Nine out of 10 consumers expect food prices to rise in the year ahead and 29% intend to swap to discounters, new research has revealed.The IGD ShopperTrack, commissioned recently by the research group, also found that 16% intend to use more frozen food specialists.The news that more people intend to shop at discount retailers comes just after Lidl revealed plans to expand its own in-store bakeries (ISBs). The German retailer, with over 580 stores in the UK, has completed stage one of the project, installing ISBs in 75 stores in its north east sales region, bringing its total number of outlets with ISBs in the UK to 90.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive of IGD, commenting on the research, said: “The vast majority of shoppers believe that food inflation is set to increase over the next 12 months. They are not taking it lying down and are prepared to sacrifice some of their time by shopping around at different retail formats, from discounters to frozen food stores, to get the best deals.”The IGD study also found that shoppers with secondary school children are more likely to increase their use of grocery discounters; 39% of shoppers with children aged 11-18 vs 27% of those without children expect to increase their use of grocery discounters over the next year.
ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth 9-10 softball team defeated Machias 13-3 on Friday to complete a dominant tournament run and win the District 1 championship at DeMeyer Field.Ellsworth outscored its opponents 38-8 over three games to win the tournament. The team had beaten Acadian Little League 11-1 on June 29 to begin the tournament and also beat Machias 14-4 on July 1 in what proved to be a preview of the title game.With the victory, Ellsworth qualified for the state championships in Scarborough, which begin this weekend. The team’s first game will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15.At the 11-12 level, the Acadian Major League team saw its softball season come to an end Saturday with a 9-1 loss to Scarborough. Acadian finished its season as the District 1 champion and had a 1-2 record in the state tournament.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s 9-10 baseball team was eliminated with a 15-14 road loss against Calais on July 1. The 11-12 team can clinch the District 1 title with a victory against Machias at 5 p.m. Monday, July 10.