12 April 2003

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  • Less coming from Egypt

    12 Apr 2003

    An export ban on Egyptian potatoes has hit the final seasonal figures. The ban, due to disease, means only 15,000 tonnes are expected to be shipped, compared with 17,500 last year. Importers are keeping a watch on other Mediterranean...

  • Low times for High street

    15 Apr 2003

    High Street sales have plummeted as consumers rein in their spending as statistics from the British Retail Consortium showed sales growth fell from 4.1% in January to 1.5% in March. Worries about the war, stalling high prices and the global...

  • M&S backs local beers

    12 Apr 2003

    Rosie Davenport Marks & Spencer is overhauling its range of own label beers and spirits to better compete with branded products. Central to the changes launching in September will be a range of regional beers and ciders produced in the UK...

  • margins ­ they have a point

    12 Apr 2003

    Budgens' chairman Eoin McGettigan raised more than a few eyebrows this week with his suggestion that suppliers should hike their prices to the multiples by 0.5% in order to offer better terms to the independent sector. Now, I am sure many...

  • Matthew Clark loses on-trade deal

    15 Apr 2003

    Aussie winemaker Southcorp has terminated its exclusive UK distribution agreement with Matthew Clark 14 months early. The announcement follows the acquisition by Matthew Clark’s US owners, Constellation Brands, of the Australian wine group...

  • Maxway looks to UK loyalty

    12 Apr 2003

    A leading cooked poultry meat supplier is pioneering a £1m investment programme to update its factory facilities. The investment has meant Maxway Foods has moved from standard to higher level EFSIS accreditation in just 12 months. Sales...

  • McGettigan call for better deal

    12 Apr 2003

    Julian Hunt The independent retail sector needs to ditch its siege mentality and grab a bigger share of voice with government if it is to prosper in the future, according to Eoin McGettigan, chairman of Budgens. In a passionate presentation...

  • Metro makes Extra moves

    16 Apr 2003

    German retail and wholesale giant Metro is to restructure its Extra Food Stores unit to increase profitability across the business.Metro is to focus on 400 Extra stores with a surface area between 1,000 and 4,000 sq metres expected the...

  • Motivations of origin

    12 Apr 2003

    Bulmers is back on the promotional trail with a £2m cinema and TV campaign for San Miguel. The company, which pledged to keep supporting its key brands while it stabilised its financial position, has earmarked the cash to fund a TV assault for...

  • Muscle for the local market

    12 Apr 2003

    The decision to refer all the bids for Morrisons from supermarket groups to the Competition Commission because of concern over local competition has raised a few eyebrows. While few were surprised about the question mark over bids from the big...

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