M&S ditches plastic packaging for its new food stores of the future as it battles sales slump

Mail Online | 8/2/2019 | Hannah Uttley For The Daily Mail
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Marks & Spencer has unveiled its new-look food store as it battles to arrest falling sales.

The High Street retailer has almost doubled the size of its Hempstead Valley food hall in Kent and added 1,100 lines as it tries to get more families to do their weekly food shop at its stores.

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It has slashed the amount of plastic packaging, increased the amount of fresh produce on offer and brought in child-size trolleys to make shopping more fun for families.

M&S's frozen food offer in the store is 75 per cent larger and boasts 291 lines.

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Staff will be offering free food samples across the store and the retailer will even offer free wine tasting at the weekends.

The store spans 16,900 sq ft, compared with the 7,000 sq ft of an average M&S Food Hall.

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The revamp is being led by M&S's managing director of food Stuart Machin who was hired last year by chairman Archie Norman, his mentor at Asda.

Since the 47-year-old's appointment, M&S has secured a £1.5billion joint venture with Ocado, which will make its food available online for the first time.

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He has also slashed prices across almost 500 of its most popular food items as it tries to broaden...
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