13 December 2003

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  • Alldays transfer

    19 Dec 2003

    The Co-operative Group has completed the transfer of 30 Alldays stores to Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-op. So far, seven stores have been refurbished to OS&G’s Swift Shop format and two to its Village Store format, with all 30 due to be...

  • Alldays transfer

    19 Dec 2003

    The Co-operative Group has completed the transfer of 30 Alldays stores to Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-op. So far, seven stores have been refurbished to OS&G’s Swift Shop format and two to its Village Store format, with all 30 due to be...

  • Fyffes upgrades profit forecast

    19 Dec 2003

    Irish fruit and vegetable distributor Fyffes said full-year pre-profit should be 7% ahead of its figures for 2002.Fyffes announced the upgrade on the back of strong performances from its acquisition of German banana distribution business...

  • Fyffes upgrades profit forecast

    19 Dec 2003

    Irish fruit and vegetable distributor Fyffes said full-year pre-profit should be 7% ahead of its figures for 2002.Fyffes announced the upgrade on the back of strong performances from its acquisition of German banana distribution business...

  • Festive supply chain strain

    19 Dec 2003

    Supermarkets can expect to see volumes rise up to 25% in food and between 40%-50% in non-food over the Christmas peak, according to a new report from Deloitte. More than half (55%) of retailers they surveyed said they were worried about the...

  • BFG moves on Londis

    19 Dec 2003

    The Big Food Group has offered to pay Londis retailers £20,000 in cash over two years – double the amount offered by Musgrave last week.Under its proposal BFG said Londis retail shareholders would get £39.7m, while the directors would get...

  • Kerry buys Hibernia units

    18 Dec 2003

    Irish food group Kerry has bought the Brains Faggots plant and two large factories making ready meals and chilled desserts from Hibernia Foods.Receivers at Hibernia are also close to signing a deal with a second manufacturer interested in...

  • Government crackdown on gangmasters

    18 Dec 2003

    The government has indicated that statutory registration may be on the cardsto solve the gangmaster scandal in fresh produce.And it points the finger at supply chain pricing pressures as a factor in creating the widespread abuse of...

  • Del Monte buys fruit processor

    18 Dec 2003

    Fresh Del Monte in the US has agreed to buy fruit and veg processor Country Best Produce from Agway for $12.2m.New York-based has filed for bankruptcy and has processing and packaging operations in the city as well as in Florida and Atlanta....

  • Henkel buys Dial in the US

    18 Dec 2003

    European detergent specialist Henkel said it would pay $2.9bn for Arizona-based Dial, the makers of Dial soap and Purex detergent. Henkel chief executive Ulrich Lehner said: “The planned acquisition of Dial is very important for us and will...

  • Ahold deal for Disco falters

    18 Dec 2003

    Dutch retailer Ahold said a deal to sell its controlling stake in the Argentine supermarket chain Disco to Chilean retailer Cencosud had failed.Ahold said: “Discussions on the sale of Disco are continuing with interested parties but cannot...

  • Northern Foods names new CEO

    19 Dec 2003

    Northern Foods has announced that Pat O’Driscoll will become group chief executive from April 2004. O’Driscoll is retail vice-president of Shell Europe, where she has been responsible for refocusing the European forecourt business....

  • S&N beefs up marketing

    19 Dec 2003

    Scottish & Newcastle has named three new directors to oversee group operations, marketing and information services.Simon Ricketts joins with immediate effect as information services director. He was previously chief information officer of...

  • Old Firm promotes sensible drinking

    19 Dec 2003

    Coors Brewers has launched a new advertising campaign on Scottish TV for its Carling brand, to promote sensible drinking. The ads unite Old Firm managers Alex McLeish of Rangers and Martin O’Neill of Celtic. Two 20-second ads appear...

  • ABF buys G Costa

    17 Dec 2003

    Associated British Foods, with brands Ryvita, Twinings and Ovaltine has bought speciality food company G Costa for an undisclosed sum.Blue Dragon brand owner G Costa, which reported annual sales in 2002 of £51.8 m, said the company would be...

  • Morrisons sales up

    18 Dec 2003

    Morrisons said like-for-like sales were up 9.6% including petrol for the seventeen weeks to December 7.Group sales growth was up 15.9% for the same period.Morrisons said its proposed merger with Safeway will operate 552 stores –...

  • Morrisons sales up

    18 Dec 2003

    Till roll figures show that sales over the last 12 weeks at Morrisons have risen 14%, while its takeover target Safeway saw a decline of 4%. Sales at Asda and Tesco for the period rose 10%, Somerfield and Kwik Save gained 6%, while...

  • Spar laps up Wiseman awards

    18 Dec 2003

    Spar has scooped first and second place in Robert Wiseman Dairies’ Neighbourhood Shop of the Year Awards. The overall winner was Spar’s Gretna store, owned and managed by Keith and Jacqui Jackson. The family-run 18,000 sq ft store has 20...

  • Lion Nathan expands in China

    18 Dec 2003

    Aussie drinks group Lion Nathan has acquired the Chinese brewing group Changzhou Hua Xia Brewing for CNY17m. Lion Nathan chief executive Gordon Cairns said: “This acquisition represents a low-cost opportunity for us to strengthen our...

  • Kraft restructures at the top

    18 Dec 2003

    Kraft Foods has announced that Roger Deromedi is to become chief executive officer, with immediate effect. Deromedi was previously co-chief executive of Kraft Foods and president of Kraft Foods International. Betsy Holden, who was...

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