13 December 2003

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  • Japan reopening ‘a shot in arm’

    13 Dec 2003

    British pig producers have welcomed the re-opening of the Japanese market for British pork. Stewart Houston, chairman of the British Pig Executive, said the move, announced this week, was good news for the industry. The Japanese market used...

  • JS leads cuts with Courage

    13 Dec 2003

    Sainsbury has fired the latest salvo in the Christmas beer pricing war with big cuts across Scottish Courage brands. In an attempt to differentiate itself from Asda and Tesco, both using Stella and Carlsberg as their lead deals, the retailer has...

  • 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...

  • Kids know their food

    17 Dec 2003

    Children know which foods are good for them and which are less healthy, despite their exposure to fast food advertising, according to a new report. Family-focused organisation Kids’ Clubs Network carried out research in partnership with...

  • 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...

  • Many masters to serve

    13 Dec 2003

    MPs may have blasted the FSA, but what does the industry think? Siân Harrington reportsThe Food Standards Agency this week held an open board meeting and broadcast a live webcam to enable the public to see how it operates and makes...

  • Londis payouts backlash

    13 Dec 2003

    Irish wholesaler Musgrave has stunned the trade by brokering its second major deal in the UK in less than two years with a £40m bid for Londis that would double its UK turnover. But as The Grocer went to press there was a backlash from Londis...

  • L&F Jones restructures

    13 Dec 2003

    West Country convenience chain L& F Jones has restructured its senior management team. Chief executive of L& F Jones retail division Colin Murphy will step down in March. His successor will be Simon Jones, director of retail. Murphy...

  • Londis: no2 UK symbol

    13 Dec 2003

    >>unlike spar, wholly owned by membersLondis is the second largest symbol group in the United Kingdom after Spar supplying 2,232 outlets in Britain from three regional distribution centres. The group was formed in 1959 by a...

  • 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...

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