Northumberland Tea wins contract with Co-op food stores

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Northumberland Tea “bags” a contract to supply approaching 60 Co-op food stores across the North East.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton OBE – a friend of the Logan family and honorary ambassador for Northumberland Tea – brewed-up further interest by popping to his nearby Co-op in Ponteland this week to showcase the tea which bears his image and states that it’s “the best cup since 1966.”

The Corbridge-based business was set up four years ago by Helen and Bill Logan. A donation from every pack sold goes to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity which supported Helen’s father.

Helen Logan, said: “We’re delighted that we have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. “We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! “This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

The move comes as the Co-op expands its local sourcing programme into approaching 60 of its food stores across the North East.

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, said: “We are thrilled to sell locally loved products such as Northumberland Tea – food provenance and trust is important to our customers. “It is the passion, quality and innovation involved in developing these products which makes them stand out, they are part of the fabric of local community life and we are proud to give them pride of place at the Co-op.”

Sir Bobby Robson launched his Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £11 million to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Working within the NHS, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation does not employ professional fundraisers to proactively raise money and relies completely on third party, volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

Pauline Buglass, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said:“We’re so pleased that Northumberland Tea is now going to be available to Co-op customers all across the North East. “With every purchase, tea-lovers will not only be getting a great cuppa, they’ll be helping us continue the work Sir Bobby began when he launched his charity. We’re grateful for the support we receive from Northumberland Tea.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Co-op

Lagardère Travel Retail wins contract to operate Duty Free and Specialty at Cairns Airport

Australia, 2016-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following their success in a competitive tender process, Lagardère Travel Retail has been awarded 10 year concessions to operate Duty Free and Specialty at Cairns Airport.

This win signals a strong and successful partnership with Cairns Airport and reinforces Lagardère Travel Retail’s strategic plan of providing retail solutions to their partners through operating their 3 business units in one location – Travel Essentials, Food Services and Duty Free.

“We are delighted to be awarded this concession, it’s a significant milestone for us”, says Matthieu Mercier, CEO for the Pacific region. “Cairns Airport has been a key partner of ours for 25 years starting with our Travel Essentials business, launching our Food Services business in 2012 and more recently bringing mono brand luxury stores as firsts to the Cairns market. Together, we are well versed in operating in this unique environment.”

Opening in both arrivals and departures in March 2017, a number of new brands and product categories will be introduced to the North Queensland market. With a great understanding of both the terminal and travelling passengers, the needs of the travellers will be met through a constantly evolving offer, award winning customer service and the ability to adapt quickly to an ever changing environment.

Cairns Airport GM Commercial, Fiona Ward, said her team were delighted to receive bids from world leading Duty Free operators.

“The decision to award Lagardère Travel Retail this exciting new opportunity at Cairns Airport was made after a robust evaluation process.” Ms Ward said.

“We look forward to furthering the already strong partnership between our businesses and working with Lagardère Travel Retail as they deliver a unique duty free offer to our customers that brings together exceptional value and accessible indulgence.”

Lagardère Travel Retail operate core Duty Free concessions in the Pacific region, in Noumea, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Townsville, Queenstown, Dunedin and Auckland. Within Cairns Airport, they currently operate 16 stores across the 3 business lines, and these new stores will benefit from the local regional network experience, local support functions and the company’s global experience.

Lagardère Travel Retail are delighted to continue their strong and successful partnership with Cairns Airport, and look forward delivering a world class retail experience.


With 4 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2015 and a presence in 31 countries, 220 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. As a multi- specialist retailer, beyond the expertise within its 3 business lines, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India.

Matthieu Mercier
+61 2 8218 1105

Janette Doolan
Communications Manager
+61 2 8218 1142

Source: Lagardère Travel Retail

SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport

SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport
SSP wins contract to operate eight food and beverage concessions at Phuket International Airport


LONDON, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has consolidated its position in the Thai market with a number of new contract wins.

At Phuket International Airport, SSP has been awarded a four-year contract to operate eight concepts in the new international Terminal 2. Valued at approximately 1.5 billion THB (£33 million*) the new deal will make SSP the leading concessionaire at the airport.

Landside, SSP will run all food and beverage operations on the mezzanine floor. Its offer will include Burger King, Bill Bentleyn Pub, Ajisen Ramen, Thai Express, Airport Kopitiam, Dairy Queen and The Coffee Club. Airside, passengers will be able to choose from Burger King and Bill Bentley Pub.

Commenting on the win, Chris Rayner, CEO SSP Asia Pacific said; “We have been running food and beverage concessions in Thai airports, where we are the clear market leader, since 1995 in cooperation with our Thai partner Minor Food Group. SSP Thailand’s strong track record in delivering great brands, great customer service and great sales all contributed to us being awarded the contracts in Phuket, and we are delighted to be building on our success in this strategically important region.”

Separately, at Suvarnabhumi Airport, SSP has extended all its existing contracts by four years. It has also extended its contracts at Chiang Mai International Airport by two years until July 2018.

Phuket brand line-up:

Thai Express is the world’s largest chain of modern Thai restaurants. Serving traditional Thai cuisine in a relaxed and yet contemporary environment, today the brand can be found at over 30 locations from China and Malaysia to Vietnam and Singapore.

Japanese brand Ajisen Ramen is the country’s leading ramen restaurant and can now be found across the Asian continent. It serves a range of Asian dishes in a format that is simple, tasty and healthy as well as convenient.

Founded in 1954, the Burger King® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original home of the Whopper®, the Burger King ® system operates more than 14,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories.

Bill Bentley Pub is a classic English pub, styled to create the warm welcome of the traditional local.

Airport Kopitiam, is a bespoke SSP concept which draws inspiration from the ever popular café culture of Malaysia. Its menu features simple meals, including kaya toast and white coffees.

Founded in the 1940s in Illinois, USA Dairy Queen is famous for its dessert treats and much more. Today it is hugely popular across Asia.

The Coffee Club, which originated in Australia, is a growing coffee chain in Asia Pacific with over 400 stores across nine countries including Thailand.

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Source: SSP America


Nut free celebration cakes supplier The Just Love Food Company lands contract with the Co-op

MANCHESTER, England, 2016-Jul-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — A contract win with the Co-op is the icing on the cake for a Gwent-based cake maker supplying nut free celebration cakes.

Located in Blackwood, near Newport, The Just Love Food Company, is to supply over 80 Co-op food stores with tray bakes and celebration cakes after taking a “slice” of the Co-op contracts being offered as the community retailer works continues to introduce increasing ranges of locally sourced Welsh products in its food stores.

The Just Love Food Company first started selling cakes in 2010 after its founders, Mike and Karen Woods, discovered that two of their three children had nut allergies.

The contract win with the Co-op has contributed to the cake maker’s continued growth which has seen it increase its workforce by more than 10 percent in recent months to 55 employees.

Mike Woods, said: “When it came to birthdays and celebrations we always struggled as a family to find cakes on the market for children with nut allergies, and so we set up The Just Love Food Company to overcome this.

“Our work with the Co-op has opened up new and important markets, and initial sales have been far higher than forecast. We are working closely with the Co-op to satisfy the increasing demand that is being seen for locally produced, high quality produce. It’s a collaborative approach and we are pleased to see that our success together will deliver thousands of portions of our cakes into Welsh communities”

Danika Woods, 19, whose nut allergy – along with Rourke, now 16 – provided the inspiration behind the brand, now works for The Just Love Food Company, and said: “Having a nut allergy provides a very personal perspective which is baked into the cakes we design and make. It is easy for me to put myself into the shoes of consumers and it is why The Just Love Food Company goes to the lengths that it does to offer our nut free promise and reassurances for families.”

Matthew Speight, Managing Director for The Co-op in Wales, said: “The Co-op is committed to offering more locally sourced Welsh produce. The Just Love Food Company is a great example of endeavor and inspiration overcoming a challenging situation – we are delighted that by working closely together we can respond to changing consumer tastes and demand by offering these great locally produced Welsh products conveniently.”

Welsh businesses to win recent contracts with the Co-op include Franks Ice Cream, Penderyn Whiskey, condiment maker Krunchie Foods, Village Dairy and Edwards of Conwy.

Karen Woods of the Just Love Food Company will answer questions about their products or share her experiences of dealing with children with nut allergies with members of the community, people who would like to get in touch can do so by visiting

Further Information:

Andrew Torr
The Co-op Press Office
Tel: 07702 505 551

Source: Coop