10 January 2009

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  • 2009 preview: The year of make do...and mend Subscription

    10 Jan 2009

    With job losses escalating, sterling in big trouble and businesses falling by the wayside seemingly daily, we're finding out the hard way what happens when the heart is ripped from a credit-based culture. The grocers generally traded well...

  • Ad of the Week: Benylin goes viral

    10 Jan 2009

    Getting yourself heard through the post-Christmas fug can be tough, when the cash-strapped and partied-out stare glassy-eyed at the television, drained for a week or two of the irrepressible impulse to Buy Things. A spot of controversy often...

  • Advertising: Danone gives ads a healthy kick Subscription

    10 Jan 2009

    Ad spend in the yoghurt and yoghurt drink category was up 75% year-on-year in the four weeks to 13 December thanks to Danone turning up the firepower behind Actimel and launching a Stay Actiwell campaign

  • Anyone for a packet of Walkers Cajun Squirrel?

    10 Jan 2009

    Cajun Squirrel, Chilli & Chocolate, Crispy Duck & Hoi Sin and Onion Bhaji are some of the more unusual crisp flavours to be shortlisted in the Walkers Do Us A Flavour competition, which was announced this week.Six flavours in total have been...

  • Anakena's latest ONA experiment

    10 Jan 2009

    Chilean winery Anakena has added a fifth wine to its premium ONA range.The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Carmenère 2006 initially goes into Oddbins (rsp: £9.99). The ONA range is the "experimental arm" of the portfolio, said the winery, and is a...

  • Anchor aims for a great leap forward with felt

    10 Jan 2009

    Anchor has tapped into the most famous scene in iconic war movie The Great Escape in a bid to boost its profile as a 'free-range' butter brand.Manufacturer Arla Foods has created a £2.5m TV ad in which a felt cut-out Anchor cow makes a bid...

  • Around the Papers 12/1/09

    12 Jan 2009

    Tesco braced for Xmas under-achievement; Findus pancake maker under the cosh; Cadbury Dairy Milk 'may contain milk'

  • Asda offers to check out shoppers' blood

    10 Jan 2009

    An Asda store in the Midlands is offering customers blood tests with their shopping.Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust has installed a senior hospital phlebotomist one day a week at the superstore at Great Bridge, West Bromwich, to...

  • B&H Gold and Silver get new look

    10 Jan 2009

    Gallaher is tweaking the design of its B&H Gold and Silver following a mixed performance last year when B&H Kingsize Gold fell 6.9% to £632.5m and Kingsize Silver grew 8.6% to £327.5m.From next month, both products will feature a modernised...

  • Aunt Bessie's moves into cooking sauces

    10 Jan 2009

    Aunt Bessie's is launching a range of traditional British casserole cooking sauces this winter.The six-strong ambient line-up will be made under licence by Greencore Grocery. It was developed following consumer research suggesting cooking...

  • Bakkavör axes jobs as demand slumps

    10 Jan 2009

    Ready meals manufacturer Bakkavör has announced plans to restructure three sites in Lincolnshire as it moves to cut capacity in the face of falling demand.GMB union officials say the cuts could result in up to 400 of the 2,000 staff at the...

  • Around the Papers 13/1/09

    13 Jan 2009

    Sir Terry's successor at Tesco; Aldi sales up 25%; and mouthwash 'gives you cancer'

  • Around the Papers 14/1/09

    14 Jan 2009

    More Tesco fallout; Premier and Northern bosses predict continued inflation; coffee is the new LSD

  • Around the Papers 15/1/09

    15 Jan 2009

    Punch faces last orders; John Lewis is most loved shop; battery hens like it really

  • Big retailers 'lagging on cutting bag use'

    10 Jan 2009

    East of England Co-op CEO Richard Samson has blasted major retailers for not doing enough to reduce customers' carrier bag use.After introducing a charge for its carrier bags in September this year, the UK's third-largest co-op said it had...

  • Beer duty fraudsters hit cash & carry sales

    10 Jan 2009

    Cash & carries have revealed that sales of leading beer brands were down by up to 90% in the run up to Christmas - because of duty fraud.Carling and Foster's were the brands most affected by retailers buying cheap beer from duty fraudsters,...

  • Bell's turns up premium value of blended Scotch

    10 Jan 2009

    Diageo is relaunching its premium Bell’s whisky, Bell’s Special Reserve, in a bid to encourage drinkers of blended Scotch to trade up. The blended Scotch category is perceived as cheaper and more old-fashioned than the booming malt whisky...

  • Banana prices set to be driven even higher

    10 Jan 2009

    The price of bananas has increased by more than a third over the past year – and further price rises look likely to be on the way as the impact of the weak pound hits home. A kilo of bananas has risen from an average 70p at the big four a...

  • Big four and pound stores 'will fill Woolies gap'

    10 Jan 2009

    Multiples are better placed than pound shops and discounters to win Woolworths' £2.7bn of sales, say researchers. With non-food sales flagging since the economic downturn, said Colin Harper, MD of Storecheck Marketing, the...

  • Barden declares Northern on track after Q3 results

    13 Jan 2009

    Northern Foods has posted underlying growth of 3% for the past three months, despite a dip in overall volumes of 0.8%.

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