12 May 2007

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  • 1,300 food scares investigated

    16 May 2007

    The Food Standards Agency investigated 1,342 food incidents in 2006, according to its first Annual Report of Incidents.During the year it issued 81 food alerts to local authorities and 478 notifications to the European Commission....

  • 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...

  • acid test - Barock Hell and Asam Bock and One World

    14 May 2007

    Expert's verdict:7/10 These new beers from Weltenburger Kloster are true Bavarian beers, strong in taste, flavour and abv. Both are smooth and refined with a well-balanced richness. Asam Bock is a premium dark beer, which will appeal to the British...

  • 20-store ambition for Nuts About Life

    14 May 2007

    Kuwait-based Kout Food Group is to invest millions in turning its Nuts About Life business into a 20-store chain by 2009.The company already operates two London stores - a 500 sq ft outlet in Hampstead, which opened in June 2006, and a...

  • 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...

  • Asda gets potatoes direct from farms

    14 May 2007

    Asda is repeating last year's experiment with locally sourced new potatoes in a handful of its stores.The first Cornish earlies were delivered direct into Asda's Falmouth store last week and are due to appear shortly at shops in Bodmin...

  • Anchor goes back to the old buttercup test

    14 May 2007

    New advertising for Anchor butter this summer will feature the old-fashioned buttercup test as owner Arla repositions the brand as the only free-range option on the market.TV ads featuring the childhood method of checking whether someone...

  • Andean lifts Argentina

    14 May 2007

    The Argentinean wine category is in need of new brands, according to wine agent Chalié Richards, which is preparing to launch a new range into the sector.Andean was developed following research that suggested the Andes were the main...

  • Alpro's vision

    14 May 2007

    Alpro, the European market-leader in the production of soya products, declared last week it wanted to be a CO2 neutral company. It could not give a timetable but says it plans to: Switch to a 'green' energy source and produce biogas from...

  • asda's supply chain shapes up

    14 May 2007

    David Cheesewright was only one year into his three-year term as chief operating officer at Wal-Mart Canada when the call came from Asda chief executive Andy Bond asking him to return home. Although he was reluctant to give up the "great...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Atlantic cod hit by global warming

    14 May 2007

    Climate change is making the plight of north east Atlantic cod stocks worse, according to a WWF report.It has called for immediate measures to give stocks - already at risk due to overfishing - a chance to rebuild themselves.The...

  • Asda's Welsh spears debut

    14 May 2007

    Asda claims it is the first multiple to sell Welsh asparagus, which it is offering in just one Welsh store.Spears grown in Tenby by Nick and Pat Bean are being delivered direct into Asda's Swansea supermarket. Asda will sell the...

  • California expects more stone fruit

    14 May 2007

    California is predicting a return to a heavier stone fruit crop this year, with some fruit expected a week earlier.Peach, plum and nectarine growers are expecting a 50.5 million container crop for the 2007 season - up from 47.5 million...

  • Bob's the job for new drink

    14 May 2007

    Fruit pieces 'bobbing' in juice is the latest innovation in UK soft drinks.Frubob, a fruit juice drink available in orange, peach and pineapple flavours, ­contains little pieces of fruit floating inside. It promises no added sugar,...

  • Britvic updates Tango with natural flavours

    14 May 2007

    Iconic fizzy drink brand Tango is poised to unveil a new healthier image in a bid to grab a bigger share of an increasingly health-conscious market.From July, Tango will contain only natural flavours and colours, although brand owner...

  • Britvic acquires C&C Group soft drink business

    14 May 2007

    Britvic has acquired the soft drinks and distribution businesses of the C&C Group for E249.2m (£169.5m) in cash.The deal includes brands such as Club soft drinks and Ballygowan water, as well as the rights to the Pepsi and 7Up brands through...

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