12 December 2009

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  • A greener future will mean a drabber diet

    12 Dec 2009

    A sustainable diet is achievable, but might require trade-offs in taste, quality or health, admits a new report by the Sustainable Development Commission to be published today.

  • Acid Test: Findus Frozen Pasta

    12 Dec 2009

    Cooking up a load of pasta normally means lots of washing up and watching the pot boil so this new format is a good, convenient idea. The pasta shrunk a bit in the microwave but the texture wasn't...

  • Activism on ice? Subscription

    12 Dec 2009

    They're retired, but certainly not retiring. The Ben & Jerry's founders talk to Nick Hughes about life under Unilever

  • Ad of the Week: Sweet little jazz killers ham it up for Drench

    12 Dec 2009

    Perform at your best, says the new advert from Drench implying that water is somehow wetter and better when it comes from a squeezy bottle. Utter nonsense, of course, much like the idea that hamsters are into jazz when everyone knows...

  • AF Blakemore breaks more sales records

    12 Dec 2009

    Two former Tyne Tees cash & carries bought by AF Blakemore have racked up record sales since their re-launch as Blakemore Wholesale depots.Blakemore bought the depots in Gateshead and Middlesbrough in 2008 and revamped them with new...

  • Aldi ads say it will ‘pay VAT for you’

    12 Dec 2009

    Aldi has announced plans to absorb the new year VAT hike, placing ads in the national press claiming: 'We are paying the VAT increase for you.' The ads appeared the day after the Chancellor confirmed in his pre-Budget report that VAT...

  • Brakes turns to suppliers to reduce costs

    12 Dec 2009

    Foodservice giant Brakes is asking suppliers for cost savings as it attempts to stem £100m-a-year losses.Suppliers told The Grocer they had been approached for discounts of about 5% in the latest pricing negotiations. Brakes' parent...

  • Britain, it’s time to get haggling

    12 Dec 2009

    While we will negotiate on the price of items such as houses, we in the UK are often shy of bargaining. In many other countries, bartering is an accepted norm, but walking into your local off-licence and haggling over a case of lager is simply...

  • Birds Eye: addition of cod line will Bake sales to Perfection

    12 Dec 2009

    Birds Eye is aiming to further boost rocketing sales of its Bake to Perfection frozen fish range by adding its first cod variant and revamping packaging.Sales of Bake to Perfection have soared to £15.5m since the range was launched in...

  • Boost releases new budget energy shot

    12 Dec 2009

    Budget energy drinks brand Boost is taking on Red Bull, Relentless and Lucozade by entering the energy shot market.With an rsp of just 99p, the Boost shot rolls out to wholesalers and independents this week and is expected to appeal to a...

  • Blackburn shut as ABP streamlines

    12 Dec 2009

    Anglo Beef Processors has closed its Blackburn abattoir as part of a national rationalisation process. The move follows a major investment in its nearby site in Shrewsbury, and the recent acquisitions of sites in Dorset and Guildford....

  • Brussels sprouts not so disliked after all

    12 Dec 2009

    Brussels sprouts are continuing to defy their reputation as the nation's most hated vegetable with strong sales growth.Volume sales of sprouts have grown 5% to 38 million kg while value sales are up 9% to £54m [TNS 52w/e 1 November...

  • Bride gets cold feet in Iceland

    12 Dec 2009

    After last week's news of a sheep in a shopping trolley, Tesco 'fansite' verylittlehelps.com started debating the weirdest things left in supermarkets.Most poignant was the former Iceland staffer who found a wedding dress in a freezer....

  • Asda nabs Sainsbury’s slogan for own-label push

    15 Dec 2009

    Asda is chasing Sainsbury’s shoppers after debuting a new slogan that will be strangely familiar to long-time customers of the more upmarket retailer.

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev pays off $3.7bn worth of debt two years ahead of schedule

    16 Dec 2009

    Drinks giant Anheuser-Busch InBev has paid off $3.7bn worth of debt two years ahead of schedule. The brewer said it now has $17.2bn worth of debt outstanding from the $54.8bn it obtained when InBev acquired Anheuser-Busch last year.

  • Cadbury welcomes the Fairtrade Kit Kat

    12 Dec 2009

    Cadbury has welcomed Nestlé's decision to make Kit Kat Fairtrade and urged other brands to follow suit.The Green & Black's maker, which switched Cadbury Dairy Milk bars to Fairtrade in July, applauded its rival for meeting increased...

  • Cadbury steams past as Gü feels the heat

    12 Dec 2009

    Cadbury has knocked Gü off the top spot in the hot serve chilled desserts rankings just a year after entering the category. Cadbury's Hot Chocolate and Hot Caramel puddings had generated more sales in the £150m category than Gü's three...

  • Cadbury raises targets in formal Kraft defence

    14 Dec 2009

    Cadbury has announced new, more ambitious growth targets for the next four years, as the Dairy Milk maker unveiled a robust defence against Kraft Foods’ hostile bid.

  • Cadbury confirms rival bid talk as war of words with Kraft heats up

    15 Dec 2009

    Cadbury has confirmed for the first time that it has been approached by a number of companies with a view to rivalling Kraft Foods’ hostile bid.

  • Cadbury workers to visit House of Commons today

    16 Dec 2009

    Cadbury workers will descend on the House of Commons today to urge MPs to back their campaign to keep Cadbury independent.

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