13 December 2003

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  • Press round-up...Londis

    15 Dec 2003

    The Times reported that if Londis is taken over by Irish food group Musgrave, three independent directors are each set to receive £75,000 payouts. This is 14 times the £5,150 annual salary Daniel Driscoll, Alan Heasman and Bharathari Patel each...

  • Safeway backs new Morrisons bid

    15 Dec 2003

    Safeway has backed an improved offer from Morrisons to value it at £3bn which would create a fourth force in UK grocery retailing with an estate of 552 stores.Chairman of Safeway, David Webster, said: “I am delighted we have now secured the...

  • ‘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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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