13 December 2003

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  • Scotpigs booted out by QMS

    13 Dec 2003

    Meat bosses have acted to clamp down on one of Scotland’s largest pig farmers on animal welfare grounds. Quality Meat Scotland said it had acted to expel Scotpigs from its industry-wide Farm Assurance Scheme. QMS chairman Jim Walker said:...

  • Stamp threatened

    13 Dec 2003

    Wholesalers and suppliers of spirits have reacted angrily to renewed proposals to introduce duty paid strips. In his pre-Budget speech the chancellor, Gordon Brown, said he was determined to clamp down on spirits fraud and set suppliers the...

  • The new China syndrome

    13 Dec 2003

    The story of how household products supplier CeDo went to Shanghai in search of its own low cost production base is a reflection of what has been happening in the wider Chinese economy. Charles Reed reportsTake a 30-minute drive...

  • Sunny D scrutiny

    13 Dec 2003

    Asda is considering taking Sunny D out of chillers following scrutiny from a Commons select committee last week. The MPs, in their inquiry into obesity, asked Asda brand director Penny Coates to justify Sunny D being merchandised with chilled...

  • Stocks hold up, JS sets a record

    13 Dec 2003

    Sainsbury had the cheapest of five full baskets for The Grocer 33 this week and came out top for customer satisfaction. At £39.18, Sainsbury’s Woking store checked in the lowest priced basket for the chain since The Grocer 33 list was revised....

  • Steady festive course

    13 Dec 2003

    With Christmas in full flow the bacon markets were being described as steady this week. Danish traders said they were keeping their heads down and getting on with dealing with the last minute independent trade while bigger operators filled the...

  • Today’s gets training

    13 Dec 2003

    Nisa-Today’s has launched a business school for its retailers and customers of its Today’s wholesale operation. Training comprises a one-day workshop every month for six months, with the emphasis on management. The Team Leader Certificate...

  • The retailers speak

    13 Dec 2003

    >>enthusiasm but also doubts over better buying powerShahid Ali, manager, Londis store in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire “I will have to go through the fine detail of the offer before making my final decision, but I’m all for it in...

  • Top Products survey: Alcoholic Drinks

    13 Dec 2003

    In a year of aggressive pricing and record temperatures, Grolsch roared into the top five beers, Hardys wrested the wine crown from Jacob’s Creek, and Diageo’s efforts delivered for Smirnoff Red and Baileys Record-breaking...

  • Top Products survey: Cigarettes

    13 Dec 2003

    Lower priced cigarette brands continue to gain market share as smokers’ purses and brand images face relentless war A combination of market and legislative forces has encouraged cigarette smokers to trade down over the last few...

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