Supermarkets

Tesco’s new Brexit supermarket doesn’t stack up

29 September 2018 9:00 am

How patriotic should our supermarkets be?

The best Rioja has lost the right to its name – thankfully

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The best Rioja has lost the right to its name – thankfully

Whatever happened to Sir George? A festive finale to an eventful year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Many (well, several) of you asked me what happened to George, the supermarket chairman who was the anti-hero of my…

The sexy new face of cigarette packaging

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Something for which to thank the government, at last. It is much, much more fun buying cigarettes these days. It…

Harvesting apples, illustrated in the medieval handbook Tacuinum Sanitas — which stresses the fruit’s medicinal properties

Apples of discord in today’s supermarkets

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Apple Day, on 21 October, is a newish festival, created in 1990, by the venerable organisation, Common Ground. Intended to…

Don’t fear to tread: vineyards in the Douro Valley

The delicious secrets of the Douro Valley

10 September 2016 9:00 am

They’re called quintas, Joana tells us, because the rich families who owned the land along this stretch of the Douro…

Lionel Shriver: The Trump election is starting to feel like a civil war

11 June 2016 9:00 am

When an old friend X came to dinner in London, I sampled what it must have been like during the…

What makes Argos worth £1.4 billion? I reckon I know

9 April 2016 9:00 am

When I was at school in the 1970s, some of the richer kids would come back from their summer holidays…

Oh, how I will miss the plastic bag!

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It has taken years, but finally England has joined the rest of the United Kingdom and other countries around the…

We let programmers run our lives. So how’s their moral code?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, in the week before Christmas when supermarket sales are at their highest, staff at one branch…

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The ‘clean eating’ revolution is more likely to make you ill than healthy

The trick that makes self-checkouts almost tolerable

20 June 2015 9:00 am

I spent the last few days in Deal and Folkestone with Professor Richard Thaler at Nudgestock, Ogilvy’s seaside festival of…

The greatest wine I’ve ever drunk

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The supermarket chains are not always blameworthy. Their missionary efforts have helped to ensure that wine drinking in Britain is…

Two shops. Two philosophies. Which side are you on?

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Are you Lush or are you Aldi? Me, I’m Aldi all the way. So much so that when someone —…

Why cheap oil could mean a Labour victory

7 February 2015 9:00 am

BP’s profits are down, and the oil giant is slashing up to $6 billion out of its investment plan for…

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my future son-in-law saying ‘must of’

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Q. My future son-in-law has been successfully house-trained in the use of upper-middle-class English over the years that he has…

Yes, Wonga lent at shocking rates – but it was customers who lied

11 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Payday Lady is not trading at this time,’ says her website, sounding a little like La Dame aux camélias. Indeed (since…

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

Martin Vander Weyer: Why I’d rather run M&S than Tesco

11 January 2014 9:00 am

This first working week of January is apparently the time when we’re most likely to think about a change of…

Investment special: Which shops to bet on as recovery begins

29 June 2013 9:00 am

After a long, cold and sometimes lonely winter for shopkeepers, at last there are glimmers of sunshine. Retail sales volume…

Rage against the tagine: Supermarket swipe

7 April 2011 12:00 am

Wine is one of life’s great joys – so why, asks Jason Yapp, do major retailers do such a dismal job of flogging it?