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...

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