11 April 2009

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  • Acid Test: Lamb's Spiced Rum

    11 Apr 2009

    The piratical panel get a taste of the Caribbean

  • Activia and Actimel keep up the pace in downturn

    11 Apr 2009

    Sales of Activia and Actimel have continued where they left off in 2008 in the first quarter of 2009, with 50% of Activia's double-digit growth coming from its new Intensely Creamy posh desserts range. In a static market, volume sales in...

  • Ad of the Week: From hero to zero for Diet-Coke-for-blokes

    11 Apr 2009

    The impossible made possible - that's the theme of the new advert for Coke Zero, the sugar-free, calorie-free cola variant that's completely different from low-sugar, low-calorie Diet Coke (which, of course, is only meant for women and gay...

  • Aldi flags up fruit and veg cuts in first TV campaign in Ireland

    11 Apr 2009

    Discounter Aldi is stepping up its pressure on the major players in the Irish market with its first TV advertising campaign since it moved into the Republic more than a decade ago.The retailer is using the same 'Change your supermarket, not...

  • Around the Papers 14/4/09

    14 Apr 2009

    Red Rock could be sold; Marstons upbeat; seasonal workers struggle in recession

  • Around the Papers 15/4/09

    15 Apr 2009

    Asda sells walking sticks, Courage beer ad slapdown; Britvic bank move

  • Around the Papers 16/4/09

    16 Apr 2009

    Food and drink leads retail spending; veggies fight asthma; Pernod rights issue

  • Around the Papers 17/4/09

    17 Apr 2009

    Ramsay's bistro nightmare; Tesco billion-pound bonanza; consumers don't like fruit and veg

  • Britvic refinances bank facilities

    14 Apr 2009

    Britvic, the soft drinks giant behind brands including J2O, Robinsons and Fruit Shoot, has refinanced its banking facilities until May 2012.

  • Cadbury bids for Chewits owner Leaf

    11 Apr 2009

    Cadbury has made a bid for Chewits owner Leaf International - although the sweets brand is not thought to be a priority. The focus of the bid, which is being handled by Credit Suisse, is expected to be on Leaf's Scandinavian and Benelux arms,...

  • Asda's local food sales up 41% with lines outselling own label

    11 Apr 2009

    Asda has revealed a massive uplift in local food sales in the wake of an £80,000 piece of consumer research. Sales have risen 41% in England and Wales in the past year, it announced this week, while sales in Scotland and Northern Ireland were...

  • Big suppliers turning to residual sales

    11 Apr 2009

    A growing number of manufacturers are sending their products to the residual market in a bid to hit sales targets during the recession, according to residual stock specialist Rowan International."A lot of well-known companies are highly...

  • Cafédirect revamps portfolio to flag up links with growers

    11 Apr 2009

    Cafédirect is revamping the design of its entire hot drinks portfolio to reinforce its relationship with Fairtrade producers - and strengthen its brand equity with a more prominent logo. Images of the hand tools used by Cafédirect's grower...

  • Bottlegreen inspired by taste for tradition

    11 Apr 2009

    Adult soft drinks specialist Bottlegreen is adding a traditional British range to its cordial portfolio to tap the trend for British products. The three-strong Classic Variety Cordials range, which is being rolled out now, consists of...

  • Avocado growers in fresh UK campaign

    11 Apr 2009

    South African avocado growers are launching a major drive to get more UK consumers to eat the fruit.During this year's South African avocado season, which kicked off this week and runs until October, consumers will be encouraged to 'Add An...

  • Black Farmer founder named MTC president

    11 Apr 2009

    Pig farmer Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, creator of The Black Farmer meat brand, has been named honorary president of the Meat Training Council.Emmanuel-Jones said he had accepted the role because he was concerned butchery was dying out and wanted...

  • Brussels hands UK farmers £65m bill for sheep tags

    15 Apr 2009

    Farmers are facing a £65m bill after European officials decided every sheep in Britain should be tagged to try and stop the spread of disease.

  • Calais fishermen end EU quota protest

    16 Apr 2009

    French fishermen have ended their blockade of the port of Calais, in protest over strict fishing quotas set by the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

  • Business call for Government to put consumers first

    17 Apr 2009

    The Forum of Private Business has called on the Government to put business and consumer confidence at the heart of next week’s Budget.

  • ASH shrugs at family livelihoods

    11 Apr 2009

    Sir, We have to admire the passion of Amanda Sanford of ASH and she has proven that health advocates worldwide continue to quote numbers to justify their mandate. She also confirms that they will do anything to win their mission, including closing any business that questions their ideals...

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