We have fully succumbed to Christmas cheer thanks to the new Sainsbury’s advert, and so we have two noel-based news stories this week. But don’t worry for those not feeling the festive vibes yet there’s other November-appropriate news too…


Convenience is one of the fastest growing, and most competitive, food retail markets – now it seems that Arcadia Group owner Sir Phillip Green may be chasing a piece of the action. Arcadia already dominate in fashion retail, and Green has now said the group might “have a shot” at opening convenience stores in existing BHS branches.

Green grocer?


The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun and the festive fray between high street retailers has picked up pace thanks to the launch of yuletide ad campaigns. Sainsbury’s have warmed our hearts like a roaring open fire with their documentary-style spot (see video below) but we’re somewhat perplexed by Boots’ offering and Morissons’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adaptation. Of course the true test will be evident in profit margins, so we’ll have to wait and see.




The third in a line of successful limited one-off tins, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Design Bridge have released the brand’s Christmas edition. The pack harnesses all the golden premium cues of the regular pack but with some added Christmas opulence with the suitably festive strapline ‘Eat, bake and be merry’. The pack features as part of the infamous Selfridge’s Christmas window display, which this year is themed ‘Gingerbread Lost London’, designed by Bompas & Parr.

Perfect for the packaging-lover-with-a-sweet-tooth’s Christmas stocking this year


Tonight Children in Need comes to the UK’s TV and, to support the charity, its design agency Fivefootsix is auctioning off ping pong bats designed by some of the UK’s most exciting illustrators and creatives. The bidding ends tonight, so that all money raised can be added to the running fundraising total. You can browse the collection and bid right here at The Art of Ping Pong.

Turning ping pong into collectible artwork in aid of Children in Need


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