regions across Britain with strong American communities – such as US airbases – with sales of sweet potatoes and butternut squash predicted to rise by 30%.

Thanksgiving has been building British momentum for a few years – last year, Sainsbury’s saw a 46% week on week increase in sales of cranberry sauce during the week leading up to the main event, whilst sales of pecans – the essence of a sweet, syrupy pecan pie – were up over 30% compared to the previous week. The increasing popularity of Thanksgiving ties in directly with the explosion of the US food trend, with American confectionary, such as Mega Marshmallows, Reese’s Cups and Butterfingers also seeing a 20% uplift in 2015.

Sainsbury’s will also be stocking canned pumpkin for the first time this year; Baking Buddy Tinned Pumpkin is just £1 and will be available in selected stores nationwide from tomorrow, making it easy for customers to rustle up a pumpkin pie. Turkey crowns, the show-stopper at a Thanksgiving feast, will also arrive in store from today.

Press Enquiries:
020 7695 7295.

Source: Sainsbury


Heart of House research: Over 80% of UK renters admit that they aren’t saving for a home of their own as renting continues to become common around Britain

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 80 per cent of UK renters admit that they aren’t saving for a home of their own1 as renting continues to become increasingly common around Britain.

43 per cent of people said they feel trapped renting because they cannot afford to save for their own property1, but 25 per cent of respondents also said that renting suits their lifestyle1, according to research by Heart of House available at Argos.

The findings support research by the Office for National Statistics which shows that the number of homeowners aged 25-34 has decreased by 24 per cent over a ten year period 2, as is the case for 16-24 year olds with 24 per cent less owning their own home2.

London and Manchester are where renters are struggling to save, while renters in Birmingham and Leeds are more optimistic about climbing onto the property ladder.

Despite renting suiting the lifestyle of a younger generation at university or moving away for a career, around half of tenants are actually aged over 55 as older people cash in on their property and make the most of their retirement1.

Melanie Goodchild, Brand Manager for Heart of House, said: “It looks like renting is here to stay, but whether the decision to rent is financial or lifestyle related, there are quick ways that tenants can change a rental property to really make it feel just like their own place.

“This could be anything from carefully positioned mirrors, or adding splashes of colour with accessories like cushions and photos. If you talk with your landlord, you may be able to do even more.”


Notes to editors:

1 The research for Heart of House of 1,000 people was carried out by Opinion Matters in December 2014

2 ONS: Housing and Home Ownership in the UK, January 2015

About Heart of House

Heart of House is a range of homewares and furniture designed for real family life, available from Argos. Heart of House offers a wide range of more than 1600 practical and stylish products that are made to withstand the knocks, bumps and demands of daily family life.

About Argos

Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 50,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 756 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.