12 May 2007

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  • 2,500 post offices to close

    18 May 2007

    The government has confirmed that around 2,500 post offices will close over the next 18 months.The Post Office, which has 14,000 outlets across the country, will begin local consultations this summer to decide which post offices will...

  • Add folic acid to flour, says FSA

    18 May 2007

    Folic acid should be added to bread or flour to prevent birth defects in pregnancy, the Food Standards Agency has said.The FSA’s board agreed yesterday to ask health ministers for further work to consider whether folic acid should be added...

  • Private equity eyes Cadbury drinks business

    18 May 2007

    Two private equity firms are reportedly preparing rival £8bn bids for the beverages business of Cadbury Schweppes. Blackstone, Kolhberg Kravis Roberts and Lion Capital have formed a consortium to investigate a bid, while a rival consortium...

  • Uniq sales up

    18 May 2007

    Uniq has reported a 6.3% increase in sales for the first four months of 2007.In a trading update, the convenience foods group said overall sales for its continuing businesses were up 4.38% during the period, while Northern Europe sales rose...

  • Strategic review for Inter Link Foods

    17 May 2007

    Inter Link Foods is carrying out a strategic review to return the cake manufacturer to profitability.In a trading update released this morning, Inter Link said its new CEO Ian Croxford had started a review and had already found...

  • Sales rise at SABMiller

    17 May 2007

    Brewer SABMiller has reported a 14% increase in full-year pre-tax profit to $2.8bn (£1.4bn) on sales up 22% at $18.6bn (£9.4bn).The figures were boosted by a strong performance in Europe where lager volumes rose 12%, thanks to Polish,...

  • PayPoint up 31%

    17 May 2007

    Utility payment network PayPoint has reported a 31% increase in full-year pre-tax profit to £27m on sales also up 31% at £157m.Transactions increased 29% to 414 million during the year, while commission paid to retailers rose 21% to...

  • City reacts to Sainsbury’s results

    17 May 2007

    Shares in Sainsbury’s remained unchanged at 558p yesterday despite the release of strong full-year results from the supermarket group.Full-year underlying profit rose 42.3% to £380m on sales up 6.9% to £18.5bn. Like-for-like sales, excluding...

  • Whyte & Mackay sold

    17 May 2007

    Scotch whisky company Whyte & Mackay has been sold for £595m to UB Group.UB Group makes Kingfisher beer and is owned by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya. Reports suggest Mallya could now consider listing the company on the London...

  • A summer of Guinness

    17 May 2007

    Diageo is ploughing £3m into a summer campaign for Guinness.The five-week campaign, which starts this week, includes new print ads, using the 'You can Almost Taste It' strapline. The multi-million pound Tipping Point TV ad will also...

  • A summer of Guinness

    17 May 2007

    Diageo is ploughing £3m into a summer campaign for Guinness.The five-week campaign, which starts this week, includes new print ads, using the 'You can Almost Taste It' strapline. The multi-million pound Tipping Point TV ad will also...

  • Ale cans get the blues to gain optimum cool

    17 May 2007

    Brewers are turning to extra cold ale in a bid to boost sales in the stagnant sector this summer.Coors Brewers is to put its Caffrey's brand into thermochromatic cans, which turn blue when the ale is at the optimum temperature....

  • Ale cans get the blues to gain optimum cool

    17 May 2007

    Brewers are turning to extra cold ale in a bid to boost sales in the stagnant sector this summer.Coors Brewers is to put its Caffrey's brand into thermochromatic cans, which turn blue when the ale is at the optimum temperature....

  • gardening after hours, with whisky

    17 May 2007

    William Grant & Sons is launching the latest salvo in its bid to take Grant's to the top of the blended whisky category. Grant's Garden After Hours is launching this week and will run through the year. The campaign comprises a sampling...

  • In Brief: Limited whisky; Web wine shows; Vodka Kick rallies

    17 May 2007

    Limited whisky The Balvenie Distillery is targeting the sons and daughters of the rich and famous this Father's Day with a £400 limited-edition whisky. Balvenie Vintage Cask has been blended from two casks of 1976...

  • In Brief: Tio Pepe matches; Luxardo web dating; Moreno distributor

    17 May 2007

    Tio Pepe matches Top chef Mark Hix has created a box of Spanish and British treats that match Tio Pepe sherry. The Tio Pepe Gourmet Grazing Box includes Cumbrian wild boar prosciutto and salmon from Scotland as well as Spanish...

  • Moët driving trial of premium still wines

    17 May 2007

    Moët Hennessy UK is to increase the focus on its still wine range in the UK.The company sees the UK off-trade in particular as a huge opportunity as consumers continue to move to home drinking, brand director Louise Pilkington...

  • Over-ice factor for vodka smoothies

    17 May 2007

    ICB is hoping the over-ice proposition will have the same effect on the RTD category as it did in the cider sector.It has launched a new range of drinks under its Vodkat vodka brand, called Vodkat Smoothies, which the company is...

  • gardening after hours, with whisky

    17 May 2007

    William Grant & Sons is launching the latest salvo in its bid to take Grant's to the top of the blended whisky category. Grant's Garden After Hours is launching this week and will run through the year. The campaign comprises a sampling...

  • Moët driving trial of premium still wines

    17 May 2007

    Moët Hennessy UK is to increase the focus on its still wine range in the UK.The company sees the UK off-trade in particular as a huge opportunity as consumers continue to move to home drinking, brand director Louise Pilkington...

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