1 May 2004

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  • A sorry tale of delisting in shetland

    01 May 2004

    from Rita Mcnab, Mcnabs Kippers, Lerwick, ShetlandSir; I have been trading as a retail and wholesale fishmonger for 20 years in Shetland. I have built up this business from scratch, building up good relations with retail and wholesale...

  • A warning over the power of the ‘multi-tasking retail monsters’

    01 May 2004

    Supermarkets are “multi-tasking retail monsters” that have turned high streets into retail deserts. And consumers are getting fed up with them. That’s the startling claim made by food writer Joanna Blythman in this week’s Saturday Essay. In her...

  • ACS plans to bar big four

    01 May 2004

    A motion to bar the major multiples from membership of the Association of Convenience Stores will be debated at its annual conference on May 17. A week after Tesco arm T& S pulled out of the ACS, details of an egm before the conference have been...

  • Adding value to red meat

    01 May 2004

    Meat bosses will be on hand to offer pig farmers help and advice during the Pig and Poultry Fair later this month.The Red Meat Industry Forum will be taking a stand at the fair, May 12 to 13, to provide information on its added-value...

  • Andrews gives us a swirl in its revamped packaging

    01 May 2004

    Andrews Salts has been indulging in a packaging makeover in a bid to make the brand stand out more on shelf.The new pack features a swirl icon, first introduced on the recently launched Andrews Plus variant, which is designed to bring the...

  • Approaching Las Vegas

    01 May 2004

    First Drinks has signed a deal linking Amaretto Disaronno with satellite channel BSkyB.Marking the brand’s first broadcast sponsorship tie-up, the liqueur will appear on break bumpers around Sky One’s drama Las Vegas. Lasting 22 weeks, the...

  • Asda tipped to bid for Matalan

    04 May 2004

    Discount retailer Matalan is tomorrow expected to announce a full year pre-tax profit of about £60m down from £119 a year earlier.The figures are likely to fuel speculation amongst investors that the group will become the target of a...

  • Asda’s comfort zones

    01 May 2004

    Time is running out for retailers to ensure stores are disabled-friendly. Ian Cook joins Eva McCracken to see how one major multiple is shaping upWhen Eva McCracken went to the checkout at Asda in Kirkcaldy, Fife, she was checking out…

  • At Le Riche’s the price is still right

    01 May 2004

    Morrisons’ acquisition of Safeway has not yet had an impact on pricing in the Channel Islands, said the islands’ largest food retailer, Le Riche’s Stores. Safeway has one store in Jersey and one in Guernsey, and Morrisons has not yet cut...

  • Battle of the giants

    01 May 2004

    n Golden Wonder is stepping up its battle against rival Walkers by introducing a 33% extra free offer across its ready salted, cheese & onion and salt & vinegar variants.n Kicking off...

  • Beckham's shave

    01 May 2004

    Shaving giant Gillette has refused to confirm reports that it has signed England captain David Beckham for a £40m worldwide advertising deal.A spokesman said: "Gillette regularly looks at high profile endorsement opportunities and as a...

  • Blueheath rolls out Lifestyle

    01 May 2004

    Blueheath is rolling out 80 of Landmark Cash & Carry’s own-label Lifestyle lines to its customers after joining the group in February.The online delivered wholesaler has taken on the distribution for 34 lines, including household products,...

  • Booker wine deal

    01 May 2004

    Booker is offering members savings on its Malt House Vintners wine range when they buy in bulk. The cash and carry wholesaler is giving customers at least a 5% discount when buying a case of wine. Bookers said the promotion was...

  • Box for a rock

    01 May 2004

    New World wine specialist Edward Cavendish will be rolling out a bag-in-box version of South African brand Robert’s Rock. The format, which will be unveiled at this month’s London International Wine and Spirits Fair, is part of a series of...

  • Focus On Yogurts & Pot Desserts

    01 May 2004

    Innovation is driving this market which is a perfect fit with the demands of today’s discerning consumer. Lisa Riley reports.

  • Consumer feedback

    01 May 2004

    >>when health demands no compromisesThe yogurt and chilled pot desserts markets found form again in 2003 as new owners put life into ailing brands. We tested 26 new products in this category last year of which 10 made it into...

  • Duracell’s digital debut

    01 May 2004

    Duracell is plugging into the growing popularity of digital cameras with the launch of the first CP1 lithium primary prismatic battery in the UK. The £10.99 slimline battery will give consumers an alternative to rechargeable batteries and will...

  • Calcium-rich Kingsmill

    01 May 2004

    Allied Bakeries has added two new healthier options to its Kingsmill range. Kingsmill Calcium & White is rich in calcium and provides half the recommended daily amount of calcium in two slices, while Kingsmill Vitamins & White contains extra...

  • C-store sector motors on

    01 May 2004

    The convenience sector has grown at more than double the rate of the total grocery market in the past year and is set to smash through the £30bn mark by 2008, predicts the latest IGD Convenience Retailing report. The report reveals that the...

  • Don’t miss out on a glittering Gold networking occasion

    01 May 2004

    Tickets for The Grocer Gold Awards ceremony are selling out fast – and it looks set to be one of the key networking events of the year. The awards, which are sponsored by software solutions company MEI, enterprise software provider Geac and...

  • Fixture full of adventure for kids

    01 May 2004

    Yogurts must be one of the biggest categories that shoppers encounter in any grocery store and it’s an innovative one that keeps shoppers interested. Yogurts tend to be a weekly purchase and shoppers’ familiarity with the display was evident....

  • First Cornish new potatoes

    01 May 2004

    The first Cornish new potatoes of the season arrived in Tesco’s Cornwall stores this week. Rowe Farms, along with Tesco’s principal potato supplier Branston, is intending to supply a further 120 stores throughout the south west from next week,...

  • Cherry season gets under way

    01 May 2004

    The cherry season got under way two weeks early in Sainsbury this week. The retailer was celebrating the first arrivals of Californian fruit from supplier JO Simms and Chingford Fruit Packers. Buyer Dominique Schulenberg said: “We’re...

  • Fireworks party due

    01 May 2004

    Proposals to reform licensing rules for retailers selling fireworks have been hailed a victory by the Association of Convenience Stores.The changes to the Fireworks Act 2003, from consumer minister Gerry Sutcliffe, are expected to be in...

  • Get your entries in for this year’s GRAMIA awards

    01 May 2004

    This year’s Grocery Advertising and Marketing Industry Awards will be held at London Hilton, Park Lane, on October 21. The GRAMIAs, organised by William Reed, publisher of The Grocer, recognise creative excellence across 11 categories and...

  • Chip and PIN backlog warning

    01 May 2004

    If banks don’t speed up the process for testing Chip and PIN equipment, many retailers will not be able to get their kit accredited before the January 2005 deadline, a leading EPoS solutions provider has warned.Anker Systems MD Doug Hargrove...

  • Cauldron stirs its new product development

    01 May 2004

    Cauldron Foods has made Emma Rainford new product development manager to promote the expansion of its chilled vegetarian and organic convenience ranges.Rainford has worked in various npd roles for companies such as Northern Foods, RG Brookes...

  • Brains returns Davies to the drinks industry

    01 May 2004

    Nutricia UK’s commercial director Richard Davies has returned to the drinks industry after six years with the company.Davies has moved to Welsh independent brewer Brains as sales and marketing director.He was responsible for Nutricia...

  • Celtic sign up call

    01 May 2004

    Fresh producers are being sought following the successful launch of a premium Welsh meat brand.The Celtic Pride Premium Beef Project is a joint initiative, set up by the Welsh Meat Company, Wynnstay PLC, TH Sutcliffe and Castell Howell...

  • Customs import work scrutiny

    01 May 2004

    A review into HM Customs and Excise’s role in investigating illegal imports has been welcomed by farming leaders.The National Audit Office will undertake a value for money study into the issue. The NFU has agreed to contribute to an advisory...

  • Crème Brûlée fires up Bonne Maman

    01 May 2004

    Jam specialist Bonne Maman is strengthening its presence in chilled desserts with the introduction of a new Crème Brûlée line.The move follows the producer’s decision to sell a range of crème caramel desserts for the first time last year. It...

  • Exposed to the weather

    01 May 2004

    Hayfever sufferers are to get a £300,000 reminder of what help is at hand this summer.That is how much GlaxoSmithKline is spending on a sponsorship of Sky News Weather by its Beconase non-drowsy hayfever treatment portfolio. The three-month...

  • Gallo builds Coastal line

    01 May 2004

    Ernest & Julio Gallo is squeezing more out of its Coastal Vineyards range with the launch of three varietals.A Syrah, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris have joined the line-up, taking the total number of wines in the portfolio to five.The...

  • Brew for veterans

    01 May 2004

    Thwaites has teamed up with the Royal British Legion to produce a commemorative beer for the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings.The Lancashire-based brewer has agreed to donate 10p from every bottle of Liberation Ale sold to mark the...

  • Fickstart to Euro

    01 May 2004

    Carlsberg hopes to kickstart drinkers’ enthusiasm for Euro 2004 with a £10m marketing support package. The investment includes a heavyweight television advertising push.Mums with babies who are just learning to feed themselves have...

  • East to west

    01 May 2004

    The enlargement of the EU will expand milk output by 18% but it also increases the number of EU consumers by 20%. While milk production costs in the new members tend to be low, the risk of a major increase has been curbed by extending the...

  • Fraudster alert

    01 May 2004

    Dairy bosses are warning producers over a potential scam involving dried milk.West Yorkshire Police contacted the Provision Trade Federation to inform them they were investigating fraudsters targeting commodity suppliers throughout...

  • Consumer feedback

    01 May 2004

    >>Taste and texture remain driversThe butters and spreads market is a fascinating barometer of our volatile attitudes to health and the role played by diet. Our database reflects significant new product activity in the mid-1980s...

  • Coca-Cola names chief

    05 May 2004

    Coca-Cola has named Neville Isdell chief executive and chairman.He will replace Doug Daft when he retires as planned at the end of the year.Isdell, aged 60, worked for Coca-Cola and its bottling companies for more than 30...

  • Functional foods head for £1.7bn

    07 May 2004

    The UK functional food market is forecast to double in the next three years according to a new report from Mintel. The market, valued at £835m in 2003, could top £1.7bn by 2007, predicts the report. Drinks were the ideal vehicle for...

  • Functional foods head for £1.7bn

    07 May 2004

    The UK functional food market is forecast to double in the next three years, according to a new report from Mintel.Valued at £835m in 2003, the market could top £1.7bn by 2007, predicts the report.Drinks were the ideal vehicle for...

  • Fyffes acquires Swedish company

    07 May 2004

    Fyffes has struck a deal to acquire the Everfresh group of companies, a leading distributor of fresh produce in Sweden.Fyffes will acquire an initial 60% stake in Everfresh for €28.7m, with the balance of 40% to be acquired in...

  • Giants motor with RFID

    01 May 2004

    Wal-Mart has revealed it plans to start rolling out RFID technology in its European operations from 2006.Wal-Mart manager of RFID strategy Simon Langford told a conference in London this week it would have rolled out the radio barcoding...

  • Hendersons buys Holmes

    01 May 2004

    John Henderson Group has acquired the foodservice division of rival J&J Haslett, Holmes Catering Services.The deal, which consolidates Henderson’s position as the leading foodservice wholesaler in Northern Ireland, follows an earlier...

  • ID card fast track is urged

    01 May 2004

    Retailers have called upon the government to fast-track its plans to introduce a UK-wide identity card scheme.The new cards, unveiled by home secretary David Blunkett this week, are expected to include a photograph of the cardholder and date...

  • Hayman appoints first marketing chief

    01 May 2004

    Hayman Distillers has appointed James Hayman as its first dedicated marketing manager to boost the growth of brands including Scorpion Tequila.He joins from marketing agency The Marketing Store, where he was account manager for the...

  • Herbal elixir for kids

    01 May 2004

    New Zealand Natural Food Co has adapted its adult cold treatment elixir into a version especially for kids.Comvita Children’s Propolis Herbal Elixir (rsp: £8.65 for 200ml) is going on sale now with the natural lemon and honey treatment using...

  • Getting tough on RTDs

    01 May 2004

    Asda and Somerfield are following in Sainsbury’s footsteps by revamping their RTD ranges. Less than a month after Sainsbury cut back on the number of lines it stocks (The Grocer, April 3, p68), rivals are also preparing to unveil plans to simplify...

  • Holsten records a history that is pure fiction

    01 May 2004

    Holsten is forging ahead with its advertising plans as its new owner Carlsberg continues to plot the brand’s future in the UK.A fresh push behind the German beer kicks off today as part of a £12m investment this year. The campaign focuses on...

  • Glisten appoint former M&S boss

    04 May 2004

    Chocolate and sugar-based confectionery maker Glisten has appointed Guy McCracken as a non-executive director.McCracken is a former joint managing director of Marks and Spencer. He is currently chairman of food company Duchy Originals and a...

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