2021 features list

Features will only run with sufficient advertising support. This list is not final, we will add features periodically to reflect prevailing trends. Editorial deadline for feature submissions is the Wednesday of the second full week of the month preceding publication. Editorial deadline for supplements is the Wednesday of the first full week of the month preceding publication.


January

Deadline 22 December 2020

  • Symbol Group, Fascia & Franchise Guide (First of 2021)
  • Sustainability, Recycling & Energy Efficiency
  • New Year Product Launches
  • Vaping & Reduced Risk Products
  • Healthy Options – including Bottled Water, Fruit Juices, Smoothies, Pro-Biotic & Cholesterol Lowering Drinks, Free From, Low Sugar, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free & Dairy free
  • Biscuits & Cakes
  • 4 Big Nights in! (Burns Night, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Pancake Day)
  • Easter Top Up
  • Low/No Alcohol Products
  • In Action: Soft Drinks – We showcase the Soft Drinks Category in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Handbook Supplement: SLR Retailer Choice Best Product Launches of 2020 & Cat Man Under Covid

February

Deadline 26 January

  • Tobacco
  • Soft Drinks
  • Price Marked Packs
  • Ramadan
  • Forecourts
  • Own Label
  • Home and Personal Care – including Cleaning Products, Toilet & Kitchen Roll, Hand Sanitisers, Soap, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Oral Care, Shaving Equipment and Sanitary Products
  • Snacks & Savoury Treats
  • Beer & Cider
  • In Action: Food to Go – We showcase the Food to Go Category in action with an award-winning retailer

March

Deadline 18 February

  • Vapril
  • Nicotine Pouches, Equipment and RYO
  • Confectionery (Sugar, Mints & Gums, Chocolate)
  • EPoS Systems
  • Bottled Water
  • Sports & Energy Drinks
  • Chilled (Butter, Spreads, Yoghurt, Milk, Cheese)
  • Impulse Must Stocks
  • Hard Seltzers
  • In Action: Wines & Spirits – We showcase the Wines & Spirits Category in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Handbook Supplement: Sustainability, Packaging & Energy Efficiency

April

Deadline 18 March

  • Symbol Group, Fascia & Franchise Guide
  • Tobacco
  • Soft Drinks
  • Summer of Sports
  • American Candy and Treats
  • Footfall Drivers – including Payment Systems, Post Office, Home Delivery, Banking and Food to Go
  • Ice Cream & Desserts
  • Pet Food & Products
  • Grocery Cupboard
  • In Action: Crisps & Snacks – We showcase the Crisps & Snacks Category in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Advert Review: Our expert Retailer Panel review the first quarter SLR Adverts

May

Deadline 22 April

  • Euro 2021
  • Breakfast – including Cereal, Cereal Bars, Spreads, Fruit Juices, Smoothies, Hot Drinks, Bread, In-Store Bakery and Food & Drink to Go
  • Vaping
  • Cigars
  • Forecourts
  • Sports & Energy Drinks
  • Price Marked Packs
  • Foods of the World
  • Pet Food & Products
  • In Action: Confectionery – We showcase the Confectionery Category in action with an award-winning retailer

June

Deadline 20 May

  • Summer Drinks
  • Sports and Energy Drinks
  • Nicotine and Reduced Risk Products
  • Sustainability, Recycling & Energy Efficiency
  • Confectionery (Sugar, Mints & Gums, Chocolate)
  • Impulse Cakes and Biscuits
  • Food to Go & Snacking
  • Summer Festival Season
  • Software Systems
  • In Action: Tobacco – We showcase the Tobacco Category in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Handbook Supplement: Destination Retail (Footfall Drivers, Category Leaders, Fascia Guide)

July

Deadline 17 June

  • Tobacco, RYO, and Nicotine Pouches
  • World Foods
  • Back to School
  • Bottled Water
  • Lunch to Go – includes In-store Kitchens, Pies & Pastries, Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Sandwiches, Healthy Options, Hot and Cold Drinks, Milkshakes, Slush, Desserts & Meal Deals
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Crisps and Snacks
  • Young Adult Brands
  • Banking & Currency
  • In Action: Vaping & Reduced Risk Products – We showcase the Vaping & Reduced Risk Category in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Advert Review: Our expert Retailer Panel review the second quarter SLR Adverts

August

Deadline 22 July

  • Halloween
  • Soft Drinks
  • Kids Confectionery
  • Nicotine
  • CBD Products
  • Forecourts
  • Security and Worker Protection
  • Healthier Options – including Bottled Water, Fruit Juices, Smoothies, Pro-Biotic & Cholesterol Lowering Drinks, Free From, Low Sugar, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free & Dairy free
  • Back to College & University
  • In Action: Beer and Cider – We showcase the Beer and Cider Category in action with an award-winning retailer

September

Deadline 19 August

  • Symbol Group, Fascia & Franchise Guide (Last of the Year)
  • Stoptober
  • Diwali
  • Breakfast – including Cereal, Cereal Bars, Spreads, Fruit Juices, Smoothies, Hot Drinks, Bread, In-Store Bakery and Food & Drink to go
  • Fresh & Frozen Ready Meals
  • Hanging Bags
  • Biscuits and Cakes
  • Adult Soft Drinks
  • Bonfire Night Products
  • In Action: Sustainability – We showcase Sustainability in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Handbook Supplement: Retail Technology & Innovation

October

Deadline 16 September

  • Christmas
  • Cigars
  • Packaging
  • Big Night In
  • Batteries
  • Retail Technology
  • Crisps & Snacks
  • Medicated Confectionery
  • Beer & Cider
  • In Action: Retail Technology – We showcase Retail Technology in action with an award-winning retailer
  • Advert Review: Our expert Retailer Panel review the third quarter SLR Adverts

November

Deadline 21 October

  • Christmas Top Up
  • Vaping
  • Sports & Energy Drinks
  • Forecourts
  • Bottled Water
  • EPoS Systems
  • Gifting Biscuits & Confectionery
  • Cheese
  • Christmas Wines & Spirits
  • In Action: Responsible Retail – We showcase Responsible Retailing in action with an award-winning retailer

December

Deadline 18 November

  • What’s in store for 2022
  • Tobacco
  • Christmas Drinks
  • Last Minute Christmas
  • Christmas Treats and Gifting
  • Supplier Initiative of 2021
  • Easter Eggs and Treats
  • RTD’s
  • Low/No Alcohol Options
  • In Action: Biscuits – We showcase the Biscuits Category in action with an award-winning retailer