12 April 2003

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  • 1744 ale goes bottled

    12 Apr 2003

    Coors Brewers has added a bottled version of Worthington's 1744 to its off-trade range. The brewer said it was determined that the bottled beer would replicate the taste of the cask brew already sold in the on-trade. Branding for the 500ml...

  • A C Ward expands in south east

    15 Apr 2003

    BWG has sold its Saxton’s wholesale business to Essex based AC Ward & Son.AC Ward will become a Key Lekkerland member through the sale, although it remains a member of Today’s as well.James Ward, md of AC Ward & Son, said the he…

  • ABF profits from acquisitions

    16 Apr 2003

    Associated British Foods, the maker of Kingsmill bread and Twinings tea, said profit at the group had been boosted by its acquisition of Mazola corn oil and malt drink Ovaltine. For the year to September 13, ABF posted a 9% rise in pre-tax...

  • ABF profits from acquisitions

    16 Apr 2003

    Associated British Foods said interim results had seen good performances from its Kingsmill bread, Ryvita crispbread and discount clothes store Primark and buoyed by new the businesses of Mazola oils and Ovaltine drinks.The group – which...

  • ACS Welcome provides insight

    14 Apr 2003

    The Association of Convenience Stores has launched a new training scheme to help suppliers get to grips with the convenience sector.Dubbed ‘Welcome to Convenience’, the scheme aims to give account managers greater insight into the market...

  • Ad chief moves to the bank

    12 Apr 2003

    Kate Nicholson has been appointed marketing director of Sainsbury's Bank. She previously ran Sainsbury's award-winning national advertising team and worked on the Jamie Oliver campaign, which won a 2002 IPA Ad Effectiveness award. Dominic Rowell...

  • Ahold in talks with suppliers

    14 Apr 2003

    Ahold’s Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn and its supplier Unilever are in talks to reach an agreement on a delay of payments, according to press reports.A spokesman for Albert Heijn said the supermarket was in talks with its 250 largest...

  • Ahold to face probe in Holland

    17 Apr 2003

    Troubled global retailer Ahold could face scrutiny by Dutch prosecutors about financial declarations it made to auditors with regard to its Scandanavian joint venture with ICA.The Financial Times reported that documents filed by Ahold with...

  • Altria sales drop

    17 Apr 2003

    US conglomerate Altria said first quarter turnover fell almost 6% on the back of declining cigarette sales in the US and lost contribution from Miller Brewing sold to South African Breweries last July.Group sales dropped to to $19.4bn from...

  • Andrex wipes Sainsbury's full basket

    12 Apr 2003

    A better deal on Andrex helped Morrisons pip Asda by just 10p to claim this week's cheapest of our two full baskets at £35.86. It was neck and neck all the way until Morrisons in Newport checked out Andrex at £1.55 compared with Asda in West...

  • As a small independent retailer and the south eastern spokes

    12 Apr 2003

    To be honest, I am devastated by the increase. Independent research published last year showed that tobacco smuggling costs small independent shopkeepers more than £50,000 a year on average in lost trade.This is going to make the situation a whole...

  • Asda ups its Scottish carrots

    17 Apr 2003

    Asda is to do away with foreign imports of carrots at its stores by doubling the amount of the vegetable it sources from Scotland this year.Produce manager at Asda, John Shoesmith, said by working with growers in Scotland over the last three...

  • Better availability key driver of Tesco record

    12 Apr 2003

    John Wood Improved availability was one of the key drivers pushing Tesco's UK profits and sales to record levels, according to chief executive Sir Terry Leahy. Speaking at the publication of Tesco's annual results, Sir Terry said the...

  • Brandons victim of cheap turkey imports

    12 Apr 2003

    More than 1,400 jobs are at risk following the collapse of one of the UK's leading turkey processors. Receivers have been called in to Derbyshire based poultry giants Brandons after a year of difficult trading. The company is attributing the...

  • Brands bow to own label

    12 Apr 2003

    The success of retailers' labels is forcing branded products into the mid-priced arena, according to market analyst Mintel. Consumer goods consultant Maria Elustondo, who compiled the report, said: "I think the most interesting thing is the...

  • BRC warns on beef label data

    16 Apr 2003

    The British Retail Consortium has called for further research into the sort of information consumers want on beef labelling.The move followed fears by the BRC that any extension of the EU beef labelling regulations could adversely affect...

  • brown promotion

    12 Apr 2003

    Brown Brothers Wines (Europe) has promoted Mark Halliwell to national account manager. He will oversee its cash and carry, duty free, convenience, Channel Island and national wholesale accounts for wines such as Orange Muscat and Flora and Pinot...

  • Brit buyers give Canada a miss

    12 Apr 2003

    Clive Beddall, Montreal British grocery buyers were conspicuous by their absence from Canada's premier food and drink show. Yet, despite more the outbreak of the SARS virus in Canada, SIAL Montreal attracted hundreds of buyers from mainland...

  • Buyers name top suppliers

    12 Apr 2003

    Buyers from across the grocery industry have identified their best suppliers of branded goods as part of an exclusive survey by this magazine, the results of which are published this week. Coca-Cola Enterprises, Diageo, Heinz, Kimberly-Clark,...

  • bringing them in

    12 Apr 2003

    A deal between Kerry Foods Direct to Store and online delivered wholesaler Blueheath Direct has brought "several hundred" customers to Kerry's books, said sales director Paul Stubbins. Under the deal, Kerry Foods' van sales business can deliver...

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