13 December 2003

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  • ‘A just reward’

    13 Dec 2003

    Londis chairman and retailer Peter Williams “When Graham White joined the company as chief executive 15 years ago it was weeks from going out of business. He saved the company and recruited a whole new management team who have turned...

  • A better future – and a bonanza

    13 Dec 2003

    There are grumbles at the millions going to directors but retailers see the benefits says The Grocer news teamMost Londis retailers contacted by The Grocer this week welcomed the bid by Musgrave to buy their group, but they were...

  • A longer season

    13 Dec 2003

    The Puerto Rican mango season has got off to an early start, importers report. The first fruit is expected to arrive in Europe next week on December 17 compared to a January arrival last year. Grower Martex Farms said it has managed to...

  • Abdul’s symbol of not giving in

    13 Dec 2003

    An independent retailer who was attacked with an axe and left for dead last year has fought his way back to health and transformed his business with assistance from symbol group Costcutter. Abdul Hamid was assaulted on June 2 in Slough at one of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ARLA in union deal

    13 Dec 2003

    Dairy firm Arla UK has negotiated an agreement with the unions who had balloted for strike action. Sales director Simon Stevens said: “Following the success of this week’s meeting, it is very much business as usual in the run up to Christmas....

  • Asda lever ‘won’t hit’ Morrisons

    13 Dec 2003

    A proposal by Asda to buy 70 Safeway stores will not deter Morrisons from making a bid for the beleaguered supermarket group within days, according to industry sources. Asda refused to confirm or deny the latest development, but sources close to...

  • Asda sprouts campaign

    16 Dec 2003

    Asda has named Longwell Green in Bristol Britain’s sprout-eating capital, whose residents on average eat 85 sprouts per week. The chain’s store in Longwell Green sells 621,675 sprouts each week. Last week, Safeway claimed...

  • Award for Manor Born

    13 Dec 2003

    Premium sausage manufacturer Manor Born is celebrating after gaining a listing in Sainsbury and a top award. The company took the International Design Effectiveness title at the Design Business Association’s Design Effectiveness Awards for its...

  • Bacardi to review ad campaign

    15 Dec 2003

    Bacardi said it could drop footballer turned actor Vinnie Jones from its drinks campaign after he was convicted of an air-rage assault. Bacardi told The Sunday Telegraph that it had already decided not to use any of the three adverts...

  • Back cleaning up

    13 Dec 2003

    The fortunes of top housewares supplier Addis have improved after its problems in the summer. Earlier this year, Addis asked staff to take a 5% pay cut as margins were eroded by price slashing at the multiples and raw material price hikes (The...

  • Below-cost ban to stay

    13 Dec 2003

    The Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has indicated to parliament in Dublin that he intends to retain the controversial Groceries Order that bans below-cost selling. He also hinted that the cap on the size of retail developments, which is...

  • Barry’s Tea buys beans

    13 Dec 2003

    Barry’s Tea, the privately owned Cork-based company, is set to buy Irish tinned food business Batchelors from its troubled UK parent Northern Foods. A due diligence check of the Batchelors operation is under way with a €60m deal expected to be...

  • Brands stay on the move

    13 Dec 2003

    Sainsbury climbs to the top of the chart this week with a strong alcoholic drinks section focusing upon price promotions. Safeway moves up two places to number two, standing just one percentage point behind the leader with a good household presence...

  • Brassica growers get together

    13 Dec 2003

    A date has now been fixed for the Brassica Growers Biennial Conference. The event will be held at HRI Wellesbourne on January 14 and is being organised by the Brassica Growers’ Association, Horticulture Research International and the...

  • British at Christmas

    13 Dec 2003

    British cucumbers are set to go on sale in retailers for the first time over the Christmas period. The small crop, which will be sold through M& S, has been made possible by using Finnish technology which provides additional light and...

  • 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...

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